His aides did their best to divert the camera crew, but their attempts to save their leader were in vain…
We all know who Jim Grant is now. The Swindon Labour leader who Ed Miliband forgot the name of during his train wreck radio interview yesterday has accepted an apology:
“I have spoken to Ed this morning. He apologised for the obvious lack of briefing that he had. But these things happen.”
Just more often to Ed than anyone else…
Since Paxman announced he’s on the way out, he’s seems to have got that old spark back.
UKIP’s Croydon carnival this afternoon drew in the Lobby (after lunch), sketch writers, Michael Crick, steel drummers and assorted protesters. First the steel drummers stopped playing because they said they didn’t know it was a UKIP event. Then Nigel Farage decided not to come, citing “security reasons”. Finally, Winston McKenzie, UKIP spokesman and candidate for Croydon council, ended the day by sharing with the crowd his conclusion that Croydon is “unsafe and a dump”. Poor old Winston is getting a hard time from fairweather, disloyal splitters, so Guido thought he would give his old campaign video a plug:
If that isn’t enough to win your vote…
Another GuyNews musical special for you. Here is Ed Miliband, to the tune of Careless Whisper:
“I feel so unsure…”
In touch Ed claimed that his family of four spent “probably £70, £80 a week on groceries a week, probably more than that” when ambushed with the perfectly reasonable question on ITV’s Good Morning Britain:
EM: We probably spend, er, you know, 70, 80 pounds per week on groceries at least, probably more than that. The point is that different families will have different costs they face. What I am clear about is that there is a crisis facing so many people.
ITV: The average weekly bill for a family of four is more than £100. So you are going to spending significantly more than £70/80. People would say that one of the problems with politicians is that they are actually talking about something but out of touch with the reality, and the reality is much higher than you’ve just quoted.
A conservative estimate puts the mili-onaire Miliband’s joint income at around £400,000 per year, meaning they are bringing in at least £7,500 per week. The idea that they spend just 1% of this on groceries is ridiculous. Once again Ed’s mask slips on the ‘light and easy’ breakfast shows. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
Diane Abbott has been on Channel 4 News this evening to say that Nigel Farage’s remarks on Romanians were racist:
“There’s no question that his comments about not wanting Romanians next door are racist. It’s a very chilling and classically racist line.”
Can anyone think of another politician who has generalised about an entire race and been condemned, then forced to apologise for making racist comments?
Maybe she was tired…
Guido has said before that the mainstream media has consistently failed to give equal prominence to stories about the establishment parties’ loony members compared to those in UKIP. Here is a helpful round-up of Tory, Labour and LibDem nutters who didn’t make the news from, er, the BBC’s Daily Politics:
And let’s not forget the LibDems:
They’ve got a point…
To summarise some of the politer Twitter responses, Neo-Guido, a salad-dodging establishment stooge, has sold out to the “LibLabCon”. Speaking on Channel 4 News last night he warned that Eurosceptics have growing concerns about UKIP’s impact on the Europe debate, saying that Farage’s comments on Romanians had “gone too far” and the relentless focus on immigration is damaging to the wider anti-EU cause.
Next this “EUSSR crony” will be “defending ZaNuLiebor”…
Nigel Farage has said he “regrets” his comments on Romanians on LBC. Speaking to ITV, Farage blames the comments on him being “tired out” and says that “sometimes we get things wrong”.
That’s the closest we’re getting to an apology…
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Clegg Under Pressure to Expel Ward | Telegraph
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UKIP Hasn’t Gone Away | ConHome
Ward: I’d Be a Terrorist if I Lived in Gaza | Breitbart
Sarah Vine writes of Esther McVey…
“McVey told Grazia that she hasn’t married or had children because she ‘never found anyone to wind her biological clock’ … If I remember rightly, half the current Cabinet would have cheerfully ‘wound her clock’ if she’d given them a glimmer of a chance.”