WATCH: Angry Burnham’s Newsnight Nightmare

Andy Burnham’s car crash with Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark is well worth a watch:

 

A very tetchy Shadow Health Secretary began the interview by admitting “there is a role for the private sector”, then piled into the Tories for putting “all services” at the hands of the market. As Kirsty politely pointed out, only 6% of NHS services have been outsourced to the private sector, and the vast majority of that was done by Burnham’s Labour government:

When Wark asked for “a straight answer” on how much Labour would allow to be outsourced – “a number, a number please” – Burnham refused, saying: “I’m not going to put a number on it” and that responsibility for this was at local level. The Tory outsourcing so aggressively decried by Burnham is just 1.5% more than he implemented, and he won’t even commit to reducing it. 

Perhaps Burnham’s bad mood was something to do with this morning’s front pages, which report Labour figures have responded to his big speech yesterday by laying into the party’s NHS strategy.

As Miliband centres Labour’s election campaign on the NHS, public satisfaction is at an all time high

What Amjad Bashir Really Thinks About David Cameron

Speaking last year, Bashir said:

“We don’t trust him.”

Suspect Dave might well now be saying the same about Amjad…

WATCH: David Cameron Explains That Hoax Call

No explanation to how he fell for this prankster though:

Stay tuned…

WATCH: Farage on Bigots and Defector

Nigel Farage seemed to pretty much take today’s negative headlines in his stride. Coolly saying the Tories are welcome to their defecting UKIP MEP Amjad Bashir and that the UKIP General Secretary’s joke about there being “a lot of bigots in this country, and they deserve representation too” was just that, a joke. A joke Guido first heard told by Tory MP Eric Forth…  

WATCH: Daily Politics on Nando’s v Harvester

After the Prime Minister provoked outrage with his admission that he prefers foreign Nando’s to good old British Harvester, the Daily Politics investigated:

Delicious.

Via @liarpoliticians

Miliband: “I’ll Debate Anyone the Broadcasters Invite”

“I’ll debate anyone the broadcasters invite… It’s not for him, it’s not for me, it’s not for any party leader to decide who is in the debates, it’s up to the broadcasters. That’s the country we live in. Is he really telling the people of Britain that he’s going to deny them the TV debates if he doesn’t get to choose who is in them?”

- Ed Miliband, 14 January 2015.

With the broadcasters expected to propose debates including the SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Greens, the Tories are spinning it “shows the prime minister was right to raise concerns about the original format”. Green Party leader Natalie Bennett is “absolutely delighted” by reports of the revised proposals. Cameron no longer has any excuse left not to do the TV debates and Ed Miliband could not have been any clearer the other day when he said he would “debate anyone the broadcasters invite.” Yet, so far Labour are still “preparing a response.” What about it, Ed?

Guido Squawks Daily Politics Showdown With Mirror Chicken

Feathers were flying as Guido Squawks made his Daily Politics debut today, though fowl play was suspected as the Mirror Chicken was silent. The Guido chicken revealed he “just wanted to ruffle some feathers” at yesterday’s press conference with Natalie Bennett:

Ed and Nick are being chickens for not explicitly calling for the Greens to take part, instead shirking responsibility to the broadcasters. A poultry excuse…

Vid via @liarpoliticians

Putin Finds His Thrill

You want to see Putin singing “Strawberry Hill” to a bunch of stupid Hollywood liberals?

Where’s Team America when you need them?

GUY NEWS: Eco-Chicken Ruffles Feathers at Green Presser

Natalie Bennett welcomed a very special supporter to her press conference this morning: the free range, eco-chicken Guido Squawks! Why did Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg cross the road? To avoid debating the Greens…[…]

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WATCH: Chuka Storms Off Sky News Interview

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Clegg: “Iain Dale Will Have to Eat His Words”

Iain Dale has been brave and made his ridiculously detailed predictions for the general election. Something Guido has resolved not to predict – for now at least – even Guido’s betting has been relatively limited. Dale will be looking […]

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Dave: Obama Does Call Me Bro

The big news from Dave’s trip to the States: confirmation that the leader of the free world does call him “bro”.

“It’s normally Barack and David, I hasten to add… well, it’s been said.”

“Call me bro…”

via BBC

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Quote of the Day

Labour’s Austin Mitchell muses on the campaign:

“What’s the problem? No use pointing at the leader. Too late to change and unnecessary for Miliband is doing well at Question Time. His problem is connecting with the real world. He doesn`t speak people and his protective team of naive kids are playing West Wing rather than letting the leader relate to real people. We could point at the party, shrunk in numbers and enthusiasm because everything, from policy formulation to candidate selection, comes top down rather than bubbling up from below so campaigning becomes the opium of members deprived of any real role, though they`re not even sure what they’re campaigning about, with or for, but its role is marginal.”

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