Ed Miliband: What Is Vice?

Asked a question about patronising young voters at Labour’s ‘Youth Manifesto’ launch, Ed successfully managed to patronise young voters. Here is his exchange with former Telegraph investigations reporter Ben Bryant, now at Vice News:

BB: “Hello, Ben Bryant from Vice News”

EM: “From where?”

BB: “Vice News.”

EM:Oh right. What does Vice News do?”

BB: “We make films, we write stories.”

EM: “Right.”

BB: “So one of the criticisms of this election campaign has been how controlled it is. You yourself have only done one walkabout with voters so far. Don’t you think that all of this stage management bullsh*t is particularly alienating young people?”

EM: “I don’t think you count as stage managed, do you Ben?”

No wonder they were keeping him away from questions…

War of the Words

There’s a spin war on and Labour think they are onto a Romney-like gaffe by IDS:

“The Tories renamed the Bedroom Tax the “spare room subsidy”, they claim. Is this really the whole story? 

Back in 2012, a government policy was introduced that remains named the “under occupancy charge” or the “under occupancy penalty”.

It was Labour that started the cultural revolutionary tinkering, branding it the “bedroom tax”.

In doing so, they won the narrative, but lost the honesty war.

Even the High Court ruled that it is not a tax.

And so it a bit rich for the left to complain about renaming policies.

Is it really any surprise that the Work and Pensions Secretary would want to “rename zero-hours contracts flexible hours contracts“? Work without fixed hours guaranteed always used to be called casual labour, before Labour dreamt up the much nastier sounding “zero hours” moniker. War is peace, ignorance is strength…

Miliband Forgets the Deficit, Again

Head over to Labour’s website and they ask you for the “issue you think is the most important facing Britain”. Can you spot what they’ve forgotten?

No mention of the deficit or the economy, again. Labour candidates might not think it’s important, but the public probably does. The Tories will be cock-a-hoop…

Via Dan Hodges

George Osborne v George Osborne

Labour have helpfully dug out this video of Osborne critcising unfunded spending commitments just 12 weeks ago:

“making spending committments is the easiest thing in the world. Spending commitments are superficially attractive. They get ready applause from lobby groups. They get you headlines. But unfunded spending commitments are made with borrowed money and the price is paid by future taxpayers”.

A few weeks later and Osborne pledged £8 billion in unfunded NHS spending commitments…

Mini-Kipper Tells Tristram Hunt: ‘Get All the Foreigners Out of Our Country’

What could possibly go wrong when Tristram Hunt invited the BBC’s cameras to film him visiting a primary school in the Midlands? He probably wasn’t expecting a small child to tell him they would vote UKIP to “get all the foreigners out our country”:

But why does Tristram say “very good”?

Funny Cat Picture Story

Cat Smith is even closer than most Labour candidates to big union barons. As Labour’s candidate in Lancaster, Cat is using her union gold on a large billboard poster campaign:

Just the one problem: the billboard isn’t in Lancaster. It’s in Carlisle. 60 miles away. Understandably Labour’s Carlisle candidate, Lee Sheriff, is less than impressed, telling her local paper:

“It’s not like Carlisle and Lancaster are close to each other either in the alphabet or geographically.”

At least Labour have actually managed put this poster on a billboard, unlike their national ‘posters’ which only seem to end up online…

Exclusive: Not the Candidate Ed is Sikh-ing

“Are you going to make sure the Sikh vote turns out for us?” was Ed’s first presumptuous question when he met someone in a turban on the train back to London after his manifesto launch:

Unfortunately for him, the friendly Sikh in question was Amandeep Singh Bhogal, the Tory parliamentary candidate for Upper Bann in Northern Ireland. “Well I’m going to make sure the Sikh vote turns out,” said Amandeep before finally revealing all to the Labour leader by producing a Nicola Sturgeon mask from his pocket. Watch to the end for the “gotcha” moment when Ed realises he’s been had…

Poll: Did Ed Eat His Bogies?

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Remember: “Dig for victory!”

No, The Times Did Not ‘Call Out the Tories on the Recession’

This tweet by Andy Burnham’s favourite Labour fantasist, “Dr” Eoin Clarke, […]

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‘Union Thug’ Proud of Riot and the Labour Manifesto

Here is a hard-hatted Labour supporter captioned “Andy, docker” in the party’s manifesto:

Ordinary “Andy” looks remarkably similar to Andy Green, the Unite convenor at Tilbury Docks and a member of the union’s executive council.

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Murphy Blows Labour’s “Fiscal Responsibility” Line

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Well that didn’t take long. The IFS verdict on Labour’s manifesto is in: “Literally we would not know what we were voting for if we were going to vote for Labour”. They aren’t the only ones who are confused…[…]

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