Axed: 90 Days Since Obama Guru Spun for Labour

David Axelrod

David Axelrod is really earning his crust from Labour, telling a book-promoting interview that he’s retiring from campaigning: “I’m not going back on that circuit. It’s exhilarating, it’s addictive, but it’s not good for you. I’m done”. With his comments picked up by the Sun this morning, and sure to wind up already tetchy Labour MPs, Guido has crunched the numbers. Today it has been 90 days since Axelrod even bothered to mention his star British client on Twitter. He was reportedly in London for a brief visit in December, but is embarking on a book tour around the USA for the duration of the British election campaign. Worth every penny…

Labour Unveil Sexist Pink Budget Battle “Bus”

Apparently Labour are set to unveil their special “battle bus” tomorrow. And the wheels are already spinning: it’s not a bus. It’s a van. A little pink van:

Gloria De Piero, Harriet Harman and Lucy Powell will be put in the back of this van and driven as far away from Labour HQ as possible. Let’s hope Harriet isn’t actually behind the wheel given her previous formWell it gets them out of Wee Dougie’s way, doesn’t it…

UPDATE: It’s a sexist pink van! Last year Labour’s Chi Onwurah declared war on pink for girls:

‘Why should young girls be brought up in an all pink environment? It does not reflect the real world.’

Sounds like a patriarchally patronising pink rolling embarrassment…

UPDATE II: According to the Telegraph:

“At the launch, Gloria De Piero MP, the shadow Minister for women and equalities, thought it was “cerise”, while Ms Harman said it was “magenta”.”

UPDATE III: Tories slam on the brakes. Caroline Dineage MP says:

“The wheels have come off the Labour bus. Getting Harriet Harman to drive around the country in a pink van to try and attract the female vote is as patronising as it gets. This is clearly just another divisive gimmick that the electorate will see through”

No Diary Clash: Ed Spent Today in His Office

Labour claimed that Ed Miliband had a very important diary clash that stopped him speaking to all of his friends at the British Chamber of Commerce today:

Though Ed Balls didn’t know what it was:

It turns out he was hiding in his office:

Gordon Brown levels of incompetence. It’s not as if Axelrod was even in town…

Mrs Miliband Goes Massively Off Message

Remember when Ed claimed that “boasts from George Osborne” about the economy don’t reflect “the experience of everyday families” because his figures “ignore the growing number of self-employed” and the impact of “Victorian” flexible hours contracts on mothers?

A clampdown on zero-hours and self-employment will be a key part of Labour’s election message, but it seems Ed’s ‘secret weapon’ Mrs Miliband did not get the memo. Justine spoke out last week in favour of flexible work that is “fantastic for being family-friendly”:

“Because I’m self-employed. So that means if I want to see my kids in a school play, I don’t have to ask anyone, I carry on working in the evening.”

Violently off message…

Rachel Reeves Brother-in-Law Elected Labour Kingmaker

Two weeks ago Guido wrote in the Sun:

Labour MPs are already plotting away for life after Ed Miliband. With the news that popular MP Dave Watts will be retiring in May, the important role of Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party – essentially the shop steward for MPs – is up for grabs. Softly spoken lefty John Cryer has been pressing the flesh and running a whispering campaign to be appointed before the election to avoid unpredictable new members getting a say in the decision. And whose bidding might John be doing in the kingmaking role? Well he’s married to Ellie Reeves – sister of Labour rising star Rachel Reeves.

Tonight Cryer was selected as the new Chairman. You’re either in front of Guido…

Jim Murphy Breaks Silence on Expenses Irn-Bru

Finally – some seven hours later – Murphy’s spinners have worked out a line on his shocking Irn-Bru expenses claims. A Scottish Labour Party spokesperson said:

“As most people know, Mr Murphy drinks bucket loads of of Irn Bru. Over the years it’s thought that he has single-handedly kept the House of Commons Irn-Bru supplier in business. He has paid for it himself except for these two cans totaling £1.30.”​

Which slightly misses the point as to why these two were on expenses.

There is no apology nor any explanation here.

Pay it back, Jim…

Blair Already Back Electioneering For Labour

There was plenty of chatter in the broadsheets this weekend about what, if any, role Tony Blair would play in the coming Labour election campaign. However – as readers of the Sun on Sunday would know – Mr Tony was already back and doing his part to raise cash for candidates last week. As Guido revealed yesterday, Tony and Cherie made a rare public appearance together on Thursday at the Grand Imperial Hotel for a glitzy fundraiser for gay Labour candidates.

Last seen awkwardly posing for a very uncomfortable Christmas card, friends were surprised to see the pair work the room just like the old days, despite a turbulent year. “He was very wistful,” says Guido’s mole, “he’s really starting to show his age”. There were handbags later after Chris Bryant “made a bitchy comment about Tony and loyalty to Ed Miliband”. Guido hears Chris was swiftly – and loudly – reminded of his public letter-writing campaign that helped bring Blair down. Sic semper…

Labour Campaign Guru Sends Attack Six Months Late

Douglas Alexander, the Shadow Foreign Secretary / Sidelined Election Boss / Soon To Be Former MP has jumped on comments from Sajid Javid, who told a Lobby lunch that he would not shed a tear should Britain leave the EU.

Just as he said in an interview last week, and just as he said last year.

This is nothing new, yet here come the press releases:

“We already know that the Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, would contemplate a British exit. Now the Culture Secretary has added his name to the list of Tory politicians who would be willing to put jobs and investment at risk by pulling Britain out of Europe.”

Now? Six months late. If this is the level of attention Wee Dougie is paying, then no wonder he’s up the creek…

Jim On The Run

Jim Murphy has pulled out of a public appearance today, after the McAshcroft poll pointed to a total rout for the party north of the border. Guido is told that Scottish Labour hope to ‘reschedule’ a stunt that would have […]

Axelrod and Miliband in the Sights at Punchy PLP

Guido hears that David Axelrod came under attack at a heated meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party last night, where tempers frayed over the “disastrous direction” of Labour’s election campaign. Labour MPs sobbing into their bitter late into the night […]

Ed’s Teenage Wild Child Years

Fresh from wowing everyone with his CV, Ed was asked about his teenage night-time exploits in his first selfie-stick interview*:

Sky: What were you like when you were 18? What were your interests? What were you up to?

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WATCH: Tristram Hunt: “I Don’t Like the Language of War”

For a former telly historian, Tristram Hunt is notoriously bad on television. Bumbling his way through C4 News last night, the only interesting thing that Labour’s turbo-sloane managed to say was something critical of Ed Miliband. Discussing attacks, Hunt claims […]



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