Monday, November 10, 2014

Miliband Downgrades PM Chances From “When” to “If”

In his crap conference speech Ed forgot the lectern and the deficit.

At the CBI, he’s remembered the lectern but still doesn’t quite nail the PM in waiting  image.

Also Guido notices  he has downgraded his chances of being in Number 10.

In Manchester back in September it was all “when I am Prime Minister”:

“When I am Prime Minister the question of human rights for gay and lesbian people will never be ignored”

Yet at the CBI he’s adopted a  more cautious “if”:

“If I am Prime Minister I will never risk British businesses…”

The doubt has set in. 

Red Prince Vows “End to Tory Privatisation of NHS”…
…But Takes Donation From Boss of Top Private Contractor

“We have a chance to stop the Tory privatisation in its tracks,” Will Straw told voters in Rossendale as he launched a petition calling for “an end” to private firms making profit in the NHS. Labour’s Red Prince even invited Tessa Jowell along for the photo-op where he vowed to “remember, remember the NHS this November”. One thing Straw didn’t remember was a £5,000 donation he trousered from his dad’s best mate via his local CLP. The donor, Patrick Carter, just happens to have made his millions as the £799,000-a-year boss of McKesson UK, which is one of the primary NHS contractors. Labour’s star candidate in Rossendale is against private businessmen making money from the NHS, except when he’s taking cash from them…

That Sh*t Creagh!

Fifty-four minutes. That’s how long you last in the Labour Party if you break the line.

Like fellow right-winger Jim Murphy before her, Mary Creagh is said to be absolutely seething about her brutal demotion to the political wilderness of shadow International Development. ‘Fuming’ was how one shadow ministerial ally put it to Guido at the weekend.

Cynical sources point to Creagh’s claim in the transport debate on Wednesday that: “I have nothing against privatisation”.

Fifty-four minutes after saying those words in the Commons, she was sacked.

Welcome to Miliband’s “new politics”.

Chuka Backs David Miliband

Speaking for much of the ShadCab…

Friday, November 7, 2014

Labour’s #EMforPM Hashtag Has Mixed Results

Earlier today Miliband’s new senior adviser implored Labour supporters to back their leader using the hashtag “EMforPM”. The plan did not go so well:

Slow clap.

Question Time Goes Well For Ed
Voter Calls Labour Leader “A Turd”

Wee Dougie’s face was a picture:

Then Ed was impersonated by a Labour-supporting panellist:

Went well then.

UPDATE: Kristian Hall, who turns out to be a co-conspirator, is the lad who compared Ed Miliband to a turd.

Ed’s Senior Adviser Begs For Unity

Ken is riding to Ed’s rescue on the airwaves, meanwhile the Labour leader’s new “senior political adviser” Jon Trickett has taken to the Staggers to plead with plotters:

“We’re the Labour Party and we are the Labour movement and one of our founding principles is that an attack on anyone of us, by the forces of darkness, our political foes, is an attack on all of us. If one of us is attacked then all of us are attacked.

The truth is that Ed Miliband has been subject to the most sustained level of attack and critique by the forces of reaction, our political foes, that I’ve ever seen and I was first elected 30 years ago this year. I’ve never seen anything like it.

I think there’s an absolute duty on us, when anyone of us is under attack, particularly somebody we’ve elected to lead us, not to allow that and not to feed the flames.

My own judgement, for what it’s worth, is that I will stand by anyone who is under attack.”

If there is no plot, why is Ed’s new point man begging for unity? And where is Andy Burnham?

UPDATE: A Labour insider gets in touch: “Trickett is verging on being educationally sub-normal.”

UPDATE II:

Please retweet to save our leader!

AUDIO: Shadow Cabinet Minister Warns Labour is “Dying”

The Tories are putting this audio clip about as a helpful contribution to the Miliband debate. Recorded speaking at a CLASS conference fringe event, Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith twists the knife:

“We’ve got to be much bolder. That is the bottom line. We’ve got to be much bolder. Tim’s [Roache – GMB officer] pointed out the movement’s dying – he’s absolutely right. To be honest, I said it to him before he got up to speak. Unless we are much, much more vigorous, then we will not attract a new generation of people to fight in this country and if we don’t do that then we are lost.”

It’s all very well Peter Hain going on the radio this morning and accusing journalists of making up quotes, but as one Labour MP told Guido last night “there are concerns, people are anxious”. A lot of the criticism is on the record as well…

Voters Say Labour More Likely to Win if They Sack Ed

A massive 49% of voters say Labour would be more likely to win the election if they sack Ed Miliband and replace him with someone else. This morning’s damning YouGov poll for LBC says just 5% believe slotting the Ed now would harm Labour’s chances, compared with nearly half saying it would boost the party. Confirming everything mutinous Labour MPs are saying…

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New Statesman Turns on Ed

The New Statesman was the only publication to endorse Ed Miliband for the Labour leadership in 2010. Today the magazine turns its back on Ed, arguing “that since then Miliband has failed to find an authentic voice to connect with the electorate”. Jason Cowley writes in this week’s editorial:

“Miliband is very much an old-style Hampstead socialist. He doesn’t really understand the lower middle class or material aspiration. He doesn’t understand Essex Man or Woman. Politics for him must seem at times like an extended PPE seminar: elevated talk about political economy and the good society…

Miliband does not have a compelling personal story to tell the electorate, as Thatcher did about her remarkable journey from the grocer’s shop in Grantham and the values that sustained her along the way or Alan Johnson does about his rise from an impoverished childhood in west London. I went to Oxford to study PPE, worked for Gordon Brown, became a cabinet minister and then leader of the party does not quite do it. None of this would matter were Miliband in manner and approach not so much the product of this narrow background…

Miliband is losing the support of the left (to the SNP, to the Greens) without having formed a broader coalition of a kind that defined the early Blair-Brown years. Most damaging, I think, is that he seldom seems optimistic about the country he wishes to lead. Miliband speaks too often of struggle and failure, of people as victims – and it’s true that life is difficult for many. But a nation also wants to feel good about itself and to know in which direction it is moving.”

Usually reliable as a loyal mouthpiece for Labour’s rapid rebuttals, today’s Staggers cover story from George Eaton has some source quotes of a less helpful kind:

“Morale has never been lower,” one shadow cabinet minister told me [ . . . ] No MP I have spoken to has argued that the Labour leader’s parlous ratings aren’t a problem or dismissed them as a “Westminster bubble issue”. “We’re all very, very concerned. The reality is that whilst we don’t have a presidential system, people are thinking increasingly about who they want to be the prime minister,” one shadow minister said. He went on to describe a “sobering moment” in which a voter told him: “You’ve been a fantastic MP, but I’m not going to vote for you. Because Ed’s not prime ministerial… 

One senior MP suggested that Miliband should abandon Westminster, save for Prime Minister’s Questions, and go on a rolling tour of marginal constituencies. “The 200 to 400 voters in key seats who say on the doorstep that he’s the problem, he could win them round by talking to them.” But he doubted whether Miliband had the will to do so. “His confidence has gone. It’s like a light’s gone out,” he lamented.”

And that’s just what Ed’s friends are saying about him… 


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Tony Blair threatens Ed:

“If you had a strong political lead that was combining the politics of aspiration with the politics of compassion, I still think that’s where you could get a substantial majority…  If I ever do an interview on [the state of the Labour Party], it will have to be at length…”



Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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