Greenslade Takes the Mick

“Tory press ignores, or underplays, polls putting Labour ahead” screams Roy Greenslade over at Media Guardian today:

“Labour’s positive poll ratings get precious little coverage in the Tory press. It must have been a day for the blue newspapers to bury bad news.”

Lest we forget the Guardian conveniently left off of the ComRes and YouGov polls that showed the Tories ahead off of their splash today, because it did not fit their narrative…

Who Was Ed’s Secret Girlfriend in 2005?

“I first met Ed when I went to a friend’s house for dinner,” Justine Miliband tells the Mirror today:

“I was interested in him, I thought he was good looking and clever and seemed to be unattached. But we just went down a conversational cul-de-sac. Apparently we had nothing in common. He wanted to talk about economics – one of my least favourite subjects. None of our conversations went anywhere. Then I found out he was secretly going out with the woman who had invited us for dinner. I was furious.”

But who was Ed’s secret lover at the time? According to John Rentoul it was Stephanie Flanders…

Flanders has admitted to dating both Ed Balls and Ed Miliband, though friends had always claimed it was in the nineties. Curious…

“Could the secrecy have been because he was a Treasury special adviser Stephanie Flanders was BBC economics journalist”, mused Rentoul on Twitter today. Questions to which the answer is oooooh.

Labour Losing the PPC/Oxbridge Social Mobility Battle

Well this is awkward for The People’s Party. Should Labour be the largest party in parliament, 25.51% of MPs are likely to be Oxbridge graduates. However, that number drops to 20.86% in a Conservative-led Parliament. According to research and analysis by the Insight Consulting Group, more newly-elected MPs would be university educated in a Parliament where Labour has the largest party (158) as opposed to the Conservatives (139). So much for being the party of social mobility… 

LISTEN: Ed Balls Says He Will Abolish Non Dom Status

Ed Balls told Radio 5 this morning that he would abolish Non Dom status:

He was backed up in a car crash outing by his deputy Shabana Mahmood on the Daily Politics.

Yet Labour are briefing that they are not abolishing and there will be temporary status for some.

So which is it?

BBC on Labour Non Dom Gaffe: “It’s All Gone Pear Shaped”

Did Ed Balls once p*ss on Norman Smith’s chips or something?

Balls in Jan: Non Dom Reform “Will End Up Costing Britain Money”

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Having spent the last four months bringing a spoon to a knife fight, it seems Labour’s press operation has finally woken up to the fact there is war on. Yesterday’s flurry of activity over Labour’s NHS letter leaking out was a nice distraction technique from the much bigger bomb dropped on the front page of this morning’s Guardian. But are Labour really as united on the policy as today’s coordinated TV and Tweetathon would suggest?

Here is what Ed Balls told the BBC just a couple of months ago about tinkering with non dom status:

‘If you abolish the whole status it will end up costing Britain money because some people will leave the country.’

Yet in a political stunt – that makes no sense economically and will raise little more than the reforms to shotgun licencing – three months later, Ed Balls is out pushing the line…

Labour’s “Counter Business Letter” Flop Leaks

Here’s how not to organise a super secret letter campaign amongst Miliband supporting medics:

From: clare gerada
Date: 3 April 2015 16:38:55 BST
Subject: Fwd: Urgent NHS Letter

This letter this to counter the business letter to the Telegraph and show the depth of feelings that many of us have about the risk to the NHS
It is going to be from Doctors and other health leaders

Some of you receiving this email are doctors or health leaders – but have links to some – so please pass on to those who you think might be happy to sign.

We are aiming for Wednesday

If you agree to sign can you please email clare gerada

Please distribute amongst your colleagues

Thanks

Nobody expects the NHS inquisition!

More Fantasy Election Numbers

It’s Labour’s big health day, so Guido was amused to find this leaflet in his inbox over the weekend. Under the Representation of the People Act 1983 it is illegal to knowingly provide false statements on election literature. Just ask Phil Woolas if you think they are joking…

Up in Wirral West they are throwing the absolute kitchen sink at Esther McVey, but given all the ammo they have with her, this Labour leaflet looks very sloppy:

“Tories have: Cut thousands of nurses, doctors and GPs”? Odd, given that since 2010 there are 9,500 more doctors and 6,900 more nurses providing healthcare, according to official NHS statistics. Even odder that Shadow Public Health Minister Luciana Berger had no qualms delivering this leaflet when she visited the seat on Saturday. Given that the local Labour candidate Margaret Greenwood claims to be an NHS expert, you might have thought she would know what she was talking about.

Girls Night Out for Labour Ladies

Guido hears Labour are planning an all female onslaught in the spin room tonight with Yvette Cooper, Caroline Flint and – amazingly – Lucy Powell lined up for the post match analysis/spin war. Telly sources suggest no men have been […]

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IPSA Dump On Labour’s Zero Hours Spin

Labour’s onslaught against the mythical “zero hours contract epidemic” hits the buffers when it is gently pointed out that almost 70 Labour MPs employ staff on flexible contracts. Labour’s stock reply is to blame IPSA for this embarrassing hypocrisy, yet […]

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Bullingdon Wannabes: Sob Story of Labour’s Zero Hour Banter Lads

Spare a thought this morning for the plight of Labour’s zero hours letter writers. Among the names of 100 “people from all walks of life”, cobbled together by the party in response to the 100 business leaders backing the Tories, […]

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Brown’s Bogies Beat Labour’s Election Broadcast

Labour are crowing that with 1,157,834 combined online views, their election broadcast fronted by Tim from The Office actor Martin Freeman is “the most-seen party political broadcast ever online.” That may be so, however Guido would like to […]

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