Axelrod: British Press More Powerful Than Fox News

“The thing I’d say to you though about this, these people are less powerful than they used to be,” Ed Miliband told Russell Brand during their enlightening discussion about his critics in the newspapers. Someone should tell the man Labour are paying £300,000 to consult on messaging.

In an interview with Politico today, David Axelrod is asked whether he thinks Britain’s right-wing press is more powerful than Fox News, beamed into 87,058,000 American households. He replies:

“Yeah, I do.”

He goes on to admit he only visited the UK six times while working for Ed. That’s £50,000 a trip…

BBC’s Head in Hands Over Victoria Derbyshire Show

Surely whoever chose this thumbnail for the iPlayer website isn’t having some fun at the Victoria Derbyshire Programme’s expense?

The BBC’s new poundshop Kilroy managed just 39,000 viewers last Thursday, rounded down to zero in the overnight ratings. It has averaged just 73,000 viewers so far. She’s no Oprah Winfrey, that’s for sure…

Times Savages Miliband, Endorses Tory-Lib Coalition

“Mr Miliband has failed to hide his fatal indifference to the essential business of creating wealth. He has fought this campaign on initiatives that resonate with those hit hardest by slow earnings growth. In the process he has shamelessly misled voters about Tory plans for the NHS, which do not include privatisation…

Mr Miliband says he will cut the deficit but has not said how or by how much. This is an empty promise betrayed by spending pledges that cannot be funded with the money raised from new taxes on “mansions” and bank bonuses. The Labour leader claims he will find extra funds by ending tax avoidance and tax relief on pensions for the rich. The reality would be £90 billion more borrowing over the next parliament and an unsustainable debt burden to be shouldered by his successors.

Mr Miliband’s instinct is to see the state as an employer, benefactor and political constituency. His overtures to business do not convince because he champions an expanding public sector at the expense of the private one, yet Labour on his watch has lost credibility as the party of social justice too. Rent controls would only reduce the supply and quality of low-cost housing. Increasing debts hurt the poor first, as interest payments divert funds from public services…

Mr Cameron would govern better with a clear Tory majority but the polls now indicate that is a remote possibility. The choice seems to come down to a Labour party propped up by Scottish Nationalists or the Conservatives in a renewed coalition with the Liberal Democrats. The former would tear at the heart of the Union and unpick hard-won gains since the recession. The latter would advance the cause of enterprise and freedom in which The Times believes.”

Read their endorsement in full here.

Standard Backs the Tories

Here is their endorsement in full.

Via @TJ_Politics

Lucy Powell Claims Everyone ‘Deliberately Misquoting’ Her

Put your spade away, Lucy:

Such as the Guardian’s political editor:

And the BBC:

Including their Labour election correspondent:

And the ‘right-wing’ Manchester Evening News:

You can’t misquote her actual words

Indy Backs Second Tory-LibDem Coalition

Well this is a turn up for the books. The Independent has endorsed a second Tory-LibDem coalition:

“A hung parliament is certain this week. For all his talk of no deals with the SNP, Miliband is bound to rely on that party to get his legislative programme through. This would be a disaster for the country, unleashing justified fury in England at the decisive influence of MPs who – unlike this title – do not wish the Union to exist. If that were to be the case while Labour were the second biggest party either in terms of vote share, or seats – or both – how could Labour govern with authority? They could not. Any partnership between Labour and the SNP will harm Britain’s fragile democracy. For all its faults, another Lib-Con Coalition would both prolong recovery and give our kingdom a better chance of continued existence.

This title casts no vote. But we prize strong, effective government, consider nationalism guilty until proven innocent, and say that if the present Coalition is to get another chance, we hope it is much less conservative, and much more liberal.”

It’s damning on Miliband:

“in key areas his policy prescriptions suggest a party unready for government. Tampering with tuition fees would harm universities while benefiting wealthy rather than poor students. Taxing property more is smart, but rent controls won’t work and a mansion tax is a centralising, blunt tool: much better to reform council tax instead. And though he is right not to flirt with leaving the EU, far too many businesses of all sizes fear Labour”

What could non-dom Indy owner Evgeny Lebedev have against Labour…

Knowing Me Steve Coogan, Knowing You Tom Watson

Steve Coogan and Tom Watson embark on a Save the NHS tour of North London tomorrow, in what sounds like the worst episode of The Trip ever. Guido recommends Ottolenghi when they reach Islington at lunchtime.

What is it about Labour’s manifesto that attracted coke and hookers fan Coogan to Miliband?

“Labour will take steps to protect the principle of media plurality, so that no media outlet can get too big, including updating our rules for the 21st century media environment. We remain strongly committed to the implementation of the recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry.”

Perhaps Coogan and Watson can talk about all that phone hacking at the Mirror when they’re driving around tomorrow…

Read Guido’s Sun on Sunday Column Online

Well, this will be interesting on Friday morning. On election night in 2010, one Ed Miliband said that the “constitutional position is clear” and “very simple”: in the event of a hung parliament “the Prime Minister gets to have the first crack”. Fast forward five years and that means the now Labour leader has conceded that David Cameron gets the first go at forming a majority.

Don’t miss out on Guido’s bumper pre-polling day column, free to read and not behind a paywall over on SunNation:

  • Emily Thornberry’s latest slap in the face of voters, just days before polling day

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  • When you vote on Thursday, beware the ghosts of expenses past
  • Ed Miliband is “terrible with kids”
  • Francis Maude strikes up an unlikely friendship with Katie Price
  • Chuka gets hands-on with a constituent
  • Miliband’s advice to hard-up customers facing big energy bills

Read today’s column for free, here

Michael Gove Slams BBC for #EverydaySexism

Michael Gove was unimpressed this morning when Radio 5 Live’s Rachel Burden had the cheek to assume he agreed with his wife:

“It was interesting to read your wife’s column in the Daily Mail referring to Labour’s position on the

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Guardian Backs Labour

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Though they warn:

“Of course there are misgivings. The party has some bad instincts – on civil liberties, penal policy and on Trident, about which it is too inflexible. Questions linger over Ed Miliband’s leadership, and whether he has

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Blue ‘un: FT Endorses Tory-Led Coalition

As predicted by Guido two weeks ago, the FT backs the Tories over Miliband:

“Mr Miliband is preoccupied with inequality. His prescription is an increase in taxes such as restoring the 50p level for high earners and imposing an ill-conceived

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Economist Backs Tory-Led Coalition

“Mr Miliband believes that living standards are squeezed because markets are rigged—and that the government can step in to fix them. He would freeze prices while “reviewing” energy markets, clamp down on the most flexible “zero-hour” labour contracts and limit

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