Friday, November 21, 2014

Miliband: I Feel Respect When I See a White Van

Sky: “What goes through your mind when you see a white van outside a house?”

EM: “What goes through my mind is respect.”

Guido could watch this all day…

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Another Happy Reader…

The PM clearly got his daily dose yesterday, referencing the pay-off line from the Scottish poll story Guido ran:

“More people believe in the Loch Ness monster than believe in his leadership.”

Not the first time Dave has done one of Guido’s lines…

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Working Klass Hero: The People Back Myleene Over Ed

You know it’s bad when the Staggers have to try to spin Ed’s going over by Myleene Klass on last night’s Agenda. Apparently “this row could work in Miliband’s favour.” Hmm, not if the voting public are anything to go by…

Today’s poll on Metro just about says it all:

At least he didn’t sniff a fellow guest on the show, this time.

WATCH: Myleene Klass Demolishes Ed Miliband on Mansion Tax

Ed Miliband had a rough time on ITV’s The Agenda, crumbling under the forensic questioning of his hard-hitting interviewer and grope victim, singer Myleene Klass.

“Is that [the mansion tax] your only option? You might as well tax me on this glass of water. You can’t just point at things and tax them. You need to have a better strategy.”

“How much are you actually going to make from this? Some people are saying that there are 58,000 [homes that would fall under mansion tax], some people are saying there are 100,000.”

The verdict was clear:

Tom Bradby had to stop the fight…

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Miliband Calls for “Debate” With UKIP

Cheering for Ed this lunchtime was loudest when he spoke about UKIP, vowing “take them apart”. The Labour leader told his audience “it’s time we had a debate about where they really stand”:

So will he take up the offer of a head-to-head debate with Nigel Farage?

UPDATE: Farage responds:

“Let’s have a live, televised head to head debate before the start of the general election campaign. I’m free any time after November 24th.”

UPDATE II:

Ed’s Relaunch Déjà Vu

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Ed’s big speech relaunching his leadership this morning will be held at the University of London’s Senate House. If you are feeling a sense déjà vu it might be because Senate House is the exact same location Miliband chose for his last leadership relaunch back in January. At the time the Guardian reported “the Labour leader is under pressure after a fall in his party’s lead in YouGov and ICM polls”. Plus ça change…

Amusingly, given the spin on Labour’s woes we will be treated to today, Senate House was the inspiration for 1984‘s Ministry of Truth. It was also the venue where IDS relaunched his own ill-fated leadership in 2003. Miliband’s last relaunch attempt to connect with the voters went so well that ten months later he is having another go; same time, same place…

The key quote briefed out in advance is “People [are] asking why they are on zero-hours contracts while those at the top get away with zero tax. This zero-zero economy is a symptom of a deeply unequal, deeply unfair, deeply unjust country; a country I am determined to change.” This soundbite has one small problem: it is bollocks. Nobody rich and earning in this country can lawfully pay zero tax…

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

RED UKIP: Farage Claims He Will Prop Up Miliband

Makes a change from a bar, but the UKIP leader says he will prop up a Miliband government. In an interview with the Staggers, Farage is very clear:

Jason Cowley “Would you go into coalition with Labour?”
Nigel Farage “I’d do a deal with the Devil if it got me what I wanted.”

JC If Miliband said to you, “Look, Nigel, can I have your eight to ten MPs in the coalition and we give you an in-out referendum?” would that be enough?
NF That would depend when the referendum was, and the terms.

JC But you’re not ruling it out.
NF Of course not. There is no left and right any more. Left and right’s irrelevant.

JC So there could be a Ukip-Labour-Lib Dem rainbow coalition.
NF Sounds extremely unlikely.

JC Or a Ukip-Labour coalition.
NF Why coalition? There are other ways of doing things.

JC Tell me how. Confidence and supply?
NF Absolutely.

JC Would that suit you better?
NF To be honest, the way I look at it now, I can’t see Ukip wilfully going into formal coalition with anybody.

JC But you support Labour on confidence and supply . . .
NF Confidence motions and primary legislation of certain kinds, yes.

JC And because there’s no left and right, you’d be comfortable supporting Labour?
NF I’d be very comfortable supporting anybody that gave me an opportunity to get my country back.

A strategic error from Farage that will play into the hands of CCHQ. What was the one about voting for Farage and getting Miliband…

Miliband is Least Popular Leader Since Polling Began

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lammy: Labour Won’t Win in 2015

Election mastermind David Lammy has said Ed will not win a majority in 2015:

“I don’t want to knock Ed personally. I actually think it’s a whole team issue. I think that, in the end, all of the major players that contribute to the Labour message.. have a lot to do between now and the general election. A lot to do! 

I think that the next general election is going to be phenomenally close. I am not moving off my assumption, when I collapsed on to my sofa after the last general election with my wife and watched Nick Clegg and David Cameron walk into number 10, and that is we are in for a decade of either minority or coalition government. That was my general view [in 2010] there’s very little that’s shifted.”

The distancing of future Labour mayoral hopefuls from the current leadership has begun. Bad news for Team Ed favourite Sadiq Khan…

WATCH: Blair Squirms When Grilled on Miliband

Kay Burley was on fine form today pinning down Tony Blair. The former Prime Minister appeared to suggest he didn’t speak to the Labour leader about his leadership woes at the Cenotaph on Sunday, though one thing is clear: he didn’t want to discuss Ed:

At least he had the self-awareness to realise Labour probably didn’t want to hear from him either…

UPDATE: Vintage Kay:

KB: “Do you not think Labour here would really appreciate just 60 seconds comment from you?”

TB: “I doubt it.”


Seen Elsewhere

Mirror’s ‘UKIP Goggles’ App Backfires | Press Gazette
Woolas Agent Standing for UKIP | MEN
Compassionate Left in Action | Mark Wallace
Sainsbury’s Distance Themselves From Sick Cam Tweeter | Speccie
Elites Pay Price for Killing Grammar Schools | Jago Pearson
Thornberry Makes Burnham Leadership Favourite | Matthew Norman
Guido’s Column | Sun
BBC Still Ignoring Savile Evidence | Telegraph
Politicians Brought Down by Twitter | CityAm
Ed the Biggest Loser in Rochester | Trevor Kavanagh
A Just Way to Manage Migration | Mats Persson


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Boris on his fellow Islingtonista Emily Thornberry:

“It was an entirely run-of-the-mill English townscape, with some straightforward words to go with it. There was no obvious insult, no abuse, no overt sneering. She might have got away with it entirely, had some alert blogger not spotted it. He instantly detected the coded message that Emily Thornberry was sending to all her right-on, bien-pensant, Labour-luvvie friends in Islington, or wherever else it is that they follow her on Twitter.”



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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