Thursday, March 27, 2014

True Scale of Labour Welfare Rebellion was Closer to 50

In reality, the rebellion from Labour over the welfare the cap was was much higher than just the 13 MPs who defied Ed’s whip. Taking out the Deputy Speakers, a further 37 Labour MPs abstained in the vote yesterday. Taking the total number of Labour MPs not backing the welfare cap to 50.

The list is peppered with hard lefties, yet notable abstentions include Tristram Hunt and Liam Byrne, who has talked the tough welfare game in the past:

  1. Abrahams, Debbie
  2. Anderson, Dave
  3. Barron, Kevin
  4. Bayley, Hugh
  5. Byrne, Liam
  6. Cryer, John
  7. Cunningham, Tony
  8. Donohoe, Brian
  9. Glass, Pat
  10. Godsiff, Roger
  11. Greenwood, Lilian
  12. Hamilton, Fabian
  13. Heyes, David
  14. Hunt, Tristram
  15. Kaufman, Gerald
  16. Lavery, Ian
  17. Mahmood, Khalid
  18. Mccann, Michael
  19. Mcgovern, Alison
  20. Mcgovern, Jim
  21. Meacher, Michael
  22. Meale, Alan
  23. Mearns, Ian
  24. Mitchell, Austin
  25. Morris, Grahame
  26. O’Donnell, Fiona
  27. Owen, Albert
  28. Pearce, Teresa
  29. Phillipson, Bridget
  30. Seabeck, Alison
  31. Sheridan, Jim
  32. Spellar, John
  33. Thomas, Gareth R
  34. Vaz, Keith
  35. Williamson, Chris
  36. Winnick, David

The member of for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath was also absent.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ed Tries to Heal Turkish Relations After Schoolboy Race Shame

Since that whole beer thing didn’t go so well Ed has been looking for something a bit more believable to show he is a normal bloke. The answer: kebabs. Miliband has praised the launch of the British Kebab magazine and this year’s associated British Kebab Awards, they of the dodgy Labour doners:

This new-found love of Turkey’s national dish will come as a surprise to Ed’s old classmate Kevin Mustafa, who the future Labour leader allegedly abused as a “Turkish b*stard” back at school. Kevin famously told the Mail in 2011:

“We did not agree on something and I belittled him and dismissed him as if what he said was a stupid comment. In retaliation, he lashed out with verbal abuse. He called me a Turkish b*stard so I hit him. I gave my reasons as to why I did it but was dismissed and I was suspended for three days. He was not a friend of mine but we sat in the same class. Although he was no better than us he had quite a high opinion of himself. He tried to come across as if he was more intelligent. Most of the time we let it pass but I lost my rag that day.”

Just another pitta-ful gimmick…

Just 1 in 5 Say Miliband is Prime Minister in Waiting

Last week this blog pointed out that Ed Miliband is hardly coming across as the Prime Minister in waiting, well today the people agree. A Times/Yougov poll has just 19% saying they can see Ed in Number 10, when the same question was asked of Dave in 2008 the number was 49%. Just 26% think Labour is ready for government. As Morten Morland says in the video above, Britain can do better than this…

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Quote of the Day

When asked at a recent event how scared investors should be of Ed Miliband, according to this week’s Investors Chronicle James Clunie of Jupiter Asset Management replied:

“Very scared – on a scale of one to 10; eight or nine.”

Monday, March 24, 2014

WATCH: Weird Ed’s Hannibal Lecter Impression

Ed was so close to getting through tonight’s episode of ITV’s The Agenda and coming across like a normal bloke, but then he inexplicably appeared to sniff the managing director of Jojo Maman Bebe Laura Tenison:

More evidence suggesting the 51% of 18-24 year olds who think Ed’s a weirdo aren’t wrong…

UPDATE: The glorious moment is now available in GIF format:

 

‘Weird Ed’ Problem is Not Going Away

After four years as leader the British public still thinks Ed Miliband is a weirdo who was the unpopular bed-wetting swot that got bullied at school and picked last for sport teams.

All vote winning qualities…

Buzzfeed’s YouGov poll today shows Ed is seen as by far the weirdest party leader, with 51% of 18-24 year olds describing him as weird. That’s 50% weirder than Cameron. YouGov find that 29% think Ed Miliband is doing well as Labour leader, 60% badly, a negative net score of minus 31% compared to David Cameron’s minus 9%. As Guido wrote last week, these are not the numbers for a Prime Minister in Waiting, and the public literally laugh at Labour’s ideas.

The weirdo evidence is compelling…

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Guy News Special: Robot Miliband Stuck on Repeat

Earlier today Guido brought you Robot Miliband’s budget response repetition over the last few years. You liked it so much we decided to give it to you in video form.

See also: Robot Miliband.

Robot Miliband

Ed Miliband has form for robot-like repetition of the same phrases over and over again, just remember his infamous “these strikes are wrong” interview. Well a compare and contrast of yesterday’s Budget response with his responses from previous years suggests someone should turn him off and on again:

Yesterday: The Chancellor spoke for nearly an hour. But he did not mention one central fact. The working people of Britain are worse off under the Tories”.
2012: The Chancellor spoke for an hour. But there was one phrase that did not pass his lips. One claim he has abandoned. ‘We’re all in this together’”.
2011:
 The Chancellor spoke for nearly an hour. But one fact says it all. Growth down last year, this year and next year”.

Yesterday: “It’s a classic Tory con. Give with one hand and take far more away with another.”
2013: “The Chancellor is giving with one hand, and taking far more away with the other.
2012: “All he is doing for ordinary families is giving with one hand and taking far more away with the other”.

Yesterday: “Will he rule out a further tax cut for millionaires to 40p? Just nod your head if you’re ruling it out!”.
2013: “come on. Nod your head if you are getting the 50p tax rate”
2012:Just nod if you’re going to benefit from it. Come on, we’ve got plenty of time.”

Yesterday: “It’s Tory values. It’s Tory choices. It’s the same old Tories
2012: “Wrong choices.  Wrong priorities.  Wrong values. Out of touch. Same old Tories
2011:Every Tory tax cut ends up costing them more. Same old Tories. Same old deceit.”

Yesterday: “2011 – living standards down. 2012 – living standards down. 2013 – living standards down
2013: “Growth last year, down. Growth this year, down. Growth next year, down
2012: “Growth down last year. Growth down this year. Growth down next year”.

Yesterday: “Under them it’s a recovery for the few not the many
2013: “they don’t understand, you need a recovery made by the many not just a few at the top”
2012: “Unfair. Out of touch. For the few, not the many.”

Some of these weren’t terrible the first time round, but please Ed, come up with something new for next time…

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ed Miliband: Prime Minister in Waiting

Responding to the penultimate budget before the election, one phrase that you can not apply to Ed Miliband today was “Prime Minister in waiting”. He was all over the shop, tearing through his list of tired slogans before limping back to his class war comfort zone. It wasn’t as bad as Ed Balls’ terrible Autumn Statement meltdown, but it was not far off.

Of course responding to a Budget you have not seen is tricky – especially one with lots of unknown detail – but Miliband could have at least mentioned it once or twice rather than just yelling. One very loyal government member chortles “Miliband was just a complete car crash… Every Labour MP must be asking the question why they have him as leader”. And it’s not just Tories who think this…

Instead of spending money they do not have on expensive focus groups and polling, the Labour Party should just watch Channel Four’s GoggleBox. The show has people from all walks of society watching TV at home and it captures their reactions. Miliband and his pie-in-the-sky Jobs Guarantee Scheme popped up on the news, and the response will not make for comfortable viewing if you’re a Labour strategist or supporter.

Some of the family friendly comments include:

“F**king hilarious!”

“Ridiculous!”

“He is a bit of a joke isn’t he?”

“I don’t even understand politics, but I understand that is s**t idea.”

“The Labour Party… they must think we are donkeys.”

The people have spoken.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Labour React to Referendum Fudge

The more sensible Labour MPs don’t exactly sound delighted about having to explain Miliband’s yeah-but-no-but referendum position to voters.

Graham Stringer is most damning, telling Ed “I am very disappointed by this… shoddy compromise,” and that the fudge is “impossible to sell on the doorstep.”

Level-headed Kate Hoey adds “I think it’s meant to be a clever compromise, I don’t think it’s going to end up as one,” confirming that a referendum under a Labour government is now “almost impossible”.

John Mann wrote to Miliband just yesterday asking for an EU referendum so he was disappointed within hours. Mann says Labour’s announcement is “a significant move in the right direction but I would encourage him to go further than he’s gone today… Labour voters want to see their voice being heard. They want to be trusted.”

And Labour donor John Mills ain’t happy given he has campaigned for a referendum and now won’t be getting what he wanted for his money: “The growth of the EU’s influence over Britain warrants a referendum regardless of future events.”

Still at least Mandy’s happy. This all could have been avoided so easily…


Seen Elsewhere

Another Feminist Lecture | Laura Perrins
UKIP Posters Bad Economics But Good Politics | James Delingpole
Tories Losing to UKIP in Scotland | ConHome
UKIPers Will Come Home in 2015 | Sun
Tories Set for Thrashing | Sun
Boris Announcement Imminent | Sun
The Case for Splitting Up CCHQ | ConservativeHome
Why UKIP Should Join a ‘European Union’. | Anna Raccoon
Dave’s Brush With Bed Bugs | Speccie
Farage: No Briton Could Be My Secretary | BBC
Dave and George Can Now Be Seen Together | Ben Brogan


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“When discussion veers to subjects that Mr Crosby thinks of concern only to the political and journalistic classes, he treats the offender as a pub bore with a tart request to “pass the beer nuts, mate”.”



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