Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ed Chilly-band

There wasn’t much of his famed “grit and steel” on display from Ed Miliband this morning. He repeated his Davos trick of trying to look hard by just wearing a suit on Sky earlier, but with frozen breath, and even funnier than usual facial contortions, he looked absolutely freezing. Guido isn’t sure what the logic is here. Someone buy the lad a coat…

Daybreaking: Miliband’s Sceptic Positioning

Back in October Guido wrote:

“Though we all know that Red Ed is grubby statist at heart and painfully pro-European, he is also a shameless opportunist. If he really wanted to make an impact with ordinary, hard-working, sensible voters he should back the calls for the referendum. It would distance himself from lies of Brown and Blair over the issue and the betrayal of “cast iron” Cameron. “

Though he missed that boat, it seems Ed is up to something this morning. With Cameron retreating from Europe last night, failing to return with anything particularly substantial and giving up on his EU institution fight, this morning Ed fearlessly entered that den of interrogation know as the Daybreak studios to retaliate. And he caught Guido off guard:

“I’m very concerned about what David Cameron has done…He’s sold us down the river.”

Dave is in the Commons at 3.30. Let the Purple Alliance begin…

UPDATE:

Monday, January 30, 2012

Taxpayers Cut Off Nose

Hester wasn’t going to get his hands on his bonus for over a year, it wasn’t even going to come directly from treasury funds and most of it would have ended up in Treasury coffers, yet this morning £320m has been wiped off of the value of the British taxpayers’ forced investment. With mob mentality over-ruling contracts, there are obvious jitters around the banks this morning.

Despite the cost, as well as the glaring hypocrisy of sitting in the cabinet that drew up Hester’s contract, this is a short-term political win for Miliband. At the beginning of the year Guido explained how the Labour leader was planning on adopting a role similar to that taken by George Osborne in opposition. It’s all about timing…

This submarine strategy will see Ed only surface for key fights, such as he has done this weekend. It has paid off today, but is Ed really planning on spending his entire career as Leader of the Opposition waiting for events to try to react to first? Miliband-wagon…

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mandy on Miliband

Nothing like a bit of Mandy to liven things up and the master of the dark arts had luke-warm words for Ed on the Today programme earlier. Despite saying that he was “doing well”, there were criticisms too:

“…he’s struggling with two things. He’s trying to oppose the Government on the economy… at exactly the same time, he’s struggling to invent a new left-of-centre political paradigm… It’s a rather unenviable job…”

Well that’s almost better than saying nothing, and more than he could manage at Davos yesterday. CityAM reports:

Sir Martin [Sorrell] mentioned that some commentators haven’t been so kind about Mandy’s current party leader Ed Miliband. “Have they?” said the dark prince nonchalantly. “I’ve been travelling.” Barclays chairman Marcus Agius doubled over with laughter.

Ed will be lecturing this lot about his new capitalism this week. Guido is sure they are going take him very, very seriously…

Ed Miliband told Tuesday’s Labour NEC meeting…

“…the public don’t yet think we’re fiscally credible.”

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Totty Watch: Scotland Tonight Boobs Miliband Interview

 

Good to see that ITV’s Scotland Tonight decided to put some subliminal messaging about Ed Miliband on to the monitors during their interview with his biggest fan Dan Hodges last night. If you are not at work you might enjoy the closest the Labour leader has got to a bounce in recent weeks. Fast forward to 13.02 here

UPDATE: A senior Labour source close to Dan Hodges gets in touch to stress that the interview was conducted at the ITN studios, not at the offices of Her Majesty’s Daily Telegraph…

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ed’s Change of Heart

When Ed Miliband was elected in 2010 he said:

“You have put your trust in me and I am determined to repay that trust to you. The first way I need to repay that trust is by uniting our party and taking it forward together.”

He made clear that he wasn’t going to follow the Blairite route of dividing sections of the party against each other with talk of hard choices. Less than two years later he’s had a typo-free change of heart:

In a way he has united his party, all wings seem to have it in for him. It won’t stop him taking their money though…

Ed Miliband channels Tony Blair…

“Len McCluskey is entitled to his views but he’s wrong. I’m changing Labour so we can deliver fairness with less money.”

Unite Join the Splitters

Of all the attacks on his leadership, Miliband will have been most relieved with “Red” Len McCluskey’s war-cry in this morning’s Guardian. Unite the Union declaring that Ed is shifting to the right and thus heading over an electoral cliff was to be expected after the two Eds declared support for the public sector pay freeze and the messy announcement about not reversing cuts. Last night one Miliband insider dryly described it to Guido as “the best news he’d had all year”. While putting some distance between the leader and dinosaurs is a good plan, it’s a little more complex in this case though…

Rumours that this is coordinated are wide of the mark and there are some pretty vicious one liners for McCluskey. Blair and Brown could risk the wrath of the brothers because they were not so dependent on their money. Unite are Labour’s biggest donor at the moment and put Ed in the job. The PLP didn’t want Ed in the first place, and now he’s losing support from those that did. Team  Ed won’t be so cock-a-hoop if the money dries up…

Monday, January 16, 2012

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View


Seen Elsewhere

David Cameron’s Draft Resignation Letter | Speccie
Labour HQ to Be Demolished | Asa Bennett
Dirty Politics is a Good Thing | Harry Cole
Media Fear and Loathing in Scotland, Labour Next | Owen Jones
UK Top 10 Influencer Political Blogs | Cision
Redwood Exposes Constitutional Vandalism | Nick Wood
No Campaign Has Been Inept | Mail
PM Faces Friday Bloodbath | Mail
Will Miliband Bottle English Devolution? | Mary Riddell
Why Pollsters Could Be Wrong | John McDermott
Cameron Faces Vote of No Confidence or Rebellion | FT


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