Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Labour’s “Groundbreaking New Initiative” In Spin

Labour breathlessly declared a “groundbreaking new initiative” this afternoon. Ed has “personally” invited thousands of members of the public to Labour party conference for an “open day”. Another wonderful engagement strategy and of course absolutely nothing to do with the fact that conference applications this year have hit a new low. The heightened interest last time round for the conclusion of the leadership race has not been sustained. It’s a sorry state of affairs when the conference - traditionally a golden fundraiser for parties – has to be packed with members of the public enticed by a freebie…

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Red Ed’s Cuts are Dead

CCHQ are cock-a-hoop pushing the line that Miliband now opposes every single spending cut. Not sparing any dramatics, they are hammering home by withdrawing his support for the police budget reductions, Miliband has now u-turned on supporting any named cut:

  • Ed Miliband once said he would make a 12 per cent real-terms cut to central government’s contribution to the police budget. Now he wouldn’t make any cuts at all.
  • Ed Miliband once said he agreed with time-limiting Employment and Support Allowance. Now Labour oppose it.
  • Ed Miliband once said he agreed with reforming the Disability Living Allowance gateway. Now Labour oppose it.
  • Ed Miliband once said he agreed with making savings in the roads maintenance programme. Now Labour oppose it.
  • Ed Miliband once said he agreed with making reductions to the Legal Aid budget. Now Labour oppose it.

Sounds more like a conference speech than a press release…

Friday, August 12, 2011

Dozy Ed and His Sleepy Spinners

It’s handbags and at dawn between the Murdoch empire and Ed Miliband. Hardly news anymore, but after Gordon’s hackgate blunders, you would think someone would check the facts before going into battle. People spotted that Ed Miliband had clearly dozed off for a moment during Yvette Cooper’s speech yesterday, and who can blame him. The official line given to the Sun was that he was “looking down at his iPhone”. You can be the judge of that…

Anyone with any clue what they were doing would have left it at that, but instead Ed couldn’t help but try to have the last word with this tweet from his press team:

Harsh words you might say, but all the more embarrassing when you look at which other paper covered the nodding off. Step forward the darlings of the Hackgate scandal – the Guardian:

“He blinked. He kept his eyes open with imaginary matchsticks. Then he finally gave up and drifted into the arms of Morpheus, only to wake up with a jerk.”

Never too late to say sorry Ed…

Knee-Jerk Ed

In a fairly uninspiring interview on the Today programme, Ed just made Guido choke on his corn flakes with his declaration that “knee jerk reactions don’t work”. Is this the same Ed Miliband we know and love?

  • What happened to the Ed Miliband that asked for Ken Clarke’s head on a plate?
  • What happened to the Ed Miliband that called for the break up of the Murdoch empire in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal?
  • What happened to the Ed Miliband who got hitched to Justine after pressure from those of us who pointed out that it was unusual and a little bit weird for a party leader not to be married to the mother of his children?

It seems Ed got his knees done at the same time as his nose…

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Recall Confirmed: You Read It Here First

Number 10 has just confirmed that if Dave is having his holiday ruined, so is everybody else in Westminster. Technically the Prime Minister has all the powers that he needs to shut down the chaos with the army, yet politically it makes sense to bind in Miliband to any decision to made. It will make it a lot harder for Labour to put pictures of boots on the high street on their leaflets…

UPDATE: Finally the BBC are running the recall, which is pencilled in for Thursday morning at 11:30.

Nearly an hour after Guido broke the news. We were faster than Sky, before well connected GPW, long before C4 News’ Cathy Newman or HuffSlo. That’s why we’re Number 1…

Monday, August 1, 2011

Ed Blames HQ For Balls Leak

When Ed Balls had his sneaky shafting of Blair splashed across the Telegraph in June, he was fuming. He even called in the coppers to try find the source of his humiliation and serious destabilisation. Guido imagines he was hoping they would find that the leak originated from the new holders of his old Education brief…

Well Guido would like to point the bruised Shadow Chancellor in the direction of a new clue. It’s been reported that Miliband blames someone in Labour’s Victoria Street headquarters for the “Project Volvo” leaks and the leader’s office is barely on speaking terms with HQ as a result. So over to Balls, will he be pointing the coppers in the right direction now that the suspicion is falling on his own side?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Miliband’s “Staggering” Staggers Ommission

Further to Guido’s posting earlier about Ed’s red-faced re-jigging and “staggering omissions” on his media contact list, it seems there are even more holes. Despite the video evidence, why was the New Statesman’s conference party not deemed worth of a declaration?

Other media organisations got a name check for their conference parties. Turns out it’s not just Ed’s biographer who can’t remember that night…

Miliband’s “Staggering” Hyperbole

When Downing Street rushed out their list of media meetings as part of Dave’s fight back at the height of the phone-hacking storm, they missed a couple off. It was typical of the unnecessary communications errors that so often blight this government. With the fact that Miliband hadn’t missed an open goal, a headstrong Labour put the boot in, briefing the Telegraph that a social meeting with Brooks was  a “staggering omission”. “He has got to get a grip on all this and come clean” screamed Ed…

But what’s this from Team Miliband? An updated list this morning. At first glance not much has changed from the first edition, except for, oh yes, previously undisclosed meetings with Screws editor Colin Myler, and one with Rebekah Brooks for good measure. Is this a “staggering omission” as well? Get a grip on this Ed, and come clean et cetera…

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Red Ed Dived Into Bed

With rumours flying of a massive “data dump” from CCHQ and No. 10 later today, in regard to all of Dave’s meetings with media types since he became leader, Ed Miliband has rushed out his schmoozing list so far. You can read the whole thing here, but it did tickle Guido that having patted the Mirror on the head as soon as he had won, Ed’s diary was dominated with creeping up to the Times, News of the World and the Sun. In fact he’s had so many discussions with the News International stable, that anyone would think that he really, really wanted them to like him. When was Baldwin first suggested?

UPDATE: 11 out of 32 meetings admitted to were with Murdoch’s employees, however Ed has conveniently forgotten to list all his meetings during the leadership race. This was the actual period when he was sucking up the most.

Monday, July 18, 2011

While the PM’s Away…

If it was ever possible to get excited about an Ed Miliband speech, today’s might just come close. Not for his droning on about responsibility and the failures of those in power, nor for his pitiful attempt to play the father of the nation, linking three problems that boiled over while he was in government, but for the fact he made things a whole lot worse for Cameron.

Miliband went about as close as a Leader of the Opposition can come to calling for the Prime Minister to resign without actually saying it. Observant Ed said this is a time for leadership, but Cameron is “unable to provide the leadership this country needs” on account of being  “hamstrung by his own decisions” concerning Coulson. Given Ed’s track record in calling for resignations, such as with Cable and Ken Clarke, Cameron won’t be phoning the Palace just yet. There is no denying though that the Miliband just stepped things up a gear…


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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