Despite Ed’s heavy coaching ahead of last nights debate, he still didn’t have a decent answer to the brother bother. Asked about division in the Miliband family, Ed rather optimistically claimed the rift with David was “healed,” before, realising how implausible that sounded and quickly changing that to “healing”. Kay Burley had the most memorable moment of the night with her ‘your poor mum’ zinger:
Perhaps Ed should have spent a little less time practicing saying ‘hell yeah’ on Skype to Axelrod and a little more time working out a plausible explanation for breaking his mother’s heart…
Look away now if your name is Emily Thornberry, but Labour are to launch a special “White Van” election campaign bus. Guido had never seen anything like it, until he got this exclusive picture:
After the disaster of the pink van, it’s time for the “respect-mobile”.
Though hardly very patriotic: it’s a Merc!
Well done to Jonathan Walker from the Birmingham Mail for asking Ed Miliband the most important question of the day:
“I have only just been catching up with it. I think Justine would probably say she wishes I’d spend more time in the kitchen. The house we bought had a kitchen downstairs when we bought it. And it is not the one we use. We use the small one upstairs. This is the kitchen Justine and I use.”
If he can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchens.
Interesting timing for David Miliband to pop up on the Today programme:
Though the Tories would have had him in The Hague for war crimes by now, had he won.
As Guido revealed this morning, Labour MPs were invited to Miliband’s office last week for photos with their leader. One of the few to take up this vote-repelling offer was loyal Toby Perkins:
Though something is not quite right here.
Toby Perkins is 6 foot 6 inches, yet Miliband appears to be almost the same height as him. Other photos of the pair more accurately reflect their height difference:
Is Miliband standing on something?
No, say his people, boldly:
“Ed is over 6 foot and he isn’t standing on a box.”
Yet they went very quiet when Guido asked them to explain the lack of height difference. Toby Perkins has also refused the opportunity to explain what is going on:
Despite the box ‘denial’, in other photographs taken that day – such as this one with Graeme Morris – Ed’s eye line is at a significantly lower level when compared to the panes of the window:
Let’s remember what Ed said last year:
“If you want a politician who thinks that a good photo is the most important thing, then don’t vote for me. Because I don’t. But here’s the thing: I believe that people would quite like somebody to stand up and say there is more to politics than the photo op.”
Standing up on a phone book more like…
Don’t all rush at once:
From: PLP Resource Centre
Subject: MP portrait shots with Ed Miliband, Wednesday 25 February, 1.15pm-2pm, Ed Miliband’s Office, 2nd Floor, NSS
FAO Labour MPs
There will be an opportunity for colleagues to have