Thursday, July 3, 2014

Godfather Ed: What Have I Done to Deserve This Disrespect?

Badabing! Another day, another former fan of Ed gives their damning assessment of the Labour leader. Jenni Russell’s critique, headlined “Ed and his team would be a disaster at No 10″, is particularly cutting given the Times specifically hired her as a Miliband sympathising columnist. Tonight, she sleeps with the fishes:

“When the Labour party found that it had elected Ed as leader, even the doubters hoped that he would be transformed from awkward chrysalis to confident butterfly. He hasn’t done it. Nearly four years on… he doesn’t exude competence, and charisma eludes him. His personal ratings have ben falling steadily and now stand at -39, a record low. Only a fifth of voters think he is doing a good job; three fifths say he isn’t. Mr Cameron scores far better at -5.”

Accusing him of “arrogant indifference” and warning of the “stifling sterility of Mr Miliband’s lack of interest” in radical ideas, Russell concludes:

“This strategy might just win Mr Miliband the election, but it is a hopeless strategy for government. A leader who can’t inspire confidence, build alliances or enthuse his colleagues will fall apart in No 10. One shadow minister told me that there was little time left to change. He was afraid of losing, but winning might be worse.”

‘What some of us fear is that we’re going to win, but Ed could be such a terrible leader we’ll be out for a generation after that.’”

The real stinger comes in the fact that – as revealed by the Staggers in 2010 – Miliband is the godfather to Russell’s child. Perhaps it really is time for Ed to find a wartime consigliere…

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

WATCH: Miliband Asked to Retract Botched PMQs Sums

Another day, another Point of Order raised in the House following a story that appeared on this blog. This afternoon Matt Hancock asked whether Ed Miliband should be made to correct the record after botching his sums at PMQs by 134%, Deputy Speaker Eleanor Laing ruled that it was sufficient that the Labour frontbench were aware of the error. Guido is happy to have provided this public service…

Ed’s PMQs Figures Out By 134%

Yesterday Ed botched his figures, today he’s botched his sums. During his comfort zone PMQs on the NHS, Miliband bleated:

“Let me give him the figures for his target: before his reorganisation, the number of people waiting more than four hours was 353,000. After his reorganisation, that has risen to 939,000, an increase of 300%. Is that better or worse?”

A Guido co-conspirator points out that 939,000 is, to be precise, 266% of 353,000.

That is not a 266% increase though, it’s an increase of 166%, which is 134% points away from 300%.

Even when they’re ignoring the economy, Labour still can’t get their sums right…

Thursday, June 26, 2014

LibDem Friends of Palestine Pushes Anti-Semitic Miliband Slur

What is it about LibDems and “the Jews”? Even David Ward would have thought twice about LibDem Friends of Palestine’s decision to post an anti-Semitic article attacking Ed Miliband on their Facebook page.

The article reports that “the Labour leader found the time to socialise with the Jewish Lobby”, an infamous racial trope referencing the nasty stereotype of alleged Jewish influence in public life. It goes on to accuse Miliband of exhibit[ing] the complete panoply of Jewish tribal commitment” and “drip[ing] the holy water of the Holocaust and the primacy of Jewish suffering”, claiming that “the Holocaust is the new religion of the Jews”. The article concludes:

“no Brit should consider voting Labour as long as it is ran by a Zionist Jew… the time is ripe to cleanse British public life of Zionists and Jerusalemites”

LibDem Friends of Palestine is the official pro-Palestine organisation in the party, with stalls at party conference every year and a photo of ‘Jihad’ Jenny Tonge at the top of its Facebook page. Oy vey ist mir! 

UPDATE: A spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats says:

“This is not the party view in any way whatsoever. It is clearly inappropriate and offensive. The link has now been removed, LibDem Friends of Palestine recognise it was a mistake.”

No apology, yet…

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WATCH: Cameron v Miliband PMQs Clash in Full

The full exchange between Cameron and Miliband at today’s PMQs. If Ed can’t draw blood today, he never will…

Miliband’s Kinnock/Westland Moment

You can see the very moment that Ed realised he lost today’s potentially game changing moment in the House. A confident Cameron, armed with the Leveson report quotes, got his apology out early, before Ed could call for it. Just look at his face in reaction to the PM’s gag about Ed standing up to Murdoch, posing with the Sun and ultimately weakly apologising. Video to follow…

UPDATE: Video of the moment Ed knew he had lost it:

UPDATE II: In GIF form:

Speaker Watch: Bercow Plays Ball With Bryant

Chris Bryant has the sixth question at PMQs. Phone-hacking has been of some mild interest to him over the years and he gets on famously with Dave. However, Coulson’s trial continues over at the Old Bailey and the judge got very cross yesterday at politicians talking publicly about the partial verdict. As did Coulson’s Scottish lawyers…

Unsurprisingly, Mr Speaker has been accommodating to Labour and will allow Ed and Chris their big moment:

Let the butchery begin.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Ed Struggling to be Heard Over the Noise

The latest round of Shadow Cabinet briefing would suggest Ed’s failing to cut through to his own team, let alone the country. They don’t appear to be listening to what he has to say. This was no more apparent than at last Friday’s Shadow Cabinet meeting in Wales. The pointless PR stunt was was held in a plane engine factory, but nobody could turn off the machinery, so they all had to shout at each other. When that didn’t work they had to get in microphones and loud speakers – yet that didn’t really work either. If Ed Miliband says something, but no one can actually understand what it was, did it really happen?

WATCH: Miliband: “This Taints Cameron’s Government”

“I think David Cameron has very, very serious questions to answer because we now know that he brought a criminal into the heart of Downing Street. David Cameron was warned about Andy Coulson, the evidence mounted up against Andy Coulson, David Cameron must have had his suspicions about Andy Coulson, and yet he refused to act.

I believe this isn’t just a serious error of judgement, this taints David Cameron’s government because we now know that he put his relationship with Rupert Murdoch ahead of doing the right thing when it came to Andy Coulson. I think David Cameron must do much more than an apology, he owes the country an explanation for why he did not act on these allegations against Andy Coulson, why as the evidence piled up he didn’t do anything, and he’s got to explain.”

Roll on PMQs tomorrow…

Monday, June 23, 2014

COMPETITION: Why Would You Want to Work for Ed Miliband?

While the Tories seem to prefer not to pay their interns, Ed Miliband is offering the ‘living wage’ – £8.80 an hour – to hire a “parliamentary apprentice”. Candidates are required to send a cover letter answering, in no more than than 250 words:

“what interests you about working for the Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP?”

Guido thought he would put the question to his readers, so leave your 250 word response (or there abouts) in the comments. The wittiest entry will win a bacon sandwich…

Pic via @generalboles.

Seen Elsewhere

Government Needs 10.6% Spending Cuts To Meet Target | IFS
What We Learned From the Referendum | FT
Scottish Crisis Moves South | Nick Wood
English Democrats Accidentally Celebrate Yes Victory | Pink News
Union In Its Current Form is Dead | Janan Ganesh
Labour Could Be Split in Two | Sun
Ashcroft Poll: Why Scotland Voted No | Buzzfeed
Boris: Change Barnett Formula | Sun
Cameron is Back | Dan Hodges
What Happens Now | James Kirkup
Cairo of the North | Quentin Letts


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cynic says:

Can anyone help me? I went on holiday a week ago and returned to find someone has pulled out the stake and Gordon Brown is back and acting as Prime Minister. What did I miss? Has there been a snap election?


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