Rich’s Monday Morning View

Ed Miliband: I Am Tough Anus

Hell yes!

That’s what £10,000 quid a day training gets you…

Ed Brought to ‘Heal’

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…

Respect: Labour Launch “White Van” Campaign

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!

Where’s Ed? Labour Leader Missing

The excellent ElectionLeaflets.Org allows voters to upload and monitor the gazillions of leaflets currently being stuffed through letterboxes up and down the country as polling day approaches. Flicking through the site, Guido was struck by something:

Where’s Ed Miliband on all the Labour leaflets?

Miliband Speaks Out In Kitchen Row

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.

At Last: A Brilliant Miliband Media Performance

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.

Milimetres: Mystery of Miraculously Massive Miliband

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:

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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:

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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…

Low Demand For Miliband Snaps For Labour Leaflets


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

Dear colleagues,

There will be an opportunity for colleagues to have

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Axelrod Speaks: Guru Lukewarm About Miliband on CNN

David Axelrod was caught off guard by Christiane Amanpour on CNN and asked about Ed Miliband. Watch his face fall:

The most positive thing Axe says is that that polls say Ed could win and that no one likes the […]

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Rich’s Monday Morning View

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‘“If Tom Baldwin didn’t have at least one enemy in every newspaper office, he could have called in some favours,” fumes a close colleague.’

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FLASHBACK: When the Milibands Avoided Tax

Miliband worded this answer about the Deed of Variation on his family home very carefully:

“This is something my mother did 20 years ago. That was a decision she made. Let me just say this: I’ve paid tax as a

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Quote of the Day

Janan Ganesh on Labour’s soft left

“Ms Cooper does not believe the previous Labour government was wrong to run a fiscal deficit after 15 years of economic growth. Both she and Mr Burnham think families should be entitled to tax credits for a third child. These views are not mad. They are just a bit too left-wing for Britain. For any serious party, that amounts to the same thing. The soft left is more electable than the hard left but then Mars is more habitable than Neptune: neither planet will host human life anytime soon.”

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