Friday, June 13, 2014

Angry Berger Distances Herself From “Mr Miliband”

Labour’s Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger has spoken out over Ed Miliband’s photo with the Sun, distancing herself from the Labour leader, who she calls “Mr Miliband”.

“I welcome the fact that Labour leader Ed Miliband has today made clear that he understands the anger that people on Merseyside feel toward the Sun. I understand and I share that anger…

When asked to pose for a picture to support the England football team at the World Cup, Mr Miliband agreed. He has today apologised.”

Meanwhile a Labour Liverpool councillor has stepped down…

Labour NEC Round on Ed’s Set Piece Slogan

Labour NEC member Ann Black has published her minutes of the last meeting:

“Before the meeting I asked members if “Hardworking Britain Better Off” was an effective slogan, and circulated more than 200 replies, anonymised, to the NEC.  To summarise:  98% of you hated it, because it is divisive; it suggests that Labour only supports those in paid work and does not value the old, the young, the sick, the carers, the disabled, the jobless; it is dog-whistle code for scroungers and skivers; it sounds like a Tory slogan; it is a Tory slogan; it is ungrammatical; and it is meaningless. Parliamentary candidates avoid using it.”

Not even a comma can save it! 

Claims that Miliband said: “I am Very, Very Sorry”

It has been claimed that Ed Miliband was forced to apologise to the people of Liverpool after seemingly the entire city jumped aboard the outrage bus over the Labour leader’s photo holding the Sun. Politics.co.uk report on a meeting with Scouse MPs yesterday:

“[Miliband] was left in no doubt whatsoever about what they thought. Ed Miliband said he was very, very sorry.”

The sincerity of these words should be looked at in perspective: Miliband gratefully accepted the chance of an op-ed for the Sun on Sunday in January and was photographed and filmed going around London with the Sun cabbie just last month. He also posed with the paper in 2011 and 2012. It is almost as if he has calculated that Liverpool will vote Labour anyway…

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Standing Up to Murdoch

Tom Watson has been giving Ed a hard time of late. He’ll love this one from the man who claims not to read British newspapers…

Incidentally Guido could not help but notice what a difference a couple of years makes:

The spin doctors have been at hair and suits. 

UPDATE: Watson: “In my position you have to laugh.”

Ed Spilliband

First tea, then bacon, now coffee. 

Fabians Tell Out of Touch Miliband: Change or You’ll Lose

“Without change, Labour is choosing to lose.” That is the damning verdict of the Fabian Society in a wide-ranging intervention attacking Ed Miliband’s leadership this morning. Their analysis trailed in this week’s New Statesman is stinging in its criticism of the Labour leader. They warn: “it’s clear that Labour needs to reverse its trajectory, particularly as improvements in the economy will boost Tory polls in 2015″, that Labour is in danger of “abandoning blue-collar Britons and becoming a party of the urban middle class alone”, asking “what is the point of a social-democratic party that loses its working-class soul?” The study also find that Labour is “haemorrhaging” support to UKIP, and that the party is on course to lose six seats to Farage:

“Ukip’s results in the 2014 local and European elections demonstrate the importance of blue-collar voters for Labour. These are the voters it has been haemorrhaging for over a decade; those who once sat at home on election day and are now coming out to vote Ukip.”

The numbers say it all:

  • Labour will win significantly less than half of its 106 target seats
  • They will lose at least nine currently Labour-held seats
  • They are on course to win only 58 seats from the Tories and LibDems, ten short of the 68 they need for a majority

Red on red…

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

WATCH: Ed Miliband Meets the Public: Round 2

A few weeks ago Guido brought you the verdict of Channel Four’s GoggleBox on Ed Miliband. The Bafta winning show captures the reactions of people from all walks of society watching TV at home. It wasn’t happy viewing. Well, they’ve had their say again:

“Ain’t he got a funny mouth?”

“He looks like he’s straight out of college. He looks like he’s on an apprenticeship for Labour leader.”

“I think he looks very slimy. I think he sounds more slimy, he sounds very nasal. You can’t trust a man who’s that nasal.”

“It turns me off whenever I hear him talk. I keep thinking blow your nose mate, you’ve got some cold or something.”

“It feels like his mouth shouldn’t be moving but his nostrils should.”

“His nose is squashed, it looks like he’s been in a fight.”

Slim pickings for the Labour leader…

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Like Brown, Ed Picks His Nose on Camera

The Son of Brown has picked up another excellent tip from his political patriarch – having a good dig up his nose in public. Though in a sign of how much progress Labour has made since the last election, at least Ed attempted to mask his nasal mining with a tissue.

The bad news is he still went for it in front of the TV cameras. Having blown his nose, he returns for a good explore. Whatever happened to the party’s hunt for a new broadcasting expert?

Ed in Thurrock: Labour Councillor Faces Benefit Fraud Charges

As if there weren’t already enough rakes to step on for Ed Miliband in Thurrock, a local Labour councillor has been charged with benefit fraud ahead of his trip today. Clare Baldwin has represented Labour on Thurrock council since 2011, this month she appeared in court charged with making dishonest representations so as to obtain housing and council tax benefit, allegedly dishonestly claiming more than £2,640. Labour have suspended Baldwin while she contests the charge, though Guido is told she still sits in the Labour group. Let’s hope no one brings this up this afternoon…

Miliband’s Blair Interview Mop Up Mishap

Miliband’s spinner Patrick Hennessy only follows a handful of Ruths. Ruth Gledhill, a freelance journalist, Ruth Porter from Policy Exchange and Ruth Barnett from Swiftkey. Guido doubts he was reaching out to any of these lovely ladies. More likely the message was to  Ruth Turner, Blair’s gatekeeper. The Today programme mop up is working wonders! 


Seen Elsewhere

Danczuk: Rotherham Abuse Imported From Pakistan | Telegraph
Ashya King Case Shows How Authorities Get it Wrong | ConHome
The Carswell Show | Jon Craig
Cops Seized Journalist’s Phone to Out Whistleblower | Press Gazette
Chuka’s £2,500 Tax Avoidance Donation | Times
Another BBC Stitch Up? | David Keighley
Divided, Pessimistic Tories Expect Defeat | Alex Wickham
Labour Suspends Rotherham Council Members | Sky
PM Used Terror Crisis to Deflect From Carswell | Rachel Sylvester
Scotland Surges for Freedom | Times
Carswell Left Because Cam Can’t Be Trusted on Reform | ConHome


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