Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Jim Grant Speaks
Miliband Apologises to Swindon Labour Leader

We all know who Jim Grant is now. The Swindon Labour leader who Ed Miliband forgot the name of during his train wreck radio interview yesterday has accepted an apology:

“I have spoken to Ed this morning. He apologised for the obvious lack of briefing that he had. But these things happen.”

Just more often to Ed than anyone else…

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Labour Candidate Who Attacked Miliband Back on Message

Tristan Osborne, the Labour candidate turned over by the Sunday Times after being secretly recorded slagging off Ed Miliband and Labour’s strategy, has had a remarkable turn around in opinion, if his Twitter feed is anything to go by:

The candidate in Chatham has taken to robotically pushing the very Labour message that he said was failing just last week:

Tristran Osborne lives in a posh gated development in Rochester (not actually in his prospective constituency) and he is an old boy of the supposed second oldest public school in the country, Kings Rochester, whereas his opponent Tracey Crouch is state school educated… hasn’t Labour already got one posh Tristan? At least Ed now knows who he is…

Ed Miliband: Careless Whisper

Another GuyNews musical special for you. Here is Ed Miliband, to the tune of Careless Whisper:

“I feel so unsure…”

Mili-onaire Ed’s Cost of Living Crisis

In touch Ed claimed that his family of four spent “probably £70, £80 a week on groceries a week, probably more than that” when ambushed with the perfectly reasonable question on ITV’s Good Morning Britain:

EM: We probably spend, er, you know, 70, 80 pounds per week on groceries at least, probably more than that. The point is that different families will have different costs they face. What I am clear about is that there is a crisis facing so many people.

ITV: The average weekly bill for a family of four is more than £100. So you are going to spending significantly more than £70/80. People would say that one of the problems with politicians is that they are actually talking about something but out of touch with the reality, and the reality is much higher than you’ve just quoted.

EM: Sure. 

A conservative estimate puts the mili-onaire Miliband’s joint income at around £400,000 per year, meaning they are bringing in at least £7,500 per week. The idea that they spend just 1% of this on groceries is ridiculous. Once again Ed’s mask slips on the ‘light and easy’ breakfast shows. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Why Are You Doing So Badly, Ed?

Krishnan Guru-Murthy asks Ed Miliband:

His face…

Axelrod Can’t Even Spell Miliband

Was it revenge for calling him Alexrod? At least he didn’t call him David.

 UPDATE: He’s also following the wrong Miliband Twitter account:

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Rape Crisis Slam Mitchell as Ed Twiddles Thumbs

Rape Crisis England and Wales has slammed Labour MP Austin Mitchell for his comments comparing Pfizer to “rapists”, saying that they show he “cares little” for rape victims and condemning him for his failure to apologise:

“It is deeply disappointing that, in 2014, public figures and elected representatives still think it’s appropriate to trivialise rape with careless language and casual metaphor.

This episode suggests Austin Mitchell is not aware of how very many survivors of sexual violence are among his electorate, or the audience to any speech he gives, and that he knows or cares little about what it’s like to live with the aftermath of such terrifying crimes.

It is particularly disrespectful to survivors that he hasn’t had the good grace to apologise properly for his
comments.”

Mitchell is still refusing to apologise for the comment, in direct defiance of party command. A strong leader would have hamstrung Mitchell midway through his extensive broadcast round last night, but instead Ed just looked on. Given Miliband has been so willing to use Rape Crisis in the past to tee up questions at PMQs attacking the government, perhaps he willing to listen to them again this time.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Wheels Coming Off Labour Axel …rod

Dan Hodges has more on the high speed separation of the wheels from Labour’s axel… rod:

“The election campaign is being managed by Spencer Livermore, who is trying to sell the whole package via classical New Labour hard marketing techniques. His colleague, Douglas Alexander, has reportedly been banished to Scotland as scapegoat for the disintegration of Labour’s Euro election campaign. Michael Dugher, one of the party’s most accomplished campaigners, has been shunted off into the murky world of political black ops, managing the party’s “SEAL” attack team. The rest of shadow cabinet have simply vanished without a trace. 

When David Axelrod, the former Obama strategist, arrives for his first meetings with his new employers today, he could be forgiven for thinking he just walked into a lunatic asylum. “Where’s that guy who hired me?”. “Douglas? He’s off polling the Gorbals”. But he won’t have walked into an asylum. He’ll have walked into Ed Miliband’s Labour Party.

How long before a Labour MP breaks cover to moan on the airwaves? Guido’s money is on before PMQs tomorrow…

Monday, May 12, 2014

WATCH: Ed’s Big Break

Ed has been down the pub for a pint and a game of pool with the Daily Star. After a gruelling battle that went right down to the wire, the Labour leader had the chance to seize victory. And bottled it…

Adding his name to a long list of politicians who have failed at sport:

It also took him an hour to see off his pint…

Friday, May 9, 2014

Miliband Faces Astra Donation Standards Investigation

Tory MP David Morris has shopped Ed to the Standards Commissioner over his failure to declare a donation from an AstraZeneca board member to his personal office. As Guido revealed on Wednesday, Shriti Vadera’s donation worth £4,402 was made in December, during her time on the AZ board of directors. Now the Labour leader will have to explain to Kathryn Hudson why he didn’t mention this when he was fighting AZ’s corner at PMQs…


Seen Elsewhere

What Ruffley Standing Down Tells Us About Gove | James Forsyth
Tories Say They Could Sack Ruffley | Buzzfeed
Ruffley Supporter Provokes Outcry | HuffPo
Mirror Readies Pennies for Hacking Payouts | Media Guido
How to Win a Twitter Argument | Hopi Sen
Sign Petition Calling for Ruffley to Resign | Change.org
People’s PMQs Would Divide Politicians and Public | Dan Hodges
Morgan Hires Gay Rights Campaigner as SpAd | Telegraph
Don’t Underestimate Philip Hammond | Nick Wood
Labour Council Collaborates With Pro-Hamas Group | Breitbart
Qatar Sugar-Daddies of Islamist Financing | Left Foot Forward


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New Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has big ambitions in his first meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu today:

“I came to bring this conflict to an end.”



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