Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Who is Miliband Going to Fire?

Miliband’s policy on anonymous negative briefings could not have been made any clearer when McBride’s book came out in the autumn. Here is Chuka explaining where they stand:

“One of the things Ed has been so clear about – and I remember because I was in the shadow cabinet meeting – is he will not tolerate any of that kind of behaviour. If anybody is found briefing against anybody, you are out.”

Today the Sun quotes a “senior Labour insider” as saying Balls has nine months to save himself from being knifed by Miliband:

“If we’re still in difficulty on the economy by the time of the party conference in September, then he will do it. You should not underestimate how ruthless Ed is. He will not let anything stand between us and the election, and that includes Ed Balls.”

So Ed, who you gonna fire?

Miliband’s Union Henchman Forced to Apologise to Commons

Miliband’s “Spokesman on Trade Unions & Industrial Relations” Ian Murray will be forced to apologise to the House this afternoon by the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner after he failed to declare his interests regarding his union paymasters while legislating on, ironically, the Transparency in Lobbying Bill. Whoops.

Socialist Venezuela Faces “Economic Collapse”

Yesterday Guido’s unrivalled international coverage brought you the news that Miliband’s mate François Hollande was leading France into a triple dip recession. Things aren’t going so great in France, but how are they doing down in Venezuela, another of Labour’s favourite foreign allies?

This week the country has been downgraded by not one but two credit ratings agencies. Standard and Poor have cut their bond ratings blaming the “radicalisation” of Maduro’s “economic war” on the “bourgeoisie”. Now Moody’s have cut their local and foreign currency ratings, delivering a damning indictment of Venezuela’s socialist programme:

“The downgrade reflects Moody’s view that Venezuela is facing increasingly unsustainable macroeconomic imbalances, including a sky rocketing inflation and a sharp depreciation of the parallel exchange rate. As government policies have exacerbated these problems, the risk of an economic and financial collapse has greatly increased.”

In France the man Miliband said offered a “different way forward” is on the verge of a triple dip. In Venezuela the man Labour MPs told us would show “a better way is possible” is pushing his country towards economic ruin. Don’t say you weren’t warned…

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Miliband is Selfie-Obsessed

Ed’s selfie on the 6.45 from Leeds to London on Friday night was not quite as glamorous as his selfies earlier in the week with Lilly Allen and Joey Essex, or Cameron’s with Obama.

When Ed got on the train at Doncaster two passing teenage girls plucked up the courage to ask to have their picture taken with the Labour leader. His assistant offered to take their pictures when Ed grabbed the mobile phone and said he would do it himself. “Selfies are my new thing” he told them, “I’m learning how to do them.” “I did them with Lilly Allen and Joey Essex this week” he boasted to the girls for some extra street cred.

There were a few more awkward moments while he fiddled with the phone before figuring out how to work it, afterwards Ed asked them to tweet the picture out. Which is exactly what sixth form student Maya Rose did when she also asked Ed for a selfie.

Even the train guard got one…

Hollibande Leaves France on Verge of Triple Dip Recession

A year seems a long time ago for Ed and Francois’ friendship. Back then Miliband could not have been more glowing about the man whose socialist policies he vowed to replicate in Britain:

“What President Hollande is seeking to do in France and what he is seeking to do in leading the debate in Europe is find that different way forward. We are in agreement in seeking that new way that needs to be found and I think can be found.”

So how that “different way forward” that Miliband endorsed getting on? In June Hollande declared that “what you need to understand is that the crisis in Europe is over.” That may be the case in Germany, but as the rest of the Eurozone recovers France is being left behind. This week Markit’s flash index reported manufacturing and services in France are at a seven-month low. Things are so bad that Renault, the 114-year-old French car company, has moved its factories to Spain. Crucially, this morning experts are now predicting a triple dip recession.

All the while Hollande has the lowest approval rating of any French president on record. This is who Miliband chose as the politician he wanted to emulate. Protesters on the streets, tax hikes causing an exodus of entrepreneurs, the economy run into the ground while rivals prosper. We have our warning of what Prime Minister Miliband would mean right across the Channel…

See also: Le Triple Dip for Hollibande, After Merkozy, Whatever Happened to Hollibande?

Monday, December 9, 2013

Mail on Sunday Miliband Memorial Hack Back

Page 52 of yesterday’s Mail on Sunday had an interesting byline on a piece about Cliff Richard.

That of a Jo Knowsley.

Seems her suspension after crashing a Miliband memorial service is over.

Ed’s Hull Hell

Sports fans will be aware that the controversial owner of Hull City, Assem Allem, is under fire after announcing plans to rebrand the club as the “Hull Tigers”. The marketing move has sparked uproar from supporters, who understandably consider this an attack on their historical identity. Allem showed his true colours when he said of protesting fans:

“They can die as soon as they want, as long as they leave the club for the majority who just want to watch good football.”

Ed Miliband has declared war on “predator” bosses only “interested in the fast buck” before people and promised to “challenge irresponsible, predatory practices wherever we find them”. Given Allem has donated £100,000 to the Labour leader and chauffeured him to the ground in his Rolls Royce, whose side is Ed on in this one?

Miliband’s Godless Christmas Card

Miliband follows Cameron with another Christmas card devoid of any Christmassy merit whatsoever.

Via @paulwaugh

Friday, November 22, 2013

Ed’s Desert Island Discs

No doubt he has endlessly focus grouped the perfect tunes. Given how much money Labour take from Unite, it would be rude not to play (You don’t get me I’m) Part Of The Union.

Traditionally people open up about their past and family on the show, so why not a tune for betrayed David Miliband?

Dire Straits’ Brothers In Arms perhaps.

Or a special cover: He Ain’t An MP, He’s My Brother.

Team Ed’s Shoot the Messenger Strategy

Dissent will not be tolerated. Ever since Ed’s deliberate war with the Mail over a mere headline, any story that displeases the Labour Party is billed a smear or an attack on Miliband without substance. It’s a deliberate strategy to try to hamstring the coming media onslaught in the run up to the next election. By billing Ed as some self-appointed moral media guardian who is only being attacked because of his stance of standing up to the press, they hope to blunt the multitude of legitimate blows. In reality, it’s just another attempt by a worried party that has a penchant for strong-arming the media. Labour should save the word “smear” for a morning when one of their donors and advisers hasn’t just been nicked.

UPDATE: 

UPDATE II: Worth noting a Miliband flunky retweeted the tweet on his behalf, so Ed is fully behind the shoot the messenger strategy.


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Labour Spell New Adviser’s Name Wrong | ITV
Dave Stung by Jellyfish | Sun
City Minister’s Inheritance Tax Dodging Trusts | Indy
What I Would Have Done if I was Sarah Wollaston | Iain Dale
Boris is an Epic Europhile | Louise Mensch
Warsi Got PM to Confront “Secular Fundamentalism” | Fraser Nelson
Guardian April Fools Apology | Press Gazette


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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