Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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…

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Cock Up Gives Ed Donations Space

Tory MP Henry Smith should read Guido more carefully. His Point of Order this morning claimed “it has been reported that the party opposite has received significant donations from AstraZeneca as a company” and that Miliband failed to declare this at PMQs. The Speaker correctly replied that party donations would not be a matter for individual members to declare in the House.

Yet, as Guido revealed yesterday, the donation was actually from an AstraZeneca board member, rather than the company, and was made to Miliband personally, not to the party. If this had been raised as the Point of Order Bercow would surely have required the Labour leader to clarify…

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

AstraZeneca Lobbyists Confirm Labour Relationship

“We are standing up for good jobs in Britain, not Ed Miliband’s supper club cronies” says Tory MP Henry Smith after Guido revealed Ed Miliband received thousands of pounds in donations from an AstraZeneza board member. Ed Miliband should declare his interests before he starts political meddling” Smith continues. Which reminds Guido of a certain dinner we have still never had answers about…

Back in 2011 Ed promised to publish a list of attendees at a suspiciously “private and off the record” dinner held for him at the home of lobbyist-spinmeister Roland “Rat” Rudd:

Rudd’s Finsbury represent AstraZeneca and it’s no secret that he spins for Ed on less official terms. A spokesman for the firm would only confirm Guido that “Astrazenca have an ongoing dialogue with the Labour Party”So was there anyone from the pharma giants at that infamous dinner, and when did they last sit down with Ed?

UPDATE: A Labour spokesman stonewalls:

“The on-going bid for AstraZeneca by Pfizer raises serious questions about a key sector of our economy. It is absurd to suggest that Labour is raising this vitally important issue for any other reason than to represent and reflect the concerns of the tens of thousands of people who could be affected by any takeover.”

They don’t want to answer the questions…

AstraZeneca Board Member Donated Thousands to Miliband

An AstraZeneca board member has personally donated thousands of pounds to Ed Miliband’s office raising questions about the Labour leader’s partiality in the Pfizer take-over row. Miliband failed to declare this interest at PMQs earlier, despite Shriti Vadera donating £4,402 to cover “evening events” with the Labour leader. 

Intervening in such a high profile manner on the side of a pharma company, when you’ve taken donations directly from a board member, leaves very little wriggle room. 

It certainly doesn’t smell right.


Seen Elsewhere

Paper Trail Suggests Ashcroft Still Funding Tories | Indy
Bradford Bun Fight Coming | Speccie
Former Minister’s Join ‘Canberra Caterer’ Outcry | The Times
Stop Bercow | The Times
Speaker Cornered | Times
Britain’s Beheaders | Speccie
‘Underclass’ Is Dave’s Fault | Conservative Women
Civil Liberties/Privacy NGO Hires New CEO | Big Brother Watch
Why I Won’t Join UKIP | Dan Hannan
Who Will Stand Up for the Christians? | Ron Lauder
Labour Swing Extends Deep into Tory Seats | Lord Ashcroft


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