Friday, May 23, 2014

IN QUOTES: Labour MPs Line Up to Turn Fire on Miliband

The airwaves dam is beginning to crack as Labour MPs and insiders line up to slag off Ed and Labour’s strategy:

Sarah Champion: 

“Ed Miliband does come up on the doorstep and people feel a slight disconnect from him”

Tessa Jowell:

“Don’t eat a bacon butty with the world’s cameras on you, quite frankly.”

“He was not absolutely on top of the bill from the checkout… I assume Ed’s wife Justine does the shopping”

John Mann:

[To Michael Dugher]: “Michael knows full well that the Labour strategy was not to attack UKIP and that was an error . We chose not to attack UKIP and that was a bad error.”

“The people with strategy at the top, ignored them instead of taking them on, and that was disastrous, what they should have done was take on Ukip.

Ed Miliband is not broadening the appeal for me and other MPs. Some of the pointy heads at the top of the party thought that Ukip doing well was what we needed, exactly the opposite. And it’s that change of strategy which is essential.

We need to address issues, people want action and clear policies.People don’t want to be heard, they wanted to be listened to. We have to see this by conference, that coalition that Labour has had before, where people like me and my views and others are part of that broad church, and those in London running the metropolitan elite are not incorporating us.”

Graham Stringer:

“You can’t turn Ed Miliband into the personality of Nigel Farage and neither would we want to, but what you can do is make sure his presentation as a person is professional and simple mistakes are made like not knowing how much he spends on shopping when the cost of living is the central part of our campaign at the moment.”

“I would change and strengthen the campaign team around him . I don’t really understand what the position of Axelrod is. Whether he’s there as a bit of a comfort blanket and a bit of a PR exercise, or whether he’s really going to take charge of the campaign. But somebody should”

Simon Danczuk: 

“I’m not going to pretend that Ed Miliband as an issue doesn’t come up on the doorstep, of course it does.”

John Healey:

“If you don’t equip people with good analysis and strong messages, things that are tested that they can use when they confront a challenge, then they do their own thing or indeed they do nothing.”

Labour figure:

“The narrative around Ed Miliband, because it’s the truth, is that he looks weird, sounds weird, is weird.”

Senior MP:

“Challenging Ukip got lost in the froth and I’m baffled at the failure to condemn what Farage was saying. There’s no firm person who is running organisation of the campaign. People thought it was lacklustre, and the biggest responsibility for this has to go to Douglas, who is doing too many jobs.”

A shadow minister:

“There have been a number of us saying that Ukip was not taken seriously enough. We were telling them that they were in their comfort zone if they thought Ukip was only taking votes off the Tories. You might argue there’s a bit of a gap between people in HQ and people out on the street.”

Labour insider: 

“The stakes are just too high to cover this up… denial is the most dangerous thing now.”

A former aide to Miliband:

 Told HuffPo UK that the “scale of the nightmare for Labour is extraordinary”, adding: “What would we had was nothing less than a near death experience across the board, with the exception of London.”

And it’s barely lunchtime on the first day.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

All Quiet on the Doncaster Front

Ed Miliband’s campaign office was hardly a hive of activity earlier, despite the fact there are local elections in Doncaster today.

These carpet baggers can never be relied on…

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Ed Meets Some Tories

Poor Ed. First he kicked off his tour of the country today by visiting a cafe in Bedford, where the owner revealed that “I find the Conservatives are more pro-business”. Then he went to a brewery in Bedford, where one of the bosses says “The move by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, to not only abolish the duty escalator but to actually reduce duty was a welcome one, allowing the Group to pass the 1p saving on to our brewery pub licensees”. Surely Ed’s afternoon trip to Doncaster to campaign on zero-hour contracts can’t possibly go wrong? He better ignore the fact that Labour-run Doncaster council employs 300 people on zero-hour contracts, mind. Another good day on the stump then.

VIDEO: Ed’s Battle of the Bacon Butty

His aides did their best to divert the camera crew, but their attempts to save their leader were in vain…

Via Sky News.

The Man Who Hated Bacon

bacon

The Standard reports:

“Mr Miliband’s battle to consume the greasy treat alarmed his media minders, who tried to stop photographers taking close-ups of butter oozing between his teeth. After a few bites, the Labour leader appeared defeated, and the snack was put into the custody of Lord Wood, a senior shadow cabinet member.”

As Gordon said in ’10: “If you can’t get your photo right, it’s pretty difficult to get your policies right.”

Via Standard.

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…


Seen Elsewhere

Government Needs 10.6% Spending Cuts To Meet Target | IFS
What We Learned From the Referendum | FT
Scottish Crisis Moves South | Nick Wood
English Democrats Accidentally Celebrate Yes Victory | Pink News
Union In Its Current Form is Dead | Janan Ganesh
Labour Could Be Split in Two | Sun
Ashcroft Poll: Why Scotland Voted No | Buzzfeed
Boris: Change Barnett Formula | Sun
Cameron is Back | Dan Hodges
What Happens Now | James Kirkup
Cairo of the North | Quentin Letts


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Diane Abbott on the Daily Politics:

“Labour MPs will unite behind Ed Miliband, once we find out what our policies are.”



cynic says:

Can anyone help me? I went on holiday a week ago and returned to find someone has pulled out the stake and Gordon Brown is back and acting as Prime Minister. What did I miss? Has there been a snap election?


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