Ed Miliband Embraces "Dancing on Thatcher's Grave"

Ed Miliband was out campaigning in Gloria De Piero’s seat at the weekend in the run up to the locals. It was all smiles and door knocking as per usual. One local council candidate Keir Morrison looked very happy to see the leader, though Guido wonders what the leader would make of the young man’s attire.

Always one for a good march, will Red Ed be joining his Labour colleague as one of the generation that “will dance on Thatcher’s Grave”?

Ed Finds It Hard to Contain Wedding Excitement

Red Ed Poll Lead Dead

Despite Westminster being abandoned, it has been a long political week, that has thrown up an interesting poll by Ipos-Mori. Political Betting report that the Tories are back up to 40%, level-pegging with Labour. Despite the NHS reforms apple cart being kicked over and Miliband constantly popping up all over the place making speeches, his lead is has disappeared. The continued dire LibDem percentage doesn’t bode well for the Yes campaign.

Guido wonders how far ahead Labour would be by now with David in charge…

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Lord Mandelson told ITV1’s Daybreak that Ed Miliband is…

“…so quick to say he’s not New Labour, he’s not Tony Blair and the rest. Well, it’s fine to be something different but you’ve also got to make clear what that something else is, and I don’t think he’s done so yet.”

Don't Mention the Debt

There is something a little Gordon like about Ed Miliband’s flurry of activity today. The Prime Mentalist went through relaunch after relaunch and the Son of Brown’s latest attempt to lead the agenda has all the hallmarks of his metaphorical father. Ed is set to tell the people of Newcastle that they won’t have the same opportunities that their parents did because of the spending cuts. Once again the head is in the sand and the fingers are in the ears.

If the next generations suffer it will be for because of the tax burden they are under to service the government debt. Given every kid born under the last Labour government will have to overcome the weight of £17,000 as their share of the debt, it’s no surprise Labour’s pollster Stan Greenberg can pull out stats that say over 60% of people think life will be tough for the next generation. They’re broke…

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On the Andrew Marr show Ed Miliband was asked…

“Do you accept that before the crisis happened, actually Labour was spending too much?”

“No I don’t.”

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Neal Lawson of Compass says

“Labour needs to demonstrate different thinking and Ed is doing a pretty good job at that. He does seem extremely calm through his Zen-type socialism…”

Moment Red Ed Became "Son of Brown"

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You can still get reasonable odds that Ed won’t be leading Labour at the general election…

Labour Source: "People Have Made Up Their Mind"

Guido has called round a few Labour sources after that PMQs. The sentiment seems to be, particularly from those that didn’t vote for Ed Miliband, that “he is as bad as we feared”. Given that the majority of Labour Party members and the parliamentary party didn’t vote for him that is something of problem for the current leader of the Labour Party.[…]

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Read Ed's Speech, Not Impressed

“Being rooted in people’s lives is not about a slogan, it’s not about going out and just saying ‘tell us what we should think’, but it is about saying we need to be reconnected to the hopes and aspirations of the people of Britain.”

Having read Ed’s speech twice and learnt nothing from the platitudes, Guido fears he still knows where Ed wants to take a Labour Party “rooted in people’s lives”.[…]

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Red Ed's Euro Piggies

Last week ten deficit-denying Labour MEPs voted against a freeze in the EU’s budget. What is it that  could possibly make them want to defend the status quo? Well in the last year alone the the luddites have claimed £786,478.66 between them from the taxpayer.[…]

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Shadow Cabinet of Millionaires

Guido has noticed a few Shadow Cabinet members using the phrase “Cabinet of Millionaires”, a charge usually made by trots selling papers. Red Ed clearly calculates this will harm the government in an era of cuts. Over the weekend he said it didn’t matter if millionaires were given child benefit because “there aren’t that many millionaires in this country”.[…]

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Dan Hodges blogs of Ed Miliband’s appointment of Alan Johnson…

‘… one former Downing Street aide said to me: “It shows he’s not going to have any truck with the deficit deniers”.’[…]

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Continuity TaliBrown Not Happy

Kevin Maguire and Charlie Whelan are two of the most high profile former members of the inner-circle of the TaliBrown, now they are at the core of the continuity-TaliBrownies. Both are allies of, and boosters for Brown’s heir, Ed Balls. Both of them today are not happy…

Our Kevin says Not-So-Red-Ed was “scared of his shadow – or at least the notion of making either Ed Balls or Yvette Cooper his Shadow Chancellor.[…]

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We Khan't Go On Like This

Once could be seen as a mistake, twice a habit, but three times? Miliband campaign manager and expenses cheat Sadiq Khan is in yet more hot water. Once again he has been caught breaking expenses rules. First there was “the rose” incident, then the pending police investigation for fraud and now he faces the humiliation of John Lyon finding him guilty of sending out a political mail shot on his taxpayer funded communications allowance during his tight re-election campaign.[…]

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Lunch at Red Ed's Diner

The CCHQ boys and girls do like a tease:

The beer was a little flat…[…]

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Owen Smith backs one hour contracts but wants to abolish zero hours contracts:

“You need to give people a contract to say, ‘here’s what you will be working’. It could be one, but I’m saying it shouldn’t be zero, we should invert that emphasis.”

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