Awkward Ed Miliband Moments

Guido enjoys browsing the entire website devoted to Awkward Ed Miliband Moments, CCHQ’s press office delights in re-tweeting gurning pictures of the Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition and now the Mail joins in with 9 pictures taken during his speech yesterday. Not so much ‘Red Ed’ as ‘Weird Ed’.

Is this the face of a Prime Minister?

Exclusive: Ed’s Spanish Honeymoon

Guido has gone back to his source regarding the sighting of Ed Miliband at his North London home this weekend – when he was supposed to be on honeymoon – the source is adamant that they saw Ed at home on Saturday morning. Guido has now had a second source come in that makes this very plausible.

Guido’s co-conspirator on easyJet says Ed flew from Gatwick on the 1310 easyJet 5177 flight Sevilla Airport, “He had priority boarding sat in row 3 in the window seat with Justine squashed in the middle next to a fat Spaniard. Only luggage was a large rucksack – looked like a student.” Which is a pretty good description of the normal look of the Leader of the Opposition.

Seville came to a standstill on Sunday, as the rather lame “Spanish Revolution” (©Laurie Penny) reached Ed’s chosen honeymoon destination. The revolutionary fervour began before the recent elections, it has been so successful that the centre-right Popular Party saw massive electoral advances. There is a lesson there…

Ed’s “Honeymoon”

Guido wonders if Ed Miliband really went on that “5 day honeymoon somewhere in Europe” that papers were briefed about. On Saturday he was spotted by a Guido co-conspirator at his North London home in Dartmouth Park. This evening he has been spotted in London again by an EyeSpyer.

Guido put it to a Labour source that the “somewhere in Europe” might mostly be London NW5. “No comment” was the reply…

Tories Level Pegging Makes Labour Uneasy

The ComRes/Indy poll makes pretty sorry reading for Labour HQ (Con 37%, Lab 37%, Lib 12%). The Ed Miliband honeymoon is clearly over.

Guido wasn’t expecting the Tories to be level pegging with the Labour Party in the polls until the autumn conference season. Guido expects Ed will  underwhelm the already restless rank and file during the Labour Party’s conference. With half the shadow cabinet in despair with their weak leader and even Tom Baldwin seeming to have lost his motivation to spin,   MPs are beginning to contemplate the unhappy prospect of getting rid of the Labour leader next year. Plotting Blairites are setting Ed up for a fall, claiming that if Boris wins the London mayoral election, Ed will have to go. Guido doesn’t quite follow why that should be a consequence. The CCHQ “Save Ed” faction is getting worried…

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…

Quote of the Day

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 […]

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Quote of the Day

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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Quote of the Day

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…”[…]

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Moment Red Ed Became “Son of Brown”

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

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Quote of the Day

Janan Ganesh on Labour’s soft left

“Ms Cooper does not believe the previous Labour government was wrong to run a fiscal deficit after 15 years of economic growth. Both she and Mr Burnham think families should be entitled to tax credits for a third child. These views are not mad. They are just a bit too left-wing for Britain. For any serious party, that amounts to the same thing. The soft left is more electable than the hard left but then Mars is more habitable than Neptune: neither planet will host human life anytime soon.”

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