Axelrod: British Press More Powerful Than Fox News

“The thing I’d say to you though about this, these people are less powerful than they used to be,” Ed Miliband told Russell Brand during their enlightening discussion about his critics in the newspapers. Someone should tell the man Labour are paying £300,000 to consult on messaging.

In an interview with Politico today, David Axelrod is asked whether he thinks Britain’s right-wing press is more powerful than Fox News, beamed into 87,058,000 American households. He replies:

“Yeah, I do.”

He goes on to admit he only visited the UK six times while working for Ed. That’s £50,000 a trip…

Hames Homes Hypocrisy

LibDem Duncan Hames got down and dirty in 2010, blasting his Tory opponent for being “a Devon farmer who splits his time between his three homes, leaving him out of touch with local people”. Five years on and the MP defending a perilous 2,000 majority has done rather well for himself during his time in parliament.

Hames declares on his Statement of Persons Nominated that he lives at an address in Holt, in his Chippenham constituency.

His wife, fellow LibDem MP Jo Swinson, discloses on her election forms that she lives in Bearsden, in her East Dumbartonshire constituency. Mr and Mrs Hames either live separate lives or must be spending time at each other’s ‘main’ homes.

Swinson also claims on expenses for another property in London, where they live together during the week.

Five years after attacking his opponent for the very same thing, Hames is now: “Splitting his time between his three homes, leaving him out of touch with local people…”

#WifeBeaters4Labour #Doggers4Labour #Smackheads4Labour

Stan Collymore, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan.

Do celebs help or hinder parties?

Labour Officially Defend Segregated Rally

A Labour spokesman speaks, finally:

“Labour fully supports gender equality in all areas of society and all cultures. Equally, we support those who are breaking down barriers where inequality remains. There was no forced segregation. Speakers at the event included both women and men. Everyone was together in one room and all were treated equally and respectfully.”

So apparently it wasn’t forced and just happened naturally. Of course…

Funny looking definition of “all were treated equally”.

UPDATE:

Lucy Powell Claims Everyone ‘Deliberately Misquoting’ Her

Put your spade away, Lucy:

Such as the Guardian’s political editor:

And the BBC:

Including their Labour election correspondent:

And the ‘right-wing’ Manchester Evening News:

You can’t misquote her actual words

Lucy Powell Gaffe: Miliband Might Break #EdStone Promises

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Lucy Powell has dropped another spectacular clanger. Asked on 5Live this morning whether having to carve their pledges into stone was a sign the public didn’t trust them, Labour’s election chief inexplicably replied:

I don’t think anyone is suggesting that the fact that he’s carved them into stone means, you know, means that he will absolutely, you know, not going to break them or anything like that.”

So there you have it. Labour’s pledges are not even worth the stone they are carved on…

Balls Blows It: Another 2010 Video Emerges to Ruin Labour’s ‘Squatting’ Spin

New video has emerged that further weakens Labour’s latest line that the PM should leave Downing Street immediately if he has not achieved a majority. On election night in 2010, Ed Balls was very clear about our constitutional position: the Prime Minister gets to stay in Downing Street, regardless of the result:

“The first question is, can the Prime Minister form a government…  it’s about the way our county is governed…  the question will be, can the Prime Minister form a government?”

As Guido revealed at the weekend, Ed Miliband was saying exactly the opposite back in 2010 to what Labour are saying today:

“The Prime Minister – the constitutional position is clear – gets to have the first crack… the Prime Minister gets the first go at that and that’s just very simple.”

As the Guardian agrees today:

“Constitutional experts are united that Cameron is entitled to sit in Downing Street to see if he can form a government and might even be entitled to put his Queen’s speech to a vote in the Commons.”

Yet the order has gone out from Labour HQ: say the exact opposite to what they were saying in 2010 when it was their man in Downing Street. 

Labour’s coordinated line is clear: even if the Tories are the biggest party, they have lost. One Labour official briefs:

“All the noise coming out of the mouths of David Cameron and Nick Clegg is about how they can cling on to power even if their coalition loses its majority.”

Over at the Staggers, Owen Jones says the rules must be rewritten, but only if it keeps out the Tories:

“If there is a left-of-centre, anti-Tory majority in parliament then the Tories must fall, however many seats they have won. Left-wing parties will have won the election and a left-of-centre government led by Labour must take office.”

LabourList’s normally quite reasonable Mark Ferguson has verbally soiled himself:

“If Cameron ends up similarly able to command a majority, he’ll seek to be dragged out of Downing Street in the dead of night – after losing a Queen’s Speech vote – his fingernails scraping their way down Whitehall as he goes.”

Did they really think everyone would just forget what Labour were saying just five short years ago?

No Backing for Bad Boy Baldwin

One important face was missing from the backstage ‘spin room’ at last Thursday leaders’ Question Time encounter: Ed Miliband’s controversial media henchman Tom Baldwin.

In the last year Baldwin has been criticised for comparing a tax row to the death of ‘Milly Dowler’, making a sick jibe about cancer to a journalist, using the term ‘weaponise’ about the NHS and finally, last Monday, blaming the Prime Minister for migrant deaths in the Med, triggering a huge political row.

Word reaches Guido that Miliband was furious with Baldwin’s bloody briefing and his spokesman declined the opportunity to comment when asked whether Ed would take his controversial spin king into Downing Street should he win on Thursday.

“When the spokesman needs a spokesman”, as the old saying goes…

Biased BBC Website Forgets Biggest Story of the Day

Head over to the controversial BBC Election hub if you DON’T want to read about Ed Miliband and his massively derided stone pledges stunt, that united the nation in laughter at the Labour leader. Not a squeak of it on […]

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Harman Blurs Lines After Miliband ‘First Crack’ Comments

In the Sun today Guido has dug up an old interview of Ed Miliband saying on camera that the “constitutional position is clear” and “very simple”: in the event of a hung parliament “the Prime Minister gets to have […]

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The Gospel According to Miliband

And lo, the Lord thy God spoke unto Miliband the Younger, and said: thou must control immigration.

Today’s Observer is not a spoof. It seems Ed has been hanging out with Russell Brand a little too long. Labour really have […]

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At Last! Axelrod Arrives

And don’t they look happy to see him?

Yeah, really buzzing.

Winners grin, losers […]

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