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 the front page:

The one time it’s not littered with sympathetic Labour lines, it is conveniently not reporting Labour disasters.

Can they really think that if Ed Miliband screws up and the BBC website don’t cover it prominently, then it did not really happen? 

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 the first crack”:

Well Harman was jumped with the comments on Sky News this morning:

Note how Labour’s position has shifted, with Harman calling the constitution ‘suggestions’. A total fudge. 

 

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 “commissioned a giant stone inscription bearing Labour’s six election pledges that is set to be installed in the Downing Street Rose Garden if he becomes prime minister.”

Apparently:

“The 8ft 6in-high limestone structure is intended to underline his commitment to keep his promises by having them literally “carved in stone” and visible from the offices inside No 10.”

They might as well write it on the barn wall…

At Last! Axelrod Arrives

And don’t they look happy to see him?

Yeah, really buzzing.

Winners grin, losers spin. Pretty grim faces all round…

Tutting Diane Abbott: ‘Tories Harp On About Mid-Staffs’

In an ITV London health debate last night former Shadow Health Minister Diane Abbott tutted when the Mid-Staffs scandal was mentioned:

When called out by the presenter, she justified her response by claiming that the Tories “always harp on about Mid-Staffs”. Apparently mentioning 1,200 deaths through neglect on Labour’s watch is not allowed, despite their claims to be the party of the NHS…

Two-Faced Chuka’s Sneaky Leaflet Con

What a lot of endorsements that nice Chuka Umunna has on his campaign literature from the good people of Streatham:

There are glowing references from Edris Thompson, a “retired healthcare worker“, who tells her fellow constituents “he cares a […]

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Where is the Outrage for These Dodgy Councillors?

Since the beginning of the year 291 LibDem, Labour or Tory councillors/candidates have hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons, yet received nowhere near the same level of outrage dished out over Ukippers misdemeanours.

Research by ‘Nope No Hope’ […]

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Biased BBC Election Website At It Again

Here’s the BBC election website at the opening of play this morning. It’s a Labour wet dream:

Labour’s lines and policies feature prominently and are completely unquestioned.

The only mention of the Tories links back to an ancient story about […]

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