Miliband in 2011: Leave Libya to the Libyans

“I think he has demeaned himself and demeaned his office” said Ed Miliband last week about Michael Fallon. Apparently “national security is too important to play politics with”. Fast forward a few days and Miliband is accusing Cameron of abandoning Libya…

Yet Labour have been silent on this issue for years. What was Miliband’s advice for a post Gaddafi world? Leave Libya alone.

“This is an important moment to recognise the National Transitional Council and their role in taking Libya forward and we’ve got to be led by them. It’s very important that Libyans determine their future.”

Hardly sounds like he was calling for the government to do more now, does it?

Let Libya be Libya, says Ed before an election. Why didn’t you occupy them, he screams during an election…

REVEALED: Tom Baldwin Wrote Toxic Migrant Briefing

First he told a senior Lobby journalist: “I hate you. Even if I was dying, I wouldn’t want your bone marrow”.

Then he was responsible for Labour’s “weaponise the NHS” row.

And then Miliband’s Millie Dowler moment“.

Now Guido can reveal it was psycho-spinner Tom Baldwin who wrote the explosive late-night briefing accusing David Cameron over the Med crisis, at 11:23pm:

From Red Ed to Med Ed…

NUS Conference Censor UKIP, Spin “All Parties Invited”

It’s NUS conference time and the parties have apparently been invited to send a video message to the hard left students. NUS President Toni Pearce could not be clearer:

“In the interest of fairness, all parties were invited to contribute.”

Except that’s not quite true.

The NUS press release states:

“Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg, Labour’s Ed Miliband, SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon, Plaid Cymru Leanne Woods, Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, Greg Clark, put forward by the Conservatives, relayed their parties youth message . UKIP’s Nigel Farage was not asked to participate as last year NUS conference passed clear policy influencing this, and the Greens failed to submit a video.”

So how exactly were “all parties were invited to contribute”?

An NUS spinner tells Guido that when Pearce says “all parties were invited to contribute” that meant “all parties except UKIP”.

So in fact the complete opposite of what was said.

Cameraman Taken Down By Labour Press Officer

At least the broadcasters were invited…

UPDATE: 

Informed the cameraman-slaying Labour press officer was an Anna Wright.

Labour HQ Pulling #MiliFandom Strings

Telly sources say that the Labour Party were calling the #MiliFandom in as a story all morning, and now this:

So we’ve gone from Ed Miliband conversing with a random teenage girl who tweets out her sex dreams about him, to it looking suspiciously like a Labour stunt. Guido is not sure which is worse…

Masterful LibDem Graph

A LibDem leaflet from Wantage: 

Guido was commended by Royal Statistical Society at the Statistical Excellence in Journalism Awards 2014, so is in a strong position to pass judgement on such matters. Looks fine to him…

More BBC Website Bias: Food Bank Headline Claim Made Up

The BBC website lost all semblance of editorial impartiality yesterday, but how are they faring today? This headline makes their homepage this morning:

The claim comes from a report by the Trussell Trust, press released this morning as “Food bank use tops one million for first time”. It would be reasonable to assume from both that title and the BBC headline that, currently, one million people are using food banks. Is that the case?

Scroll down to the very bottom of the Trussell Trust press release, and of the “million” in the headline, they admit “on average 49 percent of foodbank users only needed one foodbank voucher in a year”.

In fact, “only 15 percent needed help more than three times in a year”. So it is misleading in the least to imply that a million people are currently using food banks.

What’s more, the Trussell Trust ‘fess up: “We cannot measure unique users on a national scale”. The “million” is not even a unique figure, it counts those who use foodbanks on more than once occassion twice.

But don’t let the facts get in the way of a good election story…

UPDATE: Full Fact also take issue with the headline:

“The claim that over a million people are using Trussell Trust food banks is inaccurate. It comes from confusing the number of different people using Trussell Trust food banks in a year with the number of times they use the food banks.

The Trussell Trust collect their data from the vouchers used by people referred to their food banks. If one voucher feeds a family of 4 people, that’s 4 instances. If the same family visit again next week, that’s another 4 instances. The Trussell Trust say that on average people needed two food bank vouchers annually, so the number of people using food banks is likely to be around half of the 1.1 million figure.”

LibDems Troll Shapps

The LibDem press office are having a laugh:

Coalicious!

Tories Accuse Labour of Stitching Up Shapps

shapps-computers

Punchy kick back from a Tory source regarding the accusations that Grant Shapps did in Tory rivals on Wikipedia:

“This Guardian smear is categorically false and defamatory. It is untrue from start to finish, and was quite likely dreamt up

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Domestic Violence: Labour Fans Paint Cameron Strangling Woman on House

This charming mural has been daubed on the side of a house in Filton and Bradley Stoke, South Gloucestershire alongside a placard backing Labour’s candidate Ian Boulton:

It reads “NHS: Safe in his hands?” and shows David Cameron strangling a […]

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Labour Weaponising Nurses for Miliband Speech

Labour’s “NHS week” is going well. First, a poll found only 13% of GPs back Miliband. Then Andy Burnham’s big NHS poster launch ended in a gaffe and everyone spent the rest of the day talking about the SNP.

Now […]

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War of the Words

There’s a spin war on and Labour think they are onto a Romney-like gaffe by IDS:

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Former Labour MP Dame Anne Begg:

“[Iain Duncan Smith] took to standing behind me during Prime Minister’s Questions. He stood at what’s called the Bar of the House and occasionally he would lean on my wheelchair. Our working relationship was slightly fraught anyway because I’d been critical of him a lot. I wanted to keep that criticism a professional criticism, not a criticism of him as a person so I never quite built up the courage to actually say: ‘Please don’t do that.'”

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