Boxgate: Proof Party Leader Stood on Box for Photo-Op

A concerned wee reader gets in touch regarding the use of boxes by politicians in photo-ops:

“At just 5’5” and with our MEP, Ian Duncan, and David Cameron being well over 6 foot, I confess I’m perched on a box of jump leads I retrieved from the boot of my car in this pic taken at Loch Lomond last year. However, the PM is such a gentleman that when we last had our picture taken at Number 10, he slipped off his shoes so that I didn’t look just quite so short.

There’s the difference – Miliband bigging himself up in front of men, while Cameron is more than happy to be a gentleman to women…”

Thanks for clearing that one up, Ruth from Scotland…

Chuka Uses Tragic Train Track Tragedy to Trash Private Sector

Yesterday evening Labour’s Chuka Umunna tweeted his great displeasure at being delayed in returning to his luxury art-deco penthouse apartment in Streatham. There can be no doubt that the Shadow Business Secretary is a man in a hurry for a government limo. Chuka blamed the delay on the private-sector Southern Railway and immediately tried to politicise the issue, making clear he wanted the service brought back into the public-sector:

Unfortunately for Chuka the delays out of Victoria had nothing to do with the private ownership of the railways:

Not a great look.

Milimetres: Mystery of Miraculously Massive Miliband

As Guido revealed this morning, Labour MPs were invited to Miliband’s office last week for photos with their leader. One of the few to take up this vote-repelling offer was loyal Toby Perkins:

Though something is not quite right here.

Toby Perkins is 6 foot 6 inches, yet Miliband appears to be almost the same height as him. Other photos of the pair more accurately reflect their height difference:

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Is Miliband standing on something?

No, say his people, boldly:

“Ed is over 6 foot and he isn’t standing on a box.”

Yet they went very quiet when Guido asked them to explain the lack of height difference. Toby Perkins has also refused the opportunity to explain what is going on:

Despite the box ‘denial’, in other photographs taken that day – such as this one with Graeme Morris – Ed’s eye line is at a significantly lower level when compared to the panes of the window:

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Let’s remember what Ed said last year:

“If you want a politician  who thinks that a good photo is the most important thing, then don’t vote for me. Because I don’t. But here’s the thing: I believe that people would quite like somebody to stand up and say there is more to politics than the photo op.” 

Standing up on a phone book more like…

Low Demand For Miliband Snaps For Labour Leaflets


Don’t all rush at once:

From: PLP Resource Centre
Subject: MP portrait shots with Ed Miliband, Wednesday 25 February, 1.15pm-2pm, Ed Miliband’s Office, 2nd Floor, NSS

FAO Labour MPs

Dear colleagues,

There will be an opportunity for colleagues to have portrait photos taken with Ed Miliband on Wednesday 25 February between 1.15pm and 2pm in Ed Miliband’s Office, Second Floor, Norman Shaw South.

Please note that this is for MPs only.

Please RSVP to Max Wilson to confirm whether you will be attending.

Best wishes

PLP Team
__________________________________________________________________

PLP briefings are the property of the Labour Party. They are confidential and are for the use of registered members only. Any publishing or dissemination of PLP political briefing is prohibited and may be unlawful.

Team Ed were clearly not expecting much take up from Labour MPs looking to have their picture taken with their leader last week.

If all 250 had wanted a snap they would have got 10.8 seconds each.

Truth being pictures of Miliband are more likely to be on his opponents leaflets…

Victoria Borwick Calls in the Professional Spinners

When will Kensington select their Tory candidate? According to a CCHQ spokesman:

“We don’t give a running commentary on these things. Imminent though, but not that imminent.”

Meanwhile the Standard tip long-time Cam SpAd Laura Trott and mega-loaded Victoria Borwick really, really wants to win:

“I have decided to put my name forward to be the Conservative candidate in Kensington. I have lived and worked in this wonderful part of London all my life and raised my four children there. I have been a councillor on Kensington and Chelsea council for more than 10 years and a member of the GLA for seven years. I feel I know Kensington inside out. There is hardly a street I haven’t canvassed. As a school governor for Golborne and Maxilla under the Westway, I am not just talking about the leafy parts of the borough. I regard myself as the ultimate local candidate. I love campaigning and I love meeting people and helping them sort out their problems. In political terms, I love getting my hands dirty – so much so that I have even been lowered through a manhole cover into the new Thames Tideway sewer. But then, as Boris’s deputy at City Hall, I get all the best jobs. I am fiercely opposed to Labour’s mansion tax, which would hit Kensington very hard and penalise many cash-poor, asset-rich people, who bought family homes 20-30 years ago and now face an extra annual tax of £10,000 a year or more. I would do all I can to stop it.”

So much so that the current Deputy Mayor of London has retained the services of a professional spinners from Nick Wood’s Media Intelligence Partners to help her in her quest.

Just as she did in 2006

Staggering Political Balance From Sky News

To discuss PMQs on Sky News, a wide range of hacks were put on air. In the lefty corner we have the New Statesman’s Harry Lambert and on the centre left we have Stephen Bush from the, er, New Statesman.

“Kensington and Chelsea” Embarrasses Hacks

Nothing like a political scandal to flush out some sloppy journalism. Malcolm Rifkind is standing down from Kensington. Not Kensington and Chelsea. The parliamentary constituency of Kensington and Chelsea does not exist any more: it was scrapped in 2010 when the seat was redrawn. What was once one of the safest Tory seats in the country now has a majority of just over 8,000. That hasn’t stopped national newspapers, broadcast journalists, lobbyists and assorted political hacks displaying a shameful lack of knowledge about their patch:

Nope

Guido wouldn’t ‘bet’ on that!

But Boris has a bigger majority in Uxbridge, oh wise hack?

Really?

BBC.

And Sky…

Et tu, FT?

Partial reporter? Partial with the facts more like!

Even self-proclaimed Parliamentary experts get it wrong.

Perhaps most embarrassingly the Indy even ran this terrible headline:

Don’t tell Peter Oborne, but there’s another subbing error in the Telegraph:

Tut tut.

Hugh Grant: The Edge Of Reason

Hugh Grant probably wishes he stayed in bed this morning, instead of bungling a Today programme outing in which he openly admitted to being a puppet for Evan Harris and his Hacked Off cronies. In an excruciating debate, Grant admitted he did not know the details after making a dopey allegation that the journalist who even the Guardian credit with triggering the entire RIPA/Met scandal, had nothing to do with the change in the law:

Hugh Grant: Tom Newton’s contribution was brief

BBC: Really, you’re saying it’s simply not the case that Tom Newton Dunn, who was one of the journalists concerned,

Hugh Grant: Yes.

BBC: …intimately involved. You’re saying he didn’t…

Grant: …that’s my understanding of it…

BBC: That’s quite an allegation to make, that basically the paper likes to be in a position where they feel like victims and are perfectly happy with the status quo, and their phone records to be gone through. Are you seriously saying that?

Hugh Grant: Well in the case of Tom Newton Dunn, I don’t know the exact details of how much he contributed to this particular campaign to get the law changed.

BBC: so you’re not accepting he contributed a lot?

Grant: that’s not what I’ve been told.

Grant’s blind, frothing hatred for anything or anyone linked to Murdoch has left him high and dry. TND tells Media Guido:

“It’s just not true to say editors and newspaper companies did nothing to fight the police abuse of RIPA. My own, The Sun, has invested considerable amounts in legal resources as we continue to pursue the Met through various channels, and newspapers from ours to the Mail, Telegraph and Guardian have all ran powerful leaders recently condemning the police in a very united stand. Not for the first time, Hugh Grant appears to be shoehorning myth to suit his own agenda.”

“That’s not what I’ve been told”? Pull yourself together, man.

PWC to Host Labour Prawn Cocktail Offensive

In their continued quest to pretend they are on the side of business, Labour frontbenchers are being wheeled out to meet local capitalists up and down the country:

What the invitation fails to mention is “Donington Court” is a regional […]

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The Labour Party at Prayer

Ed Thornton is the Senior Press Officer to the Archbishop of Canterbury. And guess what? He’s Labour.

Before he stepped up to his important role spinning for God, Thornton worked at the Fabians.

The Church of England: the Labour Party […]

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Labour’s Funny Donation Numbers

Labour might want to give this press release another crack:

“Analysis of Conservative Party donations shows that almost £4 of donations in the last quarter came from donors who have attended exclusive private dinners with David Cameron and other senior

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Exposed: Another Red Spinning for God

Richard Chapman is currently Justin Welby’s Secretary for Parliamentary Affairs

Another Labour plant.[…]

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