The Sound of Silence

Given that this was meant to be Ed Miliband’s big relaunch day, back from nappy leave and hitting the ground running etc, he has been amazingly quiet. Invisible even.

After a no huskies interview with The Guardian this morning there has been radio silence ever since and the lunchtime top of the hour news bulletins have barely even given him a nod. Admittedly the Irish bailout news is dominating, but it’s not as if Red Ed has even managed to secure the second headline slot – that’s gone to the high-heeled Grant Shapps and his council housing reforms.

Apparently Ed is addressing the PLP tonight with his plans for reforming the Labour Party, particularly with how to stop his own farcical technical victory from happening again. Given the slaughtering that Harman got at the last meeting after the sacking of Woolas, (that was coincidently followed up nicely with some interesting facts about her appearing in the press,) it can’t get any worse for the struggling leader. However Guido has to wonder what the point of doing the interview this morning was then? Why not wait until after the meeting (which traditionally happens on a Monday) to go all guns blazing into the press? Is Miliband set to go down the Gordon path of relaunch after tired relaunch?  Another stunning success for Miliband’s Press Manager Calamity Kenny

It’s worth nothing that it was twenty years ago today that the Tories knifed Maggie. If Gordon had been a Tory leader he would have been out the door by Christmas after the election-that-never-happened. If Ed is really going to significantly modernise the Labour Party he better be careful to keep the rules that make it much harder to oust a Labour leader than a Tory or LibDem. Guido’s always happy to dispense helpful advice…




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Quote of the Day

Jeremy Corbyn in the Evening Standard

“… we must also face the uncomfortable fact that a small number of our members and supporters hold anti-Semitic views and attitudes, which need to be confronted and dealt with more rapidly and effectively.

The evidence is clear enough. Labour staff have seen examples of Holocaust denial, crude stereotypes of Jewish bankers, conspiracy theories blaming 9/11 on Israel, and even one member who appeared to believe that Hitler had been misunderstood.

So let me be clear. People holding those views have no place in the Labour Party.

… we have not done enough to get to grips with the problem, and the Jewish community and our Jewish members deserve an apology. My party and I are sorry for the hurt and distress caused. … We must strive to understand why anti-Semitism has surfaced in our party…

… when criticism of or opposition to the Israeli government uses anti-Semitic ideas — attributing its injustices to Jewish identity, demanding that Jews in Britain or elsewhere answer for its conduct, or comparing Israel to the Nazis — then a line must be drawn.  Anti-Zionism is not in itself anti-Semitic and many Jews themselves are not Zionists. But there are also a very few who are drawn to the Palestinian question precisely because it affords an opportunity to express hostility to Jewish people in a “respectable” setting. Our movement must not be a home for such individuals.

Second, there are people who have come to see capitalism and imperialism as the product of conspiracy by a small shadowy elite rather than a political, economic, legal and social system. That is only a step from hoary myths about “Jewish bankers” and “sinister global forces”.

These views do no service to the struggle for a just society.”

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