Where’s the Beef? Keynote Speech at Oxo Tower 

Ed’s eagerly anticipated fightback started this morning with a grilling on the Today Programme where he was cruelly told he wasn’t “too ugly” to be PM. This is being followed shortly by a widely trailed speech at the Oxo Tower on London’s Southbank. Brilliant news for those of us in the Don’t Unseat Ed Miliband Association…

Wags on Twitter may mock about Rubik’s cubes and Oxo cubes, but Ed won’t crumble easily and we in DUEMA are excited. It is a welcome chance for Ed to beef up his performance by delivering more than a stock speech. Critics of Ed always have wanted him to flesh out his definition of predatory capitalism by attacking  the City gravy train, this will be his chance to provide more ‘granularity’.  Oh yes.

So far even loyalists like Mark Ferguson of LabourList are underwhelmed by the advance spin

Pundits expect this to be another stage in the promised journey the Labour leader is taking from awkward Rubik’s cube-solving geek, via the current gaffe-prone ‘Block Ed’ to, hopefully, Oxo man appeal…

… if he doesn’t get into too much of a stew.

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Stephen Bush writing in the New Statesman‘s morning briefing…

“The terrifying truth is that the Opposition is too divided – within the parliamentary party, within the trades unions, within the Shadow Cabinet and even within the leader’s office – to be anything other than a veto player as far as Brexit goes, and the party’s whole gambit is really about trying to make that weakness look like a strength. Keir Starmer saying that Labour is “increasingly likely” to vote down the deal is simply a reflection of the fact that the one thing the Labour party will be able to agree on as far as Brexit goes is that Theresa May’s deal is no good.”

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