Ed’s Relaunch Déjà Vu

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Ed’s big speech relaunching his leadership this morning will be held at the University of London’s Senate House. If you are feeling a sense déjà vu it might be because Senate House is the exact same location Miliband chose for his last leadership relaunch back in January. At the time the Guardian reported “the Labour leader is under pressure after a fall in his party’s lead in YouGov and ICM polls”. Plus ça change…

Amusingly, given the spin on Labour’s woes we will be treated to today, Senate House was the inspiration for 1984‘s Ministry of Truth. It was also the venue where IDS relaunched his own ill-fated leadership in 2003. Miliband’s last relaunch attempt to connect with the voters went so well that ten months later he is having another go; same time, same place…

The key quote briefed out in advance is “People [are] asking why they are on zero-hours contracts while those at the top get away with zero tax. This zero-zero economy is a symptom of a deeply unequal, deeply unfair, deeply unjust country; a country I am determined to change.” This soundbite has one small problem: it is bollocks. Nobody rich and earning in this country can lawfully pay zero tax…




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