Ed Splits One Nation Into Two

Not quite a comprehensive failure, but Ed’s ‘I’m just like you’ re-branding exercise has failed to convince voters of his one nation credentials. A straw poll by the Daily Politics shows that, even after his speech attacking “posh boy” Dave, 50 percent of people still think the millionaire Primrose Hill-raised Corpus Christi graduate is posh himself. Or as they put it: “the way he comes across, they way he walks and talks, I think suggests posh. But because he’s Labour he doesn’t really want to say that…If I was his dad I’d be disappointed with him”. Hardly a resounding success…

Fat Cats On Stage Behind Miliband

One nation, two fat cats…

Via Express.

Ed Will Give You Déjà Vu

When you sit down to watch Ed Miliband’s speech at 2:15pm you may find that all of a sudden a funny feeling comes across you – the feeling that you’ve heard these very lines before. You wouldn’t be wrong.

This afternoon Ed will tell the Manchester conference hall: “My family hasn’t sat under the same oak tree for the last five hundred years. My parents came to Britain as immigrants, Jewish refugees from the Nazis”. Almost word-for-word identical to an article he wrote for the Telegraph in June: “My family have not sat under the same oak tree for the last 500 years. My parents were Jewish refugees from the Nazis”

Always looking out for the little guy, Ed will give us an anecdote about unemployment today: “The young woman I met earlier this year at a youth centre in London. She had hope and ambition, she bubbled with talk about her future, she had sent off 137 CVs but not even had a reply to any of them”. The very same anecdote he used in a speech on jobs in March: “Like the young woman I met recently at a youth centre in London. She had sent off 137 CVs, and hadn’t got a single reply”.

Ed’s also going to tell us all about his favourite teacher today: “I still remember the motivation, the inspiration from some amazing teaching. It was a tough school, but one with order, because of the scariest headmistress you can imagine, Mrs Jenkins”. Just like he did in a party political broadcast in April: “We had an incredibly tough, incredibly charismatic headteacher at my school… nobody messed with Mrs Jenkins”.

And what about small business? This afternoon Ed will say: “The small businessman I met in July, Alan Henderson, proud of the sign-making business he built up over 40 years. Alan was ripped off by the bank he had been with all that time and has been living through a nightmare ever since”. The same Alan Henderson Ed talked about during a banking speech in July: “Last Thursday when I visited Alan Henderson. Alan, his wife Margaret and his daughter, Julie, run a sign-making company in Putney…a four year nightmare which has undermined the family business and still does today”.

Finally we have Ed’s famous comprehensive school education. Today he will insist: “I know I would not be standing here today as leader of the Labour Party without my comprehensive school education”. Just like he did in April: “I would never being doing the job I was doing if I hadn’t gone to the kind of school I went to”.

Turns out when it comes to Ed, we really have heard it all before

Exclusive Ed Video: My Education, My Father, My Story

 

Where's Ed? – Press Coverage Plummets

Ever thought you haven’t been seeing much of Ed Miliband recently? You wouldn’t be wrong. A new study by LexisNexis has found that both Boris Johnson and Danny Alexander receive more press coverage than the leader of the Labour party. Ed Balls didn’t fare much better – apparently he has a lower press profile than Ed Davey. The analysis looked at how many articles mentioned the two Eds over the last seven days in comparison with other politicians. That submarine strategy is working… 

Ed: Gordon Was Politically Crackers

Ed’s back to school interview in the New Statesman is a growing source of amusement this afternoon. The Labour leader used an interesting choice of words to attack the former Prime Mentalist’s government:

“There’s one way that says you just set lots of targets centrally and that’s the way you make public services work. That’s the Brown model, slightly caricatured. If we came along and said ‘look, we can just carry on like the last Labour government did’ – I mean it’s politically crackers to do that, because we wouldn’t win the election and we wouldn’t deserve to win the election.”

Meanwhile it seems the party’s new mantra for the coming months will be “predistribution not redistribution”. As Dave said at PMQs, they had all summer to come up with that…

PMQs pic via @OnTablets

Piri Piri Mili

Guido has already reported the efforts to which the Labour Party are going in order to hit the ground running in the Corby by-election. There is only so far the back-room operation can take things though.

Out on the stump events, and indeed pictures say it all…

Guido’s favourite anecdote so far is the report that Ed asked a group of teenage girls: “what can politicians do for you?“, to which they replied: “Get us a Nandos in town!“.

Finally a policy!

Friday Caption Contest (Ed Ball Edition)

Labour Confirm G4S Will Guard Their Conference

Ed Miliband had a pretty tough stance on G4S after the Oly-shambles, even going as far as saying they should be banned from government contracts in the future:

People want bobbies on the beat, not G4S. I don’t think G4S should receive their £57 million management fee for services provided to the Olympic games. Frankly it beggars belief that they think they are entitled to it. Before they are awarded any new policing contracts, we need a review of G4S’s ability to deliver.”

Despite front-benchers and activists lining up to attack Labour just confirmed to Guido the growing rumour that the Party will be using the very same security firm for their own conference in the autumn.

A sources close to Ed Miliband said:

We are not overly worried as we’re not quite yet at the stage when as many people want to come to Labour conference as the Olympics“.

Busted.

When Mitt Romney Came To Town Part II

Looking forward to Rom-Cam later…

From Mrs Duffy to Master Duffy

Not everyone at the Durham Miners’ Gala liked Ed Miliband’s speech.

At least the son of Brown didn’t call Isaac Duffy “that bigoted boy”…

Miliband Had Peter Oborne In His Pocket

Ed weirdly confessed this lunchtime that he had kept an article by Peter Oborne in his pocket for three months, but Rainman refused to say which one. The Labour leader was hardly spoilt for choice for favourable Oborne articles, however. Was it Oborne’s “Ed Miliband can’t score even when he has an open goal”? Or his view that “Ed Miliband is the Labour Party’s invisible man” or the claim that “in every area of our public life the left is losing the argument”? It probably wasn’t Oborne’s review of Miliband’s biography, which apparently “cast Ed in the murderous role of Cain and David as his innocent victim”.

Far more likely is Oborne’s post-riots suggestion that Miliband was right about moral decay at the top of society, in which he laid into the likes of Sir Philip Green and attacked the culture of greed amongst the rich. Oborne should send an invoice for the conference speech…

Miliband Banking Adviser's Former NHS PFI Project Goes Bust

Yesterday Labour published their policy review report making the case for a British Investment Bank. Ed told an audience at the Co-op bank that the UK’s financial services sector was “socially destructive“, throwing his weight behind Nicholas Tott’s suggestion of a state-run investment bank to help small businesses. That’s the same Nicholas Tott whose credentials include Bromley NHS’ Private Finance Initiative, a scheme with such astounding success that the trust has now effectively gone into administration. Good to know that Ed is listening to the right people on finance…

Baldwin’s Nose Worries

Ed tried the old Cameron trick of no notes and no podium for his manufacturing speech today. Opening with some cracks about where he came in the Sky News totty trumps rankings, he tried to pretend he didn’t mind jibes about his looks. It would have worked better if he hadn’t been sporting yet another variation on his seemingly un-controllable pillow-hair. Geeky Ed is dressing a lot better these days. He has a range of TM Lewin suits for ordinary days and an Ozwald Boateng whistle for high days and holidays. However there is one recurring problem…

It’s not just the usual car-crash radio call-in today that is worries Labour insiders, Guido hears that Tom Baldwin is worried about two things; being marginalised by the new Chief-of-Staff Tim Livesey and secondly, Ed’s nose. He’s said to have raised the fact that things have got worse since his operation last summer, both in look and nasal twang. Baldwin even went as far as to suggest cosmetic surgery, something Ed rejected indignantly. The recent Party Political Broadcast voiced-over by Ed sounded like he was speaking underwater…

DUEMA: Ed Buys Some Time

Cameron has not been kicked around like that at the Despatch Box since the height of the phone-hacking scandal. Though Ed was unable to answer what he would have done about the treaty, and deep down we all know he would have leapt in to the dark with the €urozone countries, today was not about him. Support from the Tory benches on the “it wasn’t a veto issue” gave Ed the confidence to land some much needed blows. The boy did good…

Get Your #SaveEd Twibbon

The Don’t Unseat Ed Miliband Association is thriving, followers on Twitter can now add a “Save Ed” logo to their profile image by clicking here. Get it on.

We hope to persuade Peter Hain to join us as a patron and ensure that Ed Miliband leads the Labour Party into the general election. For that is what we all want…

DUEMA: Strong Ed Miliband Skewers Adam Boulton

The evil Murdoch mouthpiece Adam Boulton was left speechless and humiliated by a confident Ed, who quelled all speculation about his leadership in an interview with Sky. Ed was particularly stwong and definitely did not wince when faced with the fact that only 6% of people believe that he has a credible economic plan. He also nailed that shocking question about whether he should stand down for the good of the party. The crisis is over…

UPDATE: Ed falsely claimed to Jon Snow that only 50% of Labour Party funds come from the unions, according to the official filings it is 86%.

Jon Snow should know better…

Video via LiarPoliticians

Order of the OTT for Jackie Ashley

Guido is happy to welcome Jacking Ashley into the Don’t Unseat Ed Miliband Association, but he’s not sure she’s doing the cause any favours with this morning’s hysterical hyperbole. While discussing Ed’s critics she compares their behaviour to US Marines urinating on dead Afghans:

“It’s a game that the Westminster village has always enjoyed. Nick Clegg was last year’s victim, now it’s Ed’s turn. If enough pundits treat him as the US marines treated the Afghan dead, and if the public notices and reflects this contempt back through opinion polls, then somehow or other he might collapse.”

They even link back to the Guardian’s own coverage of the incident, just in case you missed this gloriously unsubtle point. Guido is still trying to work out whether the comparison with holding the Leader of the Opposition to account was done with a straight face. He has a feeling it was…

Save Ed: The Movie

While Guido and other scribes have had their work cut out with the Don’t Unseat Ed Miliband Association, the bagcarrier based Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Ed Miliband have moved up from postering the walls of parliament  to a whole video campaign:
[vodpod id=Video.15951559&w=425&h=350&fv=] Excellent commitment to the cause.

DUEMA: Ed Fearlessly Slays His Mythical Critics

Watch how Ed effortlessly strikes down his critics and dismisses any speculation that he is losing control of his party as “Kremlinology”. Murdoch’s agitators fail again.[…] Read the rest

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