Staggers Endorses Miliband With Savage Take Down

“His five years as opposition leader have revealed severe limitations and strategic weaknesses. He has never succeeded in inspiring the electorate and has struggled to define himself. His narrow rhetorical and ideological focus on political economy has left him unable to reach the aspirational voters required to build a broad electoral coalition (see Jason Cowley’s report on Harlow in this week’s issue). Finally, even after the SNP’s victory in the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, which we predicted, he remained complacent over Labour’s decline in Scotland, where he is even less popular than David Cameron. It is the surge in support for the SNP, which has positioned itself to the left of Labour, that has definitively ended Mr Miliband’s hopes of winning an absolute majority. Should he become prime minister, he will now almost certainly be reliant on the support of a large nationalist bloc to govern.”

Ouch!

This from the magazine that sacked Dan Hodges for being too anti-Ed…

Miliband Russell Brand Interview

Finally.

Marr-vellous Ding Dong: Boris V Miliband

They might be doing it at PMQs every week soon…

Ed Miliband is Ready

Great answer…

Miliband in 2011: Leave Libya to the Libyans

“I think he has demeaned himself and demeaned his office” said Ed Miliband last week about Michael Fallon. Apparently “national security is too important to play politics with”. Fast forward a few days and Miliband is accusing Cameron of abandoning Libya…

Yet Labour have been silent on this issue for years. What was Miliband’s advice for a post Gaddafi world? Leave Libya alone.

“This is an important moment to recognise the National Transitional Council and their role in taking Libya forward and we’ve got to be led by them. It’s very important that Libyans determine their future.”

Hardly sounds like he was calling for the government to do more now, does it?

Let Libya be Libya, says Ed before an election. Why didn’t you occupy them, he screams during an election…

BBC Website ‘Balance’ is a Joke

This a snapshot of the front-page of the BBC website as of 10 this morning:

It reads like a Labour press release, with each election story given the best possible pro-Labour slant to it. Where are Cameron’s, Osborne’s or Major’s attacks on Miliband on the same subject? Why is Labour’s nursing policy presented without question? Where is any other party on the front page?

Click through to the BBC’s Election 2015 hub, and it’s even less balanced:

Not a single Tory or LibDem featured story. Miliband’s SNP angle on Cameron is presented twice at the top of the page, yet no such treatment for the Tory response or any counter argument. Labour’s spin quote on the NHS is included in a headline and it’s topped off with a 36 hour old puff piece about Miliband taking a selfie. Where are UKIP? Where are the Greens, where are the LibDems?

Sinn Fein aren’t even going to turn up to Parliament, yet their begging bowl is considered a more significant story by the BBC website editor than the intervention of Sir John Major or Lord Forsyth. Nor a mention of UKIP’s business letter this morning. How this could possibly be spun as fair and balanced?

Totty Watch: What the Hens Really Thought Of Ed

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According to one attendee on LBC this morning “he looked terrified, absolutely terrified. And he wouldn’t actually come off the bus. He was just kind of lingering on the steps, waving sort of tentatively.”

Which reminded Guido of this:

Ed Miliband, stud muffin.

Rich’s Monday Morning View

See also: Tories promise £4bn cut-price Lloyds shares for investors

1.3 Million Facebook Views For Savage Miliband Take Down

Labour have managed to get Jo Brand to do their latest election broadcast. Last time she endorsed the party, they went on to suffer their worst ever defeat…

Meanwhile, over on Facebook, this video has spread like the clap:

Robot Ed’s monotone repetitive “these strikes are wrong” hit from 2011 is having something of a renaissance. So far 1.3 million voters have watched and shared it with their voting friends. The classics are always the best…

Poll: Did Ed Eat His Bogies?

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Remember: “Dig for victory!”

PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Ed Miliband Picks Nose On Train

Ed Miliband was rather relaxed on the way back from Manchester yesterday following his manifesto launch.

So relaxed in fact, that he decided to have a good dig around on a crowded train:

At least he didn’t try to eat it: he’s made that mistake before.

He really is the Son of Brown.

High resolution, un-watermarked photo syndication here.

The Graph That Ruins Miliband’s Argument

Even after Labour’s manifesto mea culpa about fiscal responsibility, Ed would still not say he thought Labour spent too much before the crisis. He had his audience cheering as he yelled “absolutely we were right to invest in those things”:

Miliband told the Labour manifesto launch:

“It was the financial crisis that caused the deficit…”

Really, Ed?

The financial crisis caused the deficit that Labour ran in 2002/3?

And grew in 2003/4?

And in 2004/5?

And in 2005/6?

“It was the financial crisis that caused the deficit…” in 2006/7?

And in 2007/8?

Really, Ed?

WATCH: Allegra Stratton V Ed Miliband

Turns out Ed’s not tough enuss to stand up to Newsnight’s Allegra Stratton.

Who Was Ed’s Secret Girlfriend in 2005?

“I first met Ed when I went to a friend’s house for dinner,” Justine Miliband tells the Mirror today:

“I was interested in him, I thought he was good looking and clever and seemed to be unattached. But we just went down a conversational cul-de-sac. Apparently we had nothing in common. He wanted to talk about economics – one of my least favourite subjects. None of our conversations went anywhere. Then I found out he was secretly going out with the woman who had invited us for dinner. I was furious.”

But who was Ed’s secret lover at the time? According to John Rentoul it was Stephanie Flanders…

Flanders has admitted to dating both Ed Balls and Ed Miliband, though friends had always claimed it was in the nineties. Curious…

“Could the secrecy have been because he was a Treasury special adviser Stephanie Flanders was BBC economics journalist”, mused Rentoul on Twitter today. Questions to which the answer is oooooh.

Owen Jones Exits Reality Based Community

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So we are not allowed to say that a metropolitan liberal lefty lives in North London and now pointing out that Ed Miliband ruined his brother’s life is apparently anti-Semitic.

A spectacularly hypocritical allegation from someone who works at the Guardian.

Could Labour cheerleaders please provide us with a list of pejorative terms we are allowed to use about their spanner of a leader?

Ed Miliband Did Not Win a Blue Peter Badge

Contrary to established internet fact, Ed Miliband never won a Blue Peter badge. Is nothing sacred?

Speaking to Absolute Radio in a rare interview, the Labour leader admitted he had never downed a pint or pulled a moonie and is more a butter chicken chap when it come to curry. Not a terrible outing, though the music choice section was fairly cringe-worthy.

They will be claiming he cannot do a Rubik’s Cube next…

Miliband Fakes Local Support on Own Leaflet

At last it’s here! Ed Miliband’s election address has hit the doormats of Doncaster this week. It’s a riveting read, though it seems the errant local MP has not managed to find any ‘real’ people to endorse him, instead picking Labour Party organisers to masquerade as ordinary local people:

That would be local party member Cynthia Bunting who helps organise and promote fundraisers for Ed in the constituency.

That would Tony Sockett who just happened to be a Labour councillor in Doncaster.

That would be local party supporter Adam Davey. Incidentally Davey works for private sector outsourcing giants Serco, who Ed has directly attacked in the past, claiming last year: “too often large public-sector bureaucracies have been replaced with a large private-sector bureaucracy. A Serco-G4S state can be just as flawed as the centralised state”.

This must be what Labour meant when they promised “less fear and more honesty” in this campaign…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

Ed Miliband: I Am Tough Anus

Hell yes!

That’s what £10,000 quid a day training gets you…

Ed Brought to ‘Heal’

Despite Ed’s heavy coaching ahead of last nights debate, he still didn’t have a decent answer to the brother bother. Asked about division in the Miliband family, Ed rather optimistically claimed the rift with David was “healed,” before, realising how implausible that sounded and quickly changing that to “healing”.[…] Read the rest

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