Ed Milliband

David Cunliffe has credible competition for least charismatic party leader


It seems the British Labour party are having an even worse leader than Cunliffe was.

It’s a dilemma we all face ? do you give money to a homeless person or not?

For Ed Miliband, the awkwardness of that predicament was all too clear to see as he passed a beggar in Manchester yesterday.

On his way to deliver a speech, the Labour leader first passed the woman in a green headscarf.

Realising photographers were present, he doubled back. But in a toe-curling encounter, he failed even to make eye contact as he leant towards her… and appeared to drop just 2p (5 cents) into a cup.

Despite the intended act of kindness, Mr Miliband?s ham-fisted attempt sparked criticism on Twitter last night.

One tweeted about the politician, who earns more than ?130,000 a year: ?Real man of the people eh!?

Witnesses said Mr Miliband appeared to change his mind when he realised photographers were present. One said: ?Mr Miliband half walked past and then seemed to realise he was going to be photographed walking past a beggar and kind of doubled back.?

Oh dear oh dear. ?What an omnishambles. ?How could this get even worse?

Well… this way: ? Read more »


Milliband Major jacks it in

Ed Milliband’s older brother, David Milliband, has jacked it in and as is usual for Labour politicians has gravitated to New York:

So David Miliband is leaving Parliament to take up a job working for a charity in New York. Surely it’s the right decision to quit British politics. He wanted to be prime minister, nothing else, and he blew his chance. How? By not being nicer to his fellow Labour MPs and influential party activists. He reminds me of Michael Heseltine: boy, does he take a good photograph (see above) but he lacked ? or withheld ? that ounce of charm that could have tipped the leadership election his way. And, I’m convinced, the general election too. Ed is, well, a numpty, and no finely rehearsed speeches will change that. His older brother isn’t, but when he was foreign secretary he swept past Labour colleagues like a renaissance prince. It’s why he never wore the crown.

Is Milliband Minor a con man?

? The Telegraph

To me, Britain is a country where it is always possible to have more than one identity.

More than one identity usually means having something to hide.


Leftie complains about winning

? The Telegraph

Ken Livingstone criticised Labour leader Ed Milliband for “carrying the discredited old Blairite wing with him”.

Keen students of United Kingdom politics know that the only way Labour could win after 18 years in opposition was to have Tony Blair take them to the right. So Red Ken wants them to go back to their old unelectable ways.

How Long Before Clare Curran Starts Channeling Glasman?

Ed Milliband has managed to come across as a rather weak Labour leader, perhaps because he comes across as some sort of upper class twit who would not be out of place 2011?s version of upper class twit of the year.

One of Ed Miliband?s first decisive acts on becoming Labour leader (one of his few decisive acts, sceptics would say) was to appoint as his press secretary a seasoned hack with no illusions about how the media work. He chose Tom Baldwin of the?Times, by all accounts about as unillusioned as they get. I assume the point of hiring Baldwin was to have a News International insider who could mix it with the likes of Andy Coulson, although that?s an idea Miliband is doing his best to bury at the moment.

In a rigged selection, as is typical with Labour selections the world over, union votes got Ed over the line ahead of his more electable brother. Ed?s had little impact, but what he has done is appointed a very good policy advisor, Maurice Glasman.

At the same time, Miliband revealed his other side when he elevated his favourite maverick intellectual, the community organiser and social theorist Maurice Glasman, to the House of Lords. Glasman was under instructions to keep thinking outside the New Labour box.

Glasman has attacked some of the cherished language of the left, suggesting that mantras favored by liberal intellectuals like Lord Burns of Marlborough are ineffective in getting swing voters to vote for a left wing party.

Baldwin and Glasman represent the yin and the yang of Project Edward Miliband: the bruiser and the dreamer. So far, though, there is little sign of harmony. One of Baldwin?s first acts was to issue an injunction to the broadcasters (who ignored it) and to Labour spokespersons (who didn?t) that it was time to stop talking about ?the coalition?, as though the current administration were a consensual and collaborative enterprise. Its correct title, according to Baldwin, was ?the Tory-led government?. Dutiful Labourites, with their eyes on the real enemy, started spouting this phrase. But not Glasman. The opening line of his fairly startling essay in this new collection of ?Blue Labour? thinking is as follows: ?The Liberal-led coalition government, self-consciously progressive in orientation, while appropriating Labour?s language of mutual and co-operative practice, asks a fundamental question as to what distinctive gifts Labour could bring to this party.?

Clare Curran, Labour?s highly rated but underused MP who is a political communications expert is likely to be on top of what Glasman is saying, just as she lead Labour into using Lakoff’s language. Unfortunately for Labour her path to controlling the language of the campaign is being held up by the crippled campaign manager.

The crippled campaign words are to abuse and denigrate John Key personally in the hope that?people?will believe them. To take Glasman’s approach will require discipline not yet seen by many in Labour. Watch for smart operators like Clare Curran start to change the language of their descriptions of National and John Key.

Staying on message

Phil Goff tends to stay on message. But I haven’t seen a more terrible example of it that this:

Of course all politiicans do but not quite as bad Ed Milliband does here.

Of course we know from a previous post that Phil Goff stole the phrase ‘squeezed middle’ off this turkey

Furthermore Cunliffe uses “squeezed middle” in his ‘hot’ new video

Labour needs to be saying this

Ed Milliband has understood what Labour needs to be saying the UK to win back the favour of voters.

Labour lost the last election because voters believed it stood for the undeserving and irresponsible, he said. It will only win again when people believe it is the party that ?rewards contribution, not worklessness.?

It is a pity that Labour here under the inept leadership of Phil Goff and advised by political cripples like trevor Mallard has still failed to grasp that simple political reality.