Posts Tagged ‘Ed Miliband’

Ed and the pledge stone

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

When you didn’t think the election could get weirder, it takes an even more bizarre turn – and it’s the red team that are at the centre of it. In case you’ve been doing something positive with your Sunday, such as knocking on doors, the media blizzard surrounding Labour’s latest stunt may have passed you […]

Minority government, Scotland and the grilling of Ed Miliband

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

What did you think of last night’s grilling of the main party leaders? As much as I detest Dave and his Nick Clegg mini-me, I think they performed creditably by the criteria one judges media appearances. The Prime Minister was polished and a little bit sweaty, but his question dodging body swerves saw him through […]

Why Brand-ing Miliband was the right move

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

A Frost/Nixon for our age? No, but the media reaction to Russell Brand’s encounter with Ed Miliband is out of all proportion to what was said. The actual content of the interview is pretty innocuous, at least from the standpoint of grizzled lefties and hardened politicos. Yet where Brand’s core audience are concerned, the teens to the […]

Brand – Miliband: the interview (video)

by Guest.

The one you’ve been waiting for… Milibrand: The Interview. In this instalment of ‘The Trews: Politics Week’ Russell Brand meets Labour leader Ed Miliband to talk about the public’s frustration with government and how change can happen.

Fight austerity not migrants

by Barry Gray.

Last week’s local and European elections, alongside opinion polls, suggest Labour should win next year’s General Election, but only if the decline in its support since late 2012 is halted at this point. Labour’s share of the European election vote was 25 per cent and its national equivalent vote (NEV) share of the local election […]

The Blairites are wrong about the deficit

by Michael Meacher.

It’s always good to know that the Blairites are worried because it normally means that Ed has taken another step which will help win the next election. And so it is this time again, with Ed promoting proposals to stop exorbitant rent rises and looking to end some of the privatised rail franchises. In response […]

Ignoring the debate on Europe does Labour no favours

by Thomas Butler.

In three weeks time, voters go to the polls to elect their representatives to the European Parliament. Not surprisingly,  Labour and a majority of the affiliated Trade unions have been very vocal on the need for a big push in the European elections to kick out the scourge of UKIP and BNP MEPs plus valiant […]

This is no time for Labour to play it safe

by Michael Meacher.

Should Labour aim to slide past the electoral finish-lines with (as one senior civil servant once said to me) ‘minimum exposure of flank’? Or should the party make clear what it really stands for today, and what its central objectives for government really are? The argument for the former is obviously that it entails fewer […]

The return of the Whig Party

by John Lilburne.

Lord Andrew Adonis, former SDP councillor, turned Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate, former speechwriter to Paddy Ashdown and latterly a New Labour Minister has told The Observer that he is right behind Ed Miliband’s ‘party reform plans’.  Lord Adonis is conincidentally heavily involved with Lord Sainsburys’ militant tendency, Progress organisation. Well, to paraphrase Mandy Rice Davies; “he would […]

Ed Miliband, the NHS and the lurch back towards Blairism

by John Lister.

Ed Miliband’s Hugo Young lecture this week represents a giant step back to Blairism, and an extended statement of Labour’s failure to get the message. Who is Ed Miliband talking to? Who does he want to impress? Delivering a 6,000 word Hugo Young lecture this week, Miliband calls for “a new culture in our public services”. But in […]

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