26th November 2010
BREAKING: D-NOTICE ISSUED TO PRESS OVER WIKILEAKS. This is a news blackout on the press by the government, rarely used. According to Guido there are TWO D-Notices, one on military operations and one on security & intelligence. I have no idea how that kind of attempt at blackout, even if it’s right to impose, and it probably is, will work in the days of the internet.
Apologies for the odd title, but I really can’t put it in words – not politely anyway – how absolutely USELESS Ed Miliband is proving himself to be. Quite how many foes and friends he is actually fighting is yet unclear. But whoever they are we can be sure one of them is the party he used to serve – NEW Labour.
Where Labour’s most successful leader EVER offered reform, modernisation, inclusivity, vision, Ed Miliband, the leader-by-default, seems to be playing student politics against the establishment, whenever and wherever he can identify it. Populism writ large.
IT’S ALL CRAP
As he said the other day opposition is “frankly crap”. If he thinks it’s crap now, what’s he going to call it in 10/15/20 years’ time?
I have warned here exactly WHY it could be that long before Labour, Old or New is returned to office, AV or not, Mr AV supporting Ed Miliband.
This quote of the day from Guido sums it up –
Ed Miliband says:
“We have to go on a journey and understand where people want to go themselves…”
And never the twain shall meet?
On Radio4’s Today programme this morning (listen here) I assumed I was still dreaming, with the confusion that often accompanies that half-awake state.
But he did say these things. And John Humphrys wasn’t being all that tough on him. Humphrys referred to Jonathan Powell, former aide to Tony Blair, who recently said that Ed M has “almost run out of time to define himself in the public’s mind” – and is – “offering therapy not leadership”.
Not quite the same sort of Journey awaits Mr Miliband as awaited Tony Blair. I suppose he is relieved at that. He shouldn’t be.
Perhaps he needs a tickle on his “squeezed middle”.
“Big CHANGE”? Yeah. Right, Ed.
A bigger man has been there already for Labour – changed the party, listened to the voters, changed the country, got the scars on his back, changed the conservatives, won three elections, worn the t-shirt… rallied and moved the “squeezed middle”.
You’ve blown it, Ed.
- Matthew D’Ancona had this excellent piece on Monday on “twitching corpses” (Ed Balls’ phrase). Trouble is – which are twitching and which are renewing? NEW Labour? Old Labour? The Unions? Quote from D’Ancona – ‘ Ed Balls, one of the few Labour politicians already to have taken to Opposition with real flair and aggression, identified the nub of the problem on yesterday’s Andrew Marr Show. To borrow the shadow home secretary’s phrase, Labour is still greatly afflicted by the “twitching of the old corpses of the past”. ‘
- The Guardian (so large dose of salt needed) has this CIF ‘Your Verdict’ page on Miliband Vs Humphrys.
- Ed keeps his head while all around him lose theirs. But it’s not enough | Jonathan Freedland (guardian.co.uk)
- Just how bizarre will the Brown / Blair revelations get? (libdemvoice.org)
- The Sketch: A tale of two Eds – Balls’ loss turns out to be Miliband’s gain (independent.co.uk)
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“All countries need a leader who isn’t afraid to fight terrorism. I believe Mr. Blair did a necessary job in helping his allies. Are we all just supposed to lie down and wait for them to come for us, I don’t think so.”
And – “Mr. Blair is one of the finest politicians to have had the privilege of serving the United Kingdom, and Britons are fortunate to have had him as their Prime Minister. Time will show that Mr. Blair’s approach to affairs in the Middle East were and remain correct. From a member of the Commonwealth, thank you, Mr. Blair, for your continued service to legitimate and lasting (and not convenient or politically expedient) freedom.”
AND – “Tony Blair was the greatest Prime Minister since Winston Churchill and the only regret I have he didn’t get my vote as I live in Canada.”
AND – “I am sick and tired of television and radio interviewers asking the same old questions over and over, regarding the decision to go to war in Iraq, presumably they hope Mr Blair will let slip some secret information which they would then use against him. History will show if the decision was the right one, (I believe it was) but people must accept that Tony Blair is an honourable man, and made his decision based on the known facts and not with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight.”
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