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That Labour message discipline in full

Iain Dale and Harriet Harman

With Harriet Harman the latest politician to take on a regular (in her case monthly) phone-in slot on LBC Radio, it’s good to see Labour figures are clear where they stands on the big issues:

Errrrr …

Labour spinners complain Miliband never received budget speech

Responding to a budget is always tough, but Ed Miliband was forced to weather flak from hacks (below) for failing to address the new measures announced by George Osborne.

Miliband’s office claim the reason is simple: he wasn’t given an embargoed copy of Osborne’s speech:

So was this dirty tricks from Treasury or spin to save Ed’s blushes?

UPDATE: After 72 re-tweets of his original, Sunny Hundal clarifies he was told it is normal procedure for the leader of the opposition to receive an advance copy of the budget speech …

Ed and Dave’s EU fudge bonanza

European Union flag

With his shift to leave the door open to an in/out referendum on Europe — but only if a transfer of new powers to Brussels were proposed — it was inevitable that Ed Miliband would be accused of a fudge by both Eurosceptics and Europhiles.

Ed follows in the footsteps of David Cameron, who also promised a referendum on the EU — but only in 2017 when he probably won’t be prime minister.

If only for amusement purposes, it’s worth revisiting the European travails of Tory MP James Wharton, who warned his party over EU headbanging, only to be forced by whips to adopt a pre-drafted referendum bill when he won the Private Member’s Bill ballot the day later:

After attempts by Eurosceptic Tory backbenchers to bring a poll forward to this year, Wharton’s bill was finally killed off by peers at the end of January.

With George Osborne posturing over the revival of a 2017 poll last week, however, Westminster’s EU can-kicking competition looks set to run and run.

Video: BBC interview with Norman Smith

Desert Island Discs: David Miliband picked ‘Englishman in New York’

Ed Miliband and David Miliband

Ed Miliband has denied that his Desert Island Discs selection was concocted by a panel of advisers, protesting “It’s absolutely my list!”:

  1. South African national anthem (Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika)
  2. Hubert Parry – Jerusalem
  3. Paul Robeson – Ballad of Joe Hill
  4. A-ha – Take On Me
  5. Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
  6. Robbie Williams – Angels
  7. Josh Ritter – Change of Time
  8. Edith Piaf – Je Ne Regrette Rien

If his list is spin then it is at least partially consistent spin.  During the Labour’s leadership election in 2010, Labour Uncut quizzed the hopefuls on their musical selections for a desert island.  From July 2010 to November 2013, half of Ed’s selection has remained consistent in respect of the song or artist.

But what was the first song chosen by his brother David, who is now running an international development charity based in New York City?


Ed had better hope his selection isn’t as prescient as his brother’s … otherwise he’ll be needing a Hebrew or Xhosa phrasebook.

David Cameron doesn’t know whether he’s sitting or standing

Having been known to miss-fire at PMQs when Cameron was on his knees, Scrapbook was pleased to see Ed Miliband skewer the prime minister on energy prices. So eager was Cameron to bring his inquisition to a close that he even rose to his feet before Miliband has finished.

This moment pretty much summed up the entire exchange.

Alan Sugar slams Paul Dacre over Miliband family smears

There’s certainly no love lost between Alan Sugar and Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre:

“The trouble with them [Daily Mail] is they’re so arrogant. They support some of their deep rooted journalists that have been with them for a long, long time. There is a special ilk of people that work at the Daily Mail, nasty, nasty people and it starts at the top with this Paul Dacre guy who has gone too far this time. I think the shareholders of the Daily Mail group have got to demand his resignation.”

Commenting on Alastair Campbell tweeting the location of Dacre’s home:

“I’m not advocating that there should be any form of violence or anything like that. My address is in the public domain, the Daily Mail have put it in the public domain many times. My business address has been in the public domain. The Daily Mail has had no qualms about putting it in their newspaper many a time. I’m not advocating that there should be any forms of illegal actions at his address but it would be quite funny if there was a demonstration outside demanding his resignation.”

Liberal Conspiracy editor Sunny Hundal may well take Sugar up on his suggestion:

Losing the agenda? Record mentions of “Labour” in Cameron speech

David Cameron conference speech 2013

Following Cameron’s speech to Tory conference earlier, Miliband aide Stuart Wood was quick to spin that his speech seemed reactive to Labour.

He wasn’t wrong — as numbers crunched by Scrapbook show. The 26 mentions of “Labour” top the prominence of Cameron’s parliamentary foes in any previous conference speech he has made as leader of the Conservative Party — clocking five times the number of mentions in his first such address in 2005:

Cameron mentions of "Labour"

Miliband’s “better than this” refrain may have sounded like a broken record — but this ties with the number of mentions of “Labour” mentions for Cameron today.

UPDATE: Guido attempted something similar but borked the numbers

At least someone supported the Daily Mail today … Nick Griffin!

This isn’t the first time that the Daily Mail and the BNP leader have found themselves on the same side either.

Back in February he backed the newspaper after it suggested the Vicky Pryce speeding fraud trial collapsed because the jury were black.

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