Newt Gingrich’s ailing nomination campaign has hit on a bold new strategyappropriating attack lines from Ed Miliband. The Labour leader’s predators and producers concept, the centrepiece of his conference speech last September, is being used by the Republican grandee by in his latest media assaults on Mitt Romney.

As Romney closed in on victory in New Hampshire, Gingrich’s campaign attacked the bedrock of his business credentials: his time at Bain Capital LLC where he “advised” companies to fire workers and outsource to developing countries.

In what is set to be the basis of a new anti-Romney TV ad campaign, one of Gingrich’s advisers said:

“Mitt Romney is not a capitalist. He is a predatory corporate mugger. If you ever wonder why so many manufacturing jobs are overseas, you need to look no further than Mitt Romney.”

This uses remarkably similar language to Ed Miliband’s address to delegates in Manchester:

“Producers train, invest, invent, sell. Things Britain does brilliantly. Predators are just interested in the fast buck, taking what they can out of the business. This isn’t about one industry that’s good and another that isn’t.”

This isn’t the first time that US politicians have borrowed from Labour. In 1987 now-Vice President Joe Biden’s nomination campaign came to an abrupt end when he was accused of plagiarising a speech by Neil Kinnock on university education and social mobility.

The Gingrich that stole Miliband.

  1. Romney’s been coming across as immensely proud of his ruthless business practices – to the point that he inferred in his victory speech last night that Gingrich and Huntsman were “left wing” for attacking him on them. With Romney cemented as the “mainstream” candidate, Newt and co needed to find part of his personality which would be unpalatable to moderate Republicans, and I reckon this is it. Clever stuff.

  2. Nicolas Sarkozy, the neo-Gaullist favourite, has vowed to
    “hit predators”
    with a tax on speculative investments – apparently a version of the Tobin tax, a staple of populist discourse in Europe for years. ”We can’t tolerate hedge funds buying a company with debt, firing a quarter of the staff and then enriching themselves by selling it in pieces. We didn’t create the euro to have capitalism without ethics or morals,” he said. Mr Sarkozy is supposed to be the “free market” candidate.

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