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Money Down the Drain

Trade union members in Scotland will be interested to know that while the fight for equal pay has been in full flow, union bosses have been wasting a small fortune in trying to sell Ed Miliband to the nation. In the run up to the recent...Show More Summary

Milifandom founder backs Andy Burnham for Labour leader

Although the Milifandom wasn’t enough to lead Ed Miliband to victory at the polls, the cult movement did at least bring the former Labour leader’s lagging campaign some momentum in the… Continue reading The post Milifandom founder backs Andy Burnham for Labour leader appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Coffee Shots: Jeremy Corbyn, the ‘British Obama’

Ahead of the election, Ed Miliband’s senior advisor David Axelrod was asked if the Labour politician had as much potential to succeed as his former client Barack Obama. His reply? ‘I think… Continue reading The post Coffee Shots: Jeremy Corbyn, the ‘British Obama’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Ed Miliband "Lesser Sense of Urgency" for Climate Than Pre-Copenhagen

"At this stage there is less sense of that movement and a lesser sense of urgency" Ed Miliband, the former leader of the UK Labour Party and very first secretary of state for the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) gave his...Show More Summary

Relax, There Is No Labour Meltdown

Another day, another bout of mischief making. In today's Indy we learn that things aren't looking too rosy for Labour. In a specially commissioned poll, it "shows party is now even 'less electable' than under Ed Miliband. Blimey, that doesn't bode well for 2020. Show More Summary

Ed Miliband’s legacy: 140,000 new hard-left members sign up to back Corbyn

If Jeremy Corbyn becomes the next Labour leader, there will be a lot of finger pointing at Ed Miliband. Today’s Sunday Times reports that 140,000 new members are projected to sign up to… Continue reading The post Ed Miliband’s legacy: 140,000 new hard-left members sign up to back Corbyn appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

George Osborne’s ‘Living Wage’ will soon set wages for 11pc of workers. Is that conservative?

George Osborne’s Budget plan to raise the minimum wage to £9.35 for over-25s was a surprise – which means it has not yet been much scrutinised. Ed Miliband’s £8 by… Continue reading The post George Osborne’s ‘Living Wage’ will soon set wages for 11pc of workers. Is that conservative? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

David Herdson on “Miliband’s leadership landmine”

Whoever wins is likely to be there for the duration There’s something in Ed Miliband of the apocryphal academic who when presented with a result he disapproved of, stated “it might well work in practice but it doesn’t work in theory”. More than once, proposals that Ed Miliband advanced had the look and feel of […]

Union Bullies (15/02/15)

I came across this article in The Times which tells the tale of a GMB activist who was victimised by his now trade union, the GMB. Now if I had been Ed Miliband I would have just spoken to Keith Henderson and said that I would be crossing...Show More Summary

Who is to blame for the rise of Jeremy Corbyn? Ed Miliband.

Well, look, it’s Ed Miliband’s fault isn’t it? Thrice over in fact. First for winning the Labour leadership, then for leading the party in the way he did and, finally,… Continue reading The post Who is to blame for the rise of Jeremy Corbyn? Ed Miliband. appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Labour and Welfare (30/09/13)

In recent weeks just about everybody and their uncle has had advice for the Labour leader - Ed Miliband - in response to his poor showing in the opinion polls which suggest that less than 1 in 5 voters can envisage Ed as Prime Minister of the UK. Show More Summary

Representative Unions (28/4/15)

Ed Miliband needs help from Len McCluskey like he needs an extra hold in his head at the moment, but the Unite leader's intervention will only fuel fears south of the border that Labour might gain power by the 'back door'. Because while...Show More Summary

Representative Unions (10/05/12)

Since Ed Miliband became leader of the Labour party in September 2010 the big three public sector trade unions (GMB, Unison and Unite) have poured £10 million of their members' money into Labour coffers. To do so lawfully, the tradeShow More Summary

It wasn’t just at the May 2015 general election that the pollsters did not cover themselves with glory

September 2010: Final LAB members leadership poll YouGov LAB members poll Sept ’10 YouGov 1st round Actual 1st round YouGov Miliband preference Actual final votes ABBOTT, Diane 11 7.3 0 0 BALLS, Ed 9 10.1 0 0 BURNHAM, Andy 10 8.6 0 0 MILIBAND, David 38 44.1 48 54.4 MILIBAND, Ed 31 29.9 52 45.6 […]

How Ed Miliband won the argument on the minimum wage

The Budget contained little economic analysis of George Osborne’s sensational plan for a £9 minimum wage for the over-25s. Of course, it’s not driven by economics: the main objective is to… Continue reading The post How Ed Miliband won the argument on the minimum wage appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Labour need not only a decent leader they also need a decent strategist to help the new leader

Video: Michael Fallon warning Ed Miliband will stab UK in the back just as he did to his brother David. It can be argued that the next Labour leader has the hardest task any Labour leader faces since Arthur Henderson. Labour are vulnerable on their left flank, from a Farron led Lib Dem party who […]

Don Brind’s question for the LAB 4: How will you get the better of Osborne in 2020?

This should be the decisive factor For Labour supporters the worst moment of the General Election campaign came a week ahead of polling day when Ed Miliband was ambushed by Tory activists in the BBC Question Time audience and left floundering over whether the Labour government spending had been too high. We didn’t need the […]

Beyond Parody

Dan Hodges writing in The Telegraph describes Labour's response to the Budget as 'beyond parody' and he's bang on the money if you ask me, since the Conservatives have gone further and faster on pay protection than 'Red' Ed Miliband was promising in the run-up to the 2015 general election. Show More Summary

Minimum Wage (21/05/14)

I thought this cartoon in The Independent captured well the latest 'big pledge' by the Labour Party to put low pay at the heart of its programme for government, if Ed Miliband wins the 2015 general election. Seldom have I heard suchShow More Summary

Six policies that George Osborne has just stolen from Ed Miliband  

“We may have lost the election,” said Ed Miliband the morning after the election. “But we won the argument”. Surveying Osborne’s summer budget, Miliband may have a point. The first all-Conservative… Continue reading The post Six policies that George Osborne has just stolen from Ed Miliband   appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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