Articles tagged with Ed Miliband
by Sadie Smith / 28 Mar 2013 11:47
It’s been over twenty-four hours since the one-time boy wonder of the new Labour movement announced his intention to stand down from Parliamentary politics and head off across the pond. The wailing, gnashing of teeth, renting of garments and laments along the lines that David would have, one day, returned to the front bench to lead the comrades to the sunlit uplands of electoral success, is finally dying down.
So maybe now is
by Anoosh Chakelian / 27 Feb 2013 12:49
Today’s Prime Minister’s Questions – or Barked Deflected Statements, as it will officially be known as once the government finally cracks down on mislabelling – was a let-down from both leaders. Such a display could represent the main reason, aside from serious sexual harassment allegations and ill-advised duckhouse ownership, behind so many people being turned off by our politicians.
Under the guise of a discussion of our economy’s recent credit rating
by Anoosh Chakelian / 13 Feb 2013 12:46
Oh, Ed. He had so much to work with this morning. The government’s planned social care changes are already being criticised. The workfare scheme is, well, illegal. And it turns out all our cows are horses. But clearly the Labour leader’s advisers this morning had seen one too many pun trotted out over the horsemeat scandal, or at least eaten a bit too much equine lasagne (Ed Balls’ new recipe?), and decided to
by Anoosh Chakelian / 23 Jan 2013 11:49
AdiEU, sang the PM to the European Union this morning: music to his Brussels-bashing backbenchers' ears (read: EUphoria), but acceptable to a sceptical yet change-averse public - the negotiating of Britain's membership, and an emphasis on reform allowing him to cry 'in' on the future in-out ultimatum (read: EUphemism).
But he couldn't quite look Ed Miliband in the eye today at PMQs, as he was pressed tenaciously on whether he'd campaign to leave
by Emma Burnell / 22 Nov 2012 14:24
When Ed Miliband says he wants to be like Margaret Thatcher, he doesn’t mean by devastating the working class, the north and presiding over a bitterly divided country. But he should know that that is exactly how his party will hear it, so why does he say it at all?
There are any number of reasons why a politician might compare themselves to a predecessor; to gain some of their star power or
by Emma Burnell / 06 Nov 2012 09:28
Ultimately, everyone who works should – at the very least – earn enough to live on. The UK is the seventh largest economy in the world. That we have reached a situation where nearly five million people living on poverty in the UK are in work shows just how unsustainable low wages have become.
Yesterday, Ed Miliband gave a speech in support of the Living Wage. Following on from his
by Anoosh Chakelian / 24 Oct 2012 12:43
Homing in on an increasingly crimson David Cameron (a look not unnoticed by his steadfastly milkier opponent), Miliband attacked the prime minister’s surprise and hastily backtracked comment last week on energy companies giving the lowest tariffs, calling it “another dodgy deal” – “the only people baffled last week were his ministers!” he shouted, triumphant.
Ed Davey shook his head, enraged. With which side of the House, however, was unclear.
Then followed a
by Anoosh Chakelian / 17 Oct 2012 11:46
An enraged suited cockerel, David Cameron let rip at PMQs today, losing his cool and doing an all-out Flashman on us over a number of jibes mixed to produce the bitterest cocktail of horror: Andrew Mitchell, Leveson and Corby. The unholy trinity.
And the Labour benches wring their hands and claim the higher ground with worthy expressions, but they love it. And the Tories simply love it with no pretence. But John Bercow
11 Oct 2012 13:30
The curly sandwiches have all been eaten, the beer has all been drunk and everyone has a cold. It must be end of conference season. For the first time in my life, I attended all three Party conferences this year. I met and spoke with friends from each Party, and I also took the time to just sit quietly in the throng and listen to what the delegates had to say when talking to
by Anoosh Chakelian / 03 Oct 2012 15:49
There were moments of joy and moments of sadness.
The Welsh Labour activist who told poor Ed Miliband, jacketless and vulnerable to the delegates’ raw passion for him, that he hadn’t “kissed her yet”, but that he “kissed Barbara last night and I’m very jealous” brought glorious laughter to the hall. But perhaps not for Justine Thornton.
And then there was the distressing scene of a poor man desperate to fire a
by Emma Burnell / 03 Oct 2012 08:39
Ed’s speech was a barnstormer. He came into conference the most secure of all the party leaders, but that didn’t stop the inevitable chatter around his leadership from the press. This might. The press have seen now what I saw in Ed before the leadership contest, and what led to me supporting him.
Ed can leave Manchester very happy. He’s done what he needed to do, and he – at least for now
by Anoosh Chakelian / 02 Oct 2012 12:15
“Michael Gove,” declared Ed Miliband, both arms aloft, “Michael Gove.”
He delivered the education secretary’s name as if it was his best punch line yet. The audience applauded rapturously.
And then the Labour leader launched into how he, comprehensively educated (as he was keen to remind us), would radically reform the education system by resurrecting vocational training as something not seen as “second class.”
He proposed a new qualification to rival