Articles tagged with Ed Miliband
by Amber Elliott / 01 Feb 2012 13:03
We saw the prime minister quote Tony Blair, the Speaker praise David Cameron's vocabulary and a jab at the follicly-challenged shadow work and pensions secretary.
It was all rather unparliamentary today at PMQs.
Ed Miliband began his questioning by pushing Cameron to follow-through on legislation that triggers all banks to publish salaries over £1m. The law, published under a Labour government, had cross-party support.
But the prime minister ignored the bait,
by Caroline Crampton / 31 Jan 2012 16:46
In case you haven’t heard, we’re definitely not getting a new EU treaty.
Making his statement to the Commons after the European Council meeting yesterday, the prime minister was at great pains to emphasise that. The mechanism that will bring 25 of the 27 EU countries together to discuss fiscal issues is only “an agreement”.
Cameron kept repeating the names of previous EU treaties: Nice, Rome, Amsterdam, Lisbon. He said it
by Ben Duckworth / 30 Jan 2012 12:29
One of the SNP’s most significant successes has been to create a positive call for change – its civic brand of nationalism is based on making Scotland feeling good about itself. The specifics and problems of separation are placed in the background. The Labour leader has given a speech this morning (full text here) which aimed to inspire the Scots to ignore the SNP’s siren call for independence. But can Ed Miliband, a man rooted
by Caroline Crampton / 25 Jan 2012 13:04
The news that GDP contracted by 0.2% in the final quarter of 2011 was always going to dominate the exchanges at prime minister’s questions, as it will continue to dominate political debate over the coming days and weeks.
It was therefore the obvious, and correct, choice for Ed Miliband to focus his questions to the prime minister on the figures. After months of suffering through attacks from the PM that the last government
by Richard Darlington / 24 Jan 2012 15:15
Long live coalition. That’s coalition government as a consequence of a hung Parliament.
The last few opinion polls have prompted a round of reflection and comment mainly as the back end of the ‘Ed Miliband’s new year’ story. Earlier this week YouGov gave the Conservatives a three point lead, the biggest since December 2010. Today, YouGov has a Labour comeback to a one point lead, but that has been ignored because Guardian/ICM has
by Amber Elliott / 18 Jan 2012 13:06
It was a déjà vu PMQs today, with Ed Miliband claiming the government was taking us "back to the 1980s".
Maybe the Commons hadn't time-travelled that far, but we were certainly going back to 2011 – a quick count suggests it was the fourth time in three (sitting) months that Labour led with an attack on unemployment.
Safe ground is best for Miliband at the moment. And his unemployment arguments were extremely
by Amber Elliott / 17 Jan 2012 11:32
The big boss of Unite, Len McCluskey, used an article in The Guardian this morning to attack Ed Balls' and Ed Miliband's direction on austerity measures.
McCluskey criticised the party's change in direction as a "Blairite policy coup".
“Liam Byrne, Jim Murphy, Stephen Twigg and now Ed Balls: four horsemen of the austerity apocalypse," he wrote.
"Ed Balls's sudden embrace of austerity and the public-sector pay squeeze represents a
by Sadie Smith / 16 Jan 2012 12:01
Ed Miliband’s leadership was thrown into crisis once more this morning, after reports began to circulate around Westminster that a senior parliamentary aide was planning to defect to the Tories.
Sadie Smith, 32, has worked for Members of Parliament for eleven years but, in a memo leaked to Total Politics over the weekend, she declares, “Face it, we’re just not the party we used to be when St Tony was in charge. Have
by Caroline Crampton / 16 Jan 2012 11:19
According to a YouGov poll for the Sunday Times, only one in ten people think that Ed Miliband is too ugly to be prime minister.
I wrote on Friday that Ed Miliband was the victim of bias against his appearance. The kind of carping about his ‘geek-like’ demeanour and ‘Wallace and Gromit’ face that goes on is also the reason why David Miliband, and even Dan Jarvis, are now being
by Martin Shapland / 13 Jan 2012 12:45
I didn’t set any new year resolutions this year. What’s the point? According to the historical society in Hollywood the Maya predicted 2012 will see the end of the world, so I might as well succumb to my gluttony and vices.
As if to confirm this the Doomsday clock moved one minute closer to midnight on Wednesday - I’m not sure if this is the fault of impending nuclear showdown
by Caroline Crampton / 13 Jan 2012 11:18
This week, the discussion between commentators and sketchwriters of Ed Miliband and his leadership has become louder still as they mulled over his 'relaunch' on Tuesday. I’m not going to add my voice to that already-crowded conversation at this point, but I would just say this – at what point did it become impossible to mention the Labour leader without qualifying it with ‘embattled’ or ‘under pressure’? If the worst happens, I think Ed
by Charlotte Henry / 12 Jan 2012 10:55
Last week we had yet more evidence to add to the trial of ‘politicians vs the internet’. Many of our elected officials just seem unable to cope with the concept that the internet is both a public forum, and an extension of how you present yourself to the electorate. Time after time a slip of the keyboard causes them embarrassment, or worse.
The most infamous example is, of course, Anthony Weiner’s ummm….weiner,