Miliband and the Sun: WTF does he think he’s playing at?

June 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm (Champagne Charlie, labour party, Murdoch, plonker)

I voted for Ed Miliband  to be leader of the Labour Party. I have continued to defend him in arguments with disappointed friends and colleagues. When Eric Lee wrote this, I was inclined to think he (Eric) was either pulling our bell-ends, or had gone a bit bonkers. But now I’m not so sure…

Ed Miliband

Even Ed’s harshest critics tend to concede that he’s bright. So WTF is he doing endorsing Murdoch’s rag? Surely he (and/or his small army of advisers and spin-doctors) should have realised this would antagonise pretty much the entire population of Liverpool, most traditional Labour supporters and disillusioned ex-Liberal-voting Guardianistas: in other words a hefty chunk of the very voters Labour will depend upon at the next general election.

What a complete and utter plonker.


  1. runner500 said,

    Sums it up well, poorly and naively advised he may have been, but he should have enough common sense and political nouse to work it out for himself, it isn’t as if it isn’t in the news at the moment. The stupidity beggars belief.

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  3. Rosie said,

    If you’d asked a dozen random people on a bus whether this was a good idea, they would have said No.

  4. februarycallendar said,

    Remember when it genuinely seemed as if a real change was coming? When Charles Moore said “the Left might actually be right” and Elisabeth Murdoch praised Dennis Potter, Alan Bennett and even Lord Reith? When 2015 genuinely looked like a potential reversal of 1979, and Ed Miliband appeared to be leading the way and riding the wave?

    That’s why I’ve also always stood up for him. And that’s why this feels like such a betrayal.

    The tragedy is that it won’t even win over the sort of people he’s aiming for: if it were likely to, I might grudgingly be prepared to accept this as an electoral necessity. But those people will simply think he looks laughably unconvincing in his role as rabble-rouser (as indeed he does) and mock him even more than they do already. And in Scotland, where the general political culture is far more serious and thus theoretically more attuned to what he naturally is as opposed to what he is pretending to be here, Miliband has for obvious reasons not had the admiration he might otherwise have managed.

    Remember this: if Ed’s going to be Thatcher in reverse – the radical from the other end who reverses a 35-year consensus – he’s got to be unconcerned about what a newspaper considered to be all-powerful, the key to the working class, thinks of him. She didn’t care what the Daily Mirror thought of her, and as a result redefined what was normal. If Ed’s cringing to the Sun as Thatcher refused to cringe to the Mirror, then he’d just be “our” equivalent of what, say, Ian Gilmour as PM would have been for “them”. And preferable though *that* option would have been for us, cringing to neoliberalism as Gilmour in such a role would no doubt have appeared to “cringe” to socialism is the last thing “we” need, and more than that, the last thing Britain – if it even still exists in its current form by 2016 – needs.

    • Babs said,

      Thatcher had most of the press on her side so she could afford to not care what the left leaning Mirror said. Right wing newspapers combined sales far out sell the lefty ones.

      • februarycallendar said,

        Maybe (I’m rereading old posts so I can avoid going to bed) but the Mirror was hugely powerful and influential in the post-war years, and was still the best-selling paper when she became leader. Her utter disdain for it, while simultaneously winning over large swathes of the working class, was a significant act at the time, and showed the way things were heading. In 1974 most people would have thought it utterly impossible for a leader so indifferent to the Mirror to get that many *working-class* votes (note the emphasis on “working class” here) within five years.

        This is why I made the comparison.

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