Friday, 17 April 2015

Ed Miliband - clear and concise?

Ed Miliband from 2011, sticking to a predetermined answer come what may.

Remember this video when the Labour Party and the BBC tell you how intelligent, capable and normal Ed Miliband is.

If the BBC wasn't happy to act as the  media and propaganda arms of the Labour Party then this video would have featured strongly in BBC 'satirical' news programmes, but it didn't. Compare that with how often John Redwood's failure to know the Welsh National (Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau) anthem was played. As with the video of Gordon Brown picking his nose in the Chanmber of the House of Commons, this piece of video will not be mentioned on the News Quiz, played on Have I Got News For You or on any of the BBC 5Live 'satirical' weekend shows. So as the BBC and their Labour friends want this video to disappear, I think all bloggers should keep posting it and get the word out about the massive dork who 'leads' the Labour Party.

I found the ITV interviewer's reaction to this part of the interview, here is an extract:

'Ed Miliband thinks that the strikes are wrong at a time when negotiations are still underway. The government has acted in a reckless and provocative manner, but it is time for both sides to set aside the rhetoric and get around the negotiating table and stop this from happening again.

I know this because he told me six times. His PR must have known that was what he was going to do. And yet he still went through a convincing charade of pressing me on my line of interrogation, urging me to keep my questions brief, and even – this was a macabre touch – placing a voice recorder on the table beside me as a kind of warning not to try and misquote his boss. 
As it turned out, the first take was drowned out by a passing siren on the Embankment, but seemed like a thoughtful and precise position for a Labour leader to take. Clear in his condemnation, hopeful of a negotiated settlement. Not partisan, but engaged. Detached, but not aloof. 
The second time it seemed like a less original statement. The strikes are wrong… the rhetoric has gone too far… parents across the country…But then, I’d heard it before and it was useful to have a clean version, unspoiled by a siren.

The third time… the third time I was struggling a little bit. I’d asked him how his opposition to the strikes fitted with his position as leader of the Labour movement. I thought it was quite a clever question. Silly me. The strikes were wrong at a time when negotiations were still underway. The government had acted recklessly. It was time for rhetoric to be set aside. 
Some reporters like to have their questions written on a piece of paper, and tick them off one by one as they are asked. It’s something I’ve never done, but at this moment I wished fervently that I had a piece of paper in my hand, just to give me something to look at, and scratch away thoughtfully just buy some time. 
I asked another question. Something about Francis Maude, and his tone of conciliation. Not very good, I know, but the best I could manage. Get him to say something about Francis Maude, I was thinking… his hairstyle, his glasses, the way he peers over the top of them as he drones on, anything, just stop already with the strikes are wrong while negotiations are underway, and the rhetoric has got out of hand… 
I’m not sure what I asked next. Frankly I was in danger of losing it. On my own, with the eyes of Ed Miliband and his three handlers boring into me but apparently oblivious of my presence, I was getting twinges of what I can only describe as existential doubt. So I said some words. And Ed told me that the strikes were wrong, and the rhetoric was out of hand, and both sides needed to sit down… 
That was the worst one, I think. 
If news reporters and cameras are only there to be used by politicians as recording devices for their scripted soundbites, at best that is a professional discourtesy. At worst, if we are not allowed to explore and examine a politician’s views, then politicians cease to be accountable in the most obvious way. So the fact that the unedited interview has found its way onto YouTube in all its absurdity, to be laughed at along with all the clips of cats falling off sofas, is perfectly proper. 
Afterwards, I was overcome with a feeling of shame. I couldn’t look him in the eye.
But before I dried up completely, and had to be led out of Westminster with my mouth opening and shutting, I had an opportunity to ask one last question. I had an urge to say something so stupid, so flippant that he would either have to answer it, or get up and leave. `What is the world’s fastest fish?’ `Can your dog do tricks?’ `Which is your favourite dinosaur?’ But, of course, this was a pool interview, and I had no wish to feed out the end of my television career to Sky and the BBC. 
I realise now, of course, the perfect question to ask, to embarrass him and to keep my job. I should have asked was whether the strikes were wrong, whether the rhetoric had got out of hand, and whether it was time for both sides to get round the negotiating table before it happened again. 
Because that was the only answer I ever got.'
It sounds as though Damon Green has had an epiphany about Ed Miliband.

As an aside, I bet David Miliband has this piece of video downloaded and is playing it to everyone he knows...

As an aside you can get a great effect watching this video if you want. Watch it to the end then replay it. Now try pressing and holding the number 3 on your keyboard down..... great isn't it? Ed Miliband is Ed 'Blinky' Balls reincarnated!

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