Sunday, January 31, 2010

Mandy Is Getting Desperate

There are certain attacks that Labour use when they are clearly in the wrong and can't think of anything else to say. They tend to be used by the more useless or unpleasant ministers, like 'Battlin' Bob Ainsworth and Liam 'Where's My Coffee, Bitch?!' Byrne. So to see Baron Mandelson of Foy in the County of Herefordshire and of Hartlepool in the County of Durham using them makes me wonder if his nerves might be a bit on edge. He said, when discussing the Conservatives and the economy:

"It is talking Britain down when David Cameron compares Britain ludicrously in everyone's eyes to Greece, and when George Osborne describes Britain as an exhausted runner at the back of a long marathon race unable to summon the strength to build our economy,'' he told The Politics show.

That is disgraceful, it is irresponsible. It's also unpatriotic."

Leaving aside the fact that nobody should have to take lessons in patriotism from a man who would quite happily see this country run from Belgium, France and Germany, this is a line that only gets churned out when trying to stifle a perfectly valid argument. See Bob's opinion that mentioning our complete failure to provide our troops in Afghanistan with sufficient helicopters is somehow unpatriotic. And someone with Mandelson's political ability shouldn't really be using Bob Ainsworth as a guide on how to get a message across.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

A Picture Says A Thousand Words

This is the look on Bob Ainsworth's face as he became the first Minister to let slip the date 'May 6th' in relation to the General Election. Just says so much, doesn't it? Screengrab from the Mail.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sugary Goodness

First of all, thanks to Plato for bringing this Labour PPB from 2005 to my attention. You need to get past all the guff about Tories killing babies and old people, but your reward for doing so is an absolute gem of a quote from Alan Sugar:

"What people don't seem to realise is for the past seven years under the leadership of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown - they have done a fantastic job. And the trouble is people won't know what a great job it is until they get themselves into a situation where things start to go pear-shaped again."

Two great ways you can interpret this. The first being that people don't realise how fantastic Labour are until they're in a position to claim loads more delicious benefits, which is hardly something to really look forward to. Yes, Labour have made a jobs market that sucks, but thankfully the dole system is super. But then I suppose it's all about the core vote. And the other interesting thing about it is that once the economy took a knock, it became very apparent what a piss poor job Brown had actually done. The moment the nation's finances went a bit "pear-shaped", the huge debt, massive borrowing, and the inability of our economy to fight the recession all became apparent. Well, for most people - I'd been saying it for years...

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Telegraph Can't Add

I'm reading this article on the Telegraph website with a sense of bewilderment. 'Week of bungled plots boosts Labour in poll' is the headline, except it isn't actually true.

Sure, it's true in the sense of what newspapers do when they're bored, stupid, and/or want to play around with a narrative for a while. But it's not the actual truth.

What they've done is compare the ICM poll done over the last couple of days, which had the split at 40/30/18, with another ICM done for the paper at the beginning of December showing 40/29/19.

Except there was another ICM done over a week after that one - for the Guardian - which had the split at 40/31/18. It's one of the most important rules of polling to compare polls with the previous one from that particular organisation; not the last one for that particular paper. It's sloppy, wrong, and it makes the Telegraph look rather simple.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Miliband Backs Brown - Sort Of

First of all, welcome to 2010.

Secondly, the BBC are really outdoing themselves with their 'hug Gordon' strategy after today's coup - what number is that 4 or 5? - which now appears to have failed. 'Ministers lining up behind Brown' is currently the headline of this story. It may as well be 'Glorious leader in good health and looking forward to crushing capitalists with iron fist'.

But what's really interesting is David Miliband's statement - which has just been issued. The way he decided to stay on after letting James Purnell jump off a cliff during the summer shows he has no backbone, and this statement pretty much confirms that. Miliband said, according to the Spectator, that he is "working closely with PM on foreign policy issues & support the re-election campaign for a Labour Govt that he is leading."

Updated with full quote from the Spectator.