Ed Miliband tries to make friends

9 July 2013

5:09 PM

9 July 2013

5:09 PM

Ed Miliband struggled to reach ‘the journalistic community’ at his big speech and press conference today. ‘Where’s Sky, ah there, Mark isn’t it?’, asked Ed. ‘Alistair’ came the reply. Not content with this faux pas, Miliband failed to recognize the BBC’s Nick Robinson and managed to slight Channel Four’s pompous political editor Gary Gibbon. And there was some discussion in Fleet Street’s watering holes afterwards about whether Ed had called a Tim ‘Jim’.

The Labour leader was clearly distracted. In the course of relating an anecdote about US politics, Miliband used the term ‘congressmen’. Mr Steerpike nodded sagely — knowing the meaning of this innocuous noun — but Miliband, who is always keen to be ‘right on’ and ever so politically correct, evidently thought he’d done something unmentionable. Horror crossed his face. Awkwardly, he corrected the mis-step to ‘congressmen and women’; thereby drawing attention to a boob that nobody had noticed and only he seemed to care about.

Some uncharitable souls say that little Ed was worried about upsetting his (loaded) union bosses; but Mr Steerpike thinks it was the steps. As I staggered about the labyrinth of cobbled back lanes and steps at the back of St Bride’s Church, where the event was held, it occurred to me that the place was not wheelchair friendly. Miliband wants to lead a national political movement, not a political party. Yet many people were excluded today. One Nation Labour needs a ramp.

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  • therealguyfaux

    “Mr Leader,” Mitt Romney called him, in deference to his status as the shadow premier, the “Leader of HM’s Most Loyal Opposition,” thinking that that was the courteous thing to do, not knowing the formalities do not require it. Of course, that title is something of a barbarism that makes Miliband sound like some Kim of North Korea.

    Tell the Rt Hon Mr Miliband (to give him his propers) he need not engage in the same sort of in-the-dark as to the correct terminology, as it is easy to find out. Members of the US House of Representatives are styled with “Rep” before their name, but in order to avoid confusion with state legislators who are also called “Representatives,” the Federal version are generically referred to as, surprise, surprise, “Members of Congress”; they are personally addressed gender-specifically, as in “Good morning, Congressman Stumble”/”Good evening, Congresswoman Bumble.”

    And tell Ed that Nick Robinson is the one that looks vaguely like the Doctor on Star Trek Voyager, as long as you’re at it. (Oh, come now, a wonky nerd like Ed had to have watched it and drooled over 7 of 9– unless he was more a B’Elanna kinda guy, or even a Capt Janeway fancier.)

  • John Smith

    Shhhh he is the Tories secret weapon . .

    • Wessex Man

      It’s all the comic disasters of Gordon Brown all over again and he hasn’t even got to number 10 yet thank god!

  • Tim Reed

    One Nation Labour ̶n̶e̶e̶d̶s̶ ̶a̶ ̶r̶a̶m̶p̶ is a rump.


  • Maverick Ways