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Boris Johnson minces Ed ‘Image’ Miliband

28 July 2014

28 July 2014

Mr S can only commend Boris Johnson’s column in the Telegraph today. It eviscerates Ed Miliband for his hypocrisy over ‘image’ and ‘substance’. As Boris puts it:

‘Ed Miliband is absolutely right to say that politics should be about ideas, and he is right to say that these should be more important than image. But the awful fact – confirmed by this speech – is that, frankly, Miliband’s image and photo-opportunities are the best things he has in his political programme.’

The rest is here.


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  • Ordinaryman

    Come on Boris, put in a days work and earn your money. It doesn’t take a great deal of effort to “mince” Miliband who is where he is by undermining his brother using the union block vote and uttering the reconstituted garbage that has prevailed within the political ‘philosophy’ of socialists in this country for the last fifty years.

  • David B

    Miliband’s major image issue is he has tried everything he claims to object to

    He has jumped on every pass bandwagon in the hope of getting a positive headline

    He has used sound bit policies that often are based on so absurd positions like the energy price freeze that it’s impossible to know where to start when explaining why it is so bad

    He attacks anyone who disagrees with him not with reasoned debate but shrill shouts of posh or rich, as if that means they are not allowed an opinion.

    He happily forgets he is both posh and rich, along with most of his cabinet

  • lakelander

    It was one of Boris’s best. However, he needs to use his skills to re-unite the right vote. A split right wing will see Miliband in power more surely than anything else.

  • Mukkinese

    I love the comments here.

    If ever we needed evidence of tin-foil hat wearing, swivel-eyed Tory nutters, we only have to look at some of the insane rantings in these threads.

    Hilarious…

  • BuBBleBus

    Walked past a social housing building site today, a large
    noticeboard proclaimed that the Mayor of London was supplying the funds. I
    thought how nice of Boris to be putting his hand in his own pocket to provide
    much needed millions for building. I wonder if he gets a return on this
    investment of his.

  • Colonel Mustard

    More evidence of Labour and Islamic extremism getting into bed together:-

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/07/27/UK-authority-to-raise-palestinian-flag

    Be afraid, be very afraid and remember telemachus’ chilling words “to win is all”. The peculiar alliance between hard line Labour activists and Islamic extremism is one of the greatest threats our country faces now. The two feed off each others agendas in order to leapfrog to power.

  • Smithersjones2013

    Well there is at least one Tory left who knows who their real rivals are.

  • Colonel Mustard

    Translation for Red Ed via telemachus:-

    “We have moved on from New Labour. And we are not going back to old Labour.”

    We have re-invented ourselves again so we can pretend we never did anything wrong before and not have to admit it or apologise for it (The Burnham Gambit).

    “Instead, our programme for Government is more radical and more ambitious in the change we seek, crafted for the age we are living in and the challenges we face.”

    Our programme will be extremist, based on Marxism, for a post-democratic age where our officials will lead beyond their authority to make sure you do what they say not what they do, and will go further in depriving you of liberty and all the freedoms you have enjoyed.

    “We did great things in Government to redistribute resources.”

    We stole money from working people to give it to the idle and to create rent seeker non-jobs to peddle our propaganda and coerce conformity. We redistributed our gold reserves by selling them at rock bottom prices. We redistributed responsibility for financial scrutiny so that no-one did it properly. We redistributed our defence resources to Iraq and Afghanistan then redistributed their logistics so they didn’t get any.

    “But we did not do enough to reduce inequality, or eliminate the problem of low pay, or build an economy that will work for the next generation. And the reason is that we did not do enough to change the fundamentals of our economy. That is what this programme and the next Government will do.”

    Code for nothing worked before so please give us a chance to demonstrate that it won’t work again with all the usual collateral damage and misery from repeating failure. “Change the fundamentals of our economy” = centralised control, five-year plans, Great Leaps Forward and tractor stats.

    “Moving on from a time when rising inequality was just a fact of life – or when we acted as if there is nothing we could do about markets that aren’t fair or aren’t working. Not seeing big spending as the answer. Not going back to make do and mend.”

    Capitalism, the free market and the individual in command of his own destiny is out. Authoritarian marxism and collectivism are in – but we won’t call them that in case we frighten the horses.

    “You and I know we won’t have the money.”

    So we’ll steal it from it anyone and anything we can smear as “bad”

    “For all of the cuts, for all of the pain under this Government, Britain still has a deficit to deal with and a debt to pay down. That’s why our programme starts with a binding commitment to balancing the books in the next government. We will get the national debt falling as soon as possible in the next parliament. And we will deliver a surplus on the current budget.”

    We will do what the coalition had to do, whom we have been opposing, impeding and smearing for doing it from day one, but we’ll never admit that because we are Labour (see first translation).

    • rtj1211

      I’m afraid you have yet to learn that the only individuals who are in command of their own destiny are the ones sufficiently rich already as to not need to aspire further in any way whatever.

      That does not stop poor people becoming rich if their destiny is not crushed by those more powerful than them at the start.

      But it does eliminate the fallacy that capitalism prevents malevolence from winning out.

      It absollutely does not………

      • Colonel Mustard

        I’m afraid you have yet to learn humility. And how to spell ‘absolutely’.

        Your first sentence is complete bollox of course as any successful self-employed person or entrepreneur will tell you but nowhere did I suggest that capitalism prevents malevolence from winning out. It’s a question of the much lesser of two evils. Would you prefer to live in modern China which has embraced capitalism, for all its faults, or in Mao’s China which malevolently suppressed it down to the choice of clothes?

        And whenever a socialist argues that previous regimes never got it write and a perfect socialist utopia can still be achieved if only they get another chance and more power to make it work the sound you will hear is a large flock of pigs migrating to La-La Land overhead.

        I’m afraid you have yet to learn the difference between comprehending a comment and re-writing it to reinforce your own prejudices.

      • Inverted Meniscus

        Spare us such utter bollux please. I built and then sold a successful busy and my preoccupation each day centred around a myriad of commercial issues. Those issues did not include the question:’how can I crush the aspirations of poor people?’. Far from it, a motivated work force is the essential ingredient for any business employing more than one person. The bonus scheme I operated enabled numerous employees to repay their mortgages early and, I am delighted to say, move on to bigger and better things themselves. But that doesn’t fit your class war socialist nutter narrative does it?

  • dado_trunking

    What do you expect from a nation which devalued itself by 25% in 2008, only to devalue itself again by 25% in 2013.
    The ‘substance over image’ issue could only be taken in by the plebs if we had been appeased with other prescription substances beforehand, and since that is not the case it is best to just caricature yourself, or, which is more likely, your opponent, straight into no10 in 9 months time.

    • HookesLaw

      One day you will write in English

      • Inverted Meniscus

        No he won’t. EU sponsored socialist nutter gibberish is his mother tongue shared by the rest of his army of sock puppets, Dalai, You_kid, shoe on head! Barking at tree Huggers and lest we forget, the Goat.

      • dado_trunking

        Today I have not had my eighth washed down with seven up yet, nonetheless my sixth sense tells me that it will only take about five minutes for you to confirm that you are one of those punters who takes pride in radio fouring everyone else.

  • telemachus

    But I needed to be fair to Ed – we went to the same school, after all

    It doesn’t matter, if you are a politician, whether you approach a bacon sarnie with the daintiness of Barbara Cartland or the carnivorous savagery of Luis Suárez. It doesn’t matter whether you look like Elle Macpherson or Jabba the Hutt – what counts is whether you have good, big ideas to tackle the many problems of a vast and mature Western democracy such as Britain.

    SO LISTEN TO ED

    “We have moved on from New Labour. And we are not going back to old Labour. Instead, our programme for Government is more radical and more ambitious in the change we seek, crafted for the age we are living in and the challenges we face.”

    “We did great things in Government to redistribute resources. But we did not do enough to reduce inequality, or eliminate the problem of low pay, or build an economy that will work for the next generation. And the reason is that we did not do enough to change the fundamentals of our economy. That is what this programme and the next Government will do.”

    “Moving on from a time when rising inequality was just a fact of life – or when we acted as if there is nothing we could do about markets that aren’t fair or aren’t working. Not seeing big spending as the answer. Not going back to make do and mend.”

    “You and I know we won’t have the money. For all of the cuts, for all of the pain under this Government, Britain still has a deficit to deal with and a debt to pay down. That’s why our programme starts with a binding commitment to balancing the books in the next government. We will get the national debt falling as soon as possible in the next parliament. And we will deliver a surplus on the current budget.”

    • Holly

      It is precisely because Labour did ‘great things’ while in government to redistribute resources that the economy landed in the ditch.
      They redistributed way too much, to ALL the wrong people, in ALL the wrong ways.

      • red2black

        A non-existent ‘trickle down effect’ that allows the wealthiest to keep it all is by far the better policy.

        • Will Rees

          But it has trickled,not downwards granted, but seeped into things like the equities market inflating share prices to the point that there is real concern as to what will happen when the printing stops

          • red2black

            ‘The upward redistribution of income’.

      • HookesLaw

        Labour did not redistribute resources. The top rate of tax fro instance was lower for 13 years than it is now.
        What labour did was spend money that did not exist. Labour spent money in the belief that the structural nature of the economy was bigger than it really was. It ran deficits when we had growth when the economy needed labour to be paying down debt.
        Labour did not resdistribute resources it borrowed and spent.

        These are salient facts which should not be forgotten and Labour would do the same again if in power – which is why we need to vote Tory to keep them out.

        • ButcombeMan

          It redistributed our gold, to bankers and at a very much reduced price.

    • Inverted Meniscus

      Perhaps a summary translation might be helpful: ‘We know how to spend your money and regulate your lives better than you do because we are morally superior to you, the little people. Kindly leave us alone to get on with being fabulous and just be grateful or we will criminalise you via any number of new restrictive laws we are planning. Indeed, We enjoy the irony of our stealing your money to build the prisons in which you will be incarcerated should you dissent’.

    • Smithersjones2013

      SO LISTEN TO ED

      Indeed! This talk on unemployment is brilliant!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wlrEXBGwQI

  • swatnan

    What a gay day! Boris was always the mincer.

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