The Speccie at the heart of Ed Miliband’s operation

10 May 2013

‘Red Ed’ invited the great and good of the media into his Westminster den for hummus and natter last night. No one knew what they were celebrating. Poor local election results? His rescue of a cyclist? Christmas? Who cares; no hack ever passed up a free drink.

Ed glided through the room, flirting with friend and foe in an easy manner that does not translate to television. And, unlike Cameron and Clegg, Ed is not one for an early bed. He stayed right to the bitter end, even after the wine and beer had dried up, just as he did at last year’s Spectator summer bash.


Incidentally, the Labour leader has a soft spot for The Spectator. There, on his is desk, in pride of place, was our Parliamentarian Award. But, after last week’s disaster, he’ll have to up his game if he wants us to add to his collection.


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  • Simon Scarth

    Could not wish the Labour Party a better leader, he can join the ranks of the Michael Foots and Neil Kinnock into the irrelevance of his party.

  • wobble

    As futile and irrelevant an invite as this thread.

  • allymax bruce

    Ed is fresh flesh; but he’s still lying Labour.

    • Wessex Man


    • Shazza

      Not forgetting how he stabbed his brother in the back. If he could do that to his own brother, what is he capable of doing to the British people should they foolishly elect him?

      • C Cole

        I hate to differ with you, Shazza, but by the party rules that obtained at the time, Ed beat his elder brother fair and square. What was he supposed to do, put his own ambitions to one side because David happened to be a few years older? There’s no divine right of kings in a democracy.

        The conventional wisdom seems to have it that David would have been a more formidable electoral opponent for the Tories, but I’m not so sure. Anyone remember that Guardian comment piece he wrote when Brown was leader?

        • Shazza

          I concede that you do have a point. However, it still has the whiff of Cain and Abel and illustrates the ruthlessness of the man. Should he ever, unfortunately gain power, he would use this utter ruthlessness to pursue his policies and who knows what his real agenda is? Never forget that he is not known as ‘Red Ed’ for nothing and that daddy was an A grade commie.

          • C Cole

            Ultimately, I think it came down to the grim fact that David had committed electoral suicide some years back by allowing himself to be pictured toting a banana en route to some ghastly party conference shindig.

            The more politically astute members of the Labour party could see an election-day Kinnock’s head in a lightbulb-style Sun front page waiting to happen, and therefore plumped for the brother who hadn’t been tainted by association with the bendy yellow fruit.

            I take your point about ruthlessness, but I don’t think Ed is any different from any other top politician in that respect. They would all, to borrow Blackadder’s immortal phrase, mud-wrestle their own mothers if the need arose.

            To switch to the blue end of the political spectrum, James Delingpole once wrote of Boris: “Never forget that this is a man so ambitious he makes Alexander the Great look like Olive from On The Buses”.

  • therealguyfaux

    Ed Miliband mingling with the hacks, knocking down brewskis (or plonk, whichever is his preference)? Next you’ll tell us he’s a regular guy, whom you’ll probably run into in the pub, like a certain upstart politician (and former metals trader) who’s been spending a lot of time in Brussels…

    • Wessex Man

      Just because he’s the leader of a Party that you obviously don’t like (and nor do I) doesn’t mean he’s not a regular person.

      • therealguyfaux

        Said the man who missed the point that I was taking the piss out of all the coverage of Nigel Farage in recent weeks and how this article seemed to be in the same vein. Ed M might actually be a nice guy to sit and have a drink with– that part I’m not disputing. And so might Nigel Farage be– and it’s not at all clear which of those two leaders, or parties (that’s not clear either, from the syntax), which you suppose I don’t like, is the one you’re saying that I don’t believe to be a regular person. One or the other of them, or both, or neither, might really be a regular person, but I’d never know until I’d sat and had a drink with him, right? So, I’ll reserve judgement before then.

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