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Crisis of sincerity in the Miliband household?

20 May 2014

Mr S started the morning with Susannah Reid and Charlotte Hawkins of Good Morning Britain. All was pootling along quietly until Ed Miliband turned up on screen. The Leader of the Opposition was doing his routine about the ‘cost of living crisis’ when Hawkins decided to put his professed empathy for humble people to the test. How much do you spend on groceries in a week? She asked.

‘We probably spend… you know, 70, 80 pounds a week on groceries at least, probably more than that.’   

It sounds like there’s a cost of living crisis in the Miliband household. As Susannah Reid later pointed out, the average weekly bill for a family of four is more than £100. Reid added, with dollops of gloopy sincerity, that ordinary people feel that politicians are wholly out of touch with reality. Miliband squirmed on the sofa. You can watch the exchange here.

Labour bods have since been putting it about that Ed spends 70 or 80 quid a week on vegetables. Really? Mr S reckons that you’d struggle to spend that much on veg even if you restricted yourself to the Prince of Wales’s exorbitant Duchy Originals range in Waitrose. Where, precisely, does Mr Miliband shop? Or should we be asking Mrs Miliband that question?

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  • Streben80

    Maybe he means that is how much he pays his personal shopper to do the shopping for him or perhaps his butler. I confess, I only spend £35 a week on shopping but then the value brands that I buy ( and millions of ordinary people buy ) are the ones Ed has only heard of from focus groups.

  • Smithersjones2013

    Oops What a Silly Milly. Fancy getting caught in that trap

  • DWWolds

    Apparently Millminor gave another car crash of an interview later today – see Guido.

  • saffrin

    MP’s can claim up to £400 wk on groceries.

  • CharlietheChump

    Miliband is many things but even I don’t think he’s insincere. Disconnected, well, yes they all are.

  • Des Demona

    ”70, 80 pounds a week on groceries at least, probably more than that.’ ”
    So what did he actually get wrong?

    • saffrin

      He clearly doesn’t know the cost of his own grocery bill.
      How can anyone take seriously a man whose policy is built on something he has no knowledge or experience of?

      • Des Demona

        He clearly does. At least 70 or 80 pounds, probably more. The ”average” is apparently 100. That means some spend less and some spend more.

        You think Cameron would get any closer? Yet he claims to speak for the ”working person” Give me a break. Your argument is ludicrous.

  • judyk113

    If you think that either Mr or Mrs Miliband does the household shopping themselves, you’re more naive than I think you are. Why does no-one ever ask this self proclaimed speaker up for the ordinary people what domestic help the Milibands employ in their home, and how much they pay them? There must be a housekeeper at very least. And some sort of nanny who looks after the children when both parents are working, which in his case is all hours. Who irons Mr Miliband’s immaculate shirts and presses his perfectly tailor made suits? Not Mrs Miliband, who is a top flight barrister.

    • Alexsandr

      they will have it delivered by fortnums, surely?

      • judyk113

        I’m willing to bet they’d use Ocado. Minimum order £75. Some bright newshound should be doing the work on this…..

  • Bluesman_1

    £80 a week on vegetables? Surely the Shadow Cabinet costs more than that?

    H/T Spitting Image, sometime in the Eighties.

  • GUBU

    I could well believe that Mr Milliband spends up to £80 a week on vegetables. Indeed, I would not be suprised to be told that half of that went on guavas alone.

    He doesn’t look a man who would emerge from the supermarket with a basket full of carrots, sprouts and parsnips.

    Or like a Prime Minister.

    • itdoesntaddup

      Is that his bar bill in the Commons? “Mine’s a half of mild…and the same for the vegetables ….”

  • Anthony

    Perhaps he now should now announce a cap on food prices. No fruit and veg price rises without prior government approval.

    • Conway

      He should point out how much the CAP has increased food prices, too.

  • Mynydd

    Simple question, how many know how much was spent

    • judyk113

      Neither Ms Reid or Ms Hawkins are asking us to vote for them on the grounds that they have the qualifications and competence to run the country and prove their claims that they speak for the ordinary people of the country, or are more in touch with ordinary people’s lives than their opposite numbers working for competing TV channels.

      • Shazza

        Hear! Hear!

    • Shazza

      They are not standing for office, Milibrain is. And if you carry on all the time about ‘the cost of living crisis’ which, incidentally is 100% Labour’s fault, then you should have your facts straight.

      Any bandwagon for Milibandwagon.

    • Hugh

      And if I was Susannah, I’d reply, ‘When I make banging on about how posh Cameron is out of touch with ordinary folk part of my schtick I’ll tell you.’

  • RavenRandom

    The only thing Miliband is certain of is that he doesn’t trust the public to make up their own minds. How about a vote on the EU Miliband? Won’t we come up with the right answer.

  • HookesLaw

    He has to feed all the Marxist thinkers who come round sponging.

  • In2minds

    Stupid question. Labour politicians know all about spending other peoples money, not their own. Ask him another question and lest’s move on?

  • @PhilKean1

    Saying whatever you think needs to be said –

    – whenever you think you need to say it – certainly has its drawbacks when you know diddly-squat about the subjects you ate talking about.

    I mean, yesterday was a classic example of why the Labour Party’s eradication should become our next objective after the British people have escaped EU dictatorship.

    Yesterday? Ed Miliband, economist extraordinaire, businessman par excellence, champion of industry and protector of the national interest – came up with the idea that he’d buy votes pledge to link the minimum wage to earning levels if Labour win the 2015 election.

    The implications of this threat, if you can even bring yourself to take it seriously, are as frightening as any mad-cap idea spewed forth by any Labour politician since that dark day they crept from the stone from whence they came.

    A simple synopsis of the result if such an idea were inflicted on the UK economy can be summarised in one sentence : economic collapse and social breakdown.

  • Rhoda Klapp8

    You don’t need that many groceries when you eat out every night. Or eat in a subsidised canteen at the HoP. Or put it on expenses.

    • telemachus

      Do not be taken in by the vindictive electioneering of Steerpike and cronies
      The story here is not the cost of a grocery basket( the majority if middle aged men would have no clue on this) but the spiralling cost of living that is making the lives of the bottom economic half of the country a misery

      • Conway

        A cost of living crisis exacerbated by Miliband’s Climate Change Act.

      • Hugh

        Most men who have had to check their bank balance in the last six months do have some idea what groceries cost.

        • telemachus

          Never heard anyone ask Farage

          • Hugh

            How remarkably irrelvant.

      • First L

        Have you watched the interview? Miliband goes ‘urrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr’ for about 6 seconds before desperately grabbing at a random figure . It’s quite clear he doesn’t have the faintest idea. He could have said ‘I don’t know – Justine does the shopping’ It would have lost him a few points on his cost of living line, but at least he would have been honest and he’d have banked far more credit to make up for that. Instead he prevaricated and made up a figure that was beyond stupid. Showing him to be not only a liar but out of touch and completely off the mark on his cost of living line which – if that’s the line he wants to go down, he should have absolutely bloody nailed down with every answer about his own personal finances!

        • telemachus

          Ask Farage
          Ask Cameron
          I grant Nick Clegg will know

  • Tony Quintus

    Luckily for Red Ed, nobody watches Good Morning Britain, his Economic incompetence will slip by almost unnoticed.

    • Streben80

      Perhaps not but UKIP members will be making sure it does the rounds on social media for good measure, it is a service we provide.

      • Tony Quintus

        And we thank you for it, don’t miss the radio show either, while not quite on the level of Saint Nigel’s “Car Crash” (as it shall ever be known) it is the best Miliband attack ad since the “Stuck Record” interview.

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