I listened to the BBC “What the Papers say” on Today this morning. The Miliband speech was given due prominence but for some reason The Guardian coverage was omitted. I wonder why? Meanwhile, Red Ed turned up in the prime 8.10am slot on Today and despite the softballs lobbed his way by Naughtie, it was a car crash. Miliband will set up a body to determine which are “good” and “bad” business models, for example, a sort of star chamber to determine the wickedness of the Corporation. This is a real tough one for the BBC – they so want Labour back but in Miliband we have a Michael Foot in a smarter suit – and he comes across REALLY badly.

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  1. My Site (click to edit) says:

    How can this fool stand in front of his conference and criticise the energy companies that are crippling us when he has done more than any other politician to promote the AGW hoax in this country.
    Surely no one outside the BBC is stupid enough to take him seriously? 


  2. My Site (click to edit) says:

    When the Graun gets dropped off a review, you know there’s a problem.

    I am wondering when the BBC will decide to cut its loss leader and start moving on plan E-.

    At which point, even some from the left with a smidgen of grey cells and democratic integrity may start wondering just how appropriate it is for a few multi-hundred-K BBC market rate talents to be shaping political direction with a £4Bpa budget, in ways Mr. Murdoch could only dream of.

    As an enforced funder of this, Messrs Patten, Hunt, Clegg  & Cameron, I’m a little fed up with it.


  3. As I See It says:

    Labour is a strange beast – but the BBC takes its cue from them and desperately wants them back for both idealogical and licence deal reseaons.

    Therefore the Beeb has to do a lot tidying up and massaging of the Labour message.

    Labour happily vilify their so-called traitors, so Blair is booed in the conference room. Meanwhile an utter disaster like Gordon Brown is still seen as a hero by many of the brothers.

    Ed Miliband has indeed been exposed as a car crash of a leader but the comrades would rather go down to defeat wrapped in their red flag than sack him.

    The BBC have a real job on their hands – but fret not lefties – they will go down the safe route – attacking the Tories on all frequencies morning, noon and night.


    • Grant says:

      As I see it,
      It just shows how revolting the Left are.  I have no love for Blair, but , without him, Labour would never have been elected in the first place. 


  4. Roland Deschain says:

    Ed Miliband was so bad that even Mr Naughtie couldn’t help but make him look rather foolish. 

    Which came as a great disappointment as I’d hate to see him go so soon. 🙂


  5. TheGeneral says:

    a) A ‘ Good Company’ – one who supports or donates to the Labour Party.  
    b) A ‘ Bad Company’ – one who supports or donates to the Conservative Party.

    Why has nobody picked up on this obvious reason why this stupid idea is totally unworkable ?
    And where are the Conservative commentators on the speech?
    Just wait until next weeks Conservative Conference, the airwaves will be jammed with Labour politicians spitting out their venom.


    • David vance says:

      Yes, the absence of Conservative commentators has been deafening but is that a surprise?


      • Jeremy Clarke says:

        I thought it was convention during conference season to give each party a clear run at the airwaves? Thusly, broadcasters are not compelled to give Opposition parties a right of reply although the ubiquitous Kevin Maguire is usually on-hand to give his ‘expert’ views. I expect Polly will be out on manoeuvres in Beebland next week as well.

        Dunno, but the BBC’s coverage of the Labour conference week always reminds me of a dinner party; it is akin to a group like-minded people putting the world to rights. That is probably because they have been moving in the same circles since their Oxbridge days and have probably all slept with each other at least once.

        The Conservative conference is far more interesting because the BBC’s intrepid reporters will look for splits (Eurosceptics, AGW-deniers, anti-immigration) and they are generally less reverential towards Tories. Furthermore, the Lib Dems barely register unless Vince Cable says something vaguely controversial.

        In the meantime, the other 59.8 million Britons get on with their lives…


    • Geyza says:

      Unlike labour, the tories always stick to their part in the old ‘gentleman’s agreement’ between the parties to allow each to have their week in the public gaze without comment or criticism from the other parties during that week.

      Labour do not stick to this anymore.  Brown renagued upon it by flying into Afghanistan on a political photo-op during the tory conference in 1997.

      I’ll bet the BBC will be only too happy to have labour commentators and politicians on their couches all next week giving live and up-to-the-minute reaction to the tory conference.


  6. Natsman says:

    Could this moronic robot “run” the country?

    Perhaps with his equally moronic robot brother (thus becoming Dedward, the Miliband of Brothers)?

    I sincerely and fervently hope not…


  7. Umbongo says:

    Naughtie was playing the sympathetic, if impatient, infant school teacher today.  That Miliband could string two words together (not forgetting the demotic dropping of the final “T” whenever it occurred) was met with benificient understanding by Naughtie.  However, Naughtie’s impatience with the infant pupil got the better of him and, in about 30 seconds Naughtie summarised Miliband’s “moral” approach to the private sector.  This succinct explanation came as a complete revelation to Miliband to which he had no reply.  Well, he didn’t say “yes” or even “blimey did I say that?” which is how any normal individual would have reacted but burbled off into incomprehensible waffle (which, I assume, was in the script which had been agreed beforehand).

    In other words, this was a conversation between two Labour proponents on which we – the paying public – were allowed to eavesdrop.  Not once was there a hint that, maybe, such policies reek of totalitarianism or that politicians (especially those – like Miliband – who have done nothing in and know nothing of the real world beyond Westminster) are the most inappropriate set of self-regarding nonentities to decide on the morality of anything.


  8. Scrappydoo says:

    Poor old Miliband is a career politician desparately looking up his own rear end for ideas to sell to a sceptical public.  If this strange re-hash of non ideas is all he can come up with then you have to feel sorry for him and the BBC.


    • Geyza says:

      The BBC decided that they could not promote the dire performance or the policy vacuum which was Miliband’s speech to conference, so they are reporting on a version of the speech that they wish he had said instead.  Claiming that Ed did not literally mean the words of what he said, instead he meant tax credits for R&D and things like that.

      So either Ed took a massive jump to the left, or he is an incompetent communicator who needs his speeches translating into human.

      Neither version of Ed is electable and the BBC are doing their level best to make up for that and present him as electable.  The bias has become utterly blatant now that the BBC are acting as Ed Miliband’s press secretary.


  9. Geyza says:

    I have always felt it wrong to judge a politician on their looks or appearance or the general image which they convey.  I have always tried to judge them upon what they have actually achieved, or their policies or their skills.

    Sadly Ed Miliband has no skills, policies or notable achievements, so I am left with his appearance. 

    If the creator of Wallace and Grommit were to create a cartoon version of ‘Rik’ from the young ones, we would end up with Ed Miliband. Basically a cartoonish annoying marxist student politician.


  10. George R says:

    Ah, in that very run-down socialist wonderland of Liverpool there are Labour conference cheers for the empty words of ‘leftist’ has-been, Benn; he nods in an Islamic direction with his wished for prediction  of a ‘British Spring’, that is, more of the same from Labour.

    “To much cheering – and a standing ovation – he said the country was about to witness a ‘British Spring’.”

     Indian Summer, more like.

    This BBC-NUJ-Labour report from the fringe is intended to boost the political future of the Labour left.

     Could a Beeboid  like Ms KING do less?



    • Buggy says:

      Wasn’t the “British Spring” the phrase used by the more exciable commentators on the Left about last months riots ?

      Good to know where Ed-The-Unelectable is coming from.


  11. George R says:

    Update for BBC-NUJ-Labour, which it will just have to censor:

    “The child star of the Labour conference and the truth behind his ‘life of poverty’ ”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2042623/Rory-Weal-Child-star-Labour-conference-truth-life-poverty.html#ixzz1ZFdAgCCn


  12. cjhartnett says:

    When Naughtie was going to interview Moribund on the “prime” 8.10 slot-maybe back in the 70s, but not now-I could hear a nation turn to Chris Evans.
    Only at the BBC-or at their sock puppet of what was once a political party, would this merit inclusion as a news item.
    Sounded like two drunks at a bus stop to me singing “When I rule the World”.
    Only the Tories are so crap that The likes of Milibore think that we the British public may yet to turn to them again.
    Crap though the Tories are they are NOT Labour and that alone makes them electable…even oin a 10% turnout!


  13. David Preiser (USA) says:

    The News Channel is certainly a Tory-free zone today.  Instead there’s been a series of BBC-enabled climb-downs from Red Ed’s attack on business.  All we get is the BBC newsreader telling us that’s not really what Ed meant, and then explanations from Labour mouthpieces at the convention explaining how much Labour really likes business and nobody listening to the speech should have understood it to be an attack.

    Next week will be…..?


    • Martin says:

      It’s supposed to be traditional that during the week of a political party’s conference the other party’s take a back seat, but you can bet the BBC will wheel out Kinnock, Precott or Ed Balls next week.

      Remember that this week it’s been a Tory free zone, let’s see if the BBC do that next week.


  14. George R says:

    “How can there be a ‘war for Labour’s soul’ when Labour has no soul?  
    “Labour activists’ delusions have reached pathological proportions. They need our help.”  
    (Brendan O’Neill )  



    • Millie Tant says:

      On doing a bit of looking, I find to my surprise that Brendan O’Neill is a Beeboid!

      According to a profile in The Grauniad:

      Brendan O’Neill is editor of spiked, the online magazine with the modest ambition of making history as well as reporting it. He is the author of Can I Recycle My Granny and 39 Other Eco-Dilemmas – a satire on the green movement.
      He started his career in journalism at LM (Living Marxism), until it was forced to close following a libel action brought by ITN. His journalism has been widely published on both sides of the Atlantic, including in the Spectator, the New Statesman, the Guardian, the Catholic Herald, the American Prospect, Reason, Slate and Salon magazines, and the Christian Science Monitor.
      He also writes regular reports for BBC News Online and is a correspondent for the Polish political weekly Prze Kroj. He makes regular appearances across the British and American broadcast media. He was a consultant for the book Human, published by Dorling Kindersley, which won the BMA Medical Book of the Year award in 2005, and he is currently writing a book about terrorism and humanitarianism. He is also co-founder of the Manifesto Club, which aims to reclaim the creative spirit of the Enlightenment for the 21st century.

      Well, well.


  15. fred bloggs says:

    Well go on ask the question:  Just seen toenails interview Milipede, toenails points out all the failures/admissions Milipede made in his speech.  Toenails does not ask the simple obvious question, “If you disagreed with so much of Labour’s policy, why did you stay at the centre of it”?    Why are the simple questions not asked.


  16. George R says:

    Who’s likely to gain from these vapid conferences/cults of Clegg, then Miliband, next Cameron?

    Farage, I suppose. 

    “David Cameron prepares for Manchester”