UK Labour vows to outlaw Islamophobia

April 28th, 2015 at 12:03 pm by David Farrar

You have radical Islamist clerics in the UK preaching hatred against the UK, the West and support for ISIL and Al Qaeda.  Yet Ed Miliband has decided the speech that needs to be stomped on is so called Islamophobia.

Muslim news reports:

A future Labour Government is committed to outlaw the scourge of Islamophobia by changing the law and making it an aggravated crime, according to the Party’s Leader Ed Miliband.

“We are going to make it an aggravated crime. We are going to make sure it is marked on people’s records with the police to make sure they root out Islamophobia as a hate crime,” Miliband told the Editor of The Muslim News, Ahmed J Versi in a wide ranging exclusive interview.

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Labour Party Manifesto pledged to take a “zero-tolerance approach to hate crime” regarding the growth of Islamophobia as well as anti-Semitism. “We will challenge prejudice before it grows, whether in schools, universities or on social media. And we will strengthen the law on disability, homophobic, and transphobic hate crime,” it said.

God knows what disability hate crime is.

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Would Miliband be a ‘catastrophe’?

April 15th, 2015 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The Daily Mail editorial:

Launching his party’s business manifesto last week, Ed Miliband extolled the virtues of British companies in fulsome terms, ‘from the multinational to the family firm’.

He promised a future Labour government would help them in ‘creating wealth, making profits, and providing jobs’, and asked the business community to join him in a partnership ‘to build a better future together’.

Yesterday the business community gave its answer. In a survey of FTSE 100 company chairmen, 70 per cent said a Miliband government would be a ‘catastrophe’ for the economy and 90 per cent believe he’d make a worse prime minister than David Cameron.

It is no surprise that the Daily Mail is against Miliband, and no surprise that most FTSE Chairs prefer Cameron to Miliband. What I find interesting is that 70% were willing to agree with the term “catastrophe” for a Miliband Government.

Miliband is no third wayer. His policies are closer to Michael Foot’s. But he may still get to be PM, with the support of the SNP.

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Miliband least popular UK leader in a generation

November 14th, 2014 at 8:49 am by David Farrar

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This polling graphic from the Daily Mail shows how unpopular Ed Miliband is compared to other leaders just before an election.

The Conservatives should lose the election, as they trail in the polls. But there is a widespread belief that Miliband is unelectable.

Of interest is that the UK Labour Party use much the same method to elect their leader as the NZ Labour Party. Miliband has little support from his caucus, but won the union vote.

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A tale of two Labour leaders

July 11th, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

John Hartevelt at Ninth&10 reports:

Ed Miliband today achieved what might previously have seemed impossible. His Labour Party/union reform speech had Tony Blair gushing before it was even delivered – and it had the approval of Unite Union leader Len McCluskey immediately afterwards. …

But whatever the long-term impact of Miliband’s ideas, he achieved a tidy political set-piece today. This mattered for Ed because he is often written up as a man not ready for the job. In the middle of last week, some of his front-bench was briefing that he needed to “get a grip” on the union influence stories spilling forth from the initial problem in Falkirk. In a few days of practiced political management, Miliband does seem to have tightened – if not quite sewn up – this troublesome narrative, for the time being, at least.

You can look back on the past week and see a plan that was quickly put together and decisively executed. There was a resignation, suspensions and police referrals last week. A grim-faced Angela Eagle was deployed to tell a “get tough” story on Falkirk. This week, the lobby was briefed in advance of Miliband’s speech on some meaty reform details. Blair obliged with his warm endorsement on Sky News right ahead of the speech and Miliband sprung a genuine surprise with a voter-friendly proposal to restrict the amount MPs can earn outside of their day jobs. The analysts were so impressed by this last point that they said Miliband had hurled the ball cleverly in to the Tory half of the court for a response.

And this is how competent political management should look.

The contrast with David Shearer’s Labour leadership in New Zealand is incredibly stark. MPs in NZ are again whispering to journalists about Shearer’s leadership and playing dumb with their bosses when asked for an explanation (this is what I took to have happened with the Duncan Garner tweet drama last night, NZ time, for those who were following it). Whatever his colleagues say, it’s clear that Shearer does not have enough of the confidence of his own caucus. …

He seems too far gone as leader now.

The diverging prospects of the two Labour leaders over the past week are instructive. Neither man is as politically gifted as his centre-right adversary, but at least one of them is making some of his own luck.

To be fair to Shearer, he is not solely responsible. The Deputy Leader is meant to play a key role in party management, as are the staff.

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Poor Ed Miliband

February 6th, 2012 at 10:14 am by David Farrar

The NZ Herald reports:

One is a hapless inventor from Wigan whose hare-brained schemes and anthropomorphic dog, Gromit, have made him one of the most cherished figures in British film.

The other is the leader of the British Labour Party. And unkind talk about their similarity has prompted complaints that one is tarnishing the other’s public image.

Senior figures at Aardman Animations will voice concern, at a status meeting this week, over the frequency with which their Oscar-winning, cheese-loving, animated hero is compared to Ed Miliband.

Oh dear, it is bad enough to be compared to Wallace, but to then have the creators of Wallace concerned that the comparisons damages Wallace is very damning.

In the latest YouGov poll 68% of respondents say Miliband is doing badly as Opposition Leader, and only 20% say he is doing well. Even amongst Labour voters, 49% say he is doing poorly.

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