5 key quotes from Ed Miliband’s Mirror interview – on refusing to measure the curtains, Ed Balls and David Miliband

9th January, 2013 8:14 am

There’s an interesting interview with Ed Miliband in The Mirror this morning, covering his views on the shadow cabinet, Ed Balls, David Miliband, welfare and the economy. Here are 5 key quotes from the interview:

Miliband says no-one in the Shadow Cabinet is guaranteed a job in government

“I have the same rule for everybody across the Shadow Cabinet. And it’s a very principled position, I am going to do nothing that’s about measuring the curtains…Why would you start naming your Cabinet two-and-a-half years before the election? Honestly.”

And on Ed Balls

“I think Ed Balls is doing a great job but I am not going to get into that.”

On a possible return for David Miliband

“Look, of course it was a bruising leadership contest and as time goes on that sort of recedes and that’s good for our relationship. I wouldn’t take it as indication about a change in his view he’s not coming back to the Shadow Cabinet – but the door is open.”

On the Tory strategy

“It’s now clear what the Government’s strategy is: it’s a divide and rule strategy. They haven’t succeeded in the first two-and-a-half years so they want to point the finger of blame at someone else so it doesn’t get pointed at them. And therefore they are trying to divide and rule.”

On Labour’s management of the economy vs Tory management of the economy

“First of all, there was a global economic crash. The real cause of the crash was regulation of the banks and a whole range of other things and we have taken responsibility for that…It wasn’t investment in schools and hospitals that led to the financial crisis, the financial crisis hit countries around the world. We take our share of responsibility for not having got regulation of the banks right. If the way that our country was to succeed was by cutting as far and fast as we could we would have seen success over the last two-and-a-half years, not a flat-lining economy.”

To report anything from the comment section, please e-mail [email protected]

Latest

  • Europe Featured News Both EU and NATO vital to keep us safe, says Thornberry

    Both EU and NATO vital to keep us safe, says Thornberry

    Emily Thornberry has said that the UK’s membership of the EU is “indispensable” in helping keep Britain safe, following a visit to NATO’s headquarters in Brussels. The Shadow Defence Secretary met with a number of senior NATO officials over two days, and says that it was “repeatedly made clear” that the EU is considered an important ally of the security alliance. “In recent days, we have been told by Leave campaigners that the EU is irrelevant to British security, because […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Featured The long read: Why Corbyn’s moral clarity could propel him to Number 10

    The long read: Why Corbyn’s moral clarity could propel him to Number 10

    It is accepted wisdom that for a party to be elected in a first past the post two-party system it has to appeal to swing voters, particularly those in marginal seats. As a result the two main parties have vied for the centre-ground. Consequently, in recent decades a large section of the electorate came to see little to choose between them. People have also come to believe that you cannot trust politicians. Distrust increases if politicians clearly behave in ways that are motivated […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Featured Naushabah Khan: We feel pride in our country so let’s use this to tackle Labour’s “Englishness problem”

    Naushabah Khan: We feel pride in our country so let’s use this to tackle Labour’s “Englishness problem”

    The reality of last year’s general election is that Labour’s failure to secure a victory in an England, suffering at the hands of UKIP, ultimately resulted in our defeat. As a parliamentary candidate in Rochester and Strood, for both the general election and by-election, caused by the defection of Mark Reckless to UKIP, I am all too aware of the public mood, that considered us out of touch with their lives and values. Both elections also revealed fascinating notions of nationalism, belonging and identity politics that as a […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Rachel Reeves: Queen’s Speech showed the typical Tory failure on pensions and infrastructure

    Rachel Reeves: Queen’s Speech showed the typical Tory failure on pensions and infrastructure

    Yesterday in Parliament we voted on the Government’s programme of legislation for the year ahead, as set out in the Queen’s Speech. The background to yesterday’s debate about its economic measures is the critical decision our country faces about its relationship with Europe. The evidence I have heard as a member of the Treasury Select Committee has left me more convinced than ever that a vote to leave would scupper any hopes and well-laid plans we might make for our […]

    Read more →
  • Featured News Corbyn puts campaigns at heart of Labour staff reshuffle

    Corbyn puts campaigns at heart of Labour staff reshuffle

    Jeremy Corbyn has carried out a shake-up of the way the Labour Party operates with a review of the party’s internal structure and a reshuffle of his backroom staff. As the leader approaches nine months in the job, Simon Fletcher, chief of staff, will move to a new role of Director of Campaigns and Planning. While some have seen this as readying the party for a possible post-referendum snap election, it is seen internally as filling a more long-term brief – covering areas such […]

    Read more →
Share with your friends










Submit