Wednesday News Review

"Mmm, pass that guacamole stuff"

David Milibut

Miliband is only just recovering from the media derision that greeted his advice to Labour activists on how to organise a house meeting to support his campaign. He urged supporters to vacuum the house, buy some nibbles and turn on the oven. But it turns out that when it comes to his own culinary tastes, he’d rather save himself the bother. Questioned by the Evening Standard newspaper, he not only extolled the virtues of a “fantastic takeaway from Masala Zone in Camden”, but also listed “The Laughing Halibut fish and chip shop on Strutton Ground just off Victoria St” as one of his “favourite London discoveries”. – Channel 4.

Phone taps

Labour stepped up the pressure on the police when Harriet Harman, the party’s acting leader, wrote to the Met commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson, asking him to inform any serving or former Labour MPs whose PIN numbers had been obtained. – The Guardian.

Last year, the Guardian newspaper claimed News of the World journalists were involved in widespread phone hacking of several thousand celebrities, sports stars and politicians. Several Labour MPs, who believe their phones have been hacked, are leading the calls for the investigation to be reopened but Home Secretary Theresa May said that was a decision for the police. – BBC News.

Book launch: worry not

Don’t cancel that holiday


There may have been some people booked in at London hotels to meet the former Labour party leader, but he has reportedly left signed copies for individuals who had planned to attend. – Late Rooms press release.

Conference protests

It’s not acceptable for the police and the authorities to attempt to sideline demonstrations in this way.
Last year a protest supported by Right to Work marched right in front of Labour’s conference, when the party was in government. Why can’t the same happen with the Tories this year? – Socialist Worker.

The leadership

It is significant that neither David Miliband, Ed Miliband, Ed Balls or Andy Burnham intend to reverse the new Labour counter-revolution inside the Labour Party. They do not support public ownership of the railways – or of much else for that matter – or the restoration of Treasury responsibility for setting interest rates. They do not intend to replace Labour’s risible legislative commitment to cutting the public-sector deficit with a serious one to restore full employment as a central objective of government policy. – Morning Star.

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