Ed Miliband – a tale of two pictures

This is what happened after the BBC TV “challengers” debate. Ed Miliband went over to talk to the three women leaders, and then respectfully waited while they hugged each other. Then Labour, SNP, Plaid and Green leaders shared a warm conversation, with Farage out in the cold.

 

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So why are so many people (some even on the left) only sharing the picture on social media of Ed waiting, trying to make him look like an outsider?:

HUG

14 comments on “Ed Miliband – a tale of two pictures

  1. Sam64 on said:

    Not sure about social media sharing, but the Tory press – notably the Times, that judging from the headlines I’ve seen in the newsagents has been positively rabidly Conservative – have been using your favoured pic Andy.

  2. Pretty desperate Andy. Anyone watching last night’s debate could not have failed to have come away with the clear understanding that the three women on the platform were articulating a vision that offers a significant departure from the vision put forward by Ed Miliband.

    The group hug they shared emphasises that.

  3. John: Anyone watching last night’s debate could not have failed to have come away with the clear understanding that the three women on the platform were articulating a vision that offers a significant departure from the vision put forward by Ed Miliband.

    The way I read it, was that they were all triangulating to try to nudge Labour’s direction, secure in the knowledge that they will only have any real influence in Westminster if Ed Miliband is prime minister.

    The prgressive aganda is contingent upon a Labour victory, hence the disconect, with Sturgeon saying that she wants a Labour govt, but then sayng, vote SNP, Plaid or Green, making a Labour government less likely

  4. John: the three women on the platform were articulating a vision that offers a significant departure from the vision put forward by Ed Miliband

    I don’t really accept that, the difference is that on Miliband rests the responsibility of actually winning the general election, which means turning over dozens of tight Labour/Tory marginals

  5. Feodor on said:

    So why are so many people (some even on the left) only sharing the picture on social media of Ed waiting, trying to make him look like an outsider?:

    I think a better question is why has our political system degenerated to the point where pictures like the two above are the subject of significant media scrutiny? So much froth, so little substance–that applies to the debate itself as much as it does the attention the pictures above have received.

  6. Andy Newman on said:

    Feodor: I think a better question is why has our political system degenerated to the point where pictures like the two above are the subject of significant media scrutiny? So much froth, so little substance–that applies to the debate itself as much as it does the attention the pictures above have received.

    ooh that hit the target

  7. Andy Newman on said:

    anon: ‘When shall we three meet again?’

    I saw somoene provoke predictable humourless outrage for saying something similar on Facebook

    So, Comrade, you are calling women witches ….. [insert long discourse about traditional negative images of women]

  8. finbar on said:

    Seemed to me that Ed,was openly showing disregard to the words profferd by the Greens,S.N.P.and Plaid regarding any form of coalescence,silly strategy we can do it alone one that will bring them grief.

  9. Its a fair point Andy, especially as Philosophy Football tweeted the SNP/Plaid/Green huddle you refer to and not the other one.

    I’d read the two pictures as equally positive.

    One, the huddle. Three women leaders of 3 parties celevraying what thet have in common. Anti-austerity in a way Labour isn’t. Anti-Trident. Broadly to left of Labour. And determined to work together to shift the poltucal debate leftwards.

    Two, the handshake. Three women leaders recognising Labour is the only governing party they would work with, that they have much in common. Ed recognising that despitre the diffrences these parties and their leaders are his natural allies, not Cameron’s.

    Mark P

  10. Mark P,

    You’re being a bit naive in accepting the SNP’S every pronouncement at face value.

    The only thing that matters to them is Scottish independence.

    A Tory government is of more benefit to them achieving that objective than a Labour one.

    By the way, if there ever was a Labour/SNP arrangement at Westminster Sturgeon wouldn’t feature, she’s not an MP.

  11. Andy Newman on said:

    anon,

    Yes, the SNP group at Westminster will be led by Alex Salmond, who will not be personally to the left of Miliband – quite the opposite – and will also be out to stir up as much antagonism as possible, IMO, twixt England and Scotland. Which would promote divorce.