Ed Miliband’s just done an interview on The World at One, in which he basically got taken apart by Martha Kearney. How long would Labour’s proposed cut in VAT be in place, she asked. “For about a year”, he answered. About a year? What the hell does that mean? Eleven months? Ten months? A decade?
“How would you find the funding for the VAT cut?” she asked, not once but twice. Ed couldn’t answer.
What would Ed’s priority be as Prime Minister, she probed. Growth to lower the deficit, he replied. “But you would borrow more,” Kearney hit back. Ed didn’t really have a response. Probably because he would.
The Labour Party has got an odd strategy for managing Ed Miliband at the moment. Earlier today I watched the party’s latest party political broadcast. It’s all Ed. Ed on a train, (inevitably). Ed on his People’s Pallet. Ed pointing at startled onlookers and shouting “Hello sir!!!”
It’s not actually a bad video. But the problem is it’s got Ed Miliband in it. And Ed Miliband isn’t an asset to his party at the moment,