Loss carved on his Ed stone

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PSSST… Over here… Got a bit of gos­sip for you.

Now, you didn’t hear this from me, right?

Be­cause I don’t want to get flamed to death on that there in­ter­net thing where ev­ery­one is be­ing in­cred­i­bly tetchy.

But here’s a tasty tit­bit for you in any case, which no-one seems to want to ad­mit.

The Tories did NOT win the elec­tion last week.

What re­ally hap­pened is that Labour lost it – although you’ll strug­gle to read any­thing about it on your so­cial me­dia net­works.

Amid the right­ful howls of an­guish and gnash­ing of teeth, there seems to be no space to point out that the Labour vote suf­fered a vir­tual col­lapse.

They did gain a few hun­dred thou­sand ex­tra vot­ers – but against such a cat­a­stroph­i­cally un­pop­u­lar gov­ern­ment, it should and could have done miles bet­ter. So where did it all go wrong? Pre­cisely where many of us have been say­ing for years – Ed Miliband.

This has noth­ing to do with funny but ir­rel­e­vant bol­locks about whether or not he can eat a ba­con sand­wich with­out look­ing like he’s tak­ing a dump at the same time.

This is about whether an un­doubt­edly bright but exquisitely dis­con­nected posh boy can per­suade what we used to call the work­ing class to put a tick next to a Labour rep­re­sen­ta­tive’s name. Cru­cially, he could not. Miliband spent the en­tire elec­tion and a large part of his lead­er­ship trash­ing or ig­nor­ing the 13 years when Labour ac­tu­ally held power af­ter win­ning three elec­tions on the trot.

He let Har­riet Bloody Har­man roam around in her pink battle bus, al­most com­i­cally pa­tro­n­is­ing the very fe­male vot­ers it was de­signed to at­tract.

His last-gasp at­tempt to rally the core Labour sup­porter was a bizarre 8ft piece of lime­stone with its carved “pledges”.

And even then his cam­paign manager Lucy Pow­ell took just hours to ad­mit that the prom­ises solemnly carved in stone were, er, not carved in stone af­ter all. Awks.

The Ed-stone be­came a tomb­stone as would-be Labour vot­ers stayed at home in their droves.

Miliband was an ut­terly pre­dictable dis­as­ter – and an ut­ter dis­as­ter for the party faith­ful forced to fol­low him.

The Lib Dems were cru­ci­fied ANY­ONE heard much from the po­lit­i­cal zeit­geist prophets Rus­sell Brand or Steve Coogan in the last few days?

No. Nor me. last week, but their largely left-lean­ing sup­port didn’t see fit to trans­fer to Ed’s men and women.

In­stead it ei­ther dis­ap­peared en­tirely or fil­tered out to the Greens or UKIP.

It’s all well and good to rage against Cameron re­main­ing in No.10 and with a Tory ma­jor­ity for the first time since 1992.

But for his shiny ham-faced, thin-lipped, smug-bas­tard smiles, David Cameron did not win on Thurs­day evening.

Miliband lost.


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