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Friday 1 July 2011

The inside track on that Ed Miliband car crash of an interview...

Here's a treat! Damon Green, the reporter from ITN who recorded the car crash interview with Ed Miliband has published a warts and all account of the experience - it's fantastic insight into how the Labour PR handlers got it so badly wrong, how they operate, and what the experience of the actual interview was like. It's brilliant. Unless you support Labour (as someone accused me of earlier - ha ha !). Then it's a disaster.

Here's an edited sample...

Ed Miliband thinks that the strikes are wrong at a time when negotiations are still underway.... I know this because he told me six times. His PR must have known that was what he was going to do. And yet he still went through a convincing charade of pressing me on my line of interrogation, urging me to keep my questions brief, and even – this was a macabre touch – placing a voice recorder on the table beside me as a kind of warning not to try and misquote his boss.

Stephen Tall on Lib Dem Voice has also written a great account of the story - with a video of the interview.

And if you can't be bothered to drag yourself over there - here's a you Tube embed of the whole thing (though for some reason the sound is a bit scratchy).



  1. his PR team was obviously assembled with the expectation of serving a different Miliband!

  2. This is also being widely reported as a car crash interview on US political / media websites. Amazing.

  3. it won't effect Labour's support though!