Saturday, 25 September 2010

Displaying Yet Another Skill!!!

Yes, Ed, But Which One?

Ed the Lesser Millipede demonstrates his mastery of sign-language.

I'm fairly sure that he is silently shouting "CUNT!"

The Penguin

PS It seems it is GMB leader Paul Kenny that he is referring to.


The Penguin said...

It now seems almost certain that Ed Miliband has won the Labour leadership election. The question is: By how much? That’s important because it looks as though the GMB broke the rules when it sent out ballot papers to its members. According to a report in yesterday’s Guardian: “The GMB sent its 700,000 members ballot papers within a larger envelope featuring Ed Miliband’s picture. Party rules say you cannot include in the ballot envelope any literature backing a candidate.”

If brother Ed wins by a large majority, this apparent breach of the rules will be a minor footnote in the leadership campaign. But suppose Ed’s margin of victory is so small that if the votes of GMB members are disqualified then brother David would have won? In those circumstances, David’s team would be perfectly entitled to legally challenge the result. And even if they don’t – and I can’t imagine they would – Ed’s victory will still be tarnished by the whiff of illegality. David Cameron will be able to claim that he stole the election.

There are two issues to disentangled here. The first is a mathematical one. Working out whether the outcome of the election would have been different if the 700,000 GMB ballots had been disqualified is far from simple. Suppose, for the sake of argument, that GMB members who have cast ballots make up 25 per cent of the total in this section of the electoral college. The question is: Has this 25 per cent skewed more highly towards Ed than David compared to the rest of the trade unionists and affiliate members who’ve cast ballots? If so, then disqualifying them could make a decisive difference. It could tip the balance between Ed and David when the votes of all three sections of the electoral college are tallied up. But if the Ed/David distribution of the GMB voters mirrors that of the other 75 per cent of voters in this section, then disqualifying them would make no difference.

If the conclusion is that, yes, disqualifying the GMB voters would mean David winning instead of Ed, then the issue of the ballot paper’s legality comes into play. The GMB didn’t just print a photograph of Ed on the outside of the envelope, they also included a ringing endorsement from GMB leader Paul Kenny in the same package. “I believe that Ed Miliband is the person best placed to deliver for GMB members,” he wrote (in a spectacularly unwise choice of words). “That is why GMB is asking you to put him as your top preference on the enclosed ballot paper.”

According to Mark Wickham-Jones, Professor of Politics at Bristol University, there’s no doubt that the GMB has broken the spirit of the rules. He’s quoted at length in the Guardian story:

“The GMB appear to have broken the spirit of the rules guiding the conduct of the Labour Party leadership election by sending out a strong recommendation for Ed Miliband together with the ballot paper for political levy payers.

“In the event of an Ed Miliband victory, if the GMB has broken the [spirit of the] rules laid down for the election, it may well be more than an embarrassment for both the new leader and the party. It may well suggest that the margin of his victory depended on votes cast in dubious circumstances. It will be particularly uncomfortable for a candidate already seen as being close to the trade unions.”

So there you have it. Today’s leadership election could contain a double bounty for the Coalition. Not only will Red Ed be the leader in place of his much more sensible – and harder to beat – older brother, but he may be vulnerable to the charge of having stolen the election thanks to a rigged trade union ballot. I await the result with interest.
Toby Young in the Telegraph's Blogs, just in case it should "get lost"
The Penguin

Oldrightie said...

Another rigged ballot. They do it so well, Labour.

Captain Haddock said...

"I'm fairly sure that he is silently shouting "CUNT!" ..

Yes well .. self-praise never was any recommendation ..

meras said...

Mr Ed is making the same hand signals Frau Merkin does.

Fascist Hippy said...

Well spotted Meras, do you think it is the sign for 'big cunt' or something more sinister?

Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur said...

If I'm not mistaken it's that oily little shit Sadiq Khan to the right in which case he probably is saying "cunt" in sign language.

Anonymous said...

Like the good lady above the first thing I noticed next to that cunt Milliband Ed was that oily cunt Khan. I'm surprised his tongue wasn't stuck right up the autistic unemployable twats arse. I can see the 'middle calsses' really wanting to vote Labout again with these dangerous self-interested and deeply corrupt loons in charge.