Red or Ed?

Labour party leader Ed Miliband is widely referred to by the papers as ‘Red Ed’ for his left-leaning views, and clearly the nickname has stuck. It was a lovely moment on ‘Newsnight’ this week when shadow chancellor Alan Johnson accidentally referred to Mr M as Red instead of Ed. This sort of slip of the tongue is something you can’t really media train people out of. In the heat of the moment we often find people have said ‘less’ when they thought they said ‘more’ or ‘billion’ when they could have sworn they said ‘million’. Of course politicians practice their key soundbites, but they can’t practice every possible answer to every possible question. Perhaps the clip, helpfully posted online by the Conservatives, is merely a true reflection of Mr Johnson’s own views?

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