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Jul 4, 2011

Ed Miliband's Groundhog Day interview

There is nothing new or surprising about a politician reciting a well-rehearsed sound byte, but there are limits to which a person can go before they begin to sound like a robot deliver

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There is nothing new or surprising about a politician reciting a well-rehearsed sound byte, but there are limits to which a person can go before they begin to sound like a robot delivering pre-recorded messages. British Labour leader Ed Miliband crossed that line and then some in this bizarre BBC interview in which he gave an almost identical response to every question he was asked.

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9 thoughts on “Ed Miliband’s Groundhog Day interview

  1. Chris Graham

    Control the sound byte he might, but in doing so, he’s made an arse of himself. If I were his media adviser, I’d be pointing out the nett loss in his approach… or possibly not, because it’s very entertaining to watch.

  2. Phil Hand

    Whilst I agree that this shows a politician determined to control the sound byte played in news bulletins, it also shows the weakness of politicians driven by the news media cycle, rather than taking the huge risk of actually talking to people.

  3. nicolino

    Put him on a perch in a cockies cage and you have the best human imitator of a sulphur crested cockatoo ever.Maybe the accent is not quite right..

  4. tonysee

    @ Moving to Paraguay

    I agree. I suspect he’s been taking lessons (on the QT of course) from The Mad Monk and his mentor. I can see it now: ‘WE will decide what sound bites will come into this issue and the circumstances in which they come’.

  5. tinman_au

    Ed is obviously a Monty Python fan, that could easily be a Monty Python skit 🙂

  6. Moving to Paraguay

    He’s brilliant. He knows there’s only room for one sound bite, and he is going to control which one it will be. It’s quite athletic really.

  7. Freja

    and anyway, negotiations are still going on, so they should put aside the table, get around the negotiating rhetoric and stop acting in a provocative happening. I say that publicly and privately.

  8. duncan stephens

    Actually the interview was by an ITV journalist for pool use – Charlie Brooker in the Guardian has the best take I’ve seen, including links to the journalists own posting on twitter describing the frustration.

  9. Matthew Kopelke

    I think Crikey have acted in a reckless and provocative manner by posting this as today’s video. I urge them to get around the negotiating table, put aside the rhetoric, and stop this kind of thing from happening again…

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