Ed Miliband tongue-tied on strikes

Awkward Ed gave a less than stellar appearance on the BBC when discussing today's strikes this morni

Ed Miliband thinks today's strikes are wrong. I know this because he said so repeatedly during an interview with the BBC this morning. No matter what question the interviewer asked, Miliband began his answer with: "These strikes are wrong." He doesn't seem to have just learnt his brief, he appears to have swallowed it whole. His first answer is delivered with all the spontaneity of a six-year-old in a school play. Had he been asked his favourite colour or whether he is enjoying married life, his response would have been a monotonous: "These strikes are wrong." Watch it below.

 

It's not quite up there with Michael Howard's appearance on Newsnight back in 1997, but it's another worrying example of Miliband flunking in front of a camera. Tony Blair shone on screen, and so does David Cameron. Miliband, however, still looks awkward. He has been leader for almost a year. He needs to sharpen his TV game.

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New Digital Editor: Serena Kutchinsky

The New Statesman appoints Serena Kutchinsky as Digital Editor.

Serena Kutchinsky is to join the New Statesman as digital editor in September. She will lead the expansion of the New Statesman across a variety of digital platforms.

Serena has over a decade of experience working in digital media and is currently the digital editor of Newsweek Europe. Since she joined the title, traffic to the website has increased by almost 250 per cent. Previously, Serena was the digital editor of Prospect magazine and also the assistant digital editor of the Sunday Times - part of the team which launched the Sunday Times website and tablet editions.

Jason Cowley, New Statesman editor, said: “Serena joins us at a great time for the New Statesman, and, building on the excellent work of recent years, she has just the skills and experience we need to help lead the next stage of our expansion as a print-digital hybrid.”

Serena Kutchinsky said: “I am delighted to be joining the New Statesman team and to have the opportunity to drive forward its digital strategy. The website is already established as the home of free-thinking journalism online in the UK and I look forward to leading our expansion and growing the global readership of this historic title.

In June, the New Statesman website recorded record traffic figures when more than four million unique users read more than 27 million pages. The circulation of the weekly magazine is growing steadily and now stands at 33,400, the highest it has been since the early 1980s.