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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This is the place: the poem Tony Walsh read at the Manchester attack vigil

The full text of the poem read at the vigil to remember victims of the Manchester terror attack. 

If one moment captured the response of Manchester to the terror attacks, it was arguably when Tony Walsh, who writes under the name Longfella, recited his poem, "This is the place", about the city. 

Originally penned as a commission for the charity Forever Manchester, a charity that funds community activity in the city, Walsh recited a version of it in front of a crowd of thousands. 

Here is the poem in full, reproduced with Walsh's permission:

 

 

 

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