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5 March 2018updated 28 Jun 2021 4:39am

Spot the difference: How the Mail covers Theresa May’s housing policy nicked from Ed Miliband

Both announced a plan to punish developers for unused land. One was deemed “Stalinist”.

By Media Mole

Ahh. Remember the good old days of Ed Miliband? When everything he announced was some terrifying Communist plot concocted by “Red Ed” to incite class war? Things were so different back then, eh?

Well, Theresa May certainly remembers it – she keeps nicking Ed’s policies. And the Daily Mail has to go along with it.

When she announced an energy price cap, as Miliband did, she was praised by the newspaper for cracking down on “energy rip-offs”. Back in 2013, announced by the opposition leader, the very same policy led to the very same newspaper running a front page shrieking: “Red Ed revives 70s socialism”.


The latest, when she pledged to punish developers for unused land in a speech about reforming planning rules, has warranted an equally shameless u-turn by the Mail.

Spot the difference:

2018: Theresa May is “tackling housing crisis”


2015: Ed Miliband is a “land-grabber” and “branded ‘Stalinist’”


Hat-tip to shadow education secretary Angela Rayner for spotting this latest piece of rewritten history:

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