Miliband apologises for Grant gaffe in radio interview

Ed Miliband has apologised to his Swindon counterpart

Ed Miliband has apologised to his Swindon counterpart

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LABOUR leader Ed Miliband has apologised for not knowing who Jim Grant, leader of the Swindon Labour group, was in a BBC radio interview yesterday morning.

The opposition leader failed to identify who Coun Grant was or even his own party’s status on Swindon Council.

The party had put up Mr Miliband for an interview on Ben Prater’s show shortly after 8.30am, when he tripped up in his description of what Labour is doing in Swindon.

Asked what he made of Jim Grant, Mr Miliband needed the presenter to tell him who exactly Coun Grant was.

Now, in a video which has surfaced online, Coun Grant has spoken out on the matter.

He said: "I have spoken to Ed this morning (yesterday). He apologised for the lack of briefing that he had.

"I think these things happen. I don't think it's going to affect this election in any way, shape or form on Thursday."

What Ed said...

Ben Prater: “What do you make of Jim Grant?”
Ed Miliband: “I beg your pardon?”
BP: “Jim Grant, do you think he has done a good job?”
EM: “I think that lots of Labour representatives are doing a good job right across the country and I...”
BP: “You do know who Jim Grant is, Mr Miliband?”
EM: “You will enlighten me, I am sure.”
BP: “Swindon Labour leader.”"
EM: “Yeah, I think he is doing a good job.”
BP: “Will he feel like you support him enough if you don’t even know his name?”
EM: “Well he is doing a good job as leader of the council, Jim is, and I think that is the case.”
BP: “I mean it’s Swindon Labour leader. Do you think by your comments now people might be a bit perplexed by why you wouldn't know who Jim Grant is?”
EM: “No, I know that Jim is doing a good job for Swindon and I think he is doing a good job as leader of the council.”
BP: “But he is not the leader of the council is he, Mr Miliband? It’s a Conservative led council.”
EM: “I think he is doing a good job for Labour on the council. I think he is doing a good job for Labour on the council.”
BP: “So let's be clear. Who runs Swindon council?”
EM: “It’s a Conservative-controlled council.”

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12:39pm Wed 21 May 14

Richard Symonds says...

Too late the damage has been done!
Too late the damage has been done! Richard Symonds
  • Score: 6

12:50pm Wed 21 May 14

whitein says...

Cameron would be no better, usual Tories trying to make Labour look silly. There only weapon.
Cameron would be no better, usual Tories trying to make Labour look silly. There only weapon. whitein
  • Score: -10

1:35pm Wed 21 May 14

house on the hill says...

Richard Symonds wrote:
Too late the damage has been done!
I think the damage was already done to be fair!
[quote][p][bold]Richard Symonds[/bold] wrote: Too late the damage has been done![/p][/quote]I think the damage was already done to be fair! house on the hill
  • Score: 7

1:37pm Wed 21 May 14

Lips1964 says...

whitein wrote:
Cameron would be no better, usual Tories trying to make Labour look silly. There only weapon.
Spoken like a true Red
[quote][p][bold]whitein[/bold] wrote: Cameron would be no better, usual Tories trying to make Labour look silly. There only weapon.[/p][/quote]Spoken like a true Red Lips1964
  • Score: 9

1:47pm Wed 21 May 14

swindonurock says...

Miliband is a clown. Cameron is a clown. Farage is a clown. Tickets to the circus on sale Thursday.
Miliband is a clown. Cameron is a clown. Farage is a clown. Tickets to the circus on sale Thursday. swindonurock
  • Score: 11

1:53pm Wed 21 May 14

ChannelX says...

whitein wrote:
Cameron would be no better, usual Tories trying to make Labour look silly. There only weapon.
If you read the article you'll realise that only one person made Ed Miliband and Labour look 'silly'.

And that was Ed Miliband.

The Tories (you missed the 'evil' prefix) had nothing to do with it. This was all Red Ed's doing.
[quote][p][bold]whitein[/bold] wrote: Cameron would be no better, usual Tories trying to make Labour look silly. There only weapon.[/p][/quote]If you read the article you'll realise that only one person made Ed Miliband and Labour look 'silly'. And that was Ed Miliband. The Tories (you missed the 'evil' prefix) had nothing to do with it. This was all Red Ed's doing. ChannelX
  • Score: 8

1:57pm Wed 21 May 14

Davey Gravey says...

Is politicians knowing every local councilors name and location important?
This could have been Cameron or Clegg.
Trivial really.
Is politicians knowing every local councilors name and location important? This could have been Cameron or Clegg. Trivial really. Davey Gravey
  • Score: -4

2:00pm Wed 21 May 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

This really just seems like a witch hunt now, he made a comment in error,,,,,lets just move on.
This really just seems like a witch hunt now, he made a comment in error,,,,,lets just move on. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -6

2:06pm Wed 21 May 14

Lips1964 says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Is politicians knowing every local councilors name and location important? This could have been Cameron or Clegg. Trivial really.
When you are talking on a local radio station - BBC Wiltshire - surely you should at least be aware of who your leader is that represents the political party that you are in charge of and the fact that he didn't even know Swindon isn't a Labour controlled council, that's just basic background knowledge and preparation for an interview surely ?
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Is politicians knowing every local councilors name and location important? This could have been Cameron or Clegg. Trivial really.[/p][/quote]When you are talking on a local radio station - BBC Wiltshire - surely you should at least be aware of who your leader is that represents the political party that you are in charge of and the fact that he didn't even know Swindon isn't a Labour controlled council, that's just basic background knowledge and preparation for an interview surely ? Lips1964
  • Score: 12

2:22pm Wed 21 May 14

Davey Gravey says...

Lips1964 wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
Is politicians knowing every local councilors name and location important? This could have been Cameron or Clegg. Trivial really.
When you are talking on a local radio station - BBC Wiltshire - surely you should at least be aware of who your leader is that represents the political party that you are in charge of and the fact that he didn't even know Swindon isn't a Labour controlled council, that's just basic background knowledge and preparation for an interview surely ?
It could have been any lead councilor in any Wiltshire town mentioned.
I'd prefer party leaders spending their time on more important things than trying to remember peoples names.
[quote][p][bold]Lips1964[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Is politicians knowing every local councilors name and location important? This could have been Cameron or Clegg. Trivial really.[/p][/quote]When you are talking on a local radio station - BBC Wiltshire - surely you should at least be aware of who your leader is that represents the political party that you are in charge of and the fact that he didn't even know Swindon isn't a Labour controlled council, that's just basic background knowledge and preparation for an interview surely ?[/p][/quote]It could have been any lead councilor in any Wiltshire town mentioned. I'd prefer party leaders spending their time on more important things than trying to remember peoples names. Davey Gravey
  • Score: -5

2:31pm Wed 21 May 14

ChannelX says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Is politicians knowing every local councilors name and location important?
This could have been Cameron or Clegg.
Trivial really.
It's not about simply not knowing a name. That would be fine, especially if he'd just admitted it. Nobody would have batted an eyelid.

But, not, the leader of the Labour party, a man who thinks he's fit to be prime minister, very obviously LIED when he pretended to know who 'Jim Grant' was, what kind of job 'Jim' was doing and, indeed, what job 'Jim' actually holds.

It was barefaced lying and an attempt to pull the wool over people's eyes.

You might like to try and excuse that - can't think why - but, for many, it highlights precisely the man Miliband is.

Not to be trusted. Just like all Labour types.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Is politicians knowing every local councilors name and location important? This could have been Cameron or Clegg. Trivial really.[/p][/quote]It's not about simply not knowing a name. That would be fine, especially if he'd just admitted it. Nobody would have batted an eyelid. But, not, the leader of the Labour party, a man who thinks he's fit to be prime minister, very obviously LIED when he pretended to know who 'Jim Grant' was, what kind of job 'Jim' was doing and, indeed, what job 'Jim' actually holds. It was barefaced lying and an attempt to pull the wool over people's eyes. You might like to try and excuse that - can't think why - but, for many, it highlights precisely the man Miliband is. Not to be trusted. Just like all Labour types. ChannelX
  • Score: 11

3:14pm Wed 21 May 14

Blackwell 2 says...

True enough Ed Miilband made himself look foolish .
Not because he didn't know who Jim Wossname is, but pretending to know that he was doing a good job .
Not many councillors seem to do a good job.
Especially the ones that swarm all over these threads.
At least he didn't take long to apologise though.
Unlike ex-mayor councillor Nick Martin
True enough Ed Miilband made himself look foolish . Not because he didn't know who Jim Wossname is, but pretending to know that he was doing a good job . Not many councillors seem to do a good job. Especially the ones that swarm all over these threads. At least he didn't take long to apologise though. Unlike ex-mayor councillor Nick Martin Blackwell 2
  • Score: -2

4:39pm Wed 21 May 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Blackwell 2 wrote:
True enough Ed Miilband made himself look foolish .
Not because he didn't know who Jim Wossname is, but pretending to know that he was doing a good job .
Not many councillors seem to do a good job.
Especially the ones that swarm all over these threads.
At least he didn't take long to apologise though.
Unlike ex-mayor councillor Nick Martin
I was wondering when a comparison would be made between the two.
Fair play EM for being big enough to admit where he has made a mistake, hand up and make an apology like an adult never mind what was supposed to be a leader in the community.

In stark contrast the squirming or Mr Martin and his associates to evade any kind of responsibility and hold onto all monies possible there is a big difference between the two "men".
[quote][p][bold]Blackwell 2[/bold] wrote: True enough Ed Miilband made himself look foolish . Not because he didn't know who Jim Wossname is, but pretending to know that he was doing a good job . Not many councillors seem to do a good job. Especially the ones that swarm all over these threads. At least he didn't take long to apologise though. Unlike ex-mayor councillor Nick Martin[/p][/quote]I was wondering when a comparison would be made between the two. Fair play EM for being big enough to admit where he has made a mistake, hand up and make an apology like an adult never mind what was supposed to be a leader in the community. In stark contrast the squirming or Mr Martin and his associates to evade any kind of responsibility and hold onto all monies possible there is a big difference between the two "men". Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -1

5:11pm Wed 21 May 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

ChannelX wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
Is politicians knowing every local councilors name and location important?
This could have been Cameron or Clegg.
Trivial really.
It's not about simply not knowing a name. That would be fine, especially if he'd just admitted it. Nobody would have batted an eyelid.

But, not, the leader of the Labour party, a man who thinks he's fit to be prime minister, very obviously LIED when he pretended to know who 'Jim Grant' was, what kind of job 'Jim' was doing and, indeed, what job 'Jim' actually holds.

It was barefaced lying and an attempt to pull the wool over people's eyes.

You might like to try and excuse that - can't think why - but, for many, it highlights precisely the man Miliband is.

Not to be trusted. Just like all Labour types.
Do you see any hypocrisy between the comments you have left here and your comments defending the words of Mr Martin?
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Is politicians knowing every local councilors name and location important? This could have been Cameron or Clegg. Trivial really.[/p][/quote]It's not about simply not knowing a name. That would be fine, especially if he'd just admitted it. Nobody would have batted an eyelid. But, not, the leader of the Labour party, a man who thinks he's fit to be prime minister, very obviously LIED when he pretended to know who 'Jim Grant' was, what kind of job 'Jim' was doing and, indeed, what job 'Jim' actually holds. It was barefaced lying and an attempt to pull the wool over people's eyes. You might like to try and excuse that - can't think why - but, for many, it highlights precisely the man Miliband is. Not to be trusted. Just like all Labour types.[/p][/quote]Do you see any hypocrisy between the comments you have left here and your comments defending the words of Mr Martin? Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -1

5:45pm Wed 21 May 14

trolley dolley says...

EM pretended he knew what he was saying, in fact he did not have a clue.

It just shows how shallow his knowledge is and how poor his advisers are.
EM pretended he knew what he was saying, in fact he did not have a clue. It just shows how shallow his knowledge is and how poor his advisers are. trolley dolley
  • Score: 2

8:10pm Wed 21 May 14

ChannelX says...

The Talk Swindon lot are out in force.
The Talk Swindon lot are out in force. ChannelX
  • Score: 3

8:25pm Wed 21 May 14

ChannelX says...

Badgersgetabadname wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
Is politicians knowing every local councilors name and location important?
This could have been Cameron or Clegg.
Trivial really.
It's not about simply not knowing a name. That would be fine, especially if he'd just admitted it. Nobody would have batted an eyelid.

But, not, the leader of the Labour party, a man who thinks he's fit to be prime minister, very obviously LIED when he pretended to know who 'Jim Grant' was, what kind of job 'Jim' was doing and, indeed, what job 'Jim' actually holds.

It was barefaced lying and an attempt to pull the wool over people's eyes.

You might like to try and excuse that - can't think why - but, for many, it highlights precisely the man Miliband is.

Not to be trusted. Just like all Labour types.
Do you see any hypocrisy between the comments you have left here and your comments defending the words of Mr Martin?
Not really, there wasn't a live radio broadcast of what Mr Martin said. Unlike Ed Miliband, it wasn't possible to actually hear him lie and laughably attempt to cover up his lies.

And, after all, Martin was some old duffer already put out to pasture, in Swindon.

Miliband actually seems to think he's worth voting for as a potential prime minister.

Oh how we laughed. Especially when the likes of Badgersgetabadname tried to defend him. Have you stopped pestering Nigel Farage on Twitter yet?
[quote][p][bold]Badgersgetabadname[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Is politicians knowing every local councilors name and location important? This could have been Cameron or Clegg. Trivial really.[/p][/quote]It's not about simply not knowing a name. That would be fine, especially if he'd just admitted it. Nobody would have batted an eyelid. But, not, the leader of the Labour party, a man who thinks he's fit to be prime minister, very obviously LIED when he pretended to know who 'Jim Grant' was, what kind of job 'Jim' was doing and, indeed, what job 'Jim' actually holds. It was barefaced lying and an attempt to pull the wool over people's eyes. You might like to try and excuse that - can't think why - but, for many, it highlights precisely the man Miliband is. Not to be trusted. Just like all Labour types.[/p][/quote]Do you see any hypocrisy between the comments you have left here and your comments defending the words of Mr Martin?[/p][/quote]Not really, there wasn't a live radio broadcast of what Mr Martin said. Unlike Ed Miliband, it wasn't possible to actually hear him lie and laughably attempt to cover up his lies. And, after all, Martin was some old duffer already put out to pasture, in Swindon. Miliband actually seems to think he's worth voting for as a potential prime minister. Oh how we laughed. Especially when the likes of Badgersgetabadname tried to defend him. Have you stopped pestering Nigel Farage on Twitter yet? ChannelX
  • Score: 0

1:31am Thu 22 May 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

ChannelX wrote:
Badgersgetabadname wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
Is politicians knowing every local councilors name and location important?
This could have been Cameron or Clegg.
Trivial really.
It's not about simply not knowing a name. That would be fine, especially if he'd just admitted it. Nobody would have batted an eyelid.

But, not, the leader of the Labour party, a man who thinks he's fit to be prime minister, very obviously LIED when he pretended to know who 'Jim Grant' was, what kind of job 'Jim' was doing and, indeed, what job 'Jim' actually holds.

It was barefaced lying and an attempt to pull the wool over people's eyes.

You might like to try and excuse that - can't think why - but, for many, it highlights precisely the man Miliband is.

Not to be trusted. Just like all Labour types.
Do you see any hypocrisy between the comments you have left here and your comments defending the words of Mr Martin?
Not really, there wasn't a live radio broadcast of what Mr Martin said. Unlike Ed Miliband, it wasn't possible to actually hear him lie and laughably attempt to cover up his lies.

And, after all, Martin was some old duffer already put out to pasture, in Swindon.

Miliband actually seems to think he's worth voting for as a potential prime minister.

Oh how we laughed. Especially when the likes of Badgersgetabadname tried to defend him. Have you stopped pestering Nigel Farage on Twitter yet?
You really are all upset with this again arent you?
Not sure I defended anyone did I?
You will be telling people you didnt make those comments next.

As I know you are my No1 fan I will tell you.
I had responses from a few people not just UKIP and now have one of them following me. I have found all sides concerned to be very honest and open (well as much as following party line). Personally I have found contacting councilors / candidates / MP`s through twitter a gainful experience. Refreshing to hear an opinion without all the usual bile attached.
And we did get to see Mr Martin do his very best to cover up (and lie allot) you must remember the thread you got very angry and...Sorry thats all of them isnt it?
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Badgersgetabadname[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Is politicians knowing every local councilors name and location important? This could have been Cameron or Clegg. Trivial really.[/p][/quote]It's not about simply not knowing a name. That would be fine, especially if he'd just admitted it. Nobody would have batted an eyelid. But, not, the leader of the Labour party, a man who thinks he's fit to be prime minister, very obviously LIED when he pretended to know who 'Jim Grant' was, what kind of job 'Jim' was doing and, indeed, what job 'Jim' actually holds. It was barefaced lying and an attempt to pull the wool over people's eyes. You might like to try and excuse that - can't think why - but, for many, it highlights precisely the man Miliband is. Not to be trusted. Just like all Labour types.[/p][/quote]Do you see any hypocrisy between the comments you have left here and your comments defending the words of Mr Martin?[/p][/quote]Not really, there wasn't a live radio broadcast of what Mr Martin said. Unlike Ed Miliband, it wasn't possible to actually hear him lie and laughably attempt to cover up his lies. And, after all, Martin was some old duffer already put out to pasture, in Swindon. Miliband actually seems to think he's worth voting for as a potential prime minister. Oh how we laughed. Especially when the likes of Badgersgetabadname tried to defend him. Have you stopped pestering Nigel Farage on Twitter yet?[/p][/quote]You really are all upset with this again arent you? Not sure I defended anyone did I? You will be telling people you didnt make those comments next. As I know you are my No1 fan I will tell you. I had responses from a few people not just UKIP and now have one of them following me. I have found all sides concerned to be very honest and open (well as much as following party line). Personally I have found contacting councilors / candidates / MP`s through twitter a gainful experience. Refreshing to hear an opinion without all the usual bile attached. And we did get to see Mr Martin do his very best to cover up (and lie allot) you must remember the thread you got very angry and...Sorry thats all of them isnt it? Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -3

8:16am Thu 22 May 14

ChannelX says...


I had responses from a few people not just UKIP and now have one of them following me.


The fact you obvious view the above as some kind of achievement tells us all we need to know.


You really are all upset with this again arent you?


'Upset'? No, not at all. A little sad, maybe, that your meds clearly aren't working quite as well as either you or your doctor think they are.

I have no idea why you accuse me of being 'angry', simply because I consistently point out that your posts are little more than stream of consciousness incoherence.

You have been defending Miliband. Or are you now going to do your usual thing of doing something and then claiming you didn't do anything even when it's clearly documented in black and white a couple of posts earlier.
[quote] I had responses from a few people not just UKIP and now have one of them following me. [/quote] The fact you obvious view the above as some kind of achievement tells us all we need to know. [quote] You really are all upset with this again arent you? [/quote] 'Upset'? No, not at all. A little sad, maybe, that your meds clearly aren't working quite as well as either you or your doctor think they are. I have no idea why you accuse me of being 'angry', simply because I consistently point out that your posts are little more than stream of consciousness incoherence. You have been defending Miliband. Or are you now going to do your usual thing of doing something and then claiming you didn't do anything even when it's clearly documented in black and white a couple of posts earlier. ChannelX
  • Score: 3

11:00am Thu 22 May 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

OK so just back to insults then glad you were able to hold a debate.
No sweetie it was a reply to your question, in an adult world when one asks a question in a debate or forum there would normally be a reply I appreciate this may be a little hard for you to understand. As if people dont agree with you they are wrong arent they...

Where have I defended EM?
I think you are confused between defending someone and if people dont agree with your points.
You are a funny little thing my own private stalker bless..
OK so just back to insults then glad you were able to hold a debate. No sweetie it was a reply to your question, in an adult world when one asks a question in a debate or forum there would normally be a reply I appreciate this may be a little hard for you to understand. As if people dont agree with you they are wrong arent they... Where have I defended EM? I think you are confused between defending someone and if people dont agree with your points. You are a funny little thing my own private stalker bless.. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -1

12:24pm Thu 22 May 14

ChannelX says...

Badgersgetabadname wrote:
OK so just back to insults then glad you were able to hold a debate.
No sweetie it was a reply to your question, in an adult world when one asks a question in a debate or forum there would normally be a reply I appreciate this may be a little hard for you to understand. As if people dont agree with you they are wrong arent they...

Where have I defended EM?
I think you are confused between defending someone and if people dont agree with your points.
You are a funny little thing my own private stalker bless..
Was that supposed to have been written in English?
[quote][p][bold]Badgersgetabadname[/bold] wrote: OK so just back to insults then glad you were able to hold a debate. No sweetie it was a reply to your question, in an adult world when one asks a question in a debate or forum there would normally be a reply I appreciate this may be a little hard for you to understand. As if people dont agree with you they are wrong arent they... Where have I defended EM? I think you are confused between defending someone and if people dont agree with your points. You are a funny little thing my own private stalker bless..[/p][/quote]Was that supposed to have been written in English? ChannelX
  • Score: 0

5:52pm Thu 22 May 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

When are the new site rules coming in?
When are the new site rules coming in? Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 0

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