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David Axelrod Hired to Make a Socialist the U.K.'s Next Prime Minister


Credit: EdMiliband / photo on flickr

The British Labour Party has appointed David Axelrod as a strategic adviser to Ed Miliband's 2015 campaign. Axelrod, who went on to serve as a senior adviser to President Obama after acting as an adviser on the president's 2008 campaign, will reportedly be paid a six-figure sum for his work.

Miliband, the leader of Labour, will be prime minister if his party wins a majority in the next election. According to recent polling, 35 percent of British voters back Labour, compared to 33 percent who support the Conservatives, whose leader, David Cameron, is the current prime minister.

"Red Ed" Miliband is not shy about cheerleading for socialism or calling himself a socialist. According to Miliband, "Being a socialist for me is about being willing to criticise capitalism—and saying capitalism produces many injustices, which politics must tackle."

Were Miliband the prime minister his government would wreak havoc on the British economy. He has publicly supported, without any hints of irony or sarcasm, the following policies (though this list is far from complete):

Miliband has also hinted at introducing a tax increase on high income earners to tackle the deficit.

This is the man Axelrod wants to get into 10 Downing Street.

Axelrod says he sees similarities between Miliband and Obama. From the BBC:

He drew a comparison between Mr Miliband's economic policies and the arguments articulated by Mr Obama in 2008, saying both have at their core "the experience of everyday people".

He said: "I think candidates who can win are candidates who articulate a vision that speaks to the lives and concerns of the people they are running to represent.

"Ed Miliband understands the struggle that people are going through in Britain to make a living wage, to support their families, to retire with some dignity.

"He understands that a growing economy demands that you have broad prosperity and not just prosperity that's hoarded by a few. And so I think you can build a movement."

Thankfully, when it comes to personality and charisma Miliband is no Obama, and Cameron is no McCain.

Americans are showing up on both sides of the aisle, with Jim Messina, the manager of Obama's 2012 campaign, offering the Conservatives "strategic campaign advice leading up to 2015." 

For more information on the upcoming general election check out BBC's "Election 2015: The political battleground" page here.

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  1. A friend likes to argue Obama isn’t a Socialist because he isn’t an internationalist.

    1. So he’s just a fascist then?

      1. No, he just believes in national socialism…oh.

  2. Thankfully, when it comes to personality and charisma Miliband is no Obama, and Cameron is no McCain.

    And it seems the British press is more interested investigating all politicians than their counterparts across the pond.

  3. both have at their core “the experience of everyday people”.

    Everyday people are profoundly ignorant of economic reality. I could not agree more that Obama is the apotheosis of that experience.

  4. If Scotland left the UK, the political ramifications would be as if California left the U.S. We’d have a much more conservative country.

    But you can’t run on wanting Scotland to leave. That would make even more people vote to stay–just to spite you. If you just did things with the government that really ticked off the Scots, though, maybe…

    The timing of elections is so important.

    Set by statute in the U.S., so you’ll never get rid of California. Although if you do? I think all of us refugees should be given a right of return.

  5. Axelrod … will reportedly be paid a six-figure sum for his work.

    It must be nice to pull down the big bucks by simply never giving a straight answer.

    1. Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, Mr. Axelrod!

      Let’s try it again. Repeat after me, “Now, let me be clear…”.


    2. Damn, you can make a lot of money helping socialists.

    3. Good to see a Democrat like Axelrod doing his part to keep money out of politics.

    4. From each according to his ability, to each according to his need…

  6. The freezing of gas prices until 2017.

    Technically, the UK government could do that without a single directive to industry. More than half of the price at the pump is tax. Per liter, they pay the same rate for the gas as we do, then there’s the excise tax, and the VAT, which is also applied to the excise tax – so they’re paying a tax on a tax there. By pegging the excise rate to an inverse of the changes in raw price, the at the pump rate freezes.

    Oh, wait, that’d mess with your sweet sweet government revenue, wouldn’t it?

    1. Apparently the laws of supply and demand have changed since 1976.

      1. I’m not sure what your remark is supposed to be saying. Can you please clarify?

  7. David Axelrod Hired to Make a Socialist the U.K.’s Next Prime Minister

    They figured he did such a good job with making a socialist the US President, they’d give him a shot across the pond.

    1. “So, just to make certain: when you say you’re a Socialist, you still believe in paying consultants what the market will bear, right?”

  8. Florida Man gets tagged in his obituary as “Pervert Dave”. I hope he haunts his fucking friends.

  9. “He drew a comparison between Mr Miliband’s economic policies and the arguments articulated by Mr Obama in 2008, saying both have at their core “the experience of everyday people.”

    Aren’t we all ‘everyday’ people? What typical left-wing drivel.


    And Britain is set to go all France by voting in Labour, huh?

    Bah, what do you expect? They booted Churchill out after what he did for them in WWII.

    1. My late (ex-) father-in-law, a Scot, once explained why Churchill was dumped despite Churchill being widely recognized by everyone as being essential to winning the war to me. The F-in-L’s words were, “we weren’t going to let them do it to us again.” The “it” was returning to the heavily structured class system, “them” being the landed gentry, and “again” meaning like what happened after WW I. The feeling among the “lowborn” after WW I was that the upper class went back to the same place they were before the war, and the lowborn after dying in the millions for King and Country in France were still expected to bow their heads to their “betters.”

  10. Jim Messina, the manager of Obama’s 2012 campaign, offering the Conservatives “strategic campaign advice leading up to 2015.”

    WTF? Are British Conservatives idiots? Why pay an ideological opponent for advice on how to win elections? Talk about a conflict of interest.

    1. Ideological opponents? Nah. Just a different flavor of statist who was successful.

      1. Why would an Obama-flavor statist want a UK Conservative-flavor statist to defeat Labour?

        1. I don’t think these political operatives have any allegiances to an ideology, or at least none that would hamper them from doing their best job in winning their election and padding their resume.

          Think of them as defense lawyers who know their client is guilty as sin but work their asses off to get him acquitted.

          1. Yes, pure mercenary behavior (NTTAWWT) from the people who tell you conservatives and libertarians want to poison your kids and kill your grandma.

            Plus, as Brett said, UK Cons are pretty damned statist – they may even make mainstream Repubs blush.

  11. Any country can have poverty, which can afford it.

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