Month: February 2019

Ed Miliband’s Social Life on Instagram

Ed Miliband’s Social Life on Instagram

Being a political figure in Britain means having a lot of eyes on you all the times. As people are being influenced by you, some are ready to critique you on the very rarest of moments you share on the social media. You have to utilize all of the platforms provided because of the modern day needs and trends. And Twitter and Instagram are one of the few platforms which have a huge impact on fan followings. Instagram is the most popular one to share pictures and videos with engaging captions so the audience would get the ideas of events and life happenings of the person they are following. Ed is also active on Instagram these days and we will look into what kind of content he is sharing with the world.

The Podcast

After taking a break of 3 years after the 2015 The Labour failure in the general elections, Ed rejoined Instagram as he and a fellow stared working on a podcast called Reasons to be Cheerful. He discusses various topics with fellow celebrity guests and shares the ideas of making Britain a better state and nation. His followers support him by acknowledging his political and economic as well as social view points and encourage him to stand in elections again. This is a great initiative as being an experienced politician who served in various economic and strategic positions, he is capable of identifying problem areas and providing expert solutions or theories about how those problems could be expressed.

The meet ups and events

Meeting amazing people in among the experiences of being a liked politician. Ed also gets to meet new people because of his podcast he started these days. He also shares his images and events with captions often where he went to, so the people in his following could relate. He often visits some place or is seen celebrating events or wishing someone happy birthday. He or his social media team then creates happy birthday captions for Instagram of that event just to tell his followers that what routine Ed is going through these days. The followers see his areas of interest and get to know a more personal side of Ed. He also shares images of him with his wife and family.

The political campaigns

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Before the 2015 campaign, Ed used his Instagram elaborately to depict what the campaign stood for. He visited the places he believed his party could improve, and met the people who could potentially benefit from their selection. He went close to the common people and gave them credit for their hard work and support. He shared his opinions and viewpoints, by going right into the situations and scenarios. The political campaign was photographed where his ideas and public speaking were shared with the general public so everyone could know what Ed Miliband and Labour party supports.

To say what he stands for

Just like Twitter, Instagram is also a reliable and engaging way to share what you stand for. It helps to spread the reach of several videos or in Ed’s case the podcast he started because of his existing loyal fan following who was interested for him to come back on Instagram. He frequently shares his ideas on making the state a better place for the residents, as well as the issues of social activism that he has passion for including feminism, gender equality, gay rights etc. It is important because in addition to expressing what he has to day, he also gets feedback on what the followers or interested public has to say about it. Which becomes a great plus because the popularity of opinion and making it more likeable gives it a naturally positive response from most of the people.

Ed Miliband – The Labour Party Leadership Tales

Ed Miliband – The Labour Party Leadership Tales

The Election of Leadership

In 2010 when Gordon Brown decided to resign as the Leader of Labour Party as well as the Prime Minister when the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition government came out. This led to an empty spot which was temporarily filled up by Harriet Harman as Acting Leader as well as the opposition leader. Then, Ed Miliband expressed his wish to stand in the upcoming elections for the leader of Labour Party. His captivating speech of the campaign launch got about 62 votes from the Labour Party’s MPs. Another shocking news was, that in these elections, Ed was opposing his sibling David Miliband in addition to many other candidates including Diane Abbott, Ed Balls, and Andy Burnham.

People parted their ways so as to support the favorite candidates, where Neil Kinnock positively endorsed his personality and campaign, as well as Ed, had support from Tony Benn, Roy Hattersley, and Margaret Beckett as well. He started to win over majorities in short time span and finally, he won the elections. He got victory over his brother by 1.3% votes only. His final count totaled to about 175,519 whereas David had a total of 147,220 votes in the elections for leadership held in 2010. This created a clash between the siblings as well as their family and David decided to leave the British politics in result to avoid any political wars or rivalry between siblings.

The Opposition Leader

As Ed Miliband got elected for the position of Leader of the reputed Labour Party, he was also responsible as the opposition leader for the crown. One more achievement of Ed was to be the first ever Labour party leader at the age of 40. Ed was against Gaddafi, the military intervention sent to Libya in 2011 by supporting UK’s military operations. Ed during his tenure also protested against the cuts appointed by the authorities in public spendings due to which he was largely criticized.

The poll received in 2011 had better ratings for the labor party against the conservative party which was a good thing. However, his own personal ratings as a leader were lesser as compared to the opposing party and Ed Miliband was not considered popular within the first year of his leadership. But it was analyzed that however lower his personal ratings were, they were still better than the polls of 2006 David Cameron who led conservative party.

Shadow cabinet

In the time being when Ed was the leader of the Labour party, the first election for the shadow cabinet was held in 2010. Then Ed’s elder brother David Miliband announced that he will not be standing in the elections because of avoiding the constant comparisons between him and his brother and to ensure no political rivalry is created among the siblings. The candidates for the leadership of Labour party stood in the shadow cabinet elections, two out of three were selected in the shadow cabinet that year. Ed Miliband took the initiative to change old school rules of arranging elections for the shadow cabinet every two years. He won the decision with s heavy majority that the Labour party would determine the legacy by appointing the shadow members merely by the approval of leader of the Labour Party.

Local and European Elections

During the local elections held in 2011, it was generalized that Miliband’s Labour party was comparatively less famous in the southern regions of Britain than the northern regions. The results from northern regions were beyond satisfactory and The Labour Party captured many seats in Wales, Sheffield, Liverpool, and Manchester. However, it was challenging for him in Scotland and southern England. Ed claimed that they will learn a lesson from the difficult losses in Scotland.

The General Elections of 2015

The general elections were held in May 2015, after two months of dissolving the Parliament of United Kingdom at the time. Then Ed Miliband introduced his perspective for this political campaign as having an objective of attracting people for businesses. He emphasized that electing Labour \party could be the only option of the public wants a better position in Europeon Union. People really liked the concept offully funded programs offered to promote business projects and his audience was growing as Milifandom on the social media campaigns. Miliband was so enthusiastic he wanted a one on one debate with David Cameron, his opponent on television but sadly that never happended. However strong the message and fandom became, The Labour party still lost the elections badly, after which Ed Miliband decided to resign from the position of Leader of Labour Party.

The Opinions and Policy Perspective of Ed Miliband

The Opinions and Policy Perspective of Ed Miliband

A politician or any public figure, in general, is perceived based on his views and ideas related to certain situations in the environment. Their ideas represent who they are, and what they stand for. The ideas that make a person more inclined towards the goals they think they have to achieve for the well being of the people under them. The people who elected them as democratic leaders and are very much looking forward to the logical, analytical as well as communicating and diplomatic skills of their elected leader. Ed Miliband is an opinionated leader and an influential individual as he proved from his tenure in the parliament. Here are some of the views, opinions and policy perspectives of Ed Miliband and how they evolved with the passage of time.

Personal Description of Views

Ed Miliband had the idea of being a contemporary politician, paving new ways for the party to walk on rather than following the footprints of predecessors like Blair and Brown. He wanted to escape the Labour party’s debatable past and expressed how new politics are required in the system. When he was standing for the elections of Labour party;s leadership, he expressed his opinions against Blaire’s policies and mentioned that he considers himself a socialist so he cannot stand social injustice on the grounds of civil liberties or foreign policies of the state. Before even being the MP of Doncaster North, Ed openly expressed his supportfor the UK’s military when they started getting involved in Libya and Afghanistan.

However, Miliband expressed his desire to support Israel and remove bans on Israel manufactured goods as he wanted to maintain good relationships with that country being a jew himself. But he also openly expressed that being close to the country meant he could criticize them as well where they were wrong, pointing out to the unlawful Palestinian murders and violence. Miliband identifies himself as a feminist and supports the homosexual communities by vouching for allowance of marriages in gay and lesbian couples to they could be recognized as lawfully wedded couples in the society as any hetreosexual couple.

Opinions about Other Politicians

Being an active politician in the British government, Ed had many positive as well as negative associations with many political personas. When Ed was still the leader of the Labour party, he used to criticize David Cameron which was his rival at that time as the head of the Conservative party and became Prime Minister after. He accused him of using orthodox political techniques by promising people about what they want and not being able to deliver them in actuality. He also had extremely critical views about the leader of Liberal Democrat Party at the time, Nick Cleg for allegedly selling out the key party voters and thus betraying the Labour \party after the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition.

He publically announced that he would require the resignation of Nick Clegg as the party leader if they want to go under an agreement in future with the Labour Party under Ed Miliband’s leadership. He would not even stand the presence of Nick Clegg on the same floor during campaigns considering him too toxic for his and his party’s image. Although Ed supported and had relatively positive relations with Lord Ashdown, Charles Kennedy, Simon Hughes, Caroline Lucas, Vince cable etc during the campaigns. He praised Margaret Thatcher after her death and showed appreciation for the work she did in her lifetime. Ed chose Clement Atlee as his most favorite serving British Prime Minister and also adored the work of his seniors Gordon Brown and Tony Blaire.

Check: Ed Miliband Wishes Happy Ramadan to Muslim Voters.


Perceptions of Media

Media portrayed Ed Miliband as a strong opinionated person who could stand for his beliefs and attempts to give advantage and rights to the people he is standing for. However it is courtesy of the comic perspectives of politics that the media found a striking resemblace of Ed Miliband with the classic British animated characted Wallace from Wallace and Gromit. So they portrayed his images and animations with unusually exagerrated facial expressions. Other than that, one of his famous media portrayal was when he had a TV appearance in Jeremey Paxman’s show before electionsand was asked if he was tough enough to be the Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Ed gave a wittingly confident response, ”Hell yes, I’m tough enough, which the media enjoyed and couldn’t forget.

A Summary of Voting History

How Ed Miliband Voted?

How Ed Miliband Voted?

Voting is a critical step of being a political leader, as it is a formal way of expressing your opinions and giving voice to your views. Voting has so much power especially for the bureaucrats, as their opinions can shape public policies and assist in the creation of an entire system. Only being present on the poll shows how much a person cares about a certain issue as he or she is an elected leader of a democracy. Here are some of the voting decisions Ed made in his phase as a British politician which defined as a contemporary and certainly unorthodox politician.

“Almost always voted against a reduction in spending on welfare benefits.”

Ed was known for supporting pubic welfare and citizenship rights and he generally voted against reducing the amount to be spent on British citizen welfare.


” Generally voted against encouraging occupational pensions.”

The people working for certain organizations who are bound to get the pensions were also a positive feature of the economy as they spent most of their lives for the development of government as well as private sector organizations. But deducting a certain amount from salary of an individua was probematic, so Ed had generally voted against the occupational pensions.


“Generally voted for more EU integration.”

Ed Miliband campaigned against Brexit and was more inclined towards making the relationship of the European Union countries better, because of the advantages they could get from proper trade and business opportunities. So he voted more often for encouraging European Union integration.



“Voted a mixture of for and against a more proportional system for electing MPs.”

Ed had a history of being the MP of Doncaster North as well, so he had idea how disproportional it could be when the decision comes for selecting an MP. Although he stood in the middle and voted in both support and against making the system relatively more proportional.



“Almost always voted against fewer MPs in the House of Commons.”

The more the merrier was Ed’s thought on having a number of MPs who could be included in the House of Commons. So he discouraged fewer MPs by voting against them.



“Consistently voted for equal gay rights.”

Ed had the opinion of supporting heterosexual minorities in Britain and he empowered his opinion by constantly voting for their support. Ed wanted them to have rights and representation as any other citizen of state.



“Generally voted for smoking bans.”

Smoking is injurious to health, smoking kills, smoking causes cancer and smoking causes so much damage to the secondary smokers who just inhale the particles in air thrown away by smokers. Ed voted to stop those smoking addicts from polluting public places and disturbing non smokers.


“Generally voted for allowing marriage between two people of the same sex.”

Miliband believed it is among the rights of homosexual couples to get recognition in public as a married couple so he voted in favor of allowing marriage between people of same gender, i.e. gay and lesbian weddings.


“Generally voted for laws to promote equality and human rights.”

Being a social worker, Ed’s major emphasis was on promoting human rights as well as equality for their citizens irrespective of the gender, race, caste and creed. Ed openly participated in feminist activism as well.


“Voted for allowing terminally ill people to be given assistance to end their life.”

Life can be very painful, especially when morphine shots and comatose is not enough to relieve the pain. Ed voting in support of allowing people with terminal diseases to end their lives and providing any help to them necessary to minimize their pain and suffering.

“Voted a mixture of for and against use of UK military forces in combat operations overseas”

UK military forces intervened in Afghanistan and Libya during the tenure of Ed and he supported those operations in foreign land because of the damage being controlled in those situations.

Ed Miliband – Getting into Politics

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Ed Miliband had a relatively fast growth pace in his career as he had so many successes in little time period and got promoted much often because of his passion for politics. He had been through a lot through the time and got many different kinds of experiences during the process. He had political, academic as well as secondary roles in so many areas which eventually led to the position and respect he has these days. The roles he took during his career made him the man he is and added the relevant experiences to be a reliable, innovative and realistic politician any state would ever require. Take a look at the chronological sequence of events which led to the political career of Ed Miliband.

Phase 1 – Special Adviser

As soon as Ed Miliband graduated from the University of Oxford, he started his career in Channel 4 show named A Week in Politics. He was working under the co-presenter of the show Andrew Rawnsley as his fellow researcher for the political show in the media industry in 1992. After a year in 1993, he caught an eye of Harriet Harman, who was the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury and she asked Andrew Rawnsley if she could recruit Ed for the position of her speech writer as well as the policy researcher. A year went by, and Harriet Harman had to lose the chair when Tony Blaire replaced him as the Labour Leader, Miliband also got a promotion. He was moved on to work with Gordon Brown who was a Shadow Chancellor there in 1994. Brown suggested him to pursue further studies so he took admission in London School of Economics and got his Master of Science degree in Economics. As Labour won in 1997, Ed was promoted as a special advisor for Gordon Brown, the chancellor till 2002.

Phase 2 – Harvard

As the excellent success in career for Ed Miliband, he received an offer from Harvard to teach Economics to their students as a visiting faculty member for two semesters. Ed took leave from Brown and started his short spanned academic career, which he extended one more semester to teach another course from social politics. As he returned from Harvard, in 2004 he was promoted to the Chairman of HM Treasury Council of Economic Advisers in order to shape a long term economic planning of the state.

Phase 3 – Parliament

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Ed learned a lot from his advisory job with Brown, but finally had to give it up for standing in the elections. he gave his full energy and complete efforts to the election campaign and won the first election he stood in. When he stood, the Labour MP for Doncaster North had to resign because of his disease diagnosis, and Ed Miliband won the elections with a heavy majority and thus got the seat. Brown also came to acknowledge the victory of his famous adviser and Ed Miliband got a seat in the Parliament.

Phase 4 – Cabinet

As Gordon Brown was elected for the Prime Minister in 2007, Ed Miliband got his position on the Cabinet as the Minister for cabinet office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lanchester. He and his brothers were first brothers to serve in cabinet together since 1938 as David Miliband was holding the position of Foreign Secretary. Ed Miliband also drafted the Labour party’s manifesto for the upcoming 2010 general elections in England. After two years in 2009, he was promoted as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate change and made some major announcements about the betterment of climatic conditions by cutting down the greenhouse emissions by the British government. He had some of the most influential changes in the policies and supported several energy projects that he was claimed to completely rewrite the Energy policy of UK for the future.