We continue our countdown of the ten best videos of 2011 with Milibot-Epsilon: “These strikes are wrong...”
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It’s the video Ed Miliband will probably wish he never had to see again – his robotic repetition, repetition, repetition of his talking points, which was, unfortunately, broadcast without the cuts which he appeared to expect to be made.
He repeats his mantra five times, in various permutations:
“The strikes are wrong at a time when negotiations are still going on, but parents and the public have been let down by both sides because the government has acted in a reckless provocative manner. After today’s disruption, I urge both sides to put aside the rhetoric, get round the negotiating table and stop it happening again.”
The version with all the repetitions played at the same time is revealing; the unwavering cadence is unsettling, to say the least:
• The graphs that should worry Ed Miliband – Shamik Das, December 15th 2011
• Four myths about today’s strike: Busted – Alex Hern, November 30th 2011
• Miliband fails to nail Cameron on bankers, greed and regulation – Shamik Das, November 2nd 2011
• As energy company buckles, Miliband needs to pick more battles – Alex Hern, October 12th 2011
• Here’s how Ed can improve his speeches – Asher Dresner, June 7th 2011
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