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Anything Bill can do, Ed can do too

The hall may have been half empty during his speech, but New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said lots of nice things about Ed Miliband during the closing session of Labour Party conference in Manchester.

And the similarities between the two politicians are copious. They’re both metropolitan lefties who are far more ideologically radical than they let on. Both face hostile media and talk about the rising cost of living. But that’s mainly because Ed’s strategist are ripping off large parts of the winning Democrat’s playbook: Ed even recreated de Blasio’s widely mocked campaign gaffe of being photographed eating awkwardly.

At least he didn’t take a fork to his bacon sandwich (eating New York pizza with cutlery—which de Blasio did—is an absolute no-no), but the snaps are eerily reminiscent. Perhaps they’ve bonded over their shared failure to convincingly eat iconic junk food in public?

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