Conservative’s ‘Ed Mini-band’ poster mocked by internet
The poster features a mini-Ed Miliband – quickly dubbed Mini-band – sitting in the top pocket of former-SNP leader Alex Salmond.
Alex Salmond with Ed Miliband in his pocket. The frightening prospect we must avoid. pic.twitter.com/ZH233tMHjm
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) March 9, 2015
Am I the only one who thinks mini-pocket #Miliband is adorable and should definitely run the country from his shoebox office?
— Greg Jenner (@greg_jenner) March 9, 2015
The intention of the poster was to warn voters against the possibility of a Labour/SNP coalition, following analysis suggesting the SNP could nab many of Labour’s traditionally safe seats north of the border.
This is me announcing that Ed Miliband is in the pocket of someone else. pic.twitter.com/v7irWXkc92
— David Cameron (@DavidChameron) March 9, 2015
Some Twitter users thought the photo of Miliband was far too flattering, and exchanged it for one of his more ‘iconic’ poses: the highly unflattering bacon sandwich shot.
— Captain Kidd (@kidd_kong78) March 9, 2015
Rival political parties also took to Twitter to mock the poster, with UKIP presenting their own version, featuring Cameron in the pocket of US media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
Nice posters from the Tories today. It would be a great shame if someone spoofed them... pic.twitter.com/C83H1ELAdt
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) March 9, 2015
Salmond responded to the image, calling it “fundamentally stupid.”
He told Channel 5 news he thought it was “fundamentally stupid to spend your time putting other parties on your posters,” adding “this is Lynton Crosby and the Aussie way of dictating policies and it shows their weakness,” in a dig at the Tory’s election strategist.
— Indyref News Trends (@indyrefolizer) March 9, 2015
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has previously said a coalition with SNP after the election is “not part of Labour’s plans.”
— Louis Goddard (@ltrgoddard) March 9, 2015
Asked if he could rule out a deal with the Scottish nationalists, Balls said: “The SNP have said they don’t want a coalition. It’s not part of our plans. We don't want one, we don't need one, we're not after one.
“No large party in the last 100 years – Labour or Conservative – has ever fought a general election on the basis they wanted a coalition or deal with a small party.
It’s the last thing we want. What we want is a majority Labour government,” he added.
The prime minister has urged Miliband to rule out a deal with the SNP “if he cares about this country.”