Ed forgets the deficit, whoops (“smile and wave boys, smile and wave”)…

Erm, the first rule of performance is don’t look back (or down for that matter).

If Sinn Fein see Labour as the safe endline for a successful bidding partner for a better deal than the one they had before their late refusal wipes millions off the Stormont budget, it took a bit of a knock yesterday when Ed Miliband admitted that he’d forgot to mention the deficit it might be a forlorn hope.

In Miliband Labour has leader that’s much less popular than his party. And yesterday’s cock up won’t have helped. Sometimes its just better to smile and wave boys, smile and wave.

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