Labour Leader Ed Miliband admitted this week that he does not “read much British news”.
“It’s always a good idea not to read the papers,” he said, while criticizing the right-wing press for its “incoherent” attacks on him.
In a Buzzfeed interview, he dismissed articles claiming that he was “weird” simply as attempts by hostile sections of the media to derail his bid to win the general election.
Ed revealed that since he became the Labour leader, he has made it a rule not to pay any heed to the press, and that he doesn’t even have newspapers delivered to his own home.
Instead, Ed reads the American news aggregator RealClearPolitics, and steers clear of Twitter as much as possible.
Emphasizing the importance of “following your own path”, he has no TV screens showing rolling 24-hour news channels in his office and instead relies on his aides to summarise current affairs, according to the website.
Telling Buzzfeed that he didn’t read the British press, he said: “You get a lot of advice in the newspapers about what you should, and shouldn’t do.
“It’s much more important to follow, and stick to, your own path. I’ve made that a rule in the last three and a half years.”
But despite his apparent ‘British press blackout’ Ed still found the time to criticize the right-wing newspapers who relentlessly attack his leadership.
He said: “Think about the attacks my opponents have been making on me, there’s a certain incoherence about their attacks. First of all, they said I was ‘Red Ed’, then they said I was weak, then they said it was back to the 1970s, and now it’s something else.
“Frankly they were saying that (I was weird). The press people who don’t like us have been saying that for some time.
“It comes with the territory. I think the heart of this is people think we are in a position to win the election and there are some people who just don’t want us to win this election.”