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Budget blunder a corker of a calamity on campaign course

The shadow education secretary failed to highlight a vote-winning adult education idea from the party’s manifesto – and it’s unlikely to be the last mistake made on the campaign trail

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What is it about general elections that turns politicians into imbeciles? It seems that the Labour Party is particularly fond of shooting itself in the foot. We’ve had Gordon Brown being caught on microphone referring to lifelong Labour voter Gillian Duffy as a “bigoted woman”, before being caught on camera with his head in his hands when the clip was played back to him. We’ve had Ed Miliband’s failure to competently eat a bacon sandwich, swiftly followed by the EdStone debacle. And now, this year, we’ve had the leaking of the party’s draft manifesto before its official publication this week.

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