“Licensed to cut,” headlines the New Statesman. As Britain braces for the severest budget cuts in living memory, the left-leaning London weekly has portrayed PM David Cameron as 007 James Bond, with a pair of scissors instead of revolver. Inside its pages, however, all is jubiliation after the surprise victory of Ed Miliband over sibling and ex-Foreign secretary David Miliband in the Labour party leadership election. Warning that Cameron’s Tories “would be foolish to underestimate Ed Miliband,” the NS imaginatively claims that the new Labour leader “is a dangerous, charismatic and ruthless opponent.” A bit like James Bond.
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