Hit or Miss? Ed Miliband bids to skewer Cameron over Andy Coulson

Prime Minister's Questions earlier today brought Labour leader Ed Miliband the chance to score points over David Cameron's judgement in hiring Andy Coulson.

Ed Miliband: "should have done better" believes Chris Lowe
Ed Miliband: "should have done better" believes Chris Lowe

Coulson, who handled communications for Cameron between 2007 and 2011, was convicted of phone hacking yesterday.

Before he started work for the then Tory leader he resigned as editor of The News of the World in the wake of the jailing of the newspaper's royal reporter Clive Goodman and a private investigator Glenn Mulcaire for plotting to intercept voicemail.

How I See It

Chris Lowe, partner, Instincif Partners

After lacklustre performances by England and its captain, we waited to see if Ed Miliband could score against the ‘open goal’ offered by the conviction of Andy Coulson.

Miliband played a three-man attack of The Guardian, Nick Clegg and the New York Times, all of whom had warned David Cameron about Coulson. But the PM had parked a large bus called "Leveson" in front of the goal and each shot bounced tamely away to safety.

Eventually Miliband switched flanks to ask if Gus O’Donnell had raised any concerns about the appointment, which at least was a shot on target, but with time running out there was no opportunity to follow up for the winning goal.

Miliband used a couple of training ground moves which will make the highlights package: "wilfully ignoring advice" and "bringing a criminal into the heart of Downing Street" and the watching commentators will be able to remind viewers that Cameron had been warned several times about this particular signing.

But overall the predictable attack was dealt with easily. While Roy Hodgson might be able to "take some positives" from a nil-nil draw, playing on home territory against a weakened defence, the red team really should have done better.

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