Despite living in a £2 million townhouse in north London with their two young sons, it would seem like Ed and Justine Miliband don’t spend much family time in their kitchen – mainly because they couldn’t all fit in it.
On Tuesday night we were given a short insight into the family life of the Labour leader when BBC deputy political editor James Landale interviewed the couple. As they stood resting against their plain 80s-style white kitchen units drinking tea from odd chunky mugs, it certainly didn’t look like the impressive, contemporary kitchen we were expecting to see.
Devoid of colour apart from a plastic lime green washing basket and a pile of clutter in the corner, there was little style, character or warmth to a room which usually functions as the hub of the family home.
Work surfaces were free from any sign of cooking appliances – and as for a table, it would have to be hung from the ceiling if you wanted to seat a family of four in the tiny room.
I'm so confused by this Miliband kitchen thing. What kind of PR problem is solved by pretending your kitchen is a tiny joyless cave?— Niall Gooch (@niall_gooch) March 12, 2015
Whether this is actually a utility room that sometimes serves as a second kitchen or an annexe for the kids’ nanny hasn’t been confirmed, but it was certainly peculiar to see Ed making out he had such a understated kitchen by comparison with the rest of his multi-million pound house.
The Daily Mail weighed in, comparing the kitchen to that of a Communist era tower block.
The Mail's gloves are off: 'Miliband's kitchen as bland functional & homourless as communist housing block in Minsk' http://t.co/qEh2yzshEA— Ben Kelly (@BenKellyMusic) March 12, 2015
Still, all is not lost for Ed as some people are ready to rise to his defence - and that of his kitchen - as a result of the criticism.
Nothing makes me warm to Ed Miliband more than snarky articles about his 'communist' kitchen.— Derek Healey (@Healey26) March 12, 2015
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