As co-host of Reasons to Be Cheerful, Miliband has an easygoing, wonkish charm. And, apparently, an interest in toiletsby Caroline Crampton / October 4, 2017 / Leave a comment
Within two minutes of the first episode of his new podcast, Reasons to be Cheerful, Ed Miliband is talking about toilets. He’s singing the praises of his co-host Geoff Lloyd’s fancy Japanese model: “Let me just tell listeners, it is a spectacular toilet,” the former cabinet minister and leader of the Labour party says in a serious tone of voice. “It looks like a normal toilet, but then it has these electronic devices, sort of next door to the toilet.” When Lloyd asks if he’s even had a go on it yet, Miliband doesn’t miss a beat. “Give me time, I’ve only been here 15 minutes,” he deadpans.
Since losing the 2015 general election and his subsequent resignation as Labour leader, Ed Miliband has tried out various alternative occupations. There was his appearance on The Last Leg, where he lip synced to a-ha’s “Take On Me” and confirmed that panel shows weren’t really his forte. There was his new sassy Twitter persona, which saw him diss Piers Morgan and poke fun at his own energy price cap policy—in March this year, the Telegraph crowned him “king of the Twitter burn.” Yet it was only when he stood in as the host of The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2 in June that he finally found his true calling: being nerdy on the radio. (That particular week-long gig saw him attempt to death metal scream on air and ask listeners to send in the sound of their toilets flushing. Ed really likes toilets, we’re learning.)
Now that he’s found the right outlet for his talents, Miliband has teamed up with former Absolute Radio DJ Geoff Lloyd to create his own podcast. The two first met in April 2015 when Lloyd interviewed Miliband on his radio show—an encounter which some commentators declared “made you seriously consider the Labour leader to be the next prime minister.”
On the podcast, the pair have an easy, affectionate chemistry, all gentle teasing and affable joshing. The mission of the show—to examine big ideas that might yet give us hope for humanity—fits with the hosts’ cheery dynamic.
And it really sounds like Lloyd and Miliband are a team: unlike in the case of…