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Labour’s weekly conference call between election coordinator Douglas Alexander and the party’s regional organisers has been blighted with negative feedback about Ed Miliband for months. The local party hands report back on issues coming up on the doorstep during canvassing, and Alexander feeds that back to the top. Ed has apparently been the constant complaint, and the regional staff did not mince their words…
Except, well placed Labour sources reveal, someone has put a stop to all that. Guido hears that an official from Labour HQ – at the express behest of Douglas Alexander – rang the regional officers and told them to stop bringing up the criticism of the leader in the calls. Is an ostrich strategy better than no strategy at all?
Having campaigned for him to become a Police and Crime Commissioner in 2012 – even after negative reports about Children’s Services in Rotherham for which Shaun Wright was responsible – Labour HQ says Ed Miliband is backing calls for Wright to resign. The warning signs were there before he stood to be PCC; Ofsted giving the council the lowest rating possible, the Whitehall warnings to improve, the Times news reports rejected by Shaun Wright . Pictured here on the campaign, it is now handbags…
Yet again this shows why we need a voter’s power of recall for all elected positions. Back it here.
As Guido pointed out yesterday Ed Miliband appears to have lost the support of the Guardian’s political writers, today the paper splashes on the loss of faith within the shadow cabinet. This is despite, or perhaps because, he recently came to the Guardian’s offices to do a Q & A session with the editorial team…
Labour spin-doctors have always feared the “Tory press”, they should take a look at the headlines in their own hinterland, the above are from Yesterday’s Guardian. They dwell on the “Ed Problem“. If the core Labour luvvie vote is lost what hope is their for Ed as the polls narrow. The UK Polling Report rolling average has Labour now on 35% and the Tories on 32% with the trend showing Labour declining. 45 weeks to go…
Ed Miliband has just been clusterf**ked by a local radio DJ on BBC Radio Wiltshire. Listen to the Labour leader try to cover up the fact he has absolutely no clue about the politics of Swindon, where he was campaigning:
Presenter: What do you make of Jim Grant?
EM: I beg your pardon?
Presenter: Jim Grant, do you think he has done a good job?
EM: I think that lots of Labour representatives are doing a good job right across the country and I…
Presenter: You do know who Jim Grant is Mr Miliband?
EM: You will enlighten me I am sure.
Presenter: Swindon Labour leader.
EM: Yeah I think he is doing a good job.
Presenter: Will he feel like you support him enough if you don’t even know his name?
EM: Well he is doing a good job as leader of the council Jim is and I think that is the case.
Presenter: I mean it’s Swindon Labour leader. Do you think by your comments now people might be a bit perplexed by why you wouldn’t know who Jim Grant is?
EM: No, I know that Jim is doing a good job for Swindon and I think he is doing a good job as leader of the council.
Presenter: But he is not leader of the council is he Mr Miliband? It’s a Conservative led council.
EM: I think he is doing a good job for Labour on the council. I think he is doing a good job for Labour on the council.
Presenter: So let’s be clear. Who runs Swindon council?
EM: It’s a Conservative controlled council.
Out of touch with his own candidates…
UPDATE: 15 minutes of fame
— BBC Wiltshire (@BBCWiltshire) May 20, 2014
— BBC Wiltshire (@BBCWiltshire) May 20, 2014
Last September after Assad used chemical weapons, Axelrod wrote
After Iraq, folks are justifiably weary and leery. But this isn’t Iraq. In plain sight, Assad’s committed mass murder with hideous weapons. No response would be a green light to Assad, Iran, Hezbollah and others that the U.S. and world will look the other way. Grave mistake. A targeted strike on their delivery systems is right, just and proportionate. Failure to act would be another tragic legacy of Iraq war.
If as reports suggest he was hired by Shadow Foreign Secretary Dougie Alexander, that will have made foreign policy position discussions interesting…
UPDATE: He has just tweeted:
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) April 17, 2014
Only snag is US unemployment rate is basically unchanged since when Obama was elected.
Something’s happened to change Ed’s mind about having Nigel Farage join the TV debate. Only a few weeks ago he thought it would be a good wheeze to have Cameron haemorrhage votes to UKIP on immigration and Europe live on TV. After seeing Nick Clegg get slaughtered twice in the TV debates with Nigel Farage he seems to have changed his mind. Scared?
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David Cameron drug policy reformer and leadership contender in 2005…
“Politicians attempt to appeal to the lowest common denominator by posturing with tough policies and calling for crackdown after crackdown. Drugs policy has been failing for decades.”