Friday, November 7, 2014

Voters Say Labour More Likely to Win if They Sack Ed

A massive 49% of voters say Labour would be more likely to win the election if they sack Ed Miliband and replace him with someone else. This morning’s damning YouGov poll for LBC says just 5% believe slotting the Ed now would harm Labour’s chances, compared with nearly half saying it would boost the party. Confirming everything mutinous Labour MPs are saying…

Thursday, November 6, 2014

That Miliband Leadership Crisis in Full

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New Statesman Turns on Ed

The New Statesman was the only publication to endorse Ed Miliband for the Labour leadership in 2010. Today the magazine turns its back on Ed, arguing “that since then Miliband has failed to find an authentic voice to connect with the electorate”. Jason Cowley writes in this week’s editorial:

“Miliband is very much an old-style Hampstead socialist. He doesn’t really understand the lower middle class or material aspiration. He doesn’t understand Essex Man or Woman. Politics for him must seem at times like an extended PPE seminar: elevated talk about political economy and the good society…

Miliband does not have a compelling personal story to tell the electorate, as Thatcher did about her remarkable journey from the grocer’s shop in Grantham and the values that sustained her along the way or Alan Johnson does about his rise from an impoverished childhood in west London. I went to Oxford to study PPE, worked for Gordon Brown, became a cabinet minister and then leader of the party does not quite do it. None of this would matter were Miliband in manner and approach not so much the product of this narrow background…

Miliband is losing the support of the left (to the SNP, to the Greens) without having formed a broader coalition of a kind that defined the early Blair-Brown years. Most damaging, I think, is that he seldom seems optimistic about the country he wishes to lead. Miliband speaks too often of struggle and failure, of people as victims – and it’s true that life is difficult for many. But a nation also wants to feel good about itself and to know in which direction it is moving.”

Usually reliable as a loyal mouthpiece for Labour’s rapid rebuttals, today’s Staggers cover story from George Eaton has some source quotes of a less helpful kind:

“Morale has never been lower,” one shadow cabinet minister told me [ . . . ] No MP I have spoken to has argued that the Labour leader’s parlous ratings aren’t a problem or dismissed them as a “Westminster bubble issue”. “We’re all very, very concerned. The reality is that whilst we don’t have a presidential system, people are thinking increasingly about who they want to be the prime minister,” one shadow minister said. He went on to describe a “sobering moment” in which a voter told him: “You’ve been a fantastic MP, but I’m not going to vote for you. Because Ed’s not prime ministerial… 

One senior MP suggested that Miliband should abandon Westminster, save for Prime Minister’s Questions, and go on a rolling tour of marginal constituencies. “The 200 to 400 voters in key seats who say on the doorstep that he’s the problem, he could win them round by talking to them.” But he doubted whether Miliband had the will to do so. “His confidence has gone. It’s like a light’s gone out,” he lamented.”

And that’s just what Ed’s friends are saying about him… 

Ed Miliband’s Sensitive Remembrance Analogy

Perhaps an unwise choice of words just minutes after solemnly pledging to remember…

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Miliband Delays Holborn Selection for Keir Starmer

Former Labour Minister Frank Dobson is complaining to May2015 about house prices in his constituency:

“In the last few years, prices have become quite lunatic – how could a bus driver or a Post Office worker live in the area? It’s become insane. When I started off as an MP, I knew a nurse wouldn’t be able to afford a family-sized flat, then a junior doctor, and now a consultant. The whole thing is simply insane.”

The problem is not helped by a shortage of council housing in London. Perhaps it’s time for Frank to finally move out of his own council flat that he pays just £160 a week to rent, despite decades on the public teat. 

Anyway. In July Dobson announced that, aged 74, he was standing down in 2015. Keir “Darcy” Starmer, the former Director of Public Prosecutions, has let it be known he wants to be Holborn’s next MP and as Guido reported at the time, he’s the firm favourite.

One small problem – he only joined the Labour Party last November and under the rules candidates for parliament must have been a member for a year.

For a friend of Ed this can be fixed – Labour HQ have delayed the selection process until next month, when Kier will have been a member for the required 12 months. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

#SaveEd: How Miliband Became Less Popular Than Clegg

Rich’s Monday Morning View

Friday, October 31, 2014

POLL: 2p or Not 2p: Did Ed Give the Beggar Tuppence?

It sure looks like a copper.

Guido will let the readers decide, but it’s sure as hell not a fiver…

UPDATE:

5 Ways This Photo Op Could Have Gone Any Worse

  1. He could have stolen the money from the pot.
  2. He could have called her a bigot.
  3. He could have kicked her.
  4. She could have offered him a bacon sandwich.
  5. She could have told him she’s voting UKIP.

All in all, went pretty well then…

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Scottish Shadow Minister: “We are in a Dreadful Position”

Shadow Deputy Leader of the House and Scottish Labour MP Thomas Docherty couldn’t have timed these comments on Wato any better to help out his leader:

“The state that the Labour party is in right now is we are in a dreadful position. And we’ve got to be honest about ourselves. We have very low esteem with the electorate. The electorate looks at us and has no idea what our polices are. We have a moribund party in Scotland that seems to think that infighting is more important than campaigning. And we have a membership that is ageing and inactive. We can return to be the grown-up party that wants to be in government or we can self-indulge like a throwback to the 1980s and watch our party implode, the SNP win again, the Tories win again, and have another referendum.”

Hope Ed enjoys his fundraising dinner with Scottish Labour in Glasgow tonight…


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Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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