Red on Red Ed Attacks Mount

The bigger stories of the week have understandably seen Ed’s internal party troubles slip under the radar. Over the past few days both Labour big beasts and the party’s new blood have been queuing up to snark at their leader. Whether it is welfare, immigration or One Nation, the red on reds are adding up:

Tony Blair:Parts of the political landscape that had been cast in shadow for some years, at least under New Labour and the first years of coalition government, are illuminated in sharp relief. The Conservative Party is back clothing itself in the mantle of fiscal responsibility, buttressed by moves against ‘benefit scroungers’, immigrants squeezing out British workers and – of course – Labour profligacy. The Labour Party is back as the party opposing ‘Tory cuts’, highlighting the cruel consequences of the Conservative policies on welfare and representing the disadvantaged and vulnerable.”

David Blunkett: “One Nation’ cannot and should never be simply the avoidance of the most obvious injustice or collective suicide. It has to be about a great deal more than politics built on grievance and the unhappiness of a resentful and selfish public sphere.”

John Reid: “You have to move from being a voice of protest to offering solutions as you move from being an effective opposition to a potential government.”

Ben Bradshaw: “On the button as usual, Tony Blair’s article for the New Statesman centenary edition”

Tessa Jowell: “Tony Blair won three elections, he published what I think lots of people think was a very good analysis of the way forward for Labour… (Jo Coburn: “Is the advice right?”) Yeah, absolutely.”

Simon Danczuk: “I go knocking on doors in Rochdale on a very regular basis and the people in Rochdale are quite clear that the trust in the welfare system has broken down. They see people on a daily basis who they perceive to be ‘swinging the lead’ and I think that’s probably true. There are people who are on benefits who should be in employment.”

As Dan Hodges notes, the Blairite zombies have risen. A broken wrist is the least of Ed’s worries…




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