Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ed Miliband should be replaced as Labour leader

This is embarrassing for the Labour party:

Half the people polled thought that Ed Miliband should be replaced as Labour leader before the 2015 election.

Presumably Yvette Cooper or Andy Burnham would have to step in were Mr Miliband to resign voluntarily (I doubt whether he can be forced out at this late stage).

But perhaps Ed Milband has been far cleverer than people think (and he is indubitably a clever man).  He may have already written off any chance of Labour winning a majority in 2015 and has been working all the time to put policies and procedures in place to ensure success in the long term rather than waste his energies on a Kinnock-style flash in the pan that everyone knows is going to fall flat.  Looked at from the perspective of long-term positioning and planning Ed Miliband suddenly makes sense (appointment of David Axelrod; unconcern with his public image; indifference to what the Labour "team" is up to etc).

And on the subject of the Labour team, did Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle really say that immigration was not too high during Labour's period in office?  Talk about denial of the bleedin' obvious.  Does this mean that Labour's apology for immigration was just cant?

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