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My thoughts on the UK General Election, so far

  • Ed Miliband is a far more formidable campaigner than the Tories expected. He is good at throwing back the mud that is being lobbed at him, both from the Conservative press (Daily Mail reveals Miliband used to have girlfriends shocker!) and from Cameron’s minions. Witness his mock outrage at Tory Defence spokesperson Michael Fallon who accused him of stabbing his brother in the back.

  • The Tory ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK strategy, warning of Labour CHAOS, has not worked, but simply reaffirmed the opinion of swing voters that they are indeed the “nasty party” that lacks an agenda other than cutting up the welfare state. Cameron has perhaps recognised this and made pledges on NHS spending to show that they are the party of HOPE. Yet this latter strategy feels less authentic to voters now that the former one has been allowed to fester. To many, the turd simply can’t be polished.

  • David Cameron is not a good campaigner. He is too afraid of meeting the public and doing a Major or Blair, which involved risking angry exchanges with voters by, respectively, walking about shopping centres with loud speakers and donning wellies in floods.

  • Labour has a really tough job on its hands to show voters in Scotland that the the SNP is too radical while at the same time promoting the idea that the reds (not Greens) are the radical ones in England. Factor in the message that Labour are, in fact, the Tories in disguise on immigration and on cuts, then it is easy to see why they are not completely trusted. The party is trying to be too many things to too many people, and that is why I think they should have come out fighting against more austerity, and to defend tax increases to pay for investment in public services. Unlike the Tories, Labour needs core vote policies to appeal to core voters. They need to reaffirm their religion. Everyone knows, meanwhile, that the Tories worship at the alter of capitalism - they need to get out of their place of worship and see what others pray for. Given that the NHS is THE ESTABLSIHED RELIGION OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND NORTHERN IRELAND, this isn’t a bad place to start.

  • I am intrigued to see that in key marginal seats Labour is contacting more residents than the Tories. Miliband has borrowed heavily if not in style than in strategy from the Obama team, and invested heavily in a ground game that prioritises local engagement. Is it too little, too late (it certainly looks that way in Scotland), or a key element in making Labour the largest party in Parliament?

  • It seems to me that Labour needs to look left and the Tories need to come in from the right. So far, Labour has looked both ways and the Tories are getting hardons about submarines.

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