Friday, June 05, 2015

The "undoing of Ed Miliband"? History will tell and why we really lost the election

This article here is a media hatchet job. Typical Guardian sneers and bile.

The truth is that we were never going to win. The defeat in 2010 was so massive that it would take more than 5 years to overcome.

Credit to Ed for keeping the Party together and making us credible. In 2020 voters will not give the Tories the benefit of the doubt again.

Yesterday evening we had a far reaching discussion at West Ham Ward meeting about the result and the future of the Party.  Afterwards we carried on these discussions with colleagues from different wards.  These were my views :-  

  • Share of Vote for Labour in 2010 was 29%. The worse result since 1922.
  • There has only been once in 100 years a one term British Government (and that was February 1974 after the 1973 Oil crisis, coal strike and 3 day week)
  • Nationalism in Scotland and fear of SNP amongst floating Tory voters
  • Ruthless Tory Party machine decimates Liberals & attacks our financial record
  • It was an international crisis but the economic crash in 2008 took place on Labour's watch. 
  • It is too slow, patchy and uneven but we are finally coming out of recession
  • Wages are starting to rise, inflation is very low, unemployment down and house prices high
  • Who could have predicted the collapse in energy markets - it's  now 25% cheaper to fill up my car
  • as always in British politics "its the economy stupid". 

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