Why Labour Are Leaking Votes?
Yesterday’s Opinium/Observer poll made unpleasant reading for Labour, as their lead over the Conservatives has slipped to only 1 point. This is down from a 10 point lead after George Osborne’s infamous "omnishambles" budget, how have Labour managed to lose such a substantial lead against a coalition that is making tough and unpopular decisions every day? The answer is obvious to most people, Labour has a leadership problem.
The only thing worse than a divided party is an indecisive one. A party that is indecisive is a party that is not yet ready to govern and voters can sense this, and Labour are both indecisive and divided. They are a little like a rudderless boat, 2015 is an election Labour should win everything is in their favour, living standards are down from 2010, many people are not yet feeling the advantages of the economic recovery and the cost of living keeps on rising. Yet for Labour can’t take advantage of these factors and that is down to one man, Ed Miliband. Ed seems torn on what to do over the Economy, should he make cuts or not make cuts and this is making him look weak. After a long period of opposing Tory cuts the Labour party now seems to accept that cuts are necessary, but after such a long period of opposition to government cuts particularly from Ed Balls people are now unsure what Labour’s economic plan actually is. This is only made worse by backbench MPs not going along with Miliband’s plan to cut government spending in a fairer way.
Miliband is not at the mercy of his party, there is still plenty he can do and he is probably about to do it. Firstly he needs to start making his party’s positions on key issues like Europe and the Economy clear, and then he needs the right people in the Shadow Cabinet the big name that comes to mind is Alistair Darling. As the Chancellor who guided the country through the financial crash he is a serious heavyweight and what he says about the Economy has clout, if Labour intends to make spending cuts if they get into office Alistair Darling is the man to present the cuts. He intended to make cuts after 2010 which makes him a more credible Shadow Chancellor than Ed Balls who has spent most his time moaning about Tory cuts without offering any clear alternative. If Labour want to restore their lead in the polls and win in 2015 they need to start being clear on what they intend to do in office and get the right people in the right Shadow cabinet jobs. But at the moment Ed Miliband may manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.