Is New Labour dead under Ed?

28 May 2014

 

No, it’s evidently very much alive.

The Euro elections in Britain have given a good kick up the backside to the Conservative Party, and provided David Cameron with a well needed jolt into action.

Obviously for Nick Clegg, it wasn’t such a kick up the backside; more of a boot out. It’s obvious that after the 2015 general election the Liberal Democrats will be having a leadership contest, one that will not involve Clegg.

It was not a great night for Labour either however. They should have achieved a comfortable second place, yet only just came ahead of the Conservatives by the skin of their teeth.

 

Has this result moved, or shaken the Labour leader? No. In fact, he’s doing a Tony Blair and ignoring the results, apparently ‘brushing off’ the disappointment.

If anything, the person who should be shaken most is Ed Miliband. The majority of Europe has turned against the EU, and yet he has stuck firmly against offering the British people an in/out referendum.

In Britain we now have UKIP as our resident Eurosceptic party, although I’m completely confused as to whether they are right, or left of politics, with Farage taking in a lot of disillusioned Labour supporters.

The problem with Labour, and Labour supporters like Owen Jones, who in yesterday’s Guardian basically told the Labour leader to ignore key issues like immigration, is that they really don’t like confronting the crucial concerns of the population.

If anything, they are masters of sweeping bad news under the carpet; pretending it never existed. No wonder Blair did so well as leader.

To be a champion of the people, as Labour so claim to be, you have to listen to them, not brush their concerns under the carpet.

Ed Miliband needs to learn that Britain has a problem with immigration and the EU. The quicker he does this, the quicker UKIP’s support will die down, and a bigger threat he will be to the Tories.

Of course, we all know he’s not going to. Labour see people with immigration issues as racists. This simply is not true. Wanting to cut down on immigration is not being a racist. Yet try telling that to Labour HQ.

If Ed Miliband wants us to believe that New Labour is dead, then harking back to the political strategies of New Labour’s father Tony Blair isn’t the way forward.

 


Labour have a few issues they need to be worried about however, not just the EU and immigration, but also Scotland.

Although it looks like Scotland is set to vote no for independence, if, by a miracle, Alex Salmond gets his wish, then Labour are set to lose 41 seats.

If that is so, they will find it a damn sight harder to win a majority government in Parliament, especially as England is traditionally to the right-of-centre politically.

The 2014 elections have shown the extreme flaws in Labour’s political agenda. A vast swathe of the working population stood up, and, barely blinking, shifted to UKIP’s side. Employing the old political strategies of New Labour, Ed Miliband is practicing an elitist dogmatism that does not bend to the fickle concerns of the people. Even if such concerns are largely justified.

By Rebecca Sword

 

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