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Since Labour became the official position party of government how many times have we all read the news in both the press and multimedia about who is in charge of the Labour Party, trade unions or the members was the first to hit the headlines coupled by senior shadow cabinet members speak out against the Labour leadership when Ed Miliband on holidays.
No sooner as Ed Miliband return from holidays someone threw an egg at him which kind of reminds us the entire incident of Lord Prescott was deputy prime minister the only difference Ed Miliband laugh it off. I concur that all senior Labour parliamentarians have some concerns and they could have dealt with it better but equally members have concerns too when the leadership of the party does not come across more on the attack on government policies.
Dame Jessa Jowells may have a point by handing not just to the press but to our enemy Conservatives to carry on to win the General Elections 2015
Over the bank holiday weekend I had the opportunity to reflex over Ed Miliband speech to activists in Edinburgh I must it is no difference when the conservatives were in opposition as my member calls there were about two leadership change. Did this make any difference to the public and resounding yes the public went on to vote for another term of a Labour Government.
The Moral of this story is when a party is in disarray the public are generally are put off by political parties coupled by the sensation of the press reporting negatives of any political party. If this continues many in the party can see a low turn out in elections as the ordinary joe blog just reads and listens to the media.
To all the critics of Labour Party if the hard left thinks that Labour will return to renationalation and see the return of the old clause 4 of Labour constitution dream on will be the reply from some quarters of the party which plays into the conservatives during the elections.
Many political parties understand in today’s world of politics there are constantly changes and the needs of the public aspirations have change. In Ed Miliband speech when he became leader he said he does not want to emulate Blair or Brown which he made very clear and he needed to stamp his mark by introducing One Nation Labour.
Intriguingly recently the press and media started with their negative campaign against One Nation Labour thinking it will divide party members which only unite many party members who remembered when Labour were in opposition in 1980s.
Here is the article that Dame Jessa Jowell wrote which makes sense in away:
Public criticism of Ed Miliband‘s leadership by senior Labour figures is creating an impression of “toxic disunity” and risks handing the next election to the Tories, according to party grandee Dame Tessa Jowell.
Writing in the Observer, she calls for an end to weeks of sniping against the Labour leader by high-ranking figures including former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott, saying that disloyalty could break the party and that “publicly offered constructive criticism is only ever destructive”.
The former minister writes that people “who should know better” have helped the Tories engineer a “so-called summer crisis” for Labour by offering public rather than private criticism.
In an appeal for discipline, Jowell writes: “There are complementary rights and obligations when it comes to the leadership of the Labour party: anyone may stand for the leadership, but once the winner is chosen, he or she is entitled to the loyalty and support of the party at every level.
“Loyalty is what keeps the boat afloat; disloyalty the rock against which it breaks. And disloyalty comes in many shapes, most of which artfully ape the gestures of friendship. There is, however, nothing constructive in publicly delivering ‘helpful advice’ which could be much better delivered quietly in private. For the public it creates an unappealing sense of toxic disunity.”
While Labour sources concede that senior figures on the frontbench should have been more active in recent weeks, there is anger with the likes of Prescott and to a lesser extent David Blunkett for going public to question Miliband’s performance less than two years from a general election. Prescott said last weekend that Labour had “massively failed” to get its case across over the summer and urged the Labour leader to get rid of shadow ministers who were not pulling their weight.
Aiming her fire at those who make a noise in the media, Jowell says: “We are not commentators on a Westminster game of who is up and who is down, of who has coined the best soundbite or delivered the sharpest put-down. We are, rather, participants in a political contest whose outcome will affect the lives of millions of people. It is not the political class but our constituents who will pay the price if we allow David Cameron and the Conservatives another term in office – to squeeze living standards as prices rise faster than wages, to abandon families with elderly relatives and children waiting on trolleys in hospitals, or to take no responsibility towards our those of our young people who are without jobs or hope of a home of their own.”
The latest Opinium/Observer poll shows Labour has maintained a seven percentage point lead over the Conservatives. Miliband’s party is unchanged compared with a fortnight ago on 36%, with the Conservatives also unchanged on 29%. The Liberal Democrats are down one percentage point on 8% and Ukip up one percentage point on 18%.
But Miliband’s personal net approval ratings will cause alarm in Labour circles, having slipped five to -31 over the past two weeks, while Cameron’s now stands at a less alarming -18.
While there are strong rumours of an imminent shadow cabinet reshuffle, Miliband’s aides say no decisions have been made on the timing or the names of those who will be moved. He is being advised by some around him to leave the changes until after next month’s party conference in Brighton.
This week Labour will attempt to get back on to the front foot by highlighting what it says are the dangers to charities and campaigners posed by the lobbying bill now passing through parliament. The bill would increase regulation of “third party” campaigners (that is, not political parties) and restrict their activities, drawing a wider range of organisations into the regulatory regime for campaigning during elections, while reducing the amount they can spend in this period.
Amid signs that there may be a government U-turn on parts of the bill, Labour is warning it will harm the ability of charities, campaign groups, trade unions, think tanks, blogs and others to contribute to public debate at a time when we should be encouraging greater participation, not putting barriers in place.