Ed Miliband is in trouble.
This much is undeniable. Two of his MPs have defected to an insurgent party who are taking vast swathes of his party’s voters and activists. He has been forced into an embarrassing volte face on almost every policy position he initially espoused. More than 30 of his MPs have called for him to go, and now his party’s polling has dropped to 27%, within touching distance of UKIP.
Oh, hang on. That’s not Ed Miliband and the Labour Party, is it? That’s David Cameron and the Conservative Party.
It’s the bemusing thing about this latest “leadership crisis”. So far as I can tell, there is no real urge to replace Ed Miliband as leader within the PLP, or the Labour Party at large. Labour are still on course to win the next election, and have one of the most radical policy offers in recent history.
And yet all the press can talk about is how he’s in trouble, he doesn’t look right. I mean, he doesn’t look good eating a bacon sandwich, which is basically the job description of the Prime Minister, right? What do you mean, no? But then, this is the man who stood up to Rupert Murdoch and the criminal elements of the press. Absolutely no one should be surprised that parts of the press are vitriolic towards him.
As for the two anonymous Labour MPs who stirred up this whole mess: if they are not even prepared to put their names to their statements, why should I or anyone else give them the time of day? If they have concerns, come out publicly and state them. But hiding behind anonymity is utter cowardice.
Those two nameless MPs need to take a long, hard look at themselves. Come 7th May next year, there will be a choice: between a Labour government led by Ed Miliband, or five more years of Conservative government. This pair is looking very much like they would prefer the latter, which to me, as a Labour Party member, is unacceptable.
These two MPs need to ask themselves who they are helping with this. Because it isn’t Britain, and it certainly isn’t the Labour Party.