Henry Felton writes for Oxford University’s Cherwell on the leadership of Ed Miliband suggesting his problems might not be all his own doing:
Ed Miliband’s in trouble. The victim of a leadership election that made him head of a party whose MPs voted for someone else, the centre of a fratricidal tragedy with Shakespearean potential (they voted for his brother), and leader of the Opposition in a time when the key debate is about how not to spend money. He came home for Christmas, found the Student Loan’s run out, and watched his big brother get all the family’s attention.
New Year didn’t bring much fun either. A veritable lynch mob of Labour figures lined up to articulate in their own words exactly where he was going wrong. But this wasn’t just a parade of the disowned and disgruntled with their own axes to grind. There was a common and worrying theme…
In Opposition, Labour has failed to make the opinion poll gains that might be expected given the country’s economic situation, division within government and the time in the Parliamentary cycle.
Full article here.