With Ed Miliband preparing to give a speech to an anti-cuts rally (even though he publicly said Labour would be doing the same, if they were in government) his world has a few problems. Recent Sun/YouGov polls recorded near 70% of the British public believe the cuts are necessary and only 29% trust Labour to make the correct decisions on tackling the deficit.
Another item of interest; if the coalition is ‘causing the country too much pain’ then how come Labour’s poll lead is only 4%? – well within the margin of error. His advisors are reluctant, or are deliberately nonchalant, on leadership ratings – Cameron and Clegg both out perform Miliband.
Ed is disliked more than Gordon Brown ever was (recent poll: 59% disliked Ed Miliband)
So, what is Labour’s response? Simple. Ignore it. Pretend the problems do not exist. A few senior figures have spoken out (off the record to the press) of a deep anxiety that Labour is lacking credibility on the economy and playing directly into the coalitions hand by drifting to the left.
Ed Balls grotesque display in Parliament yesterday highlighted the true essence of the Labour strategy: pray everything goes wrong.
2015 could be another bloodbath for Labour and for three reasons:
1. Being profoundly mistrusted on public finances
2. Opposing all cuts mindlessly but building no credible alternative/viable narrative
3. Balls was absolutely a key architect of the mess