Good Week, Bad Week 15/05/11…


Good Week

David Cameron- The Prime Minister has had a relatively good if quiet week this week. A decent showing at Prime Minister’s Questions and his party’s increasing poll ratings (especially with ComRes) means that he is doing better than some might have expected at this stage of the Parliamentary cycle. The major question question for Cameron going forward is how he keeps the Coalition together whilst appeasing his own back benchers.

Nick Clegg- The Deputy Prime Minister has had a relatively uneventful week after his “Muscular Liberalism” speech that tried to reestablish his party from the Conservatives in the Coalition. Clegg has been able to draw a “concession” from the Prime Minister on carbon targets so on balance his week has been better than expected.

Ed Miliband- Miliband is slowly getting the hang of Prime Minister’s Questions and is finally attacking the Coalition from the left on green policies. A worry for Miliband has to be his party’s poll ratings that are now below forty percent with every pollster but YouGov. Labour need to be polling above forty percent as under the new boundaries they will not be able to gain a majority with anything less.

Bad Week

Nicola Sturgeon- The Deputy Leader of the Scottish National Party fumbled through an interview with Jeremy Paxman on the subject of independence this week, seemingly not having a clue about the logistics of Scotland being an independent state. The SNP need to look more assured in all media appearances regarding this issue as to establish a compelling case for independence until a referendum is held (likely in 2015).

Chris Huhne- Huhne looks to be exiting Cabinet in the worst possible manner next week after revelations about his driving indiscretions strengthened this week. If Huhne does go, I predict another Lib Dem will replace him as Energy Secretary.

Meg Hillier- Hillier actually showed up to Parliament this week, only to get taken to the cleaners by a wounded Chris Huhne. Tough times for her then.

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