Good Week, Bad Week 11/09/11…

Good Week

David Cameron- The Prime Minister has had a good if rather uneventful week. Prime Minister’s Questions were a non event thanks to Alistair Darling’s memoirs, The Tories are neck and neck with Labour in the polls and the opposition seems to be getting very divided before their party conference. The story of Darling’s memoirs will eventually go away but clearly there still are two factions in Labour, those who prefer a more left wing approach and those who would prefer the party to hog the centre ground. Cameron knows a left wing Labour party would be nigh on impossible to elect in 2015 so must be happy at the current leadership of Ed Miliband. Worries of a double dip recession and a split over Europe still may prove to be stumbling blocks for the Tories however.

Nick Clegg- The Deputy Prime Minister has had the usual quiet week leading into his party conference. Expect the Liberal Democrats to rise in the polls next week, perhaps at the expense of Labour.

Alistair Darling- The former Chancellor’s book is very reserved in tone but quite devastating in meaning. In Darling’s eyes, Gordon Brown (as portrayed  before in other books admittedly) is a control freak, Ed Miliband is a bystander and Ed Balls is “difficult to work with”. “Back From The Brink” will be the talk of Labour’s party conference for sure.

Jack Straw- Straw spearheaded a campaign to outlaw car insurance injury referrals which will now be implemented by the Government. A non partisan campaign which benefits all motorists- kudos to Jack Straw.

Bad Week

Ed Miliband- Miliband has little momentum coming into his party conference at the end of the month- Labour have conceded ground in the polls and half his party doesn’t seem to like him. If Miliband wants to stop being likened to a teenage chess champion he desperately needs to set out a clear vision for Labour for the next three years at this year’s conference and leave the rhetoric behind.

Nadine Dorries- Dorries rambled on for ninety minutes of the health debate earlier this week, taking pot shots at Nick Clegg and Dr Evan Harris. The whole episode was deeply embarrassing for Parliament and her constituents.

Ed Balls- Balls is still banging on about a VAT cut and another bank bonus tax like a broken record. One wonders if any floating voter is listening to him.

David Miliband- Miliband’s performance on Question Time yet again was a Bulleye-esque “Look at what you could have won” kick in the teeth for Labour’s grassroots.


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