Good Week, Bad Week 11/12/11

Good Week

David Cameron- The Prime Minister has had a good week domestically and a not so good week in Europe. On the domestic front Cameron has secured his position with his eurosceptic backbenchers for the time being, whilst on the European front he has annoyed nearly every country in the continent. The sideshow politics of the Coalition means the media will focus primarily on the “rift ” between Cameron and Clegg short term, not the greater question of how Britain will help resolve the crisis in the Eurozone. Cameron is only three and a half years way from a General Election and clearly feels the UK electorate would prefer him to be mildly eurosceptic, a position that may gain him a majority in 2015.

Angela Merkel- The German Chancellor has remained fairly diplomatic on Cameron’s actions this week, hinting that the UK still has a part to play within Europe. This attitude is the polar opposite to Nicolas Sarkozy’s, who seems to want to punish the UK for Cameron’s decision.

Bad Week

Ed Miliband- Until the Leader of the Opposition gets some vague policies together he will be seen as providing opposition for opposition’s sake, a standpoint that will not help him with floating voters in key seats. This week highlighted that Miliband or Labour haven’t really got a firm policy on Europe, just the usual “The Tories are wrong” soundbite.

Nick Clegg- Europe has caused the Deputy Prime Minister to do a complete one hundred and eighty degree U Turn this week. On Friday he backed Cameron on Europe, but today he does not. Clarity of message will be essential for the Lib Dem 2015 General Election Campaign, one which already looks to be very tricky.


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