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Good Week, Bad Week 22/04/12…

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2012 by eljmayes

Good Week

Ed Miliband- Miliband has had a good week with his party surging ahead in the polls (as much as thirteen points ahead of the Tories with YouGov). This should bode well for Labour in the upcoming Local Elections although losses in Glasgow and/or London would hurt Miliband’s credibility as a leader who can win when it matters.

Boris Johnson- The London Mayor bobbed and weaved to a score draw with Ken Livingstone in the Sky News London Mayoral Debate. At this point in time Johnson looks to be odds on to gain another term as London Mayor.

Brian Paddick- Paddick had a very solid Sky News London Mayoral Debate with some pundits claiming that the Lib Dem candidate won clearly. I wouldn’t have gone that far but it now looks certain that Paddick will easily outpoll his party in the capital.

Siobhan Benita- The Independent London Mayoral candidate’s campaign finally seemed to kick into second gear this week with increased media exposure. This could mean that Benita finishes an impressive fourth in the first round of London Mayoral voting.

Bad Week

David Cameron- Cameron has had a lousy week this week as the Budget continues to unravel, almost a month after it had been delivered. The good news for Cameron is that the Local Elections should draw a line under the Budget to an extent and put the pressure back on Miliband especially if Labour don’t make significant gains.

Nick Clegg- Clegg has had a middling week with the Lib Dem Leader facing the real possibility of a yellow wipeout on May 3rd. It is scant consolation that Clegg currently polls better than Miliband with ComRes therefore.

Ken Livingstone- Livingstone’s time to make a move in the London Mayoral race is quickly running out. He has performed badly in all of the debates so far and unless Johnson trips up epically in the final two weeks I can’t see a feasible scenario in which Livingstone becomes Mayor of London.

Jenny Jones- Jones puzzlingly didn’t show up to the Sky News London Mayoral Debate on Thursday night. Polling suggests it’s possible Jones could finish as low as sixth in the first round of London Mayoral voting.


Good Week, Bad Week 22/01/12…

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2012 by eljmayes

Good Week

David Cameron- The Prime Minister has had a good week. Ed Miliband is still floundering as Labour Leader, with seemingly little media attention being paid to Cameron’s problems with his own party. The Tories will face resistance to their NHS and Welfare reforms this week but ultimately Cameron is unlikely to be losing sleep over his opposite number’s rather hollow attacks.

Nick Clegg- The Deputy Prime Minister has had the usual quiet week with the Lib Dems only kicking up a minor fuss over over The Mayor of London’s “Boris Island” airport plans.

Sayeeda Warsi- The Co-Chairman of the Conservatives had a solid outing on Question Time this week, easily besting Stephen Twigg who looked uneasy defending his party leader.

Bad Week

Ed Miliband- The Leader of the Opposition has had a stinker of a week. Labour’s economic message still isn’t getting through, his party are behind in the daily YouGov tracker and a muted performance at Prime Minister’s Questions added to his increasing list of woes. Two glimmers of hope for Miliband remain however, the unions although vocally opposed to his “new” economic policies are unlikely to withdraw their support for Labour anytime soon and no clear replacement for   Labour Leader is apparent (yet). As I’ve stated before, Miliband needs to establish a narrative pronto to make Labour seem credible with voters and to stop the prominent question in his media appearances being “When are you resigning?”.

Chris Huhne- Huhne’s constant disruption of Cabinet matters seems to make Cameron’s decision to sack him easier if he is charged for passing off speeding points to his then wife.

Yvette Cooper- Cooper ranked twenty points below Ed Miliband in a hypothetical leadership poll for ComRes. That has to hurt.

Good Week, Bad Week 18/09/11…

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2011 by eljmayes

Good Week

David Cameron- The Prime Minister has had a mixed week, with a poor showing at Prime Minister’s Questions, his triumphant visit to Libya and the Tories doing well in the polls. The unemployment figures provided Ed Miliband with an open goal at Prime Minister’s Questions which he duly squandered, only just besting Cameron in the exchange. The Prime Minister’s trip to Libya was an undoubted success with him drawing a line underneath the conflict finally. The Tories are now level with Labour in a poll conducted by ComRes on thirty eight percent, better than the party’s vote share at the last General Election. The ineptitude of the opposition has made this week a good one for Cameron.

Nick Clegg- The Deputy Prime Minister’s week has been dominated by the 50p tax rate, with Clegg not wishing to abolish the top rate of tax anytime soon. He will clearly get his way in the short term, with the Tories not daring to try and push through such a measure through Parliament. Clegg’s opening speech to his Party Conference struck the right tone and reenforced  his message for fairness.

Owen Paterson- The Northern Ireland Secretary devised a brilliant plan on Question Time of talking exceptionally slowly, thus not allowing his opponents as much time to respond.

Bad Week

Ed Miliband- The Leader of the Opposition has had an awful week. An average showing at Prime Minister’s Questions, the debacle of calling the Prime Minister back to Parliament only for him to not to do so and falling poll ratings mean Miliband is still skating on thin ice. He desperately needs a memorable speech at his Party Conference to sure up his position, and to reveal a few policies on his vision for Labour going forward.

Diane Abbott- Abbott was woeful on Question Time, especially on the economy. Not what Labour needs right now.

Sarah Teather- Teather’s joke about Peter Hain at her Party Conference was badly timed given this week’s events in his constituency.

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