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Good Week, Bad Week 17/06/12…

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2012 by eljmayes

Good Week

Ed Miliband- Miliband has had a good week, with his party still ahead in the polls by a significant margin and a decent performance at Leveson. Issues do seem to arising with the right wing of Labour however, with unions calling for the (Blairite) Progress group to be expelled from the movement. If Progress was expelled from the Labour movement it would almost certainly alienate a large chunk of the activist base (and delight the other large chunk). Therefore Miliband needs to do everything humanly possible to keep Progress inside the movement as divided parties historically do not win elections.

Nick Clegg- Clegg has had his usual quiet week with his appearance at Leveson being largely unreported.

Jon Cruddas- Labour’s new policy guru this week released his vision for Labour to regain power. Cruddas has formulated a list of largely sensible if left wing draft policies. Cruddas is one of the most underutilized members of the opposition and Labour really should be putting him forward for more media appearances in my opinion.

Bad Week

David Cameron- Cameron has had a relatively dull week only blighted only by his party’s woeful poll ratings. Leveson was slightly embarrassing for the Prime Minister but certainly not as bad as it could have been. The Tories (and to a lesser extent the Lib Dems) clearly wish the Sumer Recess would hurry up to stem some of the political pain caused by the Budget back in March.

Gordon Brown- Brown at Leveson stated that he did not know of briefings against the then Prime Minister Tony Blair by his “colleagues”.  His statements were plausible but not at all believeable. At this time Brown is of no real use to Labour, in fact I would say he is a hinderance to the party as a whole.

Emily Thornberry- The usually half decent media performer Thornberry was caught off guard this week on Question Time by her party’s blank sheet of policies on the subject of immigration.

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Gordon Brown in George Bush’s Golf Buggy…

Posted in Comedy, Politics with tags , , , , , on March 13, 2012 by eljmayes

Still funny to this day. Said buggy appears at 0.48 in.

Good Week, Bad Week 11/09/11…

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2011 by eljmayes

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.

Gordon Brown’s Hacking Speech…

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , on July 13, 2011 by eljmayes

Around thirty minutes of breathtaking hypocrisy.

Good Week, Bad Week 12/06/11…

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2011 by eljmayes

Good Week

David Cameron- The Prime Minister should have had a terrible week but because of other events this week he has had a relatively good one. A decent performance at Prime Minister’s Questions after a couple of u-turns by the Coalition was more to do with the ineptitude of his opponent more than Cameron’s guile, but this week has proved him to be more “Teflon” than Tony Blair.

Nick Clegg- The Deputy Prime Minister has had a decent if quiet week, scoring a minor victory with a u-turn from Cameron on the NHS reforms.

David Miliband- This week’s shenanigans have put Miliband Major back in the spotlight for the better or worse of his party. I still cannot see him becoming Leader of the Opposition anytime soon however as he stands little chance of deposing his brother before 2015.

Bad Week

Ed Miliband- Miliband has had an abysmal week as Leader of the Opposition. Leaks about his plot with Ed Balls to oust Tony Blair, a rather negative book about his relationship with his brother and a whispering campaign against his leadership means Miliband looks to be in deep trouble as Labour leader. The major problem for Miliband is he will not have any policies for eighteen months, by which time both local elections and the Mayoral election in London will have been held. If Labour don’t do well next May I think the pressure within the party could make Miliband’s position untenable, and Ed Balls would inevitably ascend to party leader on the union block vote. I rate Ed Miliband’s chances of hanging on as Labour leader until 2015 currently at fifty-fifty.

Andy Burnham- Burnham criticised the Education Secretary Michael Gove about his department’s budget this week, describing it as being in “Chaos”. A very hypocritical stance from Burnham in my opinion given his party’s handling of the economy when they were in Government.

Liam Byrne- Byrne stated this week that “Gordon Brown was a superb Prime Minister”. I’ll let the utter tribalism /and or stupidity of that statement stand on it’s own.

Liam Byrne “Ed Balls is a Superb Shadow Chancellor”…

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2011 by eljmayes

And an ace plotter tool! Pretty delusional stuff from the man who stated “There is no money” in a note to David Laws last year.

Ed Balls “There was no plot to oust Blair”…

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , on June 10, 2011 by eljmayes

Whatever you say Ed!

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