Britain’s Conservative led coalition government has faced a rough road during its term in office. David Cameron hasn’t gotten on with Nick Clegg and his Liberal Democrat junior partners, the UKIP has cut into Tory support and London Mayor Boris Johnson is clipping at his heels. Under these conditions, the Labour Party should be ready to return to power with Ed Miliband as a Prime Minister in waiting.
And yet Ed Miliband is very much in danger of losing his job. It isn’t a matter of policy so much as it is a seriess of awkward gaffes be it having trouble eating a bacon sandwich, giving money to a beggar, being unable to shake hands with voters or kiss his wife. In the grand scheme of these things are trivialities. Yet the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee is meeting to discuss Miliband’s leadership. Labour MPs and potential succesors Alan Johnson, Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham (who I had the unfortunate experience of working with when I was a parliamentary intern with Tessa Jowell nearly two decades ago) say they stand firmly behind Miliband but that only fuels speculation. Well, so much for David Axelrod’s help.
With the election but six months away if Labour decides to change leaders it would have to do sooner rather than later.
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