Voter apathy mustn't allow weird Mr Miliband into No 10
Ed Miliband is a man who poses smiling next to a colleague wearing a t-shirt with Thatcher’s grave on it. He happily knifed his own brother in the back, splitting his entire family in two, and did not even bother to include his name on his own son’s birth certificate. British PM? Nein danke
Protest voting has long been a British tradition for mid-term elections, offering voters the opportunity to give the current government a good kicking right before the general election. In some cases, the party in power deserves it, in others they didn’t deserve it but they probably needed it anyway, and in others they didn’t deserve it and doing it will only help the left get into power.
Unfortunately, the forthcoming general election is one where any form of protest vote will ensure that the strange Mr Miliband sails into power without a hitch.
Now, Labour have indeed chosen some controversial leaders in the past, but none of them has ever exhibited such deep character flaws and lack of emotion as Ed Miliband.
This is a man who poses smiling next to a colleague wearing a t-shirt with Thatcher’s grave on it, a man that happily knifed his own brother in the back, splitting his entire family in two, and did not even bother to include his name on his own son’s birth certificate.
However much the Labour spin machine tries to cover it up, Ed Miliband is the most detached and weird leader in the party’s history.
Labour has long since ceased developing long term policies for the future of Britain. It now announces weekly ‘observations’ about things that are expensive with no serious way of dealing with them. The level of chaos and lack of direction deep within the Labour Party can be seen by the bungled VAT posters and announcing Obama’s former aide David Axelrod as ‘Alexrod’ on the party website.
I experienced a little of Labour’s chaotic campaigning earlier this week when I received an email from the lacklustre Laurence Durnan, a fulltime blogger at left-wing attack site Political Scrapbook.
With an average output of four short blog posts a day, many of them existing news stories, it is fair to assume Mr Durnan is not on performance-related pay, but someone, somewhere obviously thinks he is value for money. Regardless, he had been going through my Facebook and screen-grabbed a comment I made expressing my anger at the local election results.
The article subsequently written about me on Political Scrapbook was riddled with major errors claiming I had stood for election when I hadn’t and was clearly very rushed.
It was then tweeted out by a Labour press officer and a couple of MPs. Apparently creeping through the Facebook pages of young Tories and synchronised tweeting is the new, much hyped ‘David Axelrod’ social media strategy at the core of the Labour Party. But is this really how the strange Mr Miliband and his team hope to win power? Really?
In contrast to this, the Conservative Party is concentrating on clear, serious messages on the economy, dedicated campaigning in target seats setting out a clear vision for Britain. The party is focussed on curbing welfare, and getting people back to work, creating jobs and building a much brighter future for everyone with a credible long term plan.
Labour is a now a discredited party with a leader too odd to run the country and too weird to connect with the British people.
A protest vote to the likes of UKIP will only ensure that the strange Mr Miliband ends up in Downing Street. Therefore, voter apathy should indeed be a very serious concern, as Britain will pay the price if it allows this chaotic and divided Labour Party to run our country once again.
Clare George-Hilley is Director of Communities and Social Justice, Parliament Street Research Council
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