A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Monday, February 19, 2007


I gather from www.politicalbetting.com that Tuesday's ICM poll makes grim reading.

For solace, read about our colleagues in the Aussie Labor Party having a 5% poll lead (rising to 8% on the preferred vote) and their leader Kevin Rudd having a record-breaking 68% approval rating.

Don't all emigrate at once.


Blogger el tom said...


I hope they win in Australia. They are up against the worst PM in living memory.

2:31 am, February 20, 2007

Anonymous Liz said...

I am not at all surprised by the poll. I listen to friends who have voted for the Labour Party in recent years (because of Tony Blair's leadership)and they will not vote for the party should Gordon Brown become leader. One can have a great intellect but this does not appeal to the floating voter. Style matters in a leadership contest to this group - not policies nor intellect.

We have problems - some MPs - Frank Field for eg realise this? Bring on David Miliband....

9:51 am, February 20, 2007

Anonymous Duncan said...

I'm amazed by the delight with which some party right-wingers are greeting this poll!

10:58 am, February 20, 2007

Anonymous Andrea said...

"Style matters in a leadership contest to this group - not policies nor intellect.......Bring on David Miliband"

In matter of style, if Brown sounds like a dout Scottish, Miliband looks like a geeky school boy with shaving problems.
On that level, Johnson is probably better

1:02 pm, February 20, 2007

Anonymous dan said...

Am I the only one to think that Johnson just comes across as really boring? Never understood why he's regarded as even remotely charismatic.

1:08 pm, February 20, 2007

Blogger Tom Riley said...

I'm considering putting a fiver on David Miliband at 20-1 just in case it gets worse for Brown. Could be an interesting few months.

2:40 pm, February 20, 2007

Anonymous susan said...

Yes, Milliband is a complete geek and Johnson IS completely boring. Ironic, no, that the Blairites are tearing the Party apart when they are the ones who have lectured the rest of us for years on "unity".
I would feel sorry for Gordon were it not for the fact he nailed his colours very much to the Blairite mast some time ago. With friends like those, etc etc In reality, Miliband has no chance of succeeding him. Unlike the Tories, we have an electoral college system which gives the unions and CLPs asay.John McDonnell would get more votes from the grassroots in any contest.

2:49 pm, February 20, 2007

Blogger Sham said...

Susan, McDonnell isn't going to win. Maybe if you and all the other far-Left nutters would've kept your mouths shut we'd be ahead in the polls.

People like you are the best recruiting sergeants the Tories have. You're mad, bad and dangerous.

3:38 pm, February 20, 2007

Anonymous Voice of the pragmatic Labour centre said...

You on the far Right (Sham) and you on the far Left (Susan) are both as bad as each other. Grow up!

Yes, I also know people who will not vote for Labour because of the change from Blair to Brown. They tend to be upper middle class types who quite frankly are more at home ideologically with the Tories, they were simply attracted to the Blair image. To balance this out, I know plenty of people who won't vote Labour again until Blair leaves and there's some renewal in the party. This latter sort are obviously lefties - and they also tend to be the ones who would actually join the party and get involved in activism, street campaigning, etc.

The Australian Labor leader publicly denounced socialism, claiming "I have never been a socialist, I will never be a socialist". At least Blair never did that.

4:30 pm, February 20, 2007

Blogger Ewan Watt said...

"I hope they win in Australia. They are up against the worst PM in living memory."


If Howard is really that bad, how come he's overseen unprecedented economic growth and been in power for over 11 years?

5:49 pm, February 20, 2007


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