This is just my opinion for what it’s worth, not based on any research or inside knowledge or anything other than what I see and hear of Ed Miliband in the media,as well as, on social media like Twitter.
My title speaks for itself. No matter that polling puts Labour and Conservatives virtually neck and neck over the last couple of years one of the main reasons stopping Labour getting a real lead down south, in my opinion, is Ed Miliband.
A lot of people laugh at the weird way he eats, or some of the unflattering photos that appear in the papers or online but really it is far more than that. I wouldn’t think that many people won’t vote for Miliband because he looks unflattering eating a bacon roll.
One of the main issues is that voters don’t know what he really stands for if he stands for anything at all; they don’t see any real difference between Ed Miliband and David Cameron. Both appear as out of touch as each other when it comes to the day-to-day lives of ‘ordinary’ people across the UK. Now a lot of that will be down to the fact that we are very poorly served by the media in the UK, and in particular Scotland, so it is difficult for any politician to get a fair hearing in an unfriendly media environment. Ed Miliband however just does not command the stage.
He appears to struggle to make a decision; the recent disclosure from Johan Lamont that she was not allowed to speak against the bedroom tax because Ed Miliband couldn’t make up his mind for a whole year really sums up some of the difficulties that he faces. Ed Miliband comes across as someone who has led a very privileged life, who is no doubt intelligent in an academic way but that intelligence comes with zero real life experience or common sense. He has surrounded himself with a very poor shadow cabinet that results in poor advice for Ed himself and absolutely no chance of confidence from the electorate down south and a dying allegiance from their once stronghold that is Scotland.
I do think that it wouldn’t really matter who led the Labour Party right now as it is a party that has lost it’s sense of direction, that no longer knows what it actually stands for and has taken people for granted for far too long. Labour no longer represents the left, the working class or the poor. They now represent themselves, the wealthy upper middle class onwards and power for power sake. Throw Ed Miliband into the mix and no matter how many Ed Miliband clones within the Labour Party sing his praises he just comes across as unelectable so therefor will be seen as unelectable and can’t win.
Labour however have no real alternative to Ed Miliband and while it may be a hung parliament next year it will be in spite of Ed Miliband rather than because of him, voters down south have no credible alternative such as the SNP, so many will stick with Labour. However, Labour should not take any comfort from that and neither should Ed Miliband. As noted on Wings Over Scotland, it’s maybe time for the Labour Party to just fade away now and take Ed with them.