Posts Tagged ‘Elections 2011’

Ed Miliband needs to sort out his myopia

by Jon Lansman.

Yesterday, Ed Miliband put his brother’s leadership campaign manager, Jim Murphy, in charge of the review of Scottish Labour following the disastrous showing in the Holyrood elections last week. Jim Murphy is a bright man, who no doubt has many interesting things to say about the Scottish election result, and no doubt said some of […]

Time to bury New Labour in Scotland

by Jon Lansman.

The results in Scotland are a disaster for Labour, but they are a disaster made in Scotland. According to poll results, in a Westminster election, Labour’s support in Scotland would be slightly up on last year’s General election, which was itself, at 42%, a good result for Labour, up 2.5% on 2005. Not that this should […]

Greens are largest party in Brighton

by Jon Lansman.

The Greens have gained ten seats in Brighton and Hove to become the largest party on the Council with 23 seats. Labour held its 13 seats whilst the Lib Dems lost its only seat. The Tories, who were only three short of a majority prior to the election, lost eight leaving them on 18. Caroline […]

Isn’t a Labour-Plaid Cymru coalition right for Wales, whatever happens?

by Jon Lansman.

In Wales, the latest YouGov poll for ITV Wales, puts Labour on course for a majority of two. Although this is very tight and the Labour lead has slipped a little, this would be a spectacular win for Labour. However, some senior figures in Welsh Labour are known privately to favour a coalition with Plaid […]

Scottish voters turn away from Scottish Labour, not British Labour

by Jon Lansman.

Labour looks to be heading for a good election result on Thursday in England, an excellent result in Wales, but defeat in Scotland. Obviously we hope that Labour’s fate will improve in Scotland by Thursday — at least the SNP lead has dipped significantly in the latest polls — but, in any event, the Scottish […]

Why Labour voters should vote Plaid Cymru

by Jon Lansman.

Today Plaid launches its manifesto for the Welsh Assembly elections. Labour voters will not find much with which to disagree, no more than in Labour’s own programme. It defends the record it shared with Labour in Government. It is an unmistakable Left social democratic programme. They attack “the dark shadow of Conservative and Liberal Democrat […]

Clear red water works wonders in Wales

by Jon Lansman.

With Labour 15 points up in the latest YouGov poll on the Welsh Assembly elections, it’s worth remembering some home truths that might come easier from an English observer — the truth isn’t always helpful to party unity in the middle of an election campaign.  New Labour never played well in Wales – it alienated […]

LibDems censor Brokeback Britain

by Jon Lansman.

LibDem controlled Wrexham Council have banned the display of a picture depicting David Cameron and Nick Clegg as cowboys in an art exhibition at a council-run art gallery, claiming it is “too political to display in the run up to the Welsh Assembly elections“. The artist, Brain Jones, who has established a reputation for his politically […]

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