Labour’s Premature Ejec-elections

Whatever the result of the Crewe and Nantwich by-election, it’s fair to say that we’ve seen Labour use one of their ‘big weapons’ early, namely the attacks on class and attempting to use this to say “Labour good, Conservative bad.” And it’s also fair to say that the order to do so if not originating from the leader of the Labour party, was at a very minimum endorsed by Gordon Brown.

Something that could (with a good wind) have proved useful in the upcoming General Election and wrong foot the Opposition.

And in case you missed it at the weekend, Scotland on Sunday is reporting that the call for a referendum on Scotland’s place in the world by Wendy Alexander jumped the gun, and meant that the Labour party’s plan to run the referendum themselves from Westminster, controling the question, the timing and of course any extra little tweaks (such as, I don’t know, 50% of the electorate need to agree, not just 50% of the votes) couldn’t go ahead. So no chance of wrong footing the SNP

Gordon and Wendy

Part of me thinks this might be a bit of revisionism on the part of Labour Spin Doctors to prop by Brown at all costs, because it would mean that Brown would have lied to Parliament when he was asked if there were any plans to hold one.

So left hand has some plans on what to do, the right hand goes and decides to use them early, and they fizzle. What great planning, what great foresight, what great communication.

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  1. […] I had missed this further twist in the Scottish independence referendum saga (hatip: Scottish Sketch). So Wendy stole Gordon’s idea, then. Thereby compromising the idea – and their relationship […]


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