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Re: The Labour Leadership « Reply #15 on: October 15, 2010, 06:00 AM »
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I didn't see the recent House of Commons face off but I am told Ed handled himself pretty well and even had some of the coalition chuckling.

He has always appeared a bit bland and 'droid like' but perhaps there is another side to him we are yet to see in leadership. I think it very much hinges on how the mainstream media receive him - if he can't shake off the affiliations with the Unions then he is in danger of being labeled a 'lefty', which is fine for many people (I don't think it's really the case), but many people will not vote for him as a result of this.

It will be the media that gets labour back into power or not and it will be interesting to see how the next few labour-coalition duels pan out!

On another note, I think David's decision to step down from 'frontline politics' is a really humble one. There is no doubt losing the leadership race hurt his ego but by stepping back he is allowing his brother to get on with the job without the focus on himself. I also thought it was a nice touch (and genuine) to congratulate him in public on his win. Must have been tough and it's superb PR.

I'm keen to see how it all unfolds!

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Re: The Labour Leadership « Reply #16 on: October 15, 2010, 06:17 AM »
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I'm a big fan of Ed.  I've heard him speak a few times and found him quite inspiring and I like his politics.  I've also met him on a number of occasions and he always strikes me as a very decent guy (though my ex says it was wrong to run against his brother) But I think inevitably it will take him time to grow into the role and he's bound to make some mistakes on the way.  I don't like the way the Blairite MPs turned on him immediately but think David behaved with great dignity.  And all this stuff about Red Ed is nonsense.  He's a democratic socialist but that doesn't make him a 'red'.
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Re: The Labour Leadership « Reply #17 on: October 15, 2010, 06:27 AM »
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I'm a big fan of Ed.  I've heard him speak a few times and found him quite inspiring and I like his politics.  I've also met him on a number of occasions and he always strikes me as a very decent guy (though my ex says it was wrong to run against his brother) But I think inevitably it will take him time to grow into the role and he's bound to make some mistakes on the way.  I don't like the way the Blairite MPs turned on him immediately but think David behaved with great dignity.  And all this stuff about Red Ed is nonsense.  He's a democratic socialist but that doesn't make him a 'red'.

Absolutely, and he isn't, but it's vitally important that the PR men within the shadow cabinet make sure this isn't the focal point of his leadership, otherwise he is in danger of being undermined and heavily exploited by the coalition.

Looks like he is assembling as strong and dynamic cabinet, especially people like Alan Milburn who I think has tons of potential!

PS - Ruthie: I honestly thought nobody would reply at this time! Why are we both still awake lol?
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Re: The Labour Leadership « Reply #18 on: October 15, 2010, 08:56 AM »
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I'm not that much into politics, but Ed inspires as much enthusiasm in me as a plate of cold porridge.  I'd have felt better if Dave had got the leadership and I wasn't impressed when Ed joined the leadership contest.  Labour have lost a good man in Dave.
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Re: The Labour Leadership « Reply #19 on: October 15, 2010, 02:21 PM »
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I was actually impressed with the way Ed handled himself against Cameron. In my view DDave seemed to keep trying to bring it back to general answers and personal attacks, while Ed stayed on target and concentrated on attacking policy not people. clap I'd still have preferred David but Ed may well be able to manage quite well Shrug Good start though.
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Re: The Labour Leadership « Reply #20 on: October 16, 2010, 05:19 AM »
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Absolutely, and he isn't, but it's vitally important that the PR men within the shadow cabinet make sure this isn't the focal point of his leadership, otherwise he is in danger of being undermined and heavily exploited by the coalition.

Looks like he is assembling as strong and dynamic cabinet, especially people like Alan Milburn who I think has tons of potential!

PS - Ruthie: I honestly thought nobody would reply at this time! Why are we both still awake lol?

Coz I'm the other side of the world at present - so it was daytime for me!!
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