Labour's swing to the right
It’s only two weeks since Labour’s stinging election defeat, but the demolition of Ed Miliband’s political agenda is well underway
It’s only two weeks since Labour’s stinging election defeat, but the demolition of Ed Miliband’s political agenda is well underway. In a much-covered appearance before political journalists yesterday, leadership contender Liz Kendall repudiated the former Labour leader’s flagship policies on a range of issues. Among these was the energy price freeze, which she branded “wrong”.
While Kendall is seen as the most Blairite of those vying to succeed Miliband, all of the leadership candidates have upped their criticism of Miliband’s agenda in recent days. Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has taken issue with his division of businesses into ‘predators and producers’, while Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has branded the mansion tax “the politics of envy”.
Labour’s left-wingers have been fighting back, with even Miliband himself reportedly counselling MPs not to undertake a knee-jerk swing to the right. But with their currency at an all-time low after the election loss, they are struggling to be heard. Lacking one of their own number in the leadership contest, they had better get used to being voices in the wildernesses for a while.