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The pressure is now back on Ed

30 March 2012

This morning’s front pages are simply awful for the government:
every single one is critical of Downing Street. But this morning everyone in Westminster is again talking about Labour and the pressure on Ed Miliband. The Bradford West by-election has, at least
for the moment, changed the subject away from pasties and petrol.

Bradford West was a sensational result. Galloway, the former Labour MP, increased the Respect vote by more than 17,000 votes. For Labour to lose a by-election now is a major blow. They seemed to
have had no answer to Galloway’s demagogic, sectional campaign. It will be little consolation to them that the Tory vote also collapsed, their share of the vote dropping by more than twenty

One consequence of Bradford West is that the London mayoral election becomes even more important for Ed Miliband. He desperately needs a victory there to show that Labour is recovering electorally.

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  • daniel maris

    Tom Tom –

    Who was the Muslim Cleric beaming behind Galloway then at the count?

    I think you’re just spouting what you’ve heard on TV. I don’t think most non-Muslims know all the currents and influences operating within the Muslim community – but we can see enough to understand their priorities are not those of the rest of us.

    I would add that the Muslim Brotherhood has always opposed clan politics which is entirely unIslamic. So a revolt against the clan system is perfectly reconcilable with Islam.

  • Verityred

    Lindsay’s obsessional bromance for Gonk Milliband ceased to amusing many moons ago, poor dear.

  • David Lindsay

    TheWiganer, a few bitter old Blairite journalists. Who cares?

    For all practical purposes on the floor of the House, Galloway will be a Labour MP, and he is in fact closer to the position of the present Leadership than his, really sectarian and communalist, official Labour opponent was.

    This is barely a Labour loss, and if anything it is an Ed Miliband gain.

  • TheWiganer

    Er, Lindsay the Labour Party is in uproar over the result with knives coming out for the campaign coordinators. But don’t let facts get in the way of blind loyalty.

  • David Lindsay

    Verityred, with Labour opposing the Coalition’s Blairite continuity agenda in domestic policy, Galloway will be for all practical purposes a Labour MP. In his own words, “I want a Labour Government.” So the unbroken record of by-election wins is effectively intact.

    The carping against Ed Miliband comes from the Blairites. Five by-election wins over the Con Dems were bad enough from their point of view. But for the first “loss” to have been to Galloway is a complete and utter disaster for them.

    Blairism is now dead in the Labour Party. Whereas it is alive in, well in, and defining both parts of the Coalition.

  • Verityred

    Lindsay, you have lost even the ability to amuse me with your delusional cut and paste tripe. Your effort above is contortionism gone mad.

    At least you cant bang on and on about Milligonk’s 100% By elction record. Back to your lonely blog.

  • David Lindsay

    Labour is hardly going to lose the 2015 Election to Respect. Nor are the Blairite traitors exactly advocating policies that would appeal to Respect voters.

    He may have been mixing with some of the wrong crowd in recent years, but George Galloway is a pro-life Catholic who was never a member of the Campaign Group or even of the Tribune Group. He is an outspoken opponent of Scottish separatism, and of the only European Union that is only ever going to exist.

    His anti-Blairite Labour views on the great socio-economic issues of the present moment are in line both with public opinion and with the position of the Leader of the Labour Party. His victory over a Blairite candidate, insofar as he held any political opinion rather than being a mere cog in a communal machine, constitutes a vindication and endorsement of the Labour Leader over his enemies, of this Miliband over the other one.

  • Peter From Maidstone

    In Toller ward in Bradford West the Pakistani population was 63.6% in 2001. Who can doubt that it is now at least 75%. Almost the whole vote is in the gift of the Imams.

  • TomTom

    Daniel Maris – just the opposite. The Imams would have pushed Imran Khan – and the youth rebelled. This is the Bradree System breaking down but you people are so blinkered you wallow in prejudices rather than understanding

  • TomTom

    “Conservative electoral power in Yorkshire is limited to remote and rural seats, “

    SHIPLEY and KEIGHLEY are hardly remote and rural

  • daniel maris

    When is the Spectator going to use the I word? The one word that actually explains the result! I think we should from hereon call the Spectator commentators the “Bubblies” for their insistence on writing this up through the myopia of the Westminster bubble. Nearly everyone can see this result was a direct result of instructions given by clerics.

    Also PfM and others are completely correct. There will have been wholesale corruption at work with fathers illegally checking the votes of wives and daughters in the privacy of the home.

  • whatawaste

    Good to see all the media hacks following the “party line” of it was a one-off result; Labour got a kicking and Ed is in trouble etc… FACTS: Bradford West was real Tory target in 2010. The current Westminster parties got a combined 39% of the votes cast – 61% told the Westminster bubble to sod off. This is real democracy in action where people are fed up with the British one party state (albeit with 3 competing franchises) delivering the same tired pap. All I say is bring it on!

  • Mac

    Do the Tories, the Lib Dems or even Labour know where Bradford is?

    The leaders of these parties seem to develop nose bleeds everytime they pass Watford going north.

    Perhaps if the renamed Yorkshire – New Tuscany – there might be a better response from Westminster.

  • Prince Rupert

    The Media has been behind the curve with stories that matter, and trying to create stories that dont really exist, while failing to report actual happenings. While the BBC and newspapers were on an odd and childish bandwagon about horses, pasties, jerrycans etc, not one of these stories has any interest to the public at large, the Bradford by-election occurred, without a murmur. This is a big story – Labour crushed, George back, the Asian vote backing an anti-British and largeley anti Westerm agenda, and our 6th form media is banging on about pasties. You media lot are not very good at your job, are you.

  • JohnPage

    “Everyone in Westminster” – that’s James’s key phrase. Outside the bubble, we’re worrying about our petrol and thinking our government is suddenly godawful.

    That’s the story.

  • nick

    Not good news for Cameron either. He was rely on a crippled Ed to get re-elected.

  • Pettros

    TBF Galloway is a total anomaly. This really doesn’t point to any sort of electoral trend for any of parties.

  • Noa.

    The bubble should stop mis-identifying this result as an in-house disaster for Labour and see it as a seismic change in British politics. The Bradford voters of largely Pakistani and Indian sub-continent extraction have ignored the Labour placeman for someone more amenable to their own alien objectives. Given the immigrant bias there is no reason why 50 Labour seats should not fall to Respect at the next election. Why should they not be replaced in turn by a political party originating from that immigrant base and pursuing very alien objectives indeed?

    Or will Labour bend to their will to avoid destruction?

  • Westindep

    “everyone in Westminster” – on a Friday, in the recess!

  • nacion camba

    No new economic direction is unfurled by such a tart reminder all is not well in Bradford. Anyway an electable Labour Party waits for some new clearing in economic clouds a world crisis created. With it Ed’s leadership, which was, is and remains at best a “temporary arrangement”, will be over. It is a mistake to ascribe to Galloway’s victory any part in that inevitability.

    Yorkshire, thankfully, lay untouched by London riots. It showed an element of economic resilience in our big society (up North), less spoilt perhaps by greed. However the victory of Galloway significantly ups the challenge in Yorkshire. Conservative electoral power in Yorkshire is limited to remote and rural seats, far removed from the urbane north they must address policy towards. Haig rightly said the swing to Conservatives in Harrogate was the best victory of the 2010 election. Galloway’s new electoral seat, planted so near, not only polarises tensions in Bradford but can threaten coalition harmonies.

    The victory of Galloway is more a poisoned pill for the coalition than for Labour. In lacking any true enterprise policies of a classless society, Tory politics in Yorkshire risks being swamped by a new hard left revolt, which George will play up to. It does not bode well for the post Olympic period. Even an extremely profitable event leaves worsening economic conditions in Yorkshire unless the right remedial action is taken.

  • Ghengis

    PFM – Also to be considered “the female vote”, was it free or was it advised.

  • PayDirt

    “Bradford has the youngest, fastest growing population outside London”, from wiki.

  • DavidDP

    “One consequence of Bradford West is that the London mayoral election becomes even more important for Ed Miliband. He desperately needs a victory there to show that Labour is recovering electorally”

    Conversely for Londoners, this victory shows how important it is for Ken, who has adopted similar sectarian tactics to Galloway, to lose.

    Phillip Collins today joins a growing list of high profile Labour supporters who say they cannot in good conscience vote for Ken. That he remains the Labour party candidate is evidence of just how poorly suited to the job of national leader Ed Miliband is.

  • The Oncoming Storm

    So MilliE’s hopes now rest on someone whose views are not that different from Galloway?

    Ed’s dead baby, Ed’s dead.

  • toco

    The next General Election is three years away and by that time everyone will judge the Government on the management of the economy-pasties and petrol shortages will be the least of the electorate’s concerns.However by then Red Ed will most likely be long gone but the key question is who will replace him-Yvette Balls/Cooper looks the most likely but being married to Blinker Balls is an awesome handicap.I would be more than happy for Red Ed to survive because he is so underwhelming but even Labour may be unable to fudge this issue.

  • ollie

    For Labour to lose this seat is an abject humiliation. It’s not really a blow for Miliband, because nobody takes him seriously anyway, but for Labour, overall, it rubbishes their so-called recovery.

    I am eager to hear their excuses for this thrashing – because truthfully, there aren’t any.

  • Liz Brown

    perhaps if David Cameron were to start to govern like a Conservative these problems would not arise………….
    as to milliloser, who cares………….

  • Ed P

    How many postal votes were for Respect? There was circumstantial evidence of postal vote rigging at the GE, with no improvements in monitoring or containment since.

  • Peter From Maidstone

    How many postal votes? How many non-British citizens voted? How many non-British born voters voted? It is not democracy when those who are not British determine who governs Britain.

  • TomTom

    So the Mayor of a City is not representative of the Voters in the city but of the NATIONAL political parties. Be much easier simply to appoint them as Prefects rather than run the risk of election.

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