The media seem to have already decided the result. They don’t want Labour to win so therefore they cannot win. Really? Take a look at the following before deciding for yourself…
- Labour are ahead in the polls.
As of July 2014, average opinion polling would give Labour a majority of thirty if replicated in a general election. This is easily enough for a five year parliament and a solid basis for an even longer spell in government. No recent opinion polls have given the Tories anything like enough to come first, let alone enough to win a majority in the House of Commons.
- Nobody likes the Tories.
They haven’t won a General Election since April 1992. That’s twenty two years! Many current voters were not even born then. Even in 2010, in the throes of a global recession and with Gordon Brown less than popular, they were unable to achieve outright victory.
- Many Lib Dems will flock to Labour.
The Lib Dem leadership have totally betrayed their supporters and their progressive origins. The party now has more in common with George Osborne than Lloyd George. Some Lib Dems sadly will never vote again. Some might drift towards UKIP. Far more will move towards Labour.
- UKIP are hurting the Tories more than anyone else.
Yes, it would be foolish to deny that UKIP are taking votes off all the major parties. But as a right wing party they are clearly hitting the Tories hardest.
- More voters care about the NHS than anything else.
This is Labour’s issue. Labour created the NHS and saved it from destruction after 1997. People care about their health more than anything else.
- The last Labour Government had a great record.
A lasting peace in Northern Ireland after the Good Friday Agreement. A decade of prosperity. A dramatic fall in the levels of crime. The introduction of the minimum wage. And if Labour were so awful why did they win three landslide victories in a row, including the two largest since the war? Even in 2010, their actual defeat was small enough to deny the Tories a majority.
- Ed Miliband has been a success as leader.
Contrary to media myth, Miliband has connected strongly with public opinion on the issues of newspaper phone hacking, rising energy prices and the ongoing struggle to make ends meet.
- The bedroom tax has been a disastrous failure.
Ill conceived, malicious and badly planned, it is David Cameron’s Poll Tax.
- The Tories are still hopelessly divided over Europe.
EU membership is guaranteed under Labour. Under Cameron, as under past Tory governments, years of uncertainty, division and infighting are assured.
- Nobody is happier under the Tories.
The last few years have witnessed endless cuts, uncertainty and insecurity. It is time to put this to an end and restore Labour to their rightful place in government.