How can the Labour leader revive his fortunes?by Peter Kellner / June 19, 2014 / Leave a comment
Published in July 2014 issue of Prospect Magazine
“Despite having been a Cabinet minister, Miliband gives too many voters the impression that he is a rookie debater, not a potential national leader.” © Tim Goode/PA Wire/Press Association Images
He is strong. He understands voters’ problems. He knows how the economy ticks, and how to make it tick faster. He would fight for Britain’s interests and stand firm in a crisis. He keeps his promises. He is the ideal candidate for Prime Minister.
Sadly for Ed Miliband, few voters think he fits the bill. Almost four years into his leadership of the Labour Party, and with just 10 months to go until next year’s election, Miliband has yet to persuade the electorate that he has the personal qualities needed to lead Britain. As a result, Labour is only narrowly ahead of the Conservatives, instead of enjoying the double-digit lead that oppositions generally need at this stage in the political cycle if they are to return to power.