And another comparison worth making is the Iraq War as Labour's EU. Members still hold Blair in the same kind of contempt as old Tories hold Heath over Europe. Passions ran so high hundreds of thousands took to the street and Blair was attacked from all sides. He was still re-elected despite this issue and the high opinion polls saying they wanted Britain out of Iraq.Dacre Bleugh wrote:Me too. I'm wondering if the same "Tea Party effect" might happen here. i.e. After the initial buzz and momentum, "average" voters started to see sections of the GOP as the nutters they are, which turned people off by association. Plus, in 2008 the whole vibe of Obama's "hope" campaign shone through against McCain & Palin's negative campaigning.mattomac wrote: It is reminding me a lot of the American elections.
Think Labour could really rinse the GB Olympics nostalgia for all its "one nation" worth (in a non-Riefenstahl sense of course). It could be used to demonstrate "multiculturalism" in a patriotic, yet positive light. Yet simultaneously, it sidelines and marginalises the likes of UKIP and Tories such as Aidan "leftie multicultural crap" Burley. It would be beneficial to tie a campaign to one of the few events between 2010-15 which can (or will) be associated with a "feel-good" factor.
UKIP would be lucky to get more than a few dozen dotty Daily Express readers in Hyde Park on a rally on the EU referendum. But my point being that Miliband is right to hold his nerve over anti-EU and immigration hysteria.
Cameron would have more chance of being elected if he held his nerve but will lose because he looks like he hasn't got a grip over a rabble of a party (like Romney and McCain) not over any particular postion over the EU or immigration.