May 24, 2006

THE LEFT THINKS IT'S THEIR TIME?:

Labour: now a crisis of faith: Public believe Tories would be better for health, education and law and order (Julian Glover, May 24, 2006, The Guardian)

Public faith in Labour's ability to deliver on its core promises is collapsing across the board, with the Conservatives pulling ahead as the party with the best policies on a range of issues including health and education, according to a Guardian/ICM poll published today.

The findings suggest the base of support that gave Labour three comprehensive election victories has been badly eroded by difficulties in the NHS and the Home Office and by the Conservative party's renewal under David Cameron.

The worrying picture for Labour is confirmed by a four-point rise in Tory support to 38%, the party's highest rating in 13 years, matched only during the fuel protests of 2000.

In a sign that Labour may be losing support among women voters, the poll found they are more likely than men to support Conservative policies on health, education and the economy. Although the difference is small, it is a sign that Mr Cameron's rebranding of Tory priorities is making a difference. Women were more likely than men to vote Labour in the last three general elections.


The most important question for Labour is whether it can survive losing its most conservative leader--the Democrats didn't, despite the Clinton/Gore administration having delivered unprecedented peace and prosperity.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 24, 2006 7:56 AM
Comments

I suppose I'd take issue in this order: peace; delivered; prosperity. But if you like the Dems so much, vote for them.

Posted by: David Cohen at May 24, 2006 8:27 AM

No one likes the Dems since they abandoned Clintonism.

Posted by: oj at May 24, 2006 8:38 AM

Odds are Labour will take the same lesson from their evenutal loss that the Democrats did here -- they lost public support because they weren't liberal enough in their policies. Odds are it will also produce the same result in the ensuing years.

Posted by: John at May 24, 2006 10:05 AM

"unprecedented"?

Were 1983-1987 chopped liver?

Posted by: ratbert at May 24, 2006 11:14 AM

No, but they featured world war and a comparatively feeble economy.

Posted by: oj at May 24, 2006 11:18 AM
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