Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Poll blues for Labour

The Guardian reports that the Tories have a four point lead in the opinion polls. Labour have lost their lead on key issues such as education, health, crime and asylum. Labour remains ahead on the economy however - traditionally seen as being crucial.

This is worrying for Labour and worrying particularly for Gordon Brown. While he is ahead of Blair on issues such as trust, Labour voters still think Blair has a wider appeal. This could translate into a loss of support for Labour if Brown became leader.

Some Labour MPs, and particularly Labour traditionalists, are making the same mistake that the Tories made under Major - mistaking their own party for the electorate. On top of that, there appears to be some evidence that the MPs are misreading their own party.

As I've said before, just don't sense the Force is with Gordy. has more on the Brown issue.

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