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    http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/th...ictory-punters

    Ed has mass Union support, and while david leads in terms of the PLP, the margins between him and David are quite small. it is very likely he will take the leadership tommorow.

    Great with the Labour Party- But I feel that the Tories may have an excuse to crack open a bottle of bubbly tommorow. Left wing idealism is what they were hoping for, and it also gives them or even the Lib dems room to take the center ground.

    Blairs prophecy just might have been right after all !
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    I don't understand why Ed's being touted as some left-wing radical. In terms of political views and policy ideas, the brothers seem pretty damn similar.
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    David will win the first vote but EM will win on the second preference.
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    (Original post by JW92)
    I don't understand why Ed's being touted as some left-wing radical. In terms of political views and policy ideas, the brothers seem pretty damn similar.
    Oh ofc hes not. His father, ralph, is a left wing radical. However, when looking at elections we need to look at the attitude of the electorate, the majority of whom are middle class, thrive on aspiration and lean more toward the tory right than they do to the labour left (hence why the center ground is regularly fought for). Eds campaign hasnt rly adressed this issue too well in terms of deficit cutting (he wants to go more slowly, which isnt a good move as its the exact opposite to Osbornes plans, hence why i supported the Darling strategy advocated by david) , has the graduate tax which is just ridiculous in practice, and his living wage idea is supported by the tories anyway.

    we also have to think how in 5 years time people will react to ed. Even if there is disdain toward the coalition, if the electorate do not like eds ideas as it does not come into line with the middle class majority mindset, then they are more likely to defect toward the tories in the right, thus creating a tory majority in 2015.
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    Ed balls :yy:
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    I think out of the five of them, David is the more electable of them. He seems to appeal to the centre ground as well as some of those on the left. However, I think Ed Miliband will win the leadership election. He's trying to appeal to the socialist side of the party more than his brother from what I've seen.
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-11405784

    Looks like its equal atm, though the decider will be second preferences- which i reckon will go to Ed

    dammit.
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    I hope edd does not win, he wants the grad tax!
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    I had a dream where Ed won, and my dreams are often right. Who knows? :p:
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    (Original post by Lit2010)
    I had a dream where Ed won, and my dreams are often right. Who knows? :p:
    Can you please try and dream I become a multi millionaire and marry Paris Hilton? just a request, thanks
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    It's not surprising. Parties tend to lurch to thir roots after they've lost an election. I'm not sure who i'd rather win. David certaintly appeals more to the centre ground meaning he'll have a higher possible vote share, but Ed is less geeky and will probably do better in the debates. Here's hoping for a labour drubbing of course.
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    (Original post by usainlightning)
    It's not surprising. Parties tend to lurch to thir roots after they've lost an election. I'm not sure who i'd rather win. David certaintly appeals more to the centre ground meaning he'll have a higher possible vote share, but Ed is less geeky and will probably do better in the debates. Here's hoping for a labour drubbing of course.
    the spectator ran ana article today suggesting that if the coalition fail, david would be the one who could bring labour to the forefront again. I agree that ed dosent appeal to the center- how he would fare against david cameron is another story. i dont like the PM, but i have to give him some credibility that he is a very good speaker.
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    (Original post by Phantom_X)
    he wants to go more slowly, which isnt a good move as its the exact opposite to Osbornes plans
    Yeah, whatever Osborne says is always true ...
    He's a frickin' economic genius :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by Lit2010)
    I had a dream where Ed won, and my dreams are often right. Who knows? :p:
    Didn't know you could predict the future too!

    I voted Ed, and hope he wins - so I'm putting my faith in your foresight :woo:
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    (Original post by placenta medicae talpae)
    Yeah, whatever Osborne says is always true ...
    He's a frickin' economic genius :rolleyes:
    I support the alistair darling strategy- which is half way between ed balls' and george osbornes. The deficit does need to be cut down to ensure stable inflation rates, however, it is silly to slash too much or nothing at all.
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    Really dislike Ed.. he has a strange face for starters..
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    Yay. I really, really hope he wins. He's a completely out of touch socialist, with a slightly retarded air about him and no charisma or likeability. Labour would never get into power with him, he's like a second Gordon Brown. He'll never win over the middle class, like his brother David possibly could.
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    Well, I knew deep down Dianne would never win . So, Ed is probably the best consolation prize. Also he's really not that left wing, he's just no Tony Blair who had the economic outlook of a tory, he was just liber socialy (IMO).
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    Just thought I'd throw this in:

    Has anyone here met David Miliband?
    And if so, what do you think about the "likeability" claims?

    To me, DMiliband came across as being very arrogant and hard to like, and I was actually very surprised that Ed Balls seemed like an absolutely brilliant guy in real life.
 
 
 
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