The commentators 15-05-15
Ukip has ended up working out rather well for the Conservatives. Nigel Farage proved more of a danger to Labour, as the newly unemployed Ed Balls will attest. Westminster’s firm-but-unfair voting system means that in Parliament, Ukip will be no more be a problem than George Galloway was. In time, David Cameron will need a strategy to win over the voters that Ukip has helpfully wrestled away from Labour. But for now his Ukip strategy is simple: sit back, relax and enjoy watching his enemy tear itself apart.
- Fraser Nelson, Daily Telegraph
When Farage’s election result was announced last week, he looked deeply troubled. It’s clear now it wasn’t just because he had failed to become an MP. He knew his defeat would unleash enemies who would try to force him out. If they succeed, they will have to ask themselves how many of the millions who voted for Ukip last week will stay with the party.
- Andrew Pierce, Daily Mail
...and the Labour party
There are many reasons the Tories won the 2015 election and Labour didn’t. But the search for understanding requires us to look at what was attractive about the Tories, not just what was unattractive about Labour. A lot of people continue to be naive about this. They sit in a bubble in which they see what they want to see and hear what they want to hear.
- Martin Kettle, The Guardian
If Labour had run local campaigns against the Bedroom Tax, involving its victims and making a fuss, it would at least look as if it stood for something and meant it. If it aimed to enthuse its supporters, so that when the leader came into a town there was a real crowd, rather than 20 officials off the party bus pretending to be excited with a balloon, you might create a movement that could counter the torrent of abuse from the Press.
- Mark Steel, The Independent
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Comment archive, 2015
The defeat debate is already a cacophony but a voice conspicuously absent from the concord is that of Ed Miliband. The former leader could do his party a service by making plain why he thinks Labour lost. It is not a perfunctory mea culpa we need. It is a recantation. Mr Miliband could say, in these exact words, “I thought the country had moved to the left. I was wrong”. The trouble is I suspect he still thinks he is right. He thinks the electorate weren’t up to it. Add false consciousness to the historic litany of Labour excuses
- Philip Collins, The Times
Scottish National Party
Depression and killer pilot
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