The commentators 01-05-15
...on the general election
Night is drawing in on Labour’s fortunes and the only feasible victory left is a cramped one. Even if that transpires, this is a frightening victory, for the Labour party rather than the country, which has little to fear. The punishment Labour could receive for its awful effort might be a victory that struggles to attain legitimacy and leads to a second election against a new Tory leader. At that point, their number really is up.
- Philip Collins, The Times
The fog of electoral battle is not an easy place to think clearly about strategy. But there is a lack of clear thinking about how the hung parliament that may be elected next week would work. Perhaps that explains why, even in politics, the arts can sometimes illuminate the big point in a way that reality fails to do.
- Martin Kettle, The Guardian
Miliband has sent out a signal that he will work “with allies, but not for them”, and focus on Europe. Distancing himself from Tony Blair’s poodle attitude towards George Bush is understandable, but it is a posture, not a comprehensive statement on transatlantic relations in the 21st century. Europe’s core nations will struggle to weigh in on anything without first answering that question – because their power has become so relative. It is a lesson learned in Paris, but it is still pending in London.
- Natalie Nougayrède, The Guardian
Many can, in all honesty, afford the tax rises that Labour would impose. The brunt of the damage that Ed Miliband can do would be borne by those least able to afford it. And this is the depressing truth about this election: there is not much, even now, to make anyone expect a Tory victory. And even less to make anyone imagine that a Labour government would be anything other than a disaster.
- Fraser Nelson, Daily Telegraph
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