If Clement Attlee had the opportunity to dissect the dismal performance of the Labour party in the recent election, he would not disagree with much on my list as follows:
- The rise of tribal nationalism: English v Scottish. SNP fronts the Scottish nationalism and the Tories attracted the English nationalist. Not being of that mode, Labour was caught in between the nationalist.
- The demonization of a possible coalition between SNP and Labour.
- The overwhelming media on the side of the Tories (ultimately its is not the media that won it for the Tories).
- The leadership factor mainly due to the media portrayal of Ed Milliband.
- Confused approach to policies: ‘too left’ ‘not left enough’ ‘centre left’
- The fortunate improvement in the economic out-look in the run up to the election.
- The gamble by the Tories in offering a potentially dangerous EU referendum, which may ultimately cost the country.