Bad Ed Day

AFTER 13 years of Labour rule, the Labour party have finally seen the light – they are, guess what, just the Labour Party!


Not New Labour, or New New Labour, or Blue Labour, as some have tweeted on Twitter today, they are Labour.


Blairite former Labour Communities minister Hazel Blears, and Labour MP Tommy Watson gave the miraculous discovery live on Sky News earlier this morning, Sunday. When asked what they were now brand wise, they said: “We’re just Labour.”


Former Deputy PM John Prescott, a neutral in the Blairite and Brownite feud that dogged the party throughout the noughties, and the millennium era of labour rule, tweeted: “BLUE Labour, PURPLE Labour... Can we just get on with being Labour? “


The furore comes as Ed Miliband tries to kick-start the Labour fightback at their party conference in Liverpool over the next few days.


He’s tried to start the fight back by announcing a cap on University tuition fees at £6000.


Currently, Universities can charge anything up to £9,000 to students who want to study. The coalition policy is that they only pay back the fees when they are earning more than £21,000.


But the National Union of Students have slammed the Labour proposal claiming it will only benefit the richer students.


And there’s more pain for Miliband this weekend.


A poll by Labour List, the membership website for Labour, claim that only 37% are happy with Labour’s reforming of the party under Miliband. 40% have a negative feeling about the party’s reformation – with the rest not knowing how they feel.


They issue a stark warning to the Labour Party top brass: “Stop treating us like the enemy.”


Ed Miliband has also naturally slammed the coalition’s deficit reduction plans, saying they are not working, and claims that this new proposal on tuition fees will help hardworking families of students of the future.


He also told news channels regarding the state of his leadership: “I know who I am, and where I’m going.”


More headaches for the struggling Labour leader as YouGov pollings suggest only 18% think he has provided an effective opposition to the coalition since he took over from Gordon Brown.


More than half of Labour supporters think he has both not been an effective opposer, and do not know what he stands for.


And on the crucial point, 30% of Labour supporters polled want his brother, former Foreign secretary David Miliband, who lost out to little brother Ed last year – by the union vote. Only 9% want Ed.


In one national poll by BPIX for the Daily Mail, Labour are just three points in front on 40, to the Tories on 37.

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