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Published on July 15th, 2011 | by Lara Cronshaw
Image © [caption id="attachment_2846" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Amidst a changing power balance, who will reign victorious?"][/caption] Without dwelling on the mess that has gone before, in the last fortnight, there has been a shift in the play of political power; slight, but existent, and to the left. Just a few short weeks ago, Ed Miliband was undoubtedly in trouble. Only yesterday however, there was praise flooding in from fellow lefties, following PMQ’s, for the resolve he has shown and for the political beating he has given David Cameron of late; starting with a debate surrounding cancer patients and culminating in yesterday’s media medley. Guilty of feathering the Miliband nest, the BBC’s Newsnight and Daily Politics have both entertained views that appear to indicate a change in public opinion and a step away from the current PM. Those with the most excitable disposition have referred to this as a ‘clause four moment,’ and have hinted it could be the beginning of the end for the Tory PM. Perhaps a touch enthusiastic, nonetheless the Commentator has some interesting views on current events: In stopping the proposed take-over and helping to shut the Murdoch empire down, ‘The Guardian and the Labour Party have a stranglehold over the dominant media outlet influencing the terms of national debate. They don’t have the Sun, they don’t have the Mail, but in the BBC they have something vastly more powerful.’ Miliband’s new found glory should heed a warning though, if nothing else, the fact is that having common ground with the public in his dislike for certain prominent and now very public figures, does not equate to a clean slate nor will it eradicated the belief in his previous flaws. ‘He’s still the same Ed Miliband who was trailing Iain Duncan-Smith in the approval ratings.' This current victory, is more than likely temporary, the work to be done is enormous, not only in rebuilding the reputation of Labour, but prominently of his own. This is however, a chance for Labour to take wider strides in the following months and build upon the little ground they have made up. Similarly, one must for a moment, contemplate the changes brought about recently for those wearing yellow ties. Despite a business as usual result on the polling intention, there will have been a subtle pricking up of the ears from Nick Clegg and the Liberals, if only at the prospect of a far-fetched opportunity. Suppose Cameron’s socio-political relationships are scrutinized to the point at which his dirty washing is, almost literally, hung out to dry in the months to follow, the stability of a coalition government would be on even shakier ground. What with any warmth Clegg may have felt towards Cameron 'evaporating for good in the spring,' following being hung out to dry himself, as the target of the NO to AV campaign, he may find he is sad faced no more, if in fact he were the one to then be in a position to question the validity of Cameron as head of Coalition, and inevitably head of the Tories. All of this is of course hypothetical and largely unlikely, but never, say never. Thus Cameron and his silver tongue, have clearly been left a little dry in the mouth. Despite the relative unimportance of the latest media scandal, compared to our wider economic problems, there has been a small slump in popularity and his performance of late has been lack lustre, to say the least. That is not to say we should write him off as yet, or in fact, at all. What he has shown is a lack of connection to the general public and a favouring of those whom are monied, none of which should be news to anybody, both of which seriously need amending for any future success. Whatever the outcome of the state of political power play, sooner or later, the tide will recede. And when it does there will be a new villain in town once more, perhaps dressed in red, perhaps dressed in blue, or perhaps once again dressed in ever popular yellow. There are bigger problems facing our country, and they are what really need addressing. It is time to see through the smoke screen of press mess and for our government to focus on its task in hand, fixing our economy and cleaning up the fall out of the recession.

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The play of political power

Amidst a changing power balance, who will reign victorious?

Without dwelling on the mess that has gone before, in the last fortnight, there has been a shift in the play of political power; slight, but existent, and to the left.

Just a few short weeks ago, Ed Miliband was undoubtedly in trouble. Only yesterday however, there was praise flooding in from fellow lefties, following PMQ’s, for the resolve he has shown and for the political beating he has given David Cameron of late; starting with a debate surrounding cancer patients and culminating in yesterday’s media medley.

Guilty of feathering the Miliband nest, the BBC’s Newsnight and Daily Politics have both entertained views that appear to indicate a change in public opinion and a step away from the current PM. Those with the most excitable disposition have referred to this as a ‘clause four moment,’ and have hinted it could be the beginning of the end for the Tory PM. Perhaps a touch enthusiastic, nonetheless the Commentator has some interesting views on current events:

In stopping the proposed take-over and helping to shut the Murdoch empire down, ‘The Guardian and the Labour Party have a stranglehold over the dominant media outlet influencing the terms of national debate. They don’t have the Sun, they don’t have the Mail, but in the BBC they have something vastly more powerful.’

Miliband’s new found glory should heed a warning though, if nothing else, the fact is that having common ground with the public in his dislike for certain prominent and now very public figures, does not equate to a clean slate nor will it eradicated the belief in his previous flaws. ‘He’s still the same Ed Miliband who was trailing Iain Duncan-Smith in the approval ratings.’

This current victory, is more than likely temporary, the work to be done is enormous, not only in rebuilding the reputation of Labour, but prominently of his own. This is however, a chance for Labour to take wider strides in the following months and build upon the little ground they have made up.

Similarly, one must for a moment, contemplate the changes brought about recently for those wearing yellow ties. Despite a business as usual result on the polling intention, there will have been a subtle pricking up of the ears from Nick Clegg and the Liberals, if only at the prospect of a far-fetched opportunity. Suppose Cameron’s socio-political relationships are scrutinized to the point at which his dirty washing is, almost literally, hung out to dry in the months to follow, the stability of a coalition government would be on even shakier ground. What with any warmth Clegg may have felt towards Cameron ‘evaporating for good in the spring,‘ following being hung out to dry himself, as the target of the NO to AV campaign, he may find he is sad faced no more, if in fact he were the one to then be in a position to question the validity of Cameron as head of Coalition, and inevitably head of the Tories. All of this is of course hypothetical and largely unlikely, but never, say never.

Thus Cameron and his silver tongue, have clearly been left a little dry in the mouth. Despite the relative unimportance of the latest media scandal, compared to our wider economic problems, there has been a small slump in popularity and his performance of late has been lack lustre, to say the least. That is not to say we should write him off as yet, or in fact, at all. What he has shown is a lack of connection to the general public and a favouring of those whom are monied, none of which should be news to anybody, both of which seriously need amending for any future success.

Whatever the outcome of the state of political power play, sooner or later, the tide will recede. And when it does there will be a new villain in town once more, perhaps dressed in red, perhaps dressed in blue, or perhaps once again dressed in ever popular yellow. There are bigger problems facing our country, and they are what really need addressing. It is time to see through the smoke screen of press mess and for our government to focus on its task in hand, fixing our economy and cleaning up the fall out of the recession.

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