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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Labour Election Strategy Inconsistency


With New Labour in London in Terminal decline it’s hardly surprising that their apologists in Wales want to fight the forthcoming National Assembly elections on their record in Government since 2003 – although that is hardly anything to shout about.

It is perplexing therefore this week to see the Labour leadership in Wales launching two personal attacks on London based Tory politicians. Now don’t get me wrong I’ve got nothing against bashing the Tories, that’s why I have such an issue with a Labour party that has nicked all their policies.

Having said that if you are saying, as Labour in Wales are saying, that they want the National Assembly election to be fought on a Welsh basis, why spend the week leading up to your Spring Conference attacking the Tories in London and not showcasing your vision for Wales?

Yet again we witness a Labour party in Wales unable to adapt to the reality of devolution. It seems they have clearly run out of ideas and have decided to stick to what they know best – basing their politics on a Westminster model. ‘Operation straight choice’ is just an adaptation of ‘Operation Westminster’.

Wales deserves better that a governing party that clearly has no vision of how to develop our democracy in Wales.

2 comments:

Che Grav-ara said...

It's clear they want to have their cake and eat it. It’s a strategy designed to draw the electorate away from the fundamental failures in policy making regarding the Iraq war and the sleaze of cash for peerages....yet only last night they were trotting out Tony Blair on waterfront to try and gather some press whilst slagging off David Cameron. You can’t have it both ways! I'd argue that Peter Hain is a prime example of Labour's failure to distance themselves from England in this election as their most vocal politician in the Assembly election run up to date is Peter Hain as he continues to shout anything that gets him press attention for his deputy PM challenge. Luckily I'd say the transparency of his portfolio is causing more damage than positives!

Ted Jones said...

very atute analysis