Milliband, Balls and Gray (and Ulster mercenaries..).. try some Rough Wooing…

As the latest opinion polls, quoted on Political Betting, begin to indicate a shift directly to the SNP from Scottish Labour, Labour react. That’s from Hamish MacDonell in the Spectator:

Can Ed Miliband and Ed Balls save Labour in Scotland? The two Labour heavyweights have decided to move in to rescue their party’s disastrous campaign in Scotland — with Balls being sent up north to sharpen his party’s teeth. A desperate measure for a desperate situation: Labour has not only blown a 10-15 point lead over the SNP in just a few weeks, but now languishes some 10-13 percentage points behind. A mammoth, humiliating defeat looms.

It’s not inevitable however. Never underestimate the thrawn resilience of Scottish Labour….However they are up against a Party that can deliver 1.4m leaflets over a holiday weekend…From the Herald:

How many have they ended up printing? Almost one-and-a-half million.
The scary thing for others in Scottish politics just now is not that the Nats have Brian Souter’s money. Our politics are no longer just about money, although that is still an important factor.
The point is that over the Easter holiday weekend SNP activists believe they can deliver 1.4 million publications. It is this belief, held by grassroots supporters, that will terrify the Labour Party.

It’s going to be an interesting week or so…

Update from the comments below – Volunteers Required..

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  • AGlassOfHine

    Very interesting. Very interesting indeed.

  • Cynic2

    Dragging Mandy back from the land of the undead is a sign of desperation.

    But even worse the whole basis of the Yes to AV campaign is starting to unravel.

    Personally I am neutral on the outcome. But I am appalled to see that the entire YES campaign is being run and funded by an incestuous little nest of the London elite (our betters doncha know) who also have a significant financial interest in the outcome.

    The role of the Electoral Reform Society in this isnt illegal. And it may even been seen as good business practice. But when we are voting in the referendum people should know that the YES campaign was funded by a body that has a major financial interest in a Yes campaign and that may even have printed some of the very ballot papers they are casting in the elections.

    It also raises the question of why the Government are using a body to print supposedly secure ballot papers that is campiagning in some of the votes run on the same day.

  • Cynic2

    As for Scotland, If I was Labour I would keep Balls well away from any campaign I was involved in. I can think of no-one less likely to woo Scottish voters – worse even than Smarmy Ed.

  • Things have got so desperate for Scottish Labour that Gray and Milband have sent an SOS over to their branch here for volunteers, airfares etc to be paid.

    If I were N.Irish Labour, after how the hierarchy and in particular Miliband have treated their activist base in NI, I’d tell them to get stuffed.

  • For many years, the Labour Party had a noticably large number of Scots in senior official positions. Party leaders included John Smith, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Other senior front-benchers/ministers included Robin Cook, Lord Irvine, John Reid, George Robertson, Donald Dewar, Alistair Darling.

    High profile Scots politicians in the Labour Party just dont seem to be in abundance like they used to. Could this be connected in any way to Labour’s present election campaign?

  • Long time admirer, first time poster here.

    Can I ask what punters in Northern Ireland think of London Labour luring branch members from Northern Ireland over to canvas in Scotland for the price of a flight and hotel accmmodation?

  • Dewi

    “Can I ask what punters in Northern Ireland think of London Labour luring branch members from Northern Ireland over to canvas in Scotland for the price of a flight and hotel accmmodation?”

    Astonished that they can afford it to be honest.

  • Hi Dewi, particularly odd when their Scottish branch claimed to have 5000 members out on the doorstep last week. One wonders why they’d need reinforcements, particularly at such an expense.

    We’ve long been accustomed to them busing in activists from the North of England, this is the first time I’ve been aware of flying activists.

    How would folk in NI react to Scottish activists flying in to canvass in NI elections?

  • Cynic2

    Its a simple sign that they are losing and they know it.

    Yesterdays party heading to DoDo land