Prepare for the joke prime minister

“There’s poison in the Shadow Cabinet,” says Isabel Hardman in The Spectator’s Coffee House blog.

Some shadow ministers are briefing that their leader, Ed Miliband, is “weird” and that the Labour party may lose the next general election. These shadow ministers “seem more interested in what happens after the 2015 election than in their party’s chances in that election”. Once politicians get into this mindset, talk of election defeat can become “a self-fulfilling prophecy”.

The Guardian, meanwhile, reports the comments of one ex-minister – that Miliband had been seen as a reformer in the mould of Neil Kinnock, but [...]

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