The lesson of Bradford West is we need a core vote strategy…..
I am utterly sickened by the result in Bradford West. I am sad for the people of Bradford West who have elected an opportunist, raving egomanic as their MP. Mr Galloway is utterly rephensible and far from helping the people he claims to represent he has put a big smile on David Cameron’s face. Government representatives were busy briefing that this was all about “giving Labour a bloody nose” and it is the opposition that comes off worst from this result and the government which is strengthened. Well done George.
Galloway mainly and opportunisitically capitalised on one single issue it seems – the issue of Afghanistan. This is one issue that there is a sizeable chunk of disenfranchised opinion on and it is one issue where Labour is neglecting its duty to give a voice to the voiceless. Seriously, Labour needs to learn one lesson and it needs to learn it well. We cannot go on ignoring our core vote nor can we rely on hatred of the Conservative Party and this government to motivate it to vote for us. We need to give our core support something more, something bold and brave to inspire people and we need to reassure it that we have learnt from our time in government that we cannot take our core support for granted.
Our core is the foundation we build an election winning coalition on. No counterposition exists between solidifying it and winning broader support. The challenge now is for the leadership and the NEC to develop, codify and discuss a core vote strategy – one that makes our Party strong again. The Bradford West by-election may well turn out to be a blip but we should prehaps remember that we could face further pain in London in May in a campaign which is by no means in the bag. We shouldn’t go overboard but we should definately take head of this result because if we dont there could still be big trouble ahead.