Can Peter Hain reconnect Labour with voters?Posted by Ellee on May 10, 2007 in Uncategorized | 13 comments
I have just heard Peter Hain praise Tony Blair’s 10 year leadership on one hand, then describe how Labour must now reconnect with voters and fight the Conservative resurgence on the other hand.
That statement alone surely demonstrates how Labour has been dragged down under Blair’s rule. Didn’t last week’s council election results give a clear message after Conservatives won than 800 seats?
As the graph shows, Blair is not leaving on a high. Can you remember the Ecclestone affair of 1997, a foretaste of the spin and party funding crises that later engulfed his premiership, when he was accused of granting favours to Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone – exempting the sport from a tobacco ad ban – in exchange for a £1m Labour donation?
Is Hain the man to reconnect the British public for Labour?