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Miliband’s revealing Scottish gaffe

29 September 2011

12:43 PM

29 September 2011

12:43 PM

Ed Miliband can’t name the candidates for leader of the Scottish Labour Party. Miliband’s discomfort during his excruciating BBC interview is fairly amusing. But, as James Kirkup
notes, the Scottish Labour Party is a serious issue. It
is the only check on Alex Salmond, which makes it essential to the future of the union. And it’s important for Labour’s electoral recovery, not that you’d realise that listening
to the senior party. As I revealed on Sunday, Labour shadow minister Ivan Lewis displayed
extraordinary complacency about Scotland at a fringe event, implying that Labour will return to power in Holyrood as a matter of course, no effort required. Miliband’s ignorance only
compounds that sense. As Alex implies, Labour’s seemingly uninterested Westminster clique have
presented Alex Salmond with an opportunity that he’s much too canny to miss.

Hat tip: Guido

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