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George Kerevan makes some interesting parallels between 
Labour leader Ed Miliband and figures from the political past, but I suspect that we are currently moving towards a re-run of the 1992 general election.

George Kerevan makes some interesting parallels between Labour leader Ed Miliband and figures from the political past, but I suspect that we are currently moving towards a re-run of the 1992 general election.

In that year, the Conservatives went into the election widely unpopular and Labour had, we were told by optimistic columnists, begun to look electable again. “This is it,” we all thought, but in the early hours of the morning after polling day it was clear that we had all been kidding ourselves. Middle England was never going to vote for Neil Kinnock. He was the “Welsh windbag” and lacked its values and prejudices, not to mention the gravitas it demands of a prime minister.

We can fool ourselves again that the polls show a Labour victory in the offing, but can anyone really see Miliband as prime minister in 2015?

Furthermore, if Scots have plumped to be “better together” a year before, how long will it be before the age-old independence question rears its head again?

This is, of course, what happens to Scotland when England votes Tory and we don’t.

Gavin Fleming

Websters Land

Grassmarket, Edinburgh

 

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