So where has South Shields last MP been this last week?
I’m not sure what sort of campaign David Miliband has been running this past couple of weeks or so, but seems as though he has done his level best to run as far away from South Shields as possible, indeed his travels have probably rivalled those of Gordon Brown and David Cameron combined. In the last seven days, according to his own postings on Twitter, he has travelled to Glasgow, Ochil, Glasgow North, Prestonpans, Pudsey, Keighley, Colne Valley, Islington, Stourbridge, Walsall, Burton, Edgbaston, Prestatyn, Rhyl, Talacre Beach, Derby, Nottingham, and Gedling, he’s also been to the Vale of Clwyd and Newport in Gwent. One of his trips involved a shoulder rubbing session with Eastenders’ hardman Ross Kemp where apparently some folks didn’t have a clue who Miliband was:
Natalie Fenton spoke for the other mums when she said of Mr Miliband: “I don’t know who he is. Haven’t got a clue. Is he actually famous, then?” To which we replied: “No, not famous. He’s Foreign Secretary.”
Meanwhile the eight other candidates standing in the South Shields constituency don’t appear to have left this parish!
With Gordon Brown having already decided that he will take full responsibility if Labour’s vote collapses, one has to speculate as to why the Foreign Secretary has launched himself on a round Britain tour, it surely wasn’t to give absolute support to Brown was it? How many times have the two been found in the same town at the same time?
Speculation continues to mount over what the result of the election will be, and how well Labour’s vote might hold or collapse. One scenario will see the Conservatives form a minority government with the support of Ulster MPs and another sees Labour form a minority government with the support of Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats, but at a price, and that price may well be the removal of Gordon Brown as leader of the Labour Party. Much will depend upon the “momentum” of the election result, if Labour is seen to have lost many seats then the Lib-Dems may not want to be seen to be propping up a failing government, and if the Conservatives are seen to be winning seats from Labour then it may be difficult for the governing party NOT to consider a change in leadership if the Queen decides to ask Mr. Cameron to form a government. All of this speculation could very well play nicely for Mr. Miliband, who according to this report, has no desire to be installed as Labour’s next leader without the scrutiny of a party election.
So the big question is: has David Miliband’s election campaign been one of a more personal nature, with a bigger personal goal, than the re-election of a Brown government?