LABOUR holes

Tristram Hunt thinks that the Miliband pitch wasn’t sufficiently positive or aspirational.

Yvette Cooper believes Labour’s pre-election rhetoric was damagingly anti-business.

Mary Creagh is enthusiastically trashing the mansion tax as “anti-aspiration”.

Liz Kendall believes we should indeed get an EU referendum, despite all the rhetoric deployed against it until 8th May.

Even Andy Burnham, for all his usual willingness to stand by Labour’s past mistakes, now claims that he has supported an in/out referendum for two years.

Such acute judgement is displayed by the Labour leadership candidates that Ed Miliband must be wondering where they were with their sage advice before the election.

they were, of course, sat next to him, nodding along to his every mistake as Shadow Education Secretary, Shadow Home Secretary, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Shadow Health Minister and Shadow Health Secretary respectively.

Each clearly hopes to shake off an association with Labour’s disaster by rubbishing the Miliband manifesto. But given that only two weeks ago they were recommending it to the nation as the way they wanted to govern, what does this say about their consistency? Whichever of them might win, how much confidence can voters have at the next election that they really mean what they say?

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