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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Getting down to earth with Ed

If voters feel disconnected with the Labour leadership then one of that party's MPs may know why. Simon Danczuk, the MP for Rochdale thinks it is because Ed Miliband's Shadow Cabinet has no "authentic voices" in it. In other words they are too posh.

According to the Telegraph, Mr. Danczuk believes that that Labour needs politicians like Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party, and Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, who are able to communicate with voters:
“In time gone by we have had people like David Blunkett, people like Alan Johnson, people like Alan Milburn, John Reid would be another example, John Prescott would be another example,” Mr Danczuk told BBC Radio 4’s The World at One programme.

“Within the party we’ve had people who have that…authentic voice. I don’t think it’s just about language or accent, though I think they can play a part. I think it’s also about policy.

“If we think about those politicians that I’ve just mentioned they would have clearly helped shape the policies of that Labour government in that down-to-earth real sense of understanding of what’s going on in how people live their lives. Not least because they themselves have lived difficult lives or challenging lives… that would have added an authentic dimension to the policies that the Labour government were putting forward.”

Good luck with that.

I heard that interview. I had to agree with Danczuk, who represents a diminishing breed within the Labour Party, a breed which used to be their bedrock. He wanted to see Labour MPs connect more with working people and to be honest with electors. But it was astonishing to cite posh boys Farage and Johnson, both shown to play fast and loose with facts, as role models.

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