Jim Murphy attacks “Lazy Labour”

6th March, 2013 4:15 pm

In an interview in tomorrow’s New Statesman, Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy has attacked Labour’s “lazy” culture and its “sense of entitlement to win”. Murphy told the Staggers:

“If you don’t knock on people’s doors between now and polling day, you deserve what you get. They’ll say “Where were you when I was struggling, when my husband lost his job, when my hours were cut, when I needed you?” . . . It’s not an Eastleigh problem, it’s a wider problem. It’s Lazy Labour.”

Murphy also argues that “kicking the Liberals” won’t be enough to win a sufficient majority in 2015 – and sets a bar for Miliband’s Labour to cross at the election – not just a scraping a majority:

“For a lot of people, it’s fun to kick the Liberals but if you want a big, One-Nation mandate, it’s pretty fruitless to just do that. Winning 2010 Tory voters is much harder but much more important. We could scrape over the finishing line with Labour voters plus some ex-Liberals but, given the scale of the problems we’d have to deal with, we don’t want to just scrape over the finishing line.”

In the interview Murphy also expresses his fear that voting Labour could become “counter-cultural” in the South, and says that he’s not a Blairite (or, for that matter, a zombie).

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  • new puritan

    Disappointing, if not surprising to see Murphy still reading from the dog-eared New Labour playbook. Provided we hang on to the ex-Lib Dem voters who’ve already defected – and get at least some of those who abstained in 2010 to get out and vote next time – we should have enough to secure a parliamentary majority. We don’t really need to win Tory voters over at all – they’re a nice-to-have, not a need-to-have. And if we tack too far to the Blairite right, we may run the risk of losing the support of left-leaning former Lib Dems.

  • AlanGiles

    I would say it is less a matter of Labour being “lazy” in the get out and canvass meaning, but merely that as the great Crudas report isn’t yet completed they haven’t got much to canvass about.

    Also, there is too much “us, too-ism” where Labour seem too frightend to challenge the Coalition – for example STILL no comment on the Philip Hammond plea for more money to be taken from the welfare budget to pay for defence, a speech he made five days ago.

    If me, and many others, regard the three main parties as George Galloway crudely described them as “three cheeks of the same @***”, I think we are perfectly entitled to do so, given the weak response to a great deal of the spiteful policies of the current government

  • AlanGiles

    I would say it is less a matter of Labour being “lazy” in the get out and canvass meaning, but merely that as the great Crudas report isn’t yet completed they haven’t got much to canvass about.

    Also, there is too much “us, too-ism” where Labour seem too frightend to challenge the Coalition – for example STILL no comment on the Philip Hammond plea for more money to be taken from the welfare budget to pay for defence, a speech he made five days ago.

    If me, and many others, regard the three main parties as George Galloway crudely described them as “three cheeks of the same @***”, I think we are perfectly entitled to do so, given the weak response to a great deal of the spiteful policies of the current government

  • AlanGiles

    I would say it is less a matter of Labour being “lazy” in the get out and canvass meaning, but merely that as the great Crudas report isn’t yet completed they haven’t got much to canvass about.

    Also, there is too much “us, too-ism” where Labour seem too frightend to challenge the Coalition – for example STILL no comment on the Philip Hammond plea for more money to be taken from the welfare budget to pay for defence, a speech he made five days ago.

    If me, and many others, regard the three main parties as George Galloway crudely described them as “three cheeks of the same @***”, I think we are perfectly entitled to do so, given the weak response to a great deal of the spiteful policies of the current government

    • Alan, nobody in the real world cares about Phillip Hammond’s comments. He is just preparing his bid to be Theresa May’s Shadow Chancellor after 2015! I am glad you are quoting George Galloway – you two belong together.

  • Daniel Speight

    My own feeling is that the problem is a lack of ideas and ideals. For Murphy it’s that the foot soldiers should work harder to keep him in the position he feels he deserves. These ‘new’ Labour apparatchiks are so similar to those in the far left sects it’s startling. Murphy’s words could so easily have come out of the mouth of a SWP leader.

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