Recent opinion polls make truly dreadful reading for Ed Miliband. He’s not just underperforming his party, he is dragging it under. Though ours is a parliamentary, not a presidential system, it is hard to see Labour winning an election with an unelectable leader.
But why is he doing so badly? Lord Ashcroft’s most recent megapoll has an answer: Ed Miliband is “weird”. That, at least, was the spontaneous, if somewhat shamefaced, reaction of those interviewed.
Weird in what way, exactly?
Various factors were mentioned:
Standing against his brother for the leadership.
His apparently reluctant marriage.
His manner of speaking.
I’ll address these in turn.