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'Five ways Gordon Brown can still win'

Only 1% of Tory members think Brown can win a majority at the next General Election but The Sunday Mirror gave a spread to five Labour sympathisers today for them to recommend a rescue strategy for the party:

  1. Former Blair adviser Lance Price suggests that Brown emphasises full employment. The Conservatives "have always used high unemployment as an economic weapon," he writes and Labour should say that you might not fly as high with us but you'll be safe from the insecurity and risk of a Tory world.
  2. Progress' Jessica Asato suggests that Brown hires John Major's 1992 soapbox: "Politics went badly astray in 2009. We need some old-fashioned stump speeches and a sense that Gordon is prepared to take the public's anger on the chin."
  3. Peter Kellner says that unless people think Labour has been successful they won't believe they can deliver for the future: "Labour has introduced Sure Start, the minimum wage, tax credits, Freedom of Information, devolution, free museum entry and NHS Direct - but the party has gained little credit for such achievements... If and when Labour regains its reputation as the caring party, your plans for the next five years will stand some chance of being heard - and believed."
  4. The New Statesman's Jason Cowley urges attacks on the people behind David Cameron: "With the exception of David Cameron, the Tory front bench is unimpressive - and geeky. Cameron, Osborne, Gove, Grayling: these guys have run nothing and have little experience of the world beyond Westminster, as revealed by their poor judgement calls throughout the economic crisis." This morning's Independent on Sunday suggested that Labour strategists had identified George Osborne as the weak link in the Conservative team.
  5. Wolverhampton NE Labour candidate Emma Reynolds came closest to arguing for the class war strategy favoured by Ed Balls: "Gordon is rightly focusing on the threat that savage Tory cuts would have on families, jobs and businesses. He should continue to emphasise the class bias of the proposed Tory tax policies. This is not "class war", but an identification of who wins and who loses."

Read the full ideas in The Sunday Mirror.

Tim Montgomerie