Weak, Weak, Weak!
|Nigel is after the working class Labour voters and Ed is making it so much easier for him by abstaining on the EU Referendum Bill|
Red Ed has a problem though. By not voting one way or another he's going to lose voters. The traditional Labour working class voters are less likely to vote for Ed. Being anti-EU is a very key idea for those who have very left-wing views, it was Labour policy before the 1980s. But also most Labour voters, extreme left or not, are actually fed up with Europe. The whole UK population wants to see at least some reform and Ed has essentially told them he is not backing any of it. I think we may see more Labour voters going to UKIP, as they have been doing a fair amount up till now, which will really cause some problems for Red Ed.
Even in 2011 lots of Labour voters in 2010 have gone to UKIP.
In 2015 less crosses will go to the Lib Dems and more to Labour, but Ed making this less likely?
So Ed has been shown to be weak and has upset potential voters by blocking EU reform and those who like Europe and voted Lib Dem last time. I don't know why Ed thinks abstaining is a good idea. The Tories aren't going to have a massive bust up, over 95% of them will back the Bill.