Article by Mary Riddell
'Worried about “too much sticking to Tory cuts” and reductions in legal aid, they were most alarmed about Labour’s handling of immigration. While one woman was concerned about “being taken for a ride” and another felt “like a minority in my own road”, several spoke out against what they saw as weakness in defending managed migration.
“Labour has got to be much more positive,” said one. “We need migrants. And they’re going to come here and pay their taxes,” said another. A third believed Labour was “just in a race to the Right”, while a fourth warned: “You have to educate people. This huge fear [of immigrants] is built on ignorance.”
In the clamour over Ukip (which, like Europe, was not mentioned), such sentiments are thought to belong to the diehard Left, not to floating voters, middle-class and mainly middle-aged, who live in a city where immigration is the biggest doorstep issue. If Mr Miliband can appeal neither to those concerned about migrant numbers nor to those alarmed by his perceived negativity, then he is in trouble.'
I used to live in Worcester and helped out in many election campaigns there. Worcester is the Ohio of the UK; whoever wins there has won the election.