I think its fair to say, the big 2 have stumbled on day one. Not sure how you can plan something for so long and drop clangers (self induced ones at that) on day one.
The problem for the big two is that they're trying to copy from the US where it genuinely is a two party system, if you make the other side look worse than you then you win. Unfortunately, in the UK, there are alternatives and the big two just don't seem to have cottoned on to the fact that many people do have alternatives. Scotland is a key example, Labour treated it as "theirs" and happily ignored it for the last five years concentrating on trying to win Tory votes down south and London financial backers, thinking that the Scots had nowhere to go and their votes were banked, the SNP have been quite happy to take those votes and waggle them at Scottish Labour. The north of England is much like Scotland but without a proper left-of-centre alternative, there really is no option, it's vote Labour or vote right wing (or, worse, vote Lib Dem and get pot luck on what they'll stand for next time)
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