However there are a lot of people who are on-the-fence close to election time, and the fact that the media oligarchs like Rupert Murdoch always spin an anti-Labour and especially anti-Socialist agenda means that unfortunately the people who buy the Murdoch tabloids are tipped onto the Tory side. The Murdoch-consortium's Sky News
channel is also watched by millions, and is essentially like Fox News with slightly
Miliband was the first Labour leader since Kinnock to face this much
right-wing bile from the media powers. Murdoch & co. liked Tony Blair. Of course they did. He was essentially just a short step to the left of John Major and in the late '90s the Tories were about as organised as a lost sock drawer. People were taken aback by and maybe drawn into the anti-Milliband sentiment, but now it's happening again, they're getting wise to it. People are also becoming increasingly disillusioned with a Tory govt. which is now unrestrained by the shackles of a Lib Dem coalition who could at least reign in their poor-bashing and shady corporate interests just a touch.
See above. I think (perhaps it's partly hope) that people are getting increasingly wise to the Tories' punitive policies (most of which they've disguised through euphemism and lies). I also think that a properly left-wing Labour will also win back a lot of the SNP seats and that the SNP fervour has hit its high point. I like Sturgeon, but I think the referendum-era fervour of Scottish nationalists may well have died down somewhat
Yes they would. Honestly, a lot of people openly voted Tory because they said they didn't respect Ed Miliband. Not because they didn't respect his policies
or respect the Labour Party as a whole, but because they saw him as a bit of a buffoon. Both that image of Miliband and the idea that how he looked or even his slight social awkwardness matters one iota
were peddled irrepressibly by right-wing politicians and media forces who had no real grounds on which to oppose a fair Britain other than that it challenged their entrenched privilege. Not that they'd ever say that out loud, of course.
Also, from what you've said, I'm guessing too young to remember how The Sun basically performed a character assassination on Neil Kinnock and lost him an election, before gloating about how 'It Was The Sun Wot Won It'. That paper might not have the smartest readership, but the people who write & edit it knew exactly what you're doing.
It's also got a hive of blue close by. Harrow, Wingate, Finchley etc.. North London is an increasingly gentrified and conservative area, and he's done well to keep onto a seat there. It's fairly safe. Also Islington South had an SDP MP in the '80s. Admittedly a former-Labour one, but still...
Attlee actually put those fees on so as a token gesture to get more important matters within the NHS passed (source - Atlee: A Life in Politics, 2012 ed)
. The story about the Korean War (which did partly get funded from taxpayer money) has been exaggerated.