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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Project Dave flounders

Deep mid-term polls like this one today from ICM:

CON 37% (nc)
LAB 34% (+2)
LD21% (nc)

suggest whatever Cameron is, he ain't the Tory Tony Blair.

Anyone out there wondering if the next party to change its leader will be the Tories?

12 Comments:

Blogger Bill said...

Still in hung Parliament territory, Clegg will be wetting himself. Labour as largest party will make it harder for the LD's to justify a lash-up with the Tories (although, as in Camden, they could pull the "case for change" style argument). Expect whoring.

9:41 am, February 20, 2008

 
Blogger Merseymike said...

I think the LD's will demand electoral reform as a central part of any deal.

There doesn't actually have to be a deal

11:26 am, February 20, 2008

 
Blogger Merseymike said...

... but as far as Posho Dave is concerned, the Tories are simply not streaking ahead in the opinion polls in the way that they should be if they wish to form a majority government

11:27 am, February 20, 2008

 
Anonymous Rich said...

Nick Clegg has already said that a coalition with the conservatives is possible. He also stated that he can't see a coalition working with Labour.

12:31 pm, February 20, 2008

 
Anonymous Rich said...

I'm waiting on the next full poll as these interim figures are not giving a very clear picture. They still show that well over 60% of people don't like brown...while people seem to trust Cameron.

Gordon and his party have performed terribly over the last few months and I can't see how Labour could of possibly inreased their poll.

Personally I think by the time the next election comes this country will be in such a mess that Labour will be lucky to come out with a handful of seats. There's a recession coming and it's going to be a big one...no government can win in these conditions.

2:37 pm, February 20, 2008

 
Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

The Tories won during recessions in both 1983 and 1992 - recessions they caused.

2:44 pm, February 20, 2008

 
Anonymous Rich said...

The difference is Luke the last conservative government was in a better position to deal with an economic downturn. Labour don't haven't any room in the public purse to make the coming recession easier to swallow.

3:21 pm, February 20, 2008

 
Anonymous tim f said...

If they were in a better economic position, they certainly didn't take advantage of it. Are you saying you think reposessions over the next couple of years are going to be higher than in the last recession? Crazy.

4:31 pm, February 20, 2008

 
Anonymous Rich said...

Reposessions will rise by at least 60% and may exceed the 1990s; have you any idea what is coming over the next 18 months.

Despite two interest rate cuts the banks are not reducing the cost of lending...it's more likely to increase. Remember how much people have borrowed in respect to how much they earn and how much the std variable rate is. Some homeowners will be faced with 9% APR with fees as much as £3000.00...there are millions of home owners in this position.

But it is not reposessions that will hurt the UK. The cost of lending is soaring for business and this causes all sorts of problems.

UK is far too dependent on services and this means that while the pound is weak we may not see exports make up for losses in domestic spending.

Brown made a real mess when he split financial regulation between the FSA and the BofE.

I will be shocked if Brown wins another term on after this.

5:10 pm, February 20, 2008

 
Blogger Merseymike said...

No, Rich. Listen to what Clegg actually said which was:
1. That if labour significantly fell in popularity it would be difficult to justify maintaining them in power, and
2. That a deal with the tories would have to include agreement to swathes of LD policy including electoral reform.

1:06 am, February 21, 2008

 
Anonymous Rich said...

Don't you think we need reform? I would welcome it.

The BNP would get a few seats, so would the greens and UKIP, Lib Dem/ Labour / conservative would have to come to an arrangement.

At last a voting system that represents the people rather than the party.

11:23 am, February 21, 2008

 
Blogger Merseymike said...

Yes, I do believe in electoral reform. But the Tories do not.

11:40 pm, February 25, 2008

 

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