A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Friday, April 16, 2010

The debate

I did my real time commentary last night on Twitter - first time I've really used it much but it seems to suit instant comment.

Clegg was a worthy winner of the post-debate polling in the sense that his personal style best suited the calm format of a TV debate - the exact opposite of the PMQs bearpit. However, it appears that people being polled about the debate were judging the "winner" based on technique rather than content, as though this was a university debating competition. They can't have been listening to the content because Clegg's bizarre mix of liberalism on crime and immigration, Thatcherism on the economy and cutting public services, and CND on nuclear weapons is according to most polls the opposite of what the average voter wants.

I thought Gordon held his own in a format that didn't play to his strengths and that he succeeded in getting our attack message on the risk of the Tories across well. What he needs to do in the next two is give people a bit more of the "vision thing" - what our aspirations are for a fourth term - he needs to verbalise the sunlit uplands on the cover of our manifesto.

Cameron must have deeply disappointed his team. After all the hype, he was, to steal a phrase from Lloyd Bentsen, "no JFK".

We won't know the impact until tonight's polls, which will tell us who the LDs have taken vote share off. My hunch is Labour will be stable and there will be a 4% shift from Con to LD which will mean the main parties are almost level-pegging.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are soooo wrong - Clegg is big on style and content. People in Hackney do not want illegal wars, and do not want trident. Playing very well on the streets of Hackney!!!

3:57 pm, April 16, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Diane Abbott opposed the war and opposes trident!

4:37 pm, April 16, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There you go again!

Nick Clegg opposes a 'like for like' replacement of Trident. Regrettably, this is clearly not the CND position.

And where are these opinion polls that show that public opinion opposes the CND position?

You are entitled to your own opinions but you are not entitled to invent facts and pass your opinions off as public opinion.

I hope you will desist.

Thank you.

5:17 pm, April 16, 2010

Blogger Merseymike said...

I'd say Clegg is very much a liberal rather than a social democrat, but the views expressed on crime and immigration are those one would expect from any left-of-centre party, and I'm all in favour of scrapping trident - an outdated waste of money for a war which no longer exists. Clegg's views are what I would expect a Liberal to hold.

Not happy about the free market economics, though, but other than a larger State, Brown is not willing to stand up to the city either - all the money bailing out the banks and they still let them do as they wish. they should be using that direct control.

Brown was competent but dull. Its not a format which suits him though.

1:05 am, April 17, 2010

Blogger Robert said...

Yes Brown was dull, he also tried to interrupt others by forcing his view, it did not work, but the real sad bit was Brown telling us Nick agrees with me, I agree with Nick, Nick is my friend, I'm nick mates, we play together.

That bit really did show up

10:39 am, April 17, 2010


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