Is Gordon really a laydeez man?
The 11 point lead is bad enough for the Tories, but the thing Labour is most excited about in tonight's YouGov poll for Channel Four is the suggestion that Gordon Brown is winning over female voters. The survey claims the PM enjoys a 16 point lead among women.
Northern Rock weakens Cameron…
Gordon Brown has been strengthened by Northern Rock and David Cameron weakened. For the first time since the 1860s people queued up outside a British bank to recover their savings. If continued the confidence crisis that was specific to Northern Rock could have spread, and could have led to a collapse in credit and a recession.
Town the Tubes: PPP Slowly Coming Unstuck for Brown
Just as unexpectedly awful public finance figures are released, in turns out the Office of National Statistics was not initially being given the whole picture on Metronet and Tube Lines, two of McBroon’s little ‘off-balance sheet’ PPP schemes. The ONS had not been made aware that London Underground Ltd – part of the public sector - holds a Special Share in both ‘private’ companies. Nor was the ONS aware of the extent of London Underground’s powers of control over the two firms “which have been in place since the [PPP] contracts were signed” in 2002-03.
David Miliband, you say it best when you say nothing at all.
In his speech yesterday, David Miliband referred to Tony Blairs foreign policy saying: "The lesson is that it's not good enough to have good intentions." The gist of little David's speech was to "move on" from Blair's poor foreign policy (the one he and the most other labour MPs supported) and implement a "second wave".
New wave of foreign policy?
He came to bury Blairite foreign policy, not to praise it. He came to lament the "scars of ten years of government". He came to explain patiently how we all must learn (a word he used no fewer than six times) from the past. This was Tony Blair's former policy chief David Miliband speaking. Politics is a brutal business.
I Tried to Stop
FOREIGN secretary David Milliband has revealed how he jumped on top of Tony Blair in a desperate bid to stop the invasion of
What exactly is the aim of environmentalism?
Quoted by Reuters,
Urgent phone call makes me ask - "Is an election about to be called ?"
I received a phone call tonight from the Eastern Region of the Lib Dems asking, as an approved parliamentary candidate (I know that will come as a shock to one or two senior Lib Dem bloggers who loathe me and my blog), if I was prepared to stand at very short notice, as a Lib Dem candidate and be available from possibly next week to stand in seats where there is no lib Dem candidate selected yet.
A rogue poll, or are we kidding ourselves?
There’s no point obsessing about every poll, but… having reported last week’s ICM survey for The Guardian showing the Lib Dems with a 20% share of the vote, balance compels me to mention tonight’s Channel 4 YouGov poll showing the Lib Dems with just 13%, the party’s lowest YouGov rating since January 2006.
So will 11 Gordons influence the election decision?
A YouGov poll for Channel Four news taken in the immediate aftermath of of Brown’s conference speech gives Labour an amazing 44% share with the Lib Dems down to 13%. These are the shares with the changes on the last poll from the internet pollster - CON 33% (nc): LAB 44% (+5): LD 13% (-3).
YouGov show huge conference boost for Brown
The Conservative figure is believable enough, but the Liberal Democrat and Labour figures are extreme - the highest Labour figure recorded by YouGov (and indeed by any pollster) since 2002 and the lowest YouGov Liberal Democrat score since the depths experienced after Charles Kennedy’s removal. On a uniform swing these figures would give Labour a stonking majority of 140, put the Lib Dems down on 31 seats and the Conservatives on 197.
Autumn election would be unpopular
A very interesting poll statistic has been revealed by Nick Robinson on BBC 10 o'clock News - although Gordon Brown's poll ratings are high, 57% of respondants do not want an Autumn election compared to only 29% who do. It could be argued that although people feel Brown is making the right noises, they are not yet convinced and want to see more of his supposed new style of politics before having a General Election. This is an opportunity for the Conservatives that must not be passed up.