Labour leads by 20% in 1st poll of 2023, up from a 3% lead in 1st poll of 2022. Westminster VI (2-3 Jan):Labour 47% (+1)Conservative 27% (-2)Liberal Democrat 12% (+3)Reform UK 5% (-2)SNP 4% (+1)Green 3% (-2)Other 1% (-1)Changes +/- 11 Dechttps://t.co/AKVWIP5UGO pic.twitter.com/CjoKty38OI
Donald Trump’s recent comments about abortion as a political issue show the former president has lost his ability to read Republican voters, a veteran Trump campaign insider said.
In messages seen by the Guardian, the operative said: “Trump has no political skills left. His team is a joke. The ship is sinking.”
Trump kicked off his latest scrap with his own party on his Truth Social platform on Sunday, saying: “It wasn’t my fault that the Republicans didn’t live up to expectations in the midterms.”
On the contrary, most observers suggest Trump’s refusal to admit defeat in 2020 and endorsement of backers of his election fraud lie contributed to Republican disappointments in November, including barely scraping a House majority, failing to take the Senate and losing key races in battleground states.
Trump said: “It was the ‘abortion issue’, poorly handled by many Republicans, especially those that firmly insisted on no exceptions, even in the case of rape, incest, or life of the mother, that lost large numbers of voters.”
In this instance, most observers would agree. It is generally held that Dobbs v Jackson, the supreme court ruling handed down in June which ended federal abortion rights, had a tangible effect at the ballot box.
Trump also complained that “people that pushed so hard, for decades, against abortion, got their wish from the US supreme court and just plain disappeared, not to be seen again”, and said the Republican leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, had been “stupid” in how he spent campaign cash.
The comments prompted criticism from the political right.
The Fox News contributor Ben Domenech said it was “hard to express how many false things Trump says in this one ‘truth’”.
He listed stringently anti-abortion Republicans who won, contested Trump’s claim that candidates supported no-exception bans and said Trump should have spent his own money to boost candidates such as Kari Lake, the election denier defeated for governor in Arizona.
I mean, this is Keystone Cops levels of incompetence.
Heck, it's getting close to Susan Acland-Hood levels.
Or is that too simple?
Exhibit A - Liz Cheney.
Where is Brenda from Boston when we need her?
It got bloodier a lot later.
Sold in the right market, that would clear the US national debt.
I place all my chips on desperation.
Even if there's a drop in the polls for the Tories in the next few days, it's still likely to see them polling in the 20s and that line will be back up.
Dream Thatcher is much more appealing.
16% is SE and SW looks about right.
But 16% in Scotland and 15% in Wales? Er…
(2) Would you rather he said that 'English' is shorthand for 'British,' which is what you actually seem to think it means?
Scotland was sold out to England by Scots. Don't take my word for it, listen to Rabbie Burns the noo. If you can't handle the shame, emigrate. I hear Stockholm is nice.
Burning is probably slightly quicker and less painful, but in an ideal world you'd want a third option even if it's only a bullet in the head.
Or at least, I think they did. Didn't they say their leader would Swin some?
Edit: Now four.
And so off they go again..l
But the sense of gloom and despair with the current state of things was beyond anything I have encountered. It is not just that Sunak has not heard the room on the strikes, it is just the feeling that at the moment we are really in a deep hole, and there is no way out.
Sunak is not going to get credit on his tough line with strikers. It is a monumental lack of judgement. Christ knows who is advising him. And just factor in the state of the NHS, inflation, higher interest rates.
The best thing the Tories can do now is to call a GE and put themselves (and all of us) out of this misery and death by a million and one cuts. They are clueless, ideologically divided, corrupted, vacuous, sunk by the disastrous Brexit, tired, out of touch, and completely unable to find any answers.....
The War on Woke and the 3 blokes who want to use a ladies loo, and the poor souls who are risking their lives to cross the channel on dinghies are the last bits of their red meat morsals they throw out to the Daily Mail.
His approach is not to announce things until he's ready and confident they'll stick though:
Keep it up for at least a few days, why not?
We're getting worse not better.
Except this time at 2% rather than 1.25%.
It's just us suffering like this, and reversing Brexit will make all the problems go away overnight.
They seem not to be over reliant on "passion".
Which amounts to having a manager shouting and gesticulating wildly up and down the touchline.