Labour leads by 27%, the largest lead for Labour since Sunak became PM.Westminster VI (18 February):Labour 51% (+3)Conservative 24% (-3)Liberal Democrat 10% (+1)Reform UK 6% (–)Green 5% (–)SNP 3% (-1)Other 1% (–)Changes +/- 12 Februaryhttps://t.co/DLQ7mouhQe pic.twitter.com/zmsWHMrTfM
But as First Minister she will not 'row back on rights that already exist.'
Can't see how the Greens could support a Forbes led SNP, now.
Sadly, the recent hysteria over trans people (see (*)) shows that liberal progress can be reversed.
This one is the one that would do the best IMHO:
Well done Tories
It does help that I struggle to care about local elections, though I am well aware of what a futile waste of time my proposed course of action will be.
Although (from memory it had little impact on the polling, the Brown/Duffy farrago in 2010 showed Brown's problems. Blair (with his team) would have shrugged it off. The electorate and media were less keen to forgive Brown. Brown may have tried to look serious, but he was clueless. He had ten years to prepare for the top job, and actively undermined his PM (and supposed friend) to get it. Yet when he got it, the problems he himself contributed to damaged him - not helped by the fact he was continuity Blair.
Even Ed Miliband would have been a better PM than Brown turned out to be.
And I would be very happy to, if Labour run out of road. Changes of Government are good.
Probably need to get the dog teams out. The dog does the thinking. The police officer is there to keep an eye on the dangerous intellectual.
Ha ha ha ha ha!!!! Even Cameron and May voted for homosexual marriage as did Tim Farron despite his strong religious faith
So much for Scotland being the left liberal alternative to England. Ha ha ha haha!!!!!
Something about him being rich
His legacy is all around - lovely hospitals and schools bought using PFI and we are still paying the cost. He genuinely believed he had abolished boom and bust, which rather says it all.
He was and is a decent human being, but un suited to being pm.
Or a Tory of course. The joke went sour on them a while ago.
- Open a bottle of cask strength, 20 year old
- Add a dash of water to a good measure
- Pontificate about polls
Nor has anyone, either the SNP, or the Holyrood Parliament, or the voters in Scotland, actually voted for Ms Forbes.
Brown haters (and I'm no fan) choke on the notion that he played a leading role in mitigating its worst effects, but it is hard to dispute, and if it was the only good thing he did it was definitely a biggy.
I suspect only nuking Bruxelles will satisfy the ERG.
Brown had his five economic tests as a kluge to avoid Euro membership. There's no way those would have lasted until now - especially with no referendum to lance the boil and turn EU membership into less of a party-political issue.
It's also interesting to consider *who* would be PM now, if Brown had won in 2007. If the next election had been in 2012/3, and Labour had won, I cannot see Brown having stayed PM for a 2017/8 GE - he would have been at, or near the top, of power for two decades. So who would have replaced him as Labour leader / PM? One of the Milibands? Balls/Cooper?
He had a lovely smile.
Admirable neither for the sentiment nor political nous.
disaster for him. He’s been an irrelevant and empty drum ever since.
I'd try to make "Rishy washy" go viral if I were you.
The SNP are on the brink of meltdown.
What used to be Fat Boys Thai restaurant has become a branch of Rosa's. Hopefully the food is just as good. I shall find out soon. We used to eat here all the time. Here and the Clay Oven Indian restaurant which is now sadly shut down and boarded up.
Tomorrow I get to sample Crossrail for the first time.
Oh, and on topic: LOL.
My usual line on here is that the Brown and Blair Premierships were kind of like mirror images of each other. Brown was a poor PM with one major achievement to his credit - management of the financial crisis. Blair was a good PM with one major failure - Iraq.
I take some flak, but not huge amounts.
The severity of the GFC in the UK is down to one thing: Brown's ambition. He wanted to be PM, and undermined Blair to get the job. But that also required electability, so he ran the treasury to get short-term gains, not long-term stability.
He could have made decisions that reduced the effect of the GFC, but he didn't. Because he wanted to be PM.
This isn't LabourList.
Forbes if she won would be the most socially conservative leader of a main political party in the UK since Thatcher, the architect of S28. Even IDS voted for homosexual marriage!
Though Forbes is even more anti abortion than Thatcher was too. Maggie wanted to reduce abortions but keep it legal and a woman's choice. Forbes has addressed anti abortion, pro life rallies
PFI was a bit of an addiction in the end - spending that pushed the actual spending into the future. I’ll be good next week…..
Tonight's Redfield Wilton poll is excellent news for the Tories. Who could dispute that?
All that faffing about with PFI & the distortions it caused was for nothing.
Plus ca change, mon vieux?
After all, Blair and Brown were fairly firm against the hard left and anti-Semitism. Yet within five years of them leaving, the Labour party was infested with those. Was Corbyn's views - and those of his followers - 'illiberal' ?
You got a big position on GE2024?
I expect actual LD vote share to drop to around 15% and Tory around 25% or even a bit lower due to abstention, so I’m confident we’ll keep most seats won in 2019 and possibly gain a few more. But nothing spectacular. Labour will have a very good night.
Which I fear in many cases reflects their true feelings.
But this is an old topic and BORING. Let's go onto new topics, such as gay marriages or Brown's brilliance/ineptness as CofE and PM. we've never discussed those before.