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2010 UK General Election

Discussion in 'Politically Incorrect' started by UMBS Go Blue, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. UMBS Go Blue

    UMBS Go Blue CLINTON / KWEEN 2016! YES WE KWAN!

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    Thought I'd start a thread on this as I'm sure our fellow Brits have just about had it with all the election anticipation for a while now. ;)

    With the last UK general election being held on 5 May 2005, the current Labour government's five-year term has run out, and PM Gordon Brown is to head to Buckingham Palace today (Tuesday UK time) to call a general election for 6 May 2010. More on the ceremonial procedure of asking the Queen to dissolve Parliament.

    Until not too long ago, it was all but certain that David Cameron and the Tories would sweep to power, as they maintained a huge lead in the opinion polls. In early March, however, opinion polls narrowed significantly and British pound sterling plummeted in the currency markets as traders feared a hung parliament. Polls have rebounded in the Tories' favor in the last week or so, although the latest Guardian poll suggests only a 4 point lead. (link 1) (link 2)

    Because of the way individual seats are distributed across the country, the Tories would need to gain 7 points over Labour, compared to the last election (play with your own swingometer here), in order to win a majority in Parliament.

    Here are links to online election editions from major news sources:
    The Times
    The Telegraph
    The Guardian
    BBC - UK Politics

    Here are links to election prediction sites:
    Electoral Calculus
    Election Prediction.org
    London School of Economics - blog
     
  2. UMBS Go Blue

    UMBS Go Blue CLINTON / KWEEN 2016! YES WE KWAN!

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  3. Civic

    Civic New Member

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    A political campaign that lasts for one month. What bliss! This Yank envies Brit posters.
     
  4. allezfred

    allezfred Crazy Uber Staff Member

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    That's pretty much the way it's done in most European countries. :)
     
  5. SHARPIE

    SHARPIE In through the out door... Staff Member

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    LMAO!

    Labour Candidate Removed For 'Twitter Abuse'

    Some of the offending Tweets:


     
  6. UMBS Go Blue

    UMBS Go Blue CLINTON / KWEEN 2016! YES WE KWAN!

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    Too bad, that's exactly the kind of SNARKY candidate many FSUers would vote for INNIT? :40beers: ;)
     
  7. allezfred

    allezfred Crazy Uber Staff Member

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    I think my fave is this:

    :rofl:
     
  8. attyfan

    attyfan Well-Known Member

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    So do I! I wish the US had such a short campaign season.
     
  9. UMBS Go Blue

    UMBS Go Blue CLINTON / KWEEN 2016! YES WE KWAN!

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    Well, technically the (edited) UK election campaign lasts only a month or so, but the actual posturing, candidate selection/backroom manoeuvring, platform (manifesto) development, etc. begins far in advance. Especially when the ruling party can call an election at any time. Remember when Gordon Brown almost called an election soon after he took over from Tony Blair? ;)
     
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  10. agalisgv

    agalisgv Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I was going to say that technically, the US general election only last 2-3 months usually (doesn't officially start until after a party has had their national convention which is usually in August/September). The lengthy parts are the primaries and the get out the vote campaigns.
     
  11. Tinami Amori

    Tinami Amori Well-Known Member

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    ;) Prevented them, is more like it.....
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7031749.stm

    I am with The Spectator: Give Cameron the Keys!:kickass:
     
  12. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

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    I am really hoping the Green Party is going to get its first MP, or even better 2-3. The chances of that happening are 0.000001% (although Brighton Pavillion could be possible) but it would be so awesome.

    Who would have thought. :p
     
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  13. igniculus

    igniculus Well-Known Member

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    Be sure to go voting. :) We have our elections today.
     
  14. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

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    A hung parliament would be amazing. It would finally force something called "compromise" on British politicians and would result in much better policies IMO (well anything is better than the Tories given free reign :p).
     
  15. SHARPIE

    SHARPIE In through the out door... Staff Member

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    Anything is better than the mess Labour has turned this country into over the last 13 years. :p


    Are the Green Party Supporters still going to vote Green in this? While the beliefs are admirable, come on.. lol there will not be a Green Gov nor any significant influence. Isnt the Greens growing presence on local councils enough for now? Id be interested to know how the Green People would vote.
     
  16. Reuven

    Reuven Official FSU Alte Kacher

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    You've got green people?!?! :wideeyes:


    Couldn't resist . . . :slinkaway
     
  17. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

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    13 years of Labour were not exactly great but they've actually had a lot of successes too and managed to improve the lives of the poorest people significantly, in some respects.

    I mean to give one example, Sure Start will be abandoned straight away and the impact it's going to have on children, and future adults as a result, is huge.

    And the mess Tories have created was far far worse. :p

    Well it depends on your constituency, doesn't it?

    If you live in Brigthon Pavillion or Norwich North where the Greens stand a chance (Lewisham I think is the third target seat), voting for them does make sense.

    But if you live in any other constituency, where they are most likely to get around 800 votes, then obviously voting for them is just silly and in that case you should vote for whoever can beat the Tories. :D
     
  18. falling_dance

    falling_dance Coaching Patrick

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    I'm just curious: How safe do you think it would be with Labour (or a Lab/Lib Dem coalition)? Not that I can imagine Labour scrapping it for any reason, but I wonder about future funding and promises of expansion when the two biggest parties both talk openly about the need for budget cuts generally.
     
  19. UMBS Go Blue

    UMBS Go Blue CLINTON / KWEEN 2016! YES WE KWAN!

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    So I was surprised to see George Galloway, current MP for Bethnal Green and Bow (article 1) (article 2) (article 3) (article 4), vocal critic of Blair and Bush, and Big Brother TV personality, contesting the Poplar and Limehouse constituency next door in the current election.

    Turns out a few of his stronghold wards in Bethnal Green and Bow have been redistricted into Poplar and Limehouse, (edit: which possibly influenced his decision to stand in Poplar and Limehouse).

    And because the Tory candidate ran a strong 2nd (edit: in Poplar and Limehouse) last time, if Galloway splits the Labour vote even further (edit: in Poplar and Limehouse), then you might see the first Tory MP from East London in recent memory. As with many neighborhoods in the area, religion and politics often clash. Galloway himself was heckled this past weekend.

    Looks like the making of another epic race. I've created a vBet on this but have asked for any political discussion to be carried out here. ;)
     
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  20. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

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    Touche. To be honest I don't know because I haven't heard where exactly does New Labour plan to make the cuts.

    As for Galloway, he is such an idiot. :scream:

    And I say this being a socialist.

    He's supposed to represent my views but he's useless, lazy, did pretty much nothing during the last four years and I don't think he's going to get re-elected.

    RESPECT has collapsed because of infighting :rolleyes: so he's not going to be able to rely on the work of the party's members and suppoters.

    UMBS at the Bethnal Green and Bow constituency, Labour placed a strong 2nd behind Galloway last time.

    So if most of it has been re-directed, there is hope it's Labour and not the Tories is going to win.
     
  21. Jot the Dot Dot

    Jot the Dot Dot Headstrong Buzzard

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    I'm hoping for a UKIP victory. I may not agree with all their policies, but they're much better than Labour socialism and Tory me-tooism.

    PS- UKIP are not National Fronters. I would regard them as bad as communists if they were.
     
  22. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

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    New Labour and socialism? :lol:

    Sorry but this is a teabagger level comment. :p

    They might be a tiny bit more to the left than the Tories but still they are a centre-right party, have been pretty much since Blair has taken over.

    http://www.politicalcompass.org/ukparties2010

    Hilarious how in the recent analysis they come out as even more authoritarian than the Tories. :rofl:

    And UKIP is pretty much on the same spot as the Tories heh. I would imagine they most likely won't get any seats.

    I love love love how far away from everyone else The Greens are. :cheer:
     
  23. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

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    Oh I have to correct myself. Respect still exists and it appears that the Galloway part of it managed to get rights to use the name after the split (which was basically because of the idiots from Socialist Worker Party - good riddance).

    As much as I despise Galloway, I have great respect :)lol:) for Respect's current leader Salma Yaqoob and I really hope she gets elected in her consistuency.

    It is possible, she placed a strong 2nd during the last election and the Labour MP who has beaten her has supported her instead of the candidate who is supposed to replace him!

    Salma does loads of community activism and is well known and respected in her area so she's got a good head start.
     
  24. SHARPIE

    SHARPIE In through the out door... Staff Member

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    U - Kip, slang for having a nap, Id be all for UKIP then.

    Anyway, wheee! Im a sad case and quite excited about the live debate tonight :)
     
  25. floskate

    floskate Vacant

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    Me too! :cheer: I'm actually rather enjoying this election as I'm still undecided which way to vote. Although I am :rofl: at the upstaging of all 3 candidates by the volcanic ash!!
     
  26. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

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    Who is the live debate between and on what channel?
     
  27. floskate

    floskate Vacant

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    Brown, Cameron and Clegg. It's on ITV1 from 8.30pm - 10pm BST :)
     
  28. Civic

    Civic New Member

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    You're not sad. You're an informed citizen who wants to make the most of your vote.:;)
     
  29. UMBS Go Blue

    UMBS Go Blue CLINTON / KWEEN 2016! YES WE KWAN!

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  30. UMBS Go Blue

    UMBS Go Blue CLINTON / KWEEN 2016! YES WE KWAN!

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    Nick Clegg doesn't look too coherent so far... just my superficial opinion. :shuffle: