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Thank fuck. I'm taking a fortnight off.
and made Cameron look smarter than he probably was in demanding an election when he was behind in the polls.
Still I'm quite happy. I wasn't on the electoroal roll. Does anyone know who the MP is for Islington by the way?
Jeremy Corbyn apparently - it appears I'm in the smallest constituency in the UK!
What's fucking irritating is how the
opposition parties are all "Brown you
If you have the option to call
and election, you think about it, but
then go down in opinion polls, why the fuck would you call one? It's not
pussying out. it's not being a moron.
something that was never declared? (And something political commentators were saying was unlikely in Labour conference week, at that)
What election? There wasn't an election this morning.
They shat themselves because they new they'd lose.
Hopefully the next one will be on my birthday so I can say my first vote went to the Tories on my birthday.
they just werent sure theyd win, so
they took the sensible option...
always say he wasn't going to call a snap election? The Tories will parade this as a fantastic victory, which I suppose it is, albeit one that will last about two days.
I don't understand this. Every two-bit commentator in the country says there's going to be an early election, despite Brown having no reason to hold one and precedent for not holding one; the Tories get a boost in the polls coincidentally coinciding with their party conference which everyone will have forgotten about this time next week; and Gordon Brown pops up to confirm news that in retrospect he has been confirming once a week since he took office.
...and this is news?
there were definitely very serious preparations taking place. Hence the hiring of 26 senior members of staff etc.
And now there'll be 26 senior members of staff who are going to have a lot of time on their hands to play XBox - A state of affairs I'm sure you'll be more familiar with than most of us.
the 1st or 8th November.
But Brown's categorically ruled it out now.
have got me involved on a related project - and their ears are very very close the ground.
brown's messed it up slightly. he comes off looking weak, even if that's not the case. the problem is, if the labour party manifesto was actually in the interests of the people they wouldn't be scared off by a few opinion polls. by pandering to middle england they can be flanked by a policy like the tory's inheritance tax thang.
fucking hell. that changes a lot. whoops.
Way to look like you're scared of the Tories when you had absolutely no need to be previously.
in conference season is a bit silly.
i'd have thought gordon would know that, maybe other people in the party got a bit carried away when it looked like they were really popular for five minutes a week ago.
Cameron is a nobody and would not win. He had a little bounce after his speech, but people will be back to knowing he's a substance-free politician in no time.
in having one anyway. we've barely reached the middle of the current parliament and there's not been any major constitutional crisis that might make a election necessary.
it's all been media hype and it'll be all but forgotten in a fortnight.
I told the lady from electoral reform services that if it wasn't called by that wednesday (or tuesday, I forget) that would have meant it would be on october 25 then it wouldn't happen and she totally shot me down. Gordon was never going to be so high in the polls after the conservative party conference.
She has a job and I don't though, so I'm probably not winning.
Bit disappointed because it would have been exciting, even if it would have made work a nightmare.
Is your MP's seat not very safe then?
it's definitely a sensible decision on Labour's part, although it would have been one hell of an close and exciting election if it had gone ahead in November. It's obviously a big PR embarassment at the moment but no one will remember it in a few months' time.
Why? On the Andrew Marr show this morning he's started doing that thing with his mouth again. :O
any sensible person (and gordon brown is sensible) would have called an election this autumn. it'd be crazy.
the idea about stealing headlines from the tory's during their conference didnt really work.
but it has kept david dave cameron in a job. and the potential of divisions in the tory party re-emerging before the next election. so if that was his plan, it's worth the short term damage.
if there had have been an election Labour would have remained in power, just with a vastly reduced majority.
At best there would have been a hung parliament, now there's plenty of time for them to fuck up even more...throw in a property market collapse and a few more sleaze scandals and they'll be properly fucked by the time the next election comes around.