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Monster Raving Loony Party: 145 (0.4%)
English Democrats: 144 (0.4%)
below banning sex in retirement homes and dog licensing.
UKIP: 2,029 (5.8%)
BNP: 1,560 (4.5%)
Green Party: 530 (1.5%)
The Green Party always suffers when there's a strong showing from labour and the libdems. The more worrying (but less surprising) aspect of this is that the strong UKIP / BNP showing came off the back of a poor Tory showing.
as the number of "other" vote stayed the same, it wasn't inflated by dissillusioned Tories. The Tories and Lib Dems seem to have just stayed at home, probably because they assumed they couldn't win and are annoyed with the leadership respectively.
The turnout was low across the board anyway (it's a bi-election in a seat held by an opposition party - no chance to kick the government), but the poor weather disproportionately effected the Labour vote.
The Tories switched to the Lib Dems to offer them their support (there's little evidence to suggest that in this bi-election they voted for UKIP or the BNP), the Lib Dem vote fell shifted to Labour, and the Labour vote fell back because of the grubby events of the General Election.
A (reasonably well placed) friend of mine said that at the start of the week that CCHQ were annoyed because people weren't switching - at least the people who vote in by-elections (old people and the hardcore). Interesting if that has changed, I wonder what happened.
Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes
then it'll have been made clear that the Conservatives simply couldn't win, so the only way to get an MP that would vote for the vast majority of their policy and keep Labour out would be to switch to Lib Dem.
But I'm not sure the voters I'm thinking of (I could be wrong about who turned up on the day mind) would have been swayed by it - grassroots Tories (God love 'em) don't like the coalition and think that the Libs are dragging the party to the left, so might actually prefer a Labour win.
the conservatives were always going to be more interested in helping the lib dems during this.
sometimes it's worth pointing out when things are on a steady course towards a final objective. In this case, annihilation of my opponents.
But she's slowly being "cabled" (is that a good coinage? Meaning having your poewrs lessened so you're more of a symbol than anything else). However the process has been going on for quite a while. I quite like her, but she's a bit of a liability.
and on issues she's not involved in she can come across as being badly informed. But generally I think she's quite likable, I'm just not sure she should be a front line politico.
one of the most cringeworthy, wince-inducing, off-putting, groan-worthy, bile-inducing, claptrap-spouting people I've ever seen on a television screen.
I can't think of another politician I've ever seen that comes across so appallingly.
I detest, with every fibre of my being, each and every tiny utterance I'm unfortunate enough to hear spilling forth from her smarmy, condescending, reactionary, obtuse chops.
Urgh. Just thinking about her is riling me up to the hilt.
Just asian women. OBVIOUSLY.
"Dahn't care abaht her bein a woman or a foreign, it's that she's a muslim", you know just normal, sensible EDL opinions...
You can tell in Blears' eyes that, if she's being honest with herself, she knows her limits. Warsi seems to be far more wrapped up in a sense of misplaced self-belief/denial.
Just an important arbiter of small mammalian impersonation ability. According to HarMAN*.
*A Woman. Oh the ironing (which she should be doing, OBVIOUSLY.
IN B4 HO_FO
It was a decent enough reply.
(Sorry, but I can't tell if you're being sarcy here. You can't possibly be serious, can you? So the payoff kinda works but the lead-in needs more work.)
for more than a few seconds without punching yourself in the face. I've never been able to so I'll have to trust you on this.
Like with a solar eclipse.
and I can think of around 50 politicians who are so much worse than her.
"50 politicos who come across as worse human beings than Baroness Warsi"
1. Simon Hughes...