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where bounce u winnin seats hun
Worthy of our own fidel castro.
I bet RD reads wings over scotland.
makesuthink, once these mps/msps political careers and they all go back to being lawyers or titans of industry or whatever and they each other in The Corridors of Power coffee room or something, do they have a laugh about 'remember that time I burned you on twitter?', 'oh yeah, that was a good one'. I think what i'm asking is, is it all in the game? or do they genuinely resent each other
Well, most anyway. Exceptions for loose cannons such as Ken Livingstone.
There’s loads of friendships across the house in Parliament and close working on a cross party basis is often really necessary to make necessary amendments to legislation.
I think that’s part of the reason why Davidson’s tweet is so funny- both Cameron and Murphy’s tweets seem so false and staged, whereas hers at least seems genuine.
c.17% at the moment.
Sounds like she's bossing it from a Tory perspective up there. Fair few Tories lamenting the fact she isn't South Of The Border giving the lacklustre Tory campaign the required kick up the arse.
Current situation is that there's rumblings down here that the SNP influence* in Westminster if a Labour government gets in is starting to bolster the Tory vote. It'll be a terrible, terrible thing if that's what the election ultimately boils down to. And will likely, and ironically, expedite Scotland's exit from the UK.
* - `threat`.
(Possibly an article on the Economist?) Said the SNP warnings were having little effect on voters and the Tories have far more resonance when they are positive and focus on their policies. Same article said people were more concerned about UKIP being involved in gvmt than the Scots, esp as people - especially women - have been impressed by Nic in the debates. Think there was some kind of statistical backing for all these claims too but CBA to find it.
that this isn't actually being borne out on the doorsteps (more people mentioning it etc.) and they seem to be making it the strategic centrepiece of the remainder of the campaign (a definite shift away from talking about a) the economy and b) Miliband).
Whether or not they'll be right to do so is a different matter, but that seems to be the angle at the moment (or so say various ITK folk on twitter).
I'm definitely hearing non-political people mention it, but I don't think it is particularly moving votes, just strengthening people's pre-existing prejudices. Personally I'm finding it pretty abhorrent and illogical- statements about the SNP and Trident only work if you believe the tories would also vote against it, and I dont think they are in a position to criticise coalitions loudly...
I might be wrong though. I guess the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
I don't think it's moving votes at all, nor do I think they're going to shift particularly. The most likely reason I can see for the Tory strategists talking this up is because the campaign plan's failed - perceived Tory "competence" on the economy has always been priced into voting intentions and the attacks on Milliband have failed miserably in light of him (Sturgeon aside) having the best campaign of any of the leaders so far.
It's a real measure of the Tories' lack of confidence in themselves that both their main campaign theme and the fall back are to relentlessly talk about Labour instead.
We'll see. Naturally, I hope you're right!
My Dad (case study of one aside) is an absolutely classic middle-class swing voter. CON through the 80s/early 90s. LIB in the Blair years (even voting GRN in 2005) before going back to CON in 2010. Currently sitting in a CON LAB marginal. Hasn't been a fan of Miliband up to now but watching the debates he's found him impressive and energetic and thinks he might vote for him. Although he is a big fan of his local Tory candidate so he's torn.
He's a good example of how the Tory campaign has failed. He didn't like Miliband, he voted CON in 2010, thinks they've turned the economy around etc. He should be nailed on this time, but he's not persuaded by their tax inheritance and pensions bribes and has started to like the cut of Miliband's jib. There'll be thousands more like him sitting in marginals, being tempted by Miliband. Could lose the election for them.
But remember - negative campaigning works. Thing that'll stop it being an issue - very few 2010 CON have gone to Labour this time, so... it's not as if that will be causing a direct LAB to CON swing.
The Tories + The Tory Press have been fucking dreadful over the SNP In Westminster question. They're so passionate about the UK, and Scotland remaining in it, that they're seeking to demonise the largest democratically elected body within Scotland and to try and ensure Scottish interests are virtually eliminated within the next parliament? Good work, cunts, you're making the SNP's arguments for them.
Think it could be easily offset mind (and perhaps could gain some more votes in Scotland, but could be wrong) by Sturgeon playing down the prospect of a referendum in the next parliament.
Alight on a negative angle that can be pressed for the remainder of the campaign and the waverers will come. I think this is going to work for Cameron, because there's not much Labour can do to shut it down.
competent and (largely) positive campaign that they've been running so far of course.
but up till now the shit hasn't stuck, because it was such ridiculous shit. I can't help feeling that they can make this one convincing.
God knows how they are making it convincing though. The SNP will be less influential in the next parliament than the Lib Dems in this one, whatever happens and you don't find a lot of voters complaining about how the Lib Dems have been throwing their weight around for the last five years.
Whatever happened to the stay with us better together happy families ukok lovebomb schtick?
'We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender,'
'u ok, hun?'
LIKE AND SHARE IF YOU THINK POLITICS ISN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE
he'd have been up all night shitfaced tweeting no end of emphatic cack.
with loud support from The Daily Mail & Daily Express rounded up all the Italians & Germans in the UK - many of them refugees from the Nazis - and turned the whole Isle of Man into one big internment camp and started imprisoning them there.
Then he started forcibly deporting them to Canada & Australia by boat without any military escort. Which resulted in, among other things, one boat being torpedoed off the coast of Ireland with the loss of 800 lives
things don't really change much do they
also, as for the Arandora Star sinking - Churchill spent about a month lying in Parliament about the dead saying they were all captured Nazi Prisoners of War so it didn't matter - it took ages for the truth to out
of course, the events of war rather overshadowed stuff like this but that's cold comfort to those locked up or drowned
so, I'll take 'U OK hun' as progress
^this is how she's referred to within labour party HQ. she's very capable.
Nobody could argue she's not doing a good job of running a political party. In terms of actually achieving anything for her electorate what has she managed so far?
pretty sick burn on murphy tbf
From a south of the border perspective it just looks like everyone in Scotland's lost their marbles. As far as I can tell Murphy's running a totally anodyne very simple strategy. It won't work much, but then nothing will, and he seems to be sticking to it with some discipline. Suggesting he's going off his rocker seems pretty barmy to me, he's just a career politician going through the motions.
highly politically engaged aye
It's just that every time I hear any mention of Murphy it's someone saying something palpably delusional about him.
Seriously, if he was on your telly news every night like he is up here, you'd soon realise what a liability he is, and why.
looks like the Tories will actually increase their vote share in Scotland. Which is a pretty remarkable achievement really.
refocusing the ghost of Maggie T.
It's not beyond the realms of possibility that the Scottish Cons could manoeuvre into second place before too long (as the favored voice of unionism in opposing the snp).
refocusing the ghost?
*exorcising the ghost
about someone refocusing Thatcher's ghost. Refocusing it into a ray.
I'm not in Scotland, but I've been following a lot of Scots politics for work, and it rather seems more that she's been positioning the scotscons as the "sensible voice of unionism" and has seemed fairly centrist and just, I dunno, likeable? Rather than any channeling of thatcher...
Much in the way the party south of the border has completely failed to do so in the last few weeks.
refocusing was a swype error that flipped the tone of the the whole post. :-/
It's not a high voice, it's just like a normal voice with the low half cut out, it's quite disconcerting.
Was so fucking cringeworthy.
It's swallowed up everything north of Sheffield now.