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VIDEO: Keith Vaz sucking up to AJ

By Julian Harris
June 10th, 2009 at 3:24 pm | 4 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Yes, I’m going to say it – well played Diane Abbott.

[Note: her moment of inspiration arrives 13 seconds into the clip]

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Johnson would cut Cameron’s lead by 6%

By Mark Littlewood
June 8th, 2009 at 10:16 pm | 1 Comment | Posted in UK Politics

A ComRes poll for tomorrow’s Indy shows Johnson might drag Labour back towards hung Parliament territory.

In their wisdom, Labour have chosen electoral oblivion instead.

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Prime Minister Johnson will lose the election, but could still torpedo Cameron

By Mark Littlewood
June 1st, 2009 at 2:10 pm | 2 Comments | Posted in UK Politics

alan-johnsonWith expectations of a full scale Labour meltdown in the local and European elections this week, we are in another wave of speculation about whether the Prime Minister is about to be ousted in a coup. If the Labour Party had retained any sort of sense of self-preservation, Brown would have been shot long ago. But perhaps this time, his Cabinet colleagues will finally grow a backbone.

Surely, it’s way too late for the government to stand even a remote chance of clinging on for a fourth term. Their real challenge is just to avoid full scale electoral oblivion. Prevailing orthodoxy – although no actual polling data – suggests that Alan Johnson is the man to pull Labour back from its headlong dive towards annihilation.

That’s why the Health Secretary’s suggestion of a referendum on electoral reform might be more than mere kite-flying. Giving the public a straight choice between AV Plus and FPTP on General Election day could – if won by electoral reformers – cause the Tories some major positional difficulties during the election campaign and Cameron a huge headache as the incoming Prime Minister.

Although electoral reform wouldn’t necessarily be the dominant issue in the run-up to polling day, it would be a significant one. The Conservatives would be practically alone in advocating a “no” vote. This would flush them out as being merely committed to tinkering and cosmetic constitutional change.

But – deliciously – if the AV Plus proposal was carried, Prime Minister Cameron would be faced with having a duty to legislate for a major constitutional change that he personally opposed. If he failed to do so – and swiftly – his hand-wringing about the lack of a vote on the Lisbon Treaty would sound very hollow indeed.

As setting political traps goes, Johnson has a far sharper mind than the present incumbent of 10 Downing Street. Mind you, that’s not a particularly high hurdle to clear.

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Labour in total meltdown – now at just 20% in the polls

By Mark Littlewood
May 16th, 2009 at 10:19 pm | 54 Comments | Posted in UK Politics

The latest opinion polls show the Labour Party in an unprecedented state of collapse. A BPIX poll shows Labour on just 20%, with the Tories on 41% and the LibDems on 15%. The share for others is a staggering 23% of the vote. The ComRes poll for the Indy shows the Tories on 40%, Labour on 21% and the LibDems on 18% and the minor parties on 21%.

In even more catstrophic news for Labour, only 32% think that Alan Johnson would be a better Prime Minister than Brown, with 49% disagreeing. Staggering. Pick a name at random out tof the phonebook, and surely most people would think they’d bo a better job then Brown?

Are we witnessing not just the death of this repulsive, vile government, but the full scale eclipse of Labour as a meaningful political force? Here’s hoping.

UPDATE: The BPIX figures for the Mail on Sunday, on intention to vote in the Euro elections, are Conservative 30% Labour 17% UKP 17% LibDem 15%. By my maths, this puts non-UKIP “others” on 11%.

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