Saturday, February 20, 2010

Tory lead narrows, panic sets in

TORY HQ, EARLIER...
"Right chaps, we've tried terrifying them with fake crime figures, we're scaring them over social care, we've even thrown in vague fears about padded bras for the tweenies - we're even going to worry them about the route of the railway. And still the blighters won't vote for us. What's left? Anyone? Osborne? Osborne?"

That's how bad it is for the Tories - end of a third term, end of a recession and they still aren't leaping ahead of Labour in the polls. Alistair Campbell puts it well:
The Tories really should be doing so much better, and must be getting worried as to why they're not. An economy that has gone through a period of genuine crisis. Politics dominated by expenses. A current war becoming more unpopular and a recent unpopular war returning to the centre of the political debate. A tame media that fails to pursue them on difficult questions. A huge spending imbalance in their favour which is allowing them to put up expensive posters all over Britain, and fire millions of letters to voters in marginal seats. Yet as their spending has increased, their lead has not increased with it.

So, they turn to Gideon and he scrabbles around in his limited intellect and offers up a bribe. Vote Tory and get cheap shares.

Tory lead narrows to just 6 points over Labour - lowest gap since December 2008.
  • Conservative - 39% (down 1 point)
  • Labour - 33% (up 2 points)
  • Lib Dem - 17% (down 1 point)
Game. On.

Got to love the comment from the unnamed Tory MP who is clearly not a Cameroon
The inner circle can crow all they like about how well they are doing, but the elephant in the room is the polls. Cameron spent last week talking about sexualisation of children and nine-year-old girls in suspenders, when there are much more important issues he should be talking about.
We're still talking about a hung parliament with the Tories the largest party, but let's run with the message from Gordon.
We will fight for every single vote, in every single seat on every day between now and the close of polls. Labour’s fight begins today – and it's one that together we can, and must, win.
Harriet Harman opened this morning by reminding us that this fight is about the future of our country and she wasn't wrong. This isn't about change for the sake of change, about replacing the party at the top just because we're a bit bored with their narrative, this is about the future itself and how we want that to develop.

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