Early spring the preferred option?

The Sunday Times claims if Brown goes early it will be early next year with the polls delivering more good news for him – a seven point lead over the Conservatives. Whether the speculation is true or not it is feeding uncertainty in the Conservative Party smarting from poor by-election results.

  • heck

    I consider myself left of center and I certainly have no truck with the conservative party but I hope labour loose and loose big. They deserve to be taught a painful lesson because of Honest Tony and because of the Iraq war.

  • willis

    I consider myself left of centre and I certainly have no truck with the Conservative party. I hope Labour win and win big. The Blairites have dumped on Brown and need to realise how wrong they were.

  • Cruimh

    How will SF feel about an election so soon after the poor showing in the ROI ? If they didn’t do well, the beginning of the end for Gerry?

  • How will SF feel about an election so soon after the poor showing in the ROI ?

    Oh, I think they’ll still be pretty confident. They always do much better in UK elections.

  • Cruimh

    They didn’t shine in the 2005 elections oneill!

    “For Sinn Fein it marked consolidation rather than advance; though their vote was up on the 2001 Westminster election it was only about the same as for the Assembly election in 2003 and down from the European election in 2004.”

  • Cruimh
  • cato

    The big question is, will the first minister be running in North Antrim ?

  • Comrade Stalin

    The Iraq war was and is an outrage, and they deserve to be thrown out on that basis. The trouble is that the winners would be the Conservatives, who actually supported the war.

    I think it’s too early to call on Brown. I saw him on Channel 4 news on Friday night – he already looked tired and wrecked. The big test is going to be the government’s response to this serious flooding matter in England. My impression is that the government are not showing enough visibility over the matter.

    Regarding Sinn Fein, I think they have hit their peak. I suspect they’ll have no problem sustaining it, but they (together with the DUP) might find it hard to get their voters out given the boringness, indecision, blame culture and general inaction we’re seeing from our new executive.

  • northcoastunionist

    There is no doubt that Ian Paisley will fight and win North Antrim if he is still alive by the time the next general election is called.

  • I consider myself left of centre and I certainly have no truck with the Conservative party. I hope Labour win and win big. The Blairites have dumped on Brown and need to realise how wrong they were.

    Only about personalities, not policy. As far as the health service, the education system, the property market, the financial services sector and urban policy go, Brown was the author of Blairism.

  • any General Election would certainly have very interesting results. Labour have proven they don’t have the ability to effectivly run the country, the Conservatives seem to have an identidy crisis and the Lib Dems are dead in the water. The awful truth is that in mainland UK there isn’t one fecking party worth a vote. Bring back the Monster Raving Mad Looney Party.

  • Pounder
    In the two recent bye-elections The Official Monster Raving Loony Party received 129 votes in Sedgefield and 188 in Southall.In Southall the OMRLP finished ahead of the English Democrat Party.

  • If I wasn’t already in the Alliance I’d be sorely tempted to set up a local branch. It’d certainly shake things up, my pet gerbil could stand for council. I think it’d even be a bit more progressive than some members already sitting.

  • The Monster Raving Loony Party isn’t what it was since the passing of Screaming Lord Such.

  • Rory

    The slow death of the Tory Party, post Thatcher continues apace and each new stop-gap leader, whether chosen for image (Hague and Cameron) or simply in an error of default (Howard and the other baldy one whose name temporarily escapes me) has hastened the decline.

    Some commentators argue that they have lost the way because they don’t have any policies. But of course they do. They have the same old policies of reaction and hostility to all that threatens naked greed as ever. It’s just that they dare not mention these to the electorate which maddens their staunchest grass roots supporters but does little to convince the broad masses of their real intent.

    Watch for continued defections to New Labour which by now could probably reclaim the title of “The Natural Party of Government” were it not for the doom-laden history of that crown.

    As Trelawney argued in 1932, political democracy is meaningless as a progressive social system without its extension into the planes of economics and society. Which is exactly why we have only the meaningless facade of political democracy and now, effectively a one-party state at least insofar as socioecomic issues are concerned.

    New Labour will be preferred by the capitalist class to once again take power simply because they are the more competent, more attactive branch of their political employees and less repulsive to the electorate than the Tories whatever of the taint of Iraq which will have faded (and remember Iraq was still very much to the fore at the last Labour election victory).

  • Whatever happens in Iraq, fade it will not.The conflict is still in its early stages and the Americans have few options.It will be interesting to see if Gordon Brown pulls British troops out in the next few months but it is doubtful he will be in a position to do so.

  • The slow death of the Tory Party, post Thatcher continues apace

    I’m not sure I agree with that. Cameron is the wrong leader at the wrong time because (desperately resisting the temptation to play the man) he, by his own admission, sees and markets himself as the heir to Blair at the very moment when most of the country is sick to the back teeth of Blair. And he believes in nothing, and it shows.

    Either Ken Clarke or an older and wiser William Hague would me making a much better fist of things for the Tories, IMHO, each in their own very different way.