April 19th, 2010

New Bingle Email Blames Bungling Tories

Bell Pottinger’s Peter Bingle has let rip in another one of his helpful memos reproduced here in full:

I said a prayer last night to St Jude the patron saint of hopeless cases but I doubt that even he will know what to do about the Tory Party campaign.

Something is happening with the electorate. Today’s YouGov poll showing the Lib Dems in the lead is astonishing. Perhaps the public anger with MPs over their expenses and the banking crisis will result in the body politic being smashed to bits. What was true on Friday may not be true any longer.

The stakes are now very high. If David Cameron does not become PM on 6/7th May the electoral system will be changed. The first past the post system will be abolished and there will not be a Tory government for a very long time if ever again. Perhaps John Major will go down in history as the last Tory PM.

This is the most inept Tory campaign in living memory. I know there have been some dud campaigns in the past. William Hague’s was pretty awful but in a way it didn’t really matter. Nobody believed he was going to win the election. This time all the Tory Party had to do was to ask the electorate a very simple question: “Do you want five more years of Gordon Brown?” The answer would be no. The election campaign strategy was therefore all about giving the electorate the reasons for voting against the PM. The M&C Saatchi adverts were a good start.

As I have mused before the Tory opinion poll lead was always based on the public’s loathing of the PM rather than any real affection for David Cameron. The election campaign should therefore have been negative in tone and focused entirely on the PM’s failings. Whatever the focus groups may say negative campaigning works.

There doesn’t appear to be any strategy. The ‘big society’ idea has come and now disappeared. The most popular Tory politician Ken Clarke has become the invisible man. He may be campaigning in marginal seats but he should be on our TV screens every morning, noon and night. And then there is the policy that dares not speak its name. Immigration. Every canvasser I have spoken to from every party has told me that the issue that keeps coming up on the doorstep is immigration. This is a Tory issue and yet I am told that there will only be one day when it is raised. What is going on?

The decision to agree to the televised debates may well have cost the Tory Party the election. It has elevated Nick Clegg from nowhere to equal footing with the PM and David Cameron. Whichever adviser or guru advised David Cameron to take part made a terrible mistake.

So is the election campaign lost for the Tory Party? I don’t think it is. Nick Clegg’s policy agenda is very attackable. As Alan Johnson put it in Saturday’s Times: “The Lib Dems are soft on crime, inept on asylum and bloody dangerous on national security.” How Labour candidates must wish he was the PM …

The Tory Party needs to mobilise its key assets such as Ken Clarke and talk about Tory issues such as low tax, immigration and Europe. It needs to connect with Tory voters and indeed anybody who doesn’t want Gordon Brown for another five years. Thatcher’s great strength was her ability to connect with ordinary voters, particularly those who wanted to better themselves. Politics is all about helping people to realise their dreams. We seem to have forgotten this.

Winning the election didn’t seem that difficult a task until the televised debate which should never have happened. Even now there is a simple message. Only a vote for the Tory Party will prevent Gordon Brown being PM for the next five years. Nick Clegg is never going to become PM but he could help Gordon Brown stay PM. This is all very reminiscent (in reverse) of the US presidential election when Ross Perot enabled Bill Clinton to beat George Bush.

I attended a lunch on Saturday at which many Tories were present. The conversation inevitably focussed on the election. There was a mixture of gallows humour and real concern. Nobody could understand why with the most unpopular PM ever and an economy on its back the Tory Party is polling at the same level as Michael Howard when he lost in 2005. The only solution was to have another glass of wine.

Perhaps this is all some terrible nightmare and I will awake to discover that I have missed the real campaign and that David Cameron is PM with a majority of 52.

Is the game up for the Tory Party? What does the Tory Party need to do to regain the political initiative? Will the Nick Clegg bubble burst?

Guido is sure all his advice was most appreciated in CCHQ this morning…


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    crewegwyn says:

    Probably not, but he’s right isn’t he?

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    20:20 hindsight.
    We’ve all got that!

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    Obvious Stating says:

    “Whatever the focus groups may say negative campaigning works.”

    EXACTLY, now get on and do it Dave, before it is too late.

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    T says:

    Now here’s a funny thing, he’s absolutely on the button in much of his musings.

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    FWIW that was me in a pre-lunch low sugar moment.

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    Hubris says:

    The Useless Tories are back, just in time for the election.

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    On the debates he’s wrong. Gorgon is rubbish at touchy-feely-sincerity. He’s a bruiser. DC challenged him to debates because no one thought Brown would ever agree. Its only because he was so far adrift in the polls that Mandelson thought he might as well give them a go. Nothing to lose..

    Then, the polls narrow, and Clegg performs well.
    It was unforeseen. I don’t remember any Tories saying don’t do the debates BEFORE the Clegg bounce.

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    iain says:

    ‘The Big Society’

    Gimmicky wishy washy bullshit.
    I find myself cursing at the TV when they bang on about this…or ‘change’.

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    I think you’ll find that the Labour candidate for Kircaldy and Cowdenbeath is a notable exception.

    Incidentally, aren’t you breaking all sorts of rules putting “MP” after your name at the moment Bill?

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    Angry Voter says:

    Not everyone wants the Tories in power. The sooner you fucking realise that, you bunch of C’unts, the easier it will be for you to recover from defeat.

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    Mandy says:

    All the queens are in love with Nick Clegg.

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    Nick2 says:

    “The Tory Party needs to mobilise its key assets such as Ken Clarke and talk about Tory issues such as low tax, immigration and Europe”

    Not sure about Ken Clarke – what does he have to offer as Business Secretary? But spot on re tax, immigration & taxation. An EU referendum too would be a deal winner for me.

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    Nick2 says:

    Sorry, that should be tax, immigration and Europe

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    Is Dave a Tory? says:

    Not sure I want Dave as PM anyway. No Euro referendum and no tax cuts, two things that Clegg has promised.

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    Do keep your tweets to yourself, Sarah.

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    Penfold says:

    Pretentious nobber

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    This is NOT the X-Factor says:

    For heaven’s sake Britain! This country is sleep-walking to ruin.

    If you vote Clegg, you WILL get 5 more years of Brown and a lifetime of socialist government and all that entails:

    Our-of-control government intervention, personal surveillance, rampant taxation, mass unemployment and unchecked immigration.

    Wake up – before it is too late!

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    Canary Wharf Rat says:

    Eloquent, now fuck off.

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    Anonymous says:

    Whatever happened to the feeling a week or so ago that no-one ever won anything off the back of a TV debate, and the only thing that could happen was to lose support? This was the line in every media outlet you could find. Then Clegg has a good day, and before we know it, we’re all waiting for a Lib Dem PM. Yes, he ambushed the other two quite well, but his policies will unravel soon enough.

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    Desperate Dan says:

    I heard Clegg say recently that the answer to over-concentration of immigrants in some areas was to send them to areas where there were currently not many immigrants – ie LibDem voting areas like Cornwall and the Highlands of Scotlands. Are these enthusiastic Cornish and Scottish LibDem voters aware that drug dealing/addiction, burglary, mugging, rape will rocket in their areas under this LibDem policy?

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    Well technically. But with a majority of 22,765 it doesn’t seem worth worrying about.
    But I have been told of a yellow dem being applauded in the Sainsburys car park.
    Such a nice day I was going to do some gardening. Suppose I’d better campaign, at least for a bit.
    Have they any good offers on at Waitrose at the moment?

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    Brown's Buggered Britain says:

    It has seemed in recent years that the Tories had a ‘Death wish’ – maybe they still have?

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    jgm2 says:

    I thought it was Brown who challenged Cameron to debate. Just as Major challenged Blair to debate.

    Blair was a smarter operator though. He figured (rightly) that he was so far ahead he could only lose support.

    Cameron was too cock-sure/stupid to side-step that.

    I’ve been saying it for ages. Long before the debates, that Cameron was stupid to agree. Admittedly not because I feared Clegg’s performance but because you just don’t know what kind of a blinder Brown might play or what kind of pratfall Cameron might make.

    Cameron could only lose support by going head-to-head with Brown because everybody already knows what an arsehole Brown is. You were never going to persuade the Labour numpty voters to jump ship to Tory if they are still immune to the reality of 13 years of Brownian idiocy.

    Oh well. Pound down 2 cents already today. The markets still not in complete panic because I suppose they still believe a Lib/lab government would ‘do the right thing’.

    Where the markets would get that fucking idiot notion from I have no idea.

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    Postal Vote says:

    The memo is spot on re conservatives may be history.

    Labour has a big and solid core vote, existing of public sector employees and means-tested benefits recipients. Say there are 10 million of these net-tax (or negative tax) recipients, of which 25% does not vote labour in the first place and 30% don’t bother to vote (the 30% may be an aggressive number because these people have all the time in the world to vote and they do know that their purses are more likely to be refilled by labour than the conservatives and don’t forget the postal votes). That leaves over 3 million who will vote labour and add another 3 to take account of relatives who will certainly be just as much inclined to vote similarly. There you already have over 6 million labour voters, while labour got 9.5 million votes in 2005. A hung parliament is a dead cert.

    If libdems play along with labour and help introduce alternative vote rather than proportional representation, not only the conservatives party is toast, the country as well. Policy making will then be effectively hijacked by public sector unions and benefits recipients (the conservatives party will be out for a few generations as well in case the libdems push successfully for PR).

    PS Following from the above, I think Cameron should make Clegg explain whether libdems will help introduce alternative vote, because if Clegg evades this issue, Cameron can more effectively claim that a libdem vote will get you more of Brown. More than 5 years more in case Brown gets his AV bonus.

    Enterpreneurial Brits who have been too optimistic about the political situation so far should start exploring the Swiss real estate market now!

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    Sam Fox says:

    Daves totally fucked it and cannot row back now, big society, what the fucking fuck is it? The only other policy anyone seems to know about is NI, hardly big potatoes is it, utterly fucking useleless cokehead Notting Hill twats, 4 more years of Gordon, cheers Dave.

    BTW, where the fuck is Ken Clarke?

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    Alex says:

    The thing is the answer is no we don’t want Gordon for five more years, but people don’t want the Tories either…

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    Yorkie says:

    It’s simples really. Voters have looked at cameron/Osborne and decided thanks but no thanks. Voters dislike this govt thier record speaks fir itself. Voters have looked at the expended scandal and become very angry indeed. Voters were given an opportuntiy to look at Clegg and liked what they saw. Result swing to Clegg. Interesting little ditty is that in all US televised presential debates the tallest candidate has gone on to the White House. I hope you Lab/Tory trolls are kaking your britches you deserve it for the carve up you’ve had for so long.

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    jgm2 says:

    Maybe not.

    But it is only the seriously hard-of-thinking that want Brown to remain in power.

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    Sam Fox says:

    Where is Ken Clarke?

    My advice, go hard on the Big Society, everyone is talking about it everywhere I go, its a landslide winner.

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    And have I just heard that that the PM is about to take his motley cabinet onto a ferry and use his skill at steering the ship of state to rescue stranded holidaymakers?
    If you’re thinking of coming to the UK for a bit TT, I’d think you’re better off risking the ash cloud.

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    Anonymous says:

    Time to put the boot in Dave. Brown is despised, exploit that. Keep repeating that a vote for Clegg is a vote for Brown. Keep asking rhetorically if the electorate really want five years of Brown? Remind them that nothing but an outright defeat will get Brown out of Downing Street. If he comes thiird in the popular vote but can still hang on, he will do!!

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    I hate politicians says:

    Immigration. The elephant in the room.

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    Mine d'Boggles says:

    Polls, yes: statistical wizardry based on 1000 samples exrapolated to 30 million voters? Looking backwards in time, polls may be seen to have worked. But, looking forwards …… ? Are they serious that the Labour 30% or so “core vote” is not holding up? Are they really sure? Are the parachuted Head Office luvvies having an effect? Marginals …. ? Somebody tell me that today’s furore is all smoke and mirrors and the scene will magically change within a few days or at latest the next “debate” (don’t laugh at the back, there). Please.

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    Just seen the first UKIP poster. Plenty of Lib ones in Devon today, but probably more Tory ones overall. Haven’t seen a Labour one since Bristol about an hour ago.

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    Linda Lusardi says:

    I predict this election will in hindsight become known as the ‘big society’ election, on the back of the huge landslide it sees in, a true watershed event in British politics as local bowls clubs pool their resources to buy grotty old Post Offices everywhere, and WI branches re-open thousands of closed pubs, naming them all after members of the shadow cabinet, heres to a salty cocktail in the Teresa May!

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    I Squiggle says:

    Well, I hope CCHQ are reading it, because I think that analysis, in every aspect, is spot on.

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    Just shoot the lot of em says:

    Vote clegg get brown , i dont like the tories but i fucking hate brown , so i will vote for them (with reservations)

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    Linda Lusardi says:

    Whatever happened to Ken Clarke?

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    Anonymous says:

    Haven’t seen one Labour poster only lib Dems and Conservatives.

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    NotaSheep says:

    I said it was a bad idea. Cameron had too much to lose, Brown nothing and Clegg everything to gain.

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    Postal Vote says:

    Irony, oh irony

    Brown starving the troops of equipment and now using navy ships to help his poll ratings.

    If this is an omen ….

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    NotaSheep says:

    “The Tory Party needs to mobilise its key assets such as Ken Clarke and talk about Tory issues such as low tax, immigration and Europe.” Ken Clarke and Europe, that’s a winning combination…

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    Anonymous says:

    works for who though?

    If Dave is mr nasty, people will listen to the anti-brown message but vote for the nice mr clegg.

    I expect that’s what those satchi posters have done.

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    Cockny geezer says:

    Pickes you cant

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    jgm2 says:

    Could have sent ‘Britannia’ if they hadn’t decided to spite Queenie for her little boat.

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    lolol says:

    Never mind Cambo still has all his focus groups,all his polling groups and all his policy makers to vote for him,he doesn’t need us proles the voters to vote for him as his policies like Shitehawk Broon can be dropped just by getting a tame judge to tell us the policies are just like adverts they don’t mean bog all,god help us if arrogent twat Clegg gets to become PM we are in deep doo doo’s now but we will be in real trouble.

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    Arch Stanton says:

    Maybe far from welcome but it needed saying.

    Cameron was too polite never mind what some well briefed carefully chosen focus group of supposedly floating voters say in a TV studio or carefully picked location stick the boot in Cam.

    Show them up for what they really are.

    This Election is very winnable half the People polled who say they support Clegg probably won’t vote anyway.

    Go for em Cam

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    The silence that is Dave says:

    Why wasn’t Dave pestering the Government to rescue stranded Citizens last week? As usual Gordon dithered, the volcano errupted Wednesday night and it is only today that Gordon has done something. But as Dave has kept silent Gordon gets the Brownie points for taking the initiative.

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    Nick2 says:

    Be fair – it’d be pretty difficult to get HMS Ocean down some of those unmade roads in Helmand province…

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    sceptical says:

    Just another PR man touting for business

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    Aaron A G String says:

    “Nick Clegg is never going to become PM but he could help Gordon Brown stay PM.”
    Most unlikely in any but the shortest term.
    There have been three recent attempted coups against Brown. With the fear of losing their seats gone, at least for the moment, the PLP will remove him with eye-watering* speed and replace him with a more electable candidate.
    It is a strong Labour majority in 18 months or so which is the real danger.

    *Only one eye, obviously.

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    10K_Cleggie says:

    I am one of those guys who positively hates name-dropping.
    My recent emails from Obama praising my modesty are a good example of this.

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    genghiz the kahn says:

    Can’t recall Thatcher making a mess of a campaign. Call Me Dave must have bought a shed load of Berbatov Shirts to wear, keeps missing easy goals.

    Beeboids interview Will Straw – no mention that he is the son of Jack – as independent blogger – funny how Left Foot Forward is not linked to Unite. So much for impartial reporting, not difficult but if you are a State funded broadcaster you tend to return to those who sanction state control and state intervention.

    If Cameron wants power, he needs to up his game. Tax simplification would be a step forward, but using the stronger political figures in his party is no bad idea. The UK isn’t a presidential system, and it is time Call Me Dave remembered it.

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    M.T. Bucket says:

    Eussr, the elephant on our backs.

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    Brown's a Tosser says:

    Here in Cornwall not surprisingly not one Labour poster in sight. Only Tory and Lib/Dem. I would have to say pretty much an even split to date between them both.

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    roadrunner says:

    A referendum on Europe ,a 50,000 limit on immigration and Tax these are the policies,then Cameron would win, but he’d rather risk the sovereignty of the country to LibLab and the demise of the Tory party than give the people what they want.

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    God says:

    He’s right about one thing – the Conservatives have some bloody awful “gurus” and “advisers”. They need to get rid of the lot and start taking the fight to the other two parties, or this will be Dave’s last stand!

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    Brown's a Tosser says:

    I’m an ANGRY VOTER too. FUCK OFF BROWN YOU ONE EYE IMBECILE. Glad I got that off my chest.

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    Moley says:

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

    Cameron has alienated his core vote by adopting Liberal policies to woo the liberals. Liberals prefer to vote Liberal for Liberal policies; they are well to the left of the Conservatives and have a natural antipathy to them.

    The Conservative core vote does not believe that the UK is predominantly gay and that undignified grovelling for the gay vote is either justifiable or desirable; the gay mafia in the BBC have done their job, but they have convinced no one.

    The political parties know full well from polling that Europe and immigration are major issues with nearly every voter, but they all refuse to discuss them.

    A large part of the electorate know that our economy is a train crash waiting to happen, and they have seen every political party being evasive about what action needs to be taken, assuming that is, that they have any idea, which now seems doubtful.

    Labour refused to see what would happen when loathing of themselves was compounded by a massive negative campaign against the Conservatives and Caneron in person. The inevitable result is that the electorate have shunned Labour because they are odious failures, and shunned the Conservatives because Labour’s media (BBC) attacks on the Conservatives have been so effective. It was utterly inevitable that the Liberals would emerge triumphant.

    What will happen now is that voters will be freed of the obligation to vote for a party they do not like, in order to “stop the other lot getting in” and they will now vote for the parties with policies they actually do like.

    The fringe parties with popular policies on immigration and Europe will do well, the Green vote will probably go Liberal, and Labour and the Conservatives will probably both poll lower than in decades.

    Labour’s negative campaign has pushed the Liberals into the forefront and destroyed their own chances of ever being a major party again. Well done Brown and Balls.

    The electorate could be excused for thinking that every single politician in the country desereves to be shot. They; like the bankers, have been paid a fortune to destroy us.

    From the ashes of chaos will emerge a saviour, but who he is, and whether he is Clegg or someone else wo do not yet know.

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    Tony is backing Dave says:

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    Anonymous says:

    Perhaps this is the beginning of something new and exciting? Perhaps this could be a step on the road to justice and fair opportunity? Could it be an end to the dreadful cronyism and deceit endemic in Britain? Surely, now, the end of the monarchy must be in sight? That this sickening institution has been allowed to continue in a country that purports to being a democracy beggars belief.

    Close your eyes for a moment and just imagine a country where talent and ability were rewarded. So long has the boot been on the neck that it is not so easy to do. But I hope for a day where the likes of Mandelson, Osborne, Balls, Cameron, Brown et al are sent where they truly belong. Let them have a reckoning commensurate with their ‘abilities’. That these charlatans make claims to power is nothing short of breathtaking.

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    God says:

    You may have a point, but it certainly NOT be second rate Clegg who “emerges as a saviour from the ashes of chaos”. The tragedy is that it may well be someone that you REALLY do NOT like! Remember Germany in the twenties!

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    Desperate Dan says:

    Comment waiting moderation

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    God says:

    You make a very good point. Watch this space!

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    Another Angry Voter says:

    Yes, wake up before it is too late Cameron! Acceptable policies on immigration and EU or it’s a vote for B*NP or U*KIP.

    Policies in cast-iron, please. Oh, FFS forget that.

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    It's no fun trolling when you guys are so depressed says:

    It’s usually more fun doing some low-level trolling on here, but a few serious points for once (disclosure: I’m a gleeful Lib Dem)…

    What has astonished me is the extent to which the mainstream media have bought into Cleggomania hook, line and sinker. The Mail on Sunday was remarkably complimentary about the Lib Dems (of course, they laid into them eventually, but the overall coverage was positive in a way unprecedented for the Mail).

    Meanwhile David Yelland’s extraordinary article, and Andrew Neil’s blog post today, are also indicative of the media mood: even commentators who wouldn’t have the time of day for the LDs normally can’t seem to have the heart to tear strips off them.

    What is most exciting is that even pro-Tory commentators are moving towards electoral reform. Even people who know nothing about politics are realising that a system where the party in third place could win while the party in first would trail a distant third, is clearly not a system fit for this country.

    Writing that was a lot less fun than smalltmie trolling.

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    Friend in the North says:

    “Cameron has alienated his core vote by adopting Liberal policies to woo the liberals.”

    Well, yes, but…he was elected leader promising to modernize the party. They voted for him in preference to more conventional type of Tory – David Davis – because at that time they thought they needed an ‘heir to Blair’. Some would say they’ve only got themselves to blame. What a long time ago it all seems!

    PS. Loads of UKIP posters around here (rural North Yorkshire).

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    The Beast of Clerkenwell says:

    “I agree with Nick” says Pol Jock
    Says it fucking all, same policies
    If Pol Jock agrees with a person then they must a total f ucking c unt
    and after having had Pol Jocks endorsement Clegg is dead in the water
    Not that I will be voting for The caring sharing Notting Hillbilly McDave (another fucking Jock)
    The other Nick gets my vote

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    MI4.5 says:

    Dave is a labour plant, a long time sleeper. wake up and take a look at the deeds, or the lack of them. Every right move has been ignored. basic concepts left brown to take. He had the gun and more ammunition than needed. Not a shot fired, never mind in anger. Because he is a secret labour plant.

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    Minekiller says:

    Seven decades of Welfarism and gimme gimme culture has turned the UK into a socialist country. What surprises me that the Tories have even 30-odd % of supporters and to get many of those they have had to move significantly to the left. The UK, never having endured a totalitarian government (though the current one is running close), or occupation by a foreign power (unless you count the Jocky mafia in Westminster) – is politically idle and immature. A healthy dose of a really scary openly Marxist government, as will emerge if Nick Clegg makes an alliance with the Unite-Labour party should there be a hung parliament.

    Then you’ll know.

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    Leaky pipes says:

    I think during Thursday’s debate, Dave should do the plate spinning routine, Nick the juggling the ferret routine and Gordo the trifle down the trousers routine. If this is what our politics has come down to, they can all fuck off and the country gets what it deserves.

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    South of the M4 says:

    I hear the Venezualian Goats Cheese baguette, with garlic green peppers smothered in free-range egg mayonnaise from deepest Norfolk is selling well. Can’t find a simple *ucking ham sandwich though.

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    Mystic Meg says:

    Nick Clegg…..it could be yooooooouuuuuuu!

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    Jock McJock says:

    A Kinnock moment for Dave?

    The wheels are coming off guys and you can only blame yourselves.

    Tory free Scotland, Ireland and Wales!

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    South of the M4 says:

    Quiet. One point on a graph does not (yet) make a straight line.

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    Anonymous says:

    Why do the Torys keep putting up the old guard to go on Tv. Liam Fox just on DP and looked out of his depth and I cringe when Teressa May is on screen. If they want to use the old guard where is Clarke and Haig? What about that PPC chap Rory something ex military? He held his ground on QT and would be ideal to bfief up to argue the foreign affairs details.

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    “the likes of Mandelson, Osborne, Balls, Cameron, Brown et al”

    “and Oaten”, surely.

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    Moley says:

    The German experience is very much in my mind.

    Think of our own home grown Hitlers, and our own SS with all the tools of the surveillance state that Blair and Brown have provided.

    Add in our isolated currency and the possibility of Weimar inflation and economic collapse.

    Will we manage to avoid that fate?

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    An impressive majority especially when one considers there are only 21,768 eligible voters in your constituency, Bill.

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    I hate New Labour says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the moment Cameron backtracked on the EU referendum vote was the moment he lost any chance of winning.

    We needed efficient, decisive Tories. Not the soft lefty brand that masquerades as the Conservative party these days.

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    Jock McJock says:

    Ignore UKIP – the only party that thinks Eton boys are too left wing!

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    Moley says:

    Tories can now vote for UKIP without the fear that it would let Labour in.

    It might be no bad thing to permanently see the end of both Labour and the Conservative Party.

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    It's no fun trolling when you guys are so depressed says:

    But…do you honestly believe that there are millions of people people out there saying “if Cameron hadn’t reneged on his promise to have a referendum on something redundant and pointless, then I’d still be voting for him”?

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    Ruth Kelly's plaything says:

    Guido, this is the finest post of many I’ve seen here over the years. It is SPOT ON!

    Dave’n’Co need to realise that the election could be lost if they plough on with their recent/current approach. I don’t know what ‘people’ want to hear, but I want:-

    – immigration clampdown;
    – tracking down and turfing out all illegals;
    – major expenditure cuts, by (a) undoing Brown’s 1m extra public servants, (b) massively reducing tax and admin complexity; and splitting the benefits between tax cuts and reducing the deficit;
    – create a truthful balance sheet for the UK, bringing in all Brown’s off-balance-sheet fiddles;
    – review of the benefits system to support only the truly needy;
    – review of EU membership cost/benefits followed by referendum on membership;
    – sort out the West Lothian question;
    – sort out the Boundaries Commission’s incompetence (14,000 fewer Welsh voters per MP than the average for UK, etc etc);
    – directly elected Chief Constables, NHS managers;
    – review of efficiency, management structures and budgets in the NHS (matrons run wards and care for cleaning) – where has all the extra money really gone?;
    – renegotiate the GPs’ idiotic contract (more pay for less work);
    – torture the Labour cabinet to death, slowly.

    I could go on…..but I would DEFINITELY vote for that manifesto.

    Given that you’ll lose anyway, Dave, isn’t it worth an 11th-hour attempt to be a proper Tory? If the public doesn’t buy it, at least you’d go down with a vestige of dignity. As it is, you stand to be humiliated.

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    Anonymous says:

    Ken’s defecting to the LibDems.

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    Bollocks! says:

    Ah yes. Polls! So damn believable. Cos the electorate really sways this way and that, over the space of a couple days, this close to the election. If you want to avoid media narrative bullshit, look at Angus Reid. They tell a Very different story.

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    Budgie says:

    Bill, quite a few of us, over the last couple of years, have pointed out the flaws in Cameron politics. From ‘heir to Bliar’. ‘hug a husky’, windmill idiocy, tardy EU re-grouping, no Lisbon referendum, and his failure to nail Gordoom on the economy, he is neither Tory nor competent.

    Cameron’s job was to persuade non core people that the Tories were right, not pretend he was a touchy-feely Clegg/Bliar clone. He took core voters for granted, wasted the opportunity to sell Tory policies, and the result is insincere and the voters know it.

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    Mystic Meg says:

    No, but there wouldn’t be people like me, in a marginal Lib Dem held seat where the Tories are the main challengers voting UKIP on a point of principle. Hunter will win in Cheadle for this very reason. Ben Jeffreys it won’t be yooooouuuuuuuu!

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    I hate New Labour says:

    The policy in and of itself, probably not.

    But it revealed Cameron to be a twisting, manipulative PR snake who could not be trusted. Just like Blair in fact.

    People don’t need much of a reason to *not* vote for an old Etonian – and ‘Dave’ handed them a reason on a platter.

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    Jimmy says:

    “The first past the post system will be abolished and there will not be a Tory government for a very long time if ever again. Perhaps John Major will go down in history as the last Tory PM.”

    Now why can’t you be this cheerful all the time?

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    The Nuclear Option says:

    …..and withdraw the troops from Afghanistan.

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    Disaffected says:

    I appreciate Guido’s frustration and share it to an extent. Most of us have said from the outside that Cameron needs to focus on Economy, Europe, immigration, public services and Brown’s failings. He is trying to be nice to all people, it simply does not work.

    I still do not know why Dave has not criticised Liebour for the two wars and the under funding of them? I could not believe Cameron saying in his concluding speech on the TV debate how Liebour has not got it all wrong. What a shot in the foot! How does this correlate with his main thrust to vote for change- what a Harry Potter Howler that was. He should be slating their record not saying how some of it was okay. I despaired to hear such shit. Even Clegg threw a comment about the disgrace of house flipping not being investigated- clearly directed at Brown, Darling and Blears. To name three cabinet members. Dave should have thrown in Dolphin Square rebuttable for the Lib Dems, as Wanker Lyons did not required them to pay all the money back.

    No back to some sanity:

    Trust Brown’s judgment: Brown robbed everyone’s pension in 1997 and is now wondering what should be done to finance people in their old age- Brown won’t let you down. Brown sold our gold when it was at its lowest price costing the UK £7 billion pounds- Brown won’t let you down. Brown improperly financed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, thousands of people lost their lives because Brown did not provide enough money. Brown’s denied this in complete contrast to the evidence of military chiefs. He then realised he did not fund the wars properly and wrote to confirm he was wrong- Brown won’t let you down. Brown wanted to change the face of Britain by mass immigration, he gave false statistics in his speech- Brown won’t let you down. Brown is the one who was given a good economy, allowed deregulation and now it is bankrupt- Brown won’t let you down. Brown has created social engineering for university places to make up for the dim not being bale to get the grades from state schools.He also lets EU students have preference over Uk students. Brown won’t let you down. Brown still claims for a second home that he does not have, Brown won’t let you down. Brown recently told the country- I won’t let you down. He cannot be trusted. Brown has let you down for 13 years, it is time for change, vote him out.

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    Shire Tory says:

    Never mind Ken, where’s David Davis? I suspect that like the military the Conservative party is geared up to fight the last war that happened. Call me Dave was an excellent choice to go up against the Which Blaur project, but Davis would have been better up against the leader of the Scottish Raj. What happens if England votes Tory and we get a cobled up coalition of Scots Nats and Labour?

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    I hate New Labour says:

    So in other words, a proper Conservative manifesto, rather than the Blu Labour one they’re currently peddling.

    Their manifesto at the moment seems to be geared towards not upsetting the lefty MSM rather than giving the (sensible members of the) electorate what they want.

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    two more to go says:

    it’s astonishing
    who could have possibly imagined Dave would fuck up
    unless you had seen any of the many PMQs where he constantly fucked up and missed an open goal of course

    but he was bring deliberately shit on those occassions wasn’t he ?


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    Statistical Anomaly says:

    It’s a really bizarre thing that, how all these things seem to rise as the number of immigrants rises. I wish I could figure out how this happened. I mean, obviously, they are two independent phenomena because, obviously, it’s racist to suggest that there is some kind of connection.

    Which, obviously, there isn’t. Because that would be racist wouldn’t it?

    Tell you what, for all that we dislike the hoons, you have to applaud the way they’ve managed to stifle any dissent by playing a ‘-ist’ card, backed up seething and frothing “communities” threatening to firebomb your house for daring to disagree with them.

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    Eileen Critchley says:

    An astonishing insight into high level political thinking, a brilliant strategic overview based on years of experience.

    Where the fuck have you been for the past 5 years mate!

    Dave and Co. are shit, they always were and some of us have been saying it all along!

    The Tory party as we know it is dead – you can’t polish a turd! Dave is as old Tory as it gets, its so obvious even the barmy grassroot grannies have spotted it!

    I will vote Lib Dem simply to speed up the process of a new, well funded centre right party being established.

    We have to kick the Eton mafia into touch once and for all.

    They are not right for now.

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    Anonymous says:

    Sorry Guido but since the financial crash people now have little trust in politicians and “experts” let alone “gurus”. Many now realise that their own interpretation of life is much more likely to be realistic than the forecasts of the great and the good. As for voting Tory why on earth would a population made up of predominantly poor people who’ve mislead for decades on the values of their homes and investments want to elect a party made up predominantly of sivs and charlatans – even the man trying to “fix it” for you in the marginals doesn’t believe in paying his full subscription to the GB Club.

    Would Clegg and Cable be any worse – very unlikely, would they be any better , let’s see – don’t forget “TINA” as Maggie used to rage, well maybe there is an alternative. No more boom and bust, no Brown or Bullingdons!!

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    M.T. Bucket says:

    I thought you had won the lottery and retired.

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    Moley says:

    My experience from my canvassing days is that the only purpose the Labour party has had for years is to keep the conservatives out of office.

    Labour created the force which opposed them; without the Conservatives, Labour no longer has any purpose or reason to exist.

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    simon says:

    Yep, it was/is a shite campaign. What went wrong? Well, the Tories have not been the Tories since Nov 1990. The Europhiles have won the internal debate about the EU in the Parliamentary party; meanwhile most of the tory voter/member is anti-EU (and some have buggered off to UKIP- as shown by their massive EP vote)… Whilst Bliar was in power the Tories have tried to become ‘cuddly’ and ‘nice’ like NoucheLabour, but were preferred when they were percieved as ‘tough and standing up for the country’s interests’… Wasn’t Letwin responsible for manifesto and campaign: he would suit a campaign based on tea and biccies with Ms Marple but not in today’s climate. Plus Gideon does not convince as a potential Chancellor. WTF Hague isn’t in that job???!!!! It’s been a balls up since Nov 1990 and will continue to be so until they return ‘back to basics’ and stop trying to be ‘liked’.

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    A mere peasant says:

    At least they’ve stopped saying, “we can’t go on like this.”

    Because they can’t go on like this.

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    Taxfodder says:

    This time all the Tory Party had to do was to ask the electorate a very simple question: “Do you want five more years of Gordon Brown?”

    The answer is of course, a simple “No”

    The trouble is they don’t want the Tories either….

    Its all over bar the shouting huffing and puffing the electorate is out for blood!

    Tally hooooo!

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    Raving Loon says:

    The tories need to stop being socialists wearing blue ties. Their vote would double if they offered policies that were actually, you know, conservative!

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    dreary steeples says:

    I have now come to the conclusion, that the Dave and his team don’t want to win, simply because the nation is so far up the creek and cannot be fixed.

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    Lightweight Cast Iron says:

    Come in Wavey Davey

    Your time is up…

    Cast Iron my arse.

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    Gordon Brown says:

    If you want someone who knows the right thing to do you must go with Labour

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    Anonymous says:

    But an incredibly large asian communty and the nation’s highest proportion of postal voters.

    Not that there’s any connection between the two.

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    Er no.

    They elected Dave because he performed better than Davis in the final conference election speeches.

    There’s a message there if you care to look for it: Vote for the best performing seal and see what happens.

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    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Erm, I think you will find, if you are clever enough to look ( which I sincerely doubt ) that Cameron and the Tories had a massive lead in the polls until november of last year, when it started to contract rapidly.
    Can`t for the life of me remember what happened then, something about cast iron, locks`n`keys, or some blather.
    Anyhoo, the deed was done and the great switch off started.

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    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Shhhh, Dave does not want to mention either, something to do with being nasty or some other tosh I gather.

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    Fred says:

    We have to remember that the British public only voted for Thatcher when all other avenues had been exhausted and masty medicine was absolutely the only remedy.

    They are a long way from that now, still believing that money may not grow on trees but it clearly can be printed at will.

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    Fred says:

    I think Cameron hoped to extend his lead over Labour further and thus reduce the possibility of a hung Parliament. I don’t think he expected Clegg to do well. But then again any support based on just one appearance on TV is bound to be pretty soft and training the guns on the piffle Clegg came out with last time could result in his undoing.

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    Dave Heir says:

    Dave`s lack of attack, definition and backtracking, is destroying any chance of the Conservatives gaining power.
    Perhaps you are right, his job was to destroy the Conservatives from within, change policy, make the brand indistinguishable from the rest, use consensus to abandon real debate and change, parachute people, who at best, could be described as marginally Tory, into safe seats ala Labour, calling die hard supporters “dinosaurs”.
    It looks to be some sort of silent coup, throw the election and let LabLib`s stitch up all future elections, “forcing” the party ever leftwards, with inevitable resulting disenfranchisement and increased rejection of the democratic process.
    That, or he is a genuine Tory disguising himself brilliantly from the electorate to make himself unelectable, or I am paranoid.

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    mhayworth says:

    Yes, bring on Ken Clarke front and centre so the rest of the Eurosceptics will come over to UKIP and we can finally put this left wing, EU Lemming, Cameron Purpose, Conservative Party to bed!

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    Are All Jocks Ignorant Thicko`s? says:

    “the only party that thinks Eton boys are too left wing!”

    Are you willfully idiotic or just a simpleton? UKIP do not have a problem with social class, something along with race, that only envious socialists are obsessed by.
    However, they do have a problem with an unelected government of this country and the traitors who have sold it out.

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    Save Dave, please says:

    A second viewing yesterday of Dave’s performance reinforced first impressions, it was quite lamentable and did everything possible to put Clegg in the best possible light. As an early pensioner and predictably like so many others born in the 40’s, I long with all my heart for the return of a conservative government. The overriding crass stupidity of risking/destabilizing a sure thing win after Labour’s disastrous 13 years with an irresponsible populist Libdem intervention turns the value destruction of our country from tragedy to farce. So in my feeble unsophisticated non PC blogging mind I’m trying to find some positives in the feint hope that dave might take on some of these thoughts and Guido, whose blog I admire greatly, does not censor me again.
    If nothing else Clegg’s instant popularity does at least demonstrate beyond doubt how deeply unpopular Brown is, and how the electorate really does want something better.
    There are still 2 debates and surely some unforeseen events which could still give rise to a working lead for Cameron.
    However this cannot possibly happen unless Dave changes his approach as simply more of the same, which he seems to be suggesting is in store, will equally simply just give rise to two more debate defeats and the certainty of a Brown lead LabLib government and the Torys in the wilderness for the rest of my life if not longer.
    Clegg’s performance was exactly the same as he gives on PMQs, hardly surprising, yet neither Dave nor anyone else in Tory HQ seemed to have prepared Dave for that. Its not the playing its the winning that counts now.
    What we got from Dave was poorly worded gobbets of soundbites direct from his crib sheets with no correlation to what the others were saying and not a spark of spontaneity. OK, it is risky but if you know, understand and are passionate about your subject, it should not be an unacceptable risk to speak plainly – Dave obviously thought it was.
    Being Mr Nice Guy doesn’t matter now. Neither Clegg nor Brown are nice guys or play by the rules and neither gives a hoot. Dave you are not going to revert to Nasty Party if you draw attention to Brown’s past performance, lies, deceits and massaging of history, and we expect it of you now the gloves are off and even those about to fall further in love with Clegg might see you in a more sympathetic light.
    You let soundbites become established facts without challenge. Why? Of your 30% guaranteed Tory voters, 100% have been gagging to hear you put to bed the myths of say; only the 3000 richest people will benefit from inheritance tax changes, Torys will cut nurses and police (why can’t you point out its happening already now under Labour), cut Trident to save £100m (its £20m in my lifetime), cap immigration on 10,000 per quarter for the whole of the next term, if Brown wants reform of the Lords why has he been stuffing it with his unelected cronies and failed MP’s including the sacked speaker etc etc.
    Dave please reduce the Clintonesque homespun stuff, its sounds faintly ridiculous coming from you. You blew the opportunity to really have a go at Brown over soldier’s kit. You never say we fought 2 wars plus on a peacetime budget thanks to Chancellor Brown, which obviously cost lives.

    Dave, you will have 5 years to think up things you could have said and find 1000 ways of saying I told you so to the British public in general and Brown in particular. You are supposed to have some of the best political minds and strategists behind you. Either they are no better than I am or you are not listening. Tomorrow morning have breakfast with Tim Bell, then get aggressive, be your own man and get back to where you should be, on top of a delusional flyweight and a tired old bully. Give the voters the real nuggets to turn out to vote for you and hold back Oliver Letwin’s grand rebirth of society for your victory speach, where it rightly belongs.

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    Momentum says:

    That could work if they chuck out Cameron and Osborne and any other numpty who has failed to oppose Labour and then get on with the job of sticking it up them (the Labour Party that is) rather than being scared of being seen as nasty.

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    little girl from Kick-Ass says:

    Agreed. But only two people want to talk about it and they are not allowed on the debates. Now you know why.

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    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Absolutely, all trust in what Dave had to say started drying up from that moment on, he lost his credibility end of story.
    People are desperate for someone to come out and address their concerns, someone who will do what they say and work honestly, for the best outcome for the people and the country.
    Liars, promise breakers and frauds, need not apply.

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    I Remember You Hoo says:

    A real bonfire of the Quangocracy, oh yeah, while you are at it, I would like some semblance of a free society back too Dave.

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    Anonymous says:

    “Just as Major challenged Blair to debate.”


    Blair challenged Major. When Major unexpectedly agreed (as he had nothing left to lose) Nulab found ‘technical’ reasons for a debate to be impossible. Then Major kept taunting Blair by calling for a debate. How apt that the inept Major will go down as the last ever tory prime minister. Ha ha ha.

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    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Clegg would hand what little is left over to the EU and Cable is an economic illiterate. So in all they would not be worse than Browns gang of fools, they would be just as bad and we know where that is leading to, don`t we?

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    Dave Heir says:

    I cannot in all good conscience, support or advocate, the use of Conservative ideals. There I have said it, now all fellow lefties, do you love me now?

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    Anonymous says:

    “it may well be someone that you REALLY do NOT like”

    Talk for yourself cυnt. Death by lots of pain to all the liblabcon traitors.

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    Anonymous says:

    Dave was given it on a plate with bloody whipped cream and strawberries, now it’s an Eaton Mess!

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    Henry's Afterthought says:

    Is Dave a Tory? The words “I stand on my record” spring to mind.

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    There Really are Reds Under our Beds says:

    If only we had a Scot free Enlgand.

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    Billy Bragg says:

    “Immigration. Every canvasser I have spoken to from every party has told me that the issue that keeps coming up on the doorstep is immigration. This is a Tory issue”

    Same old nasty tories. Immigration is good for us. Only uneducated stupid white people don’t like it.

    What I say is, if the working class don’t like living in the foreign-occupied areas of England, like my home town of Dagenham, they should buy a mansion in Hampshire. That’s what I did.

    Let incomers have everything they want, and then even more. Buy my latest release.

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    Anonymous says:

    Totally agree at least the LD’s will gve us a referendum and be honest on their stance about it unlike the Tories who claim to hate it but wont allow any changes to our relationship with the EU.

    Dave is a shite leader and has been from day one, there is no way Hague would be as stuffed now if leader and no way all those spiv advisors would be calling the shots either.

    Have you learned nothing from Labour? The public see right through it!

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    There Really are Reds Under our Beds says:

    Engage brain. Have you taken a look at what happened in London? A Tory won it under single transferable vote despite the fact that the entire city is a mass of benefit scroungers and useless public sector employees washed up from third world countries

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    Anonymous says:

    oh christ what a brilliant story that would be!

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    There Really are Reds Under our Beds says:

    That did it for me. I’ll be voting UKIP. Fact is that Cemron proved that he wasn’t just a Europhile, or even just a liar. He proved he was a moron as well. All he had to do was offer a referendum on continued EU membership – everybody would have been happy. You can’t lose if you give the people choice.

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    restandbthankfull says:

    Bragg by name brag by nature.

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    There Really are Reds Under our Beds says:

    Yep, and used up their best ammunition fighting wars that couldn’t be won. Cameron was the boy born with the silver spoon in his mouth that managed to achieve fuck-all before he though he could win an election. Osborne is another rich boy done fuck-all that just happens to be his best mate that we are expected to believe can run the economy better than Vince Cable, formerly senior economist at Shell.

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    There Really are Reds Under our Beds says:

    Yep. What is worse is that he only needed to promise a vote on the UKs continued membership. Where’s the real harm in that? nothing to stop him campaigning for continued entry if he felt so inclined at a later date. Strongly suggested to me he was either a fool or in someone’s back pocket.

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    Snotsicle says:

    I’d need to hear specific details on the LibDums’ referendum before giving it too much credence.
    What question are they going to ask?
    When are they going to ask it?
    Is the outcome legally binding and irreversible?
    etc. etc.

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    There Really are Reds Under our Beds says:

    No first past the post in London – got a Tory Mayor though.

    No first past the post in the EU. Tories and UKIP in 1st and second place.

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    Pasty Bird says:

    Rubbish. LD posters definitely outnumber Tory posters in the Duchy.

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    Snotsicle says:

    Cast-iron not necessary, just black & white as an addendum to the manifesto.

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    Desperate Dan says:

    I love the hilarious Julia Goldsworthy leaflets in Falmouth & Cambourne featuring the sharp picture of handsome boyish Clegg and the blurry gnarled and twisted pics of Brown and Cameron.

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    Desperate Dan says:

    Mind you, he’s got Frances Maude working on the Conservative election. Maude always messes up on account of the fact that he’s got absolutely no political antennae. Whatever appeals to him is guaranteed to be a complete turnoff for the electorate.

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    Anonymous says:

    Is it too late to invite this Gentleman to take over leadership of the Conservtive Party?

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    mandypoo says:

    Cam’s policies are all very airy fairy for everybody,

    My policy is a hairy fairy for everybody. Sure fire winner with that. Pass the biscuits dear.

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    Ruth Kelly's plaything says:

    Sure. And Trident, and i/d cards, and the NHS database.

    I understand that the frogs don’t centralise their health records. Instead they give each citoyen a chip’n’pin card that carries all their records. The quack pops it in his card-reader and – bingo! – he’s bang up to date. Then he updates it for the current consultation and hands it back.

    A fraction of the cost, everyone’s got control of their own data, no frigging centralised ‘system’ and THE BLOODY THING WORKS!

    They also pay their Drs far less than we pay ours, which keeps their costs down a lot. Anticipate a flood of non-English-speaking GPs as soon as they catch on. (EU rules – can’t refuse to employ them.)

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    Ruth Kelly's plaything says:

    You’ve just made me realise (I am slow on the uptake, I know) that what we really want is a new party.

    Labour isn’t Labour any more. The Tories aren’t Conservatives any more. The LibDems are a waste of space. UKIP and the Banque Nationale de Paris will always be pygmies. There’s nobody worth voting for, but plenty to vote against.

    Being old enough to remember an earlier time of dissatisfaction, I recall the foundation of the SDP and its instantaneous ascent to 40% approval. They were moderate lefties at a time when Labour had gone barmy – they pulled to the right.

    What we need now is a not-immoderate right-wing party, some force that pulls to the right to counter all the lefty twaddle we get from Dave’n’Nick.

    THAT would be worth voting for. I nominate D Hannan, J Redwood, W Hague, M Gove and – especially – D Davis to run it. The last is untainted by association with the Dave project and retains his credibility as a potential leader.

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    Budgie says:

    The LibDums ratted on their promise of a referendum on the EU Constitution/Lisbon.

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    Stephen Crumb says:

    However much it loathes me to say it Cameron has never had nor will he ever have Blair’s X factor. That’s what this election needed to take out Labour and the Tories don’t have it.

    I think we’ll see Brown PM, Clegg Number 2, Cable at the Exchequer and Balls replaced by a Liberal at Education. Most Labour voters would live with that and unfortunately the electorate don’t seem to mind that.

    Other posters are right AV or any other pr system will work against the Tories. I can see the Christian Democrat wing splitting off in a Gernam style realignment.

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    Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells says:

    Fortunately the election will be won by the most popular party on May 6th, not April 19th. Lets hope the Conservatives wheel out the right people and the right tactics in the next two weeks.

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    Tarquin says:

    “There was a mixture of gallows humour and real concern. Nobody could understand why with the most unpopular PM ever and an economy on its back the Tory Party is polling at the same level as Michael Howard when he lost in 2005. The only solution was to have another glass of wine.”

    Because we don’t bloody want the Tories – just because Labour are utter crap does not mean you get to automatically win, that sheer arrogance is why all the swing voters are backing the third party, bring us some real policies, real ideas and real leadership – you do not deserve to win, and people will try their hardest to keep both parties down

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    Anonymous says:

    Well, apart from Clarke being invisible (quoted in the Sunday Times) and the disappearance of the Bog Society theme (PEB). Those are just two fallacies that jumped out; doesn’t give one confidence for the rest…..

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    Margaret Mitchell says:

    David Cameron appears to me to be like Tony Blair, a man without any principle and interested in obtaining office but without any conviction, almost as though he is entitled through birth and position to it. Coupled with the fact that he already demonstrates an arrogance and contempt for the “little people’ that the Conservative cohort under Margaret Thatcher and then John Major took many years to achieve he is likely to be repellent to many who are dismayed by the incompetence and dishonesty of the Labour leader and his party. It should hardly be surprising therefore that they have been unable to establish a clear lead and that smaller and sectional parties are doing better than is normal.
    Watch now as the Conservative Party reach for the bottom of the barrel and heave loads of the stinking stuff.
    I still think that Cameron will get a majority, albeit small, but it will be as the Labour Party victory was in 1997 a disaster for the majority of the citizens of the U.K and an opportunity for the minority to keep stuffing their Swiss bank accounts.

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    Surely you accidentally truncated your list. It numbers well over 646 and includes the likes of, Jacky Smiff, John Prescott, Peter Mandelson, Damian McBride, Gordon Brown, Gordon Brown’s brother, Sneaker Bercow, Cast-Iron Cameron, those other thieving lib-dem/tory/labour expense fraudsters, those other thieving labour and lib-dem millionaire lords who made fraudulent expense claims, …

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    Leftleast says:

    The big problem of course is that the Tories have been looking at an open goal for the last decade and a half and couldn’t even plant a goal in it. Now we are in election mode and it is dawning on everyone that the Tories have not only been napping for the last 15 years, when they have the chance to grasp power they trip over their shoelaces.

    It isn’t good enough to assume that you will just have to hang around long enough as the second of the two main parties for power to fall into your lap, and don’t feel you have to work for it. The electorate are fed up to the back teeth with the shilly shallying of the Tories, soft on hoodies, soft on immigration, soft on just about everything.

    The country is crying out for leadership and tat is exactly what we won’t get with Cameron.

    Key Tory policies which could have guaranteed an election win?

    1) An end to all immigration, including quotas for Europeans who also want to settle here – we are an island we don’t have he room and we are now hosts to a mssive benefit/education/health tourism spawned by eastern europe’s inability o manage its own economy adeqautely.

    2) A vote on he Lisbon Treaty – back peddling was a big mistake. Cameron promised a vote and he should stand by it

    3) An English Parliament – at a stroke the beleaguered English taxpayer would have jumped into Cameron’s camp – no sign of a Parliament in fact very little sign anything will change under Cameron, especially as he has declared no interest in stopping the Barnett Formula (needed obviously to retain his single MP in Holyrood!!)

    4) An end to the Health and Safety fascism we hae had to suffer – just offering to dismantle the edifice of the HSE and replacing it with a more sensible framework wouldget cheer from the masses…not a squeak (cosying up t the Unions now????)

    5) Electoral Reform – an elected Lords, the current mess is an obscenity to our democracy. Also we need every vote to count, so a method of PR is now overdue. Why can’t the Tories be more practical and proactive is it ALL just about self interest?

    There is so much the Tories could have gone for, but it was too timid, too ideas free and that wishy washy Tree logo looks like an estate agent and does absolutely NOTHING for me.

    How about something a bit more dynamic? Or will the Tories simply snatch defeat from the jaws of victory because they were too arrogant and assumed history ould (inevitably) deliver power them – it won’t they aren’t worthy and the body politic isn’t worthy so the electorate (collectively) has to make a stand and by rejecting them all we send tem a message they will never forget – go back to your constituencies and sort yourselves out – what you are offering is not what we want……

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    Robbo says:

    This is all a wonderful irony. When Benedict Brogan (no doubt unconsciously channelling pro-banker anti-parliament views shared coincidentally by his masters the Barclay brothers) set off the anti-democratic witch-hunt against MPs, gleefully assisted by Guido and his hunting pack, he presumably believed that besmirching the name of all MPs would paradoxically benefit the Tories. Cameron could be relied on to smoothly spin the message around so that, despite his own self-enrichment from parliamentary expenses, he would somehow appear as the agent of change.

    Now that set of assumptions has been blown sky-high and the probable outcome is to sweep away for ever the prospect of a Tory majority when a full PR system is brought in by a Lab-LibDem government.

    I bet Benedict and Guido never in their wildest dreams of right-wing hegemony ever saw that one coming.

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    Fred Blogs says:

    Bingle wants Ken Clarke to talk about Europe!

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    […] of prominent Conservative Lobbyist and Chairman of PR firm Bell Pottinger , Peter Bingle. His contemptuous opinion of his own sides campaign is obvious – “This is the most inept Tory campaign in living memory. I […]

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    Anonymous says:

    That is pretty much UKIP’s manifesto.

    Living in a safe Labour seat I am now seriously considering voting for them. If my vote counted I would have to vote Con to get rid of Broon.

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    theprofromdover says:

    Call-me-Dave wasn’t wrong to take the debate (he had no choice)
    Where he was wrong was in tactics and presentation.
    All he had to say was fire negatives at the World Statesman of the Year.

    Home Office? -not fit for purpose.
    National Debt? -out of control.
    Health Service? -bucket-loads of dosh spent, no improvements whatsoever. Targets upon targets, and no method-statement for achieving them. Only layers of middle-management added to massage the figures.
    Law? -a million new laws, seemingly only people jailed are the law-abiding citizens
    Public Sector? -Years of promises on staffing reductions and improvements in efficiencies, actual result diddly-squat.
    Immigration? -Years of not having a clue how many came in, not building any new schools for them, no infrastructure, no jobs but bucket-loads of benefits and the fostering of a whole host of corrupt language schools
    Education? -continuing deterioration in standards, and everyone’s right to a devalued university place.
    Housing? -Countless targets for new-home construction, never even remotely met. Strategic planning clueless, just load up the South-East with an extra 10 million unhappy commuters, and then price them out of their homes.
    Transport? -only 2 policies, (raise petrol prices and install CCTV cameras on anything over 30mph). Forget everything else.
    Politicians? -a positive encouragement of corrupt expenses practices and disenfranchised MPs with only a rubber-stamp vote.
    Foreign Office? -Clueless, and when you add the Proboscis Monkey’s Foreign Aid Dept, Jeez-oh.
    Energy? -Power cuts heading our way in 2015 because no strategic planning whosoever for a decade.
    The City? -where do you start??????

    Brown is the easiest target ever, you just name the topic, and load your guns. He has been wrong on everything, and whenever he was conceptually remotely right, he hadn’t a clue how to deliver. The worst PM/Chancellor ever, -not even a pygmy mediocrity, a wholesale disaster.

    There’s still time Davy-boy. Roll your sleeves up and get you finger out. Gordo is not your friend remember.

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