March 28th, 2014

Pundit’s “Budget for the Old” Wins Youth Vote
Weird Ed Has Lost Younger Voters Since Budget 

If you read the pundits, for example Jonathan Freedland and Polly Toynbee, the budget was aimed at older voters to counteract UKIP’s attraction to older more traditional small ‘c’ conservative voters. This is the pundit’s explanation for the poll lead collapse by Labour – now down to just 1%. Pundits claim Osborne has cunningly found granny’s political g-spot.

Has he really? Here is the move post budget in Tory support:

tory-budget-poll

Younger voters up 5%, middle years up 3%, grey-haired support unchanged for the Tories. Whereas for Ed Miliband:

lab-budget-poll

Labour has actually gained older voters perhaps nostalgic for the Kinnock type socialism now offered by Miliband. Weird Ed has lost 6% support from young voters, slightly less from middle age voters and gained 2% more support from aging lefties. Don’t think this is a random poll error – the YouGov results above are based on combining 8 polls to give some good sample sizes. Pundits will no doubt mull this over and recalibrate their musings. Guido has a working hypothesis, backed up by some data: Ed just isn’t cool. He’s an uncool weirdo that younger voters don’t want to be associated with, he has loser written all over him. 51 per cent of 18-24 year olds describe Ed Miliband as weird, the percentage of the Shadow Cabinet that agrees is even higher…


75 Comments

  1. 1
    bergen says:

    It’s rather amusing that the leader of the “people’s party” is the least normal of them all.

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    • 7
      Socialism is theft says:

      The mainstream media are clueless. Power to the people.

      Vote UKIP – the people’s party.

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      • 11
        Toxic Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Peedos, Green Nazis & other Wasters says:

        I’m surprised the disgusting Labour Party gets any votes at all after trashing the Country 3 times now. Where are these stupid fools that would vote for a 4th round of destruction.

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        • 14
          M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

          Not all are stupid: some are so-called socialists who personally benefit at other people’s and the country’s expense. Hypocrites, in other words.

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        • 21
          Never underestimate the overall gullibility of large swathes of the electorate says:

          There is a core of people that would vote Labour even if they were represented by a donkey wearing a red rosette.

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        • 61
          Benny Fitz-Claymont says:

          Labour are the party that steal Other Peoples’ Money and dish it out.

          There will always be those around to receive free stolen money.

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    • 40
      Scum salad says:

      I don’t care if he is weird. I care that he is an incompetent twat, who has already been given responsibility in Government and proven to be useless, costly and frankly dangerous to the UK’s future.

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    • 62
      Gordon "I'm not weird at all" Brown says:

      Let’s not forget that Dave Miliband is a fucking weirdo too, even if he is a bit less weird than Ed.

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  2. 2
    Winning for Britain says:

    The choice of a new generation.

    George Osborne is winning for Britain.

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  3. 3
    Garfield says:

    The boy Milliband isn’t weird he is well just different, in todays society we should embrace that and vote for him. After all it seems to be working for Stephanie Kinnock.

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  4. 4
    Lord Owen Jones of The Cottage says:

    If it walks like a duck, looks like a duck, and sounds like a duck…
    Should I really be having sex with it?

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  5. 4
    Anonymous says:

    the welsh voter are like their sheep easily led.

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  6. 6
    C.U.N.Tuesday says:

    Vote Kinnock

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  7. 8
    the rev flowers says:

    Throw any lost youths my way, I’m feeling stressed.

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    • 18
      The public says:

      If you are feeling depressed over the death of your mother, why not bugger some rent boys and snort cocaine..just to express your grief.
      Oh…and fuck a multi-million pound bank into the ground too

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  8. 9
    Ed Moribund says:

    I am like a cool David Schwimmer.

    I’m geeky!
    I like dinosaurs!
    My wife is a lesbian!

    I’m one of the least popular characters in a long running series

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  9. 12
    I hate Labour says:

    Any of you see Fat Abbott on last night’s QT? What a useless tub of lard. Every time she spoke, she kept wagging her finger in her customary offensive and didactic manner. That’s when she wasn’t looking down to read off her cribsheet. Utter c-unt.

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    • 15
      jgm2 says:

      Surely she looks up to read off her crib sheet. I always wondered what she found so fascinating on the ceiling. Now we know.

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    • 20
      I fucking hate lefties says:

      It’s the way of many a lefty. I don’t know if it’s supposed to convey the impression that they know what they’re talking about.

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      • 25
        I hate Labour says:

        This was the best moment in the programme. A guy in the audience smacks her down for her audacity. But for extra lulz, check out the expressions of the faces of the twins next to him who seems aghast that someone’s daring to criticise Flabbot.

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        • 45
          Scum salad says:

          Amazing how such a clueless stupid pig can have such a comfortable lifestyle paid for by the rest of us.

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          • Diane Abo says:

            I’s only coming on to de sho, cos I is gettin mi apiiiiruns feee and I get to ting the white boys batties with mi stupid rants that I is knowing is bullsheet

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        • 56
          jgm2 says:

          Good on him. But notice she still didn’t answer the question about whether she’d actually voted for the legislation that put this system in place.

          And Dimbleby gave up asking her.

          She’s just a fucking chancer.

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        • 65
          Pass the dickhead on the Lefty side says:

          My GP and my television repair man have both advised me to stop watching it.

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  10. 13
    Village Idiot says:

    ……And on another matter: …The Sun, is wrong about Farages stance on Ukraine!…..I, uninformed as I am,hold exactly the same view as Farage before I knew his position!….He is correct in his opinion!…What I saw on the Magic Lantern, was an elected,but apparently corrupt,president ousted!..I saw terrible,violent ,professional rioting by thugs that the EU and the rest seem to have sided with!…I saw people voting in Crimea,but unlike Cameron,i did not see a gun!…I saw the result and celebrations that seemed correct…..I saw the unelected reps of the EU,strutting around Kiev,and (not in my name)Hague laying flowers!…..My Sun,you are on the wrong side in this!..I am not pro or anti Russian,but admire their game,which has made utter fools of the west..

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    • 19
      Feste says:

      +1

      You may be the village idiot but you ain’t no Fool.

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      • 46
        Socialism is theft says:

        The EU elite are so arrogant they think they can expand their empire without any regard to countries like Russia. They are dangerous and do have blood on their hands. In the Ukraine, and outside Europe as well – e.g. in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

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    • 22
      A warning from history says:

      Too true…the EU encouraged the Ukraine that they could join the EU if they just overthrew their pro-Russian Government.

      Why was Ashton and Hague strutting around Kiev and holding talks with a government whose legitimacy is dubious ?

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      • 51
        Victoria Nuland, Dick Cheney's assistant says:

        Ashton and Hague are useful figleaves

        We actually run things from Washington

        We wnt chaos and destruction in Poo’n’s back yard

        That will teach him for telling us that we are liars, hypocrites and neocon war criminals

        We are exceptional and above all laws
        PS
        Just look at our President kissing jihadi ass today to get Saudis to pump more oil to screw the Russians

        The Saudi King is our oldest ally in the region and outstanding democrat

        Watch this space

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    • 24
      M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

      It was Germany’s hasty recognition of Croatia that forced Serbia’s hand and the Balkans ignited 20 years or so ago. Similarly, today, the EU has encroached on Russia’s sphere of influence, where they have military bases, and have deliberately fanned the flames of revolution there for a second time. With Putin watching his naval base in Syria under threat he was never going to take any chances in Crimea.

      I wouldn’t overestimate the support the people of Crimea have for Russia, but they have probably sided with the lesser of two evils. The rush for a referendum meant that old voting lists were used. I doubt that anyone under 25 were on them.

      But once again Putin has outplayed the West. Unfortunately we can’t vote out our EU leaders. Perhaps Putin could help us out there?

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      • 31
        Socialism Ate My Future says:

        I hazard a guess that in future Putin and NATOs credentials (current loss of) will embolden the Chi-coms in the pacific theatre.

        In my opinion of course.

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        • 42
          The Cild War is over says:

          You sound like a retired US Colonel trolling for the military industrial complex

          How about NATO nuking Iran, sunshine?!

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          • Socialism Ate My Future says:

            I wish I was in receipt of the $ the industrial military complex throw around like confetti.

            I was merely pointing out that poking the bear will awake the dragon, either way not good for us plebs.

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      • 36
        Adam says:

        And now the unelected IMF is providing $18 billion of Western taxpayers money to bail out Ukraine, which has been pillaged by those nice crooks buying up London property and laundering their billions thu those lovely honest banks in the City

        Thank you Mr Blair and Mr Clinton for organising their immunity

        Hope your millions in bungs will protect you from the wrath of the People

        Thevtruth is widely known now, at last

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      • 52
        Go slow Cameron says:

        Amazing that Putin can enable and enact a referendum in just 2 weeks while Dave needs 10 years.

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        • 55
          Alex Salmon says:

          And SNP 300 odd years

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          • orthern Ireland's Nationalist politicians. says:

            We pretend we want a referendum on a united Ireland but we don’t really because we know we would lose it, and we’d have to stop whining.

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    • 69
      Tony Baloney says:

      “We are the EU. Lower your Borders and surrender your Sovereignty. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.”

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  11. 16
    Fair Dues to Ozzy says:

    Let’s face it. Osborne by stuffing the city institutions who were making a killing out of pension legislation grotesquely stacked to make them a fortune at pensioners’ expense also plays to the younger voter.

    It’s quite amazing that no chancellor has done this before and even more amazing that it was a Conservative chancellor.

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  12. 17
    the mystic mould with the appearance of the face of Jesus says:

    how’s Hancock ? is he in insensitive care ?

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  13. 23
    Paper-Scissors-Stone says:

    Paper-Scissors-Stone

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    • 26
      Hardworking business people are the new hardworking families. says:

      That’s a new one from our Ed. “Hardworking business people”.

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    • 28
      M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

      So that’s guaranteed that there’ll be no market price drops and has effectively killed investment in the industry until after the election.

      Well done Ed. Another day, another bandwagon, another fuckup.

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      • 37
        Mind the gap says:

        How can a politician dictate to a private company what they should charge for their product? Can somebody point me in the direction of cloud cuckoo land please?

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      • 43
        Mitch says:

        Exactly. If the wholesale price of gas drops next year Ed would have stopped us benefitting. Assuming we would have, anyway, of course.

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    • 59
      jgm2 says:

      Fuck off Ned. Nobody cares.

      And if the Tories could be bothered they’d point out that it was your windmill tax that was making energy so fucking expensive in the first place.

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    • 66
      Slacka says:

      Why won’t Ed stand up for skivers?

      Not alll of us want to work ourselves into an early grave just to benefit HMRC.

      Was she told when she was young that pain
      Would lead to pleasure?
      Did she understand it when they said
      That a man must break his back to earn
      His day of leisure?
      Will she still believe it when he’s dead?

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  14. 29
    Osborne's Cat says:

    Im going to sneeze

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  15. 30
    V for Vera says:

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  16. 71
    Everyone says:

    Never mind that bollocks, where’s the fahquing caption competition?

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  17. 72
    Ed The Weirdo says:

    Labour is the weirdo party!

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  18. 74
    John says:

    To be honest there is no point is really attacking Polly Toynbee’s views on anything because she is utterly bonkers.

    Take her article on Europe in today’s Grauniand. She is almost rabid in her contempt for views she disagrees with. I can only suggest that it’s the combination of too much Tuscan sunshine combined with poll figures increasingly indicating that Ed Miliband is leading the party to a car-crash in 2015.

    She is the political equivalent of Miss Havisham, yearning for policies that the rest of the world left behind 30 years ago.

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