May 12th, 2014

Tories Take Lead in Ashcroft Telephone Polling

The Tories have pulled ahead in a national poll for the first time in two years. The Ashcroft/ConHome telephone poll will cheer CCHQ, though it’s a slender lead. Ashcroft says:

“one thing I should point out is that the Tory lead is somewhat more slender than it looks: if one fewer interviewee had named the Conservatives the party’s score would have been rounded down to 33 per cent rather than up to 34 per cent, and the lead would be down to one point.”

The psychological impact is far more important than the details though. 


  1. 1
    Ockham's Razor says:

    This is worse news for Labour than it is good news for the Tories.

  2. 2
    Mongo the Labour voter says:

    Mongo say labour

  3. 3
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    May be pov

  4. 4
    Cool Dude says:

    Labour will still beat the tories. The Tories are the party of the rich, and don’t care about us lot.

  5. 5
    Ed Miliband says:


  6. 6
    Poll-dancing for beginners says:

    “if one fewer interviewee had named the Conservatives … “

    So, in other words, the sample is so small as to be virtually meaningless

  7. 7
    Pork sausage seller says:

    Halal sailor.

  8. 8
    JH-2309123845902314 says:

    Are these strikes wrong?

  9. 9
    JH-2309123845902314 says:

    Polls are always meaningless when they don’t support the left’s approved position.

  10. 10
    Ockham's Razor says:

    UKIP represent the disenfranchised English – Cruddas

    The penny has just dropped with someone from the LibLabCon. How long before the others get it?

  11. 11
    Rickytshirt says:

    Not necessarily. That could happen with any sample size.

  12. 12
    Mike Wilkinson says:

    & Labour have lost about 6% of their support to UKIP for the Euro’s on 22/05.

    Not looking too comfortable for old “Sniffer” is it?

  13. 13
    Margaret Hodge says:

    Labour are also the party of the rich –

    but try to avoid telling anyone.

  14. 14
    Witty Moniker says:

    No, in a poll of 1,000 people, say, 1 respondent = 0.1%. Ashcroft’s talking about the difference between 33.4% and 33.5%.

    But I guess numbers aren’t Leftists strong point eh?

  15. 15
    Mongo the Labour voter says:

    Mongo poor mongo like being poor mongo vote labour

  16. 16
    táxpáyér says:

    But mongo just pawn in game of life..

  17. 17
    Mitch says:

    Conservative poll shows Conservative lead Shocker.

  18. 18
    Fruitcake and swivel eyed loony loving the panic and utter desperation says:

    15% eh?

    By the autumn it’ll be pushing 20% then the real panic will begin.

    Vote UKIP, get UKIP.

  19. 19
    Jack Straw says:

    The English, as a race, are not worth saving.

    Notice I didn’t specify – saving from what?

  20. 20
    The World Turned Upside Down says:

    There’s no knowing what the result might have been if they’d asked in a different pub.

  21. 21
    Ed Miliband says:

    Ith the NH Th thupid

  22. 22
    frank says:

    People who vote Labour are stupid and greedy. They want other people’s money for nothing.
    People who still vote Conservative are just stupid.

  23. 23
    Anonymous says:

    And if Cast Iron Cameron had held the EU referendum he promised , he might be on 46% today.

    We don’t want to be in the hated EU any more, until the Tories recognise that they wont win

  24. 24
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    All polls should quote a margin of error e.g. +/- 3%

  25. 25
    Cinna says:

    Let’s have a little chat about Margaret Dodge and her call for Barlow to lose his OBE.

  26. 26
    nell says:

    Every other poll is also showing a dramatic dive in support for labour . It’s not surprising as they have no credible policies and have started campaigning for the election with these very weird adverts about cats eating people!

  27. 27
    Ed Balls and his Wacko World of Wonganomics says:

    The biggest number there is is eleventeen.

  28. 28
    táxpáyér says:

    Fruitcake: Rich, nice, traditional, not airy nor half-baked.
    Dave-Party: Rent-seeker, sanctimonious, new-age bollocks, fairy cake light and lacking substantial filling.

  29. 29
    Ed The Thicko says:

    Ed the intellectually confident twat, is seen as being thick, wet behind the ears and as sexy as a limp lettuce.

  30. 30
    The Left says:

    No, this doesn’t sound nice, so we’ll just carry on pretending that the English don’t exist without giving it a moment of actual thought.

    Strange isn’t it, being in the the only country on Earth whose self-appointed public intellectuals show such obvious disdain for their own country and people, which have given said intellectuals and ‘opinion formers’ so very very much and have only had sneers and petulant demands for ‘more!’ in return.

    We won’t dwell on that too much though.

  31. 31
    Cool Dude says:

    But you mean the good generous rich who help the poor.

  32. 32
    Ctesibius says:

    Can you explain something for me?

    What Cameron said was that he wanted a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, and that if he as in a position to determine whether or not to sign up to the Treaty, he would hold a referendum beforehand to give the British electorate the opportunity to decide whether it should be signed or not.

    The Maximum Imbecile (Hi Gordon!) signed the Treaty himself without any sort of referendum or consultation. Perhaps the voices in his head, or his ‘moral compass’, or his dead Dad told him to. Or a combination of all of those. In any event, he signed it, arranging especially to do so in private, for some reason which I am sure also made sense to him.

    By the time Cameron got into a position where signing treaties was in his jobspec, the Treaty had already been signed by his snot-eating predecessor.

    You say “if Cast Iron Cameron had held the EU referendum he promised , he might be on 46% today”. Do you mean to say that if Cameron had held a referendum with a question phrased something like ‘Did you approve of the treaty my predecessor signed last year?’ or ‘Had you had the opportunity to approve the Lisbon Treaty before it was enacted, would you have done so?’ the Conservative’s ratings would be up 13%?

    I’m not exactly Cameron’s biggest fan, and I certainly think the European Union is a truly terrible organisation in many ways, but if this is what you are saying I don’t get how it works.

  33. 33
    Labour are Lurching to the Left says:

    Labour think Ed Miliband is a good idea. They thought Gordon Brown was a good idea.

  34. 34
    Anonymous says:

    Cameron’s climbdown on free movement of peoples means the immigration pledge is dead
    Yet another cast iron vow gone down the shitter

  35. 35
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Polls can be notoriously wrong :-)

  36. 36
    Jack (Black Rod Blower) Dromey says:

    Not Thrupencety Deuce?

  37. 37
    Fruitcake and swivel eyed loony loving the panic and utter desperation says:

    When the time comes UKIP need to publish the proven liar Cameron’s interview with El Pais in every newspaper, on every website, in every PPB they can.

    It’ll singlehandedly expose the spineless bastard for the duplicitous twat he is.

    Vote UKIP, get UKIP.

  38. 38
    ahmonika says:

    Maybe but Rolf said that “unless it is wet and slippy, it’s not a kiss “

  39. 39
    Rickytshirt says:

    Sample size was 1001.

  40. 40
    Kevin (but you can call me Purr Minister, thanks to my many friends in Bangalore) says:

    I’m board of skate, innit ?

  41. 41
    táxpáyér says:

    Oikophobia is rampant within LibLabCon

  42. 42
    Anonymous says:

    He phoned all the people in Tory HQ just to get a fair balance

  43. 43
    táxpáyér says:

    You should link to it then.

  44. 44
    lojolondon says:

    I hope that Ashcroft will be pointing out that if Cast-Iron Dave hadn’t lied to the British public then we would have had a referendum and he would have a 16% lead -

  45. 45
    Will says:

    The labour election adverts do them no favours except preaching to the converted. As a party you need to be able to promise them that by voting for you they will be better off. The recent news on house prices jobs and incomes increasing is good news. Even labour voters have little sympathy for the white dees on benefits who were sacked from thier last job for stealing from vulnerable people. Also the Labour Party need to realise you cannot keep increasing council taxes and services not improving whilst more private sector workers have had pay cuts or freezes

  46. 46
    Fuck The One-Eyed Scottish Fucker says:

    Never mind the other filthy rich “Labour” personnel – Blair, Prescott, Harman, Balls and, probably the most hypocritical of all – Wedgie “Snake Eyes” “Boy Called Hilary” Benn.

  47. 47
    Liar.Politicians says:

    The problem the pollsters get if they call me, is I LIE to ruin their polling data :)

    Yiou waste my time calling me, I’ll waste your time and ruin your data.

  48. 48
    5 Foot Poll says:

    If translated into seats this poll would still make Labour the largest party though without an overall majority.

  49. 49
    Anonymous says:

    This what he said and here is him saying it, plus he called for a three line whip to force his back benchers to vote against a referendum. Now he is saying that he is all for immigration when he and the LIBLABS have been promising to control it. Well watch these

  50. 50
    Did I just say that? says:

    One thing that is for certain, these Maypole’s will lead you round in circles…

  51. 51
    UKIP4ME says:

    A conservative supporter and a conservative mouthpiece doing a telephone poll, yeah I can see how that would impartial and fair and balanced to the desperadoes at CCHQ.

    What next Milliband phoning round his union baron comrades and then doing a poll showing he will be the next supreme El Presidente of the pan galactic central committee?

    It all smells rather desperate and not a little sad and pathetic.

  52. 52
    Raving Loon says:

    What was the jist?

  53. 53
    Cool Dude says:

    No, you are wrong. Mongo poor votes tory to stay poor and not get good public services. Mongo is being too mongo.

  54. 54
    Red Ed Moribund says:

    What have I done?

  55. 55
    Cool Dude says:

    So they are hypocritical for giving money for the poor and asking others to give to the poor. Rather than rich people who don’t care less about the poor.
    I know as a working class man whose side I want to win.

  56. 56
    JH-091238457490231 says:

    House prices going up is not good news. We’ve had ten years of the ‘economy’ being based on little more than people borrowing against the notional ‘value’ of the same old pile of bricks.

    Until an entire generation currently priced out of all but the crappiest houses can buy the average house in their area for 3x the average salary in their area, the property market is screwed.

  57. 57
    C O (Ξ7s1) says:

    The only tenuous defence that the Maximum Imbecile has is that when he signed it Carol!ne Fl!nt – Europe minister at the time – gave the thumbs up (MI can provide witnesses if pushed), but she herself hadn’t read it.

    This should be considered the next step beyond the traditional N’uremberg defence.

  58. 58
    JH-091238457490231 says:

    Yeah, not at all impartial like YouGov polls with a Labour luvvie in charge.

  59. 59
    The British media are cunts says:

    Drug taking lefty cuunt Will Straw was on the BBC a while back wanting to rack up even more taxes on the motorist.

    Well perhaps if the cuunt that fathered you hadn’t wasted billion of fucking endless wars Staw you lefty shit we wouldn’t need to raise fucking taxes.

  60. 60
    Mongo the Labour voter says:

    Mongo pawn many things

  61. 61
    Sid Cleverbollocks says:

    Mongo like Candy.

  62. 62
    Here's something strange... says:

    When you click on the hover cards for almost everyone, it says ‘gravatarmysteryman’. When you click on the one for Nell, it says ‘Nell’.

    Wonder why?

  63. 63
    JH-091238457490231 says:

    Fuck all, except be born in to a Marxist salon with a father approximately no-one had ever heard of for good reason, but the BBC repeatedly tries to tell us was some sort of first-line intellectual and visionary. He did nothing but waffle out a load of halting, incomprehensible academic claptrap, a talent which his younger son picked up with a vengeance.

    That’s it. That is why you are deputy leader.

    No other reason.


  64. 64
    Harriett, Jack and the PIE brigade says:

    Ooohhh… We’ve got plenty.

  65. 65
    Mongo the Labour voter says:

    man wrong mongo vote labour labour win mongo still poor

  66. 66
    ahmonika says:


    Dave ” And can you name a previous Prime Minister whom you regard as your intellectual superior ?”

  67. 67
    Sid Cleverbollocks says:

    You mean Labour are generous and… and… AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

  68. 68
    Fishy says:

    When did he lie? Explain if you will.

  69. 69
    albacore says:

    Labour, LibDem or Tory, what’s the odds?
    You’d have to be cracked to select those sods
    Turkeys voting for Christmas have more smarts
    Than an Englishman electing those farts

  70. 70
    ahmonika says:

    Simply because nell is more computer literate than you…perhaps?

  71. 71
    Anonymous says:

    A good post, you are absolutely right that GB sneaked off to sign the treaty in private. Its a pity you didn’t mention that GB’s glove puppet Alistair Darling signed off on the controversial EU Bailout deal 2 days before Labour were ejected from office.

    I guess they thought it would be great tribal politics to leave the next government in the mire.

    Can you really trust Labour?

  72. 72
    Fruitcake and swivel eyed loony loving the panic and utter desperation says:

    He was asked if there was a UK referendum and the result was to leave would he be willing to do so. He reply was ‘I would not’.

  73. 73
    Sid Cleverbollocks says:

    Labour’s looking forward to doing a number 6 on the country again!

  74. 74
  75. 75
    Cool Dude says:

    man wronger, mongo is clever for vote labour. Labour help public services and tax rich to give more money to mongo poor. you are clever mongo. I am proud of you.

  76. 76
    The pot in no.10 (and his cockroach sidekick) says:

    You can trust Labour to be untrustworthy. Period.

  77. 77
    nell says:

    Odd indeed. Still have to explore gravatar though as don’t understand what it is.

  78. 78
    Plural says:

    Don’t you mean circle’s ?

  79. 79
  80. 80
    If we all gave up cars the economy would crash says:

    Granted the percentage of illegal motorists are growing but your average car driver is still on average a responsible working individual who subjects themselves to the rules and largely obeys them.
    In other words a big soft fucking target for the Police,politicians and just about any other twat who wants to score easy points or raid money from.

  81. 81
    Arse says:

    You don’t know Lord Ashcroft do you, you stupid Hunt.

  82. 82
    Did I just say that? says:

    Yeah, them too!

  83. 83
    Arse says:

    Nobody cares about you. It’s not just the Tories. Piss off.

  84. 84
    civil partnership. says:

    should i use the apple ipad power suppy connector.
    should i use the end which goes into the ipad to “up my bum”.
    ,david walliams is all front,
    if i put the connector on my tongue, will i ge elec
    trocuted cutie pie. cuticles are dead meat.:gordon williams_brown. golden brown is suddenl

    infashion. if i put the tennis ball inside my bum so says that famous poster, it appears that all thoughts are ok, so long as they are planted in a civ

  85. 85
    Arse says:

    Yes, that’s why I’m not going to vote Ukip. Thanks for the reminder.

  86. 86
    Anonymous says:

    No you won’t get Ukip.

  87. 87
    Truthspeaker says:

    Can you ever imagine the Liebour/Welfare Party having the honesty to fisk it’s own polling figures and state that things were a little closer than they might seem?

    Honesty from that side of the house died along with Clement Atlee.

    Just ask Blair or Balls or Brown or Harman etc etc etc.

  88. 88
  89. 89
    The Truth says:

    Which reminds me, time for a cup of tea and a slice of delicious M&S sultana cake.

  90. 90
    Mongo the Labour voter says:

    Mongo brother poor mongo brother go Iraq mongo never see brother again

  91. 91
    Gooey Blob says:

    I’ve been saying this ever since Ed Miliband was elected leader, but Labour are heading for a Michael Foot-style defeat in 2015. The polls are only going to go one way between now and the election and there is still a year to go.

  92. 92
    jgm2 says:

    Labour at 32%. The Maximum Imbecile got 28%.

    Where have the other 4% come from? Has the UK got 4% more fucking stupid since 2010?

    Have Labour been breeding? Even if they won’t be old enough to vote yet. What the fuck is going on? Who are these additional 4% of imbeciles?

  93. 93
    Ah! nell says:

    hope you’re not going to use a turnip as your avatar.

  94. 94
    Fatty Pang and His Four Pensions says:

    Please remove the * Like this star and the photo frame – distracting

  95. 95
    Ah! nell says:

    still, no one can impersonate you now. the name is yours.

  96. 96
    C O (Ξ7s1) says:

    It is well documented now that new home builds have been kept down.

    Houses are a depreciating asset as is anything else that is man made.

    The increases in house prices are 100% inflationary: Supply side inflationary as a result of supply being intentionally depressed whilst demand has continued to grow – artificially so considering net immigration figures.

    Four reasons they could be going up:

    i) Foreign money is outbidding local buyers.
    ii) Local money is outbidding.
    iii) People are able to borrow more in order to outbid others
    iv) The government are subsidizing with taxpayer funds.

    Option (i) implies money flowing into the UK to the mortgage market. This is not a good development as it demonstrates local people being priced out of their own primary domestic markets.

    Option (ii) implies that bank deposits are going down, which would weaken the strength of retail banks. That could be demonstrated, and spell bad news, when the next set of stress tests take place.

    Option (iii) implies continued inflation in the mortgage market. This is bad for the health of banks again as an increasing proportion of the debts incurred will be bad as the risk of negative equity problems in the near future are high.

    Option (iv) is ‘help to buy’.

    Increasing house prices worked for Labour as older people were able to equity release, promoting a wealth effect and illusionary boom.

    This was not good for the country, and inflicted serious damage on both society and the economy.

    Equity release is sensibly more restrained now as the lenders realize the price gains are ‘fake’.

    Government subsidy and foreign money are what is increasing prices now. J’apan and what happened there as a result of similar monetary policies in the 1980’s are what will happen in the UK next.

    However, because the UK economy is not so strong on the export side, the probability of a very deep and lasting depression is much higher. That is perhaps why post credit crunch the government did not adjust policy correctly to allow the housing market and economy at large to rebalance.

  97. 97
    Fishy says:

    These videos are exactly why UKIP can’t claim to be different from the rest. It is a gross distortion of the truth and context of what was promised. (i.e it is a lie).

    The two heavily edited and distorted videos are about two entirely different things; one is about Lisbon, and as Ctesibius quite correctly says, this was the Treaty that the snotgobbler signed us up for despite initially promising a referendum (and incidentally Brown’s so called opt outs have proven, in court this year, to be worthless). Once signed Lisbon became a law, not a treaty. There was nothing Cameron could do about it.

    Since coming to power, Cameron has created a triple lock to prevent any further transfers of powers to Brussels and has promised a referendum which we all will have a chance to give our view on the outcome of the reform negotiations.

    If these reforms mean that we remain in a trading block – I would vote for that. If we cannot negotiate and we are asked to remain in an ever closer union – I will vote to leave.

    I do not live in a country called Europe.

  98. 98
    I don't says:
  99. 99
    Clarity is All says:

    What was the question?
    Do these results refer to
    1. local government,
    2.Westminster Government or
    3. the EU dictatorship?

  100. 100
    Fatty Pang and His Four Pensions says:

    Since asked yes I do like this

  101. 101
    rick says:

    Technically, he didn’t lie I suppose. Did he deceive? – yes he certainly did.

  102. 102
    NeverRed says:

    I’m afraid I have some bad news for you……Labour are the party for the rich and don’t care about you either! In fact it is the same with the LibDems and the Greens!
    Never mind sunshine, just be happy in the knowledge that all four of those parties are in agreement for the UK to borrow £22billion every year and give it to the underprivileged in the EU and the rest of the world via Foreign aid and EU net contributions.

  103. 103
    ahmonika says:

    Have a heart.

  104. 104
    Mongo the Labour voter says:

    Mongo fuck sister

  105. 105
    Tired of it all says:

    Have you never heard of the expression, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”

    Labour will give you a fish and expect you to be grateful for it.

    Conservatives will teach you to fish, and expect you to do the rest.

  106. 106
    ahmonika says:

    You’ve been silent lately Bob

  107. 107
    annoyed user says:

    The Ashcroft polls have been consistently unbiased.

  108. 108

    Not only two days before they were ejected from office, but the c’unt Brown clung on for nearly a week without a mandate.

    There was no way that he should have signed us up to the bailout, neither, with an impending election should he have ratified the Lisbon Treaty.

    BTW: Cameron was clear that he could no longer offer a referendum on Lisbon because of Brown’s actions. Contrary to what UKIP imply, the electorate knew this before the 2010 election – Cameron, in December 2009 took a front page in the Sun to explain what had changed and why a referendum could no longer take place.

  109. 109
    Gooey Blob says:

    It’s part of Ed’s so-called 35% strategy. What Labour haven’t yet realised is that their core vote is a little smaller than that. They’re also too left-wing to appeal to floating voters. Put those two together and it isn’t hard to see disaster looming.

  110. 110
    ahmonika says:

    It’s a Knockout!

    Stuart Hall not taking the witness stand.

  111. 111
    JH-091238457490231 says:

    Demand does not outstrip supply. If it did, estate agent’s windows would be empty most of the time.

    ‘Demand’ constitutes people who are willing and able to buy an asset at its current market price. There is lots of ‘demand’ for Ferraris from 12 year old boys, but they do not constitute a market for said cars.

    The trite buzz phrases like ‘a lack of affordable housing’ is just a politically acceptable way of saying ‘even the crappest housing has been pushed beyond the means of a typical first time buyer’. It has nothing to do with availability of houses per se.

    Finally, Russian oligarchs buying £million + houses in London DOES NOT mean a shit semi in Corby should be four times the price it was fifteen years ago. The two markets are completely disconnected.

  112. 112
    Anonymous says:

    Liberals transferring their allegiance.

  113. 113
  114. 114

    Sounds like something’s been lost in translation from Spanish. It all gibberish

  115. 115
    Gooey Blob says:

    One year to go, many voters are still in mid-term protest mode. Don’t worry, Labour’s poll figures will continue to slowly drop over the next 12 months.

  116. 116
    one rule for them and one rule for us says:

    The property market is screwed because wealthy foreigners
    come over and snap up houses as an investment which they
    then leave empty for years.

  117. 117

    Strange. People don’t say these things when Ashcroft’s polls give a different result

  118. 118
    ahmonika says:

    English Team announced.

    They think it’s all over…it is now

  119. 119
    I wouldn't believe them if they told me the time says:

    Plus the Labour luvvie in charge of YouGov is married to unelected
    Labour EU supremo Baroness Ashton.

  120. 120
    JH-091238457490231 says:

    Apparently, his insistence that he would only appear if he could wear a giant Beefeater costume did not go down well with the Judge.

  121. 121
    Cain and Unable. says:

    And Miliband stabbed his own brother in the back.
    No decent person could ever trust someone who
    was capable of that.

  122. 122
    Fuck The One-Eyed Scottish Fucker says:

    So when did the Benns give money “for” the poor? Please remind me. Are they the same Benns who “allegedly” spent thousands in legal fees stopping ramblers coming too close to the legal right of way near their seaside property, and the same Benns who “allegedly” panicked over IHT on Wedgie Sr’s multi-million pound pile? Oh, yes! Those Benns! Then there are the Prescotts of Hull, who “allegedly” broke planning laws by building in a suburban garden. The latter story comes from a Hull estate agent, by the way.

    The Benns did talk, endlessly, about “working” people, but they kept their distance from the proletariat and looked after their own financial interests, right from the time when Wedgie married the wealthy American, Caroline DeCamp, in 1949. The £400,000 she brought to the marriage, a figure that was repeated endlessly in the media back in the ’60s, would be worth over £12 million now. I wonder how much he/they gave away? I saw the fire in Wedgie’s eyes myself at one of his self-promoting talks. He tried to deny this figure when questioned directly by an audience member. He blathered and fumed but couldn’t quite pull it off.

  123. 123
    just asking says:

    Do EU immigrants have to pass our driving tests before they’re
    allowed to drive on our roads?

  124. 124
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    The only thing Cameron, Clegg and Miliband along with their comrades are looking forward to in 2017 is the 100 year anniversary of the Commie revolution. Bastards.

  125. 125
    Cornish pasty says:

    Plus all those Leftie luvvie BBC hypocrites owning second
    homes in the West Country has priced the locals out
    of the market.

  126. 126
    i predict says:

    Labour will collapse.
    They’re pro EU.
    They have no policies.
    Plus a weird leader who
    no voter can relate to.

  127. 127
    C O (Ξ7s1) says:

    Agreed – but foreign money I was referring is more Ch!nese is origin, and they purchase outside of L’ondon.

    Also, the oligarch you refer buying in Central L’ondon for over the odds does free up that seller to outbid folk outside of L’ondon. The market is somewhat narrow, but folk being what they are, when the selling price (or at least advertised price) of properties down the road go up, guess what they will demand of theirs when they come to list ?

    I did not state that demand outstrips supply, however, demand is increasing as a result of population growth.

    The demand is realized by people being willing to either pay more rent for no real improvement in what they are renting, or to take on excessive debt to pay what they must realize is an inflated price.

    The effect of foreign money outbidding local, or at least the perception of that, has an upward effect on house prices.

    Restricting the supply of housing has an upward effect.

    Increasing the size of population through open door immigration will also have an upward effect: Particularly when recent immigrants start to produce families.

    Agree with ‘lack of affordable’ housing point: What it really means is that housing is unaffordable under current prevailing economic conditions, ie. the price of housing is inflated.

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    I have a suggestion says:

    …and why a referendum could no longer take place. …

    Bollocks and rissoles. Why not??

    Why not just organise a referendum for ourselves (cf eastern Ukraine) which just asks “Shall we stay in or shall we get out?”

    When the vote is that we should get out, Dave can just go the Brussels and tell Rumpy that we are no longer playing or paying for their activities. We can the simply ignore all the crap that has been foisted on to us over the past 40 years and start to unwind it all asap. We get to control our own borders and chuck out all those unwanted ECHR refugees.

    What would they do about it? They need us more than we need them. If they start playing silly buggers just blow up the Chunnel and they will have to get their rowing boats out again – if they think they are hard enough!

    Well. at least that would be a start to getting our country back.

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    Socialism is theft says:

    No you will get the Tories if you vote UKIP. Especially in the north. But it is a price worth paying in the long term rather than just voting for Tweedle dum or Tweedle Dim every fucking election, like the stupid sheep some idiots are.

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    Socialism is theft says:

    If Cameron wins he will open the door to 70 million Mooslim Turks. Remember that when you vote Tory.

  131. 131
    Here's something strange... says:


    Of course, they can track you once you register your Globally Recognised Avatar.

    Always better to stay off the grid. There’s only so much they can do with an IP, in terms of track ‘n’ trace. Proving who was where, even using your device, is always an issue.

    It’ll certainly kill what passes for Free Speech on here!

    Maybe I’m the smart one after all…

  132. 132
    jgm2 says:

    I do hope you’re right. We simply cannot afford five years of the Little Imbecile trying to prove he was right be doing the same wrong thing only more of it.

  133. 133
    Losers vote Labour says:


    Maybe not as steep, and with UKIP playing the role of the SDP-Liberal Alliance, but yeah… Canada 1993 as well…

  134. 134
    Losers vote Labour says:

    They’re certainly not the party of the overtaxed middle section of the national economic bell curve that are held hostage to pay Danegeld to subsidise Labour’s ungrateful underclass.

  135. 135
    Losers vote Labour says:

    Why mongo live in Labour urban constituency that always stay poor for hundreds of years, and always votes Labour?
    Maybe Labour don’t give shit about mongo, and just lie to mongo and betray mongo and tell mongo to blame tories for not giving mongo money tree seeds. Whilst tory make country get out of debt so mongos nhs and bennies still exist, even though labour bring in lots of nongos, pongos, and chongos to keep mongo poor and scared and mongos identity destroyed forever. Clever mongo.

  136. 136
    Losers vote Labour says:

    I’m more working class than you – that’s why i’d rather vote for a real socialist party like the 8NP than vote Labour – the party of the rich hypocrites and traitors.

    The poor don’t care about the poor either. They rob each other more than they rob the rich (at least that’s my memory of growing up on council estates).
    If the urban lefties truly cared about the poor, immigrants, and deviants, they’d be hurrying to live amongst them, rather that fighting it out for a home in the best catchment area…

  137. 137
    Losers vote Labour says:

    Yougov polls always support the left – that’s why they’re so frequent…

  138. 138
    Losers vote Labour says:

    We all know there are about 5 million too many foreigners in the country… regardless of their status as being sold passports or being let in via the EU or student route or the few using London to hide wealth in – they are ALL the problem.

    If we had too much congestion would you keep building motorways? Or reduce the number of cars?

  139. 139
    Losers vote Labour says:

    Every time you go online you are downloading data… but do you know what all that data is and where it goes, and what can be done with it… like sending me your uniquely indentifying data… not just your ip.

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    broderick crawford says:

    AxelGrease s big end appears irreparably damaged .

    Mind you how exactly does Ashcroft conduct his ” home ” poll ?

    Does he go back to Belize and count up the number of people who got murdered that week and the number injured offset by the number who survive multiple gunshot wounds .

  141. 141
    U. Knott-Foolmey says:

    There’s a clue in the name I think.

  142. 142
    Winky says:

    An Asian one’s serving they do in Bangkok?

  143. 143
    Rory festival at the month in Letterkenny says:

    Criminally underrated by the masses

  144. 144

    When I was young people living on council estates were not necessarily poor, they had parents who worked , they attended school ,there were no crack heads ,singool muvvers , or Somali thugs . They were not rich but would have been ashamed to be seen as living on benefits in a permanent state of idleness walking around in track suits as fat as hippos with gangs of multi racial benefit brats, bred specially to cheat the welfare system .

  145. 145
    Losers vote Labour says:

    Two polls now put Labour 2nd to the Tories / yay!

  146. 146

    If these numbers are as accurate as the ones in his accounts then I’m not worried.

  147. 147
    Tim Yeo-Yo says:

    Wrong again Balls. It’s twelvety.

  148. 148
    lojolondon says:

    CAMERON LIES ALL THE TIME!! Like when he says we will renegotiate the EU terms. And Merkel and Hollande and Barroso and Van Rompuy say ‘these guys are mad, we will NEVER renegotiate the terms’. Is he telling the truth? More importantly, do you believe him?

  149. 149
    lojolondon says:

    OK, Fishy, get your head around this –

    If I say “I promise you £10″, that is a promise
    If I say “I give you a cast iron guarantee that I will give you £10″, that is a promise too
    But –
    If I say “I give you a cast iron guarantee that I will give you £10, as long as it makes sense at the time” then the door of disappointment has been opened at the time of the commitment, that person has planned to let you down, even as he made the promise, so that is a total, planned and executed lie. I have to say that Nigel Farage blew the whistle on Dave at the time, he said that Cameron was a Europhile and that we would never get a referendum from him and he was proven totally right, and because of that I will never vote for the Conservatives again while Cameron is in the party.

    That is the specific lie, in addition to the daily lies we get from him about ‘cutting the budget’, about our ‘red lines’ about vetoing the EU, about protecting the city of London, etc.

  150. 150
    Fruitcake and swivel eyed loony loving the panic and utter desperation says:

    Yeah, right. The default position of the found out politician. ‘Misquoted, out of context’ etc etc.

  151. 151
    Vote UKIP! says:

    “Cameron has created a triple lock to prevent any further transfers of powers to Brussels”

    If you had any belief in what he says, you would merely have said that he will not transfer any further powers to Brussels. “Triple lock” makes you sound desperate. What will it be next time? Quadruple lock?

  152. 152
    Anonymous says:

    As far as I remember wedgie Ben was against inherited wealth,and I have not heard any main stream media ask if he passed his considerable wealth on to his family…one of the biggest hypocrites of the last century

  153. 153
    Vote UKIP: get Ed (and Len!) says:

    Just remember….VOTE UKIP, GET LABOUR!
    Sorry, but the LibLabCon line does not wash! Labour is now very left-wing. Vote UKIP and you’ll get a naive Bennite government….Vote Tory to save us from socialism…

  154. 154
    Anonymous says:

    Thankfully not!

  155. 155
    anon says:

    When Hendrix was asked “What’s it like being the best guitarist in the world” he said “I dunno, ask Rory” ;-)

  156. 156
    Anonymous says:

    “Tories Take Lead in Ashcroft Telephone Polling”
    This may be the time to bring back Russell Grant, and allow us to hear the story from the other side.

  157. 157
    QuintonXpressway says:

    I lived on a Bham council estate in the 1960s. You could leave kids toys out, bikes, etc, and they would,nt be knicked. No hassle, a reasonable place to live, except when the council started putting in one or two “trouble-making families” in to see if the good people good straighten them out – of course the opposite happened. The good went rotten, and by the 1970s the whole fucking place was on the decline.

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