September 2nd, 2014

Ashcroft Clacton Poll: UKIP 56% v Tories 24%


  1. 1
    anonymous says:

    Christ on a bike, Cameron is gonna have a bad birthday….

  2. 2
    EC1 PhD says:

    Brillant. Wallace in No. 10.

  3. 3
    DenDen says:

    No suprise!

  4. 4
    Nick Clegg says:

    Lookin’ good.

  5. 5
    Angela Merkel says:

    Why doesn’t anyone like Europe any more?

  6. 6
    Lib Dem Sex Pest. says:


  7. 7
    DenDen says:

    Not certain by any means, be clearer after the Scots vote, this is just by-election fever and good sport while you can get it. Makes Dave sweat a few pounds off and gives Millebean delusions of power.

  8. 8
    Christopher Bryant's broken washing machine says:

    It makes no difference whether it’s Cameron or Milliband – both just little cliques working for their own personal interest.

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    The Establishment is infested with Nonces says:

    I can see some tories looking at the weekend poll showing a 44 point lead, and this poll showing a 32 point lead and claiming that support for UKIP is crashing!

    I am looking forward to Carswell winning this by a massive margin.

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    Disgusted from Arkwright Road says:

    Piers Morgan, no longer at CNN.

    Relevance? None.

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    The Growler says:

    Maybe Dave could invite that disenchanted UKip former candidate to stand as a Tory, now that would put the cat among the pigeons

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    Shirley Williams says:

    Come to aunty Shirley *lifts jumper floppy tit drops out*

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    Dougie Carswell says:

    Bringing back the asylums for the genetically inferior, the mentally insane and the anti-social would be a progressive move forward.

  14. 14
    annoyed user says:

    The polling is going to be worthless until we know the Conservative candidate.

  15. 15
    annoyed user says:

    And what will you do if he loses?

  16. 16
    The Growler says:

    That’s the Tory boys line, they love their bitty

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    Dangerous Brian says:

    Getting rid of the politically correct and corrupt socialists infesting our councils, public services and parliament would be a bigger step forward.

  18. 18
    Stavros kebab and burger bar says:

    It’s Germanic expansionist ambition tends to piss people off I suppose.

  19. 19
    darrell doo says:

    darr’ll do

  20. 20
    Cunt Carswell says:

    I look forward to doing my bit to help a Marxist Juju man take control of England, and to ensure my UKIP colleagues can continue to luxuriate in the vast riches associated with their status as MEPs

  21. 21
    The Growler says:


  22. 22
    Back1woodsman says:

    In other news, 2% of the population of Clacton are believed to require Sectioning for their own good.

  23. 23
    nell says:

    Ah inevitable. And a good kicking won’t do the tories any harm at all.

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    anonymous says:

    LD’s 2…….. Thats the bit i’m hooting myself laughing at…….Clegg is just a dead duck.

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    Ed Miliband rides horse cock says:

    if the Scot’s do F-off, then they shouldn’t be allowed to vote in our election next year, that would cut milifool off at the knees

  26. 26
    nell says:

    I think he has as much chance of losing as I do of travelling to the moon!!

  27. 27
    Cassandra says:

    Coming soon in the MSM

  28. 28
    Norm Normal says:

    Seen those men in rubber chasing escaped ebola patients? Where the fuck is the Benny Hill music?

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    Phipps Bridge Estate .Jesus what a hole says:

    Bring them back? they never went away they just called them housing estates.

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    nell says:

    the genetically inferior, the mentally insane and the anti social – you are obviously referring to the likes of the Hampshire Asst Chief Constable, Southampton City Council Social Services and the Drs of Southampton Hospital

  31. 31
    Steve Miliband says:

    Great. Independent Statist Scotland and a RuK run by a Socilaist Beaker

  32. 32
    nell says:

    plus million!!!

  33. 33
    suissebob says:

    Why did Auntie Mable just pop in to my mind.

  34. 34
    Mornington Crescent says:

    UKIP gain…

  35. 35
    LOL says:

  36. 36
    Raving Loon says:

    Unless it’s f**king Jesus it won’t make a difference.

  37. 37
    Maximus says:

    Unless the Scotch vote provides an answer (finally!) to the West Lothian Question.

  38. 38
    Ukrap says:

    Vote Ukrap and get Labour and NO referendum. Fact!

  39. 39
    Raving Loon says:

    Who on Earth is voting LD? Who are these people?

  40. 40
    Maximus says:

    Nor forgetting: Carswell admires Putin.

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    Please reply with envelope provided says:

    If Ashcrofts poll says the poll numbers will high be in Clacton for UKIP then I won’t argue, hisss, MR Carswell, spitting BBC viperess UKIP MP, hisssss, yes I guess that still works ok.

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    Steve Miliband says:

    It’s a one man vendetta against the Cameron. He doesn’t even care about getting out of Europe.

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    Vacant Possession says:

    Thank goodness, the person does matter. Good luck Carswell.

    Haven’t the Scots realised we’d like to get rid of Westminster too?

    Perhaps Westminster and the surrounding – say 10 meters could become a Principality like Andorra and they could be happy governing and funding themselves.

    People like Carswell are welcome to form a new Government of England.

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    Norm Normal says:

    We can’t prevent terrorists going in and out of our countries?

    They use the spirit of EU human rights law as a weapon against us?

  45. 45
    Oi vey, my life says:

    Vote Honest Dave into office and get no IN/OUT referendum, him and his cartel friends are planning the ultimate betrayal.

    He has no intention of negotiating with the EU, no intention of allowing a referendum in 2017.

    Trust Dave again and the UK stays in the EU.

  46. 46
    Steve Miliband says:

    So best vote for more Socialism then

  47. 47
    Anonymous says:

    Poor delusional people of Clacton. Same MP but no difference in policy.
    Cut public spending and remove employment and maternity rights. And we thought it was Essex girl that was the joke.
    See. UKIP are no different. A hard working candidate who has done the leg work is throw aside for the new kid. Power at all cost eh?

  48. 48
    The Great British Public who are all looking forward to VOTE UKIP on Thursday 7 May 2015 says:

    Please creep back into a darkened room until

    your delusions have passed you by………

  49. 49
    The North Sea says:

    Youth. It is wasted on the young.

  50. 50
    The North Sea says:

    Labour won’t get in.

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    In the longer term it's over says:

    Good news for UKIP but I’m afraid the last dying kicks of a genuine Conservative movement in this country.
    After it has died its demographic death the next time we will see Conservatism in this country again it will be an Islamic version of it.

  52. 52
    lolathebeautiful says:

    Best laugh so far today

  53. 53
    The North Sea says:

    Why? Whoever it is, they don’t stand a cat in hell’s chance of winning. Not with Cameron as their leader.

  54. 54
    lolathebeautiful says:

    So, 80% vote for Not Socialism then? There’s hope yet.

  55. 55
    Lord Rennard says:

    I thought LibDem women were up for grabs but apparently not.

  56. 56
    a floating voter says:

    hospital has asked the warrant be withdrawn

  57. 57
    ciao ciao says:

    the tories are going the way of the christian dodo party in italy

  58. 58

    They will still be beaten by Elvis Bus Pass

  59. 59
    mcm says:

    Vote Labour

    Get your daughter raped

  60. 60
    Dangerous Brian says:

    And not a trace of irony, the stupid socialist moronic f*ck.

  61. 61
    Dangerous Brian says:

    Are you really anonymous or one of his mant trolls?
    If you are (him or her) for fu*cks sake make your f*cking mind up.

  62. 62
    Dangerous Brian says:

    many FFS

  63. 63
    Maggie forever says:

    Vote UKIP get UKIP!

  64. 64
    Norm Normal says:

    I did think the way the existing UKIP candidate was tossed asside was nasty.

    Loyalty does work both ways. They might have at least warned him and attempted some alternative arrangements?

    I like Nige and politics is a dirty business but this episode was distasteful.

  65. 65
    Rickytshirt says:

    Should be an increased majority – 56%-24% from 53%-25%.

  66. 66
    British Citizen says:

    He deserves one. Why are the King family still in prison?

  67. 67
    Anonymous says:

    Well what Lord Ashcroft’s poll shows is that any hard working MP who is popular with his constituents and enjoys a sound majority can take a large part of his support with him should he choose to jump ship. Will this encourage further defections, who knows but it will certainly not discourage any who share Carswell’s disenchantment with Cameron’s leadership. It could also prove to be a tortuous career move if Cameron loses the GE.
    These are dangerous times indeed for the Conservative party

  68. 68
    The Establishment is infested with Nonces says:

    There is no point even considering that. Clegg has more chance of becoming Prime Minister than Carswell has of losing this by-election.

  69. 69
    British Citizen says:

    Too little too late.

    Will they apologise?

    Will they be funding this child’s treatment?

  70. 70
    anon says:

    You’ve got more chance of being bitten by a camel.

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    UKIPPER says:

    Here is why

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    The Establishment is infested with Nonces says:

    Except that idiot Cameron has chosen the timing of the referendum and the date of final independence following that IF Scotland votes for independence.

    Scotland will not be independent until 2016. So they will be entitled to vote in the general election next May.

    How idiotic is that?

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    The Establishment is infested with Nonces says:

    All the while it is labour and tories who did nothing whilst racial and religiously motivated gang rape of children by Islamic men was effectively legalised and protected by the aparatus of the state for 16 years.

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    táxpáyér says:

    NHS apostasy.

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    The Establishment is infested with Nonces says:

    I voted tory last time and all we have had since is new labour.

    I am not making that mistake again!

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    The Establishment is infested with Nonces says:

    He has read the UKIP constitution. He knows that the party’s NEC selects the candidates in by-elections.

    Douglas is being honourable in asking for those who voted to elect him in 2010 to do so again, to get their permission for him to defect.

    The opinion of his electorate are more important than the opinion of one candidate, who can have another chance elsewhere next may.

    It’s not certain that the UKIP candidate would have won in Clacton next year anyway. Carswell is a very popular MP regardless of his being a tory…. And Carswell has brought far far far more voters to UKIP in Clacton than roger Lord would ever have done.

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    The Establishment is infested with Nonces says:

    They should have been conservative then, instead of appeasers of politically correct rapes of white children by Muslims.

  79. 79
    Col. Stok says:

    You need to put back the Anti Facist Barrier. You all seemed so happy when it came down in 89. That Capitalist dream looking a bit like a nightmare know?

  80. 80
    Anonymong says:

    Hahahaha, the delusion of “Go back to your constituencies and prepare for government”.

    Oh how we laughed. Then the fooker got on the EU gravy train. The cuunt.

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    thostids says:

    What’s Roy Jenkins doing up there?

  82. 82
    Col. Stok says:

    You seem bitter comrade? Allow me to lighten your load and assure that fool Millband is not a Marxist. A real Marxist would really scare you, you’e not telling me you’re afraid of that clown with speach disorder? As for you UKIP they are the perfect party to rule this country, rejoice!

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    The Establishment is infested with Nonces says:

    Well that and…

    Cameron is appeasing the twin threats to our national identity of the EU and Islam.

  84. 84
    The Establishment is infested with Nonces says:

    Islam is dedicated to creating a global monocultural Caliphate under the barbaric Sharia law. Non-Muslim women and young girls to be used as sex slaves or slaughtered, and non-Muslims men just slaughtered.

    Yet cameron has this to say of Islam:

  85. 85
    inside out says:

    It will be some dopey sloany bird with not a clue about Clacton or its constituents,ya and Dave’s candidate will get wiped from the map.

  86. 86
    Joyce Thacker, Child-Snatcher says:

    What’s that got to do with anything. It’s not their decision.

    Or is it?

  87. 87
    Office Peon says:

    “Will they be funding this child’s treatment?”

    You know that money that is taken off your payslip every month …

  88. 88
    inside out says:

    Because they dared to question the State.The same State that can spend vast amounts of tax payers money chasing allegations of sex crimes which are 50 years old,but fails to protect white children from Muslims in case they are thought racist.

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    thostids says:

    Doesn’t make any difference as the kid is a Ward of Court and the parents have to bring the kid back into the jurisdiction ASAP.

    The administrators that have sworn the affidavits, witness statements in support of the Application and the EAW should be subjected to the severest public scrutiny.

    If I were still in practice, I would offer to sue everyone involved rigid.

    Heads will roll.

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    The Establishment is infested with Nonces says:

    Seriously Ukrap, I have voted tory at every general election including and since 1997…. WHEN am I going to get tory policies? Cos voting tory does not work!

    Vote cameron, get ripped off, sold out, over-ruled by the EU and gang raiped by Islam!

    Never again!

  91. 91

    He has probably brought more voters to UKIP in places other than Clacton !

  92. 92
    Col. Stok says:

    You need cut his head off, not his knees.

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    +1000 says:


  94. 94

    I do not imagine the King Family will have much difficulty raising the necessary funding to sue the arse off the statist scumbags who have put them through so much anguish.
    Where can we send contributions ?

  95. 95
    thostids says:

    That’s no Ebola sufferer….that’s fucking Cameron legging it with the Conservative Party in pursuit after the next General Election. Still needs the Benny Hill music, though!

  96. 96
    Office Peon says:

    I presume they will (finally) lose the MPs on independence, meaning that the goverment might have to change.

    Why waste time debating the issue though?

    Q. Do you want to start having to pay for your own buckfast and fried battered mars bars?

    Not exactly a difficult decision is it.

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    Col. Stok says:

    There are no socialist parties in your country. What you have are simply versions of liberal democratic parties. All three main parties want to the same system, they just want to waste your money on different pet projects and different networks of friends (though in fact many are the same for all three parties). A true socialist party has not and never will gather more support than the 5 members that used to turn up at the CPGB Nottingham Branch meeting at the ICC on Mansfield Road. I suspect one of them was a Special Branch informer. Relax it is not Socialism that should be worrying you but the fact that you have three faces on the same head all lying to you.

  98. 98
    CINO says:

    Good riddance to the useless “Conservatives”!

  99. 99
    Dave Cameron, the listening PM says:

    Old? Poor? White? Thick?
    Then vote UKIP!

  100. 100
    The two Muppets says:

    The Clacton electorate will not be voting for UKIP they will be voting for
    the man . He was a good local MP ,a pity that he jumped ship .

  101. 101
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    With in two years of Labour GE victory there will be a financial crisis.

  102. 102
    Anonymous says:

    Rotherham Council ?

  103. 103
    The two Muppets says:

    It is not Miliband that scares us ,but his puppet master Len McClusky .

  104. 104
    The two Muppets says:

    No that was Farage .

  105. 105
    Dangerous Brian says:

    Disgruntled, Ignored, Marginalised, Lied to, Stolen from, R*ped?
    Vote UKIP

  106. 106
    Dave out says:

    Nobody really wants Dave as PM, the only weaker leader around is Obumma – Chuka’s mentor.

    Dave has lied repeatedly and tried to do a Blair getting us into Syria. Has anyone noticed yet that there hasn’t been any substantive changes to banking regulation/reform, no progress on westminster kiddy fiddling, deficit getting bigger, Scotland wants out, no credibility in Europe, brakes on major investments including 3rd runway at Heathrow but money going into loss-making DibLem projects like windfarming and trainlines – total BS. His biggest achievement – a Botters Charter for gay marriage – something 2% of the population had any interest in. LibLabCon conspiracy has kamikazed the nation – emigrate.

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    Miliband is a wanker! says:

    Well, ok, everybody vote UKIP then and let’s see what happens next year.

    Let me tell you what’s going to happen as you clearly don’t understand it.

    There will, quite simply, be a LABOUR government led by Ed Militant and Ballsup, who will fuck us all to bits, take away our liberal freedoms to live life as we please and deny us all a say on Europe!

    Mr Cameron is at least a true statesman and his government competent, democratic and fair.

    In Cameron and the Tories we can trust. UKIP and Labour should go to hell!

  109. 109
    The two Muppets says:

    Carswell is popular because he was a Tory .

  110. 110
    The two Muppets says:

    Plus 1 million.

  111. 111
    Office Peon says:

    Excuse me if I don’t contribute to a claim being made that I will have to pay.

  112. 112
    Err says:

    Err Clacton are voting for a Eurosceptic who wants out of the EU, he also happens to be a good MP and happens to be ex conservative.

    Lets get this straight. The electorate want out of the EU.

  113. 113
    Joe & Josephine Public of Clacton says:

    Dave’s Government competent — what about these minor details?
    The scumbag is letting in 250k net immigrants per year, 140% above his own target.
    The financial incompetent has more than doubled the National Debt left by Gorgon and Ballsup.
    He even legalised bumsex marriage which was not in his 2010 Manifesto.

  114. 114
    No more treason says:

    Satire is not dead…

  115. 115
    Err says:

    Err, Farage said the expansionist EU was provoking Putin and the EU has blood on its hands.

    This is proved more true as every day goes by.

  116. 116
    Err says:

    Err… Carswell is popular DESPITE being a Tory, and BECAUSE he is Eurosceptic.

  117. 117
    Anonymous says:

    Still no movement from the Butler Sloss equiry, why is that I wonder?

  118. 118
    Realist says:

    Don’t forget, Balls has a 1% majority in Morley and Outwood – shouldn’t take much to see him out and gone. Red Ed will probably rejoice, provided he can hang on in Doncaster North!

    It’s looking better week by week.

    Vote UKIP, get better!

  119. 119
    How hard is it? says:

    Vote Tory = Get toffs.
    Vote Labour = Get Toffs.
    Two cheeks of the same Rse

  120. 120

    Our independence as a free country is at stake , unfortunate about the other candidate ,but the traitors are giving away our freedoms to foreign Communist bureaucrats, we need to be realistic, and a little ruthless .
    Just what are maternity rights , and so called employment rights are the biggest barrier to employment ,that is why most manufacturing is now carried out overseas.

  121. 121
    Ex Tory Voter says:

    Everyone’s a fruit and nutcase, tra la !

  122. 122

    After November 1st whoever is playing at being PM it will make no difference ,every order , every directive, every diktat, emanating from the Brussels supreme Soviet will be automatically adopted as UK law , Parliament will be even more powerless than now, unable to even go through the motions of a debate , merely being obliged to nod through every whim of the EU commissariat .

  123. 123
    Fruitcake, swivel eyed loon, closet racist, crackpot, crank and gadfly says:

    Cameron a statesman?

    He’s a lying, dissembling, useless excuse for a Prime Minister who’s lucky the leader of the opposition is even worse.

  124. 124

    Have you taken Kiev yet Vlad..
    You said you could do it in 48 hrs and that was last week to
    Barossobuco a la Holy Ronana Empire .

    Come on man get a move on . Walk the walk !!

  125. 125

    Still on indefinite vacation — in the Savanna.

  126. 126
    Political correctness is simply fear in disguise says:

    Plus plus plus!

  127. 127

    Exclusive .

    It will be Big Bad Boris — the man from the Dardanels !!!

  128. 128

    Ahh but Andreotti is ( i believe !) still alive though moribund at circa 98.

    He was Christian Dodo Prime Minister about seven times — he could be again

    Where there s life there s hooe ……. especially if you ve been reared on the eyetie mediterranean diet which apparently guarantees you live till 110.

  129. 129
    The fine people of Clacton says:

    Vote UKIP, Get UKIP

    and don’t listen to any tory moron who thinks otherwise.

  130. 130
    The fine people of Clacton says:


  131. 131
    Vote UKIP and hold your head up high says:

    Don’t want Wallace? Don’t fucking vote for him.

    Don’t want Cameron? Don’t fucking vote for him.

  132. 132
    Tax, tax and more tax says:

    It’s their over-arching Marxist lunacy.

  133. 133
    Labour R@pe Monopoly says:

    Go directly to Rotherham and do not collect £200

  134. 134
    Labour Ra'pe Monopoly says:

    You belong in Rotherham you socialist scum.

  135. 135
    Not says:

    Congratulations, your most learned reasoning, coupled with the most atrocious swear word in your nickname has persuaded me to vote for the conservative party.

  136. 136
    UKIP sees clearly says:

    and Farage warned about that policy back in 2008.

  137. 137
    The only useful tory is a lavatory says:

    Vote Cameron if you want your mum, wife, sister and daughter to be ra’ped by islamos.

  138. 138
    The only useful tory is a lavatory says:

    “everybody vote UKIP”

    If everyone votes UKIP, UKIP win.

    Christ you tories are thick.

  139. 139
    Lord Duckhouse of Pondlife says:

    Lord Ashcroft’s poll found that 81% of those declaring their intention to vote UKIP said they would do so because they believe that party has the best policies on issues they care about. 68% said Mr Carswell was the best candidate.

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    stushie says:

    Is this the ‘man’ who posed on Facebook in his underwear ?.

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    Anonymous says:

    The big cat missing in Clacton would be my choice for Tory candidate!

  143. 143
    Philip says:

    LibLabCon are owned by the Bankers hence their wealth. They do as they are told. Hence we are denied the cures for Cancer which have been proven many times, because Cancer is lucrative.

    Purchase the book; The Cancer Cure that worked, fifty years of suppression.

    To be cured go to

    Leukemia, for example, is cured in 5 months if you go their often enough.

  144. 144

    That is seriously scary. He makes Stalin look like a kindly maiden aunt. Give Balls his due….he just looks staring bonkers. But like most binary weapons, you only need two loonies sitting together and “look out La La land”.

  145. 145

    Vote UKIP – Get UKIP.
    A vote for UKIP is not a vote for Labour or anyone but UKIP.
    I remember when the (Real!) Tories used to say that a vote for The Liberals was a vote for Labour. It is now true that a vote for the Lib. Tories is a vote for the Lib. Dems. You ain’t going to get one without the other!
    If you answer “Yes” to the following question:-
    Do you want Cameron, Osborne, Johnson in power?
    Do you want Clegg, Hughes, Laws even going into the back door of No 10?
    Do you want Miliband, Balls, Balls, Burnham (or their controllers) in power? then you deserve everything they do to you, your family, your dog (some of them must be into animals!).
    Put your boot into the historic parties and put real fear into their eyes when the horrible truth like Rotherham, and the Statist Nazis in Southampton NHS Trust pour out like the purulent furuncles they are.

  146. 146
    Joe Public says:

    They must be worthwhile people as they do not want to be deported back to the UK. Our “political elite” do not like that.

  147. 147
    Joe Public says:

    But is he frit?

  148. 148
    Stuart Guppy says:

    If you vote Conservative or Labour – you get the same. Vote UKIP and you get democracy back. So what are waiting for ? Bring it on !

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    Frank4Freedom says:

    The knives are out for Call Me Dave. Looks like the party is fracturing.
    He and his Eton buddies had better start looking for jobs. The bankers might assist!
    Boris could be the new Leader, if only by default. Then we’d have an all-women Cabinet!
    Nigel must on a cloud. Let’s hope he doesn’t make too many faux pas.

  150. 150
    Frank4Freedom says:

    Whether the toffs or the lefties like it, or not, UKIP is here to stay. They will put a rocket between the legs of the 2 failed, tired old parties and blow their gonads to the winds. And not before time. The sheeple are, slowly, waking up.
    I won’t include the Limp-Dems because they have already self-exploded.

  151. 151
    Frank4Freedom says:

    As Nigel said, you couldn’t put a ‘fag paper between the 3 old parties. Vote any one from 3 and get the same.

  152. 152
    Frank4Freedom says:

    Oh let’s have Farage as PM for a couple of years. He wouldn’t do worse that the present shower. He’d help the shipping industry, sending all those illegals back home. Vacant houses and a saving in Benefits. More jobs for OUR youngsters. Vote UKIP and give it a try.

  153. 153
    Frank4Freedom says:

    Kamran Hussain? Really? You should stop reading those horror books late at night. And let the air out of your balloon and come down to earth. The Limp-Dems are fucked, and they know it. I saw Cleggy at the Putney Job Centre, with that ginger bloke and St. Vince. They all got turned away.

  154. 154
    Frank4Freedom says:

    Wasn’t Call Me Dave a professional spin doctor before he purloined the pm job? Or was he a second hand car salesman?

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    EppingBlogger says:

    Whatever the outcome, well done and thank you Douglas.

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    Jethro says:

    123 (that was easy!) I reckon that Cameron’s response to the question ‘Why do you want to be Prime Minister’ (‘Because I think I’d be good at it.’) reveals far more than he languidly intended. A Socialist might have replied, ‘Because I believe in equality/The State/Reform/Modernisation/Freedom/…’ or perhaps ‘Because I am envious, and I can arouse envy in others: together, we can wipe the privileged/rich/elite off the face of the Earth’. A Conservative might have replied, ‘Because I love my Country (Patriotism is not necessarily ‘the last refuge of the scoundrel’) and it needs saving from, on the one hand, unbridled and unregulated materialism and, on the other hand, from a Lemming-like /Gadarene Swine-like heedless rush for ‘Progress’.’ Cameron’s response indicates an essentially shallow individual possessed of little more than a sense both of entitlement and an overweening belief in his own ability, without sense of History, essentially rootless, devoid of principle or belief. ‘The heir to Blair’ indeed.

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Alan Milburn says Labour’s scaremongering campaign for an unreformed NHS will not win election…

“It would be a fatal mistake, in my view, for Labour to go into this election looking as though it is the party that would better resource the National Health Service but not necessarily put its foot to the floor when it comes to reforming. Look, reforms are not easy, but the Labour Party is not a conservative party. It should be about moving things forward not preserving them in aspic. You have got a pale imitation actually of the 1992 general election campaign, and maybe it will have the same outcome. I don’t know.”

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