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    Now that they have made worrying gains in local council elections? Have the days of socialism begun to return to this country? Will this country be brought further to ruin by Labour's reckless spending? Will we lose our AAA credit rating and see house prices fall through the floor once the markets see that the British public do not want cuts (despite how much they are needed)?
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    Possibly so. But if you think Cameron is a bad PM, just wait for Miliband.
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    For a start, there were specific circumstances that apply to this election; the Tories had an exceptional success last time these seats were contested and the last two months have been a difficult period for the government. These factors combined with the standard 'mid term blues' make these results to be expected.

    Have Labour returned? That is a more difficult question. I don't think Milliband or the others have captures the public's imagination, and remember, only a 1/3 of people bothered to vote in the first place; that has to be telling that Labour are hardly able to rely on successes based on what we have seen today.

    The economy is hardly going to be impacted by these elections, that's a ridiculous question to be honest. There are another 3 years of the coalition government to come, what happens in these years will determine the economic success of the nation, and ultimately the result of the next election.
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    Finally, bring back a party that wont slash needed services for purely idealogical reasons, that and to privatise services to secure a generous position in a friends firm when they lose the next election, not quite as god as if the socialists will winning but the right will eventualy realise how wrong they are hopefully in my life
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    Most voters are idiots because they believe not enough positive change has happened fast enough so they want to get rid of the current government. Numpties.
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    It's a good day to see the coalition parties punished by the electorate.

    Firstly the Conservatives for having being totally incompetent in Government and having ideas that rip the heart out of the country, damaging the services, hurting the people, all for the gain of a few rich people.

    Secondly for the Lib Dems who have allowed the Conservatives to act has they wanted and let things happen in Parliament that were the complete opposite of what they promised at the election.

    So I welcome the Labour gains and hope it's a sign of a move to more social responsibility, putting people before profit and ensuring we have high quality public services run in the best interests of the public.

    It's a long way to go, but hopefully a move in the right direction.

    Hope Boris ends up mayor of London too...keeps him occupied until beyond the next general election and so means he has less chance of getting back in to Parliament and taking over the Conservatives. Would be a worrying day indeed if he were to become a party leader. He's a funny man, but even more dangerous than Cameron and Osbourne in his views....and has some level of competence unlike the other two.
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    Let's not forget it's claimed Labour got us into this mess. Conservatives are trying to bail us out with the risk of being hated by most of the public.
    So- frankly, I feel like I've lost my trust in British Politics.
    Socialism? Well, I sure hope so, but it's still very early to decide
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    Cutting taxes to millionaires and sticking it up on grannies and pasties appears to have angered the population... who could have predicted such a thing :rolleyes:

    OP needs to calm down, we're not about to turn communist - it's an opportunity to give smug politicians in westminster a consequence free kick in the backside.
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    (Original post by alex5455)
    Finally, bring back a party that wont slash needed services for purely idealogical reasons, that and to privatise services to secure a generous position in a friends firm when they lose the next election, not quite as god as if the socialists will winning but the right will eventualy realise how wrong they are hopefully in my life
    Ideological reasons?! Have you seen the freaking world economy? It is not like we are revelling in prosperity and the Conservatives are making cuts for the fun of it. That's the problem, Labour voters think we are still prosperous and that the tories are just out to get them. They need to get a grip on reality.

    Oh yes, they all have their friends interests in mind :rolleyes: That is an insane suggestion.
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    (Original post by Otkem)
    Has the spectre of Labour returned?
    No it is just the rumours of Tony returning which has made people vote Labour on the off chance that he comes back, ousts Ed and becomes leader once more thus continuing his Premiership of the party that was actual not half bad under him (he is better than Ed... then again anyone is).
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    (Original post by Joinedup)
    Cutting taxes to millionaires and sticking it up on grannies and pasties appears to have angered the population... who could have predicted such a thing :rolleyes:

    OP needs to calm down, we're not about to turn communist - it's an opportunity to give smug politicians in westminster a consequence free kick in the backside.
    Yeah, because Cameron has a personal vendetta against all old people and pasty lovers

    Or he is basing it on economic principles to help growth. The left-wing British public are really the self-centred ones, whilst trying to pin it on the tories!!
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    (Original post by louisjevans)
    Most voters are idiots because they believe not enough positive change has happened fast enough so they want to get rid of the current government. Numpties.
    It's not about positive change not happening quick enough. It's about negative changes happening to many thousands and millions of people as a direct result of the choices the current Government have made.

    Go to any town or city in the country and you find many people who were previously in hard working families now struggling to get by. For some it will be due to being made redundant. For others it will be due to rising food prices and energy bills pushing up the cost of living. For another group it will be benefits cuts that previously supplemented their incomes due to low paid jobs or there only being enough jobs to work part time.

    These people worked hard, tried their best to get by, yet decisions to cut jobs, cut benefits, do nothing to improve the economy and control inflation have hit them hard. They are suffering and blame the Government as they could have done things differently and put the people first before helping the rich.

    So please keep off calling the voters idiots until you know the suffering many are going through as a direct result of what this Government has chosen to do. It's not surprising these people want to punish the Government and want change.
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    (Original post by Otkem)
    Now that they have made worrying gains in local council elections? Have the days of socialism begun to return to this country? Will this country be brought further to ruin by Labour's reckless spending? Will we lose our AAA credit rating and see house prices fall through the floor once the markets see that the British public do not want cuts (despite how much they are needed)?
    Labour are not socialists, certainly not in the sense of Democratic Socialsm. Labour are Capitalists who have synthesised a form of socialism and communism under a Fabian doctrine.
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    Socialists are so ****ing selfish, and a socialist government like Labour would ruin this country's long-term prospects. Socialists don't care about that though as long as they've got someone paying for their handouts/public sector jobs.
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    who gives a ****, it's not like people are gonna be happy with anyone we put in charge
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    (Original post by ForKicks)
    Ideological reasons?! Have you seen the freaking world economy? It is not like we are revelling in prosperity and the Conservatives are making cuts for the fun of it. That's the problem, Labour voters think we are still prosperous and that the tories are just out to get them. They need to get a grip on reality.

    Oh yes, they all have their friends interests in mind :rolleyes: That is an insane suggestion.
    Have you not hear the independent economists and experts, both national and international saying the Governments austerity measures have gone too far, too quickly, are based on ideological grounds at the expense of a real plan to grow the economy and are a direct cause of the faltering economy we presently see. It was starting to improve, but now it's heading down again.
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    (Original post by Otkem)
    Socialists are so ****ing selfish, and a socialist government like Labour would ruin this country's long-term prospects. Socialists don't care about that though as long as they've got someone paying for their handouts/public sector jobs.
    It brings to mind that common school psychology experiment. You are given 1 sweet, if you don't eat it you can have another one in 10 minutes. A Labour voter would eat the sweet straight away and claim that it is unfair that they don't have one.
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    (Original post by Otkem)
    Socialists are so ****ing selfish, and a socialist government like Labour would ruin this country's long-term prospects. Socialists don't care about that though as long as they've got someone paying for their handouts/public sector jobs.
    That's all fine and dandy, but if you think Labour are socialists you need to wake up.
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    (Original post by RK)
    Have you not hear the independent economists and experts, both national and international saying the Governments austerity measures have gone too far, too quickly, are based on ideological grounds at the expense of a real plan to grow the economy and are a direct cause of the faltering economy we presently see. It was starting to improve, but now it's heading down again.
    It is moot. How about we hope Hollande becomes the French President and use him as an experiment to see if that works.
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    (Original post by Osmond)
    That's all fine and dandy, but if you think Labour are socialists you need to wake up.
    God help us all if Miliband becomes PM though.

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