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    Today Michael Gove has been voted the least popular politician in Britain in a poll by IPSOS Mori.

    In the poll, which only seems to mentions Tories, Boris Johnson was the most popular, followed by David Cameron and Theresa May. George Osborne was the second least popular.

    Who's your least favourite? To kick off, mine is either Grant Shapps or Lord Prescott.
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    Does it need to be a Tory polictian !
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    ed miliband; champaign socialism incarnate
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    Do lords count?

    If so, I would actually say lord Howell, for his comments on fracking in a House of Lords debate.
    His desolate north comment and his casual contempt for the region and its people is bad enough, but he also has financial interests in fracking - a paid industry lobbyist taking part in parliamentary debates and used to advise the government.

    Outside the House of Lords I would have to say Ian Liddell-Grainger for his disgusting views on the environment, and his rant against "career conservationists".
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    (Original post by RFowler)
    Do lords count?

    If so, I would actually say lord Howell, for his comments on fracking in a House of Lords debate.
    His desolate north comment and his casual contempt for the region and its people is bad enough, but he also has financial interests in fracking - a paid industry lobbyist taking part in parliamentary debates and used to advise the government.

    Outside the House of Lords I would have to say Ian Liddell-Grainger for his disgusting views on the environment, and his rant against "career conservationists".
    Lords DEFINITELY count
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    (Original post by Numberwang)
    Today Michael Gove has been voted the least popular politician in Britain in a poll by IPSOS Mori.

    In the poll, which only seems to mentions Tories, Boris Johnson was the most popular, followed by David Cameron and Theresa May. George Osborne was the second least popular.

    Who's your least favourite? To kick off, mine is either Grant Shapps or Lord Prescott.
    Despite being a Tory it has to be IDS. He's incredibly incompetent. Make a mistake in the culture department and that's fair enough but in the welfare department we are talking about people who are not flush. While the disability review and spare room subsidy are good ideas that could have been made to work, the way he implemented them was catastrophically bad.
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    (Original post by Rakas21)
    Despite being a Tory it has to be IDS. He's incredibly incompetent. Make a mistake in the culture department and that's fair enough but in the welfare department we are talking about people who are not flush. While the disability review and spare room subsidy are good ideas that could have been made to work, the way he implemented them was catastrophically bad.
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    I doubt many people have a favourite British politician tbh, many just dislike them all equally.
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    As much as I hate Gove, IDS wins this by a country mile.
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    (Original post by Rakas21)
    While the disability review and spare room subsidy are good ideas that could have been made to work, the way he implemented them was catastrophically bad.
    RE: Bedroom tax - what would you have done differently?

    On topic - I agree with Rakas, I would have to say IDS for the same reasons. May, Grayling and Gove are close runners up.
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    Diane Abbott and Ed Balls. Tim Farron and Simon Hughes are on the list too.
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    Definitely Milliband. Absolutely everything about him drives me up the wall, I have to switch over the TV at any time he comes on else I'll end up breaking something in anger.

    Special mention also goes out to Natalie Bennett. It's not just because she's wrong on absolutely everything, I can deal with that (there are plenty of people I love despite disagreeing with them) but there's just something about her manner and delivery that really, really grates on me and I can't quite describe it in words. I think it's probably to do with how she sounds so angry and hostile and violent in her delivery, but there's also something else on top of it which I can't quite put my finger on.
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    (Original post by InnerTemple)
    RE: Bedroom tax - what would you have done differently?

    On topic - I agree with Rakas, I would have to say IDS for the same reasons. May, Grayling and Gove are close runners up.
    Grants to enable people to move where the houses are (nationally there are enough of each bedroom) and also a preliminary council by council review with a phased introduction.
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    Diane Abbott
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    "Least favourite" haha.
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    (Original post by Rakas21)
    Grants to enable people to move where the houses are (nationally there are enough of each bedroom) and also a preliminary council by council review with a phased introduction.
    As you might be aware, I am totally against the policy. However I think that some kind of review would have made sense.

    Not too sure on the grants idea though. I don't think they would have helped and they wouldn't answer all of the problems with the policy.

    What do you think of the Libdem's comments and their proposed changes:

    “Our revised proposal is that new tenants in the social rented sector would receive housing benefit based on the number of rooms they need. But those already in the social rented sector would only see a reduction in benefit if they are offered a suitable smaller home and, crucially, turn it down. Disabled adults should be treated the same as disabled children, by permanently exempting them.”
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    (Original post by InnerTemple)
    As you might be aware, I am totally against the policy. However I think that some kind of review would have made sense.

    Not too sure on the grants idea though. I don't think they would have helped and they wouldn't answer all of the problems with the policy.

    What do you think of the Libdem's comments and their proposed changes:

    “Our revised proposal is that new tenants in the social rented sector would receive housing benefit based on the number of rooms they need. But those already in the social rented sector would only see a reduction in benefit if they are offered a suitable smaller home and, crucially, turn it down. Disabled adults should be treated the same as disabled children, by permanently exempting them.”
    The ultimate flaw was not that properties with x bedrooms don't exist, but that they don't exist near them. Having moving grants would essentially be similar to the Lib proposal in that somebody in Leeds would be told this house is available in Manchester, they would then move or not.

    I don't think disabled people should be exempt unless the house has had special changes made. They have priority on the housing list and therefore find new properties more easily. Indeed my parents are classed as disabled and moved once the bedroom tax arrived they opted to move, the council actually wanted the house so even paid for a number of costs on the new one.
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    Ed Balls. If you ask a question, do not immediately begin shouting over the answer.
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    Can I have another one on top of my two? Peter Lilley was one of a tiny number of MPs who voted against the climate change act. He has financial interests in oil companies.

    http://www.theguardian.com/environme...company-shares

    Since 2006, Lilley has been a non-executive board member of Tethys Petroleum, so he has had financial interests since before voting on the Climate Change Act.

    This is a thread for politicians we hate. Let's be honest, restricting it to only one was always going to be difficult.
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    (Original post by Jarred)

    Special mention also goes out to Natalie Bennett. It's not just because she's wrong on absolutely everything, I can deal with that (there are plenty of people I love despite disagreeing with them) but there's just something about her manner and delivery that really, really grates on me and I can't quite describe it in words. I think it's probably to do with how she sounds so angry and hostile and violent in her delivery, but there's also something else on top of it which I can't quite put my finger on.
    And to think our former speaker was a closet racist
 
 
 
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