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    Today's latest ICM/Guardian poll indicates that whilst Labour have retained a majority, Conservative support is growing, especially in their traditional Southern heartlands.

    http://politics.guardian.co.uk/polls...156941,00.html

    What do you think Labour will do to ensure election victory? Will a shift to the right of centre provide the conditions to secure those who have flagged in support of Labour for failing on their strong, anti crime image?

    Also, when do you believe Labour will trigger the election campaign and when is iit most likely to occur?
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    I think the election will occur very soon. Brown should take advantage of the bounce in the polls he has had before it disappears.

    As for tactics, they're doing a good job of continuing to portray the Conservatives of being all style and no substance.
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    I'm not sure if Brown & Co. are feeling confident enough to hold an election too soon. The Conservatives seem to be lagging behind a little but it's still at a point where the result could be very close.
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    Surely Brown needs to fake another terrorist attack to gain public support before he goes for an election [that one is for the conspiracy buffs]

    The problem for Brown is that if he doesn't wait long enough he'll still be too associated with Blair. If he waits too long Cameron may come up with some decent policies.

    I wouldn't be surprised if he waits until 2009. But I can't see him waiting til 2010 unless something goes wrong.
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    I hope it happens soon - would give me the chance to get some hands on political experience without having to live and work in London for free for six months...
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    Hurrah for democracy! The chance to vote for one of three right wing parties! I can barely wait.
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    (Original post by punktopia)
    Hurrah for democracy! The chance to vote for one of three right wing parties! I can barely wait.
    You could form your own party (if you're over 18/21). And I'm sure there will be some other parties out there.

    Plus, I think the Lib Dems would be horrified to be called Right Wing.
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    (Original post by UniOfLife)
    You could form your own party (if you're over 18/21). And I'm sure there will be some other parties out there.

    Plus, I think the Lib Dems would be horrified to be called Right Wing.
    I voted for them at one point, but let's be honest, they're just not liberal enough. I don't believe in "democracy" these days.
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    (Original post by punktopia)
    I voted for them at one point, but let's be honest, they're just not liberal enough. I don't believe in "democracy" these days.
    So what your complaining about is that there isn't a political party out there extreme enough for you? Why don't you start your own party or join one and try and influence it?
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    Because most of the people in this country are far too brainwashed to even touch socialism or anarchism with a barge pole. Hell, most people don't know what anarchism is, they think it's "running round the streets rioting".
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    (Original post by punktopia)
    Because most of the people in this country are far too brainwashed to even touch socialism or anarchism with a barge pole. Hell, most people don't know what anarchism is, they think it's "running round the streets rioting".
    It isn't :eek:

    Anyway, you can hardly complain that you don't believe in democracy simply because the majority of the people in the country disagree with you so vehemently.
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    Your naive anarchist rants would be better aimed at 11 year olds, they're probably the only people uneducated enough to know better. All you're doing here is making yourself look like an idiot.

    As for the election, I think it will happen this year - Brown is shrewd enough to know that waiting probably won't do him any favours.
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    He should have called it a month ago. The smart money is now on the Spring. He has to do it before Cameron is forced out of the Tory leadership, which is becoming more and more likely.
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    (Original post by HenvY)
    Your naive anarchist rants would be better aimed at 11 year olds, they're probably the only people uneducated enough to know better. All you're doing here is making yourself look like an idiot.

    As for the election, I think it will happen this year - Brown is shrewd enough to know that waiting probably won't do him any favours.
    Not so sure about that. Another grammar school debacle and the Tories will be worse off than before. There's already talk of ousting Dave. I'd wait if I was Brown.
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    (Original post by Dionysus)
    He should have called it a month ago. The smart money is now on the Spring. He has to do it before Cameron is forced out of the Tory leadership, which is becoming more and more likely.
    On the contrary. Wait until Cameron is forced out and then call it while the Tories are ripping themselves apart.
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    (Original post by HenvY)
    Your naive anarchist rants would be better aimed at 11 year olds, they're probably the only people uneducated enough to know better. All you're doing here is making yourself look like an idiot.

    As for the election, I think it will happen this year - Brown is shrewd enough to know that waiting probably won't do him any favours.
    Haha, I'm naive?? What is it with all the right wing, self righteous morons on this forum? Come on, students used to know better. People like you sicken me to the core.
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    (Original post by UniOfLife)
    Not so sure about that. Another grammar school debacle and the Tories will be worse off than before. There's already talk of ousting Dave. I'd wait if I was Brown.
    Hmm, Gordon Brown can ask for an election whenever he wants right(someone correct me if i'm wrong)? I wonder if he'd get away with waiting until Cameron was forced out(if he ever was, although personally I don't think there's any chance of that until he's had at least one election) and calling an election when the tories had no leader?
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    (Original post by punktopia)
    Haha, I'm naive?? What is it with all the right wing, self righteous morons on this forum? Come on, students used to know better. People like you sicken me to the core.
    I get it, everybody is right wing. Haven't you got some starbucks windows to smash or something?
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    (Original post by HenvY)
    Hmm, Gordon Brown can ask for an election whenever he wants right(someone correct me if i'm wrong)? I wonder if he'd get away with waiting until Cameron was forced out(if he ever was, although personally I don't think there's any chance of that until he's had at least one election) and calling an election when the tories had no leader?
    He can indeed call an election at any time. Though given Labour have a substantial lead in the polls right now, it wouldn't be a bad idea to call it soon.
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    (Original post by HenvY)
    I get it, everybody is right wing. Haven't you got some starbucks windows to smash or something?
    Haha, the high and mighty approach. Great one. But actually, if you had a shred of empathy for humanity you'd at least appreciate elements of anarchism as a political ideal, instead of dismissing it (and thus, many of Marx's ideas) as "stuff that would appeal to 11 year olds".
 
 
 
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