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Hmmm.... we'll see when an actual General Election is called but very good news for the Lib Dems as they're polling in second place in national polls here in the UK.

"The paper (The Telegraph) also features an ICM poll which suggests more people intend to vote Liberal Democrat than Labour in the next general election.

The survey put Gordon Brown's party in third place for the first time since 1987 on just 22% - three points behind the Lib Dems and 18 behind the Conservatives." (MP Claimed For Church Donation; BBC News; Saturday 30th May 2009)

Of course before a General Election is announced and fought we have this coming weeks European Elections. It's going to be a very interesting affair - made even more interesting by the complete meltdown (to varying degrees) of the main three UK political parties due to the expenses crisis that's been all over the UK press for the last few weeks.

I'm reckoning the big winners will be UKIP (The UK Independence Party) and, to a lesser extent, the BNP (British National Party). I also think the Lib Dems could actually gain some votes too from this - although am expecting some of their support to be lost to the Green Party as a protest vote about their (Lib Dems) part of the Expenses Scandal by virtue of being one of the 'Big Three' and having MPs involved in it.


Conservative Votes - drifting to UKIP and the BNP
Labour Votes - staying at home or drifting to the Lib Dems
Lib Dem Votes - drifting to the Greens


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May. 30th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
Is that second place behind Susan Boyle?

May. 30th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
I can't believe anyone would want to vote BNP.
May. 30th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
Sadly I can believe it. Don't like the idea, but can fully believe it.
May. 31st, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
I've got a mate who comes from the BNP heartland - BNP voters are real. Also, the fuckers got a council place in the place where my grandparents live.

May. 31st, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
They do around here. I had someone tell me this morning that they don't think the BNP are actually racist...

I think he'll vote UKIP tho. Which figures.
Jun. 1st, 2009 09:29 am (UTC)
I'll be voting UKIP but I fail to see the connection; the BNP are simply Labour with death camps, as far as I can make out.
Jun. 1st, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. I'm staying out of politics as much as I can; not least because I'm not sure what politics actually has to do with it..

However. As far as I see it, UKIP want to throw the UK out of Europe and the BNP want to throw everyone out of the UK. Just a difference in direction is all. "The BNP are simply Labour with death camps" - more like the bare-knuckle boxing version of the Conservative Party.

We should not be blind to the realities of being party of the EU any more than we should be an open door to all-comers and it's all such a dance through a minefield that I'd prefer that those seeking political power were less concerned about how much the taxpayer will swallow and which directorships they can wangle after their term.
Jun. 1st, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)
I'm with Tony Benn on this one; he once observed that the first thing you should ask of your leaders is "How can I get rid of you?"
I can see no means whatsoever how I, as an enfranchised voter in a member state, can change the members of the European Commission. As the organisation does not have a democratic mandate I'm taking old Benn's observation to heart and asking to be removed from the organisation. If they change their structures to democratic ones, I'll be delighted to hear arguments as to why we should seek readmission.
Jun. 2nd, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
It does seem a bit of a jolly quango, I admit.
Jun. 1st, 2009 09:32 am (UTC)
I'd really rather like to see a LibDem opposition after the next election, and I expect to be pushing disenchanted Labour voters in their direction when it comes up.
Jun. 1st, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
I wish the BNP would stop sending me leaflets, I'm worried about throwing them away in case the rubbish people see them, and they're too well laminated to serve as toilet paper...
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