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The next general election (UK)
View Poll Results: Who would you vote for?
Labour 1 9.09%
Conservative 3 27.27%
Liberal Democrat 4 36.36%
Other (BNP, Green, UKIP etc) 3 27.27%
Dont know 0 0%
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Old 10 Dec 2009, 14:53   #1 (permalink)
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Default The next general election (UK)

Basically, who do you think will win the next General election?, who would you vote for?
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Old 10 Dec 2009, 15:59   #2 (permalink)
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Well given the changing political circumstances that comes with a recession we shall probably see:

Labour removed from government

Not sure whether the conservatives or tories would win I don't really follow politics much. Also I think we will see the green party coming through a bit as well.

A small amount of growth in the BNP as always happens to extremist parties in difficult times. (I hate the BNP)

If I could vote I really wouldn't have a clue who to vote for.
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Old 10 Dec 2009, 16:05   #3 (permalink)
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Tories & Conservatives are the same thing

hmmm, i reckon Labour will be voted out... i dunno who'll replace 'em though, my money's on the tories... damn them

i reckon lib dems will do rather well, not to get a majority, but i reckon they may swap the position labour holds (so labour sits in the 'corner' not really being listened too ;D)

i hope the greens do well, i've lost faith in ALL politicians when it comes to climate change... business as usual... make a quick /$ while you can, screw everyone else that'll be born 40-60 years down the line...

BNP.... gits...that's all i have to say about them
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Old 10 Dec 2009, 16:07   #4 (permalink)
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I'm not impressed by any of our parties. I'm not sure who I'm voting for, or if I'll be voting at all. I think voting is important, but what's the point in voting if there is no one running that you want to support?
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Old 10 Dec 2009, 16:25   #5 (permalink)
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I'm thinking the Conservatives will win myself, but for reasons of comedy I'll be voting for whoever is the most amusing. Hopefully I'll have either a Monster Raving Loony or Scottish Socialist candidate on the ballot, but I'm sure I'll vote for the joke candidate if I have both. The SSP need the votes...
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Two very interesting questions being asked here:

Firstly, who do I think will win? Well, a few months ago, the clear and obvious answer would have been the Conservative Party. However, their popularity has steadily dropped lately, and I think that the reason for this is that voters are starting to realise that although Labour are arguably needing to be removed, the Conservative Party doesn't exactly provide a shining alternative. The Conservatives have achieved overwhelming popularity up till now, not because they did anything much to deserve it, but because Labour were so unpopular - and the Conservative Party thus became the default Party for people who hated Labour.

However, now I think that people are increasingly beginning to ask: Who are the Conservative Party? What do they stand for? What is their vision for Britain? Are they fit for Government. And the Conservative Party is not delivering united, clear answers on those questions.

To take a couple of specific issues, consider first the state of the economy. With the benefit of hindsight, the simple fact that we cannot ignore is that Labour's policy of pouring money into the banks was the correct one, while the Conservative's policy, which was effectively 'Don't do what Labour's doing,' was wrong. You can criticise Labour for arguably not regulating the bank and the City properly and you can criticise Gordon Brown for selling off the gold reserves, but the fact that you can't ignore is that had the Conservatives been in power during the banking crisis, the entire UK banking system could very well have collapsed entirely, leading to a catastrophic economic meltdown. I know the situation isn't exactly great today, but it had the potential to be a hell of a lot worse. Furthermore, we cannot ignore Gordon Brown's invaluable contribution on the world stage in getting other European countries to work together in order to ensure that the banks did not collapse. It is difficult to picture David Cameron having been able to accomplish this, had he been in power at the time.

And this neatly leads on to another issue - Europe. The Conservative Party's position over Europe is probably best described with one word - schizophrenic! They are confused and divided within their own ranks and, in my opinion, their decision to leave the mainstrean right-wing/centre group within the European Union (The European People's Party) and to found an entirely new party on the fringes of Europe (The Movement for European Reform) with partners of dubious character has utterly destroyed their reputation as a serious political party of real power and influence within Europe.

In conclusion, I certainly don't think that Labour will win the next general election - they are simply too unpopular for that. However, I think that unless the Conservatives can show - and fast - that they are a party of real substance with real and concrete visions for the country, the most likely outcome of the next general election is, in my opinion, a hung Parliament between Labour and the Conservatives.

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And as for who I will vote for: I will most likely vote for the Liberal Democrats. Silly plans on million pound mansions aside, Vince Cable has consistently shown that he has a far better grasp of the economic situation than Alistair Darling and George Osbourne and I am 100% behind the Liberal Democrat's policy on Europe, which I consider vital in the face of the new emerging economic powers of China, India and others.
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Old 10 Dec 2009, 17:28   #7 (permalink)
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hmmm, my only fear is that people think as you have stated above.... then dont vote

the problem w/ that is it creates a political vacuum, and literally ANYONE can fill it :\ ( i think you can tell which party i'm reffering to)
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I'm expecting the Tories to win, I think most people are. The question is by how much? I'd like to see a change of government, provided Labour spend oppostion with fresh ideas and fresh leadership, as opposed to bickering for a decade.
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I'll be voting Tory, because A, I support them, B, britain cannot survive another 4 years under labour, and C, the other parties fail to display anything close to being required to run the country.

Thats my personal reasons.


On to the main point - I think the Tories will win, but I think it will be less to do with them winning and more that Labour loses.

As Taukiller put so nicely - the tories are currently failing to put themselves forward enough over policy and what they want to do. We get some lovely soundbites, and they manage to pull the rug from Labour each time they make a comment, but we still don't have solid policy issues from them.

Furthermore, should labour succeed in their plans to make the election a class war, then the tories, whilst they may win, may not win convincingly enough to control parliment.
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Old 11 Dec 2009, 06:16   #10 (permalink)
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It would be a shame if labour start a class war...shows they're desperate... while i'm mid-left, i wouldn't vote labour (if i could vote yet), i think they need a change of leadership (of their cabinet, not just Brown)
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