The Brexit election

The team discuss what is at stake as Britain goes back to the polls.

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Geoff Cox

4th November 2019 at 11:44 am

The Conservatives need to get virtually to 40% to ensure a majority. The Labour Party, only need about 36%. This is due to the in-built bias to Labour on unreformed constituency boundaries. The Cons have been in power since 2010 and have done nothing about it. Incredible.

Also to be watched out for is the usual suspects hovering up the postal votes in certain areas and submitting them all with the cross firmly in the Labour box. Together with students voting twice (again mostly for Labour) or choosing where to vote (see Cantebury 2017) and we will see the biggest electoral fraud ever.

Nothing seems to get done and when the recipients of all this cheating get in power, nothing will ever be done. Welcome to banana repulic Britain.

Jim Lawrie

3rd November 2019 at 8:54 pm

Labour propose to take away from people property they have bought with money saved from earnings to provide for themselves in old age, and give it away to people who have done nothing to deserve it. Investing in property is a lack of confidence in the pensions system, and ultimately, in the economy.
The biggest threat to people in their old age is a government that weakens the right to property of any kind, because that way lies disincentive, sloth, Venezuela, Zimbabwe and Haiti. The EU reforms in Greece have made ownership so insecure that noone wants to invest there.

The over 45’s know all this and are thus so contemptuous of Labour and its voters.

Lloyd Reid

3rd November 2019 at 6:42 am

Have my concerns on the Conservatives. But if Labour get in we will find ourselves thinking back how good life was before the election

Winston Stanley

2nd November 2019 at 11:07 pm

Boris vouches £5 billion – after the trillion that the TP took off the ppl with austerity – as TP poll lead begins to collapse – again. The British electorate says that “Boris can stick his Brexit and his TP up his ar/se”?

> Tories turn on the spending taps: Boris Johnson promises £5bn boost to pensions and welfare to thwart Labour as poll puts him 12 points clear of Jeremy Corbyn

Winston Stanley

2nd November 2019 at 11:56 pm

Heads up.

> Tory majority in doubt as Telegraph poll shows lead of just eight points

Boris Johnson’s Conservatives are only eight points ahead of Labour, according to a poll for The Sunday Telegraph.

The ORB International survey for the newspaper puts the Tories on 36 per cent, with 28 for Labour, 14 per cent for the Liberal Democrats and 12 per cent for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party.

Undertaken on Wednesday and Thursday, the new poll is likely to spark concern within the Conservative campaign.

Experts warned that Mr Johnson will need to significantly increase his lead to be sure of securing a majority.

Four separate polls conducted in the two weeks before gave the Conservatives a lead of between 13 and 16 points.

Winston Stanley

3rd November 2019 at 12:30 am

Another poll.

> Boris Johnson faces a double threat to his Downing Street hopes today — a new poll shows Labour has enjoyed a bounce in support since the election campaign began, and remain parties have finalised an electoral pact to thwart him.

A YouGov survey for The Sunday Times found that Labour had gained six points between Wednesday and Friday. Jeremy Corbyn’s party is now on 27%, 12 points behind the Tories, while the Liberal Democrats have slipped three points to just 16%.

A second poll, by ORB International, gave the Tories just an eight-point lead, with Labour gaining ground on TP.

Winston Stanley

3rd November 2019 at 1:32 am

Big Boris needs to shelf his pride and his belly and his party arrogance and join with TBP in a NO DEAL pact – or else we will all vote for Corbyn to defeat his FAKE Brexit – and then we start again in 5 years time. We will NOT allow Boris to highjack Brexit with a FAKE Brexit just so that he can his belly and his TP into No 10. We are quite happy to wait for another 5 years if that is what it takes. Relent Big Boris and stand on NO DEAL or we all vote Corbyn.

Winston Stanley

3rd November 2019 at 4:16 am

Either Boris does what WE want – NO DEAL – or we do NOT vote for him.

That HAS to be how democracy works. Or else there is NO democracy and it does NOT work.

No one has got any time for a failed FAKE democracy any longer.

Either Boris stands on NO DEAL or he can take his TP somewhere else.

Ven Oods

2nd November 2019 at 6:39 pm

Well, we’ve slain the zombie Parliament, but not the zombie deal. Stakes do it for vampires, and silver bullets for werewolves. What’s it take for a zombie?

Dominic Straiton

1st November 2019 at 9:51 pm

Id sooner die in a ditch than vote Tory ever again.

Charles Buonaventura

1st November 2019 at 9:07 pm

A Boris majority, BRINO, and back to business as usual is what I think will come of this election. Whilst it’s good to see many of the wreckers leave Parliament, I think they have achieved their aim of crushing the spirit of Brexit. I hope I’m wrong and that the direction of travel will be away from the EU post-deal.

Perverted Lesbian

1st November 2019 at 7:34 pm

Al Bagdadi –
Tom – “Bloomberg had a more ‘Rags to Riches’ take. 😆

Christopher Tyson

1st November 2019 at 6:59 pm

The election is good news, but at the same time there is a feeling of anti-climax, the political establishment’s resistance seems to have collapsed inexplicably. I was curious to see how far down the anti-democratic road they were prepared to go, maybe that’s just me. For those of us who support Brexit, the concern is a split of the Brexit vote between the Brexit Party and the Conservatives, we now have to be prepared for this. Boris Johnson is the leader of the Conservative Party and we have to remember this, this is the traditional party of the rich, the establishment, the state and so on. The Conservatives have often been able to appeal to a one nation constituency, using patriotism, charm, bribes, patronage even common sense, generally leading to betrayal and disappointment. This is standard business as usual betrayal, the kind that we have learned to accept and live with. The Remainer betrayal is of a higher order. The point then is do we accept Johnson’s ’emperor’s new deal’ as I call it? This is a compromise, the small print is let’s admit it, baffling to those of us who are not lawyers. If a split vote ends any possibility of Brexit what then? I don’t think that we can go back to where we were before. The establishment has been exposed and dis-credited, more of us will be scrutinising them and the EU far more carefully, and the discontent and sense of betrayal will continue. Ruling elites at least in the UK in the last century have recognised the importance of consent, of making deals of bribes and patronage as I mentioned before. The Remainers forgot this they offered nothing. I did suggest a double or quits, a 2nd Referendum on the EU up against abolishing the House of Lords, winners takes all, didn’t get any interest.

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