Labour’s hopes are down the pan…..
We have had the three Leaders Debates now and The Warrior was not impressed by Brown at all, he was lacklustre, kept repeating himself, blaming everyone else, just looking like a beaten, tired and haggard old man.
He failed to turn the nation around to his vision for ruining England some more.
Biggest surprise was Clegg winning the first debate, made people look at his party for 5 mins, then they all changed their minds on the next two as the Eaton Wonderboy, The Tory Machine Himself David Cameron won them and hands down from Gordon it seems.
General Election 2010: Gordon Brown fails to make the worm turn
Gordon Brown’s failure in the three leaders’ debates may be down to one simple fact — he could not make the worm wriggle.
On Thursday night the real-time graphic showing how a panel of floating voters felt about what each party leader said remained flat when he spoke —suggesting the Prime Minister was unable to engage with his audience at all.
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The Daily Telegraph was invited by ITV to witness the reactions of its panel of 20 in Bolton, Lancs. Each member of the panel was given a handset to register what they felt about what they heard.
They sent the worm downwards when their response was negative and upwards when they reacted positively; Nick Clegg’s assertion that banks which made multi-billion pound losses should not be handing out bonuses at all sent the worm skywards.
Mr Brown’s inability to make the worm move markedly, in contrast to his two rivals, was one of the most telling aspects of the evening — and one that may explain why polls taken after the debate had the Prime Minister in last place in a contest David Cameron was generally thought to have won.
According to the panel, the Tory leader scored a notable victory on immigration and his idea for an annual cap delivered his highest rating.
Alastair Stewart, who moderated the first debate for ITN, said: “It did tell us about some core British values. Whoever was talking, if it was about the police, discipline in schools or immigration, the measure went up. But if it was playground bickering, it went down.”
One panel member, Bipin Patel, 33, an IT worker, said he could not help feeling for the politician on the receiving end of a personal attack. “Perhaps it’s subliminal, but you sympathise with them.”
General Election 2010: Gordon Brown’s Gillian Duffy ‘bigot’ gaffe may cost Labour
Gillian Duffy had only popped out to buy a loaf of bread. But by the time she got home, following a chance encounter with the Prime Minister, the 65-year-old widow had become the woman who could seal the outcome of the general election.
Mrs Duffy, a lifelong Labour supporter, had the temerity to tackle Gordon Brown on the national debt, education and his party’s immigration policy.
In return, the Prime Minister branded her a “bigoted woman” in an ill-tempered aside which was caught on a microphone still on his lapel as he was chauffeured away.
Mr Brown’s visit to Rochdale, had been the latest salvo in a new Labour strategy to put him in front of real voters.
It ended with the most disastrous gaffe of the campaign and his party’s election strategy in turmoil.
Within hours, Mr Brown had interrupted his schedule to return to Rochdale, Greater Manchester, where he was forced to make a personal apology to Mrs Duffy.
During an extraordinary address to a live television audience from the grandmother’s driveway he described himself as “a penitent sinner”.
Later, the premier emailed all Labour supporters — including candidates — to make clear his “profound regret” at what he had done.
Coming on the eve of today’s final televised leaders’ debate, some Cabinet ministers privately feared that the blunder had fatally undermined Labour’s campaign.
There was more bad news for Labour when it emerged that Mrs Duffy had been signed up by the PR firm Bell Pottinger, part of a group chaired by Lord Bell, Margaret Thatcher’s favourite PR man. She was thought to have signed an exclusive deal with a tabloid newspaper.
Mr Brown insisted that he was “mortified” by his outburst, claiming he had “misunderstood” what the pensioner had said to him. Mrs Duffy’s family suggested the public had been given an insight into the hypocrisy of the Prime Minister, who had laughed and joked with her in public before insulting her in private when he thought he was no longer being recorded.
Prime Ministerial aides also feared that millions of voters who shared Mrs Duffy’s measured views on immigration, policing, education and the economy would feel slighted by Mr Brown’s remarks.
Lance Price, a former Downing Street adviser under Tony Blair, said: “To sustain its share of the vote and maximise the number of MPs it returns, Labour needs the votes of millions of traditional supporters like Mrs Duffy.
“The party has lost not just hers, but potentially thousands of others who will listen to what she said and find that they agree. Does Brown think they are all bigots too?”
The Prime Minister had been visiting a community re-offender project in Rochdale when Mrs Duffy called out to him and asked why he was not addressing the debt crisis.
As part of the new “real voters” strategy, she was ushered by an aide to speak directly to the Prime Minister.
Mrs Duffy politely asked about a range of issues including the national debt, education and immigration.
She said: “You can’t say anything about immigrants… all these eastern Europeans are coming in, where are they flocking from?”
Mr Brown answered her questions and, as they parted, Mrs Duffy praised Labour education policy, describing Mr Brown as a “nice man” and telling reporters she had already filled in her postal ballot, voting Labour. As he got into his ministerial Jaguar, the Prime Minister complimented the former council worker for coming from “a good family” and said: “It’s very nice to see you. Take care.”
The discussion was destined to get little coverage on the day’s election broadcasts.
But Mr Brown was still wearing a microphone provided by Sky News, which recorded him turning to his aide Justin Forsyth, and pronouncing: “That was a disaster.”
He added: “Whose idea was that?” He then blamed “Sue” – Sue Nye his longest serving aide and friend.
He was then asked by the aide what Mrs Duffy had said.
He replied: “Everything, she was just a sort of bigoted woman who said she used to be Labour.”
The comments were relayed to Mrs Duffy who was aghast that Mr Brown – “a man who is going to lead this country … an educated person” – would make such an accusation.
She said: “I’m very upset. What was bigoted in what I said?” Mrs Duffy later said she would “rip up” her postal vote.
Minutes later, Mr Brown arrived for a BBC radio interview with Jeremy Vine. While he was live on air, Vine played the Prime Minister his comments. Seemingly unaware that he was being filmed, he held his head in his hand as he listened. His apology was stuttering and couched in equivocal language.
He said: “Of course I apologise if I have said anything that has been offensive and I would never put myself in a position where I would want to say anything like that about a woman I met.
“It was a question about immigration that I think was annoying.”
With the row dominating the afternoon, the Prime Minister was forced to abandon plans to prepare for tonight’s debate. He telephoned Mrs Duffy to say sorry and then went to her house to make another apology.
He said: “I am mortified by what has happened. I have given her my sincere apologies.”
Last night, the latest opinion polls showed the Tories extending their lead. A ComRes survey for The Independent put them on 36 per cent, Labour on 29 and the Lib Dems on 26. A YouGov survey for The Sun put the Tories on 34, the Lib Dems on 31 and Labour on 27 and a Harris poll for Metro put the Conservatives on 32 per cent, the Lib Dems on 30 and Labour on 25.
Nick Clegg ‘lost for words’ after confrontation with student over youth unemployment.
Nick Clegg was left “lost for words” after an angry confrontation with a student about youth unemployment.
In the most heated exchange the Liberal Democrat leader has experienced on the campaign trail, he was told that his party’s plan to provide work placements for young people would leave them worse off.
His repeated attempts to placate Maya Black failed and she delivered a damning verdict on Mr Clegg after he left South Birmingham College.
She told reporters: “He looked lost for words. How is he going to run a country when he can’t answer a student’s questions?”
Miss Black, who is studying an access to health course so she can train to become a paramedic, claimed Mr Clegg had failed to address her query and wrongly tried to make her provide the answers.
In his only public appearance of the day before the crucial BBC leaders’ debate on the economy, Mr Clegg also made a gaffe by wrongly claiming that 16 year-olds are able to fight and die for their country.
The Liberal Democrat leader has so far in the election campaign been greeted by growing crowds of supporters following his success in the televised debates, and has generally been given an easy ride at public events.
But half an hour into his appearance at the further education college in the Hall Green area of Birmingham on Thursday morning, Mr Clegg came unstuck when Miss Black said she was “really angered” by the Lib Dems’ pledge that young people will not spend more than 90 days on JobSeeker’s Allowance before they get more training, education, an internship or a place on a work programme.
The 26 year-old said: “I’ve got a background working in recruitment, I know I’ve had hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of candidates, young people applying for my jobs, and they’d come in with certificates of all the training schemes they’ve been on, all the academic achievements they’ve had and they couldn’t find jobs. So it’s all very well you saying you’d put them on training schemes but that will not help them find jobs.
“What are you going to do to help employers to find jobs for young people? They won’t find jobs with a certificate, it’s a glorified piece of paper, that’s all it is unless you do something for employers. What are you going to do?”
As applause greeted her question, Mr Clegg told her: “You should go into politics.”
He admitted that taking a course would not guarantee a job, but insisted that it is better than unemployed young people sitting at home, feeling isolated and signing on while sending out job applications.
As Mr Clegg set out the Lib Dems’ plans, Miss Black shook her head in disagreement.
Mr Clegg said: “You may shake your head,” as he attempted to convince her that his plan would help young people.
But she would not be persuaded, as she claimed that at the end of the course young people would merely return to the dole queue, and told him: “I would argue that your idea actually demotivates people.”
Mr Clegg asked: “What is the alternative? What do you want to do?”
To applause from dozens of students gathered in the hall, Miss Black told him: “You shouldn’t be asking me that – I’m asking you.”
The Lib Dem leader repeated his assertion that forcing banks to lend to small businesses would help the economy.
“You can shake your head, Maya, but that is a fact. Employers will not create jobs unless they have money to do so.”
As he left the meeting, Mr Clegg went to shake Miss Black’s hand, asking: “Shall I give you a better answer next time?”
She told reporters: “He just said that he hoped he had better answers for me next time. I just smiled sweetly.”
Miss Black added that she did not plan to vote for any party, although she would have considered the Lib Dems had Mr Clegg given her a better answer.
He also blundered by saying that 16-year-olds should be given the vote because at that age they can lay down their lives for Britain in frontline combat with the Armed Forces.
Teenagers are not sent into active service until they are 18, according to the Ministry of Defence, although the Lib Dems claimed later that younger recruits can find themselves “in harm’s way”.
Meanwhile the Conservatives unveil voter ‘contract’, a bold move by Cameron.
The Conservatives have unveiled a ”contract” being sent to millions of households in target seats in a bid to capitalise on the ”momentum” generated by David Cameron’s performance in the final TV debate.
It sets out 16 key pledges with a message from the party leader to voters that: ”If we don’t deliver our side of the bargain, vote us out in five years’ time”.
With the constraint of the debates over, Mr Cameron will embark on a frenetic final week of campaigning across the UK ahead of the May 6 General Election as he renews efforts to secure an outright win.
With opinion polls continuing to point to the likelihood of a hung parliament, Mr Cameron used the showdown to renew his warnings that only a ”decisive” Conservative victory would lead to change,
Speaking to a rally of activists after coming off stage, he said the contract – which also sets out to dismiss ”false” claims by rivals – would help show ”we want it more than anybody else”.
”Day after day you will hear about our contract,” he told them.
”I want you to take this contract to every part of the country. This is a campaign where we are going to have to show energy and dynamism – that we want it more than anybody else.”
Titled ”A contract between the Conservative Party and you” and adorned with a picture of the would-be prime minister apparently signing it, the document has been mailed to two million homes.
Party sources said they included households in Labour-held seats the party had added to its target list in the wake of a surge of Liberal Democrat support on the back of the opening two debates.
In a personal message Mr Cameron calls for everyone in the country to ”get involved, take responsibility and work together” to foster economic recovery, mend the ”broken society” and clean up politics.
”So this is our contract with you. I want you to read it and – if we win the election – use it to hold us to account,” he writes.
Among the pledges included are a right to ”sack” misbehaving MPs, halt Labour’s planned National Insurance rise, increase health spending ”every year” and re-link state pensions to earnings.
Among efforts to ”set the record straight” over claims by opponents is a pledge to protect free eye tests and prescriptions for pensioners – an issue Prime Minister Gordon Brown challenged Mr Cameron on forcefully in the debates.
”This contract is a no-frills, no-nonsense commitment to do certain specific things in exchange for people’s vote,” he told the supporters who watched the debate in an arts centre.
”With trust in politics at an all time low, and people tired of politicians breaking their promises, we are saying clearly in this contract: ‘if we don’t do these things, if we don’t deliver our side of the bargain: vote us out in five years time’.”
Another million copies of the leaflet will be handed out at ”key locations” during the final days of the campaign, officials said.
Mr Cameron will concentrate today on a separate ”contract” specifically on education as he visits schools in the Midlands.
Shadow education secretary Michael Gove said a ”more authoritative” display by Mr Cameron against his opponents last night meant he was entering the final stretch ”with a greater level of momentum”.
”David has been more authoritative this time round and on issues like the economy and the banks, where Gordon Brown should be in command, David aced it,” he said.
Liberal Democrat leader Mr Clegg had stumbled over his party’s stance on joining the euro and an amnesty for some illegal immigrants, he said – and accused him of using ”bogus” statistics to rubbish Tory plans to place a cap on immigration.
Mr Brown had been ”relentlessly negative throughout” in what was ”a very ragged, very embattled performance from someone who is clearly recognising that his support is slipping away”, he added.
Labour has been consistently trailing the Lib Dems in some opinion polls, sparking confidence among Tory strategists they can expand their intensive campaigning to seats not initially seen as targets.
Mr Cameron has denied that meant abandoning efforts to snatch seats from the Liberal Democrats in areas such as the South West.
Well that is the news from the Big 3, and now all the hype of the debates is over, it will come down to the count on the day whether we have a hung parliament, a Tory Government or Labour still holding power (God Forbid).
The independents have climbed in the polls too, and good luck to them. I hope if any of them win their seats they remember it is for the local people not for self enrichment or power.
The smaller parties have gained popularity as people look for an alternative, even the small English Democrats party has gained some momentum after getting their PEB which was shown on St George’s day, maybe some will do well, but with all the infighting and right wing elements only the better ones will get anywhere.
Thursday is Vote day.
VOTE WISE. VOTE WELL. ABOVE ALL VOTE ENGLISH MP’S. VOTE FOR ENGLAND.
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