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Who are you going to vote for in the 2024 UK General Election

Poll ended at Fri Jul 05, 2024 7:18 pm

Conservative
2
9%
Labour
11
48%
Liberal Democrat
2
9%
Green
2
9%
Reform
0
No votes
Scottish National Party
0
No votes
Plaid Cymru
0
No votes
Democratic Unionist Party
0
No votes
Sinn Féin
1
4%
Workers Party of Britain
0
No votes
UKIP
0
No votes
British National Party
0
No votes
Social Democratic and Labour Party
0
No votes
Alba Party
0
No votes
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
0
No votes
Ulster Unionist Party
0
No votes
Traditional Unionist Voice
0
No votes
People Before Profit
0
No votes
Independent Candidate
0
No votes
Voting for other
1
4%
Ineligible to vote
3
13%
Choosing not to vote
0
No votes
Spoiling ballot
1
4%
Not voting for other reason
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 23

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Post stuff about the election here, and vote in the poll!
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Currently the Green Party is winning with 100% of the vote. If this is representative nationwide it would be a historic result.
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Tories . Bringing back national service.
Labour . bring voting age down to 16.
I wonder who the gen Zers will vote for
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I haven't decided who I'm voting for yet. I'm not particularly inclined to vote for Labour under Keir Starmer. I'll have a look to see who's standing in my constituency at some point and make a decision. I certainly don't feel I need to vote for Labour just to keep the Tories out. It's a fairly safe Tory seat, and if it reaches the point where Labour could actually win here, they're definitely going to get a majority in the UK anyway. I tend to think that unless you feel it's critical to vote for the most realistic non-Tory, you should really vote for your favourite. For one thing it enables people to see a more accurate picture of people's views, and the more people that don't vote for the main parties, the more pressure there is for voting reform. Because First Past the Post really doesn't work with more than two parties.

It would be quite nice to see Labour win but for Keir Starmer to lose his seat. Obviously a massive long shot, but the hope is there. It will be interesting to see how well Andrew Feinstein does against him.
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Gavin Chipper wrote: Sun May 26, 2024 6:04 pm I haven't decided who I'm voting for yet. I'm not particularly inclined to vote for Labour under Keir Starmer. I'll have a look to see who's standing in my constituency at some point and make a decision. I certainly don't feel I need to vote for Labour just to keep the Tories out. It's a fairly safe Tory seat, and if it reaches the point where Labour could actually win here, they're definitely going to get a majority in the UK anyway. I tend to think that unless you feel it's critical to vote for the most realistic non-Tory, you should really vote for your favourite. For one thing it enables people to see a more accurate picture of people's views, and the more people that don't vote for the main parties, the more pressure there is for voting reform. Because First Past the Post really doesn't work with more than two parties.

It would be quite nice to see Labour win but for Keir Starmer to lose his seat. Obviously a massive long shot, but the hope is there. It will be interesting to see how well Andrew Feinstein does against him.
What is wrong with Kier Starmer.
He isn't the best Labour MP (Jess Phillips and Angela Rayner are better ) but surely an upgrade from Corbin ?
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Marc Meakin wrote: Mon May 27, 2024 2:00 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote: Sun May 26, 2024 6:04 pm I haven't decided who I'm voting for yet. I'm not particularly inclined to vote for Labour under Keir Starmer. I'll have a look to see who's standing in my constituency at some point and make a decision. I certainly don't feel I need to vote for Labour just to keep the Tories out. It's a fairly safe Tory seat, and if it reaches the point where Labour could actually win here, they're definitely going to get a majority in the UK anyway. I tend to think that unless you feel it's critical to vote for the most realistic non-Tory, you should really vote for your favourite. For one thing it enables people to see a more accurate picture of people's views, and the more people that don't vote for the main parties, the more pressure there is for voting reform. Because First Past the Post really doesn't work with more than two parties.

It would be quite nice to see Labour win but for Keir Starmer to lose his seat. Obviously a massive long shot, but the hope is there. It will be interesting to see how well Andrew Feinstein does against him.
What is wrong with Kier Starmer.
He isn't the best Labour MP (Jess Phillips and Angela Rayner are better ) but surely an upgrade from Corbin ?
There's a lot wrong with Keir Starmer. He's a very authoritarian leader and very much in the camp of politicians that just want to get elected rather than wanting to do any good. I don't think he's particularly left wing. And, perhaps most importantly, he has refused to speak out against anything Israel do. He's a spineless twat. Let's not forget this conversation:
Nick Ferrari wrote:A siege is appropriate? Cutting off power, cutting off water, Sir Keir?
Keir Starmer wrote:I think Israel does have that right.
He went on to say it should be done within international law, but to refuse to criticise Israel at all in that situation shows where he stands. I recommend reading what Feinstein says about him in the link I gave.
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1st debate next Tuesday at 9pm on ITV.
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Farage on Question Time tomorrow
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Keir Starmer isn't the best by a long shot, however...I was eight when the Conservatives came to power. Having seen what they've done, ranging from education, to austerity, to Brexit, to the pandemic, I just want them gone. Thrown out, humiliated, numbers ground into the dust whilst we all stand around and collectively laugh as the Old Etonians limp away back to Daddy's trust fund to find another job (presumably feeding fossil fuel waste to baby seals)*

Get the Tories out first. Starmer has a litany of issues himself, but first Tories go, and then we see how it goes from there. At least the party (hopefully) in power this time has a manic left-wing fringe rather than a manic right-wing one

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Matt Rutherford wrote: Wed May 29, 2024 6:23 pm Keir Starmer isn't the best by a long shot, however...I was eight when the Conservatives came to power. Having seen what they've done, ranging from education, to austerity, to Brexit, to the pandemic, I just want them gone. Thrown out, humiliated, numbers ground into the dust whilst we all stand around and collectively laugh as the Old Etonians limp away back to Daddy's trust fund to find another job (presumably feeding fossil fuel waste to baby seals)*

Get the Tories out first. Starmer has a litany of issues himself, but first Tories go, and then we see how it goes from there. At least the party (hopefully) in power this time has a manic left-wing fringe rather than a manic right-wing one

*This is mostly a joke-one hopes that's quite evident
Don't forget you have to look forward too. It's not like we vote for who to remove first, then a few weeks later get to choose the winner after some more consideration. Ignore the past, where do we want to be in a year, ten years, and who do we want to get us there? The incumbents are history, don't waste your focus on them.
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Exactly. I very much doubt I'll be voting Labour unless the particular candidate in my constituency punches above the party weight.
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Starmer left-wing purge row is not dying down. Also let's not forget the bizarre incident when the Speaker of the House, Lindsay Hoyle, went against protocol, after supposedly being bullied into doing so by Keir Starmer.

Edit - interview with Faiza Shaheen. I'm not sure what's so bad about talking about pro-Israel lobby groups anyway. Just call out the BS conflation of Israel with Jews.
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Labour's branding is weird. If it didn't say Labour on it I'd think the leaflets were Britain First or something.

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Edit: googled to see if it was just me, and Britain First's leader thinks it looks like Britain First...
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I would've expected Britain First to put a Labour pamphlet straight in the bin, but I imagine bins are a bit of a sensitive topic for Britain First right now.
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With one week to go until nominations for parliamentary candidates have to be in Labour still need to find 4 and the Tories just shy of 200 , happy days
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Labour might need to find a few more with some last minute explusions coming up for not being pro-Israel enough.
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Gavin Chipper wrote: Fri May 31, 2024 2:37 pm Labour might need to find a few more with some last minute explusions coming up for not being pro-Israel enough.
I thought they gave the whip back to the racist anti-semite
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Ian Volante wrote: Thu May 30, 2024 12:39 pm
Matt Rutherford wrote: Wed May 29, 2024 6:23 pm Keir Starmer isn't the best by a long shot, however...I was eight when the Conservatives came to power. Having seen what they've done, ranging from education, to austerity, to Brexit, to the pandemic, I just want them gone. Thrown out, humiliated, numbers ground into the dust whilst we all stand around and collectively laugh as the Old Etonians limp away back to Daddy's trust fund to find another job (presumably feeding fossil fuel waste to baby seals)*

Get the Tories out first. Starmer has a litany of issues himself, but first Tories go, and then we see how it goes from there. At least the party (hopefully) in power this time has a manic left-wing fringe rather than a manic right-wing one

*This is mostly a joke-one hopes that's quite evident
Don't forget you have to look forward too. It's not like we vote for who to remove first, then a few weeks later get to choose the winner after some more consideration. Ignore the past, where do we want to be in a year, ten years, and who do we want to get us there? The incumbents are history, don't waste your focus on them.
True, but, entirely realistically, who else can win? If we didn't have FPTP, or the system that we do, then there'd be other candidates multitudes better. Where I am, Labour or (less likely) Lib Dem are least worst ones whose vote wouldn't be (in effect) a proxy votes for Conservatives by taking a vote away from their biggest opposition. Starmer is not who I think will take us in the best direction in a year, ten years time. However, he is one of two who will set that direction, and of those two, by the far the least two.

In short, the choice is in this election is akin between being punched in the stomach or bisected with a chainsaw. I'm gonna take the stomach and hope for the best
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I think Labour are going to win by a landslide and unless something changes massively in the polls before election day, I don't think they need any help. If anything, a smaller majority will probably be better.
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Matt Rutherford wrote: Sun Jun 02, 2024 4:03 pm
Ian Volante wrote: Thu May 30, 2024 12:39 pm
Matt Rutherford wrote: Wed May 29, 2024 6:23 pm Keir Starmer isn't the best by a long shot, however...I was eight when the Conservatives came to power. Having seen what they've done, ranging from education, to austerity, to Brexit, to the pandemic, I just want them gone. Thrown out, humiliated, numbers ground into the dust whilst we all stand around and collectively laugh as the Old Etonians limp away back to Daddy's trust fund to find another job (presumably feeding fossil fuel waste to baby seals)*

Get the Tories out first. Starmer has a litany of issues himself, but first Tories go, and then we see how it goes from there. At least the party (hopefully) in power this time has a manic left-wing fringe rather than a manic right-wing one

*This is mostly a joke-one hopes that's quite evident
Don't forget you have to look forward too. It's not like we vote for who to remove first, then a few weeks later get to choose the winner after some more consideration. Ignore the past, where do we want to be in a year, ten years, and who do we want to get us there? The incumbents are history, don't waste your focus on them.
True, but, entirely realistically, who else can win? If we didn't have FPTP, or the system that we do, then there'd be other candidates multitudes better. Where I am, Labour or (less likely) Lib Dem are least worst ones whose vote wouldn't be (in effect) a proxy votes for Conservatives by taking a vote away from their biggest opposition. Starmer is not who I think will take us in the best direction in a year, ten years time. However, he is one of two who will set that direction, and of those two, by the far the least two.

In short, the choice is in this election is akin between being punched in the stomach or bisected with a chainsaw. I'm gonna take the stomach and hope for the best
By that logic, it makes more sense to vote for your own personal/local key issues, and let the big picture take care of itself. We only get a say in our own area anyway.
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Farage is standing.
I think he might just win a few seats
He is probably the only right wing option
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Well he's standing in Clacton. I don't see him winning more than that one!

But I'm not sure Reform will do better than UKIP used to in terms of actually winning seats.
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Gavin Chipper wrote: Mon Jun 03, 2024 5:54 pm Well he's standing in Clacton. I don't see him winning more than that one!

But I'm not sure Reform will do better than UKIP used to in terms of actually winning seats.
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Tonight's debate.
Why is Sunak trying to scare voters with project fear.
I'm soon to become a pensioner and I am prepared to pay more taxes in order to sort out the NHS and Climate change.
As long as they rich pay most of the tax increases .
Let's have a 50% tax band for those on more than 100K per
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Sunak clearly won that debate. Starmer looked rattled, especially when he said he would not go private for ideological reasons even for a family member. It is a ludicrous position to take - to be a bed blocker when you can afford private healthcare is letting your country down because of your own ideological purity.
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I think Sunak ran rings round Starmer. The Conservatives could win as many as 100 seats on July 4th.
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Agreed Sunak outperformed Starmer, although both came across fairly poorly.
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Callum Todd wrote: Wed Jun 05, 2024 7:00 am Agreed Sunak outperformed Starmer, although both came across fairly poorly.
Were we watching the same debate? Sunak came across as a petulant child, with little more to his armoury than "tax tax tax". I certainly don't think Starmer cruised, but he came across far better than Sunak to me.

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Rhys Benjamin wrote: Tue Jun 04, 2024 9:55 pm Sunak clearly won that debate. Starmer looked rattled, especially when he said he would not go private for ideological reasons even for a family member. It is a ludicrous position to take - to be a bed blocker when you can afford private healthcare is letting your country down because of your own ideological purity.
It was a lose/lose question really. If he said yes, then people would be saying he didn't believe in public services; if he said no (as he did), people were going to take the stance you have.

Sunak seemed by far the most rattled and certainly the most insincere. I'd be extremely surprised if the majority of the audience thought he won that.
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Sunak is clearly better in front of the camera than Starmer.
Plus Starmer is not a fiscal man like Sunak.
Was disappointed that Starmer didn't use "change " more often
Also these £2000 a year figure was plucked from nowhere but I was disappointed that Starmer didn't dismiss it at first .

I think Starmer will do better at the next one as the manifestos will be out.

BTW, who the fuck came up with 45 seconds on each subject.
Etchingham was shite and didn't reign in Sunak more.

Also my spell checker keeps changing Sunak to snake lol
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Elliott Mellor wrote: Wed Jun 05, 2024 7:34 am
Rhys Benjamin wrote: Tue Jun 04, 2024 9:55 pm Sunak clearly won that debate. Starmer looked rattled, especially when he said he would not go private for ideological reasons even for a family member. It is a ludicrous position to take - to be a bed blocker when you can afford private healthcare is letting your country down because of your own ideological purity.
It was a lose/lose question really. If he said yes, then people would be saying he didn't believe in public services; if he said no (as he did), people were going to take the stance you have.

Sunak seemed by far the most rattled and certainly the most insincere. I'd be extremely surprised if the majority of the audience thought he won that.
https://yougov.co.uk/politics/articles/ ... -snap-poll
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Martin Hurst wrote: Wed Jun 05, 2024 8:36 am
Elliott Mellor wrote: Wed Jun 05, 2024 7:34 am
Rhys Benjamin wrote: Tue Jun 04, 2024 9:55 pm Sunak clearly won that debate. Starmer looked rattled, especially when he said he would not go private for ideological reasons even for a family member. It is a ludicrous position to take - to be a bed blocker when you can afford private healthcare is letting your country down because of your own ideological purity.
It was a lose/lose question really. If he said yes, then people would be saying he didn't believe in public services; if he said no (as he did), people were going to take the stance you have.

Sunak seemed by far the most rattled and certainly the most insincere. I'd be extremely surprised if the majority of the audience thought he won that.
https://yougov.co.uk/politics/articles/ ... -snap-poll
Starmer comes out ahead on 7 of the 10 individual components there (and often by a fairly large margin) so I'm not sure how they're claiming this as a Sunak win.
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Elliott Mellor wrote: Wed Jun 05, 2024 8:54 am
Martin Hurst wrote: Wed Jun 05, 2024 8:36 am
Elliott Mellor wrote: Wed Jun 05, 2024 7:34 am

It was a lose/lose question really. If he said yes, then people would be saying he didn't believe in public services; if he said no (as he did), people were going to take the stance you have.

Sunak seemed by far the most rattled and certainly the most insincere. I'd be extremely surprised if the majority of the audience thought he won that.
https://yougov.co.uk/politics/articles/ ... -snap-poll
Starmer comes out ahead on 7 of the 10 individual components there (and often by a fairly large margin) so I'm not sure how they're claiming this as a Sunak win.
I would assume "they" are claiming a Sunak win as he got more votes on the "Who do viewers think won tonight's debate?" question.

I think it is quite funny that every comment on every forum I have seen on the debate today from Tory lovers says "Sunak won the debate, I can't believe anyone thinks otherwise" and from Tory haters says "Starmer won the debate, I can't believe anyone thinks otherwise", with anyone subjective shot down.
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Martin Hurst wrote: Wed Jun 05, 2024 9:14 am
Elliott Mellor wrote: Wed Jun 05, 2024 8:54 am
Starmer comes out ahead on 7 of the 10 individual components there (and often by a fairly large margin) so I'm not sure how they're claiming this as a Sunak win.
I would assume "they" are claiming a Sunak win as he got more votes on the "Who do viewers think won tonight's debate?" question.

I think it is quite funny that every comment on every forum I have seen on the debate today from Tory lovers says "Sunak won the debate, I can't believe anyone thinks otherwise" and from Tory haters says "Starmer won the debate, I can't believe anyone thinks otherwise", with anyone subjective shot down.
That's probably because humans have inherent biases and different stances based upon their political beliefs. Where one stands depends upon where one sits. There aren't an awful lot of people who are truly politically impartial, and so you get a distribution of people with rather more at opposing ends and comparatively few in the middle.

I certainly thought Starmer came across much the better person, but that's not a claim that I'm a huge fan of his, just a reflection of my own personal beliefs (see: Starmer far more in touch with ordinary people, which I am one of.)

Winning a debate isn't the same as having the qualities needed for being a good leader. Both of them tiptoed around points instead of giving straight answers, but based purely on debate effectiveness and maturity, Sunak was lagging way behind for me.
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Elliott Mellor wrote: Wed Jun 05, 2024 9:50 am
Martin Hurst wrote: Wed Jun 05, 2024 9:14 am
Elliott Mellor wrote: Wed Jun 05, 2024 8:54 am

Starmer comes out ahead on 7 of the 10 individual components there (and often by a fairly large margin) so I'm not sure how they're claiming this as a Sunak win.
I would assume "they" are claiming a Sunak win as he got more votes on the "Who do viewers think won tonight's debate?" question.

I think it is quite funny that every comment on every forum I have seen on the debate today from Tory lovers says "Sunak won the debate, I can't believe anyone thinks otherwise" and from Tory haters says "Starmer won the debate, I can't believe anyone thinks otherwise", with anyone subjective shot down.
That's probably because humans have inherent biases and different stances based upon their political beliefs. Where one stands depends upon where one sits. There aren't an awful lot of people who are truly politically impartial, and so you get a distribution of people with rather more at opposing ends and comparatively few in the middle.
I think certainly now with social media etc. a lot more people nowadays have stronger political views which over time and with the continual effectiveness of divisiveness tactics has led to a lot more polarisation (hence the rising of far left and far right movements which used to be "home" only for a handful of loon elements which had little real impact).

In the "old days" people weren't as exposed and therefore generally simply weren't as interested on a day to day basis (PMQs wasn't even allowed to be filmed at all until 1989, which seems quite incredible looking back now). The pool of "floaters" was bigger and at general election time in an inevitable vote between two centre-ish options it was a case of "if things are going well vote for the incumbent, or if things aren't going well, vote for the other lot". I think even with fewer "floaters" this still ultimately currently decides elections (hence why the Tories are going to get a whoppering at polling time) but it will be interesting to see how this develops over the decades.
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Moving forward I can't see the tories getting back in for the foreseeable future (if at all )
The Tory faithful are dying off and if Starmer gets his way 16 year old will vote and with VAT on public schools even tory boys may diminish.
I can see tge Tory right breaking away or joining Reform
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I'd say it was a bit of a car crash all round, including the debate structure, which seemed arbitrary and disjointed at times. Sometimes it was "Answer this question, but don't elaborate and then we'll move on." What's the point?

As for a winner, I don't think either of them really "won", but I'd certainly disagree with those saying that Sunak definitely won. He got quite a lot of mileage early on from saying Labour would tax everyone an extra £2000, but eventually Starmer rubbished that, and yet Sunak carried on with it, so I think that ultimately backfired. Sunak tried to make Starmer look weak by taking on the role of the adjudicator and demanding he answer specific questions, and Starmer was often a bit rubbish at dealing with them. But Sunak had nothing to say about the 14 years of failure and how he had to avoid talking about the Tories' record, and he would deflect by trying to corner Starmer.

It did all seem a bit strange having this debate before the manifestos are out.
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Paul Worsley wrote: Wed Jun 05, 2024 4:09 am I think Sunak ran rings round Starmer. The Conservatives could win as many as 100 seats on July 4th.
Damning him with faint praise.
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Gavin Chipper wrote: Wed Jun 05, 2024 2:48 pm I'd say it was a bit of a car crash all round, including the debate structure, which seemed arbitrary and disjointed at times. Sometimes it was "Answer this question, but don't elaborate and then we'll move on." What's the point?

As for a winner, I don't think either of them really "won", but I'd certainly disagree with those saying that Sunak definitely won. He got quite a lot of mileage early on from saying Labour would tax everyone an extra £2000, but eventually Starmer rubbished that, and yet Sunak carried on with it, so I think that ultimately backfired. Sunak tried to make Starmer look weak by taking on the role of the adjudicator and demanding he answer specific questions, and Starmer was often a bit rubbish at dealing with them. But Sunak had nothing to say about the 14 years of failure and how he had to avoid talking about the Tories' record, and he would deflect by trying to corner Starmer.

It did all seem a bit strange having this debate before the manifestos are out.
Sunak could have answered every question with "fuck you all" and there would still be people who would say he won the debate (and similarly for Starmer). To me, Sunak had very little in his weaponry - regurgitating the same few points over and over again, even when they were demonstrably inaccurate. Starmer came across a bit better I thought, and at least seemed to show a bit more human emotion as opposed to being a robot. Starmer landed quite a few blows with regards to how you can't just ignore the last 14 years (especially when the tories love to dig up historic information when trying to criticise Labour.) It's very difficult to say "we have a future plan, we're very trustworthy!" when the recent track record of the party is exactly the opposite.
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That awful Question about the Euros at the end was cringe.
Maybe Kier Should have said something about Scotland
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My prediction:

Labour: 480 seats
Conservatives: 60 seats
Reform: 1 seat
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Elliott Mellor wrote: Wed Jun 05, 2024 7:34 am It was a lose/lose question
I thought he could have said "It's a poor indictment of the Conservatives that this question needs to arise, and I'm determined to change that... "
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Gavin Chipper wrote: Wed Jun 05, 2024 2:48 pm I'd say it was a bit of a car crash all round, including the debate structure, which seemed arbitrary and disjointed at times. Sometimes it was "Answer this question, but don't elaborate and then we'll move on." What's the point?

As for a winner, I don't think either of them really "won", but I'd certainly disagree with those saying that Sunak definitely won. He got quite a lot of mileage early on from saying Labour would tax everyone an extra £2000, but eventually Starmer rubbished that, and yet Sunak carried on with it, so I think that ultimately backfired. Sunak tried to make Starmer look weak by taking on the role of the adjudicator and demanding he answer specific questions, and Starmer was often a bit rubbish at dealing with them. But Sunak had nothing to say about the 14 years of failure and how he had to avoid talking about the Tories' record, and he would deflect by trying to corner Starmer.
This is close enough to my take.
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https://youtu.be/Rp1n7tzFCCE?si=8UssOo8tpAS6ceMz

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As usual, I'll support any candidate primarily on the basis of whether they support reform of the voting system.

Everything else is secondary. I'm sick of having the choice of voting for someone I'm not that interested in if I want to maximise the utility of that vote, or to go with what I actually want to vote for and to have that vote likely make sod-all immediate difference.
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That could mean voting for Reform...

(Though Greens and Lib Dems would presumably save you from having to do so.)
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Double Down News is quite good at exposing politicians. There's a recent video on there by Andrew Feinstein, who's standing against Keir Starmer in his constituency.

(And no, it's not Phil Reynolds.)
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Johnson, Truss and Sunak - all amazingly bad, but in such different ways!
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By the way, Sunak was allowed to get away with saying he wouldn't allow a foreign court to stop the Rwanda deportations. International is not the same as foreign. He should have been pulled up on that. Tories lie about this foreign court thing all the time.
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Well tonight's debate was shit.
The Greens didn't back Farage with voting reform .
Mordant spent the 90 minutes interrupting Angela Rayner.
Though after Sunaks own goal about the D Day fiasco Mordent was on the back foot.
The Scottish guy probably made most sense
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It was at least a novelty to see a candidate give shoplifting advice on live national TV.
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Callum Todd wrote: Sat Jun 08, 2024 7:03 am It was at least a novelty to see a candidate give shoplifting advice on live national TV.
As a shop worker , I can see he is right about how blaze (can't find the accent ) shoplifters are these days
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I find it funny that Farage supports proportional representation. Obviously he needs to for his party to get seats, but it's very much counter to what he stands for generally. He believes in things great British traditions (like First Past the Post) and not "woke" or progressive policies, which surely proportional representation is.
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Gavin Chipper wrote: Sat Jun 08, 2024 11:03 pm I find it funny that Farage supports proportional representation. Obviously he needs to for his party to get seats, but it's very much counter to what he stands for generally. He believes in things great British traditions (like First Past the Post) and not "woke" or progressive policies, which surely proportional representation is.
The Greens are also for it but I think the thought of Carla Denyer agreeing with Farage on anything would stick in her craw.

I'm guessing Reform man's change.
The only thing that didn't resonate with me was his endorsement of the French system of National health.

Though FWIW I agree we need change and tax breaks for companies that have private pension schemes is the way forward and charging working people for GP appointments also with the caveat that you only payer missed appointments
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Starmer is such a slimy twat, accusing the Tories of producing a "Jeremy Corbyn style manifesto". It was just the Labour manifesto, and Starmer was in the shadow cabinet at the time. Corbyn didn't personally produce it, and he wouldn't have been able to get away with putting in a load of "far left" policies anyway. This is just zero-principles Starmer just trying to score points by bashing the losing Labour party of the past, which he was part of. Absolute dickhead.
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Gavin Chipper wrote: Tue Jun 11, 2024 4:27 pm Starmer is such a slimy twat, accusing the Tories of producing a "Jeremy Corbyn style manifesto". It was just the Labour manifesto, and Starmer was in the shadow cabinet at the time. Corbyn didn't personally produce it, and he wouldn't have been able to get away with putting in a load of "far left" policies anyway. This is just zero-principles Starmer just trying to score points by bashing the losing Labour party of the past, which he was part of. Absolute dickhead.
Future Labour Prime Minister in ditching socialist principles shock !!
Socialism hadn't worked since the 1970s
It's took the PLP nearly 40 years to get it.
Then they tried again 10 years ago or so but they now realise that centre left is where its at
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Marc Meakin wrote: Tue Jun 11, 2024 5:55 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote: Tue Jun 11, 2024 4:27 pm Starmer is such a slimy twat, accusing the Tories of producing a "Jeremy Corbyn style manifesto". It was just the Labour manifesto, and Starmer was in the shadow cabinet at the time. Corbyn didn't personally produce it, and he wouldn't have been able to get away with putting in a load of "far left" policies anyway. This is just zero-principles Starmer just trying to score points by bashing the losing Labour party of the past, which he was part of. Absolute dickhead.
Future Labour Prime Minister in ditching socialist principles shock !!
Socialism hadn't worked since the 1970s
It's took the PLP nearly 40 years to get it.
Then they tried again 10 years ago or so but they now realise that centre left is where its at
How do you define socialism? Remember, this wasn't a "Corbyn manifesto" and certainly wasn't as socialist as it might have been if he was in sole charge. Starmer just doesn't want to get on the wrong side of the newspapers. Parties are generally to the right of the views of the voters, but if they go any further left, the Murdoch press gives them a roasting. If people don't know whose policies they're looking at, they suddenly become socialist! I wouldn't call Starmer centre left anyway.
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If you remember back in 1997 the Sun backed B Liar and that was the final hurdle overcome.
It shows you how bad the Tories are when Kier Starmer who probably isn't even the 5th best Labour politician is going to outdo 1997.
It's true to say this mirrors Brexit in so much as people are voting against the status quo rather than what is being offered instead.
Though I'm guessing it will be closer to 13% than 3%

Anyway , Gev , what do you think about the Fib Dems manifesto ?
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I've not seen it yet.
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Marc Meakin wrote: Tue Jun 11, 2024 7:34 pm If you remember back in 1997 the Sun backed B Liar and that was the final hurdle overcome.
It shows you how bad the Tories are when Kier Starmer who probably isn't even the 5th best Labour politician is going to outdo 1997.
It's true to say this mirrors Brexit in so much as people are voting against the status quo rather than what is being offered instead.
Though I'm guessing it will be closer to 13% than 3%

Anyway , Gev , what do you think about the Fib Dems manifesto ?
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