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Monday 5 April 2010 5.23pm
blimey!!!
reports all suggesting brown has a meeting with the queen tomorrow and the election will be on almost right after that. thank goodness the phoney war is over. IMHO there can only be 2 results, a hung parlt with a lab/lib coalition (but without Blair as PM) or a narrow Con victory
bring it on!!
Monday 5 April 2010 8.33pm
markadams99 wrote:
Mr Tyler's courteous tone

While corteous in his posts here it should be noted that Mr Tyler's website describes the parties standing against him variously as "filthy" (the Lib Dems), "liars" (the Tories) and "useless" (UKIP). Which perhaps falls somewhat short of the usual level of political discourse one would hope for between parties standing in a general election.

And while Mr Tyler might like us to think that the BNP is a broader church than we might imagine we should not forget that when he joined it was a party that banned non-white people from membership (a position the party fought an expensive court case to protect). So it was a party that he, an immigrant, could join while black Britons were banned. So not that broad a church.

Anyway, apologies if I've hijacked the thread into a discussion of the BNP as they are actually a bit of a sideshow when it comes to the general election. I doubt they will win any seats and Mr Tyler will probably lose his deposit.

While the national situation may be Labour V Tory for the next government, in SE1 it is Labour V Lib Dem in our two constituencies.
Wednesday 7 April 2010 1.30pm
markadams99 wrote:
I would not vote BNP because they are socialist, but Mr Tyler's remarks on immigration are true and the bien pensants know that most in Britain who are not already co-opted as clients of the state think the same way.

It would be interesting to know what facts you have to support these two claims.

...if you press it, they will come.
Wednesday 7 April 2010 2.33pm
expect Simon Hughes to romp home but what are the chances of the libdems unseating harriet h in camberwell and peckham?
Wednesday 7 April 2010 3.05pm
boroughpaul wrote:
expect Simon Hughes to romp home but what are the chances of the libdems unseating harriet h in camberwell and peckham?

Hmm, not so sure this time around. Val Shawcross is a pretty impressive operator!
Wednesday 7 April 2010 3.22pm
boroughpaul wrote:
what are the chances of the libdems unseating harriet h in camberwell and peckham?

About the same as me winning the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
Wednesday 7 April 2010 3.31pm
La Martinet wrote:
boroughpaul wrote:
expect Simon Hughes to romp home

Hmm, not so sure this time around. Val Shawcross is a pretty impressive operator!

I think we're very lucky in that both the main contenders in this constituency seem to be hard-working, dedicated public servants (and I say this even though I wont be voting for either of them!). I would be surprised if Simon Hughes didnt win again but I bet he is desperate for people not to take his victory for granted!
Wednesday 7 April 2010 6.44pm
the chances of Hughes losing, with such a big anti-brown groundswell of opinion and a "plague on both your houses" mood towards the 2 main parties, is remote. the libs seem to have avoided most of the expenses fuss and come out rather unscathed. as for harriet H. would love to see her smug face in the event of a portillo-style defeat
Wednesday 14 April 2010 4.16pm
Latest Simon Hughes leaflet is not that impressive. It says he sorts problems for over 5,000 people a year. That's over 20 problems received, clarified, and resolved each working day. Can anyone provenance this figure of 5,000?

He also fought against Post Office closures apparently when they offer terrible service at a horrendous cost to the taxpayer so that's not something to shout about. He'd have been better off looking at viable alternatives to the people who do rely on Post Offices.
Wednesday 14 April 2010 5.26pm
Maybe each problem he sorts affects 100 people and not 5,000 individual problems. And don't mention graphs or pie charts.
I am voting for Simon Hughes and the only criticism I have of him is he seems to feel it necessary to support every cause regardless of the chances of success-such as the closing of the BHS PO.
I imagine all politicians are worried that if they are approached by a group requesting support for a cause that has little or no chance of success, they are reluctant to say no in case they alienate a section of potential supporters. I would prefer if Mr Hughes would be more selective in supporting possible winnable cases and not waste time on lost causes.
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