Posts by Ben Austin

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  • Up Front: Stand for... Something, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I think that article is a bit unfair really. What kind of numbers would we expect for the first consultation meeting of an issue that doesn't excite public interest? I'm not particularly experienced in going to such meetings but I can't imagine that many people would turn up to such meetings. Now if it was say a school closure or the like, that would be a flop.

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  • Up Front: Stand for... Something,

    I think the referendum isn't particularly useful or necessary, nor indicative of public demand, given the previous failed attempt to initiate a citizen's initiated referendum on the same topic. However, it does seem certain to happen now, so the cost argument is now moot, no matter how valid that argument is generally with government spending. So I'll vote too, even though I think it is a bit silly.


    My rather passive form of patriotism isn't really that fussed about what the flag looks like as it seems rather unimportant in the wider scheme of the nation.

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad, in reply to Caleb D'Anvers,

    Soft in the sense I think they thought they would do a bit better

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad,

    Also, Nigel Farage has come second in South Thanet.

    This election result may see UKIP activists focus on electoral reform in large numbers.

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Various Conservatives I know have said they feel that the Conservative fear strategy re Scotland/Miliband was more useful as a get out the vote mechanism. Getting their supporters to turn out when they otherwise may not have.

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad,

    Well, I've learned that polling companies are rubbish unless its to do with Scotland, in which case, well.

    Interesting to see Labour's vote share in London was soft too. Tooting stayed Labour but Khan didn't gain much, just a couple of hundred votes, so he is still well and truly a marginal.

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad, in reply to Caleb D'Anvers,

    It very much does seem like it is designed around the owner's social life. I put it as slightly more readable than the Metro, but only by a whisker

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad, in reply to WaynePhillips,

    I’m not sure if anyone was pushing for a referendum on MMP, but various parties or organisations have their preferences.

    One of the main reform organisations, if not the main one, is the Electoral Reform Society. Their preference is some form of STV. Darren Hughes works for them now and maybe could elaborate if he reads this forum. I think the Lib-Dems also prefer STV.

    http://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/making-votes-count

    AV+ was also recommended by the Royal, which garned some support in the Labour Party. Brown talked about it a bit I think before 2010

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad,

    Back to newspapers, I understand the Evening Standard (arguably London's regional newspaper) today led with a front page exhortation to vote Conservative as it would be the best for London. The Standard's sister paper, the Independent, endorsed the Coalition (Liberal Democrat-Conservative). This is a tad controversial

    Apparently their owner has leaned heavily on both papers and this reflects his personal views. The Independent anyway is traditionally quite left wing. The Evening Standard perhaps not so much, as it used to part of the wider Daily Mail Group.

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad,

    Anyway, I've voted in Tooting, a marginal Labour electorate in London.

    The MP, S Khan, Labour, had a close run in 2010, but it seems he feels safe in 2015. Tooting/SW London seems to be slowly trending Conservative, but in 2015, Labour is strongly ahead across London and so it seems that the Conservatives have largely given up on Tooting. Apparently the party decided last week to focus on Conservative marginals like Battersea and Croydon Central and pulled out most of their activists (assuming they obeyed orders).

    I'm going to be watching both electorates, if they go Labour then I think the Conservatives are in for a rough night

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