Posts by Ben Austin

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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

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 950 posts Report Reply

  • 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.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 950 posts Report Reply

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

    What bugs me especially about discussion of coalitions, PR or electoral reform in the UK is that parts of the UK have had a similar system (AMS) to NZ's since the 1990s too, in the devolved parliamentary elections. It really is only the English people living outside of London that don't experience this.

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  • Hard News: Will the grown-ups ever…, in reply to steven crawford,

    So it is useful for boats. Ok, do we have any demonstrated examples of New Zealand boats or ships having issues, solely due to the confusion between our flag and Australia's?

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