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View Poll Results: What is the likely result of the 2015 UK General Election?
Conservatives win outright majority 1 3.13%
Labour win outright majority 1 3.13%
Hung parliament; Conservatives able to form a government 15 46.88%
Hung parliament; Labour able to form a government 4 12.50%
Chaos / no party able to form stable govt 8 25.00%
No idea / too unpredictable 3 9.38%
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Old 08.05.2015, 12:39
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Tories have to go ahead with a referendum, it's part of their manifesto and they couldn't survive if they made a U-Turn on it.

Perhaps this may have contributed to Labour's downfall. "Please vote Labour, but remember you're far too thick to be trusted to vote on the EU".

Well the Tories could put out a referendum ASAP, half-heartedly, knowing it would be defeated. (Some) Problems solved?
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Re: UK General Election 2015: May 7 (poll)

Bye, bye Nige ...... results for Thanet are in, with a Tory hold.
If Farage is true to his word, he will step down, if not elected.
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Old 08.05.2015, 12:49
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Re: UK General Election 2015: May 7 (poll)

Ed (sweaty) Balls is out... but at least his missus has held onto her seat so the family won't starve.

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Bye, bye Nige ...... results for Thanet are in, with a Tory hold.
If Farage is true to his word, he will step down, if not elected.
I loved that XTC song about making plans for Nigel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfsYSPCNWCw
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Old 08.05.2015, 12:50
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Also depends on the what the referendum would ask in 2017. If it were, "Should we exit the EU?", it would certainly be one way of running Eurosceptism into a brick wall for good. But if were to ask, "Should we declare a national resolution to change the EU from within?", it may be closer to what everyone really wants.
I don't think losing a referendum necessarily puts an end to a discussion.


When the SNP lost the Scotland referendum I though the SNP was going to wither to insignificance, having bet all their money on the losing horse. But yesterday's election shows that is not so.


A Brexit referendum would basically be UKIP (plus maybe a handful of Tory Eurosceptics) against everybody else. That would give them lots of limelight to wallow in and derive the maximum of sympathy from their underdog status. So just as in Switzerland, the SVP benefits from the numerous referenda it calls, even the ones it loses, a Brexit referendum would be a gift to UKIP, even if they can't win.


It is interesting that Labour is more fearful of that gift than the Tories, even though the Tories would be harder hit.
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If Farage is true to his word, he will step down,
Don't hold your breath on that one.


He's a slippery one, that Nigel.
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Bye, bye Nige ...... results for Thanet are in, with a Tory hold.
If Farage is true to his word, he will step down, if not elected.
Nigel Farage (UKIP) gave a Strong departure speech after loosing to Conservative, that IMO has given strength to the UKIP party going forward.

All good wishes to him and hope his health improves.
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I don't think losing a referendum necessarily puts an end to a discussion.


When the SNP lost the Scotland referendum I though the SNP was going to wither to insignificance, having bet all their money on the losing horse. But yesterday's election shows that is not so.


A Brexit referendum would basically be UKIP (plus maybe a handful of Tory Eurosceptics) against everybody else. That would give them lots of limelight to wallow in and derive the maximum of sympathy from their underdog status. So just as in Switzerland, the SVP benefits from the numerous referenda it calls, even the ones it loses, a Brexit referendum would be a gift to UKIP, even if they can't win.


It is interesting that Labour is more fearful of that gift than the Tories, even though the Tories would be harder hit.
I think a lot of the SNP voters were protest votes against: 1) Unionist Labour aligning with the Tories in the Referendum 2) The shoddy arrogance of Labour in Scotland over the years, treating their votes as a slam dunk yes 3) Cameron's head in the sand approach to Scotland after the referendum and lack of willingness to appease the Yes voters

Plus Sturgeon is very good, comes across as a straight talker and adult politician compared to the main parties

I think there are still a lot of anti independence voters voting for the SNP in this election, looking forward to the forensic analysis of the voting
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Re: UK General Election 2015: May 7 (poll)

With Ed Sweaty Balls out, and perhaps Nige too, I bet the Dead Ringers podcast (R4) would be an interesting one tonight!
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Re: UK General Election 2015: May 7 (poll)

I'd say the Radio 4 'Comedy' will be as interesting as ever tonight.
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Re: UK General Election 2015: May 7 (poll)

It'll be hard to beat Ballot Monkeys over the last few days.
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Re: UK General Election 2015: May 7 (poll)

How many Islamist parties lost their deposit last night/today? Thanet South had some unhappy voters...
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Re: UK General Election 2015: May 7 (poll)

Farage has resigned!
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Re: UK General Election 2015: May 7 (poll)

Nigel Farage stands down as leader of UKIP after failing to win Thanet South.


Euphoria!
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Re: UK General Election 2015: May 7 (poll)

Conservatives have 324 seats with 10 results to come in; looks like they are home safe.- now 325 seats!

Farage has resigned, Milliband is rumoured to resign.
Who would have thought it !!

World of politics is a strange place full of surprises

Edit Now Clegg too!

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Re: UK General Election 2015: May 7 (poll)

..... STOP PRESS ......

Clegg resigns, now too.


Has there ever been such a costly election, in terms of leader resignations? - three gone, in a matter of hours.
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..... STOP PRESS ......

Clegg resigns, now too.


Has there ever been such a costly election, in terms of leader resignations? - three gone, in a matter of hours.
All we need now is for the two chuckle brothers to resign in order for the Tories to elect a new leader/chancellor and everyone will be happy.
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All we need now is for the two chuckle brothers to resign in order for the Tories to elect a new leader/chancellor and everyone will be happy.
at least current leaders admit they fail completely to understand the electorate.
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..... STOP PRESS ......

Clegg resigns, now too.


Has there ever been such a costly election, in terms of leader resignations? - three gone, in a matter of hours.
Milliband hasn't resigned yet.

I'm more interested on what he will do with the EdStone. eBay auction?
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Re: UK General Election 2015: May 7 (poll)

https://twitter.com/Independent/stat...13087187058690

http://www.theguardian.com/commentis...uld-be-worried



Russell Brand, the Tories secret weapon.
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