Friday, 8 January 2010

GE2010: General Election Summary Day #4

The big freeze became the big news story of the day virtually wiping out election stories. None of the parties launched big new initiatives, wisely deciding that any election initiatives would be buried in a snowdrift of weather stories.

David Miliband MP, The Foreign Secretary, was almost as much a loser from the SnowStorm Plot as Brown. Andrew Grice noted that the Foreign Secretary had sat on the fence during all three botched coup attempts against Brown 'and fallen off'. David Miliband's hesitation, yesterday, will have appealed to neither the loyalists nor the insurrectionists. As One Blogger put it:

"He ended up looking both tame and disloyal at the same time."
Mr. Miliband was, not of course, the only Cabinet minister to give a grudging endorsement of Brown. Iain Martin speculated that Darling even asked Brown to consider quitting. Andrew Neil concludes that the legacy of the SnowStorm Plot will be the "half-hearted" support that the PM enjoys from his Cabinet. Read my summary of events today here.

The Sun has fresh figures from YouGov in this morning's edition and show a shift back towards the Conservatives. The topline figures with changes from yesterday’s poll prior to the SnowStorm Plot are Conservative 42% (up 2 points) Labour 30% (down 1 point) Liberal Democrats 16%(down 1 point). The exact timings of the poll were between 4:00pm Wednesday and 12:00noon yesterday. Sample size was 2,832.

In Lincoln the Lincolnshire Echo published their first 'Question Time' article with Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Cllr. Reg Shore (more here).

Janet Daley of The Daily Telegraph despite the chilly weather seems to be warming to the Conservative Party Leader, David Cameron MP. ConservativeHome summarised the Mr. Cameron's BBC Radio 4 Today Programme interview here. Janet Daley enjoyed his willingness to apologise for his marriage policy gaffe. She thought he has been coming out of his PR man years and becoming himself:
"Admitting that he had simply screwed up earlier in the week with his unintentionally ambiguous wording on the marriage question, he sounded as
engagingly frank as he generally does in private conversation."
There have been a stream of anti-Hilton stories in recent days (another one last night) and it was rumoured by Tim Montgomerie to be 'coming from within the Conservative machine'. Mr. Steve Hilton has been vital in broadening the Conservative Party's appeal.

And finally, spotted on Gray's Inn Road, London; a defaced Tory poster spotted byVirtual Economics.

No comments: