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September 20, 2011


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You might want to know that Middlesex University carried out an analysis of the election. What was found was that the largest group that left Labour were the lower income groups by about 12%, the key issue (beyond Gordon Brown's un-electable image) was immigration. Naturally also a big issue for those lower middle income voters who often run small business's and feared specialists from oversees coming over to take their work.

Popular policies are popular and the Tories immigration stance might be a good reason as to why England isn't governed by a Lib/Lab coalition right now.


Uh right, but you're talking about the 2010 election. In the 2005 election (which is what I refer to above) the Tories made immigration central to their campaign. That didn't go so well. In 2010 they deliberately soft-pedalled on it; they got all the anti-immigration votes anyway, and they did so without damaging their 'new Tory' narrative. So it's not as simple as 'popular policies are popular' - the signals they send about the party or person proposing them also matters. For more on this see: http://bit.ly/p6qcAZ


"The danger is that the more he talks about 'fairness' the more left-wing he sounds. The focus of his message needs to be on paying down the deficit."

is this the realist view again? god, get a clue!

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