Saturday, 18 April 2009

Labour CrisisWatch......

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Conservative Home has the low-down on the first poll after the McBride fiasco. As it is by a new entry into the murky world of polling, Marketing Sciences, the graphic compares the findings with the last poll of it's supposed sister, ICM. What leapt out at me was the fact that Labour's poll ratings have plummeted but the main beneficiaries are the Liberal Democrats. Rather than draw a conclusion that our silence has benefited us it makes me wonder what could be achieved if we did start weaving together a positive critique of what is going on.

Spin-over-substance might be as an effective a line of attack according to this poll which found voters more likely to think Brown as more of a spinner than Blair. However, this could be purely and simply down to Brown being perceived as having a greater need to spin than Blair who, in our more honest moments, we have to admit did have some natural charisma. Only 36% of voters are inclined to see Brown as presiding over a culture of dirty as yet; I would expect that number to grow as the media onslaught becomes more intense.

Meanwhile, the resignation of Alice Mahon is the other story that has captured the headlines. Personally, I would be in no way to see a sharp exits of Labour activists who feel the same and think that when Parliament returns noted dissidents will become much more vocal. The question is how many Labour MP's will look at the state of the polls and, fearing for their own seat, will be inclined to join the chorus of dissent....

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