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General Election
Topic posted by JohnM ... dated:05 April 2005
With the lack of any credible party to vote for is there any chance Katy Price will be standing for election again this time?!
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Reply posted by Edward ... dated:13 December 2019

These days we are just bombarded with misinformation through the internet!

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Reply posted by Dogsbody ... dated:12 December 2019

I can remember the days when we were bombarded with leaflets through the door.  Not so this time round.

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Reply posted by Aardvark ... dated:09 December 2019

I too have had leaflets from the Labour and Liberal Democrat candidates, both put through the door by the postman. Nothing whatsoever from the Conservative, Brexit or Green candidates, though it is possible to find election addresses from some of them online. If any of them sends me a leaflet tomorrow it'll be too late - my postal vote went in today.

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Reply posted by Edward ... dated:09 December 2019

I have had leaflets and letters from the Liberal and Labour ladies, who incidently, if I recall correctly, are the only candidates claiming to have an address in the Stretford and Urmston constituency. (None of the candidates' home addresses are on the ballot paper, a sign of the times I suppose. It merely states that they have an address in whichever constituency they happen to reside).

I have not seen or heard any local activity from any of the other candidates. For all I know they might all be just paper candidates, merely a name on the ballot paper.

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Reply posted by AnotherPete ... dated:09 December 2019

Dogsbody - had a few leaflets through the door here. Each one went straight into the bin without entering the house. Massive waste of paper. 

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    Reply posted by Dogsbody ... dated:09 December 2019

    A General Election is looming, so guess what?  The lesser spotted road sweeper has been down the road today!

    Has anyone had any literature from any Party candidates?

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    Reply posted by Rollocks ... dated:15 July 2010
    Ed
     
    Read the article. As for record number of nurses I would ask them to define what they mean by a nurse. Lots of people are classified as a"nurse" but have no qualifications in nursing. Also as I said look at the GDP spent on health care in Europe, but then they pay more tax. Would you? GDP on health care in the US is about 18% ,10% more than the UK,of which half is taken up by management costs, and as I have previously said 30% have no insurance there. This government will probably be using these same comapnies to run the health service here. Not all Labour policty was good. Look at PFI. The surgical centre at Trafford got around £400Mup front  but only delivered about 30% of what it said it would do....so much for efficant private health care.
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    Reply posted by Rollocks ... dated:15 July 2010
    Ed
     
    Just remind yourself. What was the health service like before Labour got in and ask yourself is it better now? As for Europe they all put alot morre money into the health service. Remember you pays for what you get
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    Reply posted by Ed ... dated:15 July 2010
    Well, here's the Daily Telegraph telling us that we have the highest paid doctors in Europe at least, and more nurses than most countries, but we are apparently 'the poor relation' when it comes to European health care.
     
    We have the lowest number of hospital doctors in Europe too. If we paid them less perhaps we could afford as many as other countries have.
     
    Labour can spend money. That's all. What a mess they've made of the NHS despite spending billions more of our cash on it. 
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    Reply posted by Rollocks ... dated:15 July 2010
    Ed
     
    Just wait and see the state of the NHS in 5 years. It will be a logo only. As for GP's did you read that in the Daily Mail or can you provide a reference. In the states where a third of it citizens don't have helath insurance they don't even have GP's
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    Reply posted by JohnH ... dated:15 July 2010
    Wow! that's something to be really proud of: UK has the highest paid doctors in the world.
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    Reply posted by Ed ... dated:15 July 2010
    What a mess Labour have made of the NHS. We have a state owned health care provider which has managed to pay its general practitioners the highest wages in the world for that job!
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    Reply posted by Tom ... dated:14 July 2010
    I know nothing about the running of the NHS so don't feel qualified to comment.
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    Reply posted by Graz ... dated:13 July 2010
    Well Tom you were spot on with your prediction:
     
    "If I were a public sector worker, right now, I'd be very, very, worried."
     
    Did you think it would be as bad as 20,000 jobs on the line just from the NHS?
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    Reply posted by Graz ... dated:12 July 2010
    Didn't take long for the private healthcare for all plans did it? Watch out if you have any gold or silver in the house, you may find a Tory MP sneaking out the back door with it! Seriously, things need to change in the NHS but this is potentially a damaging idea. Oh, and hospitals that are 'non-viable' will disappear.
     
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    Reply posted by clrMikeCordingley ... dated:09 June 2010
    Just to let you know. Our new MP, Kate Green delivered her maiden speech in parliament yesterday. You can view the speech on the Gorse Hill Labour website. It's 1hr 44mins into the debate.
     
     
    Mike Cordingley
    Labour Councillor for Gorse Hill
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    Reply posted by Boris ... dated:30 May 2010
    3 weeks of the ConDemnation and the first expenses scandal sees a disgraced minister leave a note for new Chief Secretary to the Treasury: "There's no money left; it's all in my partner's bank account."
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    Reply posted by Boris ... dated:18 May 2010
    Just when you are sure it's gone and forgotten...up pops the launch of Cameron's Big Society.
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    Reply posted by PeteM ... dated:15 May 2010
    DavidU
     
    At last a man with Empathy!  I agree with everything you say, a first for here for me.
     
    Pete
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    Reply posted by DavidU ... dated:15 May 2010
    An interestion point Boris.
     
    I think that the 55% majority was intended for a dissolution vote, a no-confidence vote remains at a simple majority of those MPs voting, but I could be wrong, not having studied the proposal in detail. Any such change should have the approval of a Commons' motion and vote.
     
    From some other points raised by the Tories during the recent election campaign, I do not think that David Cameron has a very deep grasp or knowledge of parliamentry procedure or traditions.
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    Reply posted by Boris ... dated:15 May 2010
    Has Cameron usurped parliament by increasing the majority voting from 51% to 55%?
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    Reply posted by DavidU ... dated:15 May 2010
    The coalition outcome might not be to everyone's wishes but it is probably the best that could be achieved under the circumstances, given the result produced by Britain's ill-conditioned electoral system. The options were either for two or more parties to do a coalition deal to form a majority government or for one of the parties to attempt to form a minority government. The mathematics of the situation meant that the current two party coalition was the only one which could have formed a majority government. A Liberal - Labour  coalition would still have been a minority administration, needing the support of various Nationalist and Irish parties to pass any legislation.
     
    Will it work? It has got to work, the thinking part of the electorate will not forgive any party which reneges on the deal to appease its backwoodsmen. To give it a fair chance it needs the foreign media barons and sundry tax exiles to keep their noses out of the UK's affairs, to stop picking holes in the deal and to curtail their vitriol. The UK has a long history of confrontational and adversary politics, it will be very dificult indeed  for politicians suddenly to discover that they have to begin operating in cooperation mode and extremely hard for some of them to put country before party.
    It was a brave act on Nick Clegg's part to do a deal with any party, he could have just sat back and let one of the other parties form a minority government, which would have probably have lasted until its first budget, indeed it might not even have lasted beyond the Queen's Speech, before being voted down. Would a second general election within a few months have been of benefit to anyone, particually if it produced a similar result to the last one? I just hope David Cameron is sincere in what he promises, has not just said and done all just to gain power, the eternal PR man.
     
    Personally I would have preferred Vince Cable as Chancellor. I feal that George Osbourne will cut back too quickly and too deeply, thus increasing unemployment which reduces tax income and increases benefit payouts. Coupled with tax breaks for the better off, lifting inheritance tax and scrapping the high-end National Insurance levy means an increasing gap in the nation's finances. To plug this gap a much steeper increase in VAT will be needed than would otherwise have been the case. Raising VAT raises consumer prices, your household bills, which raises the rate of inflation, causing the Bank of England to abruptly hike interest rates and thus bringing the fragile recovery from recession to an abrupt halt.
     
    As most of you are aware I am no great fan of the Tory party, having witnessed its antics and the activities of certain of their personalities over many years. However I am glad to see the back of database mad New Labour with its surveillance society, its embryonic police state, its everybody is suspect attitude and with its head up Uncle Sam. I hope the new coalition will return our freedoms but considering the haste with which William Hague was off across the pond I am not holding my breath!
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    Reply posted by Boris ... dated:13 May 2010
    What I can say about Clegg is that appears to have neutered the Conservative right and with Cameron calling the coalition "Liberal Conservative" I wonder just what has happened to the Eurosceptics.    
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    Reply posted by KatyKitten ... dated:13 May 2010
    @Jules
     
    The reference to the DM was less about its political allegiance (though there's a cogent argument it has some of the most biased reporting going in this area), more about its business model: manufacturing outrage is v much central to its approach* - that it then seeks to position itself as the values-based voice of very decent Middle England is the parody.
     
    Not directly to do with the GE I know but relevant to how the media shape our debate...  
     
    * Along with polemic opinion (presented as fact), celebs, churnalisim lifted from celeb magazines and fluffy animal images.   
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    Reply posted by Bob ... dated:13 May 2010
    Crucially however, he is not a eurocrat even if he was one previously.
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    Reply posted by Boris ... dated:13 May 2010
    He did for the European Commission!
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    Reply posted by Boris ... dated:13 May 2010
    Bob, I was only quoting Radio Free Europe!
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    Reply posted by Bob ... dated:13 May 2010
    Boris, but Clegg isn't a eurocrat?!
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    Reply posted by Boris ... dated:13 May 2010
    The Horror! A Eurocrat in Downing Street.
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