Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mail on Sunday has Labour on 20%

The expenses scandal has hit support for the major parties, but it is now clear which has been hit the hardest. The Mail on Sunday will have a poll today, I am writing this very early on Sunday morning, that puts Labour support on 20%, with the Conservatives on 42%. It is clear that the contrast between David Cameron's decisive leadership and Gordon Brown's vanishing act has not been lost on the electorate.

Brown has form on this. Again and again when Tony Blair was Prime Minister, Brown would go and hide away when the political going got tough. That might have been all right when Blair was there to handle the difficult stuff, but he is gone now, Brown saw to that. Now that Brown has the top job he has to lead because that is actually the what the top job is. Instead he has hidden himself away and so Labour are plumbing new historic lows in terms of support. At 20% pledging to vote Labour, the lowest since modern polling began in 1943, we are in uncharted political territory. Certainly if that was carried over into a general election Labour would probably cease to exist in its current form. At the very least the June 4th elections look like being a total disaster for Labour.

Meanwhile, the search for Gordon Brown continues.

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