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What YouGov was reporting a year ago today

What YouGov was reporting a year ago today

Putting LAB’s current position into context Thanks to John Rentoul for Tweeting the above poll data from April 3rd 2020. As can be seen the immediate polling reaction to the start of lockdown was to get behind the government and the Prime Minister. You could easily argue that over the past year there has been a CON-LAB swing of nearly 10% but that simply ignores the strange times in which we live. This huge lead tapered off in the following…

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Boris’s Legacy?

Boris’s Legacy?

The government’s vaccination programme has been one of the government’s undoubted successes. The extensive genome sequencing of the virus and its mutations.  The Vaccine Task Force – a team consisting of scientists, NHS staff, a venture capitalist skilled in investing in biomedical companies and others, together with politicians backing them with very significant amounts of public money – which has enabled Britain to invest in the development and production of a range of vaccines. The collective focused efforts of the…

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YouGov finds that just 16% are opposed to an inquiry into the COVID pandemic

YouGov finds that just 16% are opposed to an inquiry into the COVID pandemic

The above YouGov polling looks at what could be a big political issue in the coming weeks as the lockdown restrictions are eased and Britain prepares to return to “normal life”. The first phase came in on Monday and already there is a buzz about that day in mid My when pubs and restaurants open again. But it is going to be hard for ministers and particularity the PM to avoid some sort of examination of what happened and what…

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Oh dear… ODA…

Oh dear… ODA…

BBC Graphic Charity begins at home According to recent reports Boris Johnson appears to be taking that rather literally. Nevertheless, the sentiment is one that voters share. Voters of all parties suggested the govt was right to cut the foreign aid budget. Foreign aid is an excellent wedge issue for Boris Johnson to divide labour voters from labour politicians. And yet – making sweeping budgetary changes is easier announced than enacted.  The cut from 0.7% to 0.5% of GDP may…

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The Boris numbers in these comparisons with Rishi and Keir should be worrying for the Tories

The Boris numbers in these comparisons with Rishi and Keir should be worrying for the Tories

The above YouGov polling came out last week but got overshadowed by the budget and I think they should be highlighted. For in all the comparisons listed Johnson trails behind Sunak and in all but two of them Starmer as well. The competence split where the Chancellor has a huge net lead over the PM is very striking. Just 34% regard the latter as competent compared with 52% who don’t. None of the three come out of the trustworthy question…

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On the day that a Times poll has the Tories 13% ahead it will be Mail that will get the most attention from ministers

On the day that a Times poll has the Tories 13% ahead it will be Mail that will get the most attention from ministers

The big polling story of the year is YouGov in the Times reporting a post-budget lead of 13% for the Tories which is greater than the 11.8% vote margin that Johnson’s party achieved at GE2019. But it will be the Daily Mail front page that will most worry Downing Street. The paper’s Simon Walter reports: Boris Johnson fears the final bill for Carrie Symonds‘s lavish makeover of their Downing Street flat could be as high as £200,000. He told aides of his worries in…

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Sunak sees huge “Next PM” betting boost after his budget

Sunak sees huge “Next PM” betting boost after his budget

Betdata.io chart of Betfair market He’s increasing looking like the PM in waiting In the chart above is the latest betting from Betfair on who punters think will be the next prime minister based on where they are placing their money. The picture is very clear – in the space of a few hours after the budget Sunak moved up in the next PM betting from a 21% chance to a 29% one. The instant post budget polls have all…

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Even if Boris’s No 10 apartment refurbishment is funded by a charity a large slice of it will effectively be at a cost to the public purse

Even if Boris’s No 10 apartment refurbishment is funded by a charity a large slice of it will effectively be at a cost to the public purse

The Mail is reporting this morning that Boris is planning to setup a special charity to pay for what it describes as a lavish refurbishment of the apartment where the PM and his fiance live in Downing Street. The Mail goes on: Mr Johnson has complained the cost of the refurbishment by Carrie Symonds was ‘totally out of control’, the Daily Mail has been told. He reportedly said during one meeting that the sum amounted to ‘tens and tens of thousands’….

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