Thursday, February 24, 2005

Asylum cutting Labour's lead

It’s remarkable how fast things can turn around. Labour and the Tories were polls apart at one stage and now there’s only 2% difference (that’s half the average statistical error!) between them. While I still don’t see a Conservative victory happening, the best they’ll achieve is a hung parliament; it will be cause for concern for Neo Labour election strategists. More to the point though, what about the rest of us? Isn’t there something wrong with a democracy were the “choice” we have is between two parties that are as close in policy as they are in the polls?

“The Mori survey conducted for the Financial Times suggests asylum and immigration tops voters concerns and that many have been attracted by the Conservatives tough talking on the issue. With an election looming, probably on May 5, the poll puts Labour on 39 per cent, the Conservatives on 37 per cent, and the Lib Dems trailing on 18 per cent. It is the second poll in a week showing a substantial cut in Labour's lead, suggesting the Tory's campaign is working more effectively than their opponents.”

Source: Asylum cutting Labour's lead


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