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    UK PM to call election for 6 May

    Gordon Brown fired the starting gun for a May 6 general election today when he formally asked the Queen to dissolve Parliament during an audience at Buckingham Palace.

    Mr Brown arrived at the Palace shortly after 10am in a Daimler Super V8 after chairing a Cabinet meeting this morning. The Queen had flown in by helicopter from Windsor a few minutes earlier.

    The formalities between Prime Minister and monarch lasted only a few minutes — he asked the Queen for a dissolution next Monday and is due to publicly name the date of the poll — but will trigger the most fiercely contested election campaign for a generation.



    David Cameron steals march on Gordon Brown with early campaign rally - Times Online

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    I'm glad it lasts for a month, rather than dragging on interminably as in other countries.

    Looking forward to the televised debates - one of the few things about the US system that we should have adopted years ago imo.

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    I'm looking foward to the debates and all the maneuvering.

    I always enjoy elections.

    The pundits are saying hung parliament.

    Brown on the left pretending to be the voice of conservatism, Cameron on the right pretending to be the rebel.

    Hell, probably doesn't get much better.
    When being run out of town, get in front of the crowd and make it appear like a parade.

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    the debates are gonna be scripted and pre-planned. three idiots reeling off some lies rattled off by some 22 year old spotty oxford postgrad in a broom cupboard.

    election? we need bombs not ballots.
    "vast and black. the thing that was poised, like a crow over the moon. round and smooth. cannon balls. things that have fallen from the sky to this earth. our slippery brains. things like cannon balls have fallen, in storms, upon this earth. like cannon balls are things that, in storms, have fallen to this earth. showers of blood. showers of blood. showers of blood. " c.f.

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    Very scripted for sure in terms of the TV debates.

    Still going to be interesting to see who puts on a good performance and who flubs the lines.

    Things are so close voter wise that these debates could be the make or break.

    And then there's the question of voter apathy.

    To bad really

    I think that old phrase that those who take things for granted are in real danger of losing them.

    Boms?

    Yes, I feel that way myself on occassion.

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    The rhetoric of 'change' and 'new' and transparency of the parties uniformity on most issues is making this just about the most annoying lead up to a British election ever. Cameron is a fucking insubstantial, plastic moron. Just look at him here absolutely losing his mind when he's forced to have to go off script:



    The Libs have seemingly also realised that they've chosen the blandest most ineffectual man in the entire universe with which to fight out what could potentially be their most productive general election in donkeys years. No wonder they're rolling out Vince Cable every time Clegg steps in front of the camera.

    Labour seem to want to hamper themselves at every turn. With such a weak opposition they really could dominate with their recognisable and experienced political heavyweights, in particular Brown who, love him or hate him, is a real fucking politician. He's everything that Cameron isn't, unfortunately that includes having zero PR gloss and people behind him that believe that making populist gestures like those regarding Jade fucking Goody last year and this year's utterly misguided Gene Hunt inspired poster campaigns involving David Cameron and an 80s Audi Quatro.



    Jesus fucking wept.

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    Anybody suggest a polling site I can access?.

    I haven't really found one that I can just go to and get up to dates results.

    During the last American campaign there were a number, in fact quite a number, of companies providing this.

    Same in Canada.

    Appreciate any suggestions.

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    ^^^


    Try this one

    UK Polling Report

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    Quote Originally Posted by russellsimpson View Post
    Still going to be interesting to see who puts on a good performance and who flubs the lines.
    so we're interested in who's the best actor, not potential prime minister.



    Quote Originally Posted by Robin Friday View Post
    the parties uniformity on most issues...
    exactly. right. faced with the choice of three tory parties. oh joy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Hales View Post
    so we're interested in who's the best actor, not potential prime minister.


    Excellent Hales. I think you may be onto something there.

    ^^^


    Try this one

    UK Polling Report
    Excellent Welshman.

    The coloured lines, the historical date, individual constituency references.

    I loves statistics and coloured maps.

    Just what that doctor ordered.

    Thanks man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by russellsimpson View Post
    Originally Posted by Mr. Hales so we're interested in who's the best actor, not potential prime minister.
    Who's got that piece of tuna stuck between their third and fourth tooth on the right side. Who has suddenly developed that once in ten years cold sore? Who has the re-emergence of that nasty red rash on their neck which has plagued themse ever since their university dissertation and raises it's ugly head everytime they come under pressure? .

    These folks have a speaker stuck in their ear and are constantly getting advice on how to sit, whether it's approriate time to wipe the sweat from their brow, whether they appear to be grinning or smiling, etc.

    Folks our voting on their home computers as to who is winning or losing the debate at any given point and that information is being is being analysed and diced by a team of PR guys behind that voice iwhich is speaking into the participants earpiece..
    Way better than a boxing match.

    I figure it's one of the few times these guys actually get to sweat and earn their pay.

    Somewhere duting the discussion there will be that inevitable Freudian slip on the part of either Brown or Cameron.

    The debate and perhaps the election will be determined by the catch phrases and private water cooler jokes that develope around that momentary slip of the tongue.

    I mean, you gotta love it.

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    Can I vote from here???

    Anyone....anyone......anyone???


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    You can if you've been registered to vote within the last 15 years, ken.

    That puts me out.

    British citizens living abroad - About my vote, produced by The Electoral Commission

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    Shit...I have to have been on the census thing???

    I don't think I did 'cos of non-poll tax payment

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    Let's face it though - its all a tad tired since Screaming Lord Such took the final curtain call. However, Hollow's put something together that stands a fighting chance of going all the way. Could be chaps, when you read "PM Hollow" on the forum it might well have a completely new connotation to the one you're used to.

    Check him out in action
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