Tafdolphin wrote:... strawberry floating how is that possible? Who are these banana splits getting polled?
The Tories are still riding the "We're leaving on the 31st October no matter what" and "Boris would rather be dead in a ditch than request another extension" boosts. Once the 31st passes and we're still in the EU because Boris requested an extension their support will (hopefully) see a dramatic fall.
Unfortunately it'll likely be accompanied by a surge in BXP support, possibly into third or even second place.
Another cuddly homophobe for the Tory Jrs.
From what I gather he attempted to filibuster the homosexual pardon bill because it would also have pardoned rapists and paedophiles without any distinction. He supported the alternative bill which was also the one supported by Corbyn.
Filibustering that pardon bill was ridiculous, it was not likely that molesters would have pardoned. And his idea that living people would have to apply for their pardon was strawberry floating stupid.
But he has voted in favour of gay rights in every single bill since he became an MP. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt with the filibuster, a strawberry floating idiot rather than a homophobe.
I personally agree although the other guy is a legitimate issue.
The Guardian has apologised for saying David Cameron had only felt "privileged pain" over the death of his son.
In extracts of his memoirs published on Sunday, the former PM praises the NHS care his disabled son Ivan received before he died in 2009, aged six.
But the paper asked whether he "might have understood the damage his policies have done" if he had sought care for a parent rather than a child.
The Guardian removed the remarks within hours of publication.
"The original version of an editorial posted online yesterday fell far short of our standards," a spokesman said.
"It was changed significantly within two hours, and we apologise completely."
A screenshot of the paragraph about Mr Cameron's son was shared on social media, including by Chancellor Sajid Javid, who called it a "shameful thing to read".
"Never has an editorial so lacked in empathy, while so righteously criticising others for lacking it," he said in a tweet.
Comedian and actress Jenny Eclair tweeted: "I am furious with David Cameron but to question his grief privilege as the Guardian is doing is vile beyond vile - his 6 year old son died."
Mr Cameron had been an MP for less than a year when Ivan was born in 2002, and became prime minister the year after his son died.
In an extract of his memoirs published in the Sunday Times, Mr Cameron recalls taking Ivan to hospital when he was just a few days old.
"When you watch your tiny baby undergoing multiple blood tests, your heart aches. When they bend him back into the foetal position to remove fluid from the base of his spine with a long, threatening-looking needle, it almost breaks," he says.
It was later discovered Ivan had cerebral palsy and a severe form of epilepsy that led him to have 20 or 30 seizures in a day.
Mr Cameron also pays tribute in his memoirs to "the extraordinary compassion in our health service" and "the best of the NHS" who helped look after his son.
Reflecting on his experience helping care for Ivan, the former Tory leader says: "A world in which things had always gone right for me suddenly gave me an immense shock and challenge."
"Nothing, absolutely nothing, can prepare you for the reality of losing your darling boy in this way. It was as if the world stopped turning."
YouGov wrote:Despite difficulties in Parliament, Boris has grown in popularity since becoming PM
While Boris Johnson has been mostly making headlines for his struggles against Parliament, new YouGov polling reveals that the ongoing Brexit chaos hasn’t adversely affected the PM’s favourability figures - which are, in fact, slightly higher now than they were when he first moved into Downing Street.
Currently 38% of Brits say they have a favourable view of the Prime Minister, compared to 54% with an unfavourable opinion of him, giving a net score of -16.
This is an improvement from the net score of -21 he received when the same survey was conducted on 23-24 July, just as he had been announced as having won the Conservative Party leadership contest and would therefore be the next Prime Minister.
By contrast, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn languishes far behind on a net score of -49, with 21% of Britons holding a positive opinion of him and 70% a negative one.
Since becoming Prime Minister, Johnson has experienced a boost of 21 points among Conservative voters (from a net score of +29 on 23/24 July to +50 now) and a 16 point increase among Leave voters (from +30 to +46).
At the same time, he has only experienced very modest declines among other parts of the electorate; a decrease of 4 points among Labour voters and Remain voters (to -65 and -75, respectively).
Jo Swinson is now more well-known – but is she any more well-liked?
With the Lib Dem conference wrapping up today, leader Jo Swinson will be pleased to see her profile has been raised among the general public.
When we first polled her favourability in early June, 62% of people answered “don’t know” when asked their opinion of her, indicating that substantial sections of the population didn’t even know who she was.
By the time Swinson was elected leader of the party, this figure was still as high as 50%. As of today it has closed to 37%, a comparable figure to that her predecessor Vince Cable during his last days as party leader (33% in mid-July).
Unfortunately for Swinson, being more well-known hasn’t translated to becoming more well-liked in net terms. Currently 26% of Britons have a favourable view of the Lib Dem leader, but 38% have an unfavourable view, giving a net score of -12, a score broadly similar to the -15 she started out on.
She is, however, substantially more popular among Remain voters than Jeremy Corbyn. While the Labour leader holds a net favourability score of just -24 among this group, Swinson stands at +29, and that is still with 31% of Remain voters not knowing who she is. Whether that popularity can be redeemed for Lib Dem votes at the forthcoming general election is another matter.
Well, he's faced virtually zero scrutiny. He's done just one PMQs, given hardly any speeches with reply in parliament, dodged many media appearances, and had a rabidly partisan press giving him North Korean levels of positive press.
Fly on the wall documentary “Tories At War” (How they ended up hating each other more than the EU) airs on Channel 4 this Sunday at 10pm. Based on the trailers it looks bloody hilarious television.
filmed over the last nine months, telling the inside story of the bitter hatreds that mark the Conservative Party's struggle over the defining issue of the day - Brexit. Featuring access to Cabinet ministers, Brexiteers and Remainer rebels, including Jacob Rees-Mogg, Sir Nicholas Soames, Anna Soubry, Sir Alan Duncan, Andrew Bridgen and Nicky Morgan, the programme starts in January as Prime Minister Theresa May battles to sell her hard withdrawal agreement to an increasingly sceptical House of Commons.
Ukip leader accused of insulting party over conference no-show Richard Braine has pulled out of the conference in Newport after fewer than 450 tickets were sold
The leader of Ukip has been accused of a “complete insult” after he decided to boycott his own party conference due to low ticket sales.
Richard Braine has pulled out of the conference after fewer than 450 tickets were sold for the two-day event. The party was hoping to attract double the amount of delegates to the event in Newport, south Wales, later this month.
In the latest furore to engulf the party infamous for its public spats, the Ukip chair, Kirstan Herriot, wrote to all members stating new leader Braine had attempted to cancel the conference due to a potentially low turnout.
In the email sent to all members, Herriot, backed by Ukip’s ruling national executive committee (NEC), said Braine’s stance had been a complete affront to “hard-working” party members. She confirmed the conference would go ahead despite Braine’s no-show.
She wrote: “Both I and the NEC believe it is a complete insult to the membership to attempt to cancel conference because of a potentially low turn out. It is also a particular affront to hard-working regional, county and branch officers who have worked hard in encouraging members to attend conference to hear Richard lay out his vision for the future of Ukip. It is therefore a particular shame that he has decided not to do this.”
In order to increase delegate numbers, the party said it had now decided to offer some free single-day tickets and those who had paid for their one-day ticket would be offered a refund.
Herriot’s email added that Braine was still welcome to take his “rightful place” on the conference stage should he have a “change of heart”.
UKIP should just fold. They went into the EU elections with a stunningly disasterous campaign. They some how managed to take a hot issue like Europe and Brexit and not really talk about that and instead focused on who was a "bitch" rape jokes and Tommy Robinson.