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2010 United Kingdom general election

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The General Election of 2010 occurred on May 6th. The situation is frequently compared to the collapse of John Major's Conservative government in 1997, as the incumbent party has rendered itself pretty much unelectable. The outcome was expected to be a victory for the Conservative Party but there was increasing expectation of a hung parliament, which is what happened.

After a brief consideration of both major parties, Nick Clegg decided to team up with David Cameron.

Parties[edit]

In the UK voters vote for the party and not for the Prime Minister. In this election they will be fighting over a rather slim piece of centre-ground.

Labour[edit]

See the main article on this topic: New Labour

Traditionally characterized by socialist economics and pro-unionism. The Labour Party has moved towards the centre recently, incorporating economic and social policies from the right wing, and what they represent is now unclear. They offer cuts.

Presently 356 seats.

Conservative[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Conservative Party (UK)

Traditionally characterized by free market economics and anti-unionism. The Conservative party has moved towards the centre recently, incorporating social and environmental policies from the left wing, and what they represent is now unclear. They also offer cuts.

Presently 198 seats.

Liberal Democrats[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrat party offers something which they hope will break the mould of two party politics. The fact that they have been trying to do this since about 1948 fails to deter them.

Their cunning plan is to encourage voters to vote in equal numbers for each of the two parties while giving them just enough votes to hold the balance of power. They will then use this bargaining position to change the rules of British politics so that every parliament is a hung parliament in which they permanently hold the balance of power. Smart eh?

Presently 62 seats.

Democratic Unionist[edit]

Irish, loyalist, right to far-right. Co-founded by fundamentalist preacher Ian Paisley when he was still a raging nutcase; has only moderated slightly since. Known for being extremely homophobic.

Presently 9 seats.

Scottish National Party[edit]

Guess what they are all about?

Presently 6 seats.

Sinn Féin[edit]

Irish, nationalist.

Presently 5 seats.

Plaid Cymru (Party of Wales)[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Plaid Cymru

You can imagine their policy.

Presently 3 seats.

Ulster Unionist[edit]

Irish, loyalist.

Presently 1 seat.

UK Independence Party[edit]

UKIP want to remove the UK from the European Union. They do not like foreigners and want to stop net immigration.

Presently 0 seats.

British National Party[edit]

See the main article on this topic: British National Party

The BNP also want to remove the UK from the European Union. They do not like foreigners and want to pack all 'dem non-whites back where they came from, or even where their grandparents came from.

Presently 0 seats.

The Green Party[edit]

The Greens, despite having lots of good things to say, will get drowned out by the above parties. However, the people of Brighton have some sense, so they won one seat. [1]

Tea[edit]

Although the British like tea there is no tea party, and - given the state of British public finances - there will probably be no parties at all for the next ten years.

Party Leaders[edit]

  • David Cameron - Vote for his big shiny face.
    • Pros: May have already won.
    • Cons: Must drain the life force of human beings to exist in this plane.
  • Gordon Brown - Currently wanted for all crimes ever known. Singlehandedly ruined the economy or something.
    • Pros: Impressively gloomy.
    • Cons: Unpopular with waxy goons.
  • Nick Clegg - Dogged third party guy
    • Pros: Has some policies.
    • Cons: Once set fire to some cacti.[2]

Leaders of minor parties[edit]

  • Alan “Howlin Laud” Hope - Monster Raving Looney Party
    • Pros: Most MRLP policies get adopted eventually.[3] Has the most amusing manifesto.[4]
    • Cons: Err...
  • Lord Pearson - UKIP
    • Pros: Hard pressed to find any.
    • Cons: Has the Daily Mail vote.
  • Nick Griffin - Puffy toadstool of fascism
    • Pros: Effectively addresses illiterate racist demographic.
    • Cons: Takes too long to biodegrade.
  • George Galloway - Respect
    • Pros: Mews like a cat on live TV.
    • Cons: Renowned tosser. More loony than the MRLP.
  • Caroline Lucas - Green Party
    • Pros: Environmentally friendly.
    • Cons: Voter unfriendly. There's only one of her.

The Race to Number 10[edit]

6th April[edit]

Tories only four points ahead and might even lose!

15th April[edit]

All the party manifestos are out. The two main parties have gone for the communist poster/church hymn book look,[5] which makes a change from previous elections when parties stole slogans from Communist East Germany and Mussolini's Italy. All the main parties promise a fairer, caring society. The thoughts of Margaret Thatcher on this news are not printavailable, and the opinion polls show little change. Perhaps tonight's TV debate will shake up the bag; at least the mass replacement of televisions broken by thrown cups and pot plants will boost the economy.

16th April[edit]

Nick Clegg appears to have been the winner of the debate. One (surely aberrant) poll puts the Lib Dems on 35%. Meanwhile the BNP's accounts are being "investigated" by the Electoral Commission.

17th April[edit]

The Lib Dem boost from the debate continues. Two polls have them in the lead and another has them in a close third. Before any Lib Dem supporters get too excited, remember that the SDP/Liberal Alliance was over 50% in the polls at a similar stage in the 1983 and 1987 campaigns.

19th April[edit]

Labour and the Conservatives have continued to attack the Lib Dems, but the latest opinion polls show their support holding roughly steady. The Labour Party is rocked by savage criticism from a major sourceimg.

20th April[edit]

The Lib Dem surge can no longer be called a "bounce" without redefining the law of gravity. Two out of three new polls have them in the lead, and the third has them in second by 1%. In response to this, the Tories have announced a piece of Welfare reform to "end the free ride for those who fail to take responsibility." Most eyes are now on the next leaders' debate - on foreign policy - this Thursday. One late poll has the Tories with a 9 point lead over both other main parties. Resurgence or outlier?

22nd April[edit]

ZOMG Clegg is a Nazi! Apparently he once said Britain's mentioning the war all the time was a bit overdone. Or something. And those party donations were "just resting in his account."

Someone throws an egg at David Cameron. His golden radiance causes it to hatch into a beautiful white dove, bearing an olive branch, bringing peace and prosperity to all the world, according to The Times.[citation NOT needed]

The second party debate (on foreign affairs) appears to have been won by Clegg and Brown. Or was it Clegg and Cameron? Perhaps it was Brown and Cameron. The Sun says Cameron won, but then it would. The final debate, on the economy, will make sense of things. Possibly.

The three sets of instant figures are:

  • YouGov: Cameron:36%; Clegg:32%; Brown:29%
  • Angus Reid: Clegg:33%; Cameron:32%; Brown:23%
  • ComRes: Clegg:33%; Cameron:30%; Brown:30%

It's worth mentioning that the former YouGov CEO and current YouGov board member, Nadhim Zahawi, is also a Conservative candidate in the coming election.[6] YouGov consistently show the Tories further ahead than other polls. Coincidence?

23rd April[edit]

the BNP mainfesto reveals a sideline in Global warming denial. Their manifesto launch is attended by someone posing as that well-known Middle Easterner Saint George.

26th April[edit]

The Conservatives change tactics: sensing that the increase in Lib Dem support has left some Labour seats vulnerable, they decide to "decapitate" said seats.[7]

28th April[edit]

Grandmother asks Gordon Brown: "All these eastern Europeans what are coming in, where are they flocking from?" ("Flocking" being a behaviour commonly associated with animals.) Instead of saying "Eastern Europe", Brown answers reasonably but is caught later calling her a bigot.[8] The media and the innertubes get all excited and furious. Real people shrug and put the kettle on.

Latest polls:

YouGov: Con 34%(+1), Lab 27%(-2), LD 31%(+3)
Harris: Con 32%(-2), Lab 25%(-1), LD 30%(-1)

The BBC Newsnight programme has got a band to make a song for each of the three main parties. Which do you prefer?

Conservative (Nu Brand)1Vote
Labour (Hadouken!)16Vote
Liberal Democrat (Right Said Fred)21Vote

29th April[edit]

Mervyn King, governor of the bank of England says that whoever wins the elction will have to take such drastic and unpopular measures to fix the economy that they'll make themselves unelectable for a generation.[9] Perhaps the parties should be haggling over who gets to be leader of the opposition...

30th April[edit]

The day after the final debate. Most people think Cameron won but it seems Clegg scored highest amongst undecided voters, which may be more important in next week's result. Metaphor of the day: a car crash 20 feet from Gordon Brown. Tony Blair, still bright orange, is pulled out of the cupboard to campaign in London.

Tonight's opinion polls:

Harris: Con 33%(+1), Lab 24%(-1), LD 32%(+2)
YouGov: Con 34%(nc), Lab 28%(+1), LD 28%(nc)

2nd May[edit]

"Your comments look like liberal denial to me, and only prove my point. The conservatives are going to beat the Labour Party in a landslide, in one of the most stunning repudiation of incumbents in a generation. Denying it isn't going to change that truth.--Andy Schlafly 14:16, 2 May 2010 (EDT)

Thus speaks the sage of our ageimg.

4th May[edit]

Labour start to lose their nerve. Some Ministers are asking voters to vote tacticallyWikipedia's W.svg for the Lib Dems to stop the Conservatives gaining an outright victory[10] while Gordon Brown has decided to take the blame, whatever happens.[11]

5th May[edit]

Last ditch scare-mongering

The final opinion polls still seem to point to a hung parliament, but since none of them measure what's happening in the marginal seats, they probably aren't much of a guide to exactly what will happen.

  • Opinium: Con 35%(+2), Lab 27%(-1), LD 26%(-1)
  • TNS BMRB – Con 33%(-1), Lab 27%(nc), LD 29%(-1)
  • Populus - Con 37%(+1), Lab 28%(+1), LD 27%(-1)
  • Angus Reid - Con 36%(+1), Lab 24%(+1), LD 29%(nc)
  • YouGov - Con 35%(nc), Lab 28%(-2), LD 28%(+4)
  • Harris - Con 35%(-1), Lab 29%(+3), LD 29%(+1)
  • ICM - Con 36%(+3), Lab 28%(nc), LD 26%(-2)
  • ComRes’s - Con 37%(nc), Lab 28%(-1), LD 28%(+2)
  • RW's Poll of Polls - Con 35.5%, Lab 27.4%, LD 27.8%

On a uniform swing, which won't happen, that would mean a hung parliament with the Tories on 286 seats, Labour on 243, the Lib Dems on 89, PC & SNP on 11 and others on 3. Tories short of a majority by 40. [12]

6th May[edit]

Tories insist on an honest campaign

It's the big day.

The BNP's website (www.bnp.org.uk) is replaced by the following message:[13]

A message from Simon Bennett due to the volume of phone calls and emails I am receiving:

This website and domain are no longer in my control. I have not sabotaged it. The domain name has been pointing to the new BNP server since last night (5th May) which is completely out of my hands. If your Emails are affected, again this is completely out of my hands and control.

If you are reading this message it is because they have set up their server incorrectly and this needs to be resolved by the new webmaster.

It is important to note that I have been working hard to negotiate a seamless switchover of the website, but for reasons unknown to me the leadership have chosen to force the domain from me, steal my work, data and systems and go it alone rather than paying for it. I will continue to work hard to try and resolve the situation quickly, professionally and amicably. This is in the hands of Nick Griffin and Jim Dowson, not me.

It should also be noted that they have decided to put a personal grudge against me before the interests of the party and its members. This was not a fight of my choosing.

The site is back now, worse luck.

Meanwhile, UKIP's Nigel Farrage is seriously hurt in a plane crash.

The polling station at small Gloucestershire village of Slad is expecting a 100% turnout. How come? It's in the pub.

7th May[edit]

As predicted by absolutely everybody except Rupert Murdoch's bog paper (The Sun), a hung Parliament in favour of the Tories has occurred, and the parties must now haggle. Gordon Brown is still Prime Minister until a majority government can be formed, or until he's brought down with a vote of no-confidence. It could be days.

Meanwhile, User:Totnesmartin recuperates after a long night of beer, coffee and live blogging.

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