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UK Labour party leader Ed Miliband and wife Justine Thornton after casting their votes in today’s UK General Election in Sutton, South Yorkshire this morning.

On Wednesday, ICM released provisional numbers which showed the two main parties deadlocked on 35% each. But the telephone fieldwork continued into evening, and the final figures – based on the full sample of 2,000 interviews – find Labour holding steady on 35%, while the Conservatives slip to 34%.

FIGHT!

Any excuse.

Labour has one-point lead over Tories in final Guardian/ICM poll (Guardian)

Meanwhile…

Robert Webb writes:

Now, I’m not one of those guys who think that all Conservatives are evil. This is a solipsism from which I was saved by the reality that nearly everyone else in our family was, in essence, a) a decent, loving person and b) a Tory. A father, a stepfather, four grandparents and a beloved great-aunt – all dead, all Conservative voters. But it’s worth making a distinction between the voter and the thing that they’re voting for. Life is long but too short to hate people. Still, it’s entirely legitimate to hate a set of ideas.

And a tone of voice. Every day, I walk past the newspaper stand of the local shop and see the headlines blurting from the Tele­graph, the Daily Mail and the rest of them: how business “leaders” are scared of Lab­our, how Ed Miliband is a threat to literally everything that was ever dear and good, how Nicola Sturgeon is personally about to tie him to a chair and beat him around the head with a concrete (if it’s the Mail, inevitably) haggis until he calls the Kremlin and invites Putin to come over and strangle the Queen, and so on.

And I think, wow, these guys aren’t kidding around. The right-wing establishment – the Tories, their self-interested newspapers, their self-deceiving friends in the City, their self-serving business supporters signing their bullshit letters – are throwing everything at this.

Not just the kitchen sink but the plumbing, the sewers and the attendant rats. They can’t bear it. They can’t bear to be challenged. In the fathomless depths of its arrogance, they just can’t cope with the thought that anyone else could be allowed to run the show.

I wouldn’t put Ed Miliband on a T-shirt, but I will vote for him (Rober Webb, The New Statesman)

11 thoughts on “Presuming Ed

  1. _d_a_n_

    You’ve put the link title in the href attribute of the New Statesman link. It don’t ruddy bloody work.

  2. scottser

    ‘and as presuming ed here has consistently pointed out, we have failed to paint it black.’

  3. phil

    “Not just the kitchen sink but the plumbing, the sewers and the attendant rats. They can’t bear it. They can’t bear to be challenged. In the fathomless depths of its arrogance, they just can’t cope with the thought that anyone else could be allowed to run the show.”

    Sounds like the campaigning from members of a certain institute for a NO vote who want the whole country to kow-tow to their interpretation of Catholicism

    1. rotide

      THATS it! This has been scratching on the edge of my conciousness for a while, well spotted!

  4. The Old Boy

    It’s almost as though general elections didn’t devolve into horrible slagging matches and media spin every five years.

  5. dee

    and people wonder why Scotland ended up voting against its own independence? That x10 was roused for the referendum last year. Its frightening how dirty they will get to protect their power.

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