Thursday, 20 April 2017

What people are saying about the election

Philip Collins:
More people think the moon landings were faked than think Labour will win on June 8.

Dan Hodges:

Also, remember the golden rule. The polls always overestimate Labour support.

Glen Newey:

It’s said that British prime ministers are either bookies or vicars. Some are determinately one or the other, while others think they are the one while being the other. Tony Blair was a bookie who thought he was a vicar. Theresa May – like Gordon Brown, the child of a minister – talks like a vicar and behaves like a bookie. People will talk about May ‘gambling’ on an early poll, but the point about bookies is that they don’t gamble, but play the percentages. 

Glen Newey:

A likely upshot of May’s gambit will be that the Tories get enough seats to guarantee them the next election as well as this one.

Chris Deerin:

There is only one acceptable response to Theresa May’s announcement that she wants a general election: good. For its own democratic hygiene, Britain desperately needs one. Since the Brexit referendum the country has been sloping miserably around the place like a football hooligan with an unshiftable hangover and morning-after breath. This is the bracing restorative – the cold shower and full English – that is required.

Benjamin Jefferies:

Do you get the feeling that Keir Hardie would be more than a little peeved to discover that the final stage in the evolution of his Labour Party was as a hobby club for patronising middle class people?

Peter Risdon:

In a fairly tedious election, already, with most minds cemented in advance, a somewhat bogus additional majority for Brexit on the horizon, and a looming and deserved Labour collapse in prospect, one thing stands out as fairly interesting: the Labour partisans who intend to vote for May's Conservatives because they feel they're closer to the true Labour tradition than any of the alternatives.

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