Saturday, 21 June 2008

Polls Apart

Ho, hum. Another weekend, another poll showing how far Prime Minister Gordon Brown-Trousers has fallen from favour. This time it's the Daily Mail's turn to gleefully report: "Catastrophic slump in Gordon Brown's popularity sees Cameron storm ahead in polls."

The findings - which I can't be bothered to reproduce in detail here - are the result of a rerun poll that was first carried out last year. Now, on the anniversary of Gordon Brown-Trousers' first year in office, they show just how far public opinion has turned against the PM - to the extent that many people would rather see Tony Blair back in Downing St.

Much as that must both infuriate the PM and stroke Tone's ego, it's not likely to happen any time soon. Which presumably explains why Crazy Cameron is doing so well - he is, after all, just a cardboard cutout Tory Blair-alike, who wouldn't have stood a chance against the genuine article. Against Velcro McBean, however, he's certain to romp home at the earliest available opportunity.

Apparently, the public seem to agree, with "most" respondents predicting a Conservative victory at the next election, and 44% believing that Brown-Trousers should step down immediately. That's got to hurt the prideful PM, particularly since only last week he announced his intention to stay in his job - that of party leader, if not of Prime Minister - for a little while yet.

No doubt the Brown-Trousers camp sought to quell damaging speculation about his future with that announcement, but, in light of the poll's findings, it just makes him look out of touch and arrogant - no surprise that almost 50% of respondents see the PM as arrogant, then, is it?

All in all, there's nothing very surprising in the poll's findings; we've got the worst Government in living memory, and Joe Public, having finally spotted the political elephant in the room, has effectively reversed his opinion of the PM from superhero to subzero. It took a while, but New Labour's perpetual con trick has been rumbled, and the chances of them retaining power at the next election - or regaining it shortly thereafter - are vanishingly small.

In fact, the only thing that really interested me was the question about which kind of dog most closely represents each of the party leaders. I've never seen that kind of comparison before, although, for all I know, it might be a very common tool in polling / research. Cameron did well as a Labrador, even Brown-Trousers is semi-credible as a St. Bernard, but Nick Cleggover is, apparently, seen as a cross between a poodle and a chihuahua. Sadly, no mention of Vicious Vince Cable, but I'd have thought he'd merit at least a Jack Russel.

In any event, it looks like the pack has well and truly turned on Gordon Brown-Trousers, and it's only a matter of time before he's out of Number 10 for good. Couldn't happen to a nicer chap!

Billy Seggars.

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