Oh for goodness sake.
The latest ICM poll has the Tories in the lead. By 3 POINTS!!
OK, it's the only one, OK, it's probably an outlier** but ICM are by far the most accurate pollster for a long while now. They got the 2010 election result spot on and consistently polled most accurately during the campaign.
George *whiplash* Osborne with his leather knickerbockers and gimp mask just keeps sticking it to us.
"Kerchush - there goes the NHS, Snap! There goes the welfare state, Bend over while I cut your child benefit, tax credits, disability support, minimum wage AND give my city buddies on 150k a tax cut"
"You love it, you know you do, Do you want more? I can privatise the roads, *Aaaagh* the air *Ouch* your children *Kerchush*. I can make you redundant and you'll still want me, you minxes. It's hurting isn't it? You like that don't you?"
Mystifyingly, the polls also shows that people absolutely detest this government's policies. For instance, 67% oppose dropping the 50p rate of tax for those earning 150k or more.
You Gov show the Government have an approval rating of -25!! Yes, that's minus 25. We can get more information from the You Gov polling. People think Cameron is doing badly as a Prime Minister (51% v 42%) They think the coalition is working badly (57% v 34%) They think the coalition is bad for them personally (54% v 21%)
Wait for this one..... 72% think the UK economy is foobahed. Just 4% think it's looking good. 52% think the economic outlook will get worse too - only 10% have faith that Gideon Lovelace can sort things out.
So to conclude, the public think the Tories are hopelessly out of touch, will make the economy worse, aren't cutting fairly and won't improve their lives. But they'll still vote for them!!
Why is this? What could it possibly be?
Well, effectively, it's Ed. And Labour generally. However much the public hate the Tories, however useless they think they are, they think Labour - and I'm sorry, but specifically Ed - is worse. Particularly on the economy. Despite no evidence at all to the contrary, the public still believe "It's all Labour's fault".
Ed's approval ratings are -45!!! Yep, minus 45. To put this in perspective, Clegg's are -46. Progress (Blairite think tank) had yet another self-flagellation session, erm, conference thingy last week, whining at their belly buttons that Labour had to face their mistakes, (again) how awfully, awfully dreadful and wrong we got everything, (again) how out-of-touch blah blah zzzzzzzz...... *Kerchush, beat me some George, please, I like it. I'm a victim, I love being a victim, ooooooh George do it again, I feel so cheap, so worthless*
This should be the easiest period in opposition any opposition ever opposed!!!
Sheesh, it's like Cameron's butler brings Ed easy win's on a silver platter every morning and Ed says "Erm, not this morning thanks Jeeves" *Ed rushes off to fetish cupboard, checks handcuffs, sighs with relief and a shiver of pleasure*
Surely.... surely Ed...it's time to admit that whatever *strategy* (snigger) plan it is you think you came up with, it's definitely hurting, but certainly not working?
**An outlier is a poll which seems to buck the trend of other polling, often because of a freak sample that just wasn't very random or some other anomaly.