Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Monday, July 10, 2017

General Election Latest Polls: Tory Lead Over Labour Closed To Just Five Points

Theresa May’s lead over Jeremy Corbyn has been slashed to just five points, meaning the Conservative Party’s lead has crashed since the start of the election campaign.

An extraordinary YouGov poll for The Times puts Labour on 38 per cent of the vote, up three points since the end of last week. Meanwhile, the Conservatives were down one point to 43 per cent.

The Conservatives boasted a 23 point lead with the same pollsters a month ago.

May now has the smallest lead over Labour since she came to power, while Labour is at a level it has not enjoyed since Corbyn became leader in September 2015.

The Liberal Democrats up one point to 10 per cent and Ukip up one to 4 per cent.

The Times reports that on a even swing across the country May would lose seats and the Conservatives would have an overall majority of two, down from 17.

The poll follows a pattern emerging before the Manchester bombing, where the Tory lead of as much as 20-points plus was being eaten away after she confirmed a dramatic U-turn on social care policy.

Her ‘Strong and Stable’ campaign slogan was labelled ‘Weak and Wobbly’ as six polls out over two days showed Labour closing in on the Conservatives.

On Friday, the Labour Party return to election campaigning, with Corbyn giving a speech on how US foreign policy has fueled terrorism.

Despite the narrowing of the polls, the Tories may see this as advantageous to landing their message about the risks of Corbyn as PM to mobilise their base vote.

Original Article
Author:  Graeme Demianyk 

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