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Al G

How on earth is Leeds Central going to become a marginal?

Interesting report by the way, I hear it was absolutely packed.

Richard Carey

"How on earth is Leeds Central going to become a marginal?"

I don't have the statistics of the boundary review there, but given that the solitary Labour-held seat in my county of Lincolnshire has a Labour majority of only a couple of thousand and is in the 70's on the list of marginal Labour seats now, I suspect that the boundary review prior to the 2009'ish GE is going to throw us some curve-balls!! It's already going to have us campaigning early in new places as we swap territory with our constituency neighbours.

Mark, thanks very much for a detailed and well put together report. I appreciate your balanced account, except in one regard - and sharing your vulnerability to "pretty young things" I'll let you off on that one!!

Cllr Graham Smith

Thanks, Mark, for an excellent report. I'm sorry there were few surprises for you in the jokes being told by the candidates.

One question for you, though. What, to a 15-year-old boy, is the likely age of a "pretty young thing"? :-))

Rob

Perhaps I should go to the Bolton meeting if there are going to be 'pretty young things' all over the place. A charming young tory like me could have a field day.

Alastair Matlock

Superbly written report, Mark. Very incisive and informative. You are to be commended!

Sean Fear


I'm afraid Leeds Central won't be a marginal.

Al G

I did not think there was any way Leeds Central could be a marginal. Hopefully it will make other seats marginal. I mean, if Leeds Central became a marginal, Robert Winfield might actually become important. Heaven forbid!

Richard Carey

"I mean, if Leeds Central became a marginal, Robert Winfield might actually become important. Heaven forbid!"

Well, I have heard of some scary things, but stil...

Samuel Coates

As an older teenager I find Mark personally depressing (I thought that I had got ahead of the game!) but politically encouraging!

Barbara Villiers

Well done, Mark! You have a great future and put some so called professional journalists to shame!

Rick

" Thinking For The People "

A bit Leninist as a header........."People" is a singular noun in most languages with declining nouns but remarkably plural in English without a definite article.

You should read some Hannah Arendt - "People" as singular is the language of totalitarianism addressing The Masses............"The People" is an alien concept in traditional English political thought

Barbara Villiers

Well done, Mark! You have a great future and put some so called professional journalists to shame!

RobC

and thank you Mark for not using the terms 'DD' or 'DC'. Such abbreviations make me wince and remind me of the IDS saga.

malcolm

Rick your 'smart-arse' comments about nearly everything are becoming seriously irritating.Have you noticed that virtually nobody replies to any of your posts?My advice,if you've nothing constructive to say ,say nothing.
Mark, a very fine report.Have you decided who to vote for as a result?

Kenneth Irvine

"a lady who described her occupation as ‘unwanted old trout’ (she was in fact a former MP for Keighley)"

Putting on my old hack's anorak, Gary Waller was the Conservative MP for Keighley before losing to Anne Cryer. Before he won it won, it had been Labour for a long time. Perhaps the lady was Elizabeth Peacock (lost her Batley and Spen seat in 1997). I would not dare to call her "an unwanted old trout".

Deckchair of despair

Personally, I rather enjoyed Rick's (admittedly irrelevant) observations on the use of "people" and "the people" - but maybe I'm a bit weird.

john Skinner

We have another Willie Hague!
Well done Mark, and well done Tim for finding these guys.

Coxy

Thanks Rick, you're spot-on about the People. We are conservatives you know! Keep them coming... Malcolm - what's a blog for if you can't speak your mind?

Mark O'Brien

Graham Stuart asks what the likely age of a 'pretty young thing' is? To be honest, at my time of life, I suppose it's anything with legs and a smile on her face!!

Rick, you make a fair point about the words I've chosen. All I can say is that I started the weblog just before Christmas, and everything sounds good at that time of the year!!

As far as who to vote for, I really am trying to draw out my neutrality for as long as it will go on! I think that overall, both candidates share the same belief in Conservative principles, but what we really need is not just a leader who believes in these principles, but one who can communicate them effectively to people. I honestly do believe that both are as good as each other in both respects, but in the past few weeks and months, communicating our values has been something that Cameron has succeeded with slightly better than Davis. I don't mean to give a long-winded answer to a simple question, and I don't like that I've done it. But I just don't think the race is over yet.

Rick

"Rick your 'smart-arse' comments about nearly everything are becoming seriously irritating.Have you noticed that virtually nobody replies to any of your posts?My advice,if you've nothing constructive to say ,say nothing."

Malcolm you are a source of ribald amusement. Continue posting your bile. Frankly I could not care less if you get into a frenzy nor whether you understand or not; I have no interest in pandering to your limited grasp. Just get used to the simple fact that not every view has to accord with your's and I frankly think you should follow that simple advice about the difference between people thinking you are a fool, and having the fact confirmed.

malcolm

Very good Rick.About what I expected.I just don't think making 'smart arse' comments about the report (which I thought very balanced and fair)from a 15 year old boy was a kind thing to do.

Rick

How funny you are Malcolm - actually recommending a young politically aware individual read Hannah Arendt is invaluable advice given freely to assist. You may have rigid views formed early in life, but I think broad reading and especially of the greats of political philosophy is essential. Do you have an extensive reading list, or do you begrudge those who do ?

Mark O'Brien

I think - on this one - Rick was right, so if you click on the link on my name through to the blog, you should see a change for the better!!

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