Britain goes for its General Elections today on Thursday and unless pollsters, pundits and punters are uniformly mistaken, no party is likely to win an absolute majority.he London School of Economics forecast 264-286 seats for PM Gordon Brown’s Labour party and 251-275 for the Conservative party, led by David Cameron. BBC predicted 261 seats for Labour and 258 for the Conservatives.
Among bookmakers, it’s also generally odds on for a balanced or hung parliament; but about even money on the Conservatives emerging as the largest single party. Prices on the Labour party accomplishing this are much longer. Not since 1974 has the British electorate returned a hung parliament. Indeed, following World War II (when there was a national government), it has invariably been a two horse race between Labour and the Conservatives, or Tories in short form.
Leaving no stone unturned, Cameron campaigned throughout Tuesday night in a bid to mop up every possible floating vote commander du cialis en france. Visiting bakers, firemen and printers, he persisted on his theme of change as opposed to five more years of Brown.
Almost 50% of British voters cite the economy as the most burning issue, given a doubling of unemployment that has assaulted Britain as a result of the global economic meltdown. Race and immigration are of major concern too, at nearly 30%. In such circumstances, it ought to have been a cakewalk for the Conservatives. But floating voters have kept cards close to their chests.
The British people were also sickened by the expenses scandal that besmirched MPs. In this scenario, Nick Clegg, the youthful Liberal Democrat helmsman and a relatively untainted entity, wafted in like fresh air in TV debates to upstage the ambitions of both Conservatives and Labour.
He offered real change in an unmistakable dig at both Labour and the Tories. But the groundswell of support appears to have slightly dissipated since. A significant number of undecided voters are said to be young mothers or previous Labour supporters. A YouGov poll on Wednesday gave 35% support to the Conservatives, 30% to Labour, 24% to the Liberal Democrats and 11% to smaller parties.