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Marf after a day dominated by Libya

Friday, April 24th, 2015


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  • Update: The Tory final push


    A Marf cartoon at the start of what’ll be a busy polling night

    Thursday, April 23rd, 2015


    UPDATE Survation/Mirror poll has CON 4% ahead

    First up this afternoon was Panelbase

    New ComRes phone poll out at 10pm

    Survation for the Mirror is due.


    Marf’s Tuesday afternoon’s take and LAB move from a 2% deficit to a 2% lead with TNS

    Tuesday, April 21st, 2015


    And UKIP appear to be edging back


    Marf’s summation as the big day gets closer

    Monday, April 20th, 2015


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    And as Marf reminds us today was the day when LAB published its manifesto

    Monday, April 13th, 2015



    On Grand National day Marf links the big race to the general election

    Saturday, April 11th, 2015


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    Th non-doms – Marf gives her take

    Wednesday, April 8th, 2015


    There’s an excellent piece by John Rentoul on the issue here. The heading says it all:- “Non-doms: If Osborne was on the ball he would not be left defending a tax perk for the rich. The stupidity of his response is matched only by its laziness. He writes:-

    “.. the Tories defined themselves as the defenders of global tax avoiders. The stupidity of Osborne’s response is matched only by its laziness. The Conservatives do not seem to realise that there is an election on. This is urgent: this is the kind of policy that cuts through. If Cameron and Osborne were as hungry to win as they ought to be, they would have thrown everything at stopping Labour from painting them as the friend of the rich….

    If this carries on, the Conservatives are going to lose. Tying with Labour in the opinion polls means Miliband in Downing Street with the support of the Scottish National Party. The early engagements of the election campaign have not eroded Labour’s support. The Tories have to move support their way if Cameron is to stay on as Prime Minister. Yet, when Miliband comes up with a foreseeable policy such as abolishing non-doms, they fall straight into his trap, putting themselves on the wrong side of public opinion…”

    Mike Smithson

    2004-2014: The view from OUTSIDE the Westminster bubble


    The debate: The post mortem continues

    Friday, April 3rd, 2015

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    The notion that betting’s a good pointer to political outcomes got thwacked last night


    One of the things I keep on getting asked is whether betting markets are good pointer to political outcomes. Well last night we might have had an answer.

    Right throughout the event and on the Betfair exchange the money was going on Nigel Farage who became a very tight odds-on favourite. This is what Ladbrokes Shadsy writes on his blog:-

    “..on the YouGov poll that Ladbrokes used to settle the winner, Sturgeon got it. If we’d have gone with other pollsters we’d have paid out on a different winner, mostly Miliband. She was 8/1 at the start, came in for a little bit of support during the first half but then her odds really tumbled in the last 20 minutes, and she was 2/1 when it came to a close.

    It was interesting to see Farage’s odds come in very dramatically, very early in the debate. About 20 minutes in we were taking money on him at 2/5, which seemed odd, given that he was putting on a decent show in his normal style and no more than that…”

    Whenever I’m asked about the predictive qualities of political betting I point out that favourites don’t always win and sometimes can get very overstated.

    People don’t bet on politics to provide a predictive tool – they do it to back the their judgement in order to make money. Sometimes they are right and sometimes they are not.

    Mike Smithson

    For 11 years viewing politics from OUTSIDE the Westminster bubble