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Marf on the morning after at Number 10

Friday, October 10th, 2014

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    Guest Slot from Peter the Punter: Matthew and Peter Go To The Seaside – with a Marf cartoon

    Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

    Clacton doesn’t look like being the most exciting of elections.

    Matthew Shadwick [Shadsy] of Ladbrokes was kind enough to invite me along on a visit to the scene of one of tomorrow’s by-elections. I wondered whether he might need help collecting a flood of money, or maybe he just wanted some company while he stood outside the firm’s shop on Pier Avenue with his board optimistically offering odds of 1/50 UKIP, 14/1 Conservative and 33/1 Labour. We’d arranged to meet at 10.30 am. I got there at midday and still felt it was an hour too soon. There was a queue of about a dozen people, but that was for the bus. The driver was taking rather more money than Shadsy.

    On the way I’d asked directions from a couple carrying UKIP boards. No, they couldn’t help; they were strangers here too. The locals looked disinterested. Even the seagulls looked bored.

    Over a leisurely lunch we discussed the contrast with Newark where there was a lively atmosphere and a steady stream of (ultimately unsuccessful) UKIP backers. Perhaps the re-election of Douglas Carswell in UKIP colours is just too much of a foregone conclusion. Perhaps too little rides on the outcome. Perhaps the voters of Clacton just don’t like that kind of thing. They couldn’t even be tempted by Shadsy’s generous offer of 25/1 against Charlotte Rose [Independent] to beat the LibDems. “I mean, if she can’t beat the LibDems, who can she beat?”

    We caught sight of the Sky TV crew, leaving early. A local MP, down in support of Giles Watling [Conservative], kindly spared us some time but was unable to offer any insights, or even a bet. Labour was nowhere to be seen.

    On the way home I passed the UKIP offices, festooned with Carswell banners. It looks like tomorrow will be a coronation. What will be his vote share? Ladbrokes go 11/8 against 50-60%, 5/2 60-70%, 11/4 40-50%. Yesterday gave no clues as to where the value lies.

    Turnover at Under 50% might be a bet. Shadsy will give you evens. I see from my betting notes that I went for Over, back in August when the market, like the weather, was a good deal warmer.

    All right, we all make mistakes.

    Peter the Punter



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    Marf on Theresa May’s new anti-terrorist measures

    Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

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    Marf on The Curse of the Paisley Pyjamas

    Monday, September 29th, 2014

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    Marf on Ed Miliband’s speech

    Wednesday, September 24th, 2014



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    As we wait for the final YouGov indyref poll Marf gives her take

    Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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    Marf on the IndyRef countdown and Canadians give their backing to the separatists

    Monday, September 15th, 2014

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    A new poll of Canadians by Leger for the Association for Canadian Studies has just come out and finds Scottish IndyRef YES is supported by 32% to 29%.

    Interestingly amongst those sampled who are from Quebec the split was 44% YES to 24% NO.

    The independence referendum that took place in the Province in October 1995 is is the closest comparison to Thursday’s big election in Scotland.

    Back then YES went into polling day with a lead but voters in the Province rejected the move by a fraction of 1%. Interestingly the demographic splits that we are seeing in Scotland at the moment – women and the old being the most opposed to change, happened in Quebec.

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  • Mike Smithson

    2004-2014: The view from OUTSIDE the Westminster bubble




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    With just four days to the big day Marf returns to give her take

    Sunday, September 14th, 2014

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  • Welcome back Marf – you’ve been missed