Why I chose TMay as best PM to handle COVID

Why I chose TMay as best PM to handle COVID

I was part of the YouGov sample for this polling question and when it was up on the screen I found myself taking several minutes rather than the usual few seconds to answer it. The first process in my thinking was who I should exclude and I concluded that all the men would have been too conscious of short-term political considerations to have acted in a proper and timely manner when in February and March last year COVID was upon…

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The battle against COVID could go on for years

The battle against COVID could go on for years

There will come a time, I am sure, when the fight against COVID doesn’t dominate the news but we are a long way off that. The sheer scale of the latest numbers is a sharp reminder that now is not the time to relax as appeared to be happening. Ministers seem to be trying to ensure that we continue to take a lot of precautions so that “normal”, whatever that means, life can continue. Maybe we’ll never fully get on…

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This polling trend doesn’t look good for ministers

This polling trend doesn’t look good for ministers

Ex-PBer and now Ipsos-MORI polling director, Keiran Pedley, made this comment: Looking at the trend, the net score of -25 is not as bad as the -35 this time last year. But the direction of travel is negative – question is what happens from here…things recovered slightly in Nov last year & then more as vaccine rollout landed in 2021. Last year this tracker predicated several LAB leads in VI polling. Could we be about to see the same happen…

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Can Ministers meet the high expectations of the booster jab roll out?

Can Ministers meet the high expectations of the booster jab roll out?

Several of the papers this morning are making the roll out of the booster jab their main story following suggestions that this is not going quite as well as the initial vaccine programme at the start of the year. Quite why this is it hard to say but there’s little doubt from my own observations and the newspaper reports that it is increasingly becoming a matter of concern. I’m 75 with a difficult medical history and get told that I…

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How GE2019 would have been with the new boundaries

How GE2019 would have been with the new boundaries

This makes LAB’s chances look even more remote Above is the main analysis from Electoral Calculus on the impact of the new boundaries. The table seeks to show what would have happened at GE2019 if these boundaries were in place. As can be seen this is good news for the Tories and bad news for LAB, the LDs and PC. This also reinforces the point I repeatedly make that the 15% chance that the betting exchanges currently rate a LAB…

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Priti Patel has negative ratings even from GE2019 CON voters

Priti Patel has negative ratings even from GE2019 CON voters

One of the reasons I love Opinium polls more than others is the way the firm presents its data. There are far far more cross-heads than with any other firm and poll watchers can spend hours just going through it. In its latest poll the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, was included in its regular approval ratings and as will not come as a surprise she has a net minus 55% with those who voted Remain in the referendum. Quite surprisingly,…

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