Voters would overwhelmingly prefer the short-term disruption of a No Deal Brexit over the chaos of a Jeremy Corbyn Government – and that even applies to Labour supporters. Exclusive new research has found that nearly half of voters – 48 per cent – would be happy for the UK to leave the EU without a deal if the alternative scenario was Mr Corbyn as Prime Minister, while just 35 per cent preferred to have the Labour leader in Downing Street. Strikingly, the analysis of more than 8,000 voters' intentions, conducted by former Conservative Deputy Chairman Lord Ashcroft, discovered that, among Mr Corbyn's own voters who back Brexit, the figure was 57 per cent for No Deal, against 28 per cent who wanted to see their party leader in No 10. One member of Lord Ashcroft's focus group, quoted in his research, said: 'A Corbyn Government would be worse [than No Deal]. I would actually be scared.' Another said: 'Boris is a whirlwind of chaos, he's a bit like Trump, but Corbyn is a … [Read more...] about Voters would prefer the short-term disruption of a No Deal Brexit over a Jeremy Corbyn Government – including Labour supporters!
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Boris Johnson made a raft of promises and comments indicating future policy during the election campaign. Our specialists take a look at what we can now expect from the government on key policy areas. Health Boris Johnson said the NHS would be his government’s top priority. He has made an array of pledges – on funding, staffing and new facilities – aimed at reviving a visibly ailing service that hospital bosses say is “on its knees”. Johnson’s voluble support for an institution “that represents the very best of our country” will see him closely scrutinised over the delivery of his promises, several of which may prove very challenging. Johnson has promised to increase the budget of the NHS in England by £20.5bn in real terms (after inflation) by 2023-24. That is less than the equivalent £26bn extra that Labour offered. While that will be the biggest uplift in cash terms the NHS has ever received, the annual 3.4% rises are smaller … [Read more...] about From the NHS to Brexit: what can we expect from Johnson’s government?
On the face of it, the Government is in real trouble. The Supreme Court ruling against the Prime Minister follows a succession of parliamentary defeats, defections, expulsions and daily headlines about turmoil and chaos. But it is a good rule of thumb in politics that the noisier it gets, the more it pays to take a step back, a deep breath, and a good look at the bigger picture. My latest research, published today, looks at the fundamentals: how voters have reacted to the drama not just of the past few weeks but the years since the EU referendum, and how this week’s events fit into the longer story. For many people, and not just among those who backed Leave in the increasingly distant 2016 referendum, that story is one of frustration and failure – or, worse, deliberate actions to delay Brexit for as long as possible or stop it altogether. My latest research, published today, looks at the fundamentals: how voters have reacted to the drama not just of the past few weeks but … [Read more...] about LORD ASHCROFT: The public’s verdict on our political class? They waver between fury and contempt
Prince Andrew returned to work in the UK today as he attempts to ride out the storm over his friendship with late billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. The Duke of York has been at a golf retreat in Spain for the last two weeks - during which time Epstein's alleged victims have made a court appearance in the US, with one urging the Prince to 'come clean' over his past. Andrew has faced repeated allegations that he had sex three times with a 17-year-old Virginia Roberts, who is now a 36-year-old married mother of three called Virginia Roberts Giuffre. He strenuously denies the allegations of 'impropriety with underage minors', branding them 'categorically untrue' and his friends have suggested he is the victim of 'witch-hunt'. Today, Andrew returned to official royal duties, overseeing celebrations at the Dartmouth Royal Regatta in Devon, of which he is a patron. It is his first official engagement since Epstein, who was facing sex trafficking charges, died behind bars in … [Read more...] about Smiling Prince Andrew returns to public duties as he prepares for crisis talks with royal aides – hours after new picture emerged of him partying with the Trumps and US paedophile Jeffrey Epstein
Doing a crossword and smoking a cigar, Bob Hawke's final photo at home with his beloved wife Blanche d'Alpuget shows how he smiled until the very end. The larrikin prime minister, who drank and smoked throughout his life, enjoyed a few puffs while sitting in his favourite chair by a heater on the balcony of his north Sydney home. The picture was taken on March 28 by the couple's female neighbour who often waved at the pair before they would smile and wave back. It shows the country's longest serving Labor prime minister, who died peacefully at home aged 89 yesterday, taking life easy as he entered his final days. This morning his chair was empty, with the orange cushion still in its place. Taking it easy: Doing a crossword and smoking a cigar on his balcony, Bob Hawke's final photo with his beloved wife Blanche shows how he smiled until the very end Happy couple: The larrikin prime minister, who drank and smoked throughout his career, enjoyed a few puffs while sitting in … [Read more...] about Doing the crossword and smoking a cigar on his balcony: Bob Hawke’s last home photo with his beloved wife Blanche shows how the ‘great Australian’ smiled until the end