The details of the Rochester by-election:
The Lib Dem vote almost completely collapsed. Although smokingscot has a possible explanation for this:
Seems their loyal Lib/Dem supporters decided to vote strategically in an effort to keep out UKIP. So they didn’t vote for Lib/Dem, they voted for the Tories! Same source stated he believed many socialists and Labour supporters also decided to vote strategically and concluded that more Liberals and Labour supporters voted for the Conservatives than true blood Tories.
He implied that come the General Election his lot will return to the fold and this was nothing more than mid term spanky bottom time.
A case of Vote Tory, Get UKIP?
I think all the mainstream parties are slowly disintegrating. Labour’s Ed Miliband first:
The time for false praise and flattery, prevarication and procrastination, is long past. Ed Miliband should resign his leadership of the Labour Party, voluntarily if possible, forcibly if necessary. Within days, preferably, within weeks if not, but certainly before Christmas. Otherwise, with the collapse of the party’s Scottish vote, defeat for Labour at next year’s general election has moved from the probable to the almost inevitable.
But things aren’t much better for David Cameron,
Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood has David Cameron ‘by the balls’, with the Prime Minister having to ask his permission before doing anything, according to a former Tory adviser.
Dominic Cummings, Michael Gove’s key aide when he was Education Secretary, claimed that Mr Cameron is surrounded by a chaotic team and ‘cannot manage his way out of a paper bag’.
In a scathing attack, Mr Cummings said: ‘Everyone knows that Jeremy Heywood is in charge of everything.
or the Conservative party,
Cameron’s Tories are centrist, Europhile, politically correct. But the march of UKIP has brutally forced them out of their squishy comfort zone and forced them to start thinking like real conservatives again.
This is what’s so exciting about the election result. Yes it was a victory for Mark Reckless and UKIP. But it was an even greater victory for the British people generally. For years – certainly since the beginning of the Blair era – they have been treated with contempt by an increasingly remote political class which didn’t, for example, give a damn about what they thought about all the mass immigration and diversity being forced on them by government policy.
or Barack Obama,
Asserting a legal and constitutional authority he himself said he did not have, President Obama is going rogue, issuing an executive amnesty to 4 to 5 million illegal aliens.
He will order the U.S. government not to enforce the law against these 5 million and declare that they are to be exempt from deportation and granted green cards…
We have just taken a monumental step away from republicanism toward Caesarism. For this is rule by diktat, the rejection of which sparked the American Revolution.
Ebola spreading intensely in Sierra Leone as toll rises
…533 new cases in the week to Nov. 16
Anyway, today is the anniversary of the JFK assassination, and Anna Raccoon is running a three-part investigation of it. The secret of who fired the third and fatal shot will be revealed tomorrow in the third and final part (although regular readers will know that I already have my own favourite theory).