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Gordon Brown said on Sunday the Liberal Democrat policies needed to be "exposed," after opinion polls showed a surge in support for the third party following last week's historic prime ministerial debate.

Polls in Sunday's newspaper suggested a move from the postwar Labour-Tory dominance of British politics to a three party system, should the Lib Dems be able to sustain the significance rise in their support.

A BPIX poll for the Mail on Sunday put the Lib Dems in front, on a 32 per cent share of the vote, ahead of the Conservatives on 31 per cent and Labour on 28 per cent. A ComRes survey for the Independent on Sunday put the Tories on 31 per cent, only two points ahead of the Lib Dems on 29 per cent and Labour on 17 per cent. A YouGov poll for the Sunday Times put the Lib Dems in third place but still significantly up, on 29 per cent, compared to Labour on 30 and the Tories on 33.


Mr Brown asserted that the Lib Dems "have got to be exposed ... I think they have made a mistake in their economic policy. Why do they want to cut child tax credits? I think that is unfair. Why do they want to cut child trust funds?"

The Conservatives attacked the Lib Dems over their pro-European stance. William Hague, shadow foreign secretary, claimed that Nick Clegg, the Lib Dem leader, was prepared to "sign up for anything that has ever been on offer or proposed from the European Union."

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Apr 18th, 2010 at 11:54:07 AM EST
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Nick Clegg defends Liberal Democrat stance on Europe - Telegraph
Nick Clegg has defended his party's pro-European stance after being accused of trying to take Britain into a "super-state".

The Liberal Democrat leader admitted the European Union was "flawed", claiming it spent 15 years drawing up a directive on the definition of chocolate.

He insisted Britain was stronger working with the 27-member bloc rather than "raising the drawbridge" and standing outside it.

by Fran on Sun Apr 18th, 2010 at 02:14:45 PM EST
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Warning As Lib Dems Lead Poll Race|The Sun| 2010-04-10

A YouGov opinion poll for The Sun put support for Nick Clegg's party at a staggering 33 per cent.

It is the first time the former Liberals have been in the lead in a general election race for 104 years.

The Conservatives lag one point behind at 32 per cent, while Labour have tanked on just 26 per cent.

But in the same opinion poll, barely half those asked said they knew what Mr Clegg stood for.

And quizzed on the top ten plans put forward by his party, six of them were given a resounding thumbs down.

hey were Mr Clegg's proposals on an illegal immigrant amnesty, community service instead of jail for criminals, upping taxes to scrap tuition fees, giving more powers to Brussels, joining the Euro and halting nuclear power stations.

One of the plans - dumping the UK's Trident nuclear missiles - split the public down the middle. And only three got support - scrapping income tax on earnings of less than £10,000 a year, changing the voting system and limiting public sector pay rises. But those policies are also the Lib Dems' most controversial.

Clearly the orders from Murdoch central have gone out. The article is pretty much run of the mill party bashing but I am intrigued by the use of the word "controversial" at the end of the seventh paragraph. It seems a calculated way to end a paragraph listing the lib dem's popular policies.

Since reading this article I have been wondering if the  meaning of "controversial" has been shifted in the English language. Is the word "Controversial" now a euphanism for "something we do not like".

Money is a sign of Poverty - Culture Saying

by RogueTrooper on Mon Apr 19th, 2010 at 06:25:45 AM EST
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Is the word "Controversial" now a euphemism for "something we do not like".

That's exactly it.

Wind power

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Apr 19th, 2010 at 08:28:00 AM EST
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where we is a group largely identified with Rupert Murdoch and ... well just Rupert basically.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Apr 19th, 2010 at 12:59:53 PM EST
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Nick Clegg's rise could lock Murdoch and the media elite out of UK politics|The Guardian|
David Yelland|2010-04-19

I doubt if Rupert Murdoch watched the election debate last week. His focus is very firmly on the United States, especially his resurgent Wall Street Journal. But if he did, there would have been one man totally unknown to him. One man utterly beyond the tentacles of any of his family, his editors or his advisers. That man is Nick Clegg.

Make no mistake, if the Liberal Democrats actually won the election - or held the balance of power - it would be the first time in decades that Murdoch was locked out of British politics. In so many ways, a vote for the Lib Dems is a vote against Murdoch and the media elite.

I can say this with some authority because in my five years editing the Sun I did not once meet a Lib Dem leader, even though I met Tony Blair, William Hague and Iain Duncan Smith on countless occasions. (Full disclosure: I have since met Nick Clegg.)

I remember in my first year asking if we staffed the Liberal Democrat conference. I was interested because as a student I'd been a founder member of the SDP. I was told we did not. We did not send a single reporter for fear of encouraging them.

So while we sent a team of five, plus assorted senior staff, to both the Tory and Labour conferences, we sent nobody to the Lib Dems. And while successive News International chiefs have held parties at both those conferences, they have never to my knowledge even attended a Lib Dem conference.

Money is a sign of Poverty - Culture Saying
by RogueTrooper on Mon Apr 19th, 2010 at 07:52:07 AM EST
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