Andrew Allison

Brown will not go to the polls.

In Brown on October 6, 2007 at 2:59 pm

I’m just watching Sky News at the moment. Sources are saying Brown is going to rule out an early election. An announcement is expected at any point this afternoon. Adam Boulton – Sky’s political editor – said phone calls are not being answered at Downing Street and that polling from marginal constituencies does not make good reading.

So, Brown looks like he is going to bottle it, and face the ridicule from the opposition parties that he is a weak leader who goes to ground anytime there is a crisis. He used to go to ground when he was Chancellor and now he is Prime Minister he is living proof that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

UPDATE: 16.08. I have just read a post on Iain Dale’s blog. Apparently polling from marginal constituencies showed a significant Tory lead.

UPDATE: 16.16. It looks like Brown is going to say the main reason for not going to the polls is that the electoral registers are not up-to-date and that could disenfranchise around a million people. He is also likely to blame his electoral team, headed by Douglas Alexander, for not telling him about the registration problems. I can’t see that excuse working.


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