There are more Ukip-friendly corners of the internet than the web pages of the Guardian. Nevertheless, a decent proportion of comments left on our politics articles come from those sympathetic to Ukip. In some ways, this is unsurprising. We have a diverse band of commenters, and it is satisfying to seek out those with whom you disagree. That said, the Telegraph’s commenting threads do not seem to be similarly filled with Green party supporters beseeching its readership to consider the full consequences of climate change. We asked some regular Ukip supporting – or, at least, sympathising – commenters to tell us why they’re thinking of voting for the party and their experiences espousing the party’s views on the Guardian website. You can add your own views in the comments section below. ‘Ukip are more rightwing than I would like’ I guess I’ve been a supporter for a couple of years, following total disillusionment with Labour and the Lib … [Read more...] about What’s it like being a Ukip voter on the Guardian website?
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There is a clear story from the local elections last night: a Liberal Democrat surge. It is important to note that voters see local elections as an opportunity to protest, and register their discontent with the sitting party. Even so, the Tory party’s performance was excruciatingly bad. One might have expected those gains to have gone to the main opposition party, too. Instead, Labour has lost seats. Those wishing to protest the current government have voted for the Lib Dems or Greens instead. But it is the Lib Dems that have gained territory all over the map. They increased their majorities in places they already hold, such as North Norfolk. They crept into Brexiteer areas, such as Hinkley and Bosworth in Leicestershire, which voted 60% to leave in the EU referendum. In Theresa May’s constituency of Windsor and Maidenhead, they cut a Tory majority of 38 down to five. But a major part of the story is the huge swing from Tories to Lib Dems in the area often referred to as … [Read more...] about The Lib Dems forgot that success was possible. That could now change
The coalition government’s pre-election infrastructure spending bonanza will continue on Tuesday with announcements on increased spending on social housing, flood defences and exploratory talks for the first lagoon power project. The plans, including an innovative scheme whereby the government could act as a direct commissioner of housing, are due to be announced in the 2014 national infrastructure plan prepared by Danny Alexander, the chief secretary to the Treasury. It follows announcements on Monday on how the government would guarantee £15bn of spending on a roads programme. Alexander will announce details of a six-year flood defence programme including 1,400 projects providing better protection for 300,000 homes. The Treasury said the £2.3bn of capital investment would help prevent more than £30bn economic damage. Labour said the money was an allocation of funds already announced, adding “the whole exercise reeks of pork barrel politics in which the … [Read more...] about £2.3bn for flood defences in pre-election spending commitments
Fewer than half of Labour voters think Jeremy Corbyn would be the best prime minister, according to a poll for the Observer that finds the Conservatives remain the most trusted party on all key issues except the NHS. Research by Opinium suggests that given a two-way choice between Corbyn and Theresa May, 14% of voters would choose the Labour leader, compared with 47% for the prime minister. Among Labour voters asked the question, 45% said they would like to see Corbyn in No 10. Twenty-eight per cent of those questioned said they wanted neither Corbyn nor May. The Conservatives were the most trusted to lead Brexit negotiations among 35% of respondents, a figure unchanged from March and up from 30% in January. This compares with 12% for Labour, the same figure as March, but down from 13% in January. Opinium’s findings come as attacks on Corbyn’s leadership continue, despite attempts to draw attention away from party infighting with promises to introduce free school meals for … [Read more...] about Only 45% of Labour voters think Corbyn would be best PM: poll
Good morning. One week down in this election campaign and already we have seen factions form and founder, promises of heavy spending and a long list of gaffes and scandals including some that have forced candidates to pull out of the race. Read the following and then follow our live coverage to ensure you don’t miss a thing. What’s going on? It is Equal Pay Day – when the average woman effectively stops earning for the year, taking into account a mean gender pay gap of 13.1%. The Lib Dems and Labour will use it to announce measures to tackle the gender pay gap. The Liberal Democrats have pledged to oblige bigger companies to publish data on employment levels by gender, as well as for BAME and LGBT staff, and would push for a law to end the so-called pink tax, whereby companies charge higher prices for fundamentally identical products such as razors or deodorants simply because they are marketed at women. Labour has pledged to eradicate the gender pay gap by 2030 … [Read more...] about Thursday briefing: Lib Dems and Labour make equality pitch