*Opinium Westminster Voting Intention: 21-23/04/2020
CON: 50% (+5)
LAB: 33% (-)
LDem: 7% (-5)
SNP: 5% (+1)
Grn: 3% (-)
PC: 0% (-)
CON: 384 (+19)
LAB: 185 (-18)
SNP: 55 (+7)
PC: 4 (-)
LDem: 3 (-8)
GRN: 1 (-)
So, it would seem that Sir Keir Starmer hasn’t made any impact on the Tory lead in England.
Tories in Scotland are down to 3 seats.
Labour holds its usual one in a Tory heartland.
Liberals appear to have lost all their seats, even the Northern Isles, which I find incredible. Bring back Jo Swinson, I say!!!
And the SNP has gained 7 seats, bringing them back to 55.
Also asked in the poll:
“Which, if any, of the following people do you think would be the best prime minister?”
The answers were…
Boris Johnson (Con): 44%
Keir Starmer (Lab): 23%
None of these: 17%
Don’t know: 16%
So it seems that election of centre-right Sir Keir Starmer hasn’t done Labour a power of good, although to be fair it is early days. But the calm and measured Starmer at around half the support of the de Pfeffel buffoon, in a crisis? What is wrong with these people?
On whether people are doing a good job the results were:
Boris Johnson: + 19
Sir Keir Starmer: + 13
Nicola Sturgeon: + 3 ( Possibly because it was a UK poll.)
Ed Davey: – 8 (Possibly because no one has heard of him or knows what he is doing.)
Johnson has done a good job? Is that the sympathy vote? Because as the “Just for a Laugh” cartoon say yesterday…
In the meantime, Jackson Carlaw has told us there is no border between Scotland and England. He tweets:
“It is ridiculous to suggest Nicola Sturgeon could close the border. There is no border – we are one United Kingdom.”
OK, this probably isn’t the time to get into how being “one united kingdom” isn’t working out too well for us. That’s not the point. But it is possible to close “internal borders”, which, like it or not, Mr Carlaw, DO exist. Australia and Malaysia are, each of them “one united country” but Quokka was saying recently that the borders between states in Australia are monitored and Abu told me the same thing about Malaysia. (They may now be completely closed by now as both countries are taking stronger action against the virus.)
In the UK, however, people can freely move between the countries because there is no border security because some people, like Carlaw, are desperate to not give the impression that we are anything other than one united kingdom.
The map above (albeit based only on an opinion poll) suggests that the “united” part of united kingdom is risible.
*Access to full tables through that site.