Let us note, with satisfaction, two events that occurred in our absence: namely the humiliating defeats of Yvonne Ridley and Lee Jasper– representing the remains of George Galloway’s Respect party– in Parliamentary by-elections.
Tendance Coatesy has more, including this pre-election announcement from Respect:
We are on the edge of a political earthquake in British politics. In polling conducted at the weekend, the Respect candidate in the Rotherham by-election, Yvonne Ridley, has the lead over Labour. Labour has panicked and launched a vicious and negative campaign of dirty tricks against Respect but this has been sidelined by our magnificent positive campaign with the Respect battle bus, advertizing truck and campaign groups in every ward.
Polling conducted in the Croydon North by-election suggests that Lee Jasper, the Respect candidate, is now neck and neck with the Labour Party to win the constituency.
In fact Ridley finished fourth in Rotherham with 8.3 of the vote while Jasper finished sixth in Croydon North with 2.9 percent of the vote.
This raises two possibilities:
1) Respect relied on the same pollster who led Mitt Romney to believe he was on course to win the US presidential election.
2) They made up these “polling” results.
I’ll go with number 2.