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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Some simple arithmetic for the Tories

The Daily Politics on BBC2 is asking Tory activists at their conference who has gained the most from being in government, the Tories or the Lib Dems. Several of them are saying that the Lib Dems have done far too well given that "almost nobody voted for them". Give me strength. It is not rocket science. At the 2010 General Election, 10.7 million people voted Conservative, 8.6 million people voted Labour and 6.8 million people voted Liberal Democrat. How is 6.8 million people "almost nobody"? The Tories got a mere 36.1% of the vote, the Lib Dems a mere 23%. In other words, both of them got very substantial minorities of the vote, while neither of them came close to getting a majority. That is why we need to have a coalition...As I say, it's not rocket science.


  1. They don't understand the word majority either. One of them stated on TV the other day (when discussing the influence of the Lib Dems) that a majority of people had voted for them. I suspect they meant 'more people voted Con than anyone else' which is not the same thing at all.

  2. Amazing - how could anyone think that 36% is a majority? That is one reason that it is so satisfying that our party is working with them. Because it annoys a certain type of Tory activist so very much!