Sunday, 24 January 2010

General Election set for 6 May

It seems that the woeful Defence Secretary, Bob Ainsworth, has let the cat out of the bag re the date of the General Election and it's 6 May. The Mail reports the story here, Sky here :
""I think the British public will wake up and rue the day if they wind up with a Conservative government in charge of this country after May 6," Bob Ainsworth said.

Bookmaker Coral suspended betting on date of the election.

Spokesman David Stevens said: "The month of May had been the odds-on favourite prior to Bob Ainsworth's comments on Sky News, and his mention of May 6th as the crucial date was enough for us to close the book."

Mr Ainsworth is not the first minister to appear to give away the date of the election.

Earlier this month Europe Minister Chris Bryant told diplomats discussing recent tensions between Britain and countries including Venezuela: "I hope that by the time of the general election on May 6, relations will have improved."

Later, he told Sky News that he had "no idea" when the election would be."
Of course on the BBC, not a word; there the pretence that Gordon Brown has options persists.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think it's a chimera. If Coral hadn't closed the book, I would have a punt on a snap March election. That way, Brown/Darling wouldnt have to do another - and better - budget. And the election would take place before the next set of figures on the economy are out.