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Election 2010 Join the debate about the future of Britain telegraph.co.uk/election
Just as the Conservatives predicted, the Liberal Democrat exploited his equal billing with the two main party leaders to score points off David Cameron and Gordon Brown.
Opinion polls taken after the TV debate on April 15 have shown a surge in support for Mr Clegg’s party with a YouGov poll for The Sun last week putting the Lib Dems one point ahead of the Tories and seven ahead of Labour. It placed them on 33 points, the Tories on 32 and Labour on 26. Ladbrokes has made a hung parliament the favourite election result at 4-6. The Tories are 11-8 to win a majority while Labour are 14-1. The Lib Dems are 20-1.
The pro-Clegg polls have led to fears that the Tories might not secure a majority and that Labour could creep back into power in coalition with the Lib Dems.
The Conservatives had attempted to counter the rise in Lib Dem poll ratings by attacking Mr Clegg’s European and immigration policies. But by Sunday, Mr Cameron was attempting to rally support and convince voters that his Big Society
ByRobertWinnett and Andrew Porter NICK CLEGG emerged as the winner of the first televised leaders’ debate last week by successfully positioning himself as the Westminster outsider.
that he had halted Tony Blair’s courtship of the Lib Dems in 1997 when Labour took power.
On the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Mr Brown said: “I think when the history books are written, they’ll say something different; that my conversations with Liberals have been an attempt to get them involved in what I call a progressive consensus.”
Outsider: Nick Clegg proved popular with the viewers ideas represent the best chance of real change.
At a speech in Swindon he launched his pensioner manifesto – designed to appeal to the “grey vote”. He told an audience in a pub garden that he wanted the elderly to become “an army” of volunteers to help drive through his plans.
For the first time, his parents, Ian and Mary, joined the election trail – the latest attempt to give his campaign a family touch.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said of the first debate: “I think it’s energised the campaign. It’s thrown the campaign wide, wide open.”
The shake-up in the polls is certain to mean Mr Brown will continue his strategy of being friendly towards the Lib Dems. On Sunday, he denied
Mr Clegg last Thursday demonstrated a mastery of the new medium by staring directly at the camera and challenging his rivals to be honest with the public.
Mr Brown appeared to have fared worst. He was forced repeatedly to defend Labour’s 13 years in government and regularly resorted to attacking the Conservatives rather than setting out his plans for the future.
Mr Cameron stood at the central podium and sought to portray himself as the Prime Minister in waiting. However, senior Conservatives were privately dismayed that their leader had not “sealed the deal” with the electorate.
Immediate polls released within minutes of the 90-minute debate ending showed that viewers judged that Mr Clegg had performed most strongly.
According to an ITV/ Comres poll of 4,000 viewers, Mr Clegg was judged by 43 per cent of people to have performed strongest compared with 26 per cent for Mr Cameron and 20 per cent for Mr Brown. Eleven per cent judged none of the leaders to have won.
presidential elections for more than 40 years. The three parties have spent months wrangling over the rules of the exchanges and almost 80 restrictions were placed on the leaders, the audience and the moderator.
The debate, on the theme of domestic affairs, was structured around preprepared questions from members of the audience. Those asking questions included a 17-year-old schoolboy, a pub landlady and a member of the Territorial Army. Each political leader had 90 seconds to answer before a debate between the three began. Alastair Stewart, who was moderating the debate for ITV, had to intervene regularly as the clashes became more intense.
The topics covered included the national debt, the treatment of the Armed Forces, immigration, education and law and order.
Mr Clegg spoke first and declined to address his rivals directly – instead calling them “these two”. However, within minutes, Mr Cameron injected informality into proceedings by calling the Prime Minister “Gordon”. Mr Brown also then began referring to his rivals by their first names.
All the leaders used their experiences on the campaign trail to justify their policies. Mr Cameron referred to a “black man” he had met in Plymouth who had apparently warned the Conservative leader of the dangers of unchecked immigration.
Polling on individual issues found that Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg were trusted by 36 per cent of voters to cut public services, compared with 28 per cent for Mr Brown. The Conservatives highlighted this as the issue at the heart of the election campaign.
Mr Cameron was also judged to have the best immigration policies.
Mr Clegg’s confident performance and mastery of the debate format was credited with giving him overall victory, however. At one point, he interjected to warn viewers: “The more they [Mr Brown and Mr Cameron] attack each other, the more they sound the same.”
The expenses scandal exposed by The Telegraph provided some of the most aggressive exchanges. Mr Cameron used his opening address to say he was “extremely sorry” for the scandal.
The Prime Minister made several attempts to put Mr Cameron under pressure over Tory plans to cut spending this year.
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Mr Clegg ended the debate by saying: “There is an alternative to the two old parties. I know many of you think that all politicians are just the same, I hope I’ve tried to show you that that just isn’t true.”
Within minutes of the debate finishing, the parties began to question the truth of some of the claims made by their rivals. The televised debate was the first in British history even though they have been held in American
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Continued from page 1 north-east away from Britain and continental Europe.
Meanwhile, British Airways on Sunday night challenged the blanket ban on flights as its chief executive took to the skies to test the effects of volcanic ash on its aircraft.
BA became the latest airline to challenge the necessity of the no-fly zone imposed by British air traffic authorities amid claims that they had “overreacted”.
The blanket ban was imposed last Thursday by Nats, the national air traffic control service, in line with advice laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organisation in 1982.
Guidelines were brought in after a near-disaster involving a British Airways flight over Indonesia which lost power to all four engines.
But those opposed to the ban claim the aircraft was affected only because it flew directly through the volcanic plume. Defending its decision, Nats said the ash cloud over Britain ‘‘remained dynamic’’.
Willie Walsh, BA’s chief executive, joined four crew in a three-hour test flight from London, over the Atlantic, to Cardiff and the airline will study the effects of the flight on engines before concluding whether it is safe to fly.
A spokesman for British Airways said that the 550-mile test flight had been completed in two hours 46 minutes, at a range of altitudes. The conditions were perfect and the aircraft encountered no difficulties. “It will now undergo a full technical analysis,” the spokesman added.
The airlines KLM and Lufthansa had earlier carried out a test flight through the ash cloud over Dutch airspace and a KLM spokesman said: “We have not found… irregularities, which indicates the atmosphere is clean and safe to fly.”
The ban on flights was due to run until 7pm on Monday at the earliest. The test flight came as Gordon Brown called a ministerial meeting amid suggestions the Government had been too slow to react.
Five ministers – Lord Mandelson, Lord Adonis, Tessa Jowell, David Miliband and Lord West – lined up outside No10 after the talks to announce plans for Spain to be used as a transport ‘‘hub’’ to try to get British travellers back home.
Spain’s airspace was opened up on Sunday night and plans were being made for British airline passengers to fly into Spain before being placed on ships to take them back to Britain.
Amid accusations of exploiting stranded passengers, Eurostar was charging a minimum £223 for a single ticket from Paris to London in the next two days, more than three times the £69 for a return journey in two weeks’ time, while Virgin Trains was charging £93 for the cheapest available oneway fare from London to Glasgow, more than double the May 13 price.
At Heathrow, the cheapest room at the Crowne Plaza hotel last Thursday night was £355, compared with the usual lowest rate of £99.
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Sound of silence: enjoying a quiet
Neil Tweedie On Kew Green
THEY were playing cricket on Kew Green on Sunday. Nothing unusual in that – the furniture of summer is being put in place in increasingly leafy south-west London.
The spring blooms are out in the Royal Botanical Gardens, and with them the tourists. The ice-cream van outside the gate is again a goldmine.
There was one odd thing, though: the thwack of leather on willow. You could hear it.
You don’t hear much when outdoors in daytime Kew, except for the products of Rolls-Royce, General Electric and Pratt & Whitney. Not true, actually – there’s always the traffic, the Heathrow flight path’s one serious competitor. But it’s the planes the newcomer notices: one after another, every couple of minutes or so, 1,300 times every 24 hours, a relentless, heavenly procession of noisy aircraft, a Berlin Airlift every day.
If you like spotting airliners, Kew is the place for you. True, the aircraft descending into London Heathrow, the world’s busiest international airport, are no longer as romantic in their lines as the early jetliners, the Comets and VC10s. All podgy, twin-turbofanned, wide-body jobs now, interspersed with the occasional four-engined Boeing 747 or doubledecker Airbus A380. But there are lots of them.
The dawn chorus strikes up with the first hint of light – a Qantas jumbo just in from Sydney or an early-bird, transatlantic red-eye. Find yourself awake at 5am in Kew and you may as well get the bacon and eggs on, because you will, in all likelihood, not be going back to sleep. The same is true for the inhabitants of much of south-east England – in aviation terms (and indeed in any other terms) one of the most congested places on the planet.
Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton: who among their millions of unwilling neighbours has not wished occasionally for some kind of harmless emergency capable of stilling the tumult for at least a while. And then…
We have the Norse gods to thank, of course; the ones in charge of the great volcano near the Eyjafjallajökull glacier in Iceland. Sick of being taken for granted by an unbelieving world, they have decided to teach humanity a thing or two about its true place in the order of things. Which turns out to be nowhere near as exalted as we thought. The Tory parliamentary candidate Zac Goldsmith (who is using the contents of his freshly domiciled wallet to push leaflets through the letterboxes of hapless Kewites at a frequency rivalling Heathrow’s arrivals) is one of those campaigning against a third runway at the airport.
He has found an unlikely ally in Eyjafjallajökull, which last vomited its way into human consciousness in 1821, and seems in no hurry to go back to sleep. And as Goldsmith has found an ally, so have the longsuffering people of Kew.
Of course, Thor, Wodin and the rest will eventually tire of their fun and put the volcano back to its dormant state. The 737s, 747s, 767s and 777s will return, and the air will once again resonate to the sound of people struggling home after a week’s unexpected encounter with the delights of Frankfurt airport.
But that is how it should be. People in Kew (not this one) are mostly well within the one percentage point defining the luckiest people in Britain (in material terms at least). Most of them won’t agree with this, but putting up with a bit of noise is the least they can do for their less fortunate countrymen.
By Richard Edwards Crime Correspondent AN 18-MONTH-OLD girl was “ripped apart like a doll” by a dog in a horrific attack at a family home.
Zumer Ahmed died after being savaged by a large, white American bulldog that belonged to her uncle.
It is not a breed that is banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act but the dog’s owner, Urfan Ahmed, was questioned by police on suspicion of manslaughter and has been bailed.
Zumer was with her mother, grandmother, and three-yearold sister last Saturday when the animal ran into the kitchen of the house in Crawley, West Sussex, and bit into her face and skull.
Two plumbers working on a nearby property went to the child’s aid after hearing screams. They distracted the dog, which was waist height to an adult, and prised the toddler from its jaws.
A friend of the workers, called Arthur and Saquib, said: “When they got in the house the family were just in complete shock and the dog had the child in its mouth.
“There was blood everywhere and apparently the dog had the girl in its mouth like it was a doll. The dog had ripped nearly all of the flesh off her skull, which was covered in teeth marks. The dog was licking up the blood.”
Zumer was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead shortly afterwards. Her parents, Nazir and Saira Ahmed, were said to be utterly distraught.
The 32-year-old uncle lived at the address but was not home at the time. It is understood Mr Ahmed kept four dogs in the garden of the terraced property.
Ana Andrade, 35, a neighbour, said: “His dogs were so well behaved. He would always be teaching them. They were like big teddy bears. This is such a shock. He is such a responsible owner.”
By James Quinn in New York GOLDMAN Sachs has been charged with fraud in the United States after allegations that it misled investors who hoped to make money from betting on toxic “sub-prime” mortgages. Wall Street’s most profitable investment bank is accused of misinforming clients by failing to tell them that one of its traders was betting against the very loans they were hoping would rise in value.
Royal Bank of Scotland was the biggest victim of the alleged fraud, losing £545 million in August 2008.
The mis-selling was allegedly carried out by Fabrice Tourre, a 31-year-old bond trader who worked in the bank’s head office in New York.
He and Goldman Sachs have been charged with two civil counts of securities fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the US’s leading financial regulator.
In an email to a friend, Mr Tourre, who is still employed by the bank and now lives in London, referred to himself as the “fabulous Fab” and allegedly wrote that “the whole building is about to collapse anytime now”.
Robert Khuzami, the SEC’s enforcement director, said:
“The product was new and complex but the deception and conflicts are old and simple.
“Goldman wrongly permitted a client that was betting against the mortgage market to heavily influence which mortgage securities to include in an investment portfolio, while telling other investors that the securities were selected by an independent, objective third party.”
The bank denies the charges, which it described as “completely unfounded in law”. “We will vigorously contest them and defend the firm and its reputation,” it added.