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    UK General Election - Prime Ministerial TV debates

    Nice comedy moment. Brown delivered a good line "David you are a risk to the economy, and Nick you are a risk to national security with Trident" and there was a great shot of him looking pleased with himself afterwards!
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    UK General Election - Prime Ministerial TV debates

    "Given the financial problems, and the likelihood of a hung parliament, is it best to form a government of the best talents" Kinda idealistic question, if you ask me! Cameron - decisive government needed. Fearing a situation where interest rates rise Clegg - wants goivernmennt to come clean about size of hole in government deficit Brown - need an agreed plan to grow economy, reduce unemployment. Brown doing better tonight. He seems more confident and is not coming across as a "broken record" saying the same thing over and over. He seems better coached and prepared.
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    UK General Election - Prime Ministerial TV debates

    State pensions next question. Be careful guys, pensioners tend to vote (while younger generations do not). All MPs have realised the need to remember the name of the Questioner. "Well Grace, to answer your question.........."
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    UK General Election - Prime Ministerial TV debates

    The podiums are chunkier so its harder to see body language. The camerawork is also closer up (SKY showing off their HD?) which again makes this harder to judge and hard to see other candidates while one talks Looks like the campaign managers have learnt from last week - brown in a more suitable suit and his makeup looks better (he looked off colour last week) Hope Ziknik drops in - I appreciated his commentarty last week Inheritance tax attack on Cameron as I type, but moved on to political sleaze
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    UK General Election - Prime Ministerial TV debates

    The aim of tonight for them all is to appear "Statesmanlike" Brown holds an advantage here - he is using the wording "We" to refer to the UK. His demeanour is more confident IMHO Question - "how do you plan to restore faith in politics?"
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    UK General Election - Prime Ministerial TV debates

    Question - Climate change Question - Do you back the pope's visit wrt recent abuse scandal sensitivities.
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    UK General Election - Prime Ministerial TV debates

    SKY have really gone to town on the set - lots of Union flags - leaders on stage in same formation as last week Cameron - left Clegg - centre Brown - right Annoying news banner running along bottom of screen!
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    GOLD

    You may well be right warpig. I see a "failed smackdown pattern" in NY time today, which suggests to me, from past observation, of a bullish period ahead.
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    GOLD

    I'm not planning on buying any gold at the moment as I'm uncertain about buying pre-doldrums. But I am thinking of loading up my Goldmoney account and swapping the £ to USD (0.5% fee) pre-election. I think gold will be lower in USD terms later this summer. I also think the £ is unrealistically strong against the dollar pre-election.
  10. I appreciate the feedback TLB. If you look on HPC there are some alarmingly bullish threads appearing some from reliable sources close to the front line, such as partners of estate/lettings agent employees. It seems like a very mixed picture - things are moving in certain parts of the country (SE) but not others (NW). I think the problem is looking for daily updates on a market which takes months or even years to turn. The key question for me is : Do you think prices will be at some point lower in the future than now? For me, that answer is 'yes'. A lot of good HPC people have substancial savings and have these in sterling accounts. Keeping a low exposure to sterling is a good approach now IMHO. Just my thoughts......
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    UK General Election - Prime Ministerial TV debates

    Tonight's SKY news debate from 8.30pm tonight may be the lowlight of the three debates. There are several reasons: + a focus on foreign affairs, which is not so exciting and immediately relevant for many + This middle debate will not have the novely of the first debate or the economic focus of the debate next week + SKY news, while on freeview, is less readily available + Big Liverpool football match on at the same time It will be interesting to see if Cameron and Brown 'gang up' on the Clegg, given his success last time.
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    GOLD

    I was worried the summer doldrums were starting today but a nice V-shape in the daily spot price says no.
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    UK General Election - Prime Ministerial TV debates

    I'm not so sure. Anecdotally from chats at work, I get the impression that a lot of swing voters found it boring and too long winded and won't watch the next two shows now the novely has worn off. The other risk is that the next debate is on international affairs - EU, Iraq etc. - when the general public want to discuss the economy which more directly impacts on their everyday life. I agree. This could turn ugly by debate 3, when its all out ecomomic debate.
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    UK General Election - Prime Ministerial TV debates

    Thanks for all the comments last night - especially Ziknik for his accurate, quick notetaking and banter. This forum works well for live commentary - I notice HPC had a comments thread too but it was a bit too quick moving to keep up - same again at this thread next week guys+gals? On reflection I think this taught me one thing - the dynamic between Clegg and Brown suggests a Lib/Lab coalition if there is no overall majority. Clegg happy to continually distance himself from the other two and stand on his own two feet but Brown was visibliy receptive to Clegg - lots of "I agree with Nick" lines.
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    UK General Election - Prime Ministerial TV debates

    And the TV companies don't seem bothered either, my question was at best on standby. I feel the under 35s are very much the ignored generation
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    UK General Election - Prime Ministerial TV debates

    Undecided, actually. Was thinking of spoiling my vote before tonight as a protest( I always use my right to vote). (Reason:Nobody stands up for hard working under 35 year olds!) All I can say is not Tory. Not while cameron/osbourne are in charge. Both weak and in their posts through privilige not ability. I dont like Brown but do think there are good Labour MPs. Lib Dems say the right things often but I'm not convinced, still.
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    UK General Election - Prime Ministerial TV debates

    I thought that moment was so funny I bet Clegg fancies his chances of a ministerial Jaguar now. In a hung parliament, him and Cable would get positions as they both have the public profile for it. Backstage, I reckon Cameron is kicking the football boots around the dressing room like another Manchester boss did once.........
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    UK General Election - Prime Ministerial TV debates

    The home of the swing voter is always the Sun. White Van Man, Motorway Man, Take A Break Woman all fit this paper, at least quite closely. Here's some coments on the sun forum: Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/...g#ixzz0lCxkb300
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    UK General Election - Prime Ministerial TV debates

    Cameron should have won this - he was made for this. I think he was confident of outdoing Brown but was taken aback by the coolness and straight-talking of Clegg to his right.
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    UK General Election - Prime Ministerial TV debates

    not sure if he expanded on this Z. But not up. Here comes the ITV analysis - winner : 43% clegg 26% Cameron 20% Brown
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    UK General Election - Prime Ministerial TV debates

    Less management, more front line spending.
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    UK General Election - Prime Ministerial TV debates

    Comedy moment at the end where Clegg and Cameron stayed on stage as the credits rolled looking like mugs......... ....while Brown ran straight off to the crowd to shake their hands and collect the 'plaudits' from the audience like a true dictator
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    UK General Election - Prime Ministerial TV debates

    Although I missed some of question 8 - I think TBTB musn't have liked my comments and ordered a local electricity smackdown - I thought overall, pretending to be a post-Coronation Street swing voting baby boomer : Clegg - the low profile one won clearly, at one point seemed to take over. Cool, calm, got to the point without excessive use of figures or waffle. Made a blunder in not recognising war dead (nice observation Z!)and made too much of Trident i think, Cameron - Was rattled badly at 20 minutes but got better and better and started to convince a bit. Was overkeen to come across as a 'normal bloke' (with a kid at state school nonetheless) but otherwise very good. May be able to step up a level in the next talk Brown - a broken record with the same old comments. Looked uncomfortable, and had turned a bit green by the end (or was it my TV after the power cut) Actually, all 3 stayed close to their points from PMQs (see my post near start of this thread)
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    UK General Election - Prime Ministerial TV debates

    Kinda naff summarizing statements: Clegg - better fairer country, change (yawn) Brown - future now about how to secure recovery (yawn) . Keeping policing, schools, natioinal health Cameron - understanding we are all in this together, chance for real change (yawn)
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    UK General Election - Prime Ministerial TV debates

    Just had a power cut where I live - would you believe it - so missed this question. Brown acts like Dumbo as well. He now looks a bit green as well - hot under those lights Gordon?
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