There is a new Ipsos MORI poll reported today:
Conservative 48% (up 4%)
Labour 28% (down 2%)
Lib Dem 17% (no change)
In just two months Conservatives have risen 9% from 39%, Labour have fallen 7%, and the Lib Dems are up just 2%. MORI has consistently given some volatile results but it is interesting that it is the second poll that shows no real Lib Dem boost, after three that had big jumps for them. The picture for Labour remains uniformly disastrous.
All is not well in the blogosphere. A while back Derek Draper (pictured left), launched LabourList in an attempt to give Labour an online presence to rival ConservativeHome. Unfortunately for him it has not worked out so well. His blog is pedestrian in style and has come in for a lot of criticism for its lack of content and uncritical support of Gordon Brown.
Now due to some postings on Guido Fawkes’ site it would appear that Draper has mounted a one-man campaign to destroy him and anyone associated with him. That includes (it would seem) Alex Hilton, Labour PPC for Chelsea. Iain Dale is also in Draper’s sites.
Mike Smithson is concerned enough to have written an article setting out the implications that could ripple out as far as his Political Betting site.
Someone really should take Draper to one side and explain to him the facts of life. The blogosphere may sometimes be the place for robust debate and controversial comment but this systematic campaign against one particular individual is underhand and frankly stinks!
Watch this YouTube clip to see how Draper and his LabourList have got under someone’s skin:
UPDATE: Iain Dale reports that Draper has been compelled to back down. Good!