UK election get togethers

May 5th, 2010 at 3:39 pm by David Farrar

For Wellingtonians, the Backbencher has put aside a table for us at the back of the bar from 11 am (opening time) until 4 pm on Friday. Polls close at 9 am so results should start to be flowing by then.

We won’t be using the TV screens as the Backbencher doesn’t have BBC. In fact it seems no bar in Wellington does. But we’ll have laptops there so we can stream coverage and check out the latest results as they come in. There will be a power supply to the table, so feel free to BYO laptop.

I’ll be there from 11, and enjoying a few beers during the day.

For those in Auckland, an offer has been made to host interested people at the Harlequin Bar in Point Chevalier at 1130 Great North Road. If you are keen to go along, let Tony know by e-mail.

The UK Polling Report has the average of the polls being Conservatives 35%, Labour 28% and Lib Dems 27%. They project this to be Conservatives the biggest party but 52 short of a majority.

Their projection has Conservatives at 274 and Labour at 264, so not impossible Labour could remain largest party, and govern again.

However 538.com are projecting Conservatives 308,Labour 198 and Lib Dems 113. You need 326 seats to govern.

Pollster.com is projecting 297 Conservative, 225 Labour and 96 Lib Dems.

So really it could be anything from a narrow Labour plurality of seats, to a narrow Conservative majority. That’s what will make the actual results so exciting.

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12 Responses to “UK election get togethers”

  1. peteremcc (344 comments) says:

    Excellent, see you there.

    Surely BB (or someone else) can provide some AV cords so we can plug the laptop into the TVs and show the streaming video on the big screens?

    [DPF: If anyone has cords, they should bring them along!]

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  2. goonix (140 comments) says:

    Nice I’ll head in sometime in the afternoon. Since I’m moving there very soon I am particularly interested in the result!

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  3. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    Has anyone organised a free ride to Harlequins for the mad magpie (apart from the one he has been enjoying for the entirety of his adult life)?

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  4. GPT1 (2,122 comments) says:

    What about Sky News? That will surely be screening the UK feed.

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  5. goonix (140 comments) says:

    If the bars don’t have access to BBC, why would they have access to Sky News?

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  6. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    DPF – Me and my corduroy’s will be there

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  7. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    One of the wife’s relatives has passed away and she is going to the tangi up north. I of course will be left to run the farm, household and take the kids to Saturday sports, sorry love to be there, have a great day.

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  8. Poliwatch (335 comments) says:

    I have been watching http://generalelection2010.timesonline.co.uk/#/Predictions

    The Conservatives are slowly picking up steam. I expect they will have a majority on election day – by about 25.

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  9. Guy Fawkes (702 comments) says:

    Prediction.

    Labour buried down to core and captive vote of about 22%.

    Everyone hates Brown. Even his own.

    Liberals will be the main opposition party on votes cast, but the cynical boundary re-organisations will be exposed.

    Postal Voting will be challenged in Court. A lot of fraud expected by Postman Peter M.

    Conservatives will end on a slim majority wit 33%+ of the total vote.

    And the momentum will be in place to change big chunks of the voting system, but unlikely to be PR

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  10. NX (504 comments) says:

    Awww man, think the Back-Benchers bar is down near parliament
    which is on the other side of town to me.

    Nevertheless – I’ll be listening to the drama while working.

    Gonna be interesting.

    The affable but unknown Nick Clegg.

    The clever yet enigmatic David Cameron.

    And the battler Brown who attracts the sympathy vote.

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  11. Nick Archer (136 comments) says:

    Will be there at lunchtime, will be good to get some in person thoughts from everyone when the results stream in, good work David (do something again for Council elections later in year and US Midterms too if you can…).

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