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Monday, April 04, 2005


Getting them out

The Tory general election strategy is quite simple, really.

1. Reduce the overall turnout by making people feel pissed off about politics and politicians.

2. Increase the turnout of your own core supporters by playing the fear card.
That's basically it (although Nick Cohen explains it in more detail in his Observer column).

This election will be determined more than anything else by turnout. The lower the turnout, the better the Tories will do. The higher it is, the better Labour will do.

And the Liberal Democrats? Do they need a high turnout in Con-LD marginals but a low turnout in Lab-LD marginals? If so, Inverness (a four-way marginal) will be a bit of a bugger.

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