My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Conservatives take Basildon South – seen as a bellwether seat. #uk2010 #
  • BBC points out Lib Dems vote is unchanged from 2005. Higher turnout helping protect Labour in some of its own seats? #uk2010 #
  • @BernardKeane I am so ashamed… in reply to BernardKeane #
  • RT @electionpredict: BREAKING NEWS: Major move against Tories in last 10 mins on Betfair, Hung Parl now a 75% chance http://bit.ly/cKmdj6 #
  • RT @Conservatives: Andy Stephenson has become one of the youngest MPs by winning the seat of Pendle in the North West #ge2010 #
  • BBC count showing Conservative 81, Labour 87, Lib Dems 10, Others 23 – results for 30% of all seats now in. Labour slipping. #
  • Paxman is at again… he doesn't understand anything about how governments change hands after an election. Send him to Tasmania. #
  • RT @TimMontgomerie: The 26 Tory gains so far http://twitpic.com/1lnpa3 #
  • Paxman asks that stupid question again: "It's 3.30 in the morning, who's in charge of the country." This man is a clown. #uk2010 #
  • Mrs Duffy: The defining campaign "event"?… RT @Colvinius: Rochdale – home of "bigotgate" – goes to Labour. A shocker for the Lib Dems. #
  • Labour 115, Conservatives 135, Lib Dems 23, Others 24 – 45% of constituencies now decided. 3.50am London time. #uk2010 #
  • Conservatives 159, Labour 123, Lib Dems 23, Others 25 – 50% of seats now counted. #uk2010 #
  • Snapshots of UK election websites: Daily Telegraph http://twitpic.com/1lny9c #
  • Snapshots of UK election websites: The Sun http://twitpic.com/1lnzbt #
  • Snapshots of UK election websites: The Independent http://twitpic.com/1lnzsh #
  • Libs Dems lose another one – Oxford West – on a 6.9% swing to the Tories. #uk2010 #
  • Jacqui Smith, Home Secretary, prominent culprit in expenses scandal, resoundingly defeated on 9.2% swing. #uk2010 #
  • Conservatives 198, Labour 149, Lib Dems 29, Others 25 – 62% of seats now decided – 4.40am London time. #uk2010 #
  • BBC says only a dozen London seats have reported. Many Labour marginals here. Hung Parlt hinges on these. #uk2010 #
  • If you stayed up for Ed Balls, he kept them. #uk2010 #
  • More nonsense from the BBC: Why can't the country tolerate a week of negotiations in the event of a hung Parliament? Govt continues. #
  • 75% of all seats now reported in #uk2010: Conservatives 225, Labour 169, Lib Dems 36, Others 26 – Tories need 100 more. #
  • RT @StuartofLeeds: POTD: This seems to be what people think of change http://twitpic.com/1lo97v #uk2010 #
  • Vote Percentages: Conservatives 37% (up 4), Labour 28% (down 7), Lib Dems 23% (up 1), Others 12% (up 2) #uk2010 #
  • It's dawn in London. Mid-afternoon in Melbourne but I feel like I've been up all night. #uk2010 #
  • @Drag0nista They even tweet… in reply to Drag0nista #
  • A Labor lawyer friend emails me: "Done and dusted! Good riddance… horrendous damage to civil liberties… they deserve electoral death." #
  • BBC says Brown currently has 28.1% of the vote, compared to Michael Foot's 28.3% in 1983. Expect much talk of moral legitimacy. #uk2010 #
  • BBC says Cameron's Conservatives 37% of the vote is equal to Ted Heath's result in his second, losing, 1974 election. #uk2010 #
  • Paxman and others on the BBC continue to miss the point with all their pompous (and arguable) talk about moral legitimacy… #
  • Just ask Mike Rann and David Bartlett whether a large swing and a minority vote means you can't form a government… #
  • The simple reality is that the Lib Dems will most likely decide who governs. Their price is the only unknown factor. #uk2010 #
  • Exactly. Not to mention Bjelke-Petersen and Playford… RT @GregMLC: also Borbridge, Greiner, Beattie and Bracks #
  • Caroline Lucas wins Brighton Pavilion for the Greens. #uk2010 #
  • @Pollytics I am surprised to hear you waffling on about moral authority. Of all people, I thought you'd prefer to have the numbers. in reply to Pollytics #
  • Margaret Hodge increases her majority in Barking, beating a barking candidate from the BNP. #uk2010 #
  • @Pollytics Well, she was Minister for Children… in reply to Pollytics #
  • The Conservatives have held Horsham. Has anyone told John Forrest? #
  • 6am in the UK: Conservatives 268, Labour 210, Lib Dems 41, Others 27 – 84% of all seats have reported. Tories need 58 more to win. #uk2010 #
  • The insularity of the Americans: there has been not one Breaking News email from CNN on the UK election over the past 9 hours. #
  • And we're down to the last 100 seats… #uk2010 #
  • So who's going to give me a breakdown of the 27 "others"? Where will all these unionists and nationalists line up when push comes to shove? #
  • @downesy I must be getting old. I had to do a search to be reminded of who Arthur Negus was… in reply to downesy #
  • Nick Clegg holds Sheffield Hallam… now let's parse everything he says… #uk2010 #
  • Thanks – RT @sspencer_63: Unionists 8 (Tory) Scot Nats 6 (Lab) Sinn fein 4 (?) Cymru 3(Lab?) SDLP 3 (Lab) Grn 1(Lab) Alliance 1 (libdem) #
  • Clegg speaks of voters denied a ballot… says it's been a disappointing night for Lib Dems… final result it a "little unpredictable"… #
  • Clegg speaks of taking time to make decisions that will stand the test of time… #uk2010 #
  • RT @zombiemao: Sinn Fein will not sit in parliament. #
  • Prior to the election, Clegg called Lib Dem MPs to a meeting this Sunday to discuss the election outcome… #uk2010 #
  • Party rules require Clegg to consult and gain authorisation from his members before entering into negotiations. #uk2010 #
  • @GrogsGamut They're people of principle. Look what's happened to Rudd… in reply to GrogsGamut #
  • Lib Dem Tess Munt wins Wells from the Tories but she'll never surpass Victoria's Janice Munt: http://twitpic.com/109lbt #uk2010 #
  • I wonder if David Cameron has read this: http://bit.ly/cM4hWI #uk2010 #
  • If Labour polled 30% & Libs Dems 23%, that totals 53% to the Conservatives 37%. How would a Labor/LibDem coalition be illegitimate? #uk2010 #
  • BBC panel thinks Lib Dems won't want to be seen to support the "losers" & Labour won't want to be seen as "bad losers". #uk2010 #
  • Does anyone seriously think the Conservatives would enact electoral reform acceptable to the Lib Dems? #uk2010 #
  • BBC reporting 2 constituencies still "verifying" ballots and haven't started counting yet. Extraordinary. #uk2010 #
  • @Matt_Kunkel Looks like Labour would get a clear majority of the Others. in reply to Matt_Kunkel #
  • @lyndons There is no doubt whatsoever that we have the most efficient, cleanest, accurate, independently run electoral system. in reply to lyndons #
  • I do like the Mirror: http://twitpic.com/1lp833 #
  • @downesy Fine with me. in reply to downesy #
  • Nick Clegg has arrived at No.10 Downing Street… says last night was a disappointment… #ge2010 #
  • Clegg: Many people were excited by prospect of change but when it came to voting they opted for what they knew… #ge2010 #
  • Clegg: I stick to my view that the party with most votes and seats should govern…up to the Conservatives to prove they can govern. #ge2010 #
  • Clegg: Our electoral system is broken… #ge2010 #
  • Trouble is, Clegg has got it wrong. Inside No.10, the PM is working on establishing a parliamentary majority. Is Clegg that naive? #ge2010 #
  • Roy Hattersley: Clegg should be looking for a coalition of ideas. If he props up a slash and burn Tory govt he will destroy the Lib Dems. #
  • RT @LarvatusProdeo: Now on LP: The UK election: there was a verdict – http://is.gd/bYiir #
  • @allconsuming Exactly. Unless Clegg has a cunning plan, he's showing all the signs of offering up the prize for no return. in reply to allconsuming #
  • Just read Laura Tingle's column in the Fin Review today. "No one is out there explaining"… just about everything. #
  • Boris Johnson proposes a "meccano-type solution" in the UK. #ge2010 #
  • Andrew Neil on BBC says some Tories angry at conduct of the campaign and tell Cameron they won't countenance electoral reform. #ge2010 #
  • @lapuntadelfin Except in this case electoral reform is likely to be the deal-breaker for a Tory-LibDem coalition. in reply to lapuntadelfin #
  • @tsvnq It's normally a week I think but I remember reading that it's been extended to two weeks or somesuch. Certainly this month. in reply to tsvnq #
  • There's too much happening! Now to replay Lateline… #
  • @SachaBlumen It's the most fundamental question of political representation: local and single-member vs national totals. Hard to get both. in reply to SachaBlumen #
  • @SachaBlumen Check out the NZ Mixed Member Proportional system: http://bit.ly/db0MXd -opinions vary on whether this is the solution. in reply to SachaBlumen #
  • @j_marce Listening to Parris now… in reply to j_marce #
  • @j_marce ABC current affairs porn doesn't really do it for me… in reply to j_marce #
  • Cameron: We gained more seats yesterday than at any election in 70 years… we campaigned for change, not more of the same… #
  • Cameron: A bigger increase in seats than even Thatcher achieved in 1979… but we fell short ot an overall majority… #
  • Cameron: We are at war in Afghanistan.. facing an economic situation of great seriousness… we need a govt that understands need for change #
  • Cameron: We must all rise to this occasion, show leadership and sort things out for the sake of the country… #
  • Cameron: I thank Clegg for his statement… I will now talk to other parties and give assurances about certain policies… #
  • Cameron: It may be possible to have stronger, more stable and collaborative arrangement… #
  • Cameron: I have a big offer for the Liberal Democrats… #
  • Cameron: The bulk of policies in our manifesto should be implemented, but there are areas in our 2 manifestos where we can give ground… #
  • Cameron details school policy, low carbon economy, tax policy as areas where common ground can be found… #
  • Cameron: We share a common commitment to civil liberties and getting rid of Labour's ID card… #
  • Cameron: Electoral reform – all seats should be of equal size and value… #
  • Cameron: This will all involve compromise… but the deficit is something essential to be dealt with this year… #
  • Cameron: Our big, open and comprehensive offer to the Lib Dems allows them to implement parts of their platform… #
  • Cameron: One further point – it's important we get that strong, stable government quickly… #
  • Cameron: I hoped for a Conservative majority… all my colleagues wanted that… but they also want what's best for Britain… #
  • Cameron: That is all I have to say for now and I won't be taking questions… #
  • So it's a "big, open and comprehensive" offer but also a quick offer. No ground given on electoral reform. #
  • RT @guidofawkes: an historic chance to destroy Labour as a party of govt if only Tory tribalists can see the strategic opportunity. #
  • RT @ruskin147: "Time for change in Tories. We need some Tories directing the next campaign so we win it" -Peter Bingle, chair Bell Pottinger #
  • @SachaBlumen PR works in places like Tasmania because it's smaller, comprising small, local communities. Elsewhere, I'm not so sure. in reply to SachaBlumen #

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