The monthly Ipsos MORI poll for the Evening Standard has topline figures of CON 30%(nc), LAB 42%(-1), LDEM 7%(-1), UKIP 9%(nc), GRN 4%(+1). Needless to say, there is no significant change from last month’s figures. Full tables are on MORI’s website here.

Meanwhile this morning’s YouGov poll for the Sun had topline figures of CON 32%, LAB 42%, LDEM 9%, UKIP 9%. After that brief blip following Cameron’s referendum pledge the YouGov daily poll seems to have settled down around about a 10 point Labour lead again.

315 Responses to “Ipsos MORI/Standard – CON 30, LAB 42, LD 7, UKIP 9”

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    There has got to be a market aspect if you are selling and buying something, but smply trading goods isn’t the only aspect of marketing.


    Scottish beef farmers, who are beginning to see results for their efforts are angry, and maybe even frightened, although no affected products are made North of the border, s far as we know.
    Scottish beef farmers, caterers, bull semen suppliers the burgeoning veterinary industry and the rest would be happy to see the culprits turned into Sweeney Todd pies.


    Yes, when I was talking about markets failing, I wasn’t simply talking about failure in the sense of landing themselves with catastrophic losses, but also in terms of a failure to self-regulate, punishing the consumer. Whether it’s pollution or food safety or much, much more, without robust regulation it is too easy to cut corners, take the profits and run.

    I can understand anger amongst businesses that do things properly, but maybe it’ll benefit them in the end?

  2. Stargeek

    Reference cow dung it’s put into silage pit to mature like a fine wine, sucked up as liquid manure and then spread over the fields using a spray, horrible smell, full of goodness, much loved by the soil, new seeds and bulbs.
    Word of warning if the nozzles block up don’t be tempted to poke a stick in the nozzle without turning the pump off, nobody will come near you for a week.

  3. @NEIL A

    “State funding of healthy eating campaigns? OK with that so long as it is evidence based. If £1m spent on an ad campaign reduces health spending by £1.1m then I don’t see why any “rightie” should object. And being of a liberal, centre-right mindset, I’m inclined to weigh in a little of the non-financial benefit to people’s health and wellbeing to the equation too.”


    Yes, that was pretty much my argument in response to the righties too. They weren’t keen on it though. ..

  4. Statgeek,

    Marketing Scottish produce in England could be difficult if the union has an acrimonious bust-up, so I can see why a large agricultural business would be very wary.

    There are of course large financial and resource issues to be settled in any split, and for sure, not everyone is going to be happy. The details would be settled by the Westminster parliament and I can see plenty of reason for lingering disagreement and resentment. In fact I don’t see any way in which Scottish politicians could end up happy with the details of the settlement, considering that they would be a small minority at Westminster and committed to independence regardless of the cost.

  5. I personally hope the Scots vote “No” in the referendum, but I very much doubt it would hurt their food exports if they voted “Yes”, For most Englishmen, setting aside jokes about Mars Bars, Scotland is associated with good quality produce. Lidl has premium packs of meats that emphasise their Caledonian heritage.

    If Scotland went solo, I actually think it would be such a big news event globally that Scottish brands might even benefit from the media attention in the short term.

  6. @Paul C

    Oh dear !! You’re playing a good team next week….”

    I agree with you that Arsenal are a good team, and should beat the Villa quite easily next week, but your result against Blackburn today offers me a little encouragement!

    What on earth happened??

  7. Crossbat

    I’m guessing that the gunners are thinking more about 4th place than the cup, its a good game to lose if they can focus their attention on the PL and take 4th place and European football

  8. Labour’s lead remains at just five points, according to a ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror.


  9. Comres Poll.

    Conservatives 31% -1
    Labour 36% -1
    UKIP 14% +1
    Lib Dem 8% -3
    Others 10% +4

  10. Weird numbers in that Comres poll. Why would the Lib Dems be down 3 points? OK MOE and all that but a drop from 11% to 8% is pretty dramatic is it not?

  11. @turk – “Reference cow dung it’s put into silage pit to mature like a fine wine……”

    No it’s not. It’s put into a slurry pit. If you put it into a silage pit you would ruin your winter feed.

  12. John Pilgrim.

    In view of your concerns about Food testing, I’m sure you will be interested in this :-

  13. COLIN
    Thank you very much. Yes, Patterson seems to have gone to the heart of the problem:
    “the potential for fraud was implicit in the very nature of the system that the EU had set up to regulate trading in food across the Single Market.”
    That is – as documented in the Telegraph article – that testing and inspection by veterinary and meat inspectors had, in the system introduced by the Commission ten years ago, been replaced by a paper trail, in which successive private sector suppliers testified to the quality and origin of meat. This has given rise to widespread fraud, of kind which has been prevalent as the EU has, on the one hand, absorbed the ideas of bureaucrats along with the tradiitonally differing systems of varying entrants to membership, and on the other hand opened the trade to the kind of contrual fraud of the kind which Amber describes. I am delighted that Patterson has, if this report is confirmed, demanded the reintroduction of testing and inspection at key points, but have two worries: first that the professional and scientific structures and resources which provided the pre-EC competence may have been dissipated (it will be good to hear in due course from the UK veterinary and public health teaching and research departments what effect the transferring of this competence has had on the professions); and secondly that the reasons for the gut knowledge which I had of the mistakes implicit in the transfer of the UK’s traditional inspection systems to Brussels in the wake of the 1990 Meat Inspection Regulations still persist. I think that they are systemic in both the EC control and the vast upping of scale of our food industry.

  14. for “of the kind of conrtrual” read “contractual”

  15. FSA chief executive Catherine Brown”s statement (BBC 15 Feb) “It is industry’s responsibility to get this right – not the government’s” is based on the assumption that the transfer of the legislative and regulatory competence for veterinary and meat inspection in the food chain in the UK and in the rest of the EU is not the root of the problem. It is, and it is a publc sector responsibility. The transfer was made purely in the interests of the UK large scale livestock and meat traders and processors, and was based on virtually no study by the UK legislators concerned of the technical capacities of the EC or of other member state public and private sector meat industries or inspections systems or of their commercial and professional integrity. The handing of the problem to Europol is an acknowledgement of the absence of any institution with technical or regulatory capacity within the industry at EU level.

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