The full tables for the YouGov/Sunday Times poll are now up here, covering mainly the Beecroft recommendations and the monarchy.

On the regular leader approval ratings David Cameron is on minus 26 (up from minus 30 last week), Ed Miliband is on minus 23 (from minus 27 last week) and Nick Clegg is on minus 55 (from minus 56) – so Miliband remains above Cameron for a third week.

Other questions also show perceptions of Cameron falling slightly. His biggest weakness remains being seen as out of touch. Only 20% see him as in touch (down 3 since April), compared to 69% who see him as out of touch. The percentage seeing him as strong is down 2 points to 39%, the percentage seeing him as likeable is down 3 points to 39%. The coverage of him “chillaxing” however doesn’t seem to have had much purchase – only 33% say that he doesn’t work hard enough, compared to 39% who think he gets the balance right and 4% who think he works too hard.

Turning to business, there is a perception that Britain is less competitive than countries like Germany (70% see us as less competitive) and the USA (55% see us as less competitive), but people are evenly split on whether or not the government should be cutting regulations more. 33% think the government are cutting regulations too much, 34% think they should be cutting them more, 11% think the current balance is about right.

Asked about specific employment regulations around about a fifth of people support extending employment rights, with the rest split between supporting reductions or supporting the status quo. On maternity and paternity rights, 20% think they should be extended, 30% think they should be cut, 42% that the present balance is right. On dismissals, 17% think it should be harder for companies to sack workers, 39% think it should be easier, 33% think the current balance is about right. On anti-discrimination legislation, 15% think it does not go far enough, 36% that it goes too far and 36% that the present balance is about right.

On the politics of the issue, 25% of people think Vince Cable is too hostile to business, 25% that he gets the balance right and 14% think he is too pro-business. 36% of people, however, say they don’t know and the public’s perception is very much that the Conservatives, not Vince Cable, have the power when it comes to employment and business regulation. 59% of people think the Conservatives have more influence over business and regulation policy compared to only 9% who think the Liberal Democrats do.

I expect we will have an awful lot more polling on attitudes to the royal family and the monarch over the next week but to kick off there were some questions here on the jubilee and the monarchy. 56% of people now see the Queen as one of our greatest monarchs (up from 50% when YouGov asked the same question in February). 60% now think that the level of celebrations for the Jubilee are about right. 20% expect to attend a party, 52% expect to watch the royal flotilla.

Asked about Charles, 37% think he will make a good king, 37% do not – 44% think that Prince William should be the next King instead of Charles. William is also seen as the royal who has done most to improve their reputation since the death of Princess Diana.

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    Yes I think you must be right about general public interest in Leveson-a Poll on it would be interesting.

    I only tune in when the Big Beasts appear.

    I did enjoy TB today I must say, and in my minds eye saw the grinding of many Lefty teeth as TB explained that going after RP would have been a distraction when he was busy introducing “Academies” & “Competition in the NHS” :-) :-)

    I also noted TB’s gritted teeth when talking about Tom Watson & that attempted “coup”. Blair actually used the word “coup” !

    Fascinating stuff from a fascinating politician.

  2. Coming on to Blair – dislike the man incredibly. Felt let down by him on so many fronts.

    However, when it comes to playing the games of modern politics he is the absolute master. Political academics will look back on the triumvirate of him, Campbell and Mandelson with interest (would have included Philip Gould as well but don’t think there were any famous quadumvirates)

    He has been through a few of these now but no-one manages to lay a glove on him. He may be criticized or condemned in the reports (rightly) but he manages these situations brilliantly.

    I await Cameron’s response with interest. I think he tries to model himself on Blair but don’t think he has the same skills at all. Let us hope he is the last who does

  3. @BAZSC
    `However, when it comes to playing the games of modern politics he is the absolute master`

    Absolutely agree but also believe that the reason people tend to believe him is the strength of reasoning and honesty(mostly) behind his utterings…He managed to convince Leveson enough that he asked for Blair`s advice on press regulation.Who would have expected that?


    @”He managed to convince Leveson enough that he asked for Blair`s advice on press regulation.Who would have expected that?”

    I don’t find it at all surprising.

    Blair admitted that he had got “too close” to RM whilst in office. He explained pretty openly why he did & why he baulked at any legislation on the Press whilst he was in office.

    He also described the 30 times in five years that his wife considered/took legal action following media intrusion & articles. He said that political figures had to accept some loss of privacy-but that when the line had been crossed ( implying that it had in respect of his wife) & legal action for redress was taken, it actually didn’t produce redress at all, because no amount of damages could unprint the stuff written.

    Leveson actually intervened at this point to draw a parallel with what other witnesses had said about there being no effective redress.

    So , I think TB was definitely covering areas which Leveson considered directly relevant to his brief.

    And Leveson strikes me as a wily old bird-and a tough cookie too. I have no doubt that he will extract what he feels is helpful, objective & truthful from Blair , and discount the rest.

    We all learned to do that in the end -didn’t we ?

  5. @COLIN
    `We all learned to do that in the end -didn’t we ?`

    It is easy to forget that Leveson`s role is not only to explore what has gone wrong but to design a regulatory system which is better than the current one…He has behaved with integrity so far,and I hope he comes up with the goods.

    As you point out,Blair admitted his weaknesses early and emerged with credibility intact and hence Leveson sought advice from him.



    This is Leveson’s task as per the Enquiry website :-

    Module 1: The relationship between the press and the public and looks at phone-hacking and other potentially illegal behaviour.
    Module 2: The relationships between the press and police and the extent to which that has operated in the public interest.
    Module 3: The relationship between press and politicians.
    Module 4: Recommendations for a more effective policy and regulation that supports the integrity and freedom of the press while encouraging the highest ethical standards.

    Not easy !

  7. @ Colin

    I did enjoy TB today I must say, and in my minds eye saw the grinding of many Lefty teeth as TB explained that going after RP would have been a distraction when he was busy introducing “Academies” & “Competition in the NHS”
    Your mind’s eye is very imaginative because it was actually a welcome reminder of why we (the Lefties) were not heartbroken when he eventually resigned.

  8. AMBER

    No imagination required at all for anyone who frequents UKPR !

  9. I wonder how many transgressions and misjudgements blue would forgive DC for – if he could win for them a hat-trick of working majorities?

  10. OZWALD

    About as many as Labour’s Left did I suppose, until Watson & Brown had had enough

  11. @Colin/BlueBob

    I suspect that the general public aren’t that interesting in Leveson – but sometimes the boring stuff is the most necessary to politics.
    The power of the press and their influence over our politicians (and the power they need to keep politicians in check) is extremely important not only to our democracy but to freedom of the press itself (we wouldn’t want one business rigging the market for it’s own benefit – whoever that business is).

    Take parliamentary reform as a case in point – I’d imagine it’d send most voters to sleep, but given that we’re still using the same ancient creaking system that isn’t designed for a modern democracy (completely ignoring electoral reform) it’s in desperate need of reform.
    Thankfully the coalition understands this and is getting on the path to starting the reforms.
    Not far enough for my liking (we need more separation of powers, reform of the speaker, tighter rules on claims made in parliament, etc), but it’s still the right thing to do.

  12. @Smukesh
    ” Absolutely agree but also believe that the reason people tend to believe him is the strength of reasoning and honesty(mostly) behind his utterings”

    Agree and disagree. Blair was amoral. He could always convince himself an idea/policy/belief was right and he therefore believed every word of every comment he ever made, even if a few minutes before he thought the same idea was garbage. That helped him sound convincing.

    His powers of persuasion were only partly due to that, as they were mainly,due,to,rhetorical techniques and a deep understanding on middle England.

    I never found him persuasive but he certainly pursuaded others. Many others. Tories and Liberals mainly (unti he lost the Liberals over terrorism legislation,in,2000). He never really pursuaded his own party. Even though, Iraq aside, he was responsible for some,of Labour’s biggest achievements. He,would,always apologise for,leftist measures only to see them through. There was therefore a deep contradiction about Tony Blair.

  13. Tinged
    @”The power of the press and their influence over our politicians (and the power they need to keep politicians in check) is extremely important ”

    Absolutely agree.

    But it needs to be put in context-which changes.

    I was reading TB’s written submission to Leveson.

    This is his final para :-

    “.Which brings me to this concluding point. There is a lot wrong with the way the media operate. But politicians are also in a sense, the worst people to make the point. We have much experience of it. However, as I say above, we also are partisans ourselves. My view, out of office, is that the media
    environment is changing so much that the power they could use in so devastating a way at the time I came to the Leadership of the Labour party in 1994, can no longer be wielded in quite the same manner. The social media is a revolutionary phenomenon. Unfortunately though they can help bring about enormous pressure for change – as in the Arab Spring – they can also be a source of rumours and stories that are untrue; they can be extraordinarily brutal in their treatment of people; and whilst Twitter etc. are a brilliant new means of communication, they’re not exactly a place for deep debate on issues. So any debate on politics and the media today that ignores social media is more than a little unreal. This is where 2012 is an era away from even 2007 let alone 1997. I will try to address these issues in a further submission.
    One final point: in all of this we have to retain a sense of perspective. In my experience, in the end, the people genuinely do make up their own mind. So sometimes both politicians and media ascribe to the media a greater power than they have. Ultimately, the people decide.”

    RM made similar points about the emergence of digital media & communication, and the related decline of the print media.

    These are fundamental issues for Leveson, and I feel sure they will not have escaped him, since they were highlighted by two key witnesses. Though how he is going to propose regulation of the online social media is beyond me.

    Blair was also right IMO to enter a caveat about perspective & balance. This too will no doubt exercise Leveson’s mind.

  14. TINGED

    ………I meant to add, that in re. “social media” , I have been following the controversy over Google’s covert data gathering ( alleged) as part of it’s Street View programe.

    The other evening I watched a tv piece about Google headquarters & their modus operandi.

    I would say that I am much more concerned-as a Con supporter-about Government getting too close to this organisation , than I am about an old Aussie warhorse who prints a lot of newspapers .

    I wonder if the intensely bright Mr Jay QC, might think of asking a few questions about Google?

  15. Google is irrelevant to an enquiry into press, police and political ethics.

    It’s all very well to ask for perspective and play down Murdoch’s influence but the current Government is currently shrinking the (much beloved) BBC, presumably to allow more room for private channels full of dross.

    For me, that’s not a small matter.

  16. In the middle of this article,:-

    the writer asks “Is it one rule for the Press and broadcast media and quite another for the new kids on the block?”

    Good question.

    Lord Leveson ?

  17. NICKP

    @”the current Government is currently shrinking the (much beloved) BBC, presumably to allow more room for private channels full of dross.”

    Evidence please .

  18. Evidence. Two seconds work.

    “On 20 October 2010, the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced that the television licence fee would be frozen at its current level until the end of the current charter in 2016. The same announcement revealed that the BBC would take on the full cost of running the BBC World Service and the BBC Monitoring service from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and will part finance the Welsh broadcaster S4C.[27]

    Further cuts were announced on 6 October 2011, so the BBC could reach a total reduction in their budget of 20%, following the licence fee freeze in October 2010.”

  19. Oh THAT evidence-The much belovedness of the BBC doesn’t extend to complete immunity from the problems stemming from chronic state public finances.

    How many stories of waste , profligacy & ludicrous so-called “top talent” pay do you need ?

  20. And how many “local ” radio stations -each with their own payroll of “journalists” -do they need ?

    Quite a lot it seems :-

  21. Colin

    Have you seen this ? Being overly touchy in my opinion. I would not have got into a conversation. I would have said tough, not bothered etc.

  22. How else are local radio stations supposed to report local news except without local staff. I suppose they could outsource to India.

    Nothing more tedious than the rights attack on one of our great institutions.

  23. @Colin

    “Oh THAT evidence-The much belovedness of the BBC doesn’t extend to complete immunity from the problems stemming from chronic state public finances.”

    From exactly where in the public purse does BBC funding come?

  24. Prediction for tonight:

    C 32 L 44 LD 8 UKIP 8 app -36

  25. Overall Blair’s policies were a little too much on the liberty side and too little on the equality side of the political axis for my taste.

    I remember starting to lose faith with his domestic agenda in 1999 when no electoral reform had materialised nor the courage to implement an election pledge on elected English regional government (instead later the cop out of one referenda in the NE)- something that would have been *real* devolution in terms of economies/ policies of appropriate scale.

    Indeed IMO with the Sottish move to ‘devo max’ within a few years and the continued Black hole dislocation of the economies of London and the south east, regional government in England will be back on the agenda by 2020.

    Ditto Blairs relaxed deferring of urban governance (be it in education, health, planning or community regeneration) to local elites and local business just like Nick and Dave are doing now with so-called ‘localism’, was a serious error.

    Being a social democrat I joked to my friends in the mid decade that my views had stayed roughly the same for 20 years and that I had started out on the right of the party and yet I now found myself on the left of it (given Blairs rightward drift and that the Ambers and RAFs of this world were now off flirting with Caroline or Cleggie- oh the naivety).

    To talk about amorality or war crimes is pompous tosh IMHO.

    The man- like Clinton- was/ is a flawed genius: a political maverick; a one-off by any definition; a class political act. He was/ is a master of the art of political presentation and posturing; a canny witness; a supremely effective and quick witted PMQ combatant on whichever side of the despatch box; a confident empathetic and emotionally intelligent TV interviewee.

    Cameron is a pale contrived poor imitation by comparison.

    We won’t see a politician of Blairs political skill and calibre for another generation. Given the policies he was espousing by the end of his premiership that’s probably for the best.

  26. Tonight’s Yougov prediction

    Con 28 Lab 45 LD 7

    But BBC won’t be allowed to report it because no 10 would complain of bias.

  27. YouGov/The Sun results 28th May CON 33%, LAB 44%, LD 8%, UKIP 7%; APP -39

  28. I see you were all, as usual, fixated on Leveson.

    The sound bytes (all the voters see), merely reminded people of a blast from the past they would prefer to forget (whichever side you are on). A has-been with loads of dough, just like the rest of them.

  29. Good Evening all.

    Drinking water I am after awfully hot race yesterday in poole park, dorset.

    Outliers again.

  30. @ LizH

    Labour on 44%, very nice. Support for Labour is not ebbing away. :-)

  31. Someone on YouGov has made a mistake….they have the lead down as 9!


    Tories ahead in 18-24 group and Labour way ahead in 60+ group.

    I think sometimes YG must by accident come across a meeting of young Conservatives when they do their polling.

    Anthony, can you take Max off the naughty step and allow invite him back, provided he moderates himself a bit. He always stirred up lively debates.

  33. @CHRISLANE1945
    “Drinking water I am after awfully hot race yesterday in poole park, dorset.”

    Same here as I am still rehydrating myself after Saturday. I completed a 10K on Saturday in 01:01:30 and very pleased with myself as I came in the top 30% for my category. I have been running since the beginning of last year.

  34. The -39 government thing sounds a bit dire to me,but then
    what do I know.Roland Garros far more interesting at the

  35. @Amberstar
    “Labour on 44%, very nice. Support for Labour is not ebbing away.”

    It can only go up from now on. The future is bright, the future is red.

  36. I see the chap over at YouGov has lost the ability to count again and is reporting Lab 44% / Con 33% as a 9 point lead. It is of course 11 points.

    33 not bad for the Tories.

  37. @ Liz

    :-) Well done on the 10k! :-)


    “Apparently she is QE II even in countries (such as Scotland) where there wasn’t a QE I.”

    She decides what title to use for herself, and (in Scotland at least) citizens cannot challenge her decision as to her name.

    Fair enough. I can call myself Elizabeth II as well (with no need for the English deed poll system – though the easiest way for the UK Government to recognise my new name would be to register through the English system).

    One of my former pupils changed his first name to Tutankhamen – quite legally. He is not entitled to rule over Egypt, however.

  39. Thanks Amberstar.

  40. R Huckle

    Yes-I saw a clip earlier today.

    About time-I was wondering when Craig Oliver would start earning his salary.


    The BBC would not voluntarily curb it’s profligacy. It’s record on financial largesse is appalling.

    The Government is in a position to ensure that it cuts it cloth , like everyone else is having to.

  41. LIZH.
    Same time for me, lol as they say.

  42. I wish more of todays politicians were like Tony Blair in many ways. The charming, charismatic and seemingly (though obviously not!) unrehearsed attitude, which actually engages people. Obviously there are some aspects of his premiership which are best forgotten, such as ignoring a protest carried out by a fairly significant percentage of the population.
    Regardless, there’s definitely a gap in the political market for a number of Blair’s skills, and what the Cameron’s of this world don’t seem to realise is that they’re not skills you can buy or learn, largely.

  43. However, saying that, I don’t expect Blair’s appearance to have much bearing on VI. I think we on here would be surprised how many of Joe public probably wouldn’t even attribute him to the correct political entity!

  44. Colin
    errant apostrophe alert .There is never a possessive apostrophe with its. Ever.

  45. EWEN


    Never say never .


  46. Pasty and Caravan tax u turn!

    That should close the polling gap! ;-)


    Au contraire! There are frequently possessive apostrophes with “its” (you really should have placed the word in quotation marks :-) ). That the users of the possessive “it’s” are breaching the convention that the apostrophe indicating a missing letter takes precedence over the possessive case, is another matter altogether.


    @”Pasty and Caravan tax u turn!”

    Caravans-5% instead of 20%-yep a big concession.

    Pasties sold from hot cabinets bear VAT like all other food sold hot…………unless they are served …….. cold.-nope that not a u-turn. Same as he intended in the first place-but stupidly omitted to explain properly.

  49. Oldnat
    You’ve lost me…Surely if you don’t need an apostrophe with his ,hers, don’t need one with its?

  50. @Ewen Lightfoot

    When considering whether It is sensible to compare different grammatical errors, please bear in mind that It’s ‘I’ in this sentence is a particularly gross error.

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