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Last Updated: Monday, 11 April 2005, 11:46 GMT 12:46 UK
Campaign views: Stephen Edenborough

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Stephen Edenborough
Name: Stephen Edenborough
Age: 45
Lives: Paisley
Works: Lecturer in higher education
Current voting intention: Conservative

New Labour have adopted an almost entirely negative approach.

Every time Mr Blair has spoken, he has reprised his 'scary role' role appearing to equate the Conservatives to WMD.

He also appears to be unable to appeal to the electorate without having Gordon Brown by his side (perhaps safer than having him standing behind).

A busted flush perhaps?

Michael Howard has seemingly overcome the Flight debacle, and is again concentrating on several of his five 'key issues'.

However, despite recent improvements, there is no sign yet of the killer issue that could derail new Labour.

PANEL VIEWS - CAMPAIGN SO FAR

I wonder whether the tax proposals to be announced will do the trick, or simply reinforce existing views.

The Lib-Dems have not yet fully entered the race, and in some ways, Cheery Charlie seems happy to appear to sit above the fray.

I suspect that in fact they have not yet decided who to compete against hardest, partly a result of being in bed with Labour in Scotland.

For all that Salmond is one of the more accomplished parliamentarians, he is finding it hard to make the SNP distinctive, and has instead resorted to the Tartan Tests, something unlikely to appeal outwith their core vote.

Send us your comments on Stephen's views using the form on the right.


Can't really disagree much with what you say. Labour's biggest asset is Gordon Brown and they're quite entitled to promote a quite genuine and accomplished politician. I think Charlie has had difficulty bringing across his views due to the media's focus on Labour and the Conservatives. I think the tax proposals will be much of the same (by all parties) with a small (but important sounding) gimmick to front them. But the population know the core philosophies on each party regarding tax, so I'm not sure whether it will sway votes.
Undecided, Glasgow

No, Michael Howard is still at the jumping on Bandwagons trick. So tomorrow have a wee look at some headline and later in the day he will be jumping again. So far we haven't seen one credible policy from him.
John, Wales

You cannot trust the Tories. They have misled the electorate over some of these so called key issues in the past. Remember 1979! While Home Secretary Howard let in more immigrants than his successors. He simply cannot be trusted. He is simply trying to steal the BNP's thunder. The Tories are a spent force in Scotland anyway.
Stuart Donaldson, Glasgow

Mr Edenborough must be an endangered species in the people's democratic republic of paisley. It's good to know there's always one. What I wonder though is, whether Mr Edenborough has ever dared voice his opinions in this fine town, famed for it's tolerance and open-mindedness. Best of luck when you do. You'd just better hope that the NHS is in better shape than the Tories left it.
Alan Kelly, Santa Monica, California

England, Scotland, or Wales, the people are fed up of eight years of broken promises under Blair and know they deserve something better. Stuart Donaldson would do well to remember the rack and ruin this country was in when the Tories came in to power and how they turned us into the fourth largest economy on earth.
Gary Niblock, Belfast

I must have lived in a different country to Mr Niblock during the Tory misspent years, my memory is of society (not Mrs Thatcher's word ) and the public sector just about coming to a dead halt whilst a few rich people cheated their way to the top. Still I am getting old so perhaps my memory is wrong John
John, Wales

I agree with what Stephen is saying about New Labour. They would do much better if they didn't send Tony Blair to Scotland, but Gordon Brown instead. I must say, however, that I've always failed to understand why anyone votes Tory in Scotland. I was surprised to find out recently that in the 1950s they were the biggest party in this country. So, where did it all go wrong? Well, ask anyone from my home town, Greenock, who used to work at Scott-Lithgow and they will tell you the answer. Their policies are clearly geared towards the South East of England; take, for example, their near-hysterical immigration policy. In my opinion the Scottish Tories don't stand up for Scotland, the words that come out of their mouths are parroted from down south. That has been the case for a long time now and that is why they only have one seat. To me, the Scottish Tories represent smug, cap-in-hand subservience to London. Stephen, what do they stand for to you? Can you convince me otherwise?Dave MacPhail, Edinburgh, Scotland

What people forget about the Tories in the 80's is that, in Scotland at least, they were battling against the dependency culture that sadly still exists north of the border. The decline in heavy industry was, in fact, a good thing for the country in the long run. I am not saying that people should not remember the hardships of those days (a decade when my own family suffered enormously) but instead look at where we are now. Should we still not trust Germany because of the Nazi's?
Douglas, Glasgow





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