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Scottish Sun

Thanks to Farage we may see a hung Parliament as incapable as the last

NIGEL Farage's big election launch was the last act of a drowning man.

But, instead of clutching at straws, Mr Farage has a firm grip of the lifeboat as he prepares to drag the rest of us down with him.

Support for the Brexit Party has fallen by half since the election was announced, down to a piffling seven per cent in weekend polling.

Yet Mr Farage still had the gall to demand a clear run at 150 seats in an ultimatum to Boris Johnson and, if the Tories refused to surrender, he threatened to run candidates in every seat in the land.

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General election 2019: would another hung parliament be a good result?

By Daniel J. McLaughlin

The general election campaign is now underway, and Boris Johnson is hoping that it will solve the Brexit impasse in the Commons.

However, it could result in business as usual with yet another hung parliament.

Some argue that this is not necessarily a bad thing, because a hung parliament would encourage "compromise and negotiation between parties".

However, others lament that the election will see another parliament "as constipated and incapable as the last".

The Claim

The Guardian's Polly Toynbee argues that we need another hung parliament, because Britain is divided.

She says that the current situation in general elections is "a monstrous system that denies people the right to vote for their true feelings".

In 2017, 68 per cent of votes were "utterly wasted, lost in those rotten boroughs called safe seats".

Toynbee calls for a move to proportional representation, replacing the current first-past-the-post system, arguing that hung parliaments bring compromise.

She writes: "Compromise and negotiation between parties in hung parliaments is a better path, given the divided country.

"An outright majority for Johnson is a terrifying prospect – free to do anything, with his party’s moderates purged, despite only minority support."

Toynbee adds: "The best hope is for a hung parliament – and a new Speaker brave enough to encourage a convention on voting reform."

The Counterclaim

However, an editorial in the Scottish Sun warns that the country is "heading for another hung parliament as constipated and incapable as the last".

They blame the influence of Nigel Farage, who is willing to "send his followers on a suicide mission so they inflict maximum possible damage on the Tories".

The Scottish Sun writes: "Ironically, there is no bigger danger to Brexit than Mr Farage, who scared David Cameron into starting this sorry farce.

"Perhaps, once the dust has settled, the truth will out and we can ask ourselves why anybody paid attention to the silly little man."

They add that Farage's election launch is "the last act of a drowning man" - with the Brexit Party leader prepared to drag the rest of us down with him by causing another hung parliament.

The Facts

The latest ICM poll for Reuters shows that Johnson has a seven-point lead over Corbyn. The survey of over 2,000 people, conducted between November 1 and 4, puts the Tories ahead at 38 per cent, with Labour following on 31 per cent.

The Lib Dems are third with 15 per cent, and the Brexit Party is on nine per cent.

According to analysis from the i, the Tories are out in front in multiple polls - but by different margins.

At the upper end, in an Opinium poll, they have a 16-point lead - and this is reduced to 12 points in a YouGov poll. On the lower end, in a survey by ORB International, Johnson and the Tories are ahead by just eight per cent.

The 2019 general election is more like to be a 'Brexit election', an Opinium survey reveals.

At the start of the 2017 general election campaign, 19 per cent of voters said that the European Union and Brexit was the single issue that was most likely to influence their vote. It has now shot up to 40 per cent.

It was followed by health and the NHS, which stays at 18 per cent from 2017.

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The Guardian

Britain is divided. That's why we need a hung parliament again | Polly Toynbee

Goodbye to this most remarkable of parliaments, dissolving all too aptly on Guy Fawkes night. For all the extremes of abuse hurled at them, it has harboured the bravest and best MPs, who have broken ranks to defend the country against a Brexit disaster, putting conscience and honour before party, tribe or personal career. This departing Commons should be remembered as the parliament of conscience.

These MPs were fortunate in a Speaker who rose to the great constitutional crisis with the vision and effrontery to break traditions, to protect parliament's sovereignty against an overreaching executive.

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