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Labour Gets Conference Bounce in Britain

The opposition Conservative party is holding on to a slim lead in Britain, according to a poll by ICM Research. 36 per cent of respondents would support the Tories in the next House of Commons election.

The governing Labour party is a close second with 35 per cent, followed by the Liberal Democrats with 19 per cent. 11 per cent of respondents would vote for other parties. Support for the Tories fell by one point since mid-September, while backing for Labour increased by two points.

Okay, Labour's symbol is clearly a rose, and the Lib Dems clearly have a Dove, but what the hell precisely is the symbol that the Conservatives are using.  It looks a lot like a sailboat... will I guess everyone in Britain has a sailboat.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 06:20:42 PM EST
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The Tory symbol was a stylised torch. However in the past few weeks Cameron has replaced it with a scribble of an oak tree. You can see the image of the new logo in the Wikipedia article


The Liberal Democrat symbol is called the bird of liberty and was once derided by Mrs Thatcher as a dead parrot. Obviously her speechwriter was a Monty Python fan.

The Labour Party used to have a red flag logo, but that was thought to be a bit left wing, so the red rose replaced it.

I suppose the parties provide some work for graphic designers.

by Gary J on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 08:14:50 PM EST
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The red rose is the symbol of most European Social Democrat parties, isn't it?

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 04:08:52 AM EST
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The flower used depends on geography. In some places, it's a red carnation.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 10:58:34 AM EST
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