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I wanted to know what happened to the Socialists' lead in the polls, and this diary dutifully answers the question already:
A 'virtual' loser is the SP. The Socialist Party were ranking high in the polls, but gained none of the seats which they lost in 2010. Much of their momentum they lost during the hard election scrum, partly because of the inexperience of their otherwise charismatic leader. At one point Labour's leader Samsom took over their spotlights, and catapulted his party as the one and only adversary of the popular liberals.


The other half of the population is increasingly aware what is happening, but too few of them are yet convinced that Wilders hateful rhetoric won't bring the necessary solution. The Socialists have always been on the target with their message - and I'm still convinced they could've swayed many from the Wilders' party. But with the hint of victory in the air, they actually wavered and watered down their viewpoints, to curry favour with the other parties. It didn't work, and it gave them a bad rep. Bad mistake.

If you are not convinced, try it on someone who has not been entirely debauched by economics. — Piero Sraffa
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 13th, 2012 at 03:55:16 AM EST

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