27/05/2014 11:46 BST | Updated 27/07/2014 06:59 BST

Forget About an Early General Election


Tory backbenchers have been calling for an early election after a rather (expected) disastrous performance by their coalition partners in the European elections.

They have got to be barking mad if they think the Lib Dems will agree to it.

Although the Lib Dems pretty much agree to everything else the Tories put forward, getting them to agree to an early election may prove slightly more difficult.

The Tories can obviously use the very narrow polls to lure some Lib Dem MPs to thinking that they may still be able to join forces again if an early election is called. Personally I don't see it happening.

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Nick Clegg and his party need time to rethink their strategy after being humiliated in both the European and local elections. An early end to the coalition agreement is not what Mr Clegg needs right now.

Perhaps some hot chocolate and a good night's sleep sounds more appealing.

Many people across the country agree that the Con/Lib coalition should end as soon as possible. However, the polls strongly suggest that an early election would bring no major change from the last general election 2010.

The Tories only want an early election because the polls have now tightened. Where were they two months ago?

We heard all the talk about the "big society" and "coalition marriage" but that seems to have gone out the window. The Tories believe they have a remote chance of winning the election if it is called sooner rather than later.

The Prime Minister accuses others of "playing party politics" when his own MPs are doing just that right under his nose.

UKIP has had great success in the European elections and I doubt they would mind an early election.

Nigel Farage's party is taking votes from all the parties, but the majority of their votes come from people who have previously voted Conservative.

An early election can seriously backfire for the Tories as UKIP may take many of their votes, which can potentially pave the way for Labour. Nonetheless, the Tories are most probably willing to run that risk.

I think all the major parties need to time to recover from the rise of UKIP and right-wing politics in Britain and across Europe. On Thursday I remember looking at the ballot paper and thinking to myself "where are the left-wing, pro-EU parties?"

UKIP has used common propaganda tools to reach out to many voters and if the other parties are not careful, Russell Brands "revolution" may seriously backfire.

Labour, Conservative and the Lib Dems all have a lot of work to do if they are to restore faith and win back their voters.

Although many people can't wait to see the back of this government, I don't believe an early election is the right answer.

Labour will be adamant that the coalition sees out its five year term. It may be slightly difficult for them to decide which position to take. On one hand it will put the people out of their misery and on the other hand, it may result in Labour not achieving the result it has been working to towards.

The coalition promised it would fulfil its five year term. If an early election is called - does this go down as another broken promise?