GORDON MUST GO
PUBLISHED: 11:41 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:58 23 August 2010
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AN overwhelming 76 per cent of residents believe that Prime Minister Gordon Brown should resign, a poll conducted by the Kentish Times has revealed. The poll: Should Gordon Brown stay or should he go? showed that only 24 of 100 residents surveyed think
AN overwhelming 76 per cent of residents believe that Prime Minister Gordon Brown should resign, a poll conducted by the Kentish Times has revealed.
The poll: "Should Gordon Brown stay or should he go?" showed that only 24 of 100 residents surveyed think he should stay in office.
In neighbouring Dartford, an identical study revealed that 61 per cent of residents want Gordon Brown axed.
It follows a crushing by-election defeat in Glasgow East last week, formerly a safe Labour territory, where a 13,507-vote majority was overturned. It was the party's third by-election loss in as many months.
A YouGov survey for the Daily Telegraph on Monday supported the Kentish Times survey, revealing that 74 per cent of voters are dissatisfied with Brown, and just 15 per cent were satisfied.
Gary Webb, 32, of Old Road East, Gravesend, said: "I think he should go. Look at the state of the country today, petrol prices are really high and the general cost of living as well as everything else just seems to be going up. It needs to be sorted, so he should go."
Retired Brian Stunt, 71, of Painters Ash, Northfleet, added: "Look at the mess this country is in at the moment. It's terrible. He is just not standing up for the working people, they are being ignored. He isn't good enough and he is not worth keeping in the job."
Paul Alen Nelder, 22, of High Street, Gravesend, said that Labour made a mistake allowing him to take over from Tony Blair.
He added: "Since he became the Prime Minister he has made absolutely no impact at all, he should go. It looks likely that he will be overturned by his own party, they have shot themselves in the foot though, they shouldn't have voted him in."
The YouGov poll put the backing of Labour at just 26 per cent, down two points compared to last month. The Conservatives dropped one point to 45 per cent, and the Liberal Democrats gained two points to 17 per cent.
Justice Secretary Jack Straw also claims he has not been involved in a plot to oust the PM, despite newspaper claims to the contrary. Former deputy prime minister John Prescott, schools secretary Ed Balls and cabinet office minister Ed Miliband have also defended Brown.
Gurmukh Singh, 68, from Gravesend, is supporting Gordon Brown. He said: "I think that he should stay in power. He has taken over the running of the country and should be allowed to carry on and sort out any problems. I think we should definitely give him more of a chance to show the country what he can do."
Josephine Tijahi, 60, of Granville Road, Gravesend, added: "I think he has been dropped in it by the Labour party, it is a shame, he has come in at a time when things were getting a lot worse. He was dropped in the deep end and I think he should stay, if he was to go, who else would we have in charge?