Britain’s Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, is facing renewed pressure from opposition parties to call a snap general election. A series of new polls shows Labour’s lead has slumped. One has the gap between them and the Conservatives at just four points, another has them neck and neck. It seems the Tories have been boosted by their annual conference this week when they promised tax breaks. It is a big reversal of fortunes for the Tory leader, David Cameron, who says his party is ready to fight.
“Well, they’ve been ramping up talk of an election, I think they ought to hold an election. They clearly haven’t been focusing on running the country, they’ve been focused on elections, well, they should get on and hold that election and let the people decide who is really going to make the changes this country needs.”
Political analyst, Peter Kellner, believes Brown no longer has the luxury of choosing when to go to the polls.
“For the last four or five weeks the polls have been yo-yo’ing around. Ideally, Gordon Brown ought to wait two or three weeks to see whether the polls settle down after the conferences have become history. But he’s going to have to make a decision about an election this weekend.”
The polls all suggest most Britons want a November election.
But so far, Gordon Brown’s been rather tight-lipped only repeatedly saying that he is “getting on with the job” of governing.