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The Election Night Space.

Eddie Mair | 22:00 UK time, Thursday, 6 May 2010

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The polls have closed. The votes are being counted.

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  • 1. At 10:12pm on 06 May 2010, Mindclearly wrote:

    Well a conservative not obtaining an overall majority will be interesting. What will the markets do?

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  • 2. At 10:12pm on 06 May 2010, Stewart_M wrote:

    Right first in. But I won't stay the night. I'm about to do the Tesburysons on line shop. Who wants what?

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  • 3. At 10:23pm on 06 May 2010, John Mackay wrote:

    I'm going to bed...I hate being manipulated by the BBC. All this 'excitement and bullsh.. just gets right up my nose. It is obvious that the presence of the cameras leads everyone to play up to tjhe camera and to completely devalue the occasion... If I watch any more of Jeremy Vine gyrating in front of a green screen I am likely to do something violent to my TV.... Have a good night and try not to wake me up too early for another session. (incidentally I am a pro film-maker, been filming all day, this lot make me ashamed)

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  • 4. At 10:25pm on 06 May 2010, lucien desgai wrote:

    1 mindclearly
    Who cares? It's none of their business.

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  • 5. At 10:28pm on 06 May 2010, Stewart_M wrote:

    Can we have the webcam in the studio switched on?

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  • 6. At 10:29pm on 06 May 2010, Mindclearly wrote:

    4 - LD

    Bit short sighted as there was 10% taken off the Wall street market where it dipped below 10000 and it is important.

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  • 7. At 10:34pm on 06 May 2010, lucien desgai wrote:

    6 mindclearly

    It's only important if we allow it to be - why should the too rich and too powerful take the casting vote?

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  • 8. At 10:39pm on 06 May 2010, Mindclearly wrote:

    7. The issue is that you and I enjoy using our legal tending without an issue of dramatic price rises and dip for purchasing day to day items. AAA rating could be changed and it depends on how spooked the markets from then. History suggests there is no perfect storm, as the those like Warren buffet and Seros will hold the cards and decide what they think should occur.

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  • 9. At 10:40pm on 06 May 2010, Cash Hughes wrote:

    On not trusting Exit Polls

    Simple! (Meerkat smirk)

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  • 10. At 10:42pm on 06 May 2010, Cash Hughes wrote:

    1. mindclearly

    • "Well a conservative not obtaining an overall majority will be interesting. What will the markets do?"


    See the PM glassbox, but Dow down 3.2% Sterling at a new low below $1.48

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  • 11. At 11:11pm on 06 May 2010, jonnie wrote:

    Radio 4 sounds very down to earth and the technology seems to be performing well.

    Will be facinating to see if the exit polls reflect the true reality ..

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  • 12. At 11:15pm on 06 May 2010, lucien desgai wrote:

    Mariella Frostrup has just made the most sensible remarks so far. Why do we allow the financial gangsters who caused the mess to second-guess our democracy?

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  • 13. At 11:15pm on 06 May 2010, Mindclearly wrote:

    Sequin and James are being quite entertaining

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  • 14. At 11:20pm on 06 May 2010, Cash Hughes wrote:

    Dirty tricks by Auntie?

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  • 15. At 11:30pm on 06 May 2010, elcej wrote:

    Great programme. Thanks.

    Surely if voters are still queuing to vote at 10pm, wouldn't it be fairer to place them all inside the building (or in a cordened off area) at 10pm, then close the doors and permit them to vote? Rather than saying they have to be issued with a ballot paper by 10pm.

    They have a legal right to vote. They turned up to vote. It was the system that was at fault(or under resourced); not the voter.

    When next interviewing someone from the electoral commission or the government, please can you ask why polling stations don't do the above suggestion. Seems pretty obvious to me. You certainly can't put the blame on voters for not turning up until 9pm

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  • 16. At 11:38pm on 06 May 2010, Cash Hughes wrote:

    Dead cat bounce?

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  • 17. At 11:41pm on 06 May 2010, jonnie wrote:

    Harriot's on to it Edward ;-)

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  • 18. At 11:45pm on 06 May 2010, GotToTheEnd wrote:

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    They're not second guessing it. They're telling their Tory henchmen what to do. To cut, and cut till we bleed.

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  • 19. At 11:54pm on 06 May 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Sorry Sequin, me go beddybies now.

    I did vote.

    But when you live in a town with the same name as your MP and he cares for the place with a genuine passion, you'd vote for him too.

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  • 20. At 00:06am on 07 May 2010, Stewart_M wrote:

    Its past midnight and nowt much going on. Enjoying Radio 4's coverage. with Beeb 1 on in the background. But sleep beckons.

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  • 21. At 00:09am on 07 May 2010, Anna HvH wrote:

    What ever happened to anonymous voting?? Perhaps one reason for people not being able to get in and vote is that too much time has been spent writing down your ballot paper number against your name!!! Therefore ensuring that all votes can be cross referenced and your voting preference recorded! Apparently crossing through your name is no longer sufficient to ensure your identity will not be used again to vote... Numbers HAVE to be recorded...what absolute rubbish this is big brother and makes a complete mockery of anonymity!!!!!

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  • 22. At 00:34am on 07 May 2010, newlach wrote:

    Something a bit "vote early and vote often" about those ballot papers. News broadcasting on Radio 4 could easily turn into a blood sport!

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  • 23. At 01:02am on 07 May 2010, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    If the poll precentage predictions are right, there's to be an 'Anyone but the Tories' majority in the country.

    There are also to be 'Not Labour' and 'Not Lib Dems' majorities, but not 'Anyone but..' majorities against either.
    And there is to be a clear 'Lab or Lib Dem' majority.

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  • 24. At 01:15am on 07 May 2010, jonnie wrote:

    Oh dear, all falling apart a bit on BBC1 isn't it? .... ;-( We just about caught a bit of Martha.

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  • 25. At 01:29am on 07 May 2010, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    It is beginning to look as if the country has returned a party to a parliamentary majority that takes markets seriously.

    They are completely wrong to do so.

    They have no majority in the country.

    The Tories will play their usual game:

    'Look what the markets are saying. So we must make cuts. And sell off assets cheap. ....to markets. And reduce wages. And provide worse conditons or workers.'

    Once they've cut till it bleeds and the communist instints in us all brought to capital's heel, markets will 'recover' - huge profits, huge asset inflation.

    If telling the Tories to ignore markets worked, I'd still be part owner of the steel industry, of millions of council houses, of the TOCs, of the power industries, of the water supply industry and of British airlines, and so would all of you. And my bin person would have been to Oxbridge.

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  • 26. At 01:37am on 07 May 2010, Cash Hughes wrote:

    What an EGO!

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  • 27. At 01:45am on 07 May 2010, jonnie wrote:

    The Sat delays seem to be a problem on most of the Q&A's -- apart for expensive terrestial links I see no way out of that?

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  • 28. At 02:40am on 07 May 2010, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    The trouble with telling Nick Clegg to ignore markets is his every instinct is to expect them to behave well.

    Didn't Daiwoo banking do wonderully charitable things. Something to do with magnamity in victory with the vanquished's own money. That always helps.

    He has no instinct for taking the whole finance industry into public ownership nor ...ignoring markets.

    The true colours of Clegg and Cable (who's halo slips further every time he talks about the 'defcit') is orange. As in the Orange Book.

    As in

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Orange_Book:_Reclaiming_Liberalism

    Ignore markets? Far from it. They want to depend on them!

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  • 29. At 03:02am on 07 May 2010, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    Isn't this exciting!

    Now, according to the predictions, there is to be a pro-savage cuts majority in Parliament.

    And markets are basking peacably in those waters. Like sharks.

    Watch the sharks get fed with prime cuts from naive Clegg and willing Cameron will make because.....markets require it.

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  • 30. At 05:15am on 07 May 2010, Mindclearly wrote:

    No end in site thus far, does this mean Sequin carries on with the Today crew and so on??

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  • 31. At 06:00am on 07 May 2010, Cash Hughes wrote:

    Congratulations to Caroline Lucas!

    Well Done!

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  • 32. At 06:14am on 07 May 2010, Cash Hughes wrote:

    Yup! It's a Dead Cat, all right!

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  • 33. At 06:25am on 07 May 2010, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Cash (31):

    Hear, hear. Possibly the one and only bright spot in a dreadful night.

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  • 34. At 06:28am on 07 May 2010, lucien desgai wrote:

    31 ... and all credit to the people of Brighton, the northern California of England's south coast.

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  • 35. At 06:47am on 07 May 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Interesting that there still might be a 'co-alition'.

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  • 36. At 06:57am on 07 May 2010, Cash Hughes wrote:

    35. Lady Sue

    • "Interesting that there still might be a 'co-alition'. "

    Loooooong spoon recommended.

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  • 37. At 07:45am on 07 May 2010, Mindclearly wrote:

    So Nicks for waiting, do you have any hacks on the inside who can give indication of what is being said in the so called shaddows of politics.

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  • 38. At 08:30am on 07 May 2010, IMOORE wrote:

    I see the Anglophobic BBC can't steel itself to mention England.

    Labour have lost the right to rule England, they have no makority to rule here, they can only rule England with Scottish and Welsh elected MP's.

    BBC WILL YOU NOW MENTION THE WEST LOTHIAN QUESTION?

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  • 39. At 08:44am on 07 May 2010, Mindclearly wrote:

    IMOORE - Are you apoplectic becasue the right wing are able to form a majority from what has happened so far. Still things in the balance (Balance of Power)

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  • 40. At 09:23am on 07 May 2010, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    IMOORE (38):

    So are you admitting that a Conservative UK government would have no mandate to dictate policy to Scotland, not even in non-devolved matters?

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  • 41. At 09:43am on 07 May 2010, CG wrote:

    According to the BBC's figures the BNP has the second highest increase in its percentange of votes cast, the Greens have gained a seat but so far are down in percentage terms - bring on PR.

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  • 42. At 10:46am on 07 May 2010, Cash Hughes wrote:

    38. IMOORE

    • "Labour have lost the right to rule England, they have no makority to rule here, they can only rule England with Scottish and Welsh elected MP's."

    But equally and far more emphatically, the Tories have no right to rule Scotland

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