MSE news: Sir Alan beats Martin in next Chancellor poll

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"Sir Alan Sugar is the man most Brits would like to see as Chancellor, according to an opinion poll out today. The second choice is this site's creator Martin Lewis.

Sugar, star of The Apprentice, polled 31% of the vote commissioned by Opinium Research. Martin's share of the vote was 19% ..."



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  • Sums up our celebrity driven culture. Who was third? Jordan?
  • Graham_DevonGraham_Devon Forumite
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    Bloody hell. No offence and all that. Who was this poll aimed at? You kinda get out what you put in.

    In an identical poll among financial advisers, as reported by Money Marketing newspaper, Vince Cable came top with 39% of the vote.

    Phew!
  • whathavewedonewhathavewedone Forumite
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    Oh god. That's so depressing.

    No offence to Martin
  • edited 12 August 2009 at 6:57PM
    MSE_MartinMSE_Martin MoneySaving Expert
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    edited 12 August 2009 at 6:57PM
    Oh god. That's so depressing.

    No offence to Martin

    Don't worry Im not offended. What's interesting is the assumption that a business man, or a consumer finance bod are qualified to run macro-economic policy. Perhaps its not even an assumption just a "people with a money link we know.

    The real problem though is who amongst the real contenders is qualified to run the economy, economists certainly haven't predicted what happens well, and govts across the world has struggled.

    The big problem is we need to learn as a nation to accept uncertainty and realise sometimes there are no right or wrong answers - but I can never see a politician being willing to say that - and if they did they'd be voted out. A tough circle to square.
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  • edited 12 August 2009 at 6:47PM
    tomterm8tomterm8 Forumite
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    edited 12 August 2009 at 6:47PM
    MSE_Martin wrote: »
    The real problem though is who amongst the real contenders is qualified to run the economy, .

    I guess it depends what a chancellor is supposed to do. In practice, the treasury is huge, and the chancellors job is less to control the economy, and more to set broad brush public policy.
    “The ideas of debtor and creditor as to what constitutes a good time never coincide.”
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  • BigglesBiggles Forumite
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    tomterm8 wrote: »
    I guess it depends what a chancellor is supposed to do.
    I think the last few have all struggled with that problem.
    ;-)
  • edited 12 August 2009 at 7:12PM
    OneADayOneADay Forumite
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    edited 12 August 2009 at 7:12PM
    I would rather have Miss Piggy in charge than SIR LORD SAVE US ALL ALAAAAAAAN.

    God who came up with this poll idea? Geez! Must have been dead bored!
  • Is it April the 1st?This poll has to be a joke surely
  • InactiveInactive Forumite
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    Alan Sugar... :rotfl:

    He only ever put his name on some crappy electronics that nobody really wanted, just shows the influence of TV.:rolleyes:

    Vince Cable always talks a lot of sense IMO.;)

    Martin Lewis, who is he:confused::D
  • Deals_2Deals_2 Forumite
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    what about women? i think there should be more women in politics as we are the best ones who know how to deal with women issues such as childcare etc. how can men tell us!!! we are the ones who drop our jobs etc for childcare etc and often underappreciated. if social skills and security and other issues where better at our places of childcare we would probably be more relaxed about leaving our kids at those places!!!
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