Eight points is nothing, of course. Nor is a fifty per cent rating in the South East anything for the Tories to crow about, since the South East simply is not where they need to win seats.
But men are turning against Labour? Now that is a real story. If only men had had the vote, then Labour would have won every General Election since the War. Labour simply cannot afford to lose the votes of those with both these economic interests and these social interests. But, it almost goes without saying, New Labour is doing exactly that.
And why should any man vote for a party with a totally unreconstructed 1970s anti-male fanatic as its Deputy Leader? Now, of course, he has someone else to vote for.