One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a candidate or party) unable to be elected.
- ‘However, yesterday she gave a strong indication she still considered herself a chance, rejecting claims that a single, childless woman was unelectable.’
- ‘In both cases, the net effect is to make the party unelectable for the next decade.’
- ‘‘We took a party considered unelectable and made it a feared campaigning machine that won two landslide elections,’ said Mr Campbell.’
- ‘He was a loyal supporter when Labour were reckoned to be unelectable, when a party leader would have lost his deposit if he had tried to muster showbiz votes for the cause.’
- ‘At the last election, I found the Tories won the campaign (on tax cuts and asylum) but voters concluded they were unelectable.’
- ‘It is republican, socialist, internationalist and, on the polling evidence, still unelectable under first-past-the-post.’
- ‘Bills of this magnitude must be decided by the whole population, not a minority of unelected and unelectable people.’
- ‘Despite making huge strides forward under Michael Howard, the party is still considered unelectable.’
- ‘Any candidate with whom you agree 100% is probably unelectable.’
- ‘An unelectable opponent does not an electable candidate make.’
- ‘Their refusal to compromise is leading them to select candidates who are unelectable.’
- ‘The Conservative Party, once advanced as ‘the natural party of government’, has become all but unelectable, and is riven by factional infighting.’
- ‘It is barely even relevant that the Tories are unelectable, people will vote for them just to deliver a point.’
- ‘People could afford the moral symbolism of voting for an unelectable candidate.’
- ‘In thriving southern England, the party appeared divided, dated, and unelectable.’
- ‘After Labour's second successive defeat in 1983, the party chose Neil Kinnock - a man widely admired by activists but who proved simply unelectable as Prime Minister.’
- ‘Opinion polls conclude he has the same popularity rating his predecessor, John Bruton, enjoyed when he was ousted as leader for being allegedly unelectable.’
- ‘The Tories are - literally, as last Thursday showed - unelectable as a serious party of government.’
- ‘But for all practical purposes, they're both unelectable this fall.’
- ‘The transformation from unelectable ramshackle to default party of power, was complete.’
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