Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
in this our 1000th post, we would like to congratulate david cameron for sticking it out and sticking it to gordon brown, although we actually empathize with brown –a scot with a phd who has zero people skills. the guardian newspaer gives a rundown of what to expect from the tory – liberal democrats coalition which sees david cameron as prime minister and nick clegg, the leader of the liberal democrats, as deputy prime minister.
reforms include a 5 year fixed calendar for national uk elections and british citizens get to vote on any law that would give the uk closer ties to the european union.
Monday, May 10th, 2010
gordown brown steps down. now if labour were to make a deal with the liberal democrats, the british people might end up (once again) with a prime minister nobody ever voted for.
it’s too bad that no one seems to remember that it was gordon brown who fought tony blair over the uk dropping the pound and entering the euro.
but this was definitely the only choice for brown given that together, labour with 258 seats and the liberal democrats with 57 seats, together don’t have the requisite seats (326) to get to a majority and to form a government. why is it that it took former PM john major to point this out. can’t anyone else count? or was brown trying to negotiate with some of the smaller parties as well? well, hopefully he hadn’t been negotiating with the bnp.
Saturday, May 8th, 2010
why do voters let themselves be bullied by the tories and labour in the uk or the republicans and democrats in the u.s.? why do voters genuinely believe that a vote for a 3rd party is a wasted vote? this is not true. and although nick clegg and his liberal democrats actually, on the MP front, did worse than in the last election, since no one party has received a clear majority, clegg’s star turning moment 3 weeks ago in the first telecast prime minister debate has given the liberal democrats a chance to enter the national parliament alongside either the conservatives or labour. and that is a good thing.
so with the hung election and the uk’s enthusiasm for gordon brown at a low, it looks like clegg has been the big winner irregardless.
Thursday, April 29th, 2010
barack obama made a similar gaffe in 2008 when he made an off handed remark about americans in flyover country. the only difference is that the british election is condensed into a 6 week period so how can gordon brown turn this whole thing around?
well, any minute now, brown, cameron and clegg will have their final debate. he could take this moment to confront the issue. or not.
a blog about whatever recommends that he doesn’t. he made his apology directly to the grandma. and he should push cameron or clegg to make their own gaffe. he should focus on beating up on cameron and on clegg. and since now he has nothing to lose brown should relax and play to his strengths which his intelligence and command of policy. but we’ll see how that goes.
over the next days, brown should revert back to the old fashioned way of campagining. he should hold a press conference every day and set the agenda. he should remind people about the 90s and how even now, despite the recession, that many brits are better off than the previously were.
this of course is not an endorsement of the labour party. omg no. it would be good if the labour voters who leave brown go for cameron, but it is possible that they will chose clegg, which would mean brown would still end up as prime minister. but if the conservatives can move past 40% all will be well in the uk.