unlike germany’s chancellor, angela merkel or france’s president, nicholas sarkozy. cameron is pro-turkey, when it comes to the country joining the european union. considering that the country is growing at an annual rate of 7% per year (unlike germany, france, or currently the uk), one would think that the common market would welcome a country that is self-sustaining and is not in dire need of tens of billions of euros to bail out its bank and government. but is this postering? or is cameron really trying to move the tory party closer to the center so that he can one day rule independently of the liberal dems?
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david cameron and his wife are on their way to the white house for the first time since he became prime minister. will david cameron be honoured with a state dinner or get the boot from obama like gordon brown to underscore the existence or non-existence of the uk-us special relationship?
according to the independent, starting this fall, ‘anyone wishing to come to britain must first demonstrate they can speak english at the same level required for skilled workers admitted under the points-based system.’ so non brits who want to marry a brit and move to the uk, for instance, would have to take an english language test. and if they can’t pass an english test that a highly skilled worker (who is presumably a doctor or at least has a master’s degree or some obscure skill that most brits don’t have) then all bets are off for moving to the uk. the complete details can be found on the independent’s website. presumably nick clegg, whose wife is originally from spain probably couldn’t have brought his wife to the uk when they first married. although we don’t have the whole DL on clegg and his family.
but now we know why the tories are no longer aligned with the moderate center right parties in the european parliament and has formed a new grouping with those a bit too far to the right for most people’s taste.
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.
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.
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.
with the way the british elections are done, it’s not so simple. although clegg may be at 30% at the moment and the tories at 33% but according to the london times, his party, the liberal democrats, would only have about 93 MPs to the conservative’s 239 and labour’s 287. which would give the uk at least 5 more years of labour hell.
oprah winfrey, who claims her television show is available worldwide, although it doesn’t play in any of the german speaking countries in europe, selected barack obama as the u.s. president in 2007 and stumped for him in 2008. oprah, while known on uk television, is no jonathan ross. in fact jonathan ross is no jonathan ross either. but she’s also definitely no gavin esler.
the long and the short of this is, that gordon (i have a PhD) brown and james cameron –i mean, david cameron, will debate each other tonight. it is apparently the first televised debate in the uk between two humans vying to be prime minister. unfortunately for brown, cameron has better public speaking skills. and he would put barack obama to shame as he’s able to memorize his speeches and doesn’t need a telepromter in order to speak to the british people.
that’s what the brits think. read the 375 comments and counting on the daily telegraph website. no lunch. no enthusiasm. no special press conference with british flags. maybe obama really is a friend of david cameron. he did seemingly bond with him last summer. the best comment on the post thus far is by old school esq: “It’s called being ruthless. You get what you want and then you move on. And it’s the American way.”