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.
Sunday, April 18th, 2010
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.
Thursday, April 15th, 2010
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.
Friday, March 27th, 2009
president luiz inácio lula da silva apparently failed to clarify the role of green-eyed white people. but it is believed that his message got across to uk prime minister gordon brown, who was standing next to the brazil president when he made his comments in portugese. although he did not directly agree with the president it should be noted that prime minister brown did not 100% dismiss this assertion. the financial times quotes the president of the largest country (population-wise) in south america, and an economic powerhouse in its own right, as saying, ‘This crisis was caused by the irrational behaviour of white people with blue eyes, who before the crisis appeared to know everything and now demonstrate that they know nothing.’
Friday, March 6th, 2009
uk prime minister gordon brown was apparently snubbed by the new u.s. administration this week. to add insult to injury, brown, who is essentially blind in one eye, has a PhD and was formerly chancellor of the exchequer, was given a box of dvds which included star wars and the wizard of oz. perhaps he was mistaken for the queen. hopefully they are all region 2.
Wednesday, March 4th, 2009
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.”
Thursday, November 13th, 2008
a financial pow-wow is happening this weekend in washington dc. last week ‘a blog about whatever’ pointed out that barack obama will not be attending. today, the international herald tribune basically supports his idea to duck the meeting.
it is conceivable that george w. bush picked this moment partially for political reasons. had john mccain won the election, it would’ve shorn up the markets’ trust in him. and with a barack obama win, it could show him up as the financial and political neophyte that many suspect that he is.
with the absence of obama at the g-20 summit and george w. bush being basically the lame duck president that he is, gordon brown is asserting himself on the world stage according to the international herald tribune. brown was recently quoted as saying that he was prepared to take obama under his wing and teach him about the financial markets. that may sound condescending. and well, quite frankly it is. but brown was chancellor of the exchequer of the uk for 10 years.