Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
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.
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.
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.