caz963: (Grammar)
An entry by someone on my f-list reminded me that I wanted to post something about the public sector workers' strike that's taking place on Wednesday this week.
On the soap-box )


May. 11th, 2010 09:10 pm
caz963: (kermit needs coffee)
We've got a new Prime Minister.

On the one hand, I'm glad all the shilly-shallying is over.

On the other, it's David Cameron.

This will be the first time we've had a coalition government since WWII. I'm not averse to the idea, and if the electoral reforms the Lib Dems are after are made, it's going to happen a lot more often.

The deal with the Lib Dems isn't done though - there's more discussion going on and I heard on the news earlier that they're trying to reach a 3-4 year deal. It seems right now that both sides involved are being quite pragmatic; they know the electorate is pissed off with them and they're treading carefully.

I have to say that Gordy looked incredibly relieved when making his resignation speech. Not that I blame him - we're up the creek and Cameron and Clegg are inheriting one helluva poisoned chalice.
caz963: (buggered)
Well, I put a cross in a box yesterday, although my heart wasn't really in it. It's sad when you're voting not so much for something you believe in as for the thing you dislike least.

My constituency is - and has remained - true blue anyway with the incumbent's share of the vote increasing by almost 9%. While I don't believe that the outcome - a hung parliament - is in the country's best interest, I do believe that it has, at least, got the message across that people are fed up and want something different. 'The people' however, in many cases, weren't prepared to demonstrate that conviction by voting anything other than Labour or Conservative, so what we're going to get is a total mess for a few months until another election has to be called and we have to go through the process all over again.

For now, we've got to sit back and watch the pie-fight between Brown and Cameron as to who's going to be the next PM. I understand the rules - that in a case like this, the current incumbent has first divs - but I don't see how, when (at the time of writing) his party has won fewer seats than the other lot, it is going to be viable for him to carry on. And if he does, I reckon it won't be long before there's a serious leadership challenge.

Don't get me wrong - I'm not a fan of Cameron's either.
caz963: (skippy)
Top UK impressionist, Rory Bremner assesses the rhetoric of George W Bush.

It's up on the BBC iPlayer for another six days -
caz963: (Jed Leo Josh)
With thanks to [ profile] skywaterblue

Obama seeks some fatherly advice... from our very own Jed Bartlet.

BARTLET - Because the idea of American exceptionalism doesn’t extend to Americans being exceptional. If you excelled academically and are able to casually use 690 SAT words then you might as well have the press shoot video of you giving the finger to the Statue of Liberty while the Dixie Chicks sing the University of the Taliban fight song. The people who want English to be the official language of the United States are uncomfortable with their leaders being fluent in it.

God, I love that man... (well, both of them - Bartlet and Sorkin!)

From the NYT.


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