We'll keep the red flag flying here

  • May. 13th, 2010 at 9:42 PM
pepper: A red chilli pepper (Chilli pepper)
Today I thought I'd share with you a... curio, I suppose. A past memory; a book from my childhood.


Essential reading in the household I grew up in. )

May. 11th, 2010

  • 12:55 PM
pepper: Gramophone. (Gramophone)
For anyone who - like me, yesterday - saw the "Gordon Brown steps down!" headlines and thought, wow, have we got a new PM then? They missed out a few words: "Gordon Brown has [said he will] steps down [as leader of the Labour Party, by September]." So he's still in post as PM at the moment - as he's supposed to be, until it's decided.

Basically, this seems to be because one of the main blocks to a Labour-Lib Dem coalition is Brown himself, because a lot of Lib Dems don't want him as PM. Brown is taking the hit in order to keep his party in power - and really, given that leaders who lose an election rarely stay leaders for long, he had nothing to lose. He possibly gets a few more months as PM, and his party will like him better if he keeps them in power, so when he steps down as leader he could still be rewarded with a Cabinet post (he was actually faaaaairly popular when he was Chancellor; people believe those clich├ęs about dour Scotsmen).

Anyhow, it's all quite exciting. I have the BBC Live Updates open in another tab and they tell me that everyone's gathering in the House of Commons. Whether it's because a decision has been made or because they're just, you know, working is anyone's guess. Tories (including that dickhead, Boris Johnson) keep releasing huffy statements, though, which leads one to speculate...

Favourite names so far: Lord Adonis (terribly, terribly misleading), Ed Balls, Eric Pickles.

Quote that amused me most this morning: The Lib Dem leader has a "string of Westminster meetings" today, according to his aide. "Nick Clegg is not the only person involved."

ETA: Oh, poo. Cameron's the new PM. Duh-duh-duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.


May. 7th, 2010

  • 9:36 AM
pepper: Pirate flag (Pirate flag)
So, a hung parliament. Not very surprising; I'm sort of pleased that, no matter how much the country wants Brown/Labour gone, it still can't bring itself to definitely vote Conservative. Of course, it sounds like this means the country is in deep doodoo until they call another election, at which point there's a good chance the Cons will get in... *sigh*

My constituency has remained a tiny island of red (Labour) in a sea of blue (Cons), one of those "safe" seats that would have been on the national news this morning if it had changed allegiance. Sadly, our neighbours to the west have gone from being a strongly Liberal Democrat area to voting Cons. There was only 176 votes in it, so there'll be a lot of Lib Dems from that area who are deeply unhappy about the step to the right. The outgoing Lib Dem MP was always taking a risk by being a Humanist, pro-choice, pro-animal testing, and a supporter of stem cell testing and voluntary euthanasia (er... not at the same time) in the middle of conservative, Conservative middle England. I don't agree with everything he stands for, but personally, if I was in the area, that wouldn't have prevented me from voting for him. Eesh.

I stayed up until 01:30 watching the alternative election night. Favourite quote (that I can remember): "Proportional representation. The easiest way to explain it... is to someone who's interested and already understands it." *g* I'm glad they didn't try to explain it to me last night, because I think my brain would have given out.

Also, I'm totally working on my crush on Professor Brian Cox, the "rockstar physicist". He's so smart and dreamy! *swoons* Someone should write a fic where he and Sam Carter meet, stat.


Brief guide for anyone wondering: of the three parties that have any chance of gaining power in this country, the Conservatives are right-wing, Labour are left-wing (supposedly), and Liberal Democrats are in the middle. Roughly speaking, at least.

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