Monthly Archives: May 2009

>Sunday Reflection

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>Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is

>I’m betting on a higher than usual voter turnout for the locals and euros on the 4th June, if only so people can show their disaffection. All those political pundits who think voters will stay at home wallowing in disillusionment with Parliament will, I think, be proved wrong. Go to any online media with comment facility and you will see the outrage of the man on the Clapham Omnibus – and once he’s riled, he’s not likely to lie down quietly any time soon. The last turnout for the euro elections was around 37% – I think it will be higher. My last bet, in September 08 on there being a GE this Autumn, still has to bear fruit but it’s looking promising. (Please note: I’m not a professional nor the Oracle of Delphi, just following my own instincts).

>Ongoing Updates

> Petition calling on Brown to resign: Now stands at 63,835

Petition to HM the Queen calling on her to dissolve Parliament: 96 (Can’t we do better than this?)

>Sunday Round-Up

>The Sunday Times: Balls for Chancellor
More on MPs’ pensions: £60m so far
The Sunday Telegraph: Lords Committee backs King’s call for more BoE power
More MPs’ expenses revealed
The Mail on Sunday: Patient safety on a knife-edge, surgeons not being properly trained, waiting lists going up again and even hospitals closing
Tiananmen Square: 20 years on
Spain lays claim to Gibraltar – again
US shock jock sues Jacqui Smith
The Observer: Union leaders back PR & Purnell calls for state funding of Parties
The Financial Times: Risks to Northern Rock spotted in 2004
The Sunday Express: D-Day fallout: “We may have beaten the Nazis, but Mr Brown has proved to be the enemy within.”
Pravda: American descent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed

>A Welcome Demise

>Bye Bye Labour Party
Tomorrow’s Sunday Telegraph has an ICM poll which shows that for the first time in 22 years Labour has polled lower than the LibDems when voters were asked who they would vote for in a General Election. Cons 40%; LibDem 25%; Labour 22% – Others 13%.

Good, I hope it’s true and not a one-off – perhaps we’re not drowning after all. Goodbye Labour, the party of international socialists, marxists and those who give ‘sordid prostitutes’ a bad name. And just wait until this comes to wider attention.
Goodbye you nasty b*stards – please don’t write.

>Not Waving but Drowning

>Nobody heard him, the dead man,
But still he lay moaning:
I was much further out than you thought
And not waving but drowning.

Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he’s dead
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,
They said.

Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
(Still the dead one lay moaning)
I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning.

Stevie Smith, 1902-1971

>Revolution Shuffle

>Well, there are more questions than answers in this but it’s not a surprise really, though I doubt the LibDems will take it seriously unless Brown gives them Proportional Representation in the voting system – and the people should have a say in that, not just politicians. Labour wants to bed the LibDems

However, it has emerged that senior Cabinet allies are urging him to deliver a “game-changing” reshuffle in the aftermath of next week’s local and European elections. One Cabinet minister said last night: “We have to be looking at reshaping the whole Government and not just a simple reshuffle of the Cabinet that rarely means anything to the wider public.”
The expenses scandal has brought constitutional reform back to the top of the political agenda. It is understood that a sizeable number of the Cabinet – possibly as many as half – favour a new voting system, with the single transferable vote form of proportional representation very popular.

No, the expenses scandal hasn’t brought constitutional reform back to the top of the political agenda: Labour Ministers are doing it, as a way of retaining some semblance of power. It’s also untrue that a Cabinet reshuffle is of little interest to the public: this scandal has re-invigorated interest in politics and we want to know exactly who’s going where and why. Our Constitution worked fine until the Executive chose to ride rough-shod over it and arrogate Royal Prerogatives to itself – that’s why we want bye-elections and a General Election at the soonest possible moment.

As an aside, where is the Crown? The Monarch still retains the power, despite 1642, to call Brown to the Palace, tell him to step down and then appoint Cameron as PM on the proviso that he calls a GE immediately; it could all be done within one week. Why is she not acting? “Dark forces”, indeed.

Not a Happy Bunny: HM in 2006: