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hutch0
Date: 2007-06-25 13:23
Subject: last days
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Mood:not so greatnot so great
Music:sniffling
So it was a coronation after all. Presumably nobody had the balls to run against Gordon Brown as leader of the Labour Party because they were terrified of what he would do to them if they lost. And they were probably right to be afraid, which I guess tells you all you need to know about the party which is currently ruling us.
Actually, it may be a bit more complex than that. While there's no doubt that many Labour MPs were simply too spineless to put themselves up for election as leader, even in order to get some kind of debate going within the Party, because they feared for their positions, I think others - in particular the younger, brighter ones - chose to keep their powder dry and bide their time.
Personally, I'll be keeping an eye on The Boy Milliband, who briefly looked as if he might run. I think he did the sums and worked out that if Brown loses the next election the Party will turn on him. Then will be the time to run against him. In the meantime, he's young, he's bright, and he has time on his side and almost certainly a Cabinet position when Brown announces his reshuffle later this week.

There's increasing speculation that Brown himself has been doing the sums and has decided to call a General Election early next year. He certainly needs to do something in order to counter the accusation that he lacks a mandate, and it looks as if he's decided that, with the Tories not doing so well at the moment, and the Lib-Dems doing as well as they ever do, he should take advantage of his honeymoon period and go to the country. That way he gets a full four or five-year term to do whatever he wants, rather than spending the next two years getting ready for an election.
Risky. He's not an unknown quantity the way he was when Labour first came to power and we believed whatever they told us. We know him now, and I suspect it'll be a close thing. I think he'll win, but he might wind up with only a slim majority.

The past few weeks, this ludicrous interregnum with Tony jetting about on his Long Goodbye and Gordon travelling the country `campaigning,' have been rather extraordinary, but not in the good way. I've actually been slightly embarrassed by it all. It smacks of the showbiz vibe that we all found so attractive about New Labour back in 1997 but which now seems tired and cynical. I suppose the best you could say is that Tony Blair is coming to the end of the longest lap of honour in history. Although of course `honour' is a relative term.

I've been a little bemused, incidentally, by all the fuss surrounding Blair's supposed intention to convert to Catholicism. So what? It's not illegal to be a Catholic in this country. I can see there might have been some issues about his religion if he'd converted when he was Prime Minister - if he had to make a decision regarding abortion legislation, for instance - but if, as the media maintains, he's been a Catholic in all but name for years, what's the difference? The day after tomorrow he's going to stop being our Prime Minister, and if he wants to convert to Catholicism or Satanism it's none of our business.

His legacy? Actually, that might be trickier to work out than people think. Obviously the one overarching thing he'll be remembered for is the continuing Calvary of the people of Iraq, but does that constitute a `legacy'? Cool Britannia? `The People's Princess?' The Dome? `Education, Education, Education'? Spin? David Cameron? Was it all just hot air, smart words and mirrors? It's hard not to think that, come Wednesday, there won't be a thunder of hooves on Downing Street and people saying in hushed voices, "Who was that masked man...?"

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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2007-06-26 05:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm sooo not qualified to ocmment here. :-)
But that won't stop me from dropping in to let you know the latest US Medical scores:
Mom - out of hospital.
SJ - back in hospital.
Me - hey, somebody FINALLY gave me antibiotics!
Much love to you, your lady and the cats,
Jean Marie
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User: hutch0
Date: 2007-06-26 20:54 (UTC)
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I wouldn't worry; I wasn't qualified to write it in the first place - just babbling.
The latest US medical scores sound good apart from SJ - is this part of his kidney stone treatment or something new?
Big Hugs.
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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2007-06-26 21:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
*user fumes* The %^&*(*&*&^^&( doctors haven't removed the stent! They keep telling him, "It shouldn't be causing all this trouble," even though the irritation has led to a raging infection. Of course this is the same group of urologists who wanted Mom to wait another five days after her *woefully inadequate* course of antibiotics was done to check and see if it did the job. Grrrrr.
At least I could dump them on Mom's behalf and hustle her to the emergency room. Without insurance in the US, SJ's stuck.
In more ways than one, unfortunately.
Hugs,
Jean Marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-06-26 21:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, for heaven's sake. He'd almost be better off coming home and throwing himself on the mercy of the NHS, and I don't often find myself recommending that. Doesn't his job with Starbucks carry medical insurance?
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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2007-06-26 22:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Not right away. He has to work a certain number of weeks, then work enough hours to qualify as a full-time employee. He's been racking up the hours, but he's been on the job only about a month--a month interrupted by three hospital stays so far.
NHS is one of the main things SJ misses from the UK. The other is good curry. :-)
Hugs,
Jean Marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-06-26 23:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If SJ is missing the NHS, that tells me everything I need to know about how bad his situation is. What a mess...
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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2007-06-27 02:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No argument there. Hugs, Jean Marie
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