Tag Archives: general election 2010

And he’s OUT!!!

Labour’s Gordon Brown has resigned as UK prime minister after three years. Mr Brown has officially tendered his resignation to the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and recommended Conservative leader David Cameron succeed him. Speaking alongside his wife Sarah outside No 10 Downing Street, he said the job had been “a privilege” and wished his successor […]

They’re At It Again!

Three Labour candidates standing in local elections in the London borough of Tower Hamlets have been spoken to by police investigating allegations of electoral fraud using falsely-registered postal votes. The inquiry by Scotland Yard Special Branch officers in the impoverished east London borough is part of a nationwide probe into 50 claims that electoral rolls […]

The Fat Lady is warming up her vocal chords

Well, it’s almost done: Britain goes to the polls this Thursday, the final of the three debates took place last Thursday, and we’re still looking down the barrel at a hung parliament. That said, a few things have started to come clear: Tory support has stiffened while the Labour vote is collapsing in favour of […]

There is honour among thieves

To their very great credit, in tonight’s third and final debate, neither Nick Clegg nor David Cameron tried to make political mileage out of Gordon Brown’s dreadful ‘bigoted woman’ gaffe, a gaffe now circling the globe and quite possibly entering permanent geostationary orbit, so widely reported has it been. I have difficulty imagining any Australian political […]

Brown-man Speaks With Forked Tongue

Gordon Brown has said he is “mortified” after being caught on microphone describing a voter he had just spoken to in Rochdale as a “bigoted woman”. Gillian Duffy, 65, had challenged him on issues including immigration. As he got into his car, he was still wearing a broadcast microphone and was heard to say “that […]

Whigs v Tories

Labour may as well not have fronted. If the UK electoral system was fair, this election would be a fight between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. Even with its current unfairness, it may still be a fight between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. I wrote that after watching the second Prime Ministerial Debate on […]

New words in Scottish slang

In an interesting glimpse into the backroom construction efforts that go into these televised debates, it seems Labour have made scriptwriter Charlie Skelton an offer he COULD refuse in a last ditch attempt to boost Gordon Brown’s performance in the third and final debate next week. A funny thing happened to me yesterday. I was […]

Vince Cable bought my vote for £10,000

Well… maybe. I’m not cheap but I CAN be bought (as the saying goes) and as one of those from the lower end of the British income spectrum, the Liberal Democrat offer to raise the tax-free threshold to £10,000 looks pretty tempting from where I’m typing. The BBC economics editor Stephanie Flanders (oakily dokily) was […]

Be there, or be the democratic deficit!*

Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg are preparing to make political history by taking part in Britain’s first ever prime ministerial TV debate. The party leaders have been rehearsing intensively for the 90-minute US-style live broadcast, in which every word and gesture will be analysed. They will answer questions chosen by the audience and […]

Battle of Britain Begins: General Election 2010

Political leaders have headed off on the campaign trail after Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced the UK general election would be held on 6 May. He said he would seek a “clear” mandate to continue the “road to recovery”, as Labour bids for a fourth term. David Cameron, whose Conservative Party has been ahead in […]