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A two-horse race

In Chris Huhne, LibDems, Nick Clegg on October 31, 2007 at 3:24 pm

Nominations are about to close for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats, and no-one else has thrown their hat in to the ring.

It is vital for the Lib Dems that they choose the right leader this time around and Gordon Brown and David Cameron will be watching closely as to what ‘bounce’ they get in the polls. Politics in the UK is very volatile at the moment and although a general election is an event far in the future, it is essential that all parties perform well in the polls now. This is how New Labour did it in the 1990s. They were consistently ahead in the polls for years.

From the Conservative perspective, Cameron knows he is in the driving seat at the moment. It is essential he stays there.



In Uncategorized on October 31, 2007 at 2:00 pm

Some people just don’t have a sense of humour. Take a look at the comments section on Iain Dale’s blog in response to this picture.
CLICK on the picture to enlarge

Backache and the English Parliament

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2007 at 9:01 pm

There are times when I just can’t be bothered, and tonight is one of those occasions. I attempted to go to work today and lasted for just over an hour. The backache was so bad I had to throw in the towel and go and see my GP. I have been given strong painkillers that are not doing the job they are supposed to, however they are making me very tired. The GP has also given me a sick note for two weeks. Hopefully the rest will get my back sorted along with the exercises he has given me to do.

One final thought for the evening. The debate on the English Grand Committee proposal rages forth and there are some opinions I simply cannot work out. One comment on my blog said that such a committee will result in the break-up of Britain. Why? If you believe that, then surely an English Parliament could have the same effect? Then I hear Britain is being regionalized, but elected Regional Assemblies have proved as popular as a lightening strike. If anyone can enlighten me, then please feel free to comment. Right now I am preparing to pick my darling up from work and then go to bed!

Sana Ali

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2007 at 8:46 pm

In May of this year I highlighted the tragic case of Sana Ali. She was a young Muslim women who was sadly murdered. Since then the comments section on this blog has been used as a forum for those who want to discuss the case. I wasn’t too bothered at the beginning, but when the comments were getting abusive, I decided to close the comments section. Someone contacted me and asked for the comments section to be opened again. I agreed, but since then my blog has simply been used as a place where unfounded allegations are being peddled by anonymous writers. I have decided to close the comments section for good. This is my final word on the subject, however, may I suggest that someone opens up a forum on, say, Yahoo. I will happily publicise the URL for them and direct them from here to there.

As many of the comments have been abusive and unfounded, I wish to disassociate myself from them. I will leave the comments section open on this post for the next 24 hours for anyone who wants to vent their spleen, however if anyone leaves a comment or contacts me personally with any comments that are of a threatening nature, I will contact the police. I sincerely hope it will never come to that.

English Parliament

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2007 at 3:05 pm

After I posted on Sir Malcolm Rifkind’s proposal of an English Grand Committee (as opposed to an English Parliament) I received a comment very quickly rubbishing the idea. I said I would write again and give you my views. So, here they are:

Firstly, I think this is a stepping stone towards our ultimate goal of an English Parliament, however we all know this is not going to happen under a Labour government. I was fortunate enough to be sitting in Strangers’ Gallery in the House of Commons when the Scottish Devolution Bill was going through Committee Stage back in 1998. I heard Tam Dalyell speak against it. Remember he was the author of the ‘West Lothian Question.’ You might have thought his collegues would listen to his arguments, but they didn’t. I saw at first hand what many of the Scottish Labour MPs were like. Thugs. Not only did they not show any respect to Tam Dalyell, but they barracked former prime minister John Major too. They never listened to any of the arguments from respected parlimentarians, and Tony Blair pushed this ill conceived legislation through parliament knowing the ‘West Lothian Question’ would not go away.

Mike Ion accuses the Conservative Party of making mischief by calling for an English Grand Committee; playing on Brown’s Scottishness. Rubbish! This government has pushed through unpopular measures – such as tuition fees – on the backs of Scottish Labour MPs. They inflicted on the English something which their constituents did not have to put up with. The Conservative Party has consistantly made its position clear, and it has argued against the rights of Scottish MPs to legislate on English matters.

I would like to see a situation where we have a First Minister for England, who appoints a cabinet and other ministers. What I do not want to see is more politicians elected. English MPs can sit in the House of Commons on set dates and the chamber will then be known as the English Parliament.

Those who want an English Parliament should not dismiss Rifkind’s proposal outright. Think of it as a stepping stone. At least with a Grand Committee we will have English MPs legislating on English matters. This has to be better than what we have now.

Lewis Hamilton

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2007 at 7:36 pm

I remember watching Jeremy Clarkson on the television a few years ago talking about Formula 1 drivers. In every interview any of the racing drivers gave, they never cited the real reason for living in Monaco; tax. They spoke of the climate, the jet-set lifestyle, other drivers being around them, but never spoke about the real reason.

Today Lewis Hamilton has said he going to move to Switzerland. His reasons are because he can’t go anywhere in the UK without being recognised. Poor lad. Does he think he is the only famous person who has that problem? A very taxing problem indeed.

Migrant Workers

In Migrant Workers on October 28, 2007 at 5:40 pm

Norfolk Blogger has a good post about migrant workers. Read it here.

If we do not have the skills already in this country then it is vital for the economy we import labour. I had a very long discussion with Wayne at Central News about this months ago. It will not surprise you to hear that the BNP and I never ended up agreeing.

Blair’s Memoirs

In Blair, Brown on October 28, 2007 at 4:13 pm

Tony Blair has struck a deal for the publication of his memoirs. No doubt this will make him millions of pounds and set him up perfectly to run for President of Europe as and when the time arrives.

I will be interesting though if he goes in to detail about his relationship with Brown. He probably won’t and the whole thing will be a damp squib. I imagine he will do he same as Alistair Campbell and gloss over everything. Or maybe Campbell missed them out of his book to pave the way for Blair? We’ll just have to wait.

Rifkind proposes an English Parliament

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2007 at 3:44 pm

Sir Malcolm Rifkind has suggested that an English Grand Committee should be set up to legislate on purely English matters. As much as I agree with the suggestion, it is hardly an original suggestion. Many of us have been arguing for the same for quite some time. The West Lothian question still hangs in the air and Labour are not going to resolve it. It is in their own self-interest to keep the votes of Scottish MPs to drive through unpopular legislation that will not affect their constituents.

The Leader of he Scottish National Party, Alex Salmond, has also spoke out in favour of an English Parliament. He told Andrew Marr on BBC1 that “I think the right solution is to have a Scottish Parliament and an English Parliament – I believe independent parliaments – and to do the job properly, as opposed to having some sort of spatchcock solution to appeal for votes in middle England.”

“I would like to see people in England have the same rights and entitlements as those in Scotland.”

He is – of course – absolutely right. He is consistent in his views and does not want something different for England. Brown of course is a different proposition altogether. Disingenuous doesn’t begin to tell the story.

Quote from BBC News

Blogpower Roundup

In Blogpower on October 27, 2007 at 2:42 pm

A reminder to everyone in Blogpower that it will soon be the end of the month and Gracchi has the honour of doing this month’s ‘Blogpower Roundup.’ If there have been any posts that have caught your eye and you think they are worthy of a mention in dispatches, then send the URL to