Monday, September 24, 2007

Power Struggle

The British press is rife with speculation that Gordon Brown may throw a snap General Election this autumn. He delivered a very strong speech today, very rich in aspiration for the education system, the NHS and the ethereal notion of British values.

Reasons to have an election:
Elections are all about winning. If Labour can eke out an extra 2 1/2 years of power at minimal risk it would almost be silly not to.
To have the Prime Minister gain the personal backing of the public. This is a favoured argument by the opposition and therefore makes sense to nullify this weapon in the Conservative armoury.
The opposition are unfocused and in disarray.
Sends out a message of confidence that the public backs the party.

Reasons not to have an election:
Risk of losing power.
Sends out the message that the government fears that its position in 2 years time will be poorer than it is now.

As it stacks up, there are few reasons not to hold an election, but they are powerful ones. I think Gordon Brown should hold the election now. The Tory's are in no position to alter the status quo and therefore Gordon will inherit an extra 2 1/2 years in which to fulfil his manifesto and if he has as much faith in himself as he suggests eradicate all thought of the Tory's gaining power in 5 years time.


Thursday, September 13, 2007

Jesus Duck

Sitting on the bench with my good woman in front of the Anton river watching the duckies hoping that one of them will do a full on somersault when searching for food. In the distance, under the viking boat, one of the webbed feet creatures appears to be walking on water inspiring a song...

Jesus Duck, Jesus Duck, does whatever a Jesus Duck does.
Can he walk, on a wave? No he can't, he's a duck.
Look out, here comes the Jesus Duck.