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.

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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.