Five great political honeymoons
Honeymoons are hilarious.
Political honeymoons I mean.
The smallest, often banal, act is portrayed as an example of great statesmanship. Gordon Brown was right to return from his holiday, because the current atmosphere guaranteed that it would be portrayed as strong leadership. But it's hardly the first time a leader has enjoyed such a breathing space.
Here are five great honeymoons:
Tory MEP calls for debate on boycotting the Beijing Olympics
Conservative MEP Edward McMillan-Scott has urged Gordon Brown to lead a Europe-wide debate as to whether the 2008 Olympics should be boycotted in protest at the communist dictatorship's record on human rights.
Peter Luff on David Cameron and the Future of the Conservative Party
After our third successive general election defeat in 2005, the Conservative Party was faced with an important decision. Did we want to be a serious political party aspiring to government, or turn into a pressure group representing the views of a minority of the electorate, but remaining permanently in opposition?
ID Cards or Hospitals - Take your pick.
Five firms are going to be selected to provide the computer equipment and deal with the issuing of the proposed ID Cards. For one thing this scheme is going to cost £5.3bn and I think I would prefer to see my local hospital not shut down to save money. The thing about my hospital (Haslar) is it is also the last military hospital in this country and I'm not too sure, but with our servicemen and women being flown home with horrific injuries, I think It could be quite handy. Oh and by the way, the buses that used to run from my town to the hospital that we now have to use have been scrapped to - yes you guessed it - save money.
How long can Brown have it both ways on relations with the
Gerard Baker has a great column in The Times this morning about how Gordon Brown is trying to play it both ways on relations with
Huge Lead for SNP in latest poll
Brilliant opinion poll news for the SNP as it goes on full 'election alert' for an October snap general election. A poll for the Daily Mail conducted by Scottish Opinion, gives the SNP 48% to Labour's 32%, and 40% of voters saying they are favourable towards an SNP government compared to 13% who are not. Bring on the election, Gordo!
I do like predictions like this:
Here is the climate forecast for the next decade; although global warming will be held in check for a few years, it will come roaring back to send the mercury rising before 2014.
Discredited global warming model rolled out again
The discredited model used by the group of UN “scientists” that resulted in the climate change report that is being used by governments - especially our own - as an excuse to intoruce “green” taxes, has been used again by the same group of scientists to predict climate change over the next 10 years.
Politicians and their holidays
Nicolas Sarkozy’s holiday in
The point of history
As results week approaches, along with the inevitable cries of dumbing down, I've noticed an occasional trope in the media with regard to the discussion of history. It's on display today in the Guardian in a rather good article analysing what A-level results mean (essentially, they are now an enabling qualification rather than the elite-determining test that they once were - of course more people are passing them, that's the point.)
MP must choose Heaven or Hell
This joke is currently spreading around the Internet there - and it does have a moral, there is a sting in the tail that I thought you would enjoy:
The Dry Season
Sarah Foster discusses the silly news that evolves when no real new news is occurring.