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I think someone is bitter that they didn't get a decent position in the new government.
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What about peoples DNA on the database that haven't been convicted of any crime? Like mine.
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I agree with this and think Ed Milliband will win the leadership contest of the Labour Party. He seems more affable and less shallow than his brother.
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Does it really matter? perhaps the lack of applause might reflect their worries about living in slipper city for 13 years and change on the horizon.
Toggle Commented May 15, 2010 on A civil service mystery at CentreRight
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I don't think there's any need for you to apologise, it's Jack Stone who has cast himself in a bad light. Hope you enjoyed your evening out.
Toggle Commented May 13, 2010 on Ugly comments at thetorydiary
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I did initially, but not anymore now that it's clear that the Liberal Democrats are acting purely out of self interest and expect us to bend over backwards to accommodate them.
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Boring old trout.
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How can you have a government formed by the 2nd and 3rd largest party that doesn't command a majority? That isn't legitimate, if they get the Celtic block on board then it will be but will never be stable and our country will be held to ransom. Let them have this coalition, it is doomed to failure, people will be angry about the prospect of Brown staying another few months then another Labour person stepping into the breach without a mandate from the people. That aside, I am looking forward to another Adam Boulton meltdown on Sky news today, the joys of working from home!
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It's the Lib Dems that seem to be putting self interest in front of what is best for the country. The priorities now are not voting reform, that is well down the list. So if this is the deal breaker than whose interest are they acting in? And what of Clegg's promise about who has the mandate? We have over 300 seats and should no compromise on everything, the tail should not wag the dog.
Toggle Commented May 10, 2010 on Gordon Brown to resign as Labour leader at LeftWatch
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Let them form this 'rainbow' coalition, it will flop within a year and we will get our majority. The Lib Dems won't hang onto their southern seats as the price for propping up Labour, there isn't an obvious candidate to step into Brown's shoes regardless of how useless he is, and people will be annoyed when we are held to ransom by the Scottish and Welsh nationalist parties.
Toggle Commented May 10, 2010 on Gordon Brown to resign as Labour leader at LeftWatch
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The pound dropped nearly a cent against the dollar moments after Brown's statement. As usual he can't do anything with dignity and just can't let go.
Toggle Commented May 10, 2010 on Gordon Brown to resign as Labour leader at LeftWatch
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I want the BBC to be stripped down of all of the pointless television and radio stations, vulgar salaries and demented programmes at our expense and focus on two channels of 'quality' broadcasting along with the world service news channel and website. The license fee could then be more than halved. What I think will happen is that the status quo of waste will remain as it's 'in the public interest' and we will be patronisingly told we are a broad church so everything should stay.
Toggle Commented May 10, 2010 on The BBC in the new Parliament at CentreRight
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I know Prime Ministers are never directly elected! The point is that he never became PM when winning an election as leader of the largest party. He breezed in unopposed mid-term and now certainly doesn't have a mandate. You said it's possible that Labour offer Clegg a deal with a new leader, I doubt this can happen.
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Your first scenario can't happen either can it? It would have to involve Brown going to the Queen to resign but saying "Can you still invite my party to form a new government with a new leader?", surely Cameron gets invited to the Palace next? A 2nd unelected leader in a row from the 2nd largest party without a majority would be very very bizarre.
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Yes, a minority government ruling via supply and confidence, I think it might end up like this as I can't see a lot of the Lib Dem's (not Clegg) wanting to be tied up with us. We'll see but I don't think they'll prop up Labour and something has to be done.
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That is simply not true, if nobody can form a coalition (Lib Dems won't prop up Brown as it will lose them their southern seats when the coaltion collapses), then Cameron as leader of the largest party will be invited to form a minority government. Do you really think that Brown can cling on as a twice unelected leader with Labour as the 2nd largest party?
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Dear god, you really are a tedious 'yes' man. Major's time has come and gone, he was rejected wholeheartedly by the British electorate, they don't need lectures from him now.
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Don't give the Lib Dems the chance to be our puppet master, our terms or no terms, they know propping up Brown would tarnish them badly. The tail SHOULD NOT wag the dog.
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Agreed, they'd end up tearing themselves to pieces for the sake of their own greed and vanity at the nations expense, when the coalition collapses we'd be waiting in the wings to clean up with a decent majority. That aside, we would probably be able to vote the coalition down on most things we didn't agree with as they'd never have 100% internal backing. Labour would finally go into meltdown and people would punish the Lib Dems at the ballot box for being their partners in crime. I don't really see a downside.
Toggle Commented May 7, 2010 on Hung parliament games at CentreRight
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I agree this could happen and was thinking exactly the same earlier, Clegg would be trumpeting that Cameron is not acting in the national interest but Brown is, I can almost see it now. He was purposefully vague as he thought Labour might have won more seats but we would have won the popular vote. Will the Lib Dem executive really want to deal with us? They've got so many easy excuses for talks to fail and a grubby talentless Scottish hand is waiting to give them exactly what they want. Perhaps the best strategy would be to let them form a great coalition of the centre left, we'd win by a landslide in a year or so when it all goes to a ball of chalk.
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This will hardly be 'cutting the cost of politics'. What would the role be of this 'new second chamber'? Sounds like just another expensive layer of beaurocracy.
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Big society? Come off it, we all know it was a flop, no point hiding it now. As far as Clegg goes in a new administration, Grayling would be the sacrificial lamb I would have thought. And no, we shouldn't support AV at any level.
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I hate the Liberal Democrats and their policies on Trident, immigration and intention to tax the hard working and new houses. They are a bunch of self righteous idiots who always try and take the centre ground with fluffy policies that would be terrible for our country and standing around the world. That said, I couldn't stomach 5 more years of Brown, deal with them in the national interest but don't give away a promise on a referendum on AV. If we do well then we could always call another election next year and get a majority with a decent and clear campaign.
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Country first, it's as simple as that. We can't afford to let Brown hose more money away on attempting to form an unstable coalition with silly promises whilst we sleepwalk towards a situation similar to Greece. Brown is a desperate man and will cling onto power in anyway he can, even though it will be bad for the country. Cameron is doing the right thing, we can compromise.
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