British Politics

Re: British Politics

Postby burnt fare on Mon May 10, 2010 5:55 pm

The satirical press and some commoners no doubt will be glad to know the current Prime Minister will leave the scene in September. What lengths politicians will go to to make deals...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article7122148.ece

Someone else has to be brave enough to become party leader and inherit the leader's issues.
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Re: British Politics

Postby smitty on Mon May 10, 2010 7:53 pm

Since Brown has finally stepped down it will be interesting to see how the Conservative leader, now as PM will run with a MINORITY. I think the same happened shortly after WWII & the minority party flunked.
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Re: British Politics

Postby deja vu on Tue May 11, 2010 3:12 pm

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Conservative leader David Cameron became Britain's youngest prime minister in almost 200 years Tuesday, after Gordon Brown stepped down and ended 13 years of Labour at the helm of the government.

In a carefully choreographed dance, Cameron visited Buckingham Palace and was asked to form a government by Queen Elizabeth II less than an hour after Brown tendered his resignation to the monarch.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37082346/ns ... ws-europe/


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Re: British Politics

Postby fishandchips on Thu May 13, 2010 2:27 pm

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Re: British Politics

Postby burnt fare on Thu May 13, 2010 4:49 pm

The Queen's schedule is a tight one. Did she have a week after the election booked for the "new" PM to visit her? There are other things to keep up with. Good thing the election was this month; next month is Trooping of the Colors.
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Re: British Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Tue May 18, 2010 5:30 pm

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The Conservative-Liberal duo at the wheel of Great Britain:
"Let's go here, Nick!"
"Not at all, David, go there!"
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Re: British Politics

Postby deja vu on Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:34 pm

A Kent MP has apologised for being drunk in the House of Commons and missing a vote on the Budget. Mark Reckless said he did not feel it was appropriate to take part in the vote in the early hours of Wednesday because of the amount he had drunk. The Conservative MP for Rochester and Strood told BBC Radio Kent: "I made a mistake. I'm really sorry about it."


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/england/kent/10590725.stm


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Re: British Politics

Postby burnt fare on Sun Jul 11, 2010 5:10 pm

Given all the noise about what experienced politicians get sloppy about while in office, you would think some kind of orientation for new politicians explaining late votes and behavioral expectations and your constituents would have been given from the beginning. Guess not?

The more experienced MPs are still stinging from having their expenses sunlit for all to see what public money was used for? Time to grow up, men and women.
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Re: British Politics

Postby guitarblues on Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:26 pm

Tony Blair's book is getting the autograph treatment in bookstores. I read that people in Dublin threw shoes and eggs at him and that anyone lining up for the signing had to have their personal things checked over. Security was tight.

Shoes, eggs hurled at Tony Blair in Dublin
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2:07 p.m., Saturday, September 4, 2010

DUBLIN (AP) — Protesters hurled shoes and eggs Saturday at Tony Blair who held the first public signing of his memoir amid high security in Ireland's capital. Hundreds more people lined up to have their books autographed — evidence that the divisions left by Blair's decade as British leader have yet to heal.

Blair's new book, "A Journey," is a best-seller, but it has angered opponents of his policies, especially the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

About 200 demonstrators chanted that Blair had "blood on his hands" as the former prime minister arrived at a Dublin bookstore. Shoes, eggs and other projectiles were thrown toward Blair as he emerged from a car, but did not hit him. A flip-flop could be seen lying on the roof of a BMW in Blair's motorcade. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/sep/4/shoes-eggs-hurled-tony-blair-dublin/

Who else had shoes tossed at him in the past? George Bush Jr.
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Re: British Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Nov 10, 2010 4:50 pm

A planned tripling of tuition fees for post-secondary education led to a rally, where some participants veered off the course and headed to the Tory party headquarters for some rioting.

Protesters smash into Tory HQ and storm the roof as anti-cuts rioters hijack tuition fees march
By Nicola Boden
Last updated at 8:29 PM on 10th November 2010
Students went on the rampage today as a huge protest against the coalition's controversial move to hike tuition fees turned violent.

Around 52,000 students and teachers travelled to London for a march and rally in Westminster against the Government's plans to raise fees from £3,290-a-year to up to £9,000.
Scotland Yard appeared to have been caught on the hop as the peaceful protest descended into riots this afternoon when many left the planned route and headed to Tory party headquarters.
A police spokesman confirmed tonight 35 people had been arrested for a range of offences, including criminal damage and trespass, and were now in custody at stations across central London.

Met Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said the force should have anticipated the level of violence 'better', adding: 'It's not acceptable. It's an embarrassment for London and to us and we have to do something about that.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1328385/Student-tuition-fee-protesters-smash-Millbank-Tory-HQ.html
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