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Views on office and UK politics

I hate how the developments in UK politics over the last 24 hours are wreaking havoc with my viewing habits. No EastEnders yesterday, and no Homes Under The Hammer this morning. Instead I was treated to an unchanging view of David Cameron's front door for an hour. Then my expat friend Allan rang to rage against Nick Clegg, "the betrayer", and how as a life-long Labour supporter he was now sure that Britain was "going to suffer" under an "Etonian PM" who is "clueless" and that the British public would never vote in favour of PR in an eventual referendum because Rupert Murdoch ("he's an Australian, you know") and The Sun would never let them; until I pointed out to him that he had no grounds for complaint since he'd thought it too much of a hassle to register to vote this time. Besides, a week or two ago, he said that if he had made sure he could, he would have voted LibDem this time, specifically because living in Europe had made him aware of the advantages of fixed term parliaments and PR, so what was his gripe exactly? After which he accused me of being a closet Conservative and put the phone down on me.

I am no closet Conservative. My political views, in The Netherlands and in Europe, swing to the left, and always have done. But I do think that now the Tories and the LibDems have got into bed together, they should be given a fair chance to make the experiment work. Coalition government is all about compromise, but as soon as either party thinks its being asked to go a compromise too far, it can break up the partnership and the country can go back to the ballot box and elect a new parliament, so why should the prevailing view of it in the UK be so negative? As inhabitant of a country where multi-party coalition government is the norm, I really can't see what all the fuss is about, to be honest.

I got a call from the CAD Business Controller last night, telling me how the CEO and the COO are still angry about The Biatch's actions in refusing me a permanent position. Well, if that's true, then why won't they do anything about it, I wonder? At the end of the conversation, I realised that I really couldn't care less anymore.

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frelling_tralk
May. 12th, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
I really can't see what all the fuss is about, to be honest.

Word! People are mourning Labour not staying in power, even when they ran up a bill of £163 billion in just one year, and had no plans to start cutting public spending. I'm sorry, but we need a bit of real world sense here, and there's the Lib Dems to keep the conservatives in check so it's not going to be a repeat of the 80's like people are gloomily predicting

And it would have been totally undemocratic if Labour had held on to power, because the tories did get more votes then them at the end of the day

Edited at 2010-05-12 01:43 pm (UTC)
gamiila
May. 12th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
there's the Lib Dems to keep the conservatives in check so it's not going to be a repeat of the 80's like people are gloomily predicting

I was baffled when I heard a commentator put the following non-question to a LibDem activist in an interview this morning: "You voted LibDem, you got Tory instead!" -- as if the coalition manifesto doesn't contain some major adjustments to the Tory election programme at all.

What is it with your political commentators? Are they there to report on the news, or foment a rebellion?
suze2000
May. 13th, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)
Foment a rebellion, for sure.

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