Fascinatin' Rhythm

May 7, 2010

I’ll do my crying in the rain

Filed under: Politics — Thurulingas @ 2:15 pm
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A hung parliament?  Disastrous results for the Lib-Dems, but it’s looking like Clegg may yet become the kingmaker of the newly formed government, whatever its constituent parties are.  So some good news.

But libel reform has been seriously damaged with the loss of Evan Harris as MP for Oxford West.  And really is worth crying over.  People of Oxford, what on earth were you thinking?

Post title is from ‘Crying in the Rain’ by the Everly Brothers, covered by A-Ha.

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May 6, 2010

When two tribes go to war

Filed under: Politics — Thurulingas @ 10:12 am
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Well, not just two tribes, but three (plus a whole host of other spear carriers).  Yes, I voted in the elections this morning, and feel supremely adult.  I also voted as a proxy for a friend.  Fortunately we are of the same mind when it comes to elections, so I didn’t have to fight my conscience.

Will watch the election programme tonight avidly as results start coming in.  Normally only starts to get exciting around 3am, which might be a bit late.  But I’ll stay up to see how the first borough to report their results shows in the polls, at the very least.

It’s been a very interesting campaign, actually.  Tracking the increasing equivalencies between UK campaigns and American, the rise of personality-driven campaigning (wholly embraced by the Tories, to their potential detriment, I feel), and the subsequent measurable increase in interest in the election as a phenomenon has been fertile grist for the mill of our regular lunchtime newswatching ritual and discussion.  And I confess that I shall be extremely disappointed if we don’t now get a hung parliament, with all the hand-wringing that will entail.  Watching politicians squirm with discomfort as they cosy up to erstwhile deadly foes is most entertaining.  Most entertaining indeed.  Like watching the Doctor being served tea by the Daleks.

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