Friday, May 06, 2005

now we wait for gordon brown.

And so … we have some semblace of sanity in the UK, with British voters rejecting Michael Howard’s (Lyndon Crosby) assertion that immigration was the source of all their problems.

This new brand of racism (supposedly a leftie fabrication) failed to fascinate the voters in the UK as well as it did in Australia, where it has been a (the?) driving force in federal politics for nearly a decade. This is good. (But why are the people I share my country with so blind?)

Howard has conceded defeat, albeit with a fairly good gain on the Labour Party. To be fair, he never had a hope, and it looks as though the previous Labour margin of 165 seats has been at least halved.

In no way am I pro Tory (but not particularly pro Tony, either), but maybe this will be a good thing. I hope that this reduced margin, coupled with the rise of the Liberal Democrats, will reintroduce a level of accountability that seemed so missing in Blair’s previous term.

The swing against Labour is at the moment 4.2 percent, with the Tories only increasing their share of the vote by 1.1 percent. The Liberal Democrats have increased their share by around 4.1 percent.

And Boris Johnson and George Galloway have both been reelected, to ensure some modicum of excitement.

This all seems fairly good.

The next question is: how long ‘til Gordon Brown kicks in?

Update: Larvatus Prodeo has a good rundown of election blogging and what's been happening.


At 10:47 AM, Anonymous Dan said...

I would personally like to see more opinion and analysis, and less regurgitation of newspaper reports. Can't you assume that people who read your blog also read the paper?

At 5:34 PM, Blogger gringo said...

(i) I didn't think that anyone did read the blog -- actually I assume that no one does.
(ii) That was actually my opnion. I took the swings from the Guardian site and wrote that up on Friday arvo with little time to research things in the papers. I do think that it is a good thing that Labour are back in the UK and I do think that it is a good thing that they are back with a reduced majority. Hopefully this will temper Blair's willingness to deceive the public, and may hasten the ascension of a new Labour leader who (has given an impression that he) cares about the developing world and is less inclined towards invasion.
(iii) You may be able to assume that people do read papers, but what papers/blogs/other media do you assume that they consume?

At 5:37 PM, Blogger gringo said...

Didn't mean to be so short and sharp == in a long and protracted manner. That was just an immediate response that came out of my keyboard.

Thanks for the suggestion.

I do think that it is an interesting question as to who reads what ... and what level of knowledge regarding a subject can you assume your reader has.


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