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  • Hillary makes embarrassing gaffe as she confuses names of Britain's political parties in UK

    07/04/2014 10:56:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 July 2014 | Damien Gayle and Chris Pleasance
    Mrs Clinton confused names of political parties in interview with BBC. Said Tories and Conservatives were opponents in Houses of Parliament. Names actually refer to the same party, Labour being the other main party. Gaffe is particularly embarrassing given she was former Secretary of State . ... Clinton suggested that the Conservatives and Tories were opponents, when in fact the two names refer to the same party. The gaffe is particularly embarrassing for Clinton as she used to be Secretary of State, and so is expected to have extensive knowledge of foreign affairs. ... Sales of Mrs Clinton's book have...
  • European Elections: UKIP Top British Polls

    05/25/2014 5:36:41 PM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 58 replies
    Sky News ^ | 26 May 2014 | staff
    UKIP have topped the European polls in the UK, with the Labour Party vying with the Conservatives for second place. Sources from the other main parties have conceded Nigel Farage's party will win, with the leader hailing an "earthquake" in British politics. It will be the first time a party other than the Conservatives or Labour has topped a nationwide poll for the first time in 108 years.
  • 'We were WRONG, we are SORRY' Senior Labour MP pens open letter to Ukip voters

    05/25/2014 9:50:45 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    Sunday Express ^ | 5-25-2014 | Owen Bennett
    ONE of Labour's most senior figures has written an open letter to Ukip supporters today, apologising for the party's previous views on immigration concerns and urging them to "keep an open mind". Shadow Justice Minister Sadiq Khan concedes Labour has been "too quick to dismiss concerns about immigration, or even worse - accused people of prejudice" in the letter, which was sent exclusively to Mr Khan lists a range of policies designed to entice former Labour voters thinking of voting for Ukip back to his party. The letter comes just days after Ukip saw its number of councillors across...
  • British elections dismay establishment leftists: Voters turning conservative all over Europe

    05/24/2014 11:01:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/24/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    All over Europe, voters are turning in a conservative direction, and against the autocratic European Union and its big government enablers. New York Times reporters Steven Erlanger and Stephen Castle write a dripping-with-disdain account of local election results in the UK, which will be followed tomorrow by results for the European Parliament. To them, conservatgives are “right wingers” or “far-right” and those who object to EU takeover of sovereignty are “anti-Europe.” Voters in Britain sent a forceful message of discontent to established political parties on Friday, as returns from local elections showed an even stronger following than expected for the...
  • Ukip’s Farage on course for poll breakthrough

    05/22/2014 7:58:23 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 13 replies
    Financial Times (UK) ^ | : May 23, 2014 2:19 am (GMT) | By George Parker and Kiran Stacey
    Nigel Farage was heading for a breakthrough in local and European elections on Thursday, as early results suggested that the UK Independence party leader’s prediction of a political “earthquake” might be borne out. Mr Farage was hopeful that Ukip would win the European elections, the party’s first victory in a nationwide poll, leaving big questions for the leaders of each of the three traditional parties over how they deal with the populist insurgency. Ukip delivers blow to Labour in the north Angry voters turn to anti-politics of Ukip Mainstream braced for Farage In depth European elections 2014 Cameron to mount...
  • The gloves come off in England

    05/09/2014 4:32:45 PM PDT · by Renfield · 53 replies
    The Occidental Observer ^ | 4-30-2014 | Francis Carr Begbie
    The arrest of Paul Weston, an anti-immigration campaigner in England, for repeating Winston Churchill’s unflattering observations about Islam in a public speech has been reported around the world with headlines from the US to Russia to Japan. Weston, who leads a small party called LibertyGB, was bundled into a police van outside the Guildhall in the town of Winchester, after being arrested for suspected racial harassment. It is a shocking event because to many people overseas, Britain is still a country where there is freedom of speech. But the Weston arrest is only the latest in a series of incidents...
  • Farage: Get Ready to Take Down the Political Establishment

    05/03/2014 4:43:04 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 25 replies
    ST IVES, CAMBRIDGESHIRE, UK –– An over-capacity crowd of around 650 people met UKIP leader Nigel Farage for the final town hall-style meeting of his pre-European Election tour of the United Kingdom. With UKIP swag plastered all over the Burgess Hall venue, Farage entered to rapturous applause, flanked by increased security following the assault on him earlier this week. Farage was speaking to the throngs of disaffected Brits, who have witnessed their livelihoods sacrificed for multiculturalism, big state-driven debt, and the transfer of sovereignty over their own lives from their local towns and villages to centralised governments in London and...
  • Video of Paul Weston's Churchill Speech, Arrest, Interview

    04/30/2014 2:15:46 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 7 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 30 April 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    You can see the video by clicking on the "Enza Ferreri Blog" link above. Previous articles on the topicWinchester: Churchill Quotation Gets Liberty GB Leader Paul Weston ArrestedLiberty GB’s Paul Weston, Arrested in Winchester for Quoting Churchill, Could Face 2 Years in JailTranscript of the videoQ: Where exactly were you speaking, please? A: Winchester, which is in the county of Hampshire, and Hampshire is part of the South-East constituency for the European Union elections which I’m standing in. So I thought: “As it’s part of my constituency, I will go down and try and explain to these people, who do...
  • Britain's Labor Party hires ex-Obama aide Axelrod to help in election

    04/19/2014 1:00:21 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies ^ | April 18, 2014 | Henry Chu
    LONDON – Setting up an intriguing election battle, Britain’s opposition Labor Party announced Friday that it had hired President Obama’s chief campaign advisor to help the party return to power next year over the ruling Conservatives. The decision to recruit David Axelrod means that the 2015 British election will pit two of Obama’s strategists against each other. Working for the Conservatives is Jim Messina, who, like Axelrod, toiled on both of Obama’s presidential campaigns and who served as his deputy White House chief of staff during his first term. “David is used to tough fights, and he is going to...
  • Britain's Labour Leader Conscripts Obama Architect David Axelrod for 2015 Election

    04/18/2014 3:34:17 AM PDT · by grimalkin · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/18/2014 | RAHEEM KASSAM
    Britain's Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has conscripted the services of American campaigns professional David Axelrod, otherwise known as the architect behind President Barack Obama's U.S. election victory in 2008. The appointment of Axelrod to the Labour team is the latest in a long line of foreign consultants brought in to try and help Ed Miliband's team on the run up to the UK General Election in May 2015. Axelrod follows in the footsteps of 69-year-old U.S. community organiser Arnie Graf, who embarrassed Labour by claiming he was working for them, rather than consulting for them, without a UK work...
  • Huge poll boost for UKIP as a fifth of voters say they will back anti-Europe party in wake of…

    04/14/2014 2:03:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:47 EST, 13 April 2014 | Chris Pleasance and Gerri Peev
    The Conservatives could be pushed into third place at the European elections after the party’s poll ratings plunged in the wake of the Maria Miller expenses scandal. A poll has put the Tories on 23 percent, behind Labour (31 percent) and UKIP (28 percent) just days after the Culture Secretary was forced to resign in an expenses row. The Liberal Democrats were on a dismal 9 percent, according to analysis of recent polling by Professor Curtice of Strathclyde University. Levels of support for UKIP are now at a record high as they were the only party to gain popularity in...
  • Get ready to quit the EU now, Davis tells the Tories as he tears into Cameron and predicts…

    04/07/2014 12:53:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:52 EST, 5 April 2014 | Simon Walters
    The Tory revolt over Europe took a dramatic turn last night after senior Conservative David Davis called on the Government to open talks with Brussels on quitting the EU. Former Tory chairman Mr. Davis tore into David Cameron, accusing him of making a mess of his pledge to win back powers from the EU. “Scaremongers” who said Britain would collapse if it decided to go it alone were talking nonsense, said Mr Davis. Quitting the EU would be like a “revolution” and would boost UK jobs, wages, world power, arts and prestige, he added. Significantly, his intervention comes days after...
  • Expenses scandal roils Cameron ahead of European elections

    04/07/2014 6:40:23 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 11 replies
    Reuters UK ^ | Mon Apr 7, 2014 6:17pm BST | By Andrew Osborn
    (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron's handling of an expenses scandal engulfing one of his ministers has put him under pressure before European elections, threatening his Conservative party's already clouded electoral outlook. Cameron, whose party risks being beaten into third place in next month's European Parliament elections behind the anti-EU UK Independence party (UKIP), has stood by Maria Miller, Britain's minister for culture, since a parliamentary report ordered her to pay back wrongly claimed expenses last week. But the media and public backlash against Miller shows no sign of abating despite Cameron's efforts to end it. Many of his own...
  • Taqiyya and Blasphemy Laws in the UK: Chilling move to classify Islam criticism as “racism.”

    04/07/2014 8:22:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/07/2014 | Enza Ferreri
    In British law, race and religion are increasingly becoming deliberately confused for the purpose of accusing critics of Islam of racism. A soccer fan was recently arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred after allegedly ripping up pages of the Qur’an and throwing them at a match. While on bail, he was also banned from attending any football games, visiting St Andrew’s – the stadium of the incident -, and going to any city where his team Middlesbrough was playing.Insults against Islam are taken very seriously in Britain, and the world of soccer is particularly sensitive to them. After the...
  • Conservative party descends into civil war as 100 Tory rebels prepare to defy Cameron on EU

    04/04/2014 11:27:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17:37 EST, 29 March 2014 | Simon Walters
    The fragile Tory truce over Europe disintegrated last night after it emerged that more than 100 Conservative MPs and candidates are set to defy David Cameron at the General Election next year by vowing to leave the EU. The Prime Minister has promised the Tory manifesto will spell out his pledge for a referendum by 2017 on Britain’s links with Europe after trying to win back key powers from Brussels. But Tory rebels will go further and make their own personal manifesto vows to campaign to withdraw from the EU—regardless of any concessions by Brussels. …
  • Thomas the Tank Engine needs more female trains, Labour MP says

    12/27/2013 5:56:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:48AM GMT 27 Dec 2013 | Steven Swinford and Olivia Rudgard
    Thomas the Tank Engine is setting a poor example to children and needs more female engines to encourage girls to become train drivers, Labour’s shadow transport secretary has said. Mary Creagh described the lack of female train drivers in Britain as a “national scandal” and said that children’s television shows and “negative stereotypes” are partly to blame. […] Mrs. Creagh said that train companies need to offer female drivers more flexible working hours so they can care for their children. She said: “There are quite a lot of stereotypical attitudes in the industry. I was talking to one freight operator...
  • “They destroyed my mates’ jobs”: Who frontman Roger Daltrey blames Labour for immigration…

    11/17/2013 10:36:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 21:48 EST, 17 November 2013
    Roger Daltrey, the frontman of The Who, has said he will “never, ever” forgive Labour for their policies on immigration. The singer accused the Labour Party of “destroying the jobs of my mates” by not controlling mass immigration when in power. Mr. Daltrey, 69, said the reason he no longer supports the Labour Party is because of “stupid thinking on Europe” that allowed large numbers of EU nationals to work in England. …
  • 'Police gunman told me to ignore paedophiles’, says ex-child protection officer (UK)

    10/20/2013 8:39:51 AM PDT · by Salman · 9 replies
    Express (UK) ^ | October 20, 2013 | James Fielding
    A FORMER child protection officer claimed last night a Special Branch detective held a gun to his head to stop him investigating a VIP paedophile ring. Chris Fay said he was pinned to a wall and throttled before being given a chilling warning to “back away” from allegations surrounding the notorious Elm Guest House in Barnes, south-west London. Young boys in care were allegedly taken there in the Eighties to be abused by high-profile MPs and other powerful establishment figures. Mr Fay, who worked for the now-defunct National Association of Young People In Care, accused the Metropolitan Police of acting...
  • Millions to profit from Royal Mail shares as Labour insists sale too cheap

    10/08/2013 12:27:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:00PM BST 07 Oct 2013 | Christopher Hope, Louise Armitstead and Steve Hawkes
    Small investors who have applied for shares in Royal Mail could be sitting on a profit of hundreds of pounds, according to early City forecasts. A late rush has pushed demand to levels experienced during the privatizations of the late Eighties when British Gas and other state industries were sold off. … Chuka Umunna, the shadow business secretary, renewed his calls for the sale to be pulled because the shares were too cheap. He said: “The Government should never have valued the company so low in the first place. It appears to be selling it at an undervalue. The Government...
  • Australia's Abbott on track for election victory: poll

    08/13/2013 9:41:12 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | – Mon, Aug 12, 2013 | AFP News
    Australia's conservatives led by Tony Abbott are maintaining an election-winning lead over Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, a poll showed Monday, after a first leaders' debate was widely called a draw. As the race to September 7 elections entered its second week, a Newspoll published in The Australian had Abbott's coalition leading Labor 52 percent to 48 percent on a two-party basis, the same as a week ago.
  • UKIP will cause political earthquake in European elections, says Nigel Farage

    05/05/2013 11:06:53 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Sunday, May 5, 2013 | Nicholas Watt
    Amid growing calls from Tory MPs for David Cameron to respond to the Ukip threat by bringing forward legislation on an EU referendum, Farage warned that his party would not go away even if No 10 "starts singing the same song". William Hague, who famously suffered a major defeat in the 2001 election after tacking to the right, called for a cautious response to Ukip as he warned of the dangers of "quick fixes". Philip Hammond, the defence secretary, said many Ukip voters were "frustrated Conservatives". As the Tories work out their response to Ukip, which won nearly a quarter...
  • Are Britain’s problems so deep that NOBODY can make a difference to them? My emphatic answer is YES

    04/30/2013 12:00:39 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 43 replies ^ | April 30, 2013 | KEVIN SCHOFIELD
    BLUNDERING Ed Miliband yesterday said Britain’s problems are so bad NO ONE can solve them. The Labour chief made the gaffe as he drummed up support for Thursday’s council elections. In a Radio 4 interview in which he repeatedly lost his temper, he said: “Are our problems so deep nobody can actually make a difference to them? My emphatic answer to that is yes.” Mr Miliband also refused to admit Labour would increase borrowing if they were in power — even though Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls had already said as much.
  • Gordon Brown jetted off abroad on 28 trips, earned £2m+ in fees and expenses since leaving No. 10

    12/09/2012 10:36:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 11:33 EST, 9 December 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has not uttered one word in Parliament for a year, it emerged today. Although he has kept his counsel in the House, Mr. Brown has been jet-setting around the world over the past 12 months. He has declared 28 trips abroad on the MPs’ register of interests—many of them linked to his humanitarian work. And since he left Downing Street in 2010, he has received £2 million ($3.2 million) in fees and expenses—all of which has been plowed back into his public and charitable activities. …

    01/08/2012 9:12:36 PM PST · by yank in the UK · 21 replies
    The daily express ^ | 6th Jan, 2012 | Macer Hall
    LABOUR was engulfed in a race row yesterday after frontbencher Diane Abbott made a sneering quip about white people.The veteran Left-winger, who was Britain’s first black woman MP, wrote on the internet chat website Twitter: “White people love playing ‘divide & rule’. We should not play their game.” She made a grovelling public apology after receiving a furious dressing down from Ed Miliband.
  • NHS Hospitals Crippled by PFI Scheme [Labour government funded their public sector projects]

    09/21/2011 4:20:30 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay ^ | 9:34PM BST 21 Sep 2011 | Robert Winnett, Deputy Political Editor
    Patient care is under threat at more than 60 NHS hospitals which are “on the brink of financial collapse” because of costly private finance initiative schemes, the Health Secretary will warn. Andrew Lansley says he has been contacted by 22 health service trusts which claim their “clinical and financial stability” is being undermined by the costs of the contracts, which the Labour government used extensively to fund public sector projects. The Daily Telegraph can disclose that the trusts in jeopardy include Barts and the London, Oxford Radcliffe, North Bristol, St Helens and Knowsley, and Portsmouth. Between them the trusts run...
  • How Labour let in 3 million immigrants, in defiance of the overwhelming wishes of the British

    02/22/2011 10:50:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/22/11 | Sir Andrew Green
    Official figures to be published on Thursday will confirm that foreign immigration under Labour added more than three million to our population. At the same time nearly one million British citizens voted with their feet, some saying that they were leaving because England was no longer a country that they recognised. How could all this have happened in the teeth of public opposition? Even the Labour government’s own survey last February showed that 77 per cent of the public wanted immigration reduced, including 54 per cent of the ethnic communities, while 50 per cent of the public wanted it reduced
  • Nick Clegg orders universities to lower entrance requirements - but only for poorer students

    02/08/2011 10:13:07 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11:17 PM on 8th February 2011 | James Chapman
    Nick Clegg is to make an explosive attack on British universities as ‘instruments of social segregation’ as he orders them to stop taking so many middle-class students. The Deputy Prime Minister will this week insist that top institutions must ‘throw open their doors’ and lower their entrance requirements for the less well-off.
  • Labour leader Ed Miliband admits 'I'm a socialist and I am not embarrassed'

    11/26/2010 2:02:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/27/10 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Labour leader Ed Miliband today declared 'I am a socialist' and revealed he was tempted to join the violent student protests but was 'doing something else'. Mr Miliband said that although he did not condone violence, the demonstrations were fuelled by 'justified' anger about tuition fee rises. And he indicated that he was open in future to talking to those protesting on the streets, with marches and other protests set to continue. And, speaking to the Radio 5, he took the bold step for a modern Labour leader of embracing the socialist leanings of the party's pre-Tony Blair era.
  • No U-turn over housing benefit: Cameron refuses to back down over cap amid 'social cleansing claims'

    10/27/2010 3:21:47 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 4:21 PM on 27th October 2010 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    David Cameron today defended the Government's plans to limit housing benefit, saying it was not fair for working people to see their taxes used to fund homes 'they couldn't even dream of'. The Prime Minister dismissed reports there could be a climbdown over the proposals, telling Labour leader Ed Miliband: 'We are going forward with all the proposals we put in the spending review and in the Budget'.
  • The Tea Party is more dangerous than the BNP, says Labour MP

    10/05/2010 6:09:07 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 25 replies
    Daniel Hannan Blog/ ^ | September 29th, 2010 | Daniel Hannan
    Daniel Hannan Daniel Hannan is a writer and journalist, and has been Conservative MEP for South East England since 1999. He speaks French and Spanish and loves Europe, but believes that the EU is making its constituent nations poorer, less democratic and less free. He is the winner of the Bastiat Award for online journalism. The Tea Party is more dangerous than the BNP, says Labour MP By Daniel Hannan Politics Last updated: September 29th, 2010 328 Comments Comment on this article Lower taxes? I don't think so. Watch this clip. John Cruddas, the conscience of Old Labour, comes across...
  • Ed Miliband is elected leader of the Labour Party

    09/25/2010 10:12:43 AM PDT · by gary_b_UK · 4 replies · 1+ views
    BBC News ^ | 25 September 2010
    Ed Miliband is the new Labour leader, it has been announced at a special conference in Manchester. He beat brother David by the wafer thin margin of 50.65% to 49.35% after second, third and fourth preference votes came into play. Ed Balls was third, Andy Burnham fourth and Diane Abbott last in the ballot of MPs, members and trade unionists. Mr Miliband, 40, replaces acting leader Harriet Harman in the contest triggered by the resignation of Gordon Brown. He paid tribute to each of his fellow candidates in turn and told the conference: "Today we draw a line under this...
  • Labour’s UK Election Slogan:The 3 Fs – Futile, Finished and…….

    07/13/2010 4:47:32 AM PDT · by sussex · 2 replies
    The Aged ^ | the Aged P
    Brown’s deputy, Harriet Harman, brightly suggested the theme of Future, Family and Fairness, positive buzzwords that could be bracketed together as the three Fs. Other ministers, battle scarred veterans of Brown’s shambolic government with a more realistic understanding of how much the UK public despised the political class in general and the Labour party in particular, believed that three Fs would indeed provide an appropriate encapsulation – but they had different words in mind.
  • Labour candidate would like to 'assassinate Thatcher' – how very socialist

    According to its website, the Labour party stands for “social justice”, “strong community and strong values”, “reward for hard work”, “decency” and “rights matched by responsibilities”. Meanwhile, just this afternoon, the Labour party leadership hopeful John McDonnell has said that he would like to visit the 1980s and “assassinate Thatcher”. *** That’s the difference between the centre-Right and the Left. We view our opponents as misguided, foolish or economically illiterate; socialists view their opponents as evil obstacles to progress – no wonder that in just half a century, socialism managed to kill more people than all the world’s religions combined,...
  • 'I'd have assassinated Thatcher': Labour leadership hopeful's shock claim to union activists

    06/07/2010 9:13:56 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies · 9+ views ^ | June 8, 2010 | Gerri Peev
    Labour leadership candidate John McDonnell said yesterday he would 'assassinate' Margaret Thatcher if he could go back to the 1980s. The left-wing MP made the outrageous claim at a hustings as he tried to win over union activists - who hold a third of the votes for the party leadership. Mr McDonnell said he had once been asked in a warm-up question on the BBC's Any Questions what he would do if he found himself in an Ashes To Ashes situation – a reference to the time-travelling TV series where a policewoman finds herself transported back to the 1980s. To...
  • U.K. CONFIDENTIAL (Mark Steyn on our creepy future)

    05/17/2010 9:27:24 PM PDT · by JLS · 15 replies · 1,048+ views
    National Review ^ | 18 May 2010 | Mark Steyn
    The British election campaign didn’t do much to catch the attention of Americans (at least not until after the vote), but one little item feels pertinent – although it attracted remarkably little attention even across the pond. In Sherwood, Nottinghamshire, a lady called Phyllis Delik received a postcard from Gordon Brown’s Labour Party. On one side, there was a photograph of a woman suffering from breast cancer saying “It’s the sort of thing you think will never happen to you.” On the reverse, there was a question: “Are the Tories a change you can afford?” – followed by a warning...
  • David Cameron is the new Prime Minister

    05/11/2010 12:53:29 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 108 replies · 4,135+ views
    David Cameron is the new Prime Minister The Conservative leader has left Buckingham Palace amidst uncertainty about the shape of his coalition with the Lib Dems.
  • Gordon Brown resigns as UK prime minister [It's official / on his way to the Queen]

    05/11/2010 11:41:31 AM PDT · by wolf78 · 105 replies · 2,805+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | Tuesday, 11 May 2010 | BBC
    Gordon Brown has announced he is resigning as UK prime minister. Mr Brown is on his way to officially tender his resignation to the Queen, and recommend that Conservative leader David Cameron should succeed him. Speaking alongside his wife Sarah outside No 10 Downing Street, he said the job had been "a privilege" and wished his successor well. His decision comes as the Tories and Liberal Democrats are poised to agree a deal to form a government. Labour's attempts to negotiate a deal of their own with the Lib Dems, after last week's inconclusive election result, ended in failure on...
  • A squalid day for democracy: Brown quits but cynically bids to keep Labour in power

    05/10/2010 4:34:30 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 4 replies · 315+ views
    Gordon Brown declared he would quit yesterday - even as he launched a jaw-dropping bid to keep Labour in office in a 'coalition of the losers'. Meanwhile the double-dealing Lib Dems were accused of holding Britain to ransom. In an effort to defy the verdict of the voters, the Prime Minister risked a constitutional crisis by unveiling a cynical plan to woo Nick Clegg and cling to power. He said he wanted to assemble a coalition government with the backing of the Lib Dems and then stand down in favour of another unelected Labour prime minister in the autumn. Mr...
  • With government at stake, UK's Brown to resign

    05/10/2010 5:33:50 PM PDT · by BP2 · 8 replies · 1,079+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 10, 2010, 3:30 CST | Sylvia Hui
    LONDON — British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made a dramatic bid to keep his beleaguered Labour Party in power after it was punished in elections last week, announcing Monday he will resign by September at the latest even if the Liberal Democrats — being wooed by the Conservatives — decide to join his party in government.The political theater, played out in front of the iconic black door of No. 10 Downing Street, comes as David Cameron's Conservatives — which won the most seats in Parliament but fell short of a majority — struggled in their attempts to win over...
  • British Prime Minister Brown to Resign by September (why wait?)

    05/10/2010 9:22:52 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 45 replies · 1,331+ views ^ | 5/10/2010
    LONDON -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says he will resign by September
  • Gordon Brown 'stepping down as Labour leader'

    05/10/2010 10:22:10 AM PDT · by Dasaji · 19 replies · 1,388+ views
    BBC ^ | 05/10/2010 | Staff
    Gordon Brown has said he is stepping down as Labour Party leader - as his party opens formal talks with the Lib Dems about forming a government. Mr Brown, prime minister since 2007, said he hoped a successor as Labour leader would be in place by September.
  • Conservatives hung by just 16,000 votes (Great Britain)

    05/09/2010 10:01:17 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies · 665+ views
    The London Times ^ | May 9, 2010 | David Smith
    DAVID CAMERON was deprived of a Commons majority by failing to secure the votes of just 16,000 people, according to an expert analysis of election results. The findings by Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher reveal that the Tories came tantalisingly close to securing a clean victory at the polls. “Cameron came so near and yet so far,” write the directors of the elections centre at Plymouth University. “Just 16,000 extra votes for the Tories, distributed in the 19 constituencies in which the party came closest to winning, would have spared us a weekend of negotiation and speculation.” The Tories failed...
  • Gordon Brown 'launched telephone rant' at Nick Clegg

    05/08/2010 8:28:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies · 822+ views
    Telegraph ^ | May 8, 2010 | Staff
    The BBC reported the confrontation based on remarks by a "very senior Lib Dem source who is involved in the negotiations with the Conservatives". The source told the BBC's Jon Sopel that during the leaders' conversation last night, the tone went "downhill" at the mention of resignation. It was claimed Mr Brown's approach was to begin "a diatribe" and "a rant" and the source said the Labour leader was "threatening in his approach to Nick Clegg". Mr Clegg was said to have came off the phone assured that it would be impossible to work with Brown because of his attitude...
  • UK Election: Liberals Will Side With Labor After Feigning Uncertainty; Cameron Fool.

    05/08/2010 1:40:27 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 32 replies · 1,002+ views
    Christian Husband Blog ^ | 8th May | Staff
    There is no real difference between the 'liberal democrats' of the UK (who, like every other party which tagged 'democrat' to their name ~100 years ago was doing so to differentiate themselves from the Totalitarian Left, like 'hey, it's OK, we're not like Lenin, even though we believe a lot of the same things'. Remember that context when you see 'democrat' in a party name), and the leftist Labor party, and they will together form a leftist government. They are acting now as if they might help the Conservatives into power: they will NOT. They benefit from acting as if...
  • Blunkett says Labour have lost and calls for coalition

    05/06/2010 6:34:32 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 71 replies · 3,499+ views
    BBC ^ | 00:52 GMT, Friday, 7 May 2010 01:52 UK | unattributed
    Former Cabinet member David Blunkett said his instinct was that 'we have lost the election' and suggested a union of 'anti-Conservative' forces.
  • In Downcast Britain, a Pox on All Three Parties

    05/06/2010 5:43:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 451+ views ^ | May 6, 2010 | Michael Barone
    LONDON -- British voters go to the polls today, and it appears likely that they will boot out the party in power for only the second time in 31 years. Margaret Thatcher's Conservatives ousted a Labor government in May 1979, and Tony Blair's "New Labor" party ousted the Conservatives in May 1997. Thatcher's party held on for 18 years and Blair's for 13 years in large part because the opposition indulged its extremes to the point of becoming unelectable. But long tenure tends to fray even the most successful party. Intra-party feuds become poisonous: The Conservatives quarreled over Thatcherism for...
  • Cameron makes last ditch appeal to Labour voters (why not UKIP voters?)

    05/05/2010 8:46:41 PM PDT · by GeronL · 6 replies · 309+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 5-06-2010 | Christopher Hope
    The Tory leader delivered a stinging attack on Labour’s “disgraceful and negative campaigning” as he addressed a crowd of 50 supporters outside a primary school in Newtown, Montgomeryshire. At the end of his 36-hour campaign push across the UK, Mr Cameron pledged that a Conservative government would “take everyone with us: the frail, the elderly, the vulnerable, poorest – we know they need protection.” Claims from Labour that the Conservatives were planning to take payments from pensioners, benefits from families were “simply not true”. He said: “They should be ashamed of the negative campaign they are fighting.” The Tories are...
  • Where Will Disillusioned Labour Voters Turn? (UK elections)

    04/29/2010 1:32:40 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 7 replies · 281+ views
    National Review Online/Corner ^ | 04/29/10 | John O'Sullivan
    If my previous paragraph on the British election is correct — and for once I am expressing the majority view — then millions of disillusioned working-class Labour voters are about to be dumped onto the political marketplace. Which other party is most likely to succeed in winning them to its cause? The election result will hang on the answer to this question. The lazy assumption is that they will mostly end up voting Liberal Democrat because the Lib-Dems and Labour are both “center-Left” parties. The fact that this assumption is lazy does not make it wrong. Some voters undoubtedly drift...
  • Labour candidate dropped after online sex talk (boasted about his sex life online)

    04/28/2010 7:22:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 329+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/28/10 | AFP
    LONDON (AFP) – The Labour party has suspended a candidate ahead of the May 6 general election, it said Monday, after he boasted about his sex life online. John Cowan, 35, was also accused of saying he "would not be happy" if his children dated a Muslim, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper said. Describing his sex life, Cowan reportedly wrote: "Why limit it to just one woman? I would prefer one for each day of the week!" He was dropped two weeks after Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Labour banned another candidate, Stuart MacLennan, from standing in a Scottish seat due to...
  • New Catholic Education Official Has Strong Anti-Life, Anti-Family Record as British MP

    04/23/2010 4:38:47 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 4 replies · 251+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/23/10 | Hilary White
    ROME, April 23, 2010 ( - Pro-life advocates in Britain are shocked at the decision by the Catholic Education Service of England and Wales (CESEW), a body of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, to appoint a pro-abortion former Labour MP as its new deputy director. Greg Pope, the Labour MP for the Hyndburn riding in East Lancashire since 1992, was approved unanimously for the job by the CESEW interview panel, including by Bishop Malcolm McMahon, chairman of CESEW. In a media release by CESEW, Chief Executive and Director Oona Stannard, welcomed the appointment, saying Pope's experience...