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  • Election Results: European Parliament Elections In Uk (Ukip In First Place?)

    05/25/2014 9:21:09 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 57 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5/25/2014 | BBC
    The election results for the European Parliament will start coming in at 5pm Eastern Time (22:00 British Summer Time). Many voters all over Europe are making their choices today, in the UK the voting was on Thursday. Polling shows the United Kingdom Independence Party at about 30 percent popular support in spite of an intense campaign to discredit it by the major parties and the media. Everything from the race card to the employment of UKIP leader Nigel Farage's wife as his secretary has been thrown on the wall in hopes of something sticking. The immigration police just happened to...
  • Farage hails UKIP triumph as Labour and the Tories are humiliated

    05/25/2014 5:11:49 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 5/25/2014 | MATT CHORLEY, MAILONLINE POLITICAL EDITOR
    Nigel Farage tonight claimed victory in the European elections, becoming the first 'insurgent party' to top a national vote. With results still being declared, Mr Farage broke cover to predict he will humiliate the Westminster parties, pushing Labour and the Tories into second and third. Support for Ukip has surged by more than 12 per cent, outstripping a more modest boost in votes for Labour, while the Lib Dems faced near-wipeout, with some calling for Nick Clegg to resign. Mr Farage said: 'Ukip is going to win this election and yes that will be an earthquake because never before in...
  • 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.
  • Tories seize lead in polls [UK]

    12/11/2005 3:35:44 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 9 replies · 655+ views
    Sunday Times ^ | December 11, 2005 | David Smith and Andrew Porter
    DAVID CAMERON’S debut as Tory leader has given the Conservatives a surge of support that has put them ahead of Labour for the first time in 18 months, a Sunday Times poll shows. The YouGov poll of more than 2,000 people, carried out since Cameron was declared leader of the party on Tuesday, reveals that the Tories have turned a two-point deficit to a one-point lead. Cameron’s victory has pushed the Tories up to 37% of the vote, two points up on last month, while Labour is down one to 36%. The Liberal Democrats have also been squeezed, down two...
  • UK Election Fraud Probe Underway in Galloway Seat

    06/08/2005 9:24:15 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 6 replies · 597+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jun 8, 2005
    British police on Wednesday began a probe into possible electoral fraud in the parliamentary constituency won on May 5 by George Galloway, the MP who last month angrily defied a U.S committee over Iraq charges. "We have received a formal allegation of electoral fraud and are investigating," a spokeswoman for Scotland Yard said. Last month Galloway, 50, defiantly told a Senate committee that he rejected as "utterly preposterous" charges that he had profited from the Iraq oil-for-food program. Far from showing the usual deference of witnesses called by Congress, Galloway used the hearing as a platform to attack the U.S.-led...
  • Wartime Politics

    06/02/2005 6:26:15 AM PDT · by Valin · 5 replies · 478+ views
    The American Enterprise Online ^ | 6/2/05 | Alan W. Dowd
    In a mocking echo of the “Deck of Death” that the US military used to track down Saddam Hussein’s regime leftovers after the liberation of Iraq, a March 2004 cover of The Economist laid out four “ace cards”: Britain’s Tony Blair, Australia’s John Howard, America’s George W. Bush and Spain’s Jose Maria Aznar. The freshly ousted Aznar had a red X emblazoned across his face. The stark, chilling headline asked, “One down, three to go?” At the time, it was perhaps a fair question. Recall that Spain had just been bombed and bullied into making a separate peace with terror....
  • British Conservatism: Where Next? (On the fast track to nowhereville)

    05/27/2005 4:56:57 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 5 replies · 284+ views
    In the National Interest ^ | May 23, 2005 | Tim Potier
    To judge from the British media’s treatment of the General Election result, from 5th May (2005), one would have thought, unless one hesitated, that Tony Blair’s Labour Party had just suffered a defeat - such has been the slumber of British politics since his first election in 1997. Much stress, correctly, was placed on the return to credibility of the Conservative Party and the further progress (albeit frighteningly slow) of the centrist Liberal Democrats. Yet, net gains should not mask the simple truth that the past 8 years have been wasted for the Tories and that it is policies, in...
  • British politics

    05/16/2005 4:23:46 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 2 replies · 381+ views
    townhall ^ | 5/16/05 | Michael Barone
    I have been following British politics since I started buying the London papers at the Harvard Square out-of-town newsstands in the run-up to the October 1964 British election -- and, on my first trip to London, queued up to sit in the gallery and watch the House of Commons and House of Lords debate British entry into the Common Market in October 1971. So perhaps I might be indulged in a making some reflections and observations on the British election just past. American political junkies love to watch question time in the House of Commons, with all its insulting questions...
  • Observing British Politics

    05/16/2005 4:47:23 AM PDT · by billorites · 202+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | May 16, 2005 | Michael Barone
    I have been following British politics since I started buying the London papers at the Harvard Square out-of-town newsstands in the run-up to the October 1964 British election -- and, on my first trip to London, queued up to sit in the gallery and watch the House of Commons and House of Lords debate British entry into the Common Market in October 1971. So perhaps I might be indulged in a making some reflections and observations on the British election just past. American political junkies love to watch question time in the House of Commons, with all its insulting questions...
  • Bloggers liven up UK poll (FR mentioned)

    05/13/2005 8:34:21 PM PDT · by GulliverSwift · 20 replies · 1,064+ views
    journalism.co.az ^ | May 6, 2005
    Labour's solid lead in opinion polls has prompted the media to dub the UK election race "boring" but in cyberspace it's anything but, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald. The campaign has sparked an explosion of web logs - "blogs" - ranging from candidates and journalists to voters sending up politicians and their media machines. It's open season. Britons fed up with dull political broadcasts and endless spin are heading to online weblogs to vent their frustrations. The main issues range from the economy and taxation to asylum, immigration and Iraq. Many bloggers cruelly satirise the party...
  • Islamism Brews in Britain

    05/10/2005 6:41:00 AM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 17 replies · 609+ views
    NY Sun ^ | May 19, 2005 | DANIEL JOHNSON
    ~~snip~~It is those voters, overwhelmingly Muslim, who should concern us at least as much as Mr. Galloway. Across the country, city after city with a large Muslim minority showed an above average swing against Mr. Blair and Labor. It seems pretty clear that the great majority of Britain's 2.5 million Muslims obeyed the instructions of their imams or community leaders and voted en bloc for whichever antiwar party seemed to have the best chance of defeating the Blair government. The Muslim defection from their traditional allegiance to Labor cost Mr. Blair up to half of the seats he lost and...
  • Blair faces growing chorus to quit

    05/09/2005 6:31:33 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 13 replies · 695+ views
    UK Evening Standard ^ | 5/10/05 | UK Evening Standard
    Labour MPs have engaged in a fierce war of words over Prime Minister Tony Blair's future in Downing Street. Some backbenchers ignored appeals from Cabinet ministers to rally around Mr Blair, issuing new calls for him to quit No 10 sooner rather than later, but one colleague, former welfare reform minister Frank Field, hit back - branding their behaviour "unforgivable" and "treacherous". Foreign Secretary Jack Straw became the latest Cabinet minister to come to the Prime Minister's aid, insisting that Mr Blair was a "genius" who had been the Labour Party's "salvation". Mr Blair's position has been called into question...
  • Labour MPs Call On Blair To Quit

    05/08/2005 7:26:24 AM PDT · by MisterRepublican · 28 replies · 619+ views
    BBC News ^ | May 8, 2005 | BBC News
    Tony Blair has been urged to quit as prime minister early into his third term, days after Labour's election win. Despite securing an historic third victory, the government's Commons majority was slashed from 161 to 67. Several Labour MPs have described Mr Blair as a "liability", among them ex-Foreign Secretary Robin Cook. However, senior party figures including David Blunkett and Peter Hain have rallied in support of Mr Blair, urging MPs to "get behind" their leader. Downing Street has said there is "no change" from Mr Blair's statement last year that he would serve a full third term. Some MPs...
  • State of the Cousins: What the British elections mean for the U.S. (Is Mother Britain going wobbly?)

    05/08/2005 5:40:39 AM PDT · by NZerFromHK · 80 replies · 1,483+ views
    Nationl Review ^ | May 06, 2005, 7:10 p.m. | John O'Sullivan
    Americans are accustomed to thinking of Britain as their most reliable ally, always there in a crisis. Broadly speaking that has been true since 1941 — and mutual. With the exception of a few wobbles like Suez and Edward Heath's refusal of landing rights to U.S. planes supplying arms to Israel in the Yom Kippur war, the Brits have shared a common approach with the U.S. on defense policy, intelligence cooperation, nuclear weapons, trade liberalization, and much else. Margaret Thatcher's backing for Reagan's Libyan raid and Tony Blair's commitment of British forces to the Iraq war strengthened this habitual cooperation....
  • Democrats Could Profit From Blair's Labor (Al Gore blamed for poor performance?)

    05/07/2005 8:55:36 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies · 517+ views
    Washington Post .com ^ | 5/08/05 | Dan Balz
    Democrats Could Profit From Blair's Labor Prime Minister Shows Value in Hewing to Center By Dan Balz Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, May 8, 2005; Page A05 LONDON, May 7 -- Can the British Labor Party help the Democrats in the United States find their way back to power? **SNIP** Blair has been left weakened by Thursday's election, rebuked by voters for his alliance with President Bush as America's staunchest ally in the Iraq war. **SNIP** Politicians and the press here are focused on what went wrong for Blair. For Democrats, the significance of the election may lie as much...
  • Mr Brown will now show Mr Blair the door

    05/07/2005 4:44:47 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 24 replies · 850+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | May 8, 2005 | Robert Peston
    It looks like business as usual. Gordon Brown was back at the Treasury on Friday, squirming as a great gaggle of officials cheered his return. And Tony Blair once again balked at reconstructing the cabinet in his own image - despite promising his closest allies he would do just that only a few weeks ago - for fear of alienating his Chancellor.Mr Blair did not invite Mr Brown to shape his cabinet, but there was not a single appointment that could be interpreted by the Chancellor as an act of provocation. No Blairite cheerleader has been appointed to any of...
  • Muslims say they helped dent Blair majority

    05/07/2005 12:41:28 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 15 replies · 584+ views
    Reuters ^ | 05/06/05 | Tim Castle
    Muslims say they helped dent Blair majority Fri May 6, 2005 2:42 PM BST Printer Friendly | Email Article | RSS By Tim Castle LONDON (Reuters) - Tactical voting by Muslim voters angry over the war in Iraq played a role in denting Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labour majority in parliament, the Muslim Association of Britain said on Friday. "The results of the general election have clearly reflected the depth of frustration and anger throughout the country as to the government's position on Iraq," said the MAB, an umbrella group of about 400 Muslim organisations in Britain. Anti-Iraq war campaigner...
  • Tony Blair's 'squeaker

    05/07/2005 8:43:15 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 3 replies · 311+ views
    The Charleston Post and Courier ^ | 05/07/05 | Editorial
    SATURDAY, MAY 07, 2005 Tony Blair's 'squeaker' There is nothing qualified about Prime Minister Tony Blair's history-making third electoral victory in Britain, the first time ever for a Labor candidate. In response to widespread reports that his party's reduced majority in the House of Commons foretells his likely early retirement from politics, Mr. Blair would be justified in quoting the words attributed to Mark Twain, "The report of my death has been greatly exaggerated." In electoral politics, a victory is a victory, and even with reduced numbers Mr. Blair's Labor Party has a clear majority. It is more than enough...
  • London Calling (Losers all around in British Elections)

    05/07/2005 8:58:07 AM PDT · by jocon307 · 2 replies · 433+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 05/05/05 | Gerard Baker
    The British can be famously grumpy. No surprise there, you might think. Neither the food nor the weather is exactly conducive to a sunny disposition. And complaining has long been a favoured national pastime. But these days, with the economy performing well, and even the national sports teams winning on the international stage, you might have expected some lightening in the national spirit. No chance. In Thursday's election, it was a heightened mood of grumpiness that triumphed. For the second straight election, about four in ten voters did not bother to show up at the polls, many of them telling...
  • Blair shows that all three amigos are still riding high

    05/06/2005 8:58:05 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 17 replies · 704+ views
    The Australian ^ | 7th May 2005 | Greg Sheridan
    TONY Blair's comfortable victory in the British election completes the remarkable series of wins by the three amigos of the Iraq war. George W. Bush won in the US with an increased vote, John Howard won with a much increased vote and Blair won with a reduced margin. Blair's parliamentary majority, though, will still be the best non-Blair majority for the Labour Party since Harold Wilson in 1966. Blair's win must give Howard much heart. Iraq was a vexatious and difficult issue, but the plain truth is 70 per cent of the British electorate voted for parties that strongly supported...
  • The ignored (for obvious reasons) similarities of the Blair and Clinton elections

    05/05/2005 7:33:13 PM PDT · by WrightOnTarget · 1 replies · 150+ views
    Doug Powers' blog ^ | 5-5-05 | Doug Powers
    The headlines everywhere scream "Blair reelected despite the fact that most people think he's horrible, hated, Bush's poodle, and has stinky aftershave!" -- Or, at least something along those lines. The fact that Blair probably won't get 40% of the vote is cited as proof of his unpopularity, mostly because of his Iraq stance, along with some domestic issues. As of Thursday night, it looks as if Blair of the Labor Party-- excuse me, Labour Party-- will get around 37% of the vote. Michael Howard of the Conservative Party is coming in at around 33% of the vote, and others...
  • White House Scrutinizes British Voting

    05/05/2005 9:30:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies · 764+ views
    AP ^ | 5/5/5 | TOM RAUM,
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- The White House reacted cautiously on Thursday to the narrow third-term victory of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, President Bush's staunchest Iraq war ally. Blair's Labour Party won in Britain's national elections, but exit poll projections indicated his party suffered a sharply reduced parliamentary majority, an apparent rebuke for going to war in Iraq. Bush, who was leaving Friday for a four-country, five-day tour of eastern and central Europe, was expected call to Blair to congratulate him on the narrow victory, White House aides said. Commenting on the lackluster returns, a chastened Blair said, "We will have...
  • Gamble that was Howard's way (Australian Karl Rove credited)

    05/05/2005 10:20:59 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 2 replies · 232+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 05/06/05 | FRASER NELSON
    Gamble that was Howard's way FRASER NELSON POLITICAL EDITOR THE Conservatives took a leap in the dark with their 2005 campaign. They used guerrilla tactics, "dog whistles" and character attacks more vicious than anything used before. Today, they are analysing their gamble. Lynton Crosby, the Australian author of the campaign, was treated to a standing ovation as he addressed Central Office workers on Tuesday. His imported tactics seemed to bring the Tories back from the dead. But when asked later if he deserved the applause, he was sanguine. "I don’t have a clue," he said. "We’ll find out on Friday."...
  • How the system works in Blair's favour

    05/05/2005 11:16:41 PM PDT · by ambrose · 3 replies · 255+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 5.5.05
    How the system works in Blair's favour By Philip Johnston, Home Affairs Editor (Filed: 06/05/2005) Tony Blair is set to be the first Prime Minister in 30 years to win an overall Commons majority with less than 40 per cent of the vote. In October 1974, Harold Wilson won with 39.3 per cent but had only a wafer-thin majority that soon evaporated. The last time a government had a working majority with less than 40 per cent was in 1922, when the Tories led by Andrew Bonar Law had a majority of more than 200 with just 38.2 per cent...
  • Thatcher still cool on Blair

    05/05/2005 11:21:57 PM PDT · by ambrose · 2 replies · 326+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 5.6.05
    Thatcher still cool on Blair May 6, 2005 FORMER British prime minister Margaret Thatcher pointedly declined to pay tribute to Tony Blair today as he stood on the verge of matching her record of three successive election wins, saying history would be his judge. "I'm not quite sure of his place in history," she told reporters at an election social event in London, as exit polls predicted Blair's Labour Party would win a third straight term, albeit with a much reduced majority. "History will determine that. I wouldn't like to predict it." Thatcher, who turns 80 later this year, was...
  • Tory gains hit Labour in London

    05/06/2005 1:20:29 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 4 replies · 492+ views
    BBC News ^ | May 6, 2005 | Staff
    Labour has lost 11 seats in London in the general election.Tories took Putney, Enfield Southgate, Ilford North, Wimbledon, Hammersmith & Fulham, Bexleyheath & Crayford, Hornchurch and Croydon Central. The Lib Dems seized Hornsey and Wood Green and Brent East, which it gained at last year's by-election. The hotly contested safe Labour seat of Bethnal Green & Bow was won by the Respect Party's George Galloway. London turnout was up 3% on 2001. But Labour held onto seats including Battersea and Finchley & Golders Green. The Tory's triumphed in south-west London's Putney when Justine Greening ousted Labour's Tony Colman. The seat...
  • Blair's Labour Party Wins Re-Election

    05/06/2005 1:35:50 AM PDT · by yoe · 12 replies · 592+ views
    The Star.com.my ^ | April 6, 2005 | ROBERT BARR
    Tony Blair won a historic third term as prime minister Thursday, but his Labour Party suffered a sharply reduced parliamentary majority in punishment for going to war in Iraq. A chastened Blair said "we will have to respond to that sensibly and wisely and responsibly." The outcome could set the stage for Blair to be replaced in midterm by a party rival such as Gordon Brown. As Treasury chief, Brown was widely credited for the strong economy that appears to have clinched Labour's victory, outweighing the bitterness many voters said they felt over Iraq. With 614 of the 646 House...
  • Final UK Election Results: DAVID TRIMBLE LOSES SEAT

    05/06/2005 12:05:37 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 18 replies · 852+ views
    Sky News ^ | May 6, 2005 | Staff
    Ulster Unionist leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner David Trimble has lost his seat in Parliament, as his party's vote collapsed in the General Election.The Rev Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionist Party candidate David Simpson took the Upper Bann seat in Northern Ireland. Mr Trimble's defeat was a hammer blow for his party, which has seen a substantial swing across Northern Ireland to the DUP. Earlier, the DUP's Sammy Wilson captured Roy Beggs's seat in East Antrim, while nationalist SDLP deputy leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell sensationally gained South Belfast from the UUP. There was another DUP gain in Antirm South, and...
  • Little Englanders Get It Badly Wrong On Iraq (This time without a flame war, please)

    05/06/2005 10:01:33 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 90 replies · 1,772+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 6, 2005 | William Shawcross
    Politics is all local, especially at election time. But the "Little Britain" manner in which Tony Blair's enemies have exploited Iraq before today's election is a real disgrace. In their extreme zeal to try and prove that "Blair lied," his critics amongst the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats — and all the left-of-center, fashionable bien-pensant writers, actors and intellectuals of London — resolutely turn their face against the realities of Iraq and of the Middle East itself. Listening to the tone of the debate, you would think that there were no Iraqis out there and that "Iraq" was merely...
  • UK ELECTION: Davis bookmakers' favourite as new (Tory) leader

    05/06/2005 1:48:18 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 17 replies · 565+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | May 6, 2005 | Staff
    Within minutes of Michael Howard's announcement that he is to stand down as Conservative leader, David Davis, the shadow home secretary, was installed as firm favourite to replace him by the bookmakers.Ladbrokes have Mr Davis a 5/2 favourite to take on the role, while William Hill will offer odds of 3/1. Mr Davis, who last night defied the Liberal Democrat "decapitation" threat to his Haltemprice and Howden seat, contested the leadership in 2001. However, he fell at the first hurdle when fellow MPs did not give him enough backing to progress to the wider party vote. A former territorial SAS...
  • UK ELECTION: FOR SOME, THE PARTY'S OVER

    05/06/2005 12:14:44 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 73 replies · 1,219+ views
    Sky News ^ | May 6, 2005 | Staff
    A series of big-hitting MPs from all sides have seen their careers stall during a night of election upsets.The biggest political casualty was David Trimble, the Ulster Unionist leader, who lost his Upper Bann seat to David Simpson of the Democratic Unionist Party led by the Reverend Ian Paisley. The defeat cast major doubt on Mr Trimble's future as Ulster Unionist leader. Education minister Stephen Twigg was one of three government members to lose, ceding Enfield and Southgate to the Conservatives. It had taken the seat from Michael Portillo in the Labour landslide of 1997. Junior constitutional affairs minister Chris...
  • Blair may decide to quit sooner than expected

    05/06/2005 5:36:10 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 733 replies · 13,125+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | May 6, 2005 | Rachel Sylvester
    Tony Blair may have secured a historic third term for the Labour Party last night but the reduction in the size of his majority will significantly change the way in which he is able to act.His power and his position in the party have depended almost entirely on the perception since his landslide victory in 1997 that he is a winner. In many parts of the country that has now been undermined. Last night's result could make it more difficult for the Prime Minister to stay in office for the whole of the next Parliament as he promised to do...
  • Michael Howard to resign as UK Conservative leader

    05/06/2005 4:48:22 AM PDT · by alnitak · 49 replies · 3,099+ views
    BBC ^ | 6 May 2005 | unknown
    The BBC is reporting that Michael Howard is to step down as Tory leader. Nothing more yet, just a banner headline.
  • How long can he cling to power? (Tony Blair)

    How long can he cling to power? by BENEDICT BROGAN, Daily Mail 06:25am 6th May 2005 A disheartened Tony Blair was left with his position in sudden doubt early today following the spectacular collapse of his political support. With his majority slashed, questions were being asked about his ability to deliver on his pledge to serve a full term before handing over to his successor. It leaves Gordon Brown facing the nightmare scenario of inheriting a party in crisis, with its power-base diminished and its support among voters on the slide. The Chancellor must now contemplate the prospect of taking...
  • Labour Party wins majority in Parliament

    05/05/2005 8:31:37 PM PDT · by wk4bush2004 · 6 replies · 272+ views
    The Labour Party just won the majority in Parliament. But it looks like the Conservatives have gained more seats. The election's not over yet so we'll have to see who gets the rest.
  • Anyone know what is going on in UK elections?

    05/05/2005 11:39:41 AM PDT · by edcoil · 34 replies · 1,056+ views
    5-5-05 | Edcoil
    The Radio saysexit polling suggests Tony Blair's goverment taking a beating in the election in the UK. Anyone have any real knowledge of what is happenning?
  • British Morning Papers - 5 May 2005 (It's Election Day!)

    05/04/2005 10:28:32 PM PDT · by Dont Mention the War · 12 replies · 560+ views
    Monster Raving Loony Party | May 5, 2005
  • Brit Elex Connection? (Grenades Exploded - NYC)

    05/05/2005 6:08:23 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 24 replies · 689+ views
    Two small makeshift grenades exploded outside the British Consulate in New York early Thursday, causing slight damage to the building but injuring no one, officials said. The blasts occurred at 3:50 a.m. as voters were going to the polls in Britain. In London, Britain's Foreign Office said there were no provisions for Britons to vote at overseas consulates. Police spokesman Noel Waters said the grenades had been placed inside a cement flower box outside the front door of the midtown Manhattan building that houses the consulate. After piecing together the shrapnel, police determined the devices were toy grenades that had...
  • Blair's last plea to waverers over Iraq

    05/05/2005 7:05:21 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 3 replies · 172+ views
    The Guardian ^ | May 5, 2005 | Michael White, Nicholas Watt and Tania Branigan
    Blair's last plea to waverers over Iraq PM, Howard and Kennedy end campaign by targeting marginals to woo undecided voters Michael White, Nicholas Watt and Tania BraniganThursday May 5, 2005The Guardian The three main party leaders entered a final frenzy of campaigning yesterday, travelling from television studios to marginal seats across the country. Tony BlairThe Labour leader last night appealed to disaffected Guardian readers and other voters in the "progressive politics" camp to support the election of a third-term Labour government for the achievements they agree with - not help to throw it out in a self-defeating protest over Iraq....
  • Is Blair a Liar? Brits Don't Care

    05/05/2005 9:05:48 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 9 replies · 530+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | May 5, 2005 | Max Boot
    How can you tell if a political party is brain-dead? Easy. It spends an entire campaign denouncing the incumbent as a smarmy, good-for-nothing liar, rather than outlining its own agenda. The Republicans tried it against Bill Clinton in 1996, the Democrats tried it against George W. Bush in 2004, and now in Britain the Conservatives are trying it, with equal lack of success, against Tony Blair. Such a tactic is beguiling because, to True Believers, the other side's triumphs are never on the up and up; they must be the result of hoodwinking the hapless electorate. The problem with this...
  • Why This Election Is Tough on American Pundits (Inky wretches clueless on Blighty)

    05/05/2005 9:30:32 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 22 replies · 739+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | May 5, 2005 | David Frum
    "Often in error, never in doubt" is the motto of the professional pundit. Today's election is deeply troubling to conservative Washington pundits; even now, most of us cannot answer the simple question, "Should Tony Blair win or lose?" Mr. Blair has been as staunch a friend as the U.S. has in the world. Throughout the war on terror, he has been brave, eloquent, thoughtful and incredibly helpful. A Blair victory would be interpreted around the world as a vindication of the Bush-Blair policy in Iraq. Nor has Mr. Blair's domestic record been so bad from a conservative point of view....
  • Blasts Rock British Consulate in NYC (U.N. worker being questioned)

    05/05/2005 10:29:21 AM PDT · by minus_273 · 19 replies · 1,028+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 5/5/05 | Foxnews
    NEW YORK — New York City police were questioning people and studying video surveillance tapes Thursday to determine who may be responsible for detonating two makeshift grenades outside the building that houses the British Consulate (search) earlier in the morning. The explosions, which occurred on Britain's Election Day, caused the glass panels at the building's entrance in midtown Manhattan to shatter but no one was injured, officials said. A one-foot chunk from the planter was also torn off. The department's bomb squad was at the scene and streets were closed in the area. The blasts happened at 3:50 a.m. EDT....
  • Blair Majority 'Slashed'

    05/05/2005 5:55:30 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 750+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-6-2005 | George Jones
    Blair majority 'slashed' By George Jones, Political Editor (Filed: 06/05/2005) Tony Blair was heading back to No 10 early today but with his authority dented by the prospect of a substantially reduced majority. An exit poll announced after the polls closed at 10pm suggested that Labour had suffered a backlash from the Iraq war after the longest and most closely fought election campaign for more than a decade. Mr Blair, who is 52 today, is on course to enter the history books as the first Labour prime minister to win three successive elections. But the exit poll suggested a two...
  • Mark Steyn : Britisn Election Night!

    05/05/2005 5:28:02 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 13 replies · 1,005+ views
    SteynOnline ^ | May 5, 2005 | Mark Steyn
    All the action from Bognor to Ballymena – live(ish) as it happens.     7.30pm BST For some reason, I didn't get around to making a formal UK election prediction. Too depressing, really. But with polls about to close let's just say I expect turnout to be down, and the question then is: who's most motivated to show up? The Tories ran one of the most stupid campaigns in British history — making Blair's "lies" a big issue when, even if one accepts that he did lie, he lied on a subject on which they broadly agree with him: Iraq. The net...
  • BBC NEWS: Exit Poll Suggests Labour Victory

    05/05/2005 2:09:15 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 81 replies · 4,429+ views
    BBC News ^ | Thursday, 5 May, 2005
    Tony Blair is on course to win an historic third term for Labour but with a much reduced majority, according to a joint BBC/ITV exit poll. The poll suggests Mr Blair's majority will be reduced from 160 to 66. The findings - based on 13,000 voters from 320 polling stations in marginal seats - were announced as polls closed in the 2005 general election. Counting is now underway with the first results of the night expected shortly after 2300 BST.
  • LIVE THREAD: UK Election Results (Update - Early Exit Polls Show Tory Upset)

    05/05/2005 7:59:15 AM PDT · by tellw · 2,424 replies · 63,961+ views
    BBC ^ | May 5, 2005 | anonymous
    The Vote is under way!
  • Explosion reported outside building that houses British consulate in NY City

    05/05/2005 1:45:03 AM PDT · by kcvl · 182 replies · 8,423+ views
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  • Tony's Tories (The unbearable futility of being a British Conservative)

    05/03/2005 9:19:55 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 8 replies · 452+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 4, 2005 | Geoffrey Wheatcroft
    What will Britain's Conservatives do after getting trounced again tomorrow? Bath, England – From 1874, when Benjamin Disraeli won a decisive election victory, to 1997, when John Major lost a calamitous defeat, the Conservative Party — the Tories, as their convenient older name goes — held office for 84 out of 123 years. They dominated British politics; they demolished the idea that the 20th century inevitably belonged to the left; they were the most electorally successful party in history, in any country. Now the Tories have already lost two successive elections for the first time in more than 30 years,...
  • Blair expected to win third term despite troubles

    05/04/2005 1:00:11 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 5 replies · 243+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, May 4, 2005 | By Al Webb
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair is expected to win a record third straight term for his Labor Party in elections tomorrow despite a campaign dogged by sharp criticism of the war in Iraq and his handling of immigration and health care issues. Most political analysts think the result will be far closer than Mr. Blair's landslide victories in 1997 and 2001, but opinion polls forecast a comfortable Labor win in the race for the 646 seats in a revamped House of Commons.
  • Iraq Backlash in Britain May Affect Future Military Moves

    05/04/2005 7:35:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 612+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 4, 2005 | ALAN COWELL
    LONDON, May 3 - Election campaigns claim unforeseen casualties, and in Britain's case one may be the ability of British leaders to order troops to war at America's side in quite the same way the United States has come to expect. The campaign for the election here on Thursday has brought a series of damaging disclosures about Prime Minister Tony Blair's actions in the prelude to the invasion of Iraq, provoking forecasts that future prime ministers will face greater constraints in sending troops to war. "Politicians have to understand the degree of responsibility they hold in an era when they...