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Reviewing The Situation [Jul. 14th, 2016|10:11 am]
Tony Grist
The ascendancy of the Bullingdon boys is over and may, in retrospect, seem like a quaint wobble away from the principle- established in the Heath/Wilson era- that our rulers really ought to come from a background with which most of the electorate can identify- and not have daddies who were multi millionaires. May is a hard grafting grammar school kid- and the kind of person who should be getting to the top in a society that likes to think of itself as a meritocracy. Her first prime ministerial speech- delivered outside the doors of Number 10- might have been delivered by a Labour politician to the left of Tony Blair- and came as a pleasant surprise. I like it that she has sacked George Osborne and think it shows savvy to have promoted Johnson to a role which gives him a chance to show what he's made of- because most of us are still unsure.  It was surmised that she was going to promote a lot of women- and she hasn't- which is a pity. I'm glad David Davis is in her cabinet; I've always thought he was real.

Meanwhile the Labour party is giving every indication of not wanting to exist any more.

[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2016-07-14 10:40 am (UTC)
It seems that the Labour party is doing another self inflicted implosion.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-07-14 03:44 pm (UTC)
Sad, isn't it!
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2016-07-24 03:57 am (UTC)
I've given up on following UK politics; the plot lines are just becoming too unrealistic! I mean, I'll watch a TV show and suspend disbelief in blond women with dragons, but UK politics? Come on...

The worst weakness of a system with so few parties as in the UK is that there are no back-up plans if the two major parties decide to collapse simultaneously; there's no credible opposition at present, so I guess May is the best there is - though I really couldn't be less anti-Tory.

I actually think the UK needs either a giant upheaval or a period of stability and healing after the whole Brexit referendum shambles. It'll be interesting to see which it will be... Either way, the world has a way of regaining its equilibrium so eventually I'm sure things will be all right. Well, not SURE-sure, but it won't help anybody if I fret and worry, so I'll just pet a cat and harvest some grapes to bring back to town with me. That is more important.
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