||[Jun. 5th, 2009|09:51 am]
I voted in the European elections. There were a lot of fringe parties putting up candidates- and the voting slip was the longest I'd ever handled. |
I say "I" not "we" because Ailz gets a postal vote and cast it weeks ago.
I voted for the Lib Dems. It was more a vote against than a vote for.
On the way down to Stratford we had the car radio on for the political news. Jack Straw was being asked- repeatedly- why he hadn't tendered his resignation over the case of the French students who were murdered by a guy who should have been in prison but wasn't. He talked about his "duty". Straw is- all proportions kept- Nu Labour's Talleyrand. As we were driving home after the play it was reported that a third Cabinet Minister- James Purnell- had resigned from the government- and while the others- Smith and Blears- went muttering courtesies, this one has said straight out that Brown is electoral poison and should go.
This morning the election results that are coming in are- as expected- bad for Labour, Brown is reshuffling his cabinet and the Guardian's Martin Kettle predicts he'll be forced out in days.