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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    "Shouldn't have paid for Wills and Harry to go to Eton if this is the sort of chap that the school produces."

    Hopefully Liz has slipped polonium into Cameron's tea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Well, yes, in theory it is possible. But a quick look through the history of the twentieth century will illustrate that this hardly ever happens.
    1951.

    Labour swept into power in 1945 on a landslide, and started their welfare and economic reforms to pull Britain out of the devastation of the Second World War. They were denied the opportunity to continue their reforms despite winning the popular vote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    1951.

    Labour swept into power in 1945 on a landslide, and started their welfare and economic reforms to pull Britain out of the devastation of the Second World War. They were denied the opportunity to continue their reforms despite winning the popular vote.
    I said it has hardly ever happened, not that it never has.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    How does that work when your MP is a big hitter in the Cabinet?

    How much time were Darling and Brown supposed to pay to piddling little local issues in their constituencies when they had a country to run?
    You'll find Jack Straw was always pretty good at sticking up for his constituency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    How does that work when your MP is a big hitter in the Cabinet?

    How much time were Darling and Brown supposed to pay to piddling little local issues in their constituencies when they had a country to run?
    They have less time but a big hitter in cabinet has more pull and influence when it comes to dealing with local issues.

    There is a trade off but nothing negative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpr View Post
    That's the whole point of the British system, your local representative is there to push your area's needs at a national scale. Regional based parties getting in show there is demand in the region for that voice to represent them at the top table. Britain doesn't have any religion/caste (ethnicity/culture i suppose is our equivalent) based parties that are taken seriously by sane people, luckily the, well, ****wits who vote for them are a very small minority.
    But I would rather have a Party with a base everywhere Ruling the country ,than a bunch of regional Political parties coming together. Or a party which is strong in some regions and not existent in some.

    It is more unifying for the nation and gives every region a voice and a stake in government and not only those that have leading parties as part of the government.
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    Brown looks like a relieved man, like the happiest he's ever been.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cevno View Post
    But I would rather have a Party with a base everywhere Ruling the country ,than a bunch of regional Political parties coming together. Or a party which is strong in some regions and not existent in some.

    It is more unifying for the nation and gives every region a voice and a stake in government and not only those that have leading parties as part of the government.
    Well, we've got a bunch of regional extremists in charge now.

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    Watching Sky News, that was a really dignified speech from Gordon Brown earlier.

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    I wish they would stop dragging their wives about. It's so completely unneccessary, everyone else manages to do their job normally on their own. And I hate that image of the dutiful wife supporting their husband. I mean, why was Brown thanking his wife for her 'service to the country'?

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    Yeah it was indeed. Reckon he is a champion bloke myself, depsite what everyone else seems to think. Never afraid to admit that he isn't perfect, that he made mistakes and that he would have done stuff differently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by four_or_six View Post
    I wish they would stop dragging their wives about. It's so completely unneccessary, everyone else manages to do their job normally on their own. And I hate that image of the dutiful wife supporting their husband. I mean, why was Brown thanking his wife for her 'service to the country'?
    TBF, we have no idea what she did/didn't do behind the scenes. She might have done stuff that was a service to the country for all we know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    TBF, we have no idea what she did/didn't do behind the scenes. She might have done stuff that was a service to the country for all we know.
    Yeah, without a doubt the spouse of a national leader has provided a great deal of service to their country

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    Quote Originally Posted by four_or_six View Post
    I wish they would stop dragging their wives about. It's so completely unneccessary, everyone else manages to do their job normally on their own. And I hate that image of the dutiful wife supporting their husband. I mean, why was Brown thanking his wife for her 'service to the country'?
    She used to work for him as a secretary or pr or something or other.

    Nice speech that from Brown, a decent fellow indeed.

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    Brown's legacy should really be everything he did around third world debt, because that was pretty epic and a lot more worthy than most of what goes on in parliament.



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