I thought the following quote rather wonderfully summed up the current mood on the general election campaign and the leaders’ debates. This from a fellow Swindon Town fan:
Well, this leaders debate hasn’t really helped much in revealing the best candidate has it.
You’ve got the self serving rich boy party, the racist party, the liar party, the tree hugging party, the hi-de-hi party, the braveheart party, and the ‘not even the best Milliband’ party.
Without clicking on the link can readers guess who said this?
“The European commission isn’t like a national government. It has to remain impartial,”
From Tim Worstall, a comment from the Guardian:
The Greek protest vote goes to neo-nazis, the Italian protest vote to an anarchist comedian, the British protest vote goes to an ex-stockbroker called Nigel.
What an extraordinarily sensible country we really are.
In an article in the Spectator regarding the Eastleigh by-election I was drawn towards this point…
On a big post-it note in Lib Dem HQ, volunteers write why they have come down to help out. One message stands out, ‘Because Eastleigh is ours’.
Not the voter’s constituency, not the people’s constituency but apparently it belongs to the Lib Dems. One is reminded of Republican Scott Brown’s retort that “it’s not Ted Kennedy’s seat“.
Just seen this from a Guardian report on Friday about recreating football matches played during the Christmas truce of World War I as part of next year’s centenary celebrations. Andrew Murrison, Minister for International Security Strategy, in the Ministry of Defence said (my emphasis):
…that staging a football match in Belgium on the battlefields where soldiers had briefly put down their weapons was “a no-brainer in terms of an event that is going to reach part of the community that perhaps might not get terribly entrenched into this”.
One wonders if he could have worded that better…
“Of course, Britain could survive outside the EU…We could probably get access to the Single Market as Norway and Switzerland do…”
Tony Blair, speech in Ghent, 23rd February 2000
“If parliament is formed from one party as a result of its winning an election, it becomes a parliament of the winning party and not of the people. It represents the party and not the people, and the executive power of the parliament becomes that of the victorious party and not of the people.”
I’m currently waiting to be picked up to attend a Christmas bash – one I’m not particularly looking forward to – but hey I’m looking on the bright side it’s free food. So I thought I would pose a quick quiz for a Saturday night…guessing who wrote the above quote (and no cheating)