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post May 11 2007, 07:11 AM
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So the Bush's li'l lackey is gone in June. Your thoughts?


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post May 14 2007, 03:12 PM
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Taking Mata's point about the probability of a long-term Conservative government next, I think it could be averted if Gordon Brown (or whoever gets the leadership if it's not him) immediately act to reverse some of Blair's more unpopular decisions, most importantly, pulling out of Iraq. Whether or not this will actually happen depends on Brown's willingness to defy the US, which may be optimistic.

Dave: the next Prime Minister will not be chosen by election, but by a vote of the members of the Labour Party, and it will almost certainly be Gordon Brown, the current Chancellor. This is because Blair is resigning half-way through his term. As the Prime Minister can call a general election whenever he wants to, within his 5 years of office, there will be calls from the opposition parties for this to happen, but this rarely happens.


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post May 16 2007, 11:05 AM
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QUOTE (CheeseMoose @ May 14 2007, 04:12 PM) *
Taking Mata's point about the probability of a long-term Conservative government next, I think it could be averted if Gordon Brown (or whoever gets the leadership if it's not him) immediately act to reverse some of Blair's more unpopular decisions, most importantly, pulling out of Iraq. Whether or not this will actually happen depends on Brown's willingness to defy the US, which may be optimistic.

Brown will never do that, and rightly so. This government made its bed, now it has to lie in it. Withdrawing British troops would undoubtedly destabilise the country and cause many hundreds, if not thousands, of Coalition casualties. We now have a responsibility to Iraq - we're there for the long-term methinks.

And if Brown were to reverse some of Blair's more unpopular decisions, what would that say about him? He'd be pandering to Labour's critics, appearing weak and stabbing the former PM in the back. The Tories would latch onto that and undermine Brown's leadership in its infancy.

It's a funny ol' game, this politics lark.
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