Blair isn’t going anywhere


by Sunny
5th May, 2006 at 1:32 pm    

A few thoughts on the Local Elections.

1) Tony Blair is not planning to leave his job soon, and his firing of Charles Clarke (with an offer of another portfolio) shows this. He wants his supporters around him. This is also why Geoff Hoon is back, Prescott has been neutralised and Gordon Brown will remain where he is. Keep your friends close, your enemies closer.

2) I think the biggest story of the night isn’t the BNP (more on that later) but that Ealing went to the Tories. This has been solid Labour territory since 1994 and is seen as a sign of things to come at the General Election.

3) Tories have done the least disappointingly out of everyone. Labour didn’t go into meltdown apart from in London, Tories only made huge gains in the capital. The Lib Dems, BNP and Greens all did worse than they expected.


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  1. Amit — on 5th May, 2006 at 1:53 pm  

    You sure know how to spoil my day Sunny…the thought of you taking my money at poker tonight was bad enough and now you’re saying that you think blair is going to stick around? My day couldn’t possilby get worse! :’(

  2. graham d'lore — on 5th May, 2006 at 2:23 pm  

    So the BNP winning 28 new seats so far, is not doing very well as far as your concerned.Seems like the BBC your in denial

  3. Sid — on 5th May, 2006 at 2:26 pm  

    Amir

    Where is that comment you posted about your recommendations for a new government reshuffle. That was great and can’t find it. Post link again please?

    Thanking

  4. Sunny — on 5th May, 2006 at 2:55 pm  

    Hah! The BNP did rubbish! I’m writing an article on this now…. will post it up soon.

  5. leon — on 5th May, 2006 at 2:55 pm  

    And there was me thinking this reshuffle stunk of panic. I still think he’ll be gone by the Labour conference this autumn.

  6. leon — on 5th May, 2006 at 3:04 pm  

    Another big (in Black press terms) story is Lambeth. Alot was made of the lack of BME representation on the council (6% BME councilors) and the council refusal to spend money on voter registration in primarly BME wards (despite it only costing £60k).

    They’ve (ie LibDem/Con) have lost the council to Labour in part due to BME voters…

  7. leon — on 5th May, 2006 at 3:14 pm  

    Also, the Greens didn’t do too badly; they aimed for 100 and got up to 89. Not too shabby really…

  8. hijabi — on 5th May, 2006 at 3:21 pm  

    hey JAI AND SUNNY, u from maida vale college?

  9. ggraham d'lore — on 5th May, 2006 at 3:23 pm  

    Just heard the BNP picked up two more seats in Dewsbury

  10. Sunny — on 5th May, 2006 at 3:30 pm  

    Erm… nope. My college days are long, long behind me :(

  11. Rekha — on 5th May, 2006 at 3:33 pm  

    I would be very interested to know if their are records of what proportion of the public bothered to vote.

    Apathy will undermine the work of the major political parties.

  12. Jai — on 5th May, 2006 at 3:34 pm  

    Hijabi,

    Not even remotely, I’m afraid. I’m 32 ;)

  13. Amir — on 5th May, 2006 at 4:02 pm  

    Sid, [the hyperlinks have also been fixed]
    I propose a Cabinet reshuffle. Here’s my new, improved, sleaze-free Labour party:

    Health: David Clarke of Orion

    Education: Jurgen Habermas

    Transport: Some big thinkers at the TRL.

    The Environment: Thomas Homer-Dixon

    Bioethics: James J. Hughes

    Animal Rights: Peter Singer

    Gender: Martha C. Nussbaum

    Sexuality: Peter Tatchell

    Economics: Jagdish Bhagwati, and Amartya Sen, and Philippe Van Parijs

    Science and Technology: Feryal Ozel and Lawrence Lessig

    Foreign Policy: Kanan Makiya, and Christopher Hitchens, and Azar Nafisi

    International Relations: Fareed Zakaria and Michael Walzer

    Culture and Identity: Brian Barry, and Kwame A. Appiah, and Khaled M. Abou El Fadl.

    Democratic Justice: Cass R. Sunstein, and David Miller.

    National Security: Martin van Creveld and Michael Ignatieff

    Crime and Punishment: Shelly Kagan

    Oh well, a guy can dream!

  14. Amir — on 5th May, 2006 at 4:06 pm  

    By the way, follow the link to Michael Walzer – and watch the video.

    I agree with every word he says.

  15. sonia — on 5th May, 2006 at 4:10 pm  

    Good summary Sunny.

  16. al — on 5th May, 2006 at 4:24 pm  

    Sunny,

    forget the local elections , you should be out canvasing for PP at the New Statesman’s New Media Award 2006 .

  17. Sunny — on 5th May, 2006 at 4:50 pm  

    al – goddamn their insolence! I want to know why I haven’t been nominated. :|

  18. Amir — on 5th May, 2006 at 4:56 pm  

    Because Yvonne Ridley was on the Panel.

  19. Ravi Nailk — on 5th May, 2006 at 5:00 pm  

    Christopher Hitchens in foreign policy? The guy got everything wrong in Iraq. :(

  20. Amir — on 5th May, 2006 at 5:35 pm  

    She told John Kampfner…
    ‘reee he he heeee!! [in a cackly witch-like laugh], that Sunny Hundal is not going to win any prizes. He seduces our Moslem sisters into his decadent BMW 5-series, takes them for an un-Islamic ‘ride’, plays them infidel music from ‘Snoop Doggy Dog’, and seduces them with his salacious twinkling eyes’.

  21. Amir — on 5th May, 2006 at 5:39 pm  

    Ravi,
    The Iraqi people disagree with you and the anti-war protestors.

    Question: Was Ousting Saddam Worth It

    Overall= 77%

  22. Sid — on 5th May, 2006 at 5:44 pm  

    And then he converts them to the evil ways of Vegetarianism!

  23. sonia — on 5th May, 2006 at 5:44 pm  

    oh right would that poll include all the views of the ‘dead’ people?

    !! food for thought there.

  24. Sid — on 5th May, 2006 at 5:50 pm  

    Amir
    I have to agree with Ravi. The bloated dipsomaniac you recommend for Foreign Policy has nothing new to say. He’s simply re-hashing intellectual disagreements that we’re played out in the West from 3 years ago prior to the war as opposed to offering anything new about what is to be done in Iraq for Iraqis.

  25. Amir — on 5th May, 2006 at 5:53 pm  

    Sonia,
    One of my closest friends is a Shia exile. Seven years ago, his dear mother (god rest her soul) was tortured and then murdered by the Republican guard. They hung her from a wall with meathooks, strapped her legs with cables, beat her continuously like a rag-doll, deprived her of food and water, raped her in the vagina and anus, pierced her skin (underneath the fingernails) with sharp vines, and (horrifyingly) used razor blades to mess about with her genitalia.

    The idea that there was a peaceful ‘status quo’ in Iraq before the invasion is so preposterous that I’m going to tell you to ‘fuck off’.
    Amir

  26. Sunny — on 5th May, 2006 at 6:04 pm  

    Can we drop the anti-war and pro-war arguments now please? They seem to crop on every single damn thread these days. There are other issues in the world, bloody Hitchens or not.

  27. Ravi Nailk — on 5th May, 2006 at 6:39 pm  

    Amir, I am sorry I brought the Hitchens thing up. We all agree that we want a free and democratic Iraq. And do I dare say that we all consider George Galloway to be douche-bag? :)

  28. Zak — on 5th May, 2006 at 7:10 pm  

    I think labours come out of this a tad better then expected..not because of their fine show otherwise but realistically the oppositions performance was lacklustre..4th party groups have done the best and the tories have done respectfully well. Btw what happened to Ms Ridleys election?

    Oh yeah for some pakistani bush bashing and if you understand some urdu..check this link out
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZLNABx6TDE

  29. Amir — on 5th May, 2006 at 7:29 pm  

    Yvonne Ridley stood for 5 council seats, and won all 5. She got kidnapped by voters in Bethnal Green&Bow to begin with – and after she escaped, she converted to a seat in Tower Hamlets. After a brief spell of election fraud, however, she denounced this as evidence of ‘Western imperialism’ and moved on to Epping.

    Epping, unfortuntely, was full of Zionists – so she moved on to another seat in Wales. Realizing that there were no council elections in Wales, however, Ridley cut her losses and overthrew the regime in Cardiff. She’s now imposed Sharia law on Blanau Gwent.

    Busy night.

  30. Gibs — on 5th May, 2006 at 8:19 pm  

    Rather than Labour politicians “panicking” about the prospect of the BNP picking up council seats in Barking, they should have just stood aside and “allowed” the BNP to take control of the entire council.

    Barking is hardly an economic powerhouse – so it would not matter too much to UK PLC if the BNP were to mess things up there.

    The rest of the country could then have had a good laugh at their expense !

  31. Amir — on 5th May, 2006 at 8:52 pm  

    Blair is a political genius – he waited until the aftermath of these disastrous council elections to announce the inevitable: a cabinet re-shuffle.

    The timing couldn’t be more calculated. It steals the headlines away from the Tories’ crushing gains. And what we’re hearing instead is how ‘ruthless’ and ‘cut-throat’ Blair has become. It was Friedrich Nietzsche, I believe, who referred to this process it as creative destruction.

    New faces. Ruthless Blair. Sulky Charles Clark. BNP scaremongering

    Blair’s ‘great escape’

  32. Amir — on 5th May, 2006 at 9:47 pm  

    Yvonne Ridley, showing her softer side…

    I FEEL very uncomfortable about the pop culture which is growing around some so-called Nasheed artists. Of course I use the term ‘Nasheed artists’ very lightly. Islamic ‘boy bands’ and Muslim ‘popsters’ would probably be more appropriate.

    Here, here Yvonne! Absolutely disgraceful, isn’t it!

  33. al — on 6th May, 2006 at 2:42 pm  

    a short story about Politics :

    A little boy goes to his dad and asks, “What is Politics?” Dad says, “Well son, let me try to explain it this way:

    I am the head of the family, so call me The President. Your mother is the administrator of the money, so we call her the Government. We are here to take care of your needs, so we will call you the People. The nanny, we will consider her the Working Class. And your baby brother, we will call him the Future. Now think about that and see if it makes sense.”

    So the little boy goes off to bed thinking about what Dad has said.

    Later that night, he hears his baby brother crying, so he gets up to check on him. He finds that the baby has severely soiled his diaper. So the little boy goes to his parent’s room and finds his mother asleep. Not wanting to wake her, he goes to the nanny’s room. Finding the door locked, he peeks in the keyhole and sees his father in bed with the nanny. He gives up and goes back to bed.

    The next morning, the little boy say’s to his father, “Dad, I think I understand the concept of politics now. ” The father says, “Good, son, tell me in your own words what you think politics is all about.”

    The little boy replies, “The President is screwing the Working Class while the Government is sound asleep. The People are being ignored and the Future is in deep shit.”

  34. Amir — on 6th May, 2006 at 3:22 pm  

    Ha ha ha ha – that’s funny!

    Worthy of this guy.

  35. El Cid — on 6th May, 2006 at 4:18 pm  

    Amir, you want a Minister for Sexuality? And you want Peter Tatchell to be it? What, you want homosexuality to be made compulsory? I’m not voting for you.

  36. El Cid — on 6th May, 2006 at 4:21 pm  

    As for Blair, I just wish he’d effing go!
    Talk about people entering politics with high ideals and clinging on to power until the very last mo, putting personal interests before those of a wider cause.
    What a wanker.

  37. Rakhee — on 6th May, 2006 at 4:23 pm  

    Talk about people entering politics with high ideals and clinging on to power until the very last mo, putting personal interests before those of a wider cause.

    You can apply that sentence to many of the word’s leaders today. Sad huh?

  38. Amir — on 6th May, 2006 at 4:46 pm  

    El Cid
    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Compulsory homosexuality… they already have that in Saudi Arabia!

    As for Blair, I just wish he’d effing go!

    All political careers end in tears my friend. It’s an axiom. (Unless, of course, you get shot like JFK – it then produces the ‘Kurt Cobain effect’)

  39. El Cid — on 6th May, 2006 at 5:31 pm  

    I’ve just penned a lighthearted item on my blog entitled “It’s fitting Blair should support Newcastle”.
    It’s got PP potential but if not, check it out here. I hope it amuses.

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