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No election!

Posted By Sunny On 6th October, 2007 @ 7:05 pm In Current affairs | 31 Comments

Gordon Brown has [1] dismissed any chance of a November election. Thank the lords! Oh, and Clairwil is away this weekend so she won’t be entertaining us with surreal videos from the 70s. So consider this your weekend open thread for idle chit-chat.

31 Comments To "No election!"

#1 Comment By douglas clark On 6th October, 2007 @ 11:09 pm


Can I assume all you England Rugby supporters are rather happy?

And the French too.

England -v- France, who’d have thought it?

I was just thinking about sports, minus football which is genuinely global, and wondering if cricket and rugby do, in fact, bring nations together. Odd groups of participants in both sports.

You could, kind of, see both rugby and cricket as an imperial export, but it doesn’t quite work, for me at least.

Clearly the ex Commonwealth provides the majority of rugby and cricket nations, but the rugby game is played at a fairly high level in countries like Japan, Romania, Georgia and Portugal. Not to mention France. Surprising there is no (?) involvement from India or Pakistan. I really do wonder why. I have met folk that would scale up to that sort of competition from both nations.

And, the cricket community is a completely different kettle of fish.

West Indies, Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan. Major names in the game. And they play cricket in Afghanistan too.

Dunno, I’m Scottish and the tanner ba’ game, and maybe, just maybe golf, are the only true games worth playing, but it is interesting to see how nations have picked and mixed on the ‘games to play’ front.

Please keep Natty away from me, this is lighthearted and not serious.

#2 Comment By Leon On 7th October, 2007 @ 12:28 am

No election this year or next. Odd he chose to pin that down now…anyhoo…

#3 Comment By douglas clark On 7th October, 2007 @ 2:15 am


Must have a clue that the economy ain’t gonna crash then?

#4 Comment By Sunny On 7th October, 2007 @ 4:46 am

Either way, I’m happy.

#5 Comment By field On 7th October, 2007 @ 5:05 am

Wherever he goes will be heard the faint but audible sound…

Cluck, cluck, cluck.

He miscalculated in a very Scottish sort of way i.e. there was an excess of calculation.

Most people in the UK disliked dragging in the army into the electioneering. We don’t really like to cut and run - especially as the surge is now obviously working so well. So appealing to cut and run instincts was a bad move and dragging soldiers into politics was disliked.

It was a lot about disillusionment. He started well, talking about respecting parliament and indicating that important announcements would be made there. But the Iraq trip showed through that pretence and the naked drive to cling on to power also contradicted everything he had said up till now.

In short, he brought his on himself and he deserved it.

#6 Comment By shariq On 7th October, 2007 @ 8:52 am

Re: Rugby in India and Pakistan

I know rugby is played by a very small percentage of the elite in Pakistan. I imagine its probably the same in India.

You’re right about the physique. People from the Punjab(either side) and North West Frontier Province in Pakistan have pretty good physiques for rugby.

I guess it never really caught on for whatever reason.

#7 Comment By Chairwoman On 7th October, 2007 @ 10:14 am

Hmm.Could the weekend poll results have anything to do with Gordon deciding not to hold a poll of his own? Course not!

Here’s a little PP related hospital incident. The food, of course, varied between bland and abysmal, but there were other choices (in small print) for we ethnics. These consisted of Halaal, Kosher meat, Kosher fish, and Asian vegetarian. At the bottom of the ethnic menu was a note (in very small print), a caveat stating that these menus were only available for ‘religious, ethnic or cultural reasons’.

Well I tried the Kosher options. At first they were OK, but the ordered meal was frequently substituted by something I didn’t like, so I stopped ordering them. One night, when a particularly helpful ‘A’ grade care assistant was on, he arranged for me to have the ‘Asian vegetarian’ choice, and it was delicious. So the next day the other ladies in my ‘bay’ also ordered it, but we were denied, as we didn’t meet the religious, ethnic or cultural qualifications. I protested vehemently that as a regular poster, and official Auntie ji on a leading UK Asian Political Blog, I was entitled to the meal on cultural grounds, but my pleas fell on deaf ears, and I had to make do with the broccoli and pasta bake.

#8 Comment By Anas On 7th October, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

Hey Chairwoman you’re back! Nice to see you around :)

#9 Comment By Anas On 7th October, 2007 @ 12:59 pm

Why play rugby when you have kabbadi?

#10 Comment By Chairwoman On 7th October, 2007 @ 1:03 pm

I used to love kabbadi on Channel 4!

#11 Comment By Nyrone On 7th October, 2007 @ 1:56 pm

Thank God they stopped showing that!

#12 Comment By Dave S On 7th October, 2007 @ 2:07 pm

Kabbadi was great… bring it back! (Though I no longer have a TV to watch it on, heh!)

#13 Comment By Sunny On 7th October, 2007 @ 3:00 pm

Lol at kabbadi. I used to play that at school in India.

Chairwoman, that’s quite sad I guess. I would order vegetarian food on ethical grounds, not religious, but I suspect they’d give it to me on the grounds of my skin. Silliness indeed.

Next time you should learn some punjabi swear words from us in advance! If that doesn’t convince them, nothing will. Heh.

#14 Comment By Don On 7th October, 2007 @ 3:12 pm

Good to hear from you again, Chairwoman.

You should have clipped the officious jobsworth around the ear with a hardback copy of ‘Identity and Violence’.

#15 Comment By Boyo On 7th October, 2007 @ 4:22 pm

Why it was such a sweet victory….

[2] http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,22538573-2722,00.html

Poor Aussies, they just don’t get it!

#16 Comment By El Cid On 7th October, 2007 @ 5:48 pm

Shame Fiji couldn’t deliver the tri-nation coup de grace.
Hope you don’t mind Douglas and PP’s Scottish community but I’ll be supporting Argentina this evening — for positive rather than negative reasons, you understand.

#17 Comment By Natty On 7th October, 2007 @ 5:55 pm

Check this out:

Fundraising and positioning American Style:

Hilary Clinton
[3] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/7028619.stm

Rudy Gulliani
[4] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7029079.stm

A very different approach to the UK and fixed term elections.

#18 Comment By El Cid On 7th October, 2007 @ 6:08 pm

Ha ha Boyo, that’s hilarious!
I’m also reminded of the guest Kiwi on Radio 5 Live last night, which I listened to while driving to my in-laws in Kent.
I can’t remember the Kiwi’s name but he was asked in the build up whether the earlier shock result between England and Australia changed anything. His reply was that it didn’t because the All-Blacks could adjust to playing against England. It just didn’t register with him that France might have got a psychological lift from the England game to pull off a similar surprise by beating the Kiwis and getting to the semi-final in their place.
And a few minutes later he predicted that France would not get within 20 points of NZ.
Don’t you just love Chabal?
[5] http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=GUa9P-KnNVk

I’m not a rugby nut although I used to play. It can be quite boring sometimes too. But occasionally it is a wonder to behold. Sheer unbeatable heroism.

#19 Comment By El Cid On 7th October, 2007 @ 6:13 pm

As for Gordon.
He clearly bottled it and because of that he has clearly lost some respect. No questions.
But it’s not terminal for him.
He needs some luck though — i.e. that a nailed-on slowdown in the economy and housing market in 2008 doesn’t spiral into something worse.
It is that simple.

#20 Comment By Boyo On 7th October, 2007 @ 6:27 pm

Oh I’ll be cheering on the Argies too, for entirely negative reasons - ie, I’m English and I’d love to see the Scots lose.

I never used to feel like this, being brought up to be British, but that’s all over now and I can’t bear the Scottish chip any more than the Aussie one.

As for Gord, I disagree - sadly I think this will clearly mark a turning point, the beginning of the end.

He has single-handedly revitalised the Tories and made them appear electable while at the same time as undermining his own reputation (and that of his govt.) on so many levels. We will not see a fourth term I’m afraid. I’m not kidding - it’s actually now for the Tories to lose.

#21 Comment By El Cid On 7th October, 2007 @ 7:29 pm

You keep telling yourself Boyo.
If you believe, you can achieve, as we saw yesterday on the rugby pitch.
I’d rather be a little more objective. :)
As for disliking the Scottish coz they don’t like us(or the Catalans, Basques, woemever) I’d rather not sink to that, if I can help it.
It’s just as pathetic as the two-bob and tawdry small country jingoism that feeds it.

#22 Comment By Jai On 7th October, 2007 @ 9:02 pm

Welcome back, Chairwoman Auntie. I hope you are feeling better.

Please convince Katy to return to PP. If necessary, myself and “the boys” (ie. Jagdeep and Sunny) will administer some Punjabi-style “advice” to her tormenters in order to “encourage” them to stop hassling her about anything I/P-related…..

*cracks knuckles and dusts off his most dangerous-looking kara*

#23 Comment By Desi Italiana On 7th October, 2007 @ 9:29 pm

“People from the Punjab(either side) and North West Frontier Province in Pakistan have pretty good physiques for rugby.”


#24 Comment By Don On 7th October, 2007 @ 10:52 pm

For busy cat-lovers everywhere;

[6] http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/clips/severed-mechanical-hand-hacked-for-cat-petting-307947.php

#25 Comment By Vikrant On 7th October, 2007 @ 11:05 pm

Aye fellas… sup? Have been out of the loop for a while.

Apple bricked my iPhone and i’m pissed off. I have a $500 paperweight. Take my advice dont ever buy Apple.

#26 Comment By Leon On 7th October, 2007 @ 11:55 pm

You mean don’t buy Apple, unlock their products thus violating your warranty right? :P

#27 Comment By Vikrant On 8th October, 2007 @ 12:57 am

Well under laws of State of Illinois, i am perfectly on the legal side in unlocking the phone. They simply cant destroy my property!!! Unlike software iPhone is a piece of shit hardware, which is owned by the end user rather than “rented” as in case of software.

#28 Comment By Ravi Naik On 8th October, 2007 @ 3:07 am

“Apple bricked my iPhone and i’m pissed off. I have a $500 paperweight. Take my advice dont ever buy Apple.”

I am sorry, Vikrant, but why should any one listen to your advice when you managed to turn a $500 iPhone into a $500 paperweight? :)

I am not sure I can fault Apple on this one. They did warn before installing the update that it would brick your device, so… just wait a few more days, and I am sure the hacker community will sort it out.

#29 Comment By Vikrant On 8th October, 2007 @ 6:09 am

Haha this place is supposed to one of the top 5 for engineering in US. Some dudes are working on porting Symbian OS to iPhone…

#30 Comment By Rohin On 8th October, 2007 @ 10:14 am

“People from the Punjab(either side) and North West Frontier Province in Pakistan have pretty good physiques for rugby.”


No. The modern rugby player cannot be divided so easily into back or forward, more and more players are now huge, ripped and devastatingly fast. Punjabis can indeed be big and can be fast, but are rarely both. Several notable sprinters have been Punjabi, such as Milkha Singh, but they and he were the most slight competitors in their event, as is the case for many Indian runners. They’d get walloped in rugby, believe me I know - I used to run against some seriously fast Punjabis.

The big Punjabis, like that American wrestler fellow or the pehelwans from the pind move like molasses.

I heard that the actor Rahul Bose was on the Indian national rugby team at some point. They are 88th in the world, out of 95. [7] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India_national_rugby_union_team

#31 Comment By The Common Humanist On 8th October, 2007 @ 2:01 pm

Result! I hate campaigning in the cold!


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[1] dismissed: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2185312,00.html
[2] http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,22538573-2722,00.html: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,22538573-2722,00.html
[3] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/7028619.stm: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/7028619.stm
[4] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7029079.stm: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7029079.stm
[5] http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=GUa9P-KnNVk: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=GUa9P-KnNVk
[6] http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/clips/severed-mechanical-hand-hacked-for-cat-petting-307947.php: http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/clips/severed-mechanical-hand-hacked-for-cat-petting-307947.php
[7] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India_national_rugby_union_team: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India_national_rugby_union_team