Posts Tagged ‘Gordon Brown MP’

Labour Party Conference

September 27, 2009

Just before the Prime Minister took part in a Q&A session earlier today, he gave a small speech.  Unlike those sitting behind him, I found it amusing.

This motion should be interesting tomorrow.  I would not have expected this to have been accepted as previous Labour Party Conferences have been so managed.

Fastest ever swinging pendulum?

June 6, 2009

The last 48 hours have been extraordinary regarding the future of the Prime Minister.  When James Purnell resigned, I thought he was in serious trouble.  He then carried out his reshuffle the next day (Monday would have been too late for him) and some of the other resignations did not hurt him, including Geoff Hoon’s.  At that point, I thought that he was ok.  When Caroline Flint resigned (I am astonished that she was not promoted further sooner), I thought that he was finished.  I now err towards him being ok to carry on until next year.

I agree with Michael Portillo that his survival as Leader of the Labour Party is all about the Cabinet and what each of them do.

May prediction may change in the next few hours – what do you think?

Scrutiny Call-in

June 3, 2009

I think it lasted around 2 hours but I enjoyed much of the discussion.  I have not changed my mind about the need for the decision.  One of the nicest things from the evening was this blog got a mention from Councillor Harmer, whom I have only spoken with a few times but like.  I did make the point that I read his blog also but that he has not updated for a few weeks (actually meant that as a compliment because I like local blogs).

On of the areas mentioned during the call-in, but did not receive huge attention, was parking renewals.  Not entirely relevant but just read this.  I like moves like this.

What an extraordinary day for politics?  Are Hazel Blears MP and the Prime Minister still friends on a personal level?  If they are then the entire Labour Group in Hounslow think that I am a smashing chap!

100% Mortgages

February 22, 2009

I heard on the news this morning that the Prime Minister wants to see an end to the above.  Before looking at the pros and cons, my first thought was that this is how I managed to get on the housing ladder.

A quick review of yesterday’s news

July 17, 2008

Immigration ‘harming communities’

In fairness to Liam Byrne (whom I think is very bright), he only became an MP in 2004.  I wonder whether he would be prepared to condemn the approach taken by New Labour between 1997 & 2001 towards anyone who expressed seriously concerns about the scale of immigration?

Straw unveils elected Lords plan

I know I seem to be in a minority but I am opposed to an elected second Chamber.  An article from Lord Norton gives some very good argument against.

Brown defends fuel duty decision

Clearly lots more needs to be done but ofcourse this is better than nothing.  I overhead someone predicting that prices could go down as the economy goes into recession because there will be less demand for petrol.  If the economy does get worse (obviously I hope it does not), then I do not think the price of petrol will decrease for a while (but I hope I am wrong)!

Council workers walk out over pay

It will not surprise anyone to hear that I do not support the demands of the Union.  Some rather unpleasant comments reported on Conservative Home.  Here is the latest in Hounslow.  Please keep checking the front page of the Council’s website.

Launch of assembly power debate

OK, not yesterday’s news but why do I see the recommendation of more powers a foregone conclusion.  I urge every fellow Welshmen and women living in Wales not to support anything further.  The Union is good for Wales and lets not increase the injustice currently inflicted on people living in England by the current constitutional settlement.