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Gordon Brown is in trouble….as he goes hunting for votes…..

[ Prime Minister Gordon Brown, back in London on Monday after a day of campaigning in the south of England. National elections will take place on May 6 ]

The Dog doesn’t follow the English politics…..

But has heard of the rise of the English Obama….Nick Clegg (below )

And it does seem as if Gordon Brown’s Labour government is about to get sent home…..

Here’s a piece in Mr. Brown’s camapigning around the South of England….USA style…..

Something Mr. Clegg has brought to England……

Along with promises to move away a bit from Tony Blair’s tight relationship with America and to deal with the countries immigration problems…..

In the newspapers, cataclysm was looming for Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s faltering Labour government. Cabinet ministers were reportedly scheming, squabbling and snapping “Shut up!” at one another in panicky strategy sessions. The question was not whether Labour would lose the election on May 6, but how thoroughly.

But none of this seemed to penetrate the eerily positive parallel universe that is Brown-world. Cocooned in a nest of sealed-off calm with his aides and his wife, Sarah, as he finished a day of campaigning on Monday, the man who might not be prime minister for much longer dismissed the alarming reports as the sound and fury of the news media trying to stir things up.

“It’s the usual story at some point in the election campaign,” Mr. Brown said in an interview, flashing a strained smile. “I don’t think these stories last very long. I think people’s minds are focusing much more on the issues.”

So he hopes. Mr. Brown’s premiership has never been popular with a public that preferred his predecessor, Tony Blair, and has grown weary after 13 years of Labour government. Chronically behind the Conservative opposition in polls over the last two years, the Labour Party is now, humiliatingly, also polling behind the third-party Liberal Democrats with little more than a week left before the election.

But the margins that separate the parties are small, and many voters say they are still undecided. No one is giving up yet. “I will keep fighting to the last minute of the last day of this campaign,” Mr. Brown told the assembled reporters in what constituted his campaign vehicle for the moment — the economy-class, rear car of a train otherwise full of commuters. (The reporters would switch to a bus, and the prime minister to a car, for part of the trip.)

He showed good Scottish pugilism as he sped around several campaign stops in the south. At a nurses’ convention in Bournemouth he drew a standing ovation, albeit a slowly rising one, and from only two-thirds or so of the audience. In Weymouth, he basked in the approval of a garden party-ful of supporters and gamely shook hands with pleasantly startled shoppers in front of the banana and the bread displays at an Asda supermarket.

And in Southampton, the prime minister submitted to sharp questioning at a live radio show, impressing the audience with his detailed, unscripted answers, even if the answers sometimes veered off topic……

More……..

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Automobiles, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Travel, Updates | , , , , , | 3 Comments

The Winner’s and loser’s for this week of the UN and G-20…….

Well, I have to admit the idea came from The Cable/Foreign-Policy……..

Winners……Barack Obama….BiBI Netanyahu…….Hu Jintao…….G-20……Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice……

The first two guys for their speeches and Obama get props for the Nuclear resolution, The Chinese are in the ascension…no guns …..Just plain economic growth,The G-20 gives play to the fact the old economic powers have had a rough time for the past year and the second tier players are a bit stronger on this go-round. Hillary and Susan Rice , out of the spot light, have been doing their thing to function as the State Department is supposed to……good deal

Losers…..Barack Obama….Muammar Qaddafi….Mahmoud Ahmadinejad…..Gordon Brown….G-8 and Greg Craig……

The President has just gotten a lesson in global power…most of these guys have their own problems and due to the economic weakness here can smile and look down their noises at the new president……Qaddafi…was doing all right until the Pan Am 103 /Oil deal, the tent caper and a 90 minute rambling speech…..Ahmadinejad…..thought he had a handle on things and found out a leak and acknowledgement of a  not so secret nuclear materials site could mess up his day….these guys can’t be handled by his revolutionary guards…..Gordon Brown……well this piece reports that Obama’s handlers have been reticent to give him face time with the President although Obama needed him and Shacozy to beat up the Iranians……The G-8 is now the G-20 , enough said…..Craig Greg takes a beating for Gitmo…something the President misjudged……

To the winners listt I’m going to add ‘The Clintons‘……not to out do Hillary, but her husband had his Own Global Initiative…and everyone stopped by to chat…the guy is back……….

Interesting if you are keeping score …………

Oh, Yea…I’m adding the cops in Pittsburgh, who had one bad day, and then seemed to have skated….They did their homework…….

September 26, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Winner's and loser's for this week of the UN and G-20…….

Well, I have to admit the idea came from The Cable/Foreign-Policy……..

Winners……Barack Obama….BiBI Netanyahu…….Hu Jintao…….G-20……Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice……

The first two guys for their speeches and Obama get props for the Nuclear resolution, The Chinese are in the ascension…no guns …..Just plain economic growth,The G-20 gives play to the fact the old economic powers have had a rough time for the past year and the second tier players are a bit stronger on this go-round. Hillary and Susan Rice , out of the spot light, have been doing their thing to function as the State Department is supposed to……good deal

Losers…..Barack Obama….Muammar Qaddafi….Mahmoud Ahmadinejad…..Gordon Brown….G-8 and Greg Craig……

The President has just gotten a lesson in global power…most of these guys have their own problems and due to the economic weakness here can smile and look down their noises at the new president……Qaddafi…was doing all right until the Pan Am 103 /Oil deal, the tent caper and a 90 minute rambling speech…..Ahmadinejad…..thought he had a handle on things and found out a leak and acknowledgement of a  not so secret nuclear materials site could mess up his day….these guys can’t be handled by his revolutionary guards…..Gordon Brown……well this piece reports that Obama’s handlers have been reticent to give him face time with the President although Obama needed him and Shacozy to beat up the Iranians……The G-8 is now the G-20 , enough said…..Craig Greg takes a beating for Gitmo…something the President misjudged……

To the winners listt I’m going to add ‘The Clintons‘……not to out do Hillary, but her husband had his Own Global Initiative…and everyone stopped by to chat…the guy is back……….

Interesting if you are keeping score …………

Oh, Yea…I’m adding the cops in Pittsburgh, who had one bad day, and then seemed to have skated….They did their homework…….

September 26, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Was it Oil for Justice in the Lockerbe release?

If you are like me…..the home coming for the Libyan Intel Officer Abdelbaset al-Megrahi left you cold………I’ve heard the rumblings about a deal………oil for his release, and that it wasn’t the Scots…but the United Kingdom that worked the deal…….the New York Daily News expands on the widening discomfort between the US and the Gordon Brown government and asks ……is this anyway to treat a friend or big brother?………

September 2, 2009 Posted by | Other Things, Politics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment