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Saturday, May 07, 2005

UK Election

Tony Blair won, but he lost. A 66 seat majority would seem like a great victory for a party leader anywhere else. The problem for Tony Blair is his greatest critics are in his own party. There are dozens of them still in the parliamentry party and they seem to be accepted.

Here in the land of Australia, both major parties seem to apply the "caucus" rule a lot harder, where all debate is done behind closed doors and then you must toe the party line. This has always been the way with ALP. I am not sure if this was the whole reason that party split into fragments on three different times in the first sixty odd years (1917, 1931, 1955) but it certainly didn't help.

The Liberals used to be more tolerent of dissenters within the ranks. There always was a few difficult senators who used to cause headaches for Fraser. But under John Winston Howard that seems to have gone the way of the horse and buggy and the drop kick. This part of the reason that Peter Costello is such a weak leadership candidate.

3 Comments:

  • At 7:30 pm, May 07, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The reason Peter Costello and Dr Brendon Nelson are weak alternates is that they were both used to be card carrying members of the Labour Left, and in NSW it it my understanding that another comrade from our ranks has deserted to the Liberal Party and is currently running in their internal ranks for the position of Urban Representative on their NSW State Executive. This puzzles me as she is still attending many meetings within the Labour Party, due to the fact that her toy boy lover is a staff member of a prominate NSW Labour member of parliment.

     
  • At 1:45 pm, May 08, 2005, Blogger B. S. Fairman said…

    I am a little unsure of what you are actually getting at. What the ALP needs is more interaction with the grass roots. More on this later.

     
  • At 1:24 am, May 26, 2005, Blogger Vest said…

    The latest "IN" word in the USA CANADA BRITAIN AND OZ is "WOBBLIES" it has taken over from Tits and Boobs, check on the blog site THE ZOMBIE SLAYER.lots of comments and laughs instead of all this unqualified political nonsense.

     

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