Sunday, December 18, 2005

UK Politics, Life the Universe and Everything...

| by ringverse | 8:56 AM |

Hi Folks,
Blogenfreude asked the question that has been griping British politics on Blairwatch yesterday...

Maybe you Brits can edumacate us Amurricans a bit re: your politics. I have noted with interest that your governments periodically come crashing down. We, alas, are stuck with the Dear Leader until January of 2009 unless he can be impeached because someone other than his wife gives him a blowjob.

Here are the questions: Is there any serious challenger to Bliar within his own party? Is there something the politicians (maybe even the people) could do to send The Poodle to the dog pound? I assume that most of the populace wants Blair-style initiatives save the ones that have to do with Operation Enduring War™ and your dwindling freedoms, but I don't know...


I have had a stab at answering, but it turned into more of a stream of conciousness than a post...
The comments are proving more informative than my ramblings.

Hope you all get home safely soon...



Comments:
Very interesting answer by ringverse too ... Blair is like Bush in that his party is the equivalent of a battered woman - he kicks and beats her, but she can't leave.
 
I would never have bet that Blair and Bush would get along. Bush hates to be around anyone smarter than he is - Clinton seemingly the only exception. Blair would fall into the 'geek' category Bush's frat boy personality would have beat up in college. Why do you think they get along? Does Blair always come across as the weaker personality? It is just Secondary School politics, with the unpopular kid trying to run with the jocks?
 
Maybe they both aspire to be each other, Bush wishes he had Blair's brains, and Blair wishes he had Bush's simplicity. They both view the world in terms of Black and White, Good and Evil. And those breakfast prayer meetings might have something to do with it...
Bush said he heard god's voice telling him to invade Iraq, and Bliar is convinced he is doing God's work...!

Also, in September 2001 Blair was in trouble. As the TV pictures of 911 started to hit the TV screens Blair was about to address a big Trade Union meeting. This meeting and his speech had been a long time coming, and the Unions and the left of the party were about to lay into Blair with a vengence. We were sat in front of the TV waiting to see Blair get ripped apart when it all happened. Blair never made his speech, and never took the beating he was about to get. We wonder if his initial instant loyalty and shoulder to shoulder support was partly derrived from his desperation to carve out another role for himself on the world stage, as Dubya's No.2? I am not saying he wasn't right to offer support, or that it was all such a cynical ploy. Just that he may have overplayed his hand right at the beginning, because 911 came along at the right time for him?
Once that hand had been played, and he had his role as poodle in chief, he never really had any choice. Standing back would either show him to have been wrong, cynical or disloyal.

Not forgetting that Bush and Blair also share one other worrying trait, they both believe their own propaganda...
 
The religion connection - I didn't know about that. Especially with Bush - that's terrifically important. I also didn't know about that speech, and its implications. Hmmmm...Thanks - very cogent analysis. You've answered some questions I've had.
 
"We Don't do God"
Something I don't understand is how you guys in the states have such clear seperation of Church and State in your Constitution, and a Pres'nit who wears his evangelism on his sleeve and plays to the more rabid religious right [not to mention those voices...]
We in the UK though, have our head of state as head of the Church of England, and yet Blair's personal faith is regarded almost as a matter of National Security.
 
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