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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Alba Go Bragh!

Hi Everyone,

It's official, England now has a Scottish Prime Minister. It's not the first time. This marks a landmark event. This continues the longest run of Labour government in British history.

Gordon Brown, like Tony Blair, comes from the "third way" faction of the Laobur Party. He wants to emphasize things like health care and education but don't expect a return to the Pre-Thatcher statism of the 50s, 60s and 70s.

The one area where we can expect real change is Iraq. The last thing Brown wants to do is face election (which must happen before 2010) with British Troops still in Iraq. Of course, that's a long time and by the time 2010 rolls around, the American political situation may have solved his problem for him. That said, a Republican win in 2008 or a win for an anti-withdrawal Democrat (like Hilary Clinton) would be a problem for Gordon Brown.

Look for Brown to try to extricate Britain from Iraq and then use the resulting boost in his popularity to call a snap election and ensure a complete 5 year term for himself.


Dr. Strangelove said...

Why do you characterize Hillary as an anti-withdrawal Democrat? She has proposed legislation to end the war by the end of 2008, and has said that if Bush does not do this, she will end it as soon as she takes office.

Raised By Republicans said...

I don't believe her. For most of the duration of the war she's been backing it. Her recent change of tune is - I believe - not trustworthy.

But it is true that she is SAYING she would pull out if elected.

Dr. Strangelove said...

Ah, I understand. Thanks.

HypnoToad said...

Dear noobs, please stop referring to the United Kingdom as England. Frankly, this is offensive as all hell to scottish people. Gordon Brown is PM of the UK, not just england. Yes, Scotland now has our own devolved government, but it only has partial powers, and only over scottish affairs. Also, in all honesty, Gordon Brown is something a lot of scottish people are ashamed of, if you pay attention to things in the UK, Gordon Brown is almost afraid to admit that he's Scottish, doing everything in his power to be 'British', to appear as if " okay so i was born in scotland, but i'm almost as english as you" and that's....shameful, in my opinion.