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Brown faces revolt after poll thrashing
[Mail and Globe] Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown faced a renewed challenge to his leadership on Monday after support for the ruling Labour Party plunged to its lowest level in a century in European elections.
And so he should do.
Compounding Labour's woes, the far-right British National Party won two seats in the European Parliament for the first time. The BNP gained the seats in northern England at the expense of Brown's Labour Party, which has been hurt by a scandal over politicians' expenses.
Brown, who reshuffled his government after six ministers quit last week,was set to meet on Monday evening with Labour members of Parliament, a number of whom have called on him to step down before a general election due within a year.

"It's a very, very bad defeat for us," Brown's deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman told BBC television. But Brown was "resilient" and would fight on, she said.

Political commentators said he had a desperate political fight ahead after the disastrous European poll showing. The right-of-centre Daily Telegraph said Brown was "on the edge, while the Times declared him "out for the count". The normally supportive Guardian newspaper, which last week turned against Brown and called on him to step down, said Brown was facing a "make or break" challenge to his leadership.

The turmoil rattled markets last week, pushing the pound lower. Investors are wary of uncertainty when Britain faces its deepest recession since World War II and the budget deficit has reached a record £175-billion ($281-billion).

Brown's departure would almost certainly precipitate an early election which the centre-right opposition Conservatives are expected to win after 12 years out of power.
Posted by: || 06/09/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A lesson for Bambi. Keep digging. Hillary has all the shovels ready.
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 06/09/2009 9:54 Comments || Top||

#2  The problem for Britain is that the Tories do not have an answer either. They also lost votes. They are seen as birds of the same flock. That is why smaller and more liberty parties have elected MPs lately.
Posted by: Lagom || 06/09/2009 11:16 Comments || Top||

#3  UKIP (Proper conservatives) came second.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/09/2009 14:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Following Brown in the news is getting to be a lot of fun.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 06/09/2009 16:38 Comments || Top||

#5  Labour gave British sovereignty away to the EU, enshrined political correctness in the legal system, banned guns and self-defense, and spent the country into bankruptcy. And not a peep from the Tories. Hard to believe that the Tories was once the party of Margaret Thatcher.
Posted by: DMFD || 06/09/2009 17:53 Comments || Top||


Back to the Future of the VICTORIAN ERA [19th Century].

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/09/2009 23:56 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Biden goes off the rails again.
Biden Mistakenly Claims New Hudson River Tunnel Project Will Accomodate Cars

Avid train rider and Vice President Joe Biden, on a conference call Monday with reporters, mistakenly claimed that the planned Hudson River tunnel between New Jersey and Midtown Manhattan would provide a much-anticipated route for automobiles.

Problem is, it's for trains.

The $8.7 billion tunnel is among the largest new projects to be funded in the Obama administration's $787 billion stimulus package.

"Look, this is designed, this totally new tunnel, is designed to provide for automobile traffic," Biden said, according to The Record of Bergen County. "It's something, as you know, up your way, that's been in the works and people have been clamoring for for a long time."

The Record, which asked Biden the tunnel-related question on the call, called the vice president out on the error. The north Jersey newspaper noted that the tunnel would accommodate more New Jersey Transit trains during peak hours -- cars are not part of the equation.

The mistake is notable given the former Delaware senator's well-documented affinity for trains and frequent Amtrak commutes between Washington and Wilmington during his Senate years. Biden also inadvertently irked public transit when he warned Americans in late April not to travel in "confined places" for fear of contracting swine flu
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 06/09/2009 10:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Biden goes off the railshis meds again.
There fixed.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 06/09/2009 10:47 Comments || Top||

#2  What about boats, Joe? Can boats go through it?
Posted by: tu3031 || 06/09/2009 10:56 Comments || Top||

#3  yes the best way to fight the war on terror---nit pick and humiliate our country's leaders. That'll show 'em
Posted by: Percy Churt9345 || 06/09/2009 10:57 Comments || Top||

#4  But it was OK when you and yours did it to Bush, right Percy?
Posted by: Parabellum || 06/09/2009 11:03 Comments || Top||

#5  Yeah? What did ya think of Cheney, Percy?
Posted by: tu3031 || 06/09/2009 11:06 Comments || Top||

#6  $8.7 billion doesn't buy what it used to. In 4 years it won't even buy a model railroad tunnel.
Posted by: ed || 06/09/2009 11:09 Comments || Top||

#7  Biden's not only a clown but a serial plagiarist. Can't say anything about this bozo though...might affect the war on terror. You have got to be kidding!!!
Posted by: Art ofWar || 06/09/2009 11:30 Comments || Top||

#8  $8.7 billion? Who are they kidding? It would cost twice that.

And why are we paying to cram more commuters into Manhattan? Just build some office buildings in New Jersey.
Posted by: DoDo || 06/09/2009 11:40 Comments || Top||

#9  it's ok to demean the prez when he is a republican and ACTUALLY fighting the war on terror and not bowing to the enemy...but god forbid a repub to be critical of a dem -- who is a clown...so much for the opposition being patriotic..
i look forward to 2010 when this madness we have elected gets stopped
Posted by: Dan || 06/09/2009 11:40 Comments || Top||

#10  When the guy who's supposedly overseeing this stimulus thing doesn't seem to know what one of it's largest new projects is actually supposed to do, I wouldn't call pointing that out "nit picking".
Posted by: tu3031 || 06/09/2009 11:40 Comments || Top||

#11  GREAT PIC.....
Posted by: Jarong de Medici3580 || 06/09/2009 12:08 Comments || Top||

#12  He's still less dangerous and less of a threat than his boss.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/09/2009 12:58 Comments || Top||

#13  Don't forget that Slow Joe is much, much, smarter than you are. Just ask him.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/09/2009 13:17 Comments || Top||

#14  I hear that the stimulus czar (Biden) is changing the specs on the tunnel so that every other train has to carry cars, just like the Chunnel.
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 06/09/2009 13:21 Comments || Top||

#15  Watch out Art of War because it looks like you and Percy are sending from the same IP address. Like he's right next to you, or...sumthin.
Posted by: tu3031 || 06/09/2009 13:43 Comments || Top||

#16  They told me that if I voted for Sarah Palin we'd get an idiot just a heartbeat away from the presidency. I voted for her anyway--and look what happened!
Posted by: Mike || 06/09/2009 13:56 Comments || Top||

#17  :)LOL. This story and these posts lifted my spirits today. It's almost like Billy Carter got a little sophistication, went to law school, changed his name and became VP.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/09/2009 15:22 Comments || Top||

#18  Biden is too stupid to even make fun of.
Posted by: GirlThursday || 06/09/2009 16:11 Comments || Top||

#19  ...nit pick and humiliate our country's leaders.

Some nits pick themselves. And some grow up to be louses.
Posted by: mojo || 06/09/2009 16:47 Comments || Top||

#20  I am soooo stealing that, mojo! :-D

Mojo wins the thread!
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 06/09/2009 16:59 Comments || Top||

#21  Mike

If you think that is scary, look who is next to Biden
Posted by: Kelly || 06/09/2009 18:21 Comments || Top||

#22  Nits? With Crazy Uncle Joe it's more like tent caterpillars.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/09/2009 18:35 Comments || Top||

#23  :: shudder ::

Tent caterpillars creep me out.
Posted by: Seafarious || 06/09/2009 18:48 Comments || Top||

#24  even better- he get's ridiculed by the Sierra Club: HT to Jammie Wearing Fool
For the record, the tunnel is for trains, and its completion would allow for more NJ Transit trains during peak hours and “one-seat” rides into Midtown Manhattan on lines serving Bergen and Passaic counties. Currently riders on those lines must switch trains.

Biden's office did not immediately respond to a request to clarify his comments.

Jeffrey Tittel, executive director of the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club, renewed his criticism of the tunnel. Rather than go to Penn Station and connect with Amtrak and the Long Island Railroad, NJ Transit will build a new station built 180 feet below 34th Street, or, as he calls it, “Macy’s basement.”

“It’s going to be hard to get those cars up 180 feet of escalators,” Tittel said.
Posted by: Frank G || 06/09/2009 20:39 Comments || Top||

#25  Joe Goober Biden
Posted by: Fester Flomose1536 || 06/09/2009 21:19 Comments || Top||

Gingrich at Republican Fundraiser Says Obama’s ‘Already Failed’
Posted by: 3dc || 06/09/2009 09:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Newt is, as he often is, correct. The only surprise is how quickly the wheels have come off.
Posted by: AzCat || 06/09/2009 21:26 Comments || Top||

GOP Gains Control of NY Senate on two Donk defections
Republicans apparently seized control of the New York State Senate on Monday, in a stunning and sudden reversal of fortunes for the Democratic Party, which controlled the chamber for barely five months.

A raucous leadership fight erupted on the floor of the Senate around 3 p.m., with two Democrats, Pedro Espada Jr. of the Bronx and Hiram Monserrate of Queens,
both these guys are under investigation, one for fraud; the other for criminal assault
joining the 30 Senate Republicans in a motion that would displace Democrats as the party in control.

One source of contention among Democrats recently has been Mr. Smith's support for same-sex marriage. Senator Rubén Díaz Sr., a Democrat from the Bronx, has been outspoken in his insistence that legislation allowing gay couples to marry not be allowed to come to a vote. Some had speculated he might leave the Democratic Party if Mr. Smith were to allow a vote
the NYC Hispanic community is anti same sex marriage but requires loyalty to the Donks who are pro same sex marriage - bummer.
But Mr. Díaz did not join Mr. Espada and Mr. Monserrate in the leadership vote on Monday. It was not immediately clear whether the same-sex marriage legislation played any role in the leadership dispute.
Posted by: lord garth || 06/09/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'm not sure I like this. I suspect it's "republicans" like those democrats that helped cost the party so much in the years subsequent to the takeover of the house in '94.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 06/09/2009 0:46 Comments || Top||

#2  But this and the revolt that is beginning to rear it's head in the land of fruits and nuts -CA- has to be raising a "red" flag to those blue state miscreants.

Are we sure that people aren't beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel and beginning to realize it's not the promised land that Bambi's pearly whites proclaimed but in fact the quickly approaching bullet train of national wanton waste and despair?

I for one would love to see the conservative movement regains it's footing, remove the a$$-hat it's been wearing for too long now and actually LEAD us....
Posted by: Everday a Wildcat(KSU) || 06/09/2009 8:52 Comments || Top||

#3  It is not what you all think. This was a revolt led by a Rochester billionaire, Thomas Golisano, who ran for governor 3 times as a fiscal conservative. He is a tax-cut, spending cut type guy but a little confused since he gave the Dems $5 mil last year thinking they would bring some sense to Albany and cut taxes. Now he is a Floridian (no income taxes and homestead law). Espada and Moserrate have voted with the Republicans before and both are in ethical or legal trouble. There is chaos in Albany right now but the guy who really caused all of this is the ex-Senate majority leader Malcolm Smith of Queens. They gained control after 43 years as minority and started firing every Republican staffer (lots of experience there) and then slashed the Repubs budget for committees. But it was their capitulation to the Governor on raising income taxes on the highest earners that steered Golisano toward Espada and Monserrate. Even though this thing was in the works since December it took the Dems completely by surprise. It was pure chaos yesterday in Albany. Lets hope it stays that way.
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 06/09/2009 10:02 Comments || Top||

#4  One Democrat is under investigation for campaign fraud. The other is under indictment for assaulting his girlfriend with some broken glass.
Posted by: Beavis || 06/09/2009 10:04 Comments || Top||

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