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at 19:16 16 Jan 2019
19 votes in it.
|We really need someone like Paul Lambert|
at 08:46 16 Jan 2019
as Prime Minister.
Energetic. Plain speaking. Works hard - and imaginatively - to get everybody involved and pulling in the same direction. Acknowleges a difficult situation and the limits of his options, but comes up with realistic ways to attack it. Understands the importance of keeping up morale. Carries people forward by the force of his personality.
Unfortunately, I can't currently see any leadership material like that in the Commons, certainly not on the front benches.
|Democracy in action|
at 15:57 15 Jan 2019
or: See, it does work
Last night, I sent an email to my local MP about this evening's vote. Just had a reply informing which side he intends to be on and why.
It's not too late to influence the outcome of this, people! Get on to your MP and tell them how you want them to vote.
|If the EU are happy to put back the March 29th deadline|
at 13:43 14 Jan 2019
for six months or so, then I'm beginning to think we should have a General Election.
Shake up the deadlocked House of Commons, maybe get rid of awkward problems like the DUP leverage. Find out where Jeremy Corbyn really stands. See what the country actually thinks of certain MP's performances. If there's enough specific Brexity stuff in the manifestoes, it will act as a kind of referendum on the approach people want to take.
Could be a good thing. Could just land us back exactly where we are now, but at least we'd have bought more time for preparations.
|Happy New Year TWTDers|
at 21:52 31 Dec 2018
We're not down yet!
Hoping for a good performance tomorrow (I shall be there).
[Post edited 31 Dec 2018 21:59]
|What we don't need|
at 18:45 30 Dec 2018
Is the traditional ITFC January slump in form.
|Downes back in|
at 14:09 26 Dec 2018
Otherwise pretty similar.
at 14:06 22 Dec 2018
|All very well everyone having a go at Theresa May|
at 09:17 11 Dec 2018
But it's worth remembering her task involved organising something which half the country didn't want in the first place and the other half couldn't decide what version they were after, dealing with a multi-headed entity having its own range of agendas and little incentive to make things easy. All the while plagued by brainless "advisors" and rivals more intent upon factional struggle or seizing power for themselves than the national interest.
It would have taken a politician of extraordinary talents to pull that off. May isn't that (neither is Johnson nor, I strongly suspect, Corbyn), but at least she's still fighting.
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