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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Milburn for PM?

Charles Clarke and Alan Milburn want a debate inside the Labour Party. They want all colleagues to join in give their views. They want to know what Brown's policies will be. All good stuff you may think.

I have also been casting my mind back to when Alan Milburn resigned from the cabinet to 'spend more time with his family.' I said then he would run for the leadership of the Labour Party when Blair resigned. Judging by this little exercise, I think I may still be correct.

UPDATE: If anyone wants to know how the voting process works, click here and the BBC will explain.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The safety of our troops.

Tonight, watching the news, I learned that Dick Cheney was targeted when he arrived in Afghanistan. If the US Vice-President can be targeted in such a short time; how is Prince Harry and his men going to fare? I'll leave it up to you.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Labour sleaze

Praguetory has - as usual - got his finger on the pulse. This time it is on Labour sleaze. Labour are so sleazy now, that they are quite open with it, although there are some things they would rather you not know. Check out Praguetory now.

Rail crash

The fact that only one person has been killed after the rail crash in Cumbria is quite simply amazing. I know one life is one too many and I don't want to offend the family of the lady who died, however - and use the word advisedly - Sir Richard Branson's trains have truly proved themselves when it comes to safety. The windows didn't break and the lights stayed on, therefore passengers were not thrown from the train and were not left in the dark. Anyone who watches crashes in motor racing knows the best chance of survival is if you stay with the vehicle. That is why seat belts are so important. In this instance the passengers stayed with the vehicle and I am sure that is why the fatality count is so low. I was also impressed with Sir Richard. He cut a family holiday short and showed some 'hands-on' leadership. How many other chairmen would have done the same so quickly?

There is another question though. If a road junction is perceived as dangerous, millions of pounds with be spent redesigning the junction to make it safer. Why does the government not invest the same amount of money making sure our rail infrastructure benefits in the same way? It is a simple matter of manpower. Get the lines checked more regularly; make sure safety is the number one priority and make sure Network Rail has the necessary resources to achieve those goals. There isn't a comprehensive rail network in Europe that runs at a profit, however the likes of France and Germany know how important their rail networks are to the running of their economies. If you are going to be involved in a rail accident then be lucky enough to do it on those Virgin Trains. Perhaps the rest of us will not be that lucky.

On the campaign trail

I was out on the campaign trail yesterday. There is nothing like elections in the offing to make you stuff envelopes - as the bloody machine that is supposed to do it is knackered - and go out and risk your fingers with dogs ready to bite them. I am sure God is a Tory. As soon as we got in to my car and were finished for the day, the heavens opened. What more proof do you need? With this evidence we are going to get our three candidates elected on to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Bill stands by his woman

Look at this link from the Washington Post. So Bill Clinton thinks his wife will make a great president. What a shock! After everything he has put her through, I think it is the least ol' wandering eye Bill can do.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

I'm back

Sorry for the two week absence. This week I have started to feel well again. The flu virus 'knocked me for six.' I have never slept as much in my life. For two weeks I was sleeping on average fifteen hours a day. I returned to work on Monday of last week, but I still wasn't well, and every evening I just crashed on the sofa, never moved for hours and then went to bed! I haven't even looked at any blogs for quite some time.

I was recently appointed a school governor, so I had plenty of paperwork to get through, and I had my first meeting two days ago. It's March next week. How fast the year is going already. It's my birthday a week Friday, March 2, so all greetings will be welcome!

So I think I now have the time to look through blogs, make my comments, and also keep my blog going. I can't say I am firing on all four cylinders, but perhaps if is three-and-a-half.

P.S. I went out leafleting in Howden - David Davis' patch - last Sunday, and it did me the world of good. Fresh air, plenty of exercise, and helping a local councillor to get elected. What more can any man want?

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Read this excellent post from Bel. She has hit the nail firmly on the head.
You know the Bible 93%!

Wow! You are awesome! You are a true Biblical scholar, not just a hearer but a personal reader! The books, the characters, the events, the verses - you know it all! You are fantastic!

Ultimate Bible Quiz
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I managed to delete this one from my blog and had to do it again. Originally I got 95%; now I seem to be not as good at 93%. If I had called my parents I am sure I would have got 100%, but that would be cheating. My father is a former Salvation Army Officer and Methodist Local Preacher. I have been brought up in the church all my life though and I have been an organist in the Church of England for 18 years, so I guess I can still remember a few things.

Hat tip: Bel

The US Presidential Race hots up early.

Those of you who have been reading my blog of late will have realised I have a big interest in American politics, and there is nothing like a presidential race to get my pulse racing. Unlike most Conservatives in England I am not necessarily a Republican. My politics lie at the left of the Republican Party and at the right of Democratic Party. If I was American I would have great difficulty aligning myself with one party. Certainly at the last presidential election I would have voted for Kerry to try and keep Bush out. Although with hindsight, Kerry would have been disastrous.

I will post regular links on my blog over the course of the months from respected news organisations and I hope those of you who are interested in American politics with visit my blog and hopefully keep up with what is going on.

If you click HERE, you will find out the latest on spending from the current candidates as detailed in The Washington Post. This looks like the first 'One Billion Dollar' campaign, and the candidates are spending more money and earlier than they ever have done in the past. I'm still with John McCain. I think he will be the best for America and for our interests in the UK. He will be a unifying figure and we know from last year's Conservative Party Conference, that he and David Cameron get on well with each other and have mutual respect from each other. My hope is that in a couple of years, both of these men will be our respective leaders.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Giuliani for 2008!

So, Rudolph Giuliani has finally put his hat in the ring for the 2008 Republican nomination. I think this will be a two horse race; between McCain and Giuliani. I still want McCain, as I have said in a previous post, but the fight will be a tough one. They are two strong men. Hopefully, either one of them will beat the Democrats. The Democrats do not have a worthwhile candidate at the moment. If they choose Hilary, they will lose. She has too much baggage and she is not popular with the American people. The other candidates are either not known or are gaffe prone. Time will tell though.

Friday, February 02, 2007

It's Groundhog Day!

I was checking my e-mail this morning on AOL and I discovered there was an event today in my diary. Usually these events are American holidays and such like, so I wasn't too excited, however I clicked on the icon and discovered today is, 'Groundhog Day.' Ah, how I remember that movie. I'm sure most of you will have seen it. Bill Murray waking up to the same song every morning. The same things happening every day, in the same order. The monotony was only broken when the groundhog made an appearance. I found this amusing as I had just listened to Tony Blair giving an interview on the Today programme on Radio 4.

This really did feel like, 'Groundhog Day.' I heard the PM give out all the statistics for his government; how this and that was better since 1997. Now, I am not going to say that some things are not better. In ten years you can not completely screw everything up, but it is the same diatribe you hear every time. When confronted with the huge mistakes his government has made, we get the usual reply of, 'yes things could be better, but look at the figures, look at the successes, etc., etc, etc.' He also told us we are not going to get rid of him just yet. No surprises there then.

If you didn't hear the interview, click HERE and you can hear it for yourself, courtesy of the BBC website, and you can make your own mind up. Have a can of red bull close by though in case you start to slip in to a coma.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Sen Joseph R Biden

Sen Biden has been a Democratic senator for Delaware since 1972. He tried unsuccessfully for his party's nomination for president in 1988, and yesterday he launched his bid to become president in 2008. Well, to say launch, is stretching it. Shall we say he stumbled. On a platform of 'Vote for me, I have over 30 years experience in the Senate,' the experienced senator said of his colleague and other presidential hopeful, Sen Barack Obama, that he is "the first mainstream African American [presidential candidate] who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man."

What a safe pair of hands Sen Biden will be! He has, of course, apologised, but you do get the impression he has just fallen at the first hurdle. Read more about the story HERE.

McCain for America?

I was on the telephone last night to a friend in Ohio, and quite naturally we got to talking about the candidates for the next presidential election. Thankfully it isn't just me who hasn't heard of half of them.

For me, I would like to see John McCain become the republican candidate, and go on to win. If he does, I know some will say he is too old - as he will be 72 at the time, but I have always been a fan of the senator. He has gravitas. He doesn't have to shout when he is speaking, as everyone listens. He has a wealth of experience and can bring together a divided America.

My friend told me that although she felt Guiliani would make a good candidate, there is a feeling in America that he is the voice of New York, and not neccesarily America as a whole. He certainly has a high profile - no denying that - and he is certainly well known on the world stage, however I can see where she is coming from. When you think Guiliani, you do think New York.

For those of you interested in who the candidates are, follow this link for the Washington Post.

Blair interviewed again

I have just got this from the BBC news website.

If Mr Blair was interviewed under caution or indeed arrested, his premiership would be over. He would have no option but to resign, and I wonder if that is the real reason why the police are behaving in such a way? As prime minister he must be a suspect and the police have not been frightened to arrest others. My prediction is as soon as Blair leaves office - voluntarily - he will be cautioned and charges will indeed be brought against him. Watch this space.

Chip shop owner cleared of kidnapping vandal

Read this story from the Telegraph today. Why did this go to court in first place? Hopefully the police and the CPS will learn from this and not waste taxpayers money in the future on trying to criminalise innocent members of the public.

Hat tip: The Morning Star

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