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11 May 2010 @ 09:00 pm
A bad case of the Blues...  
Well isn't that just wonderful...

Once more my country will be run by the party which holds 1 of its 59 parliamentary seats and got less than 17% of the vote. It's the 1980's all over again...

Quite apart from the residual loathing and contempt Scotland generally has (and will continue to have for quite some time yet) for the Conservatives, I personally am concerned because the Tories have promised that one of the first things they will do is make sweeping cuts across all government departments - and Mr Gum is a civil servant.

I'm very curious to hear the deal the Lib Dems have done - it better be a bloody good one... I can only hope that by resigning at this point Brown has given them a stronger position for negotiations, if those are still ongoing.
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omteddy2006omteddy2006 on May 11th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
I am both intrigued and confused by this election. I wish I had a "For Dummies" primer on your political process.
WYG: Saltirewastingyourgum on May 11th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
So does David Cameron!
jagnikjenjagnikjen on May 11th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
Will be keeping all things crossed for Mr. Gum not being part of any sweeps.
WYG: Saltirewastingyourgum on May 11th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
It's a bit of a nail-biter that's for sure.

At least he works in the department that finds jobs for other people - so he knows which forms to fill in...
roh_wynroh_wyn on May 11th, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
I think my concern (such as it, given my status as the uninformed outsider) is that Cameron's answer to Clegg's concerns/conditions was "join us, and we'll see" and because this is the closest the LibDems have ever gotten to 10 Downing, they may have caved and gone along with it.

Otherwise, it's a travesty (and again, I say that as the uninformed outsider, so if you're offended, I apologize).

And yeah, I hear the Tories are planning to cut government spending in HUGE ways, even at the council level. Look for public housing to be cleared to make way for multi-million dollar developments that nobody can actually afford. *sigh*
WYG: Saltirewastingyourgum on May 11th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
No, no - you're entirely correct to describe it as such - particularly in the case of Scotland. We may "get the government we deserve" but we certainly don't always get the one we vote for...

All those long years of voting for one party and getting the other were a
big
factor in the surge for independence in 1997.

Be interesting to see how the LibDems support in Scotland is affected by them doing a deal with the devil...

ETA: Ah! So it turns out that Scottish Secretary is one of the cabinet positions that the Lib Dems are getting - which makes sense.

Edited at 2010-05-12 10:27 am (UTC)
roh_wynroh_wyn on May 12th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
I was reading yesterday that offering cabinet positions to the Lib Dems was one of the "compromises" Cameron had to make. It should be interesting how everything shakes out.
robinfanaticrobinfanatic on May 11th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
*sigh*

I hate politics.