Saturday, June 12, 2004

Quick question

Anyone know why Gorgeous George is listed as being an Independent Labour MP (both here and here) rather than an MP for The Stroking Of George Galloway's Indefatigable Ego Respect Coalition?

European election news

While checking some other results, I discovered that 1,514,084 votes were cast in the Eastern Region European election (36.6% turnout). That's quite a big increase from the 994,438 cast last time (details from here).

A quick back-of-an-envelope calculation suggests that, given the increased turnout and loss of one MEP, parties are going to have to get something approaching 200,000 votes to get a seat. My rather uninformed guesstimate of the result is that we'll end up with 3 Tories, 1 each for the Liberal Democrats, Labour and UKIP and Martin Bell taking the seventh seat. If Bell doesn't get enough votes to win, though, I'd guess the seventh seat will go to either the Lib Dems or UKIP - you can make a good case for either of them coming second in the region, and even for Labour holding on that position if you want.

Update: OK, envelopes (even virtual ones) aren't the best way of calculating these things. It's probably closer to 150,000 than 200,000 and the Tories do have a chance of a fourth seat. I think the determining factors will be firstly whether Martin Bell does well enough to get a seat, and if he fails, how large the UKIP vote is and how much they take from the Conservatives.

Friday, June 11, 2004

The result we were all waiting for

Iain Coleman wrote an excellent piece about the banal realities of election day when you're a candidate but wasn't able to give the result because the count didn't place until today.

Well, Cambridge City Council's results can now be found online and Councillor Happy remains in place. Though I'm still wondering if the Max Boyce elected in West Chesterton is the Max Boyce. And if he is, could this be the reason for the excellent news from Swansea and Cardiff?

Misreading

A quick glance over the BBC's headlines made me read 'Cassini' as 'Cassani' in this story. Well, now she's left London's Olympic bid, a budget airline doing trips to the outer reaches of the solar system would no doubt be an interesting challenge.

Back

For those of you wondering, this is where I've been for the last few days. From third place to a five hundred vote majority? Not too bad.

Monday, June 07, 2004

Time for a break

I'm off to Wales for a few days, so no posts till Friday/Saturday, most likely. Have fun without me.

Sunday, June 06, 2004

Elizabeth Taylor for the 21st Century

Jennifer Lopez gets married - to borrow a line from Saturday Night Live, it's her third marriage, his second, and the last for neither of them.

I've got a little list

Probably worth taking with a pinch of salt because of its use of a number of anonymous, off-the-record sources, but this article (found via TBogg) gives a pretty worrying picture of life inside the White House:
In interviews with a number of White House staffers who were willing to talk off the record, a picture of an administration under siege has emerged, led by a man who declares his decisions to be “God’s will” and then tells aides to “fuck over” anyone they consider to be an opponent of the administration.

“We’re at war, there’s no doubt about it. What I don’t know anymore is just who the enemy might be,” says one troubled White House aide. “We seem to spend more time trying to destroy John Kerry than al Qaeda and our enemies list just keeps growing and growing.”
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"Tenet wanted to quit last year but the President got his back up and wouldn't hear of it," says an aide. "That would have been the opportune time to make a change, not in the middle of an election campaign but when the director challenged the President during the meeting Wednesday, the President cut him off by saying 'that's it George. I cannot abide disloyalty. I want your resignation and I want it now."

Tenet was allowed to resign "voluntarily" and Bush informed his shocked staff of the decision Thursday morning. One aide says the President actually described the decision as "God's will."

God may also be the reason Attorney General John Ashcroft, the administration’s lightning rod because of his questionable actions that critics argue threatens freedoms granted by the Constitution, remains part of the power elite. West Wing staffers call Bush and Ashcroft “the Blues Brothers” because “they’re on a mission from God.”

One of these men is a danger to democracy

Via Atrios, here's a handy guide to the differences between a major backer of organisations related to the Democratic Party and a major backer of organisations related to the Republican Party. I think you can clearly decide for yourself which is the biggest threat to America.

Yes, it's clear to me who's 'a very bad influence in the world'.

Not the Wright stuff

Channel 4 have announced the results of their England Dream Team poll, and the results weren't too surprising: Banks; Cohen, Adams, Moore, Pearce; Beckham, Bobby Charlton, Gascoigne, Finney; Lineker, Shearer.

Quite close to my selection, but no place for Billy Wright, even on the shortlist. Heathens.