Thursday 13 May 2010

CamClegg: coalition government anagram fun

I am tickled by a few "coalition government" anagrams:

Team Recoil Nonvoting (CamClegg face up to their true minority status).

Team Convening Oil Rot (CamClegg go and help BP clear up the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico as first international green gesture and get to see Obama's pad).

Team Cringe Onion Volt (CamClegg have just opened the books and looked in the treasury coffers to find a tear-jerking legacy from Gordon Brown - onions! [Yes, I know volt should be spelt vault]. So they close the door of the vault, giggle and tell George Osbourne to go take a look for himself).

Team Connive Lingo Rot (CamClegg plan a new way of communicating to the nation).

I got some help with this great website:

Have you got any favourites?  Then please send them my way via comments.

Sunday 9 May 2010

A fluid situation: dealing with democracy

I enjoyed listening to Malcolm Rifkind on R4 and BBC Breakfast this morning. He brushed aside any quick fixes on PR as democratically impossible. His understanding that Cameron will have to win arguments with the Conservative MPs appeared almost quaint but the present situation has at least thrown the "dated" concept of winning an argument into the foreground.

A fantasy scenario (but not that fantastic in these fluid times) is a temporary LD agreement with a Tory minority government. The ensuing crisis of credibility for the LDs, the lack of confidence the Tory's have in governing (without ideology) and the arrival of a new Labour Party leader forces another general election where PR is on the agenda but, crucially for people who believe in the power of debate, a small but significant gap opens up for the contestation of radical ideas.

I'll vote for that!

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