Saturday, September 30, 2006


My new blog is here:

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Sweden: Left trails in exit polls... but not by much

One exit poll hath a Right lead of about 2pts, another about 4pts.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Rhode Island Primary

Rep. Jim Langevin has won the Democratic nod in RI-2 with about 61% of the vote, easily beating some liberal hack with the amusing surname "Lawless".
The only reason why Langevin (a Catholic) was challenged in the primary at all was because of his position on abortion... as far as almost all other issues go he's staunchly leftwing; he has an excellent record on Union issues, is pro-environment, voted against the war in Iraq, is a strong supporter of gun control, is in favour of some form of universal healthcare system and voted against Marilyn Musgrave's Same Sex Marriage Resolution. His life story (he was paralyzed in a firearms accident at the age of 16) should probably be mentioned as well.
Obviously I'm pleased that he won, and won so strongly.

In other news, liberal Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee beat off a conservative challenger by more than expected. But you know that already.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Another Labor landslide in Queensland

Friday, September 08, 2006

Some U.S House election polls...

Are over here

O/c they have to be taken with a pinch of salt or three, but some of the poll internals are very interesting.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

So Blair will go at...

...any time between now and a year from now. I'd like it to be sooner, rather than later, but at least he's confirmed that his time at No.10 is drawing to a close.

I suspect that he'll try to struggle on until May, although he might end up going before then... depends how the next few weeks pan out really.

And just to point out something rather obvious that the London media has (as usual) failed to notice; the pressure on Blair to resign before the May elections isn't there because they are expected to be a "disaster" (if a nightmarish set of elections were expected it'd make sense to have him stay until after them, carry the can for the results, and resign). It's because they are so very uncertain; in Wales a few thousand votes could well make all the difference between Labour being forced into another coalition, winning back their majority or staying where they are now, while in Scotland it seems possible on the one hand that the status quo might continue, while on the other the prospect of the SNP as the largest party may be very real.
And nothing worries politicians more than uncertainty.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Time to go

The list of resignations now reads: Tom Watson, Khalid Mahmood, David Wright, Ian Lucas, Mark Tami, Chris Mole and Wayne David.
Solid Labour men all of them. Old Right Trade unionists, machine politicians, lifelong activists; the sort of people that are needed to hold together any Labour government, and the sort of people who are loyalists by their very nature.
When people like that are calling on the Dear Leader to retire sooner rather than later, maybe he should listen to them, instead of branding them:

Disloyal, Discourteous and Wrong

As Khalid Mahmood pointed out in his resignation letter:

The party and the Labour Government's work is more important than any individual.

While I'm not a fan of public infighting, Blair has brought this upon himself.