snell/hayden // limeybean

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So the conservative's new economic forecast basically shows Alaistair Darling was right. Growth is roughly the same, and the structural deficit will be decreased over the term of this parliament to roughly 3% as predicted. Additionally, unemployment is lower than expected. Surely this highlights the previous absurdity of their claims about Britain's impending downward spiral?

Furthermore, this deficit reduction can largely be achieved by a combination of the #6 billion of cuts that have already been made and a rise in VAT to 20% [Newsnight, 15th Jun 2010]. So where is the need for these drastic cuts going to come from? Conservative ideology perhaps.

What I haven't seen analysis on is whether the growth forecasts are now lower than predicted by Darling precisely due to the 6 billion cuts. Weren't we warned by many an economist that immediate cuts would limit growth? Given that the last actual growth rate was larger than predicted by Darling, and the deficit lower, I suspect these cuts are to blame.
snell/hayden // limeybean

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Im sick of this government already.

Lib dems & cons complained about the attack on democratic rights by New Labour, of which most were completely benign. Now, they seek to whilst simultaneously realign the constituition to keep them in power. Redrawing constituency boundaries, requiring a 55% vote for no confidence, and adding 200 new peers to the Upper House are all methods of ensuring long term conservative success. They do this simply to redress the balance of power away from the progressive majority in this country.

Furthermore, their blatant fiddling of budget forecasts is an obvious attempt to justify deeper and faster cuts, through consolidation of pfi debts and reworking of treasury figures.

The Lib Dems have sold out. They have betrayed all the policies that made them distinctive and set them apart ideologically. Europe, Trident, tuition fees and immigration - all out the window. Indeed, this betrayal is clear in the announcement that Lib Dems will be whipped into abstention on these matters, giving the Tories a majority for these plans. They may as well just be voting in favour of these measures. Although not logically equivalent to voting in favour these measures, it is practically equivalent to supporting them.

snell/hayden // limeybean

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Looks like Lib Dems and Conservatives are going to announce a deal. Nick Clegg has sold out; he has failed to deliver. He has missed the opportunity of a lifetime to construct a new progressive politics that would have governed for a generation.

Gonna post more later. Devastated.

edit: Labour twitter already announcing failure of lib-lab coalition.
snell/hayden // limeybean

Uk election 2010

since 1997: the minimum wage; disability discrimination & equality act; civil partnerships; maternity pay; surestart; tax credits; trebling of aid; cancellation of 3rd world debt; climate change act; 1/2mil children out of poverty; NHS investment tripled || A legacy to be proud of. Vote Labour for a fairer future


Now we have to wait and see. My predictions, and what im hoping for:

|| conservatives <300 seats
|| labour 2nd in share of vote
|| long term labour/liberal coalition

The conservatives cannot be allowed to form government with only 33% vote. Hopefully, for once, the constitution will work democratically in our favour*; permitting labour to form a coalition that trumps the conservative share.

With 7 million undecided voters today, there is nothing left to campaign for. Now there is only hope.

for foreign readers: there is no set rule for what must happen, only a precedent which suggests the sitting prime minister has first shot at forming a coalition.

snell/hayden // limeybean

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I'm probably going to stop watching Glee. The music on it has gone from superb choral arrangements of good songs, to substandard covers of shit songs. And it's not like I was watching for the depth or originality of the characters, nor the gripping plot. How disappointing !
snell/hayden // limeybean

SPN 5x01

'So the fandom decided to celebrate the premiere by making #luciferiscoming a Tweet trend, or whatever the hell you call it. And it worked, too, except P. Diddy (OF ALL PEOPLE) thought Satanists were taking over Twitter or something and organized his followers to take it down by tweeting #GODISALIVE or whatever. And #luciferiscoming got taken down.' -apocalypsos

Not watched yet but it's on the dl. SO EXCITED. I'm not even into SPN that much. Must be the wonky effect.