It's certainly been a while since I wrote anything vaguely political but with the resignation of Gordon Brown and the start of a Conservative - Lib Dem government it's hard not to address the situation. Firstly, I don't think Gordon Brown is anywhere near as bad as people make him out to be. The downfall in the economy was not his fault. A single man cannot be blamed for a world wide problem. Personally, I think he has been used as a scapegoat for a lot of things and the Conservatives pounced on this during the political debates. I am not a huge Gordon Brown fan but I would vote for him any day if it meant the other man was David Cameron. The name conservative in itself implies closed mindedness and a lack of desire for change beyond tradition which, if we look at the last 100 years, is what the conservatives have stood for. I personally could not vote for a man who lets another man who is openly homophobic in his party (if that person has since been fired, good!), a man who plays on the nations irrelevant fear of immigration by proposing a "cap" when 80% of the immigrants come from within the EU meaning we cannot stop them and a man who is the front for an elitist party that looks after the rich and whenever they get into power the class divide gets bigger and bigger. Now onto Nick Clegg. Clegg impressed me during the debates, he made politicians look human and seemed genuine about his policies and his quest for change. Part of me wanted to believe after President Obama was elected that this country would rise up and vote for change in Nick Clegg but that wasn't the case. Instead "Clegg Feaver" died down and people turned to the conservatives. If one good thing to come out of the Conservatives gaining power it is that it is with a Lib Dem coalition. People have criticised Clegg (and I can see why) for joining forces (I mean Conservative and Liberal, in the same sentence? weird huh?)but at least with Clegg there the country has a shot at reform. Clegg can push and fight for those who want change and I hope that this is the case. Oh and another good thing about the election the BNP got NO seats and lost almost 500,000 votes! So at least that's a strong win for the country but not a big enough one to get rid of the fail that is David Cameron as PM. So yes, short political outburst there.
-- Tom RDD