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Tony Blair is stepping down.

post #1 of 26
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Thoughts, opinions?

Who do you think will replace him? What are some good prospective people that are out there for the running?

Come on TCS UK memebers, we need your voice here!
post #2 of 26
I think Gordon Browns the favourite?. I've never been a Labour voter anyway, but Tony Blairs from my neck of the woods so he's not that bad

To be honest i don't really do politics, but he's done an ok job.
post #3 of 26
I doubt it will be anyone but Gordon Brown, despite the fact some of them do not like him and he doesn't have a 'PM's face' the members are also upset that Blair did not live up to his promise of stepping down a while back to allow Brown to take over.

I think the 'deputy' is more of a race than the leadership
post #4 of 26
(SIGH) If only we could get PRESIDENT BOZO THE CLOWN BUSH to step down, but for God's sake don't let Dick Cheney step into his place!
post #5 of 26
It will be Gordon Brown. But the interesting thing will be to get rid of all the dead wood in the Cabinet and to see some fresh faces.
post #6 of 26
Hmm your right there Jenny. I just heard a bit of his speach on the news tonight, but from what he said it was very good
post #7 of 26
I'm just curious, do the people in England vote for who replaces Tony Blair, or how does that work?
post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by CATTYBIRD View Post
I'm just curious, do the people in England vote for who replaces Tony Blair, or how does that work?
Nope - just the Labour party. Tony Blair is simply the leader of the party in power. When we vote at a general election we aren't voting for who we want to be prime minister - we vote for an MP to represent our local constituency in parliament. The party with the majority of MPs is, basically, in power and the leader of that party is prime minister.
post #9 of 26
Urbantigers. Thanks for explaining.
post #10 of 26
Is Gordon Brown that chef guy thats so abrasive? I can't imagine him running a country.
post #11 of 26
I think you mean Gordon Ramsay, Gordon Brown is the Chancellor of the Exchequer
post #12 of 26
Hey I just watched The Queen the other day. Why is Blair stepping down? In the movie he did good....lol.
post #13 of 26
It's been coming for a long time - he's always said he'd step down before the next general election. This is his 3rd term in office so I guess he (and we!) have had enough!
post #14 of 26
I hope and Im glad its Gordon Brown. He is charismatic as a piece of burnt toast. In that way, the conservatives will have a chance of coming back at the next election!
post #15 of 26
For an international opinion I think Tony Blair has done a remarkable job and I think his 'speech' about stepping down was said with grace and diginty. Good on him I say.
post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by urbantigers View Post
It's been coming for a long time - he's always said he'd step down before the next general election. This is his 3rd term in office so I guess he (and we!) have had enough!
Could you elaborate for those of us not in the UK trying to understand? Was he a bad leader? Hopefully he was better than Bush.
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Originally Posted by SalemWitchChild View Post
Could you elaborate for those of us not in the UK trying to understand? Was he a bad leader? Hopefully he was better than Bush.
He was popular to begin with but the last few years of his office have been tainted by the invasion of Iraq which was hugely unpopular over here. I think that will be what people will remember him for. That and "spin" When he became prime minister there was a feeling of potential and that it would be a new beginning after years of a Conservative government, but I think most people feel that nothing's really changed and that he's failed to live up to the hype. The labour party became "new labour" which alienated a lot of the left wing socialists and traditional Labour party supporters who felt the labour party had become too right wing.

He said a few years ago, before the 2005 general election, that he wouldn't run for a 4th term whatever happened at the 2005 election. Ever since then the media and public have been pressuring him into naming the day when he would stand down.
post #18 of 26
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Originally Posted by Kiwideus View Post
Is Gordon Brown that chef guy thats so abrasive? I can't imagine him running a country.
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21 View Post
I think you mean Gordon Ramsay, Gordon Brown is the Chancellor of the Exchequer
OMG thats the best laugh I've had all day

Gordon Ramsay up for Prime Minister brilliant just brilliant and you know he might just do a great job and kick some butt thanks !!
post #19 of 26
Gordon Ramsay would make an interesting PM

Hey maybe he wants to move to Toronto and take the Premier's job, we have elections coming up!

As far as the Blair / Brown thing... back when the last leadership race for the Labour party was going on, Blair and Brown knew that if they both ran, it would split the votes. Brown had expected Blair to stand back but Blair had more support from the higher ups and it is widely "known" that there was a "private agreement" between them that Blair would run for 8 years (2 terms) and then stand down to allow Brown (if the party wished at that point - but he would be 'pushed' as the next leader) to take over.

That should have happened in 2002 and Blair has since denied the agreement was ever made, which along with the increasing problems in the party between the old left and new more centrist/right policies of Blair and New Labour have meant that internal problems plague the party.

While Brown may not be the best leader, he gained support from the left of the Party through their dissent with Blair as well as the 'New Labour' members with his ability to run the Treasury and remain in Cabinet etc (as in they wont burn their bridges)
post #20 of 26
Id love Gordon Ramsey for PM. That is a classic. In fact i think the majority of the UK would prefer Ramsey!

You are right mooficat - he would sort things out pretty quick...but is the word allowed in Parliament? lol

On a different note, I heard Brown's motto on the news 'Gordon Brown for Britain'..Ok I know politics is so much more than media-friendly mottos, but please..couldnt his moguls have come up with something better and original than that?
post #21 of 26
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Gordon Ramsay up for Prime Minister brilliant just brilliant and you know he might just do a great job and kick some butt
I'd say he would. He scares me on hells kitchen and the F word as it is Thanks for the laugh Kellye
post #22 of 26
That is a wonderful thought! At least they wouldn't complain about the catering standard in the Houses of Parliament!
post #23 of 26
I like Gordon Brown, he seems to have some substance, not all charm and spin like Blair. Cambell (the leader of the opposition) looks like a Blair clone to me.
post #24 of 26
Whilst I'm glad BLiar is leaving I feel the alternatives offered fall short- Brown is uncharismatic and may throw the election for Labour whilst David Cameron is well known for his chameleon abilities and can't be trusted. I'll not comment on the Lib Dem's leader (Ming the Merciless) though if they brought back the alcoholic I can see them having a chance against the two uninspiring leaders of the main parties

I'm all for Gordon Ramsey myself but I fear he is a bit right-wing for my tastes
post #25 of 26
She was once asked about politics, I can't find it though... he would only stand as a member for the Scottish Parliament and while I can't remember the quote his opinions were amusing
post #26 of 26
I might move to England if Gordon Ramsey was elected the Prime Minister. . I'm sure he'd do a better job then President Shrub is doing.
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