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(Bugger, I just put this into an "edit post" window that the drop-down menu brought up, and I don't know which post I've edited or how to get it back. Urrgh. Anyway.)

Labour win Glenrothes by-election.

This is really weird. Not just that people are voting for Labour... Every pundit going, every poll, every exit ballot had the SNP winning by about 1,500. Even Labour MPs were convinced they'd lose. So what the hell happened? Are people really that easily swayed by Gordon Brown turning up on their doorstep?

The PM (and his wife) don't historically do doorstepping for by-elections. They did this time, and won. Does that mean Brown's going to be expected to go traipsing round every by-election seat, or people will complain their seat isn't as important to him as the one next-door to his? Heh.

In other news, Jacqui Smith has gone mad again. People can't wait for ID cards, apparently. "The cards will be available for all from 2012 but she said: "I regularly have people coming up to me and saying they don't want to wait that long." "

You should probably talk to someone about the little people in your head, Jacqui. Especially if they're mad enough to want ID cards.

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pickwick
Nov. 7th, 2008 09:30 am (UTC)
Ahahahaha. Awesome.
andrewducker
Nov. 7th, 2008 10:16 am (UTC)
I want an ID card. It'd be dead handy.

I don't want _mandatory_ ID cards.
pickwick
Nov. 7th, 2008 10:34 am (UTC)
I'd quite like a basic ID card, like they have in other European countries - it would be handy. I don't want the extensive biometrics and I definitely don't want the massive insecure database behind it...
luckykaa
Nov. 7th, 2008 10:43 am (UTC)
There's the thing. I can see there's quite a good argument for voluntary ID cards. Still not an idea I like that much - mainly out of lack of trust for the government - but the benefits of, say a two quid ID card with a photo do make sense.
marysiak
Nov. 7th, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, there's my favourite sticking point - exactly how exorbitant fee is it we'll be forced to pay to get one of these things that we don't even want in the first place? I may become a no good gypsy.
luckykaa
Nov. 7th, 2008 10:32 am (UTC)
Perhaps she should let the people who want ID cards to have them and let those of us who don't not have them. That way everyone's happy.

Is she really trying to tell me that I must want a card because a couple of people she's met wants them?
pickwick
Nov. 7th, 2008 10:46 am (UTC)
Yes. EVERYBODY ELSE IS DOING IT, IT MUST BE OK!!!
dibsy
Nov. 7th, 2008 01:37 pm (UTC)
I never thought that I would be happier as an American than living under a three term Labour government. Funny old world, eh?
pisica
Nov. 7th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
I hope it's 2012 because I want to be able to not get one and not get deported for it, and unless Mr Broon screws up the timeline for my citizenship, 2012 will be safe enough.
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