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The Lib Dems have turned down a coalition with the SNP, apparently. But they're not going to go back into their coalition with Labour, which probably means a minority SNP government. (Unless we get a Labour/ Conservative/ Green coalition, which seems unlikely.) In one way it's a ballsy thing for the Lib Dems to do - a lot of people assumed they'd want to hang on to the power they had as part of the Lib/Lab coalition before, and if they hooked up with the SNP they'd keep a lot of their cabinet posts, probably. But apparently the SNP wouldn't give up on their promise to have an independence referendum in this parliament term, and that was a sticking point for the Lib Dems. Both parties have similar policies in a lot of areas, so apart from independence, they'd have worked well together. I suspect they still will do on a day-to-day basis, just not in an official coalition.

I'm not sure why the SNP are sticking so hard to their guns on the independence referendum. If they have it soon, Scotland will vote no, that's pretty much guaranteed. They could have set up a commission to look into the constitutional details and so on, outwith the Parliament, and in the meantime concentrated on proving that they could rule effectively - because this is the first time they've been in power.

Of course, the Lib Dems talking to the media about this could just have been calling the SNP's bluff, and they'll end up in a coalition by Tuesday.

In France, the slightly worrying right-wing bloke has been elected President. Hmmm. He looks like a Thunderbird in the BBC's picture, but that's probably just a left-wing conspiracy to undermine him. He wants to be best buddies with America and Israel, so that's nice. "[Voters] have chosen to break with the habits and the ideals of the past so I will rehabilitate work, authority, morality, respect, merit!" he said. Does that sound slightly ominous to anyone else? Maybe it's just the translation.

They did manage to get an 85% turnout, though. On a Sunday. It just makes me wonder even more what we're doing wrong.

Also, John Reid is stepping down as Home Secretary, probably because he and Gordon Brown hate each other. Limited w00t, because I'm sure they have equally liberty-endangering people to put in his place.

In non-political news, the Star Wars trilogy are the most re-watched films by men, and, more surprisingly, the second most re-watched by women. The top of the women's list is Dirty Dancing, which I would be highly scathing about if it wouldn't make me a dirty hypocrite. But I haven't watched it for years, I promise!

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san_valentine
May. 6th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
'Star Wars trilogy' is a big vague, when there's two of them. I'm pretty sure the one voted for is the original trilogy though.

Interesting to see that a recent SFX mag poll put 'Serenity' at #1 sci-fi film, above 'Star Wars'. I wonder if it will still top the poll in 5 years time ?

I suspect that my most rewatched movies would include 'Yellow Submarine' and 'Once Upon A Time In The West'.
pickwick
May. 7th, 2007 11:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, much as I loved it, I suspect the Serenity placing was helped by the fact it was an online poll and the Browncoats are fairly active in these things!
momentsmusicaux
May. 7th, 2007 07:26 am (UTC)
That's it! He's a Thunderbird! I knew there was something odd about his head but I couldn't put my finger on it.

Trust me, he sounds ominous in French too.
donbert
May. 7th, 2007 09:09 am (UTC)
Which Thunderbird? Can't be Thunderbird 3 because that's Green. Possibly the annoying Thunderbird 4?

No, I've got it... he's THE HOOD!
momentsmusicaux
May. 7th, 2007 09:59 am (UTC)
I think we meant one of the puppets rather than the ships.... possibly Parker.
and which one's the Hood?
donbert
May. 7th, 2007 10:02 am (UTC)
:o)

The Hood is the bad guy with glowing eyes who continually tries to steal the secrets of International Rescue.
pickwick
May. 7th, 2007 11:42 am (UTC)
Yes, I think I was thinking about Parker! I don't know that much about Thunderbirds...
sloopjonb
May. 7th, 2007 11:32 am (UTC)
Y'know, if only I could get you to give me the football scores I wouldn't have to watch the news at all :-)

Sarko's slogan does sound a bit like the official motto of the Vichy regime, which replaced 'Liberté, égalité, fraternité' with 'Travail, Famille, Patrie'.
pickwick
May. 7th, 2007 11:43 am (UTC)
I'd just read the Sunday Herald while watching News 24 :o) I was feeling educated...

Um, Rangers beat Celtic? I think.
san_valentine
May. 7th, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
'Work, family, pastries' ? Or am I not translating the last word correctly ?
sloopjonb
May. 7th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
Allons les enfants du patisserie! Pain chocolat est arrivé!
pickwick
May. 7th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
See, there's a motto I could get behind!
endless_psych
May. 7th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
what got Francwe voting was the slightly more worryinh neo facist last time getting past the first round.
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