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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.



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

I don't want _mandatory_ ID cards.
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...
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.
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.


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