Tweets on 2008-04-27

  • @willhowells plain mince squished into patties will work, also nice padded with breadcrumbs, herbs, tomato paste, bound together with egg #
  • Today is warm enough to fling wide all the windows and doors and let the house breathe a little. #
  • oh, un-bloody-believable. Seconds after talking about summer, there’s a thunderclap and giant drops of rain falling. #
  • @meryl_f washing all either in conservatory or got tumbled-dry at laundrette yesterday. V eco unfriendly! #
  • Clearly God doesn’t want me to leaflet. Or the neighbours to have their bbq #
  • Hmmm. Smell of wet tree wafting in through my window really makes me want to go camping. #
  • @willhowells Expiry date? Eggs? If they don’t stink when you crack them, they’ll be fine. Unless you wanted poached, which need fresh #
  • Lending old laptop with history to P. "This is the workhorse that helped win by-elections in Leicester and Cheadle" #
  • This is turning into quite some storm. Lightning, thunder, absolutely hammering it down. #

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Tweets on 2008-04-26

  • Teasing P about walking out of theatre at half time. As bad as falling asleep av ballet! #
  • Heading to laundrette as last resort. Only way I can wash and dry everything before hols. #
  • Twitter segment on iPM on Radio 4 just come to an end. #
  • Corblimey, even Mapperley Top has a Subway now. #

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Cameron has fewer MPs than Michael Foot

Last night, a link from Alex Wilcock reminded me to look up a speech by Jeremy Browne in which he hammered both the Labour party and the Conservatives, largely about the 10p tax rate.  I wrote about it for Lib Dem Voice here – giving some edited highlights and a link to the full speech in Hansard.

But one jibe stuck with me and this afternoon I’ve been checking the figures:

If the Conservatives cannot stand the relative heat of being a smaller Opposition than Michael Foot was able to muster, they are obviously not quite the Government in waiting, as they have come to style themselves in recent weeks.

So I checked on Wikipedia.  1979 general election: 269 Labour MPs; 2005 general election: 198 Tory MPs.  David Cameron went on to inherit the 2005 cohort, which he still has, give or take the odd defection; Michael Foot inherited the 269 members from the 1979 election, give or take a few by-elections.

Michael Foot went on to write “the longest suicide note in history”, but still won more MPs in 1983 than the Tories have now – 194 according to Wikipedia.

In fact, the Labour party have not had fewer than 200 MPs since 1935 – the Tories have, however, been under 200 before 1997, in 1945.

Tweets on 2008-04-24

  • Renewing my car insurance for less than half what it cost last year. Under £200 for the first time! #
  • "Taking the ‘not’ out of Nottingham." Hmmm. #
  • @jamesgraham he’s from Big Brother and he’s recorded a video about Brian Paddick #
  • Interesting. Standing in cinema ticket queue and cinema connects to my phone over bluetooth and tries to install application. #
  • Bugger, missed the bit where it said "not Thu" in the listing. #
  • Send unfollow brianpaddick to twitter #
  • I mean @dr_nick Send unfollow brianpaddick to twitter if you don’t want more updates #

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