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General Election 2010

Gordon Brown to resign as Labour leader

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  1. Pumpkin Pie 10 May 2010, 5:24pm

    Oh-ho! This hung parliament just got a whole lot more interesting! Good on Brown for being a big enough person to put others’ needs before his own.

  2. Anyone but Harriet Harm-men. I’ll take a dead goldfish over her any day.

  3. herewegoagain 10 May 2010, 7:24pm

    Well done to Gordon Brown to make the right decision and step down.
    He knew his cards were marked on Thursday and as a good Scotsman he has made the right decision to step down and make way for the right person to take our country forward, not backwards as the tories might do if they suceed in this race for Downing Street.

  4. Can we maybe now have a coalition of the best brains of all three main parties to get us out of this financially difficult period? We’re all British with a common interest in the success of our country, it shouldn’t be impossible to all pull in the same direction.

  5. after gordon said what he did when he was micked it made me vote for him..shows he is human he did what the rest of the government do but he got caught….

  6. vulpus_rex 10 May 2010, 9:20pm

    My work is done. Aaaaah.

    An end to the vile Gordon Brown and an end in sight to the vile Liebour.

    Please, please, please if there is a god after all can he make Harriet Harmen leader of Liebour so their destruction will be complete?

  7. I feel very sorry for GB. He’s been horribly under-appreciated as Prime Minister, sadly used as a scapegoat for the financial difficulties of this country. Hopefully, though, this will be enough to prevent PM Cameron or the ransom of Nick Clegg.

  8. If he had stepped down a year ago, Labour would still be in power.

    He didn’t do it for the sake of the country or even his own party.

  9. Don’t feel sorry for Gordon, he has pocketed huge amounts of taxpayer’s money over the years and will get a huge pension again at our expense.

  10. I’m glad, Simon. He thoroughly deserves it. But don’t be so quick to prejudge him – he has no intention of going into the Lords and will leave politics to do charity work. How honourable. He’s a great man who cared more about the country that it cared for him.

  11. silly billy 11 May 2010, 1:52am

    Aaaahh. I am sorry to hear of Gordon’s retreat. He really has been a good bloke and that will never be fully understood. As for the Squirties, the Rob’ems, the Thesthosterones, the Vulvar Rexitudes. Goodbye. You may well reap what you sow, and good luck to you. Over and out.

  12. Mr. Clegg, please get that in writing, dated and signed Gordon Brown.

  13. how are they so vile? they support equality unlike many of the tories who’d rather let LBGT rights be left or destroyed

  14. Mihangel apYrs 11 May 2010, 7:29am

    he’s just been elected to serve his constituents for 5 years (or so).

    If he leaves Parliamnet in the next few months it will show his contempt for his constituents (just like Blair did)!

  15. Jock S. Trap 11 May 2010, 8:17am

    I think its time Labour listened to it’s own with the likes of John Reid and David Blunkett, Admit defeat go into opposition for what will probably be a short time and re-group. The longer Labour stay in power the longer they may end up in opposition.

  16. That’s a new spin. What about electoral reform, Jock??

  17. Jock S. Trap 11 May 2010, 9:14am

    Electoral Reform good and needed but should be put to the public in a referendum as to how it should proceed.

  18. Brown’s promise of immediate legislation and referendum at PR/electoral reform – HOW? Does the new labour leader promise this as well? Milliband isn’t in the disuccsions apparenlty between the parties. Does the whole labour party want this? Would a minority coalition between lab-libdem be able to pass it? would the house of lords pass it? Would a minority coalition last longer than a few months? The lab gay vote didn’t improve during the election (did it?) even after the neg gay news about the tories, even the threat that a libdem vote would mean a vote for tories, can’t lab improve on its gay manifesto to start attracting new voters. I dont now when the next election is but coalitions are generally not that successful, labour linking gay marrigae with religion or saying it only means the traditional one between people of the opposite sex, just doesn’t do it for me. Their gay manifesto has to promise a little bit more next time….I just hope that the new labour leader has a more radical gay agenda. Anyway , I can’t say I’m sorry to see Brown go but wish him all the luck in the future, please don’t give him another political job though ……When Howard got thrashed in Australia they just gave him a job in somekind of Cricket committee and left him out of politics….

  19. ….actually, don’t give him another job which involves anything to do with managing finances…. don’t want him to run up more debts…..

  20. Oh stop, you’re giving me the impression that the UK is rotten to the core.

    And if I don’t see QE2’s new line of hats soon, I’ll….I’ll scream!

  21. A talented but deeply flawed man – essentially a manager, not a leader, except over the banking crisis, which he handled brilliantly and Cameron and Osborne would have totally screwed. I think his leadership over the banks will be much more appreciated in years to come than now.
    He is right to step down now, but not to make Labour acceptable to the Liberal Democrats. Both Labour and the LibDems will pay a heavy price if they attempt to patch together an unstable minority coalition in the Commons. There is no serious alternative to a Con/LibDem coalition – it’s the only route to stable government and adequate control of Tory excesses.

  22. Right. and the LibDems will just have to forget about electoral reforms.

    UKIP must be happy now; didn’t Lord Pearson hope for a hung parliament??

    This is such a mess.

  23. de Villiers 11 May 2010, 1:01pm

    It amazes me, as a French citizen, that your parties in the lower House of Parliament can change the voting system for the whole of the UK without agreement in all parties, without the agreement of a majority of English MPs where the decision will affect England more than Wales or Scotland due to them having their own national assemblies, without the agreement of the House of Lords, and without the agreement of the public in a referendum.

    The constitution of a country is fundamental to its politics – we in France should know, we have had five. The Fifth Republic was created after a referendum in the whole of France. Every other Republic has been created after a major war or a revolution.

    I am astonished that important matters of state can be casually abolished or promised away as presents, to be bargained over by politicians without the involvement of the public.

  24. Un vrai tas d’merde.

    A real stinking mess.

    My oh my.

  25. de Villiers 11 May 2010, 1:57pm

    Les Libéraux-Démocrates veulent le beurre et l’argent du beurre. En tendant la main au Labour, Nick Clegg et the Lib-Dems ne renoncent pas en effet à s’entendre avec les Conservateurs.

    Les Conservateurs crient comme un cochon qu’on égorge.

  26. de Villiers 11 May 2010, 1:59pm

    ‘les Lib Dems’. I’ve stayed too long in England, I can’t find my words in French.

  27. Only McDoom could annpunce a resignation by saying he will stay on for 4 months. This horrific cuckoo in the nest is the worst PM in history, and can’t even have the grace to leave when he is beaten. What is it going to take, the SAS to get his grubby, bitten fingernails out of the woodwork on his desk?

    The man is a disgrace.

  28. @25,26:

    On ne se fait pas de reproche au niveau du vocabulaire, OK?

    Les Conservateurs ont beau crier; je les envoie sur l’diable.

    Mais les LibDems se ramassent dans une drôle de situation, hein.

    Et vous avez parfaitement raison qu’on ne change pas un système électoral à la légere.

    Un tas d’merde comme j’en ai jamais vu…jamais..épouvantable!

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