April 26th, 2006

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Eurovision Entries....... Not all Euro Pop you know....

I've just discovered, via a friends LJ, that this years Eurovision Song Contest could be an interesting one. Now I enjoy a good bit of Eurovision every so often but I don't think I've ever seen a band like Finlands entry make an appearence before.

Indeed, religious groups are trying to get the entry banned and petitioning the Finns to choose a new song.

Could be interesting to see how many points they end up with :p

Finland Sends In The Heavy Metal Mob For Its Eurovision Challenge (Guardian Online; Tuesday 25th April 2006)
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Prescott has affair with Clarke???

On one of the sites that I go to everyday they are carrying the news story about John Prescott's affair. The funny thing is the headlines read as follows:

* Labour reeling after Prescott admits affair
* Wife "devastated"
* Clarke to resign?

Now obviously in the 'real world' the top two headlines are about the same thing (the affair of Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott... Prescott Admits To Having Affair; BBC News Online Wednesday 26th April 2006) but the latter refers to our bumbling Home Secretary Charles Clarke and the news that over 1,000 foreign prisoners held in UK jails for crimes as bad as murder, rape and child sex abuse were released back into society and not considered for deportation (Clarke: Blair Told Me Not To Quit; BBC News Online Wednesday 26th April 2006).

But in an alterative universe not too far away I read it as Prescott admitting to his affair with Clarke. In either case Prescott's wife is still "devastated" but in one of them there is a *really* juicy scandal for the Labour government to ride though :p
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New Labour...

....I'm sorry but when New Labour came to power they were a really, really good thing for this country.

Now they are turning themselves into almost as hated a party as the Conservative party at the end of the Thatcher and Major years.

Personally I think it's sad that New Labour is basically the New Conservatives. I also think that being in absolute power for too long has gone to certain Ministers heads and it's not other 'politicians' taht are out of touch with public feeling but many of the Ministers themselves.

Sleaze, corruption and incompetence is a major problem with this current government, as much as it ever was under previous ones and more so than many of them.

I don't like the idea of The Conservatives getting back into power but as a socialist friend of mine said the other day, "I'd almost prefer the Tories back in than Blair - at least you have no illusions and hopes to be dashed then."

Britain needs a change of leadership. No idea where it will come from as I really don't think the Tories will be able to get back into power just yet and The LibDems aren't strong enough at National level yet either. I just hope whomever the next Labour leader is will bring in a whole load of new faces into Ministerial roles and mend some of the problems and awful decisions that Blair and his cronies have made.

Either that or a breakaway Labour party forms that is true to workers values without being militant socialists.

To think that I actually thought Blair would be a great Prime Minister back in the mid-90's (not that I've ever voted for him but I was very pleased to see him originally get in and then get a second term).
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