Monday, February 09, 2009

Going Nordic

I went to the drug service at Watford last week (nasty drive in the sleet). With the snow, I went in boots but changed into flip flops while I was there.

Changing from boots to sandals seems a very nordic thing to do.

As I have said before, I am one of those Guardian readers who want to turn Britain into a Scandinavian country.

6 comments:

richyrich said...

It isn't very often that one comes across a Guardian reader who is a Conservative party supporter!

Celestial Fundie said...

I am a very moderate Conservative. I still haven't renewed my subsription yet, not that I don't intend to.

I do feel unhappy with the tendency of David Cameron to keep lurching back to Roght-wing policies.

What newspapers do you read?

richyrich said...

I tend to look at all of them online and just read those articles that are of most interest to me. But mostly the Times and sometimes the Telegraph. The Guardian I'm afraid tends to be the one I look at the least.

Talking about David Cameron and the Conservative leadership, I have to say that I'm not particularly impressed with the way in which they're responding to the credit crunch and the economic crisis. Gordon Brown is accusing them of offering to "do nothing" about it and that does often seem to be the impression they're creating. They criticise what efforts the Government is making but not offering much of an alternative themselves. Let's hope the economy will be on the road to recovery by the next general election, otherwise if the Conservatives do get in, if their performance so far is much to go by, I wouldn't feel hugely confident in their ability to turn things round.

Celestial Fundie said...

First time you offered a political opinion here.

Yeah, I think the Conservatives are not responding well to the credit crunch. They don't really seem to understand the situation.

But on the other hand, Brown is not impressing the public that much or inspiring any confidence, so I would not put too much hope in a Labour victory.

richyrich said...

Actually the politician who seems to have grasped the situation best and who is talking the most sense is the Liberal Democrats' Vince Cable. He is realistic about the seriousness of the crisis but he's not being all "doom and gloom" in a negative way like so much of the media is and he does propose some constructive remedies.

In times like these the sight of the parties squabbling and insulting one another isn't a particularly edifying one. Sometimes I think that they all ought to come together to form a coalition government until the worst of the crisis has passed. Cable as Chancellor of the Exchequer in such a Government is something I'd like.

Celestial Fundie said...

Vince Cable is a pretty impressive figure with a lot of good sense.

But part of why he seems so impressive is that the Liberal Democrats are so lacking in credible politicians.

I suspect that even Vince Cable would have a lot of problems if he became Liberal Democrat leader. His party have never been able to move away from the tendency to promise more that they could possibly give if they were ever elected into government and they have never been able to impress the public with a clear idea of what they stand for.

I have to disagree with you about coalitions.

A coalition government would struggle to come up with a decisive programme and there would no longer be any effective opposition to keep them accountable.

God Bless

Matthew