Tony Blair Wins The British Election
Michael Howard of the Conservatives made significant headway, by gaining something like 33 of the parliamentary seats that were originally Labour holds.
The Liberal Democrats, headed by Ginger Charles Kennedy, gained 11 seats.
It was a somber Tony Blair who took the stand at his Sedgefield constituency to thank the voters for his re-election. I believe he’s learned some important lesson from the results of this election. I’m happy to say that I don’t envisage that the next four years of leadership will be approached in quite the same somewhat lackadaisical way.
I think that the people have made their feelings clear by the objection votes that went to the other parties. Britain has been in a state of turmoil over the whole Iraq issue, and quite frankly, I’m sick to death of hearing about it. I realise that there are families out there who have been directly influenced by the events in Iraq, whether that be from losing a loved one in the war, or being worried sick about relatives in that part of the world, but my heart-felt feelings are, that we now have to move on. Life goes on, this is a fact. We moved on from World War 1, World War 2, Falklands War, Apartheid, the dissolution of Yugoslavia, and the subsequent war in Bosnia, September 11th, and the Tsunami disaster. The world will keep turning, no matter what tragedies occur, hence we need to keep turning with it.
I’m personally happy that Tony Blair is back at the helm, the Iraq issue was his potential banana skin, on which he slipped, and slid about for a while, but in the end, he regained his balance, a little shaken, perhaps a little disoriented, but inevitably, it’s been a good lesson learned.
I say this to Mr Blair, cheer up Prime Minister, as with Winston Churchill, who was called a war-monger during his ministerialship, history and rose tinted memories will recall that you took a brave decision to take your country to war under the most difficult of circumstances. In years to come, the media will wax lyrical about what a good strong leader you were, and reminisce about those old glory days, when we had a statesman who wasn’t afraid to make tough decisions, remember Margaret Thatcher?