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Frogmarch 2002 - Whitby
The news reports that Gordon Brown has resigned. It appears that he won’t be off for some months, but I thought I’d take the opportunity to drink a bottle of brown ale to celebrate the beginning of the end of his time as a political leader.

How odd that the election was more “presidential” in style than any previous election, with the emphasis on the three party leaders and their prime-ministerial debates, and now one of those three will no longer be a party leader, and somebody else entirely may become PM.

Andrew returned from Northumbria today, bringing leftover supplies from our weekend away. We came home a day early, on Sunday afternoon, so Beth could get to school this morning.

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How odd that the election was more “presidential” in style...

...but I'm sure the media will interpret that as a condemnation of Brown, rather than a suggestion that the debates aren't the most appropriate thing for our system.

As they keep pointing out, we're a Parliamentary Democracy. Whoever the Prime Minister is (short of, you know.... PMs in the Lords, which is... improbable) they will have been elected by somebody. Party leaders come and go, but the institution remains. I think I prefer it that way.

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