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August 9, 2000
[young william] What’s the big political story in the UK at the moment? Apparently William Hague used to drink 14 pints a day when he was a younger man. ‘Leading PR man Max Clifford said the opposition leader was “trying to get away from the image of the sweet, precocious, 16-year-old cherub who stood up at the Conservative Party conference.” But added: “It won’t work because it is obvious – you don’t look at him and see a 14-pint man.”‘ [Related Links: Wonderful Steve Bell Cartoon, Guardian Article]
August 7, 2000
[distortion] Phony Blair — amazing 3D distortion of Tony Blair, requires Pulse Player. [thanks to Yungee]
July 30, 2000
[farmers] The Guardian looks at why the British are so hostile towards farmers. ‘In the same Mail On Sunday that sympathised with Martin, Geoffrey Wheatcroft wrote a vigorous attack on all farmers for their “greedy whingeing”. “They are always whining,” he wrote, “and they are always holding their hands out. They expect – and they get – money to grow crops, and money not to grow crops. All in all, the way in which farming is subsidised has become the greatest single affront to British democracy. What makes it worse is the astonishing ingratitude of our farmers”.’
July 12, 2000
[photo] Young William from The Guardian’s Left a Bit Gallery. “Apart from the hair nothing has changed.”
July 8, 2000
[tory] newsUnlimited takes a look at William Hague ‘It was my first Conservative dinner, and it was a shock. The Party is old; most of the dinner guests were in their 70s. It was hard to believe that this Britain bouffant hair-dos, portly, uniformed chauffeurs, crinoline ball-gowns and floral prints still existed; Planet Tory. It was like stepping back into the 50s. One thing was sure, these people would not be knocking door to door at election time. At one table at the back was a small clique of young men from Glasgow University’s Conservative Society. They are strangely awkward, arrogant, odd-looking, dressed in clothes borrowed from their grandparents; young Williams revisited 20 years later.’
June 14, 2000
[comics] Salon reports that Lex Luthor is to run for president. [via Ghost in the Machine]
June 7, 2000
[comics] Great Steve Bell Cartoon on Elitism and William Hague in the Guardian today. “I, Commonsense Man shall wreak vengence on the Liberal elite”
June 6, 2000
[comics] Bill Clinton tells Russia that he had in the past a used comic book business: “”In my lifetime, I probably had ? earned money doing 20 or 25 different things. I’ve built houses, I’ve cleared land, I’ve worked in a grocery store. I had a used comic book business. Obviously, I was a musician. I made money as a musician. I’ve been a teacher. I’ve done a lot of different things in my life.”” Totally weird if it’s true… [via Ghost in the Machine]
June 2, 2000
[tory] Tebbit on Hague: “”Something somewhere sparked him off and suddenly he became an interesting politician – having previously been uninteresting,” he says. But he adds, crushingly: “As he gets more interesting, people forget that he’s bald, he’s got an unusual voice and he’s small.”” After the untimely death of Barbara Cartland I think Norman Tebbit may well fill the “mad quote” void on linkmachinego…
May 10, 2000
[ken4london] Livingstone and Labour close to compromise deal reports newsUnlimited.
May 7, 2000
[ken4london] newsUnlimited has an interview with Ken Livingstone — the new mayor of London. “It suddenly dawns on you that all those people have gone out and voted for you, and it was overwhelming and incredibly humbling, and I hadn’t expected to have that feeling…”
May 6, 2000
[mayor for london] BBC News has a picture gallery of the election for London mayor.
May 5, 2000
[mayor for london] “If the Archangel Gabriel had stood with the name Winston Churchill, Ken would still have won.” — Jeffrey Archer. So what does a London mayor do anyway?
[mayor for london] The results of the London Mayor election have been held up by “dust in the air”. Did they get British Rail into count the votes? [Updated 12.27pm] Anyway — Ken wins.
May 4, 2000
[mayor for london] It’s voting day in London. I voted at 7.00 o’clock this morning on the way to work… Here’s a couple of reports from BBC News and newsUnlimited… newsUnlimited is also reporting that a “virtual poll” has Livingstone winning cleanly in the first round.
May 3, 2000
[weblogs] British blogs are discussing the vandalism of the cenotaph. Check out: kitschbitch, Barbelith and Blue Lines.
[mayor for london] Susan Kramer sent me a postcard today…. and asked me to download a song called Follow in my footsteps by Sarah Gillies. God knows why…
[major for london] Voting day tommorrow — here’s a BBC News timeline on how the race developed… and a guide to how the vote works.
April 30, 2000
[mayor for london] BBC News reports that Ken Livingstone expects to return to the Labour Party after the election next week.
April 27, 2000
[mayor for london] This is London reports that Ken Livingstone has a 34% lead. [I’m using the UK Yahoo’s version of This is London because the real This in London web site is just to damn slow.]
April 20, 2000
[politics] Tory MP admits to surfing for porn: New Forest West’s Desmond Swayne told MPs it was only the Commons division bell that stopped him from lingering with a sense of “fascination” over a porn site.
April 19, 2000
[mayor for london] Another webapp to help you choose your mayor: VoteMonkey [requires Java]
April 13, 2000
[mayor for london] newsUnlimited reports on: The collected controversies of Ken Livingstone According to reports Ken’s lead had dropped by 12 points.
[mayor for london] Let’s play Fantasy Mayor … enter your preferences on 15 key issues and fantasy mayor will tell you which candidate to vote for. [via ChrisH]
April 11, 2000
[mayor for london] Livinstone suggests that the international financial system kills more people than Hitler did in WWII every year.
April 3, 2000
[Mayor for London] Two stories: Livingstone expelled from the Labour Party. Pig runs for Mayor.
April 1, 2000
[Mayor for London] Let’s have a heated debate! David Frost tackles the four main contenders for Mayor of London.
[Mayor for London] NewsUnlimited reports and carries a video of Frank Dobson saying “Ooh! You Amaze Me!” I seem to be missing the point on this one. Someone enlighten me please?
March 31, 2000
[politics] New Labour is experiencing some mid-term jitters according to various press reports. Local elections plus the London Mayor’s race are fast approaching Two reports — from Newsunlimited and BBC News [Low Graphics].
March 28, 2000
[Mayor for London] Norris proposes 24hr Tube on Friday and Saturday. I’m surprised nobody else thought of this — but I’d always assumed it was not possible to run a 24hr tube in London due to technical reasons? More reports of fresh allegations against Livingstone regarding his financial affairs.
March 24, 2000
Great day for Cartoons in the Guardian — Steve Bell does a stormer on the Blair Baby/paternity leave story. Doonesbury has Uncle Duke doing a campaign ad for the iMac
March 22, 2000
Budget 2000 as seen by Steve Bell.
March 21, 2000
[Mayor for London] Beardy does not like redheads!
[I seem to be doing a lot of links about hair — Beckham, Dobson and Evans… I wish I could explain why but as always my motivations remain hidden from me. What the hell was I thinking of when I linked to a Ralph Wiggum quote straight after an interesting article about the media during Kosovo?]
March 20, 2000
[Mayor for London] NewsUnlimited reports that Chris Evans is giving £100,000 to Ken’s campaign.
March 18, 2000
[Major for London] More dirty tricks? Ken strikes back… check out this link. [via Haddock]
[Mayor for London] 101 Things you never knew about Ken. [via The View From Here]
March 17, 2000
[Mayor for London] The gloves start to come off in the race to become London’s mayor as the first signs of dirty tricks appear
March 16, 2000
Another great cartoon from Steve Bell on the fate of the Rover Group.
March 15, 2000
The Guardian shines a spotlight on Alastair Campbell — Tony Blair’s press secretary. He does not seem to know very much about the Human Genome Project. I am not impressed.
[Mayor for London] Ken Livingstone broke Common’s rules on registered interests — apparently about 150, 000 squids worth of outside interests. What next? Stories on Ken’s flirtations with underage girls, drugs and sweets? Dobbo and the Rent Boys on Hampstead Heath?
March 13, 2000
[Mayor for London] BBC News supplies a fascinating political analysis on beards in the British Government. Why no picture of Dobson without the beard? I’ve not seen one on the web anywhere… weird.
March 12, 2000
[Mayor for London] Beardy to World: It Stays!
[Mayor for London] “Hoi! Lose the hair Beardy!” The Observer reports that the aides have told Frank Dobson to lose the beard or lose the election. Someone should report that bullshitting mirthmakers are running the Dobson campaign!
March 9, 2000
According to the Guardian Labour MPs love Harry Potter books.
March 7, 2000
Websites for the major candidates for London major: Steve Norris, Frank Dobson, Ken Livingstone, Susan Kramer. The Official Major for London website.
Pictures from the race for London Mayor.
From the Guardian: Ken Livingstone tears up the rule book. Simon Hoggart on the “Stuff Blair Campaign“.
March 6, 2000
BBC News reports that Ken Livingstone will run for Mayor.

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