Comments for en-gb 30 Wed 23 Jul 2014 01:06:40 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at Rowley_Birkin I find Mr Cairns’s letter a sad reflection of the shambolic political circus that exists in this country today. Maybe I am old fashioned but my concept of a Member of Parliament was a person who represented and spoke on behalf of their constituents in Parliament and not dogmatically support their own party on all its policies. After all it is a majority of constituents who vote their MP into Parliament.Reading the content of his letter, the reasons cited by Mr Cairns for his resignation are all based around his own ego and in party squabbling. During a period of rising redundancies, house repossessions, food & fuel costs, it angers, but does not surprise me that nowhere in his letter does he make any reference to his own constituents views, needs and hardships.Mr Cairns states in his letter that he has never uttered a word of criticism or voted against the Government, maybe now has come the time for him to do so. Unfortunately, like so many other MP’s, Mr Cairns does not appear ‘up to the job’. The great politicians of the past who could argue about the politics of the day and not sink to making personal, facile jibes about their opponents now seems a rare if not extinct species. Wed 17 Sep 2008 11:57:53 GMT+1 Matterbooboo A public school teacher was arrested today at Gatport Airwick as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a set square, a slide rule, and a calculator.At a press conference, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said she believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-gebra movement. She did not identify the man, who has been charged by the Metropolitan Police with carrying weapons of maths instruction."Al-gebra is a problem for us," Smith said. "They desire solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in a search of absolute values. They use secret code names like 'x` and `y` and refer to themselves as `unknowns,` but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with co-ordinates in every country. As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, "There are 3 sides to every triangle".When asked to comment on the arrest, Prime Minister Gordon Brown, speaking from his bunker before the planes stopped flying, said, "If God had wanted us to have better Weapons of Maths Instruction, He would have given us more fingers and toes". Wed 17 Sep 2008 10:51:46 GMT+1 gossipmistress Fifi (3) absolutely.Could Gordon not see that he was destined to fail? Don't understand why he ever took the job on, he must be mad! Wed 17 Sep 2008 10:28:56 GMT+1 steelpulse I was made a fool of yesterday. A lookalike was told to me to be someone and I commented on it. Oh the shame!Not again I thought, reading the above tempting post. Nice try though.So Eddie, I just stuck a book title into an anagram machine and believe me - as that known lie I be - I am doofing my mythical hat and am on one knee as we text."Ma'am!" I am respectfully saying. Hoping for all the world The Cerne Man fiasco, disrepectful that it was, is forgiven.A question of honour = Sequin - Honour afoot!lol Wed 17 Sep 2008 10:14:50 GMT+1 mygloriousleader It is very interesting to note that there is an argument as far as noolabor are concerned that the longer Gordy stays, the deeper into the ordure the country gets, the more impossible it is for the tories to recover the situation and noolabor stand half a chance to get back in after 4 or 5 years. I recently read Lord Levy's biography "A question of honour" and it is very interesting to read about an insiders view of the Gordy and his (some would say odd) behaviour. Wed 17 Sep 2008 09:24:17 GMT+1 Thunderbird This whole subject reminds me of previous events.1. The Euro referendum2. The Treaty referendum3. The general election that never was.All three have something in common. Gordon Brown doesn't like to ask for anyone's opinion unless they guarantee to give the right answer. So no matter who resigns, is sacked or decides to spend more time with their family, Mr Brown is here to stay. Tue 16 Sep 2008 20:15:01 GMT+1 Chris Ghoti What is the chancellor of the exchequer in charge of if not finance for the country?So if someone has been running finance for the country for ten years or so, and then it goes belly-up, isn't that at least partly something to do with him?That he changed his job recently doesn't change that, I wouldn't have thought. Tue 16 Sep 2008 19:39:49 GMT+1 Screamingmuldoon Hey steelpulse (14), do you think Sir Alex will remain in situ when AIG hit the post?The issue is not so much that everyone hates Gordo. It's that Gordo hates everyone. Jack Straw commented on his intellect etc. and I agree. He is the brainiest, but he's not a leader. How does he not know this? Why did he want this job? Tue 16 Sep 2008 18:35:58 GMT+1 DI_Wyman TSSC, no, no..I beg to differ..he was the best thing since sliced only have to look at wot he did for us and his legacy Tue 16 Sep 2008 18:16:00 GMT+1 The Stainless Steel Cat DIY (11):I think you meant, "...grate." Tue 16 Sep 2008 17:35:18 GMT+1 steelpulse David Cairns?There were perhaps tears of gratitude in his eye as he (Mr Cairns) credited all the good things in his Constituency in the last few years to Mister Gordon Brown whilst he wore the Chancellor of the Exchequer hat.Whilst the worlds financial problems are denied as being our fault by the current Prime Minister et al.So as someone says above it is because they, Labour, are unpopular and in a downturn. Ah - on the night I hear Ronaldo is back on the bench for a match tomorrow and lauded by Sir Alex Ferguson - for his professionalism - say what? Loyalty to the cause.So labour - change the Manager - should we? And all will be well. The world finances will magically right themselves. I always smile when football teams do that. Change manager I mean.Again, with Sir Alex in mind - I think keep the manager but change the football team.Bye Mister Cairns. Tue 16 Sep 2008 16:59:56 GMT+1 The Stainless Steel Cat Wow! The power of the PM newsletter!I'm very impressed, Eddie. Tue 16 Sep 2008 16:54:11 GMT+1 YetminsterYokel That's not David Cairns, it's that bloke off Coronation St who two-timed Fizz. Tue 16 Sep 2008 16:26:22 GMT+1 DI_Wyman Feefs, being Teflon is what made Tone great! Tue 16 Sep 2008 16:21:13 GMT+1 DI_Wyman LOL....'ere's a good one...Do you feel the same way we do about the kind of Britain you want to live in? A Britain where the economy is strong and stable; where there is a first-class health service free at the point of use; where education is always a priority ; and where you and your family are treated equally and can feel safe and secure. This is the Britain we are working hard to build. Tue 16 Sep 2008 16:19:03 GMT+1 David_McNickle Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, I quit. Tue 16 Sep 2008 16:18:30 GMT+1 HandsomeAlbert How typical of our politicians to be occupying the news agenda with their own navel-gazing and concern for keeping their seats at a time of economic crisis when most people are worried about keeping jobs and homes. Tue 16 Sep 2008 16:17:31 GMT+1 vagueofgodalming For me it is an article of faith that the worst day of a Labour Government isbetter than the best day of a Tory or SNP one.Honestly. Just pause a moment and think about what you are saying.Even if I could form a political party which represents exactly my values and favoured policies - let's call it the Vague Party - I don't think I could ever say, as an article of faith, that the worst day of a Vague Government is better than the best day of another one. Tue 16 Sep 2008 16:17:07 GMT+1 DI_Wyman I'm gonna place my money on Cleggy, anyone who can speak five languages can't be all that bad! Tue 16 Sep 2008 16:15:59 GMT+1 greyDalesman Unfortunately most of the senior members of the government don't have a back-bone between them, so they won't stand up to, or against the most ineffective Prime Minister we've had for a long time.Good for David Cairns for sticking to his principles. Tue 16 Sep 2008 16:15:11 GMT+1 U11235707 I vote for an all party fight in the car-park; winner takes all. Tue 16 Sep 2008 16:14:07 GMT+1 Fifi Isn't it funny how this is all seen as wholly the present incumbent's fault.What about the weasel who vacated his chair just before it became obvious that the ordure really was about to contact the rotating blades?There's your real culprit. Teflon Tone. Tue 16 Sep 2008 16:12:36 GMT+1 det1842 Eddie ,Could you ask one of these cretinous mps who are supposed to represent our interests why they are causing a fuss at this time when the economy is in a downward direction.Could they not wait until it is back on an even keel or are that they self serving?I am more interested what our Government is doing ref the situation not who is leading a party, he seemed to do ok as Chancellor Tue 16 Sep 2008 16:11:23 GMT+1 DI_Wyman I wonder how many more "Dear Gordon" letters it takes before he wakes up to the fact that he is not wanted?What did you do Daddy? Tue 16 Sep 2008 16:02:39 GMT+1