Brown's website as mad as he is
Number10.gov.uk - all the news on piercings and Ada Lovelace
The Ten Downing Street website has a rather odd collection of meta-tags including entries for piercing, tattoos, Israel, Ada Lovelace and Sarah Brown.
Ada Lovelace Day was yesterday so we can only assume they're keeping up to date at least. Presumably Number Ten techies also prefer Ada to some dull old Budget stuff which people might have been looking for yesterday. Strangely the site doesn't actually appear to have any information on piercings, nor is there much on tattoos.
Number10.gov.uk includes metadata keywords for football, women, thameslink, SSRB statement but not Gordon Brown.
The Telegraph, which takes such things very seriously, set its search optimisation expert on the site. He found 135 versions of the site but no "canonical tag" which would explain the link to search engines.
The paper also noted that Brown's channel on YouTube is also hard to find - the Downing Street website refers to Number10TV - but search for that on Google and the top result is this parody site.
Compare and contrast with an earlier investigation - the Queen seems to have keywords, Twitter and YouTube all sewn up.
Her site even includes a Google Map of Royal visits showing where Prince Philip is likely to be insulting the locals next. ®
Jezza for PM? Gawd no!
Jeremy Clarkson's policies
- Smoking in public - NHS bills go up
- No HSE or high-visibility jackets - NHS bills go up
- No speed limits on motorways - you know where I'm going with this
JC is a controversialist and tosser - an entertaining tosser I will grant you - but I wouldn't trust him to organise anything more complicated than a dinner party.
Game has changed
We used to vote for a party, and their policies, who then voted for their leader who, if the party was in government became the PM.
This started to change about 30 years ago, when we started to look at how party leaders dressed (for example) over what their policies were. The death knell of the old system came with Blair and none of the current crop of "leaders" seem to want to change (nor could they to be fair).
Tory / Labour policies are so similar you would be hard pushed to identify one without being told which party had promoted it (try that with 1970s manifestos). Debates are a farce as, again, both sides will say anything they thing the public want to hear. The only parties in the UK which have actual political opinions are even worse (BNP for example).
As we gear up for the latest round of madness, the news shows us coverage of "SamCam" being pregnant - seriously who gives a fuck - vs Sarah Brown being all caring - ditto. Brown is regaled for his appearance and personal qualities, rather than his party politics and Cameron is so distrusting of his cabinet that he is spokesman on *every* bloody topic. When the Tories get in, will he even bother with a cabinet or just do lots of photoshoots of him smiling?
It is of no surprise to me that voters are apathetic. Can you blame them?
(and yes, I also feel that 1984 has turned into a guidbook, while Yes Minister is a documentary)
Why Sarah Brown?
Forgive me but I was under the impression the Labour Party voted for Gordon to be their leader and so, as they're currently in power, he becomes PM.
When, exactly, did Sarah Brown become a spokesperson for the Office of number Ten? She can blog all she likes, meet anyone she cares to and cohort with any number of disreputables for all I care - but she has no rights what so ever to be referred to as anything other than the PM's wife and certainly should not have links to her activities anywhere near '10.gov.uk.
Mind you, she's probably a damn sight more popular than her husband is or has ever been. Not that the populist agenda is something Comrade Brown follows. No, Sir.
/AC 'cause I've read 1984 and believe it to be a documentary.