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Friday, May 06, 2005

Tony's Hattrick

New Labour held on by the skin o' their skinny teeth to retain their majority in Parliament, and thereto the Premiership last night.

Here's Tony Blair celebrating his historic threepeat in Sedgefield.

Babalu Blog Guest on Tony Blair Halloween Night

Oops. Sorry. That was Cherie Blair during her recent Australasia tour.

Here's Tony below, having promised free NHS Dentist coverage, if returned to Number 10. And not a moment too soon, if you ask me.

Big Head Tony

For more in-depth coverage of the general election (the second I've missed since emigrating in 1998), here is the BBC Elections Special page.

Addendum: Sadly, one loser many of us were touting for a small upset was UKIP hopeful (Wantage, Oxon), Count Nikolai Tolstoy-Miloslavsky, direct descendant of Leo Tolstoy, and scion of two of the leading White Russian families in Britain since 1920.

Name Party Votes

Ed Vaizey Conservative 22,354
Andrew Crawford Liberal Democrat 14,337
Mark McDonald Labour 12,464
Adam Twine Green 1,332
Nikolai Tolstoy-Miloslavsky UK Independence Party 798
Gerald Lambourne English Democrats 646

I'm sure I'm not alone wishing he had been elected and gone on to grace the backbenches of the Opposition in his Cossack Ataman uniform.

Nikolai in casual wear

Things just haven't been the same without Michael Portillo.


  • Totally unrelated: I'm watching Geraldine McEwan in Miss Marple and thought of you. Didn't know who she was when you posted about her last month, but she's wonderful! Beats Angela Landsbury hands down. Right, irrelevance over.


    By Anonymous Sarah, at Sun May 08, 06:25:00 am GMT-4  

  • Not at all, Sarah, I'm so happy you posted this.

    And even more than you now got to enjoy the finely honed talent of Geraldine McEwan.

    It's not my life's purpose to get her better known, but darn it, I can try. ;)

    And Sarah, a million apologies for the lateness of the package. However, it will be there soon! Just getting everything sorted. :)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon May 09, 09:54:00 pm GMT-4  

  • BTW, à propos to the new Miss Marple series on ITV -- it's okay. And as mentioned, she's excellent in it, but this modernising of old themes (especially delightfully dated themes like Agatha Christie's mysteries) isn't for me.

    I've been told Joanna Lumley plays a Sapphiste in one of the episodes, which was only lightly intimated by the venerable Mrs. Christie -- and the producers also treated sex themes in general with a heavy hand.

    Now I don't know about you, but I may think the Vicar is having a go at the chorus lads, but I actually don't want to SEE it.

    Oh well...


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon May 09, 09:57:00 pm GMT-4  

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