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Old 07-29-2005, 11:04 AM   #16
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I don't know about that to be honest, sure there has been a lot of co-operation on the War On Terror but there is an awful lot of Foreign Policy where Blair administration is incredibly pissed off with the Bush adminitration.
Sometimes I get the distinct impression that Jack Straw wants to criticise the USA's foreign policy more heavily but doesn't because he knows that Blair will only undermine him the next day. But that could just be me.
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Sometimes I get the distinct impression that Jack Straw wants to criticise the USA's foreign policy more heavily but doesn't because he knows that Blair will only undermine him the next day. But that could just be me.
No, I think that is probably fair, I think Straw is one of these who has his own views in Private but will tow the line in public. We know that in private he is far from convinced on ID cards (a memo he sent to Number Ten was leaked where he stated that he felt ID cards were unworkable because of the UK's long-standing and non-EU related open border agreement with the Republic Of Ireland) and in another leaked memo on the eve of the Iraq War he said he did not believe that the UK needed to be involved in the actual combat or deploy soldiers to be a good ally to the United States.
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I don't know about that to be honest, sure there has been a lot of co-operation on the War On Terror but there is an awful lot of Foreign Policy where Blair administration is incredibly pissed off with the Bush adminitration.
Publically Africa and the Environment are probably the most obvious but there is also Libya (for which the British foreign office worked very hard and patiently while the Bush adminstration came on board at the last moment and congratulated itself very publically), there's differences on Iran similar to Libya whilst I believe the Bush administration has been pretty disgusted by the EU's (and therefore the UK's) lack of action on Burma. In private the Blair administration hasn't exactly standing shoulder to shoulder with Bush on the Guantanamo issue.
Yeah, I know Blair supports Kyoto, and so do I, so I'm incredibly frustrated with the Bush administration. That's why I don't like it when other governments agree with it, Bush irks me. I was mainly thinking about Iraq, I was frustrated when Blair supported the invasion as I did not.
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To be honest, I think there are a number of people in the Cabinet who I feel would do more for the UK than Blair as PM. I'm not trying to deny that Blair has had achievements but he seems obsessed with trying to increase the UK's (read: his) influence over foreign affairs. That's fair enough I suppose, but a number of foreign policy decisions have come back to haunt him and, in that traditional way of politicians, he won't admit his mistakes instead using 'spin' to get out of holes. This makes him seem untrustworthy and sly. Whereas I think people like Brown and Straw are far more shrewd politicians, able to see into the long term and see all sides to a decision.

This is all just conjecture of-course, I have no idea what the Cabinet are really like but all too often Blair seems to plunge at decisions w/o thinking them through.

And as for Home issues like transport...
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Actually, this game probably sums up, in a humorous way, lots of the problems of our glorious leader.

http://www.spinon.co.uk/content/wmdhunt

The main website was an excellent idea too. Wish I'd come across it in May!
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Originally posted by VertigoGal In the US, if you can manage to get accepted somewhere and you can afford it, you CAN become a doctor.[/B]
There is a limited number of available spots in medical schools in the USA.

There is a limited number of available spots in medical schools in Europe/Canada.

The only difference is that some US schools are private, some are public. In Canada and some European countries, they are only public.

But they both have a limited number of spots/availability, whether the number of spots is determined by the government indirectly (through funding) or by the schools themselves.

No difference at all except there's a tendency to make 'socialist' this ugly, scary word.
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As an Englishman, I hated Blair when he became PM. He basically reinvented the traditionally unelectable left wing Labour party into 'New Labour' which is actually right of centre. He stole the clothes of the Conservative Party who I (sadly I guess) had always voted for.

He fooled the UK people into thinking that things 'could only get better' and that his party would be 'whiter than white'.

However things in the UK didn't get any better...the hospitals are still filthy, crime is still rising and the problems regarding immigration are well documented. Thankfully for him, the Conservative Party managed to elect themselves a buffoon as leader and the UK people had no other alternative than to re-elect Labour. And again.

But there are two significant events that have completely changed my opinion of him (though he'd never get my vote)

Firstly the War on Terror. Whether you agree with him and Bush or not, you cannot doubt the bravery of standing up for what you think is right in the face of massive pressure and resentment.

Secondly, I think his sympathies towards the prblems of the third world have to be admired.
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That's right, there are a certain number of places available at medical schools in the U.S. Any medical school is going to only take a certain number of students. The competition is pretty cutthroat. There are a certain number of scholarships available in any program, but they're hard to get. It's got nothing to do with political or economic systems, it's this way all over the world.
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He's probably a pretty good PM all things considered, but he tries to be all things to all people, and that irritates me in politicians.
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