Phew!

11 May

I had to rise from my sick-bed to accommodate the massive sigh of relief I let out at the news that we finally have a new Prime Minister. I must say, the whole thing has been terribly British: discreet talks and lots of waiting around for something to happen.  http://www.shesnotfromyorkshire.com/ was quite amusing about it, remarking that the fact that queues were involved in the ‘scandal’ of people being unable to vote was typically British.

Over the last few days I have been amused by the wonderment of foreign bloggers that we have no written constitution, but it is obvious that our system works fine just as it is – we are, after all, the people who tried having a revolution and then decided we didn’t like it and went back to the old system.  We have had a peaceful, if delayed, transition of power, and can now look forward to a period of co-operation between the Conservatives and Lib Dems.

I hope. This is the first coalition government in the UK since 1945, and no-one knows what to expect.  I am feeling quite optimistic that this is the start of a new era in politics.  I say that from the position of being on the almost-winning side, of course, but the Lib Dems must be enjoying the chance of  being in government after so long being the kid brother your Mum makes you drag along with you when you go out with your mates.

I like some Lib Dem policies, such as no tax on wages under £10,000, so I don’t think the coalition is necessarily a bad thing, as long as all parties concerned are working for our good and not theirs.

I thought David Cameron was gracious towards his predecessor in his speech, and Samantha looked like she was going to burst with pride. I felt proud myself to have voted Conservative when I heard him. He is really growing on me.  I like that he is not afraid to compromise for the good of the country and I am beginning to believe that he genuinely wants to improve ‘our country’, as he is so fond of saying.

I have to say, I have never liked Gordon Brown more!  He looked completely relaxed as he went to the Palace and his smile was unscary for the first time ever; perhaps it was tension that made it so frightening.

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I say ‘sick bed’ but it’s more like ‘tired couch’. The Migraleve worked its magic yesterday as far as relieving the pain, but the nausea is still hovering and I am still feeling quite drowsy.

My friend Viv sent me an interesting email about a possible cause of the migraines, the gist of which I will share with you, in case you stumbled upon my blog looking for  answers: do you grind your teeth?  Your bite might need adjusting.  You might have a  high filling putting pressure on your jaw joint, linked directly to the nerves in the brain.  A grind of the filling might cure the problem.

I’m almost certain that my own migraines are caused by my being a woman of a certain age and change is a-comin’, but I’d like to thank Viv for sharing such useful information.

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9 Responses to “Phew!”

  1. Lawrence C May 11, 2010 at 23:42 #

    Good to hear you are feeling better.

    This whole British election is confusing to this American – obviously the sort of trouble you have when you have more than 2 main parties. We like our things in simple opposing pairs – New York and Los Angeles, Coke and Pepsi, cowboys and Indians. (Of course we have “third parties” – the Greens, Conservative, Communist, Liberterian, Working Family, Right to Life… – but they probably only get 2% of a national vote combined.

    But, a lot has been played up here about your TV’s election coverage AWESOME computer graphics.

    President Obama is coming to my little city on Thursday, but apparently he is just going to go to a small manufacturing plant for an hour or so – maybe just a photo op with a successful company? – and then flying to New York City.

    And I am happy you enjoy the cool facts I’ve been digging up; than you for your comments. At the moment, if it weren’t for my daily posting challenge I probably would only be posting poems a couple times a week.

    Take care!

    Lawrence

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    • tillybud May 12, 2010 at 07:28 #

      The British election came as a surprise to lots of us Brits, too. We had four hung parliaments in the last century, but most people who remember them are dead. This has been a really exciting and interesting election.

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      • vivinfrance May 12, 2010 at 09:01 #

        Oi Tilly, I’m not dead and I remember, specially the wartime coaliton! I can’t make up my mind as to whether it will be an effective way of preventing political idiocies or simply preventing or delaying anything actually getting done.
        ViV

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        • tillybud May 12, 2010 at 16:18 #

          Oops! Sorry, Viv. It’s just that it seems so long ago.

          I watched this afternoon’s press conference and \i have to say I am really hopeful; I think we are at the start of something new and exciting in British politics.

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  2. flo May 12, 2010 at 17:26 #

    Tilly, did you have something nice to say about Gordon Brown ( whom I voted for!!)?
    Are you getting soft in your old age?

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    • tillybud May 12, 2010 at 19:20 #

      Well he’s a man again, not a Prime Minister, so I’m not betraying my principles.

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      • tillybud May 12, 2010 at 19:47 #

        Umm, it has just occurred to me – have you moved to Scotland and forgotten to tell me? Or did you think it was a Presidential election? Those are the only two ways you could have voted for him.

        I may be getting soft in my old age but at least I’ve still got all my wits…poor Flo! 🙂

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  3. musings May 13, 2010 at 03:54 #

    I have a bad enough time with understanding our elections. Glad you hear your elections are so civil and gentlemanly.

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    • tillybud May 13, 2010 at 06:54 #

      We’re British – anything else would be frightfully bad manners 🙂

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