Sunday, 9 May 2010

Will to Power

I like a bit of uncertainty, it's character building, so I've been enjoying the news over the past few days and am looking forward to seeing how things unfold over the coming weeks and months. I find the speculation enthralling and there are so many interesting people out there with opinions to air, I want to hear them all.

Nick Clegg reminds me of Colin Firth.

David Cameron reminds me why so many people hate the English.

And Gordon Brown reminds me of a man I once heard of who was a genius academically and very kind, but had no idea how to make a cup of tea and often wore odd shoes.

As I was pottering about this morning this song came on my iPod and it seemed so now:


steven said...

what people are saying everywhere is "i dunno". "this ain't working" "i'll play the game" . . . . . everything radiohead di in the basement was astonishingly good!! steven

Alesa Warcan said...

Heya Eryl, nice to read you.
I haven't really got much to say about the election though I am following it on the guardian...
I do love your description of Gordon Brown though.
Hope things are alright on your side. Cheers.

Philip said...

Nice bit of characterisation. I knew clegg looked like someone - you're absolutely right. The others too. I bet Gordon Brown never knows where anything is. Cameron will know where it is, how much it cost and its resale price. But not its value. That's the bolshy git in me speaking.
Nice to hear from you and thanks for the very kind comment on my post today - I really appreciate your support.

Elisabeth said...

Apt descriptions of politicians -they all want to be our friends, or at least give the impressions. This song from Radio head is beautiful.

Borrowing again from their lyrics, life is like a house of cards and that goes beomd the British election.


Eryl Shields said...

Steven ~ I hadn't heard of the basement until I went browsing youtube for this song. Now I think I've watched every video they have and you're right: everything Radiohead did there was astonishing. I love the way the lead singer seems to embody the music too.

Alesa ~ hello there! You have now read everything I have to say about the election, for now at least.

Everything is well here, thank you. I hope it's the same for you.

Philip ~ I was watching Clegg on Friday morning with his rather pained face and he became Collin Firth as Mr Darcy for just a split second. I think it's the dimples.

You're very welcome, that's one of the funniest and most touching posts I've ever read.

Elizabeth ~ most politicians actually do give me the impression of having good intentions, but not David Cameron: he seems to have no integrity, just absolute faith in his own superiority.

The song is lovely isn't it? Radiohead make me so happy.

Alesa Warcan said...

Aye, it is indeed. Enjoying myself tremendously.

Carole said...

I can never hate the English because I am too crazy about the accent. They automatically sound so much nicer than the Americans. I really liked Gordon Brown from my view through the Telly but that really might not be the most accurate view.

Sharon Longworth said...

Hi Eryl,
Very clever how you've summed up their characters so well through comparison.
I've started thinking of them as the good, the bad and the ugly - I'm sure you can work out who's who.....
And, as others have already said - a great song.

Lulu LaBonne said...

Spot on with the charicterisation.

And as for the excruciating deliciousness of uncertainty sounds like David Eagleman is a man for you

Eryl Shields said...

Alesa ~ that's good to hear.

Carole ~ I always think Americans sound fun and enthusiastic. I can't imagine you hating anyone.

Sharon ~ the good the bad and the ugly, yep, that works for me.

Lulu ~ thank you for David Eagleman, he is exactly my type of thinker.

Now I must ask, how do you put a link in a comment?

Alesa Warcan said...

(a href="http://www.youraddresshere.com/")The text you want to display here(/a)

Replace the () with <>.
for example, click here to go to your homepage

It only works if you enable html in your comments, which you have done.

savannah said...

i'm reading this and listening to the clip as the MITM is watching a bbc interview/commentary about y'alls election. and the music is spot on! xoxoxo

Pat said...

I saw a clip of Clegg and Firth having coffee together. Fat lot of good it did him. I too am enjoying it with a certain amount of hope that Cameron and Clegg really mean it when they want to put the country first before the eternal PR , Trident et al.
I've got a theory that that is what the electorate really want. Brown, poor dear has to hang on until there is a new regime. Interesting times!

Kim Ayres said...

One thing's for certain, whoever gets power will decide to enact all the bits of their manifesto you were hoping they wouldn't, and ignore all the bits you actually voted for them for.

I remember my mum saying that to me back in the 70s and it's remained a truism ever since

Anonymous said...

They are like that, yes. I warm (relatively) to Brown, the least smooth. The other two could have successful careers presenting television advertisements.

Eryl Shields said...

Alesa ~ thank you, I will try it now.

Eryl Shields said...

Crikey I didn't fuck it up!

Savannah ~ brilliant!

Pat ~ did you, and did they look alike side by side?

I hope Thursday's result has been sobering for all who seek a bit of power enabling them to at least consider what's best for the actual country.

Kim ~ your mum was right on.

Jenny ~ I'm sure I once saw David Cameron in an Audi ad.

Alesa Warcan said...

Nothing to it. : j

Titus said...

Nooo! Clegg like Firth! I can't see it. I don't want to see it.
Like the description of Cameron very much, and that of Brown though I'm not convinced he's a kind man.

Watching news very late. I think we'll all be enjoying the uncertainty for quite a while yet.

Golden West said...

I think that regardless of who takes power, we're in for a bumpy ride worldwide. Eventually, governments run out of other people's money. And once they start just printing it, the death spiral begins.

Eryl Shields said...

Alesa ~ :)

Titus ~ blimey it's been an exciting day! Still plenty of uncertainty though, not least of which being whether Nick Clegg and Collin Firth are related.

I think Gordon Brown probably is kind (well meaning might be a more suitable term) but, sadly, unable to express it through his demeanour, and rather misguided at times.

Golden ~ I think you are absolutely right.

Pat said...

Sort of.
What a difference a day makes.
You can go off people.

Crafty Green Poet said...

brilliant description of Gordon Brown! Great video!

I also like your optimism regarding the political uncertainity, that's the way we need to look at it.

Mark Sanderson said...

George Osborne has a Tory face that was born to be parodied. Never knew you had a soft for Radiohead Eryl!

Eryl Shields said...

Pat ~ I'll have to find the photo.

Wasn't it exciting yesterday?!

Crafty ~ I'm a die-hard Nietzschean and truly believe that too much comfort is a bad thing. We only start to think and get creative when things get a bit difficult, generally.

Mark ~ do you know, I can't picture George Osborne?!

I'm obsessed with Radiohead's music to the point where I have to make myself put on something else, occasionally.

Vextasy said...

> David Cameron reminds me why so many people hate the English.
Ouch. As an Englishman, that hurt. But he does
fit a certain stereotype which is, fortunately,
not often encountered (at least in my experience).

Eryl Shields said...

Vextasy ~ oh no, I didn't mean to hurt anyone! It's just that he seems to exemplify that 'won first prize in the lottery of life' attitude that I assume is what makes some people still dislike the English. Having grown up in England I know you are all adorable.

Vextasy said...


Kass said...

LOVE Radiohead! You must be cool.