2004年01月28日

首の皮1枚でつながったブレア

top-up fee法案,英国下院をわずか5票差で通過(賛成316:反対311)。

Blair wins key top-up fees vote
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/3434329.stm

つまり,ブレアの命綱は,たった5票でとりあえずは切られずに済んだ。(ただしこの先もいろいろとあるらしい。)で,まあ,記事は山のようにあるんですが,とりあえずBBCのhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/3434329.stmだけで進めますと……。

ああひどい。

労働党内のrebel(党議拘束破り)有力者が,直前(採決当日の昼ごろ)に寝返ったって。

ま,表向きはいろいろ言うわけですよ。If the bill was defeated on Tuesday evening, he had argued that "universities will be stripped of the resources they need to address the challenges of the future". だとかね。

しかしそういうことなら,最初からrebelになってないでしょ。

思い出すのはブレアとブラウン(財務大臣)とのあいだにあったという「密約」。97年は実力者ブラウンは一歩下がって,とりあえずブレアが党首となった(ルックスとイメージがよかったから)。その代わり,次の選挙ではブラウンを立てる,という密約。まことしやかにささやかれるばかりでなく,昨年は英国でテレビドラマにもなった。

んにゃー,これが「政治」なんだけど。

本当に,何もかも,意味がない。禅とかじゃなくて,単にナンセンス,stop that rubbish!っていう感じ。こんな記事,読むだけ疲れる。

あのね,どっちを向いてもこれなわけです,最近。芸を仕込まれたお猿さんのお芝居の方がまだリアル,みたいな,政治家による空疎な言葉がニュースを埋め尽くしている。私の日常は日本にあるので,これは日本での話ですがね。

んで,私は「英国にはすばらしいものがいろいろある」とは思っているけれども,「英国のものは何でもすばらしい」とはこれっぽっちも思っちゃいないので,英国の政治を「すばらしいもの」とか「お手本」だなんていう認識はカケラもないんだけど,ニュースを読めばこの閉塞感でしょ。誰か何とかして,とか思っちゃうわけです。

「誰か何とかして」なんていう漠然とした願望がスラスラと出てきたことにショックを覚えつつ……。

あ,労働党マニフェストでは「top-up feeは導入しない」としていたらしいです(ファクトチェックしてません。どこかの受け売りです)。

記事:
http://politics.guardian.co.uk/publicservices/story/
0,11032,1132806,00.html

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/publicservices/story/
0,11032,1132725,00.html

↑これによると,鍵はゴードン・ブラウンなんだろうなぁ……ブレアはもうボロボロだから,労働党は次の選挙では党首を変えるはず。ここでブラウンにお鉢が回ってくるってことなんだろうか?

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=485394
↑反ブレアに社運がかかってる(はずの)Independentの1月27日特集入り口。

Mirrorの記事によると,ロビン・クック元外相(今はかなり反ブレア陣営)は投票を棄権……「加藤の乱」じゃないんだから,もー。

telegraphは後で読む。疲れちゃった〜。以下はメモ。
Blair scrapes through fees test
_
The Government won the crucial Commons vote on university top-up fees with a majority of just five.
_
Victory for Tony Blair and his Cabinet, by 316 votes to 311, came after a day of high drama at Westminster which began when rebel leader, the former Chief Whip Nick Brown, switched allegiance to the Government.
_
But despite the relief the Prime Minister and Education Secretary Charles Clarke will be feeling, they still face a tough battle getting the Higher Education Bill over the rest of its parliamentary assault course.
_
And before that, Mr Blair, having suffered easily the biggest backbench rebellion of his leadership so far, has to survive the second of this week's make-or-break set-piece events.
_
Tomorrow, Lord Hutton's report into the circumstances surrounding the death of Government weapons expert David Kelly is published.
_
If Mr Blair gets through that, MPs and peers opposed to giving universities the ability to vary their fees between nothing and £3,000-a-year could still attempt to overturn this aspect of the legislation in later Commons and Lords debates.
_
Mr Blair and Education Secretary Charles Clarke will know they have won an important, perhaps decisive battle. But the fees war is not yet over.
_
And while today's result may help to shore up Mr Blair's position, tomorrow is likely to be an equally difficult day for the Prime Minister.
_
Opening the debate on the Bill, Mr Clarke told MPs that that allowing universities to charge more than the proposed £3,000 maximum "forms no part of this Government's agenda".
_
Mr Clarke, with Mr Blair sitting beside him, attempted to ride the momentum generated by Mr Brown's decision, telling MPs that a vote against the Bill would deny working class students a generous package of financial support. Defeat would also deprive middle class people the right to pay their fees back after they graduate, not while they were at university, and to have outstanding debts written off after 25 years.


Result was 'utter humiliation' - Yeo
_
Shadow education and health secretary Tim Yeo branded the result of the top-up fees vote an "utter humiliation" for the Government.
_
He said it had only been carried because Scottish Labour MPs voted to impose charges on English students which would not apply north of the border.
_
During the debate, leading rebels made clear their unhappiness at what the Government was asking them to do.
_
Even though Nick Brown said he had decided to vote with the Government, he too underlined his reservations about the Bill.
_
"I think it is quite wrong that the market-based solution was sold to the universities as the only one on offer because I think there are other good ideas worth exploring and now, at least, we have the opportunity to do so.
_
"I favour a graduate contribution based on earnings, in other words the earnings of the youngster once they have been advantaged by the higher education - rather than looking back at the financial position of the youngsters' mums and dads."
_
At the heart of his objections, he said, was the "remorseless march towards the market".
_
Former international development secretary Clare Short warned voters would not forget what Labour MPs had done.
_
"It's a breach of trust with the electorate, it's a breach of a solemn promise and it's also very foolish politically," she said.
_
"People are very, very cynical about politics and politicians and this will increase that cynicism and undermine the confidence of the public in our party and the promises our party makes."
posted by nofrills at 11:07| todays_news_from_uk/about_Blair | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする
×

この広告は180日以上新しい記事の投稿がないブログに表示されております。