Moving on

Right, election over. Move along. What’s next?

On the subject of the election result, I can’t see last night’s outcome really changing anything. The Tories certainly didn’t make any spectacular gains that are worth mentioning (at least in terms of share of the vote), whilst the LibDems continued their steady improvement and have certainly done more to be taken seriously as a proper third party. For Labour, the fact that a lot of the Blairites have disappeared will weaken the leader, but probably not sufficiently to change his plans regarding stepping down.
As I see it, the opposition parties still have a lot to do to be in a position to replace Labour in 2009. Or, more likely, Labour have yet to make that really big cock-up that will lose an election (although they’ve made some fairly horrendous cock-ups so far).

14 Replies to “Moving on”

  1. The Lib dems gains have mostly been made on the back of the anti war vote. Who is going to be thinking about the war next time around when the economy will be shot to bits?

  2. May I return the innuendo-fuelled compliment by saying that I know someone who was making a fairly horrendous cock-up as the results rolled in last night. F’narr. I thank you.

  3. Good comments Graham, I agree with Tim, The Blair and Brown show talk about our strong economy. Its collapsing around us and most people dont want to see it,incresed unemployment, company failures, falling house prices etc etc.
    The last few years of growth has been based soley upon house price inflation and the low cost of borrowing. Couple this to the power of marketing creating a generation of brain dead “lifesytle” concious idiots who really believe that if they wear a certain brand name or drive a certain car then they can achieve social elevation, then boy are we in trouble. What ever happened to moral values, friendship, politeness and contentment?

    My rant for the morning!!

  4. So then, Paul, will you be trading in the Volvo for a cheap-to-buy and cheap-to-run Skoda? Heheheh.

  5. Now drive BMW, the car is not the issue here, its the way some people think that they are superior just because of a certain brand image that is created by marketing. I drive BMW because it is a solid well made car with low depreciation and a high level of safety and as an engineer I appreciate well engineered machines. I am the same person if I drive a Volvo, BMW or Skoda, but we all have a choice.

  6. How about buying locally and getting some good solid British engineering in the form of a JCB? At least you’d have no problems with queuing to get into the Tesco car park.

  7. JCB would be good idea, at least I could just pull out at a junction when I wanted, whereas in the BMW I have to sit for hours waiting. On a serious note I have never experienced so much hostility on the road just because of the car I drive especially from the “mums” in the MPV’s and the lifestyle geeks in the their small lifestyle cars who obviosly do not have an original thought in their heads. ITS JUST A CAR!!!

  8. Excuse me I thought all BMW drivers WERE pricks….. is it not a lot to do with them that British car manufacturing is finally over…..if people had bought British rather than Effing German we may still have a MG plant producing good quality cars in the UK thus boosting the UK ecomony and keeping UK jobs. It seems that peeps are a little bit hypocritical……

  9. I can safely state that not all BMW drivers are pricks. I know at least two, both of whom are not pricks. That includes Mr R.

    Now, let’s keep the personal insults out of the comment boxes here, please, particularly when talking about people that you do not know.

    Sil: I think your view of the state of British motor manufacturing is rather simplistic. The unions killed the industry by refusing to modernise in the 70s and 80s, leaving the industry hugely disadvantaged when faced with competition from overseas.

  10. Yes my views are simplistic and personally if many others had more simplistic view points rather than high convoluted views then the world would be a better place, its from simple views like Jamie Oliver’s campaign to get people to think about what children eat that do change the face of British politics to the fact that public opinion has made some headway in changing school dinners.

    Also we all know it was Thatcher who allowed the Unions to kill themselves, the then government did not want the unions to have any power so felt it better if the in-squabbling was allowed to continue thus making the said unions obsolete, therefore aiding Britain to become the industrial white elephant that it is!

    Sorry if I am a bit edgy towards BMW drivers, I got near enough driven off the M25 this morning by one and that does happen quite a lot on our great British motorways, mainly by BMW, Mercedes and female MPV drivers I actually wonder if my car is invisible sometimes.

  11. I do agree that there are many drivers of BMW’s that are rude, pushy and dangerous on the roads. Unfortunately the marque atracts those people who find it mandatory to display their wealth by the car they drive. This wealth is often generated as a result of their lack of morals and respect to hard working people for their own selfish gains such as estate agents and mortgage advisors, sofware sales etc etc. Lets look at other traits, they will also:

    Jump queues
    Laugh loudly in public
    Wear a TAG/Rolex watch
    Wear only cloths with a “designer” label( don’t get me started on that one, what is designer? every man made item in the world has to be designed by someone)
    Will go Skiing in the Alps
    Will take a holiday in the latest fashionable place,not because its a place they would like to go
    Believe that all the above makes them a better person than the next man.

    Should I go on?

    On the subject of Rover, well I work in marketing in the beauty industry and we survive by producing products that people want to buy. I rest my case

    Rover missed the trick, they should have targeted two groups over the last 8 – 10 years.
    1. They needed to develop a brand that was attractive to the mid 20s to mid 30s, the “lifestyle” brigade who want to associate themselves witha trendy feature rich product, in my opinion Peugeot and laterly Reneult have claened up here. Careful product placement and giving the product that “designer” feel would have done it. They had the product in the 200 series.

    2. The Mums, they could have used the Rover 75 platform to build an MPV and again with product placement and plenty of daytime TV promotion aimed at the Mums it would have been a sure winner, again a strong brand is important. It would even ave been possible to work with companies such as GAP, and others who have succesfully targeted this group to jointly promote to gain market acceptance.

    The existing Rover range has never really been postioned correctly unlike Ford and GM who are masters at it witha vehicle for each target group clearly defined with its own brand image. For instance the brand Fiesta is stronger than Ford within its target market, the same with the Micra from Nissan.

    I could go on all day

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