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Dnevnik - Slovenia | 26/09/2008

Expatriate votes

Brane Kastelic, British correspondent for Dnevnik newspaper, writes about the influence of votes cast by Slovenians living abroad, drawing a comparison to the votes of British expatriates. "In the case of Slovenia there is a specific problem with votes cast abroad. ... Some voters living abroad believe that although they are now far from home they still have to combat the 'Reds'. If you judge by how many British emigrants have participated in elections until now, you could conclude elections have no significance for them whatsoever. ... But now that it looks like the upcoming elections [in the UK] will be a close race, a lot more people are talking about expatriate votes, which mostly benefit the Conservative Party. ... The Conservatives are now anticipating up to one million votes from abroad. No one is thinking about what the parties can do for emigrants, only about what emigrants can do for the parties. Pathetic! ... Rather than hoping (as in Slovenia) that votes from abroad will or will not be decisive for a victory, the parties should start thinking about why 39 percent (in the UK) and 36 percent (in Slovenia) of 'home' voters did not make use of their right to vote in the last elections."

Dnevnik - Slovenia | 22/08/2008

Brown's optimism

After returning from his holidays British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced that he wants to tackle the problems of the British and win the next general elections. According to foreign correspondent Brane Kastelic writing in the daily Dnevnik, the much criticised prime minister has little chance of success. "While people wait for Brown to make an appearance in Beijing ... a major debate has broken out about why precisely those athletes that attended private schools ... are winning so many medals. ... This lends strength to the accusations of the Conservatives that during its eleven years in government the Labour Party has accentuated social differences and is responsible for growing poverty and the poor situation of pensioners. The leader of the Conservative Party, [David] Cameron, depicts himself as the politician who will abolish these injustices. Has the world gone mad? Once it was the British Conservatives who were seen as the evil party of the privileged. Now they are declaring a kind of social revolution. Brown's optimism will soon evaporate."

Dnevnik - Slovenia | 04/08/2008

No mere coincidence?

The daily Dnevnik speculates that the publishing of the letter written by former Prime Minister Tony Blair in the midst of the current inner-party struggle is no mere coincidence: "This civil war was triggered on the one hand by the fear of losing the next elections and on the other by the conviction that David Cameron and the Conservative Party can indeed be defeated if the Labour Party can only get rid of Gordon Brown. Now former Prime Minister Tony Blair has intervened in this war. He is angry because Brown rejected his strategy yet failed to replace it with a new one. ... Although yesterday three members of the Brown government reiterated their support, Blair's criticism has dealt him a harsh blow. ... Is it just a coincidence that Blair's criticism has come to light now that it has become obvious that David Miliband is aiming for the leadership?"

Dnevnik - Slovenia | 09/05/2008

Irresolute Gordon Brown

"British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is losing his support and is once more coming under fire, this time in the dispute over a referendum on Scottish independence," Brane Kasteli writes, sketching the dilemma facing Brown. "The impression he makes as head of government is that of one who no longer holds the reigns of power, or worse. His indecision and lack of authority have him hurtling from one crisis to the next. ... Now yet another dispute has broken out over the referendum called by Wendy Alexander, head of the Scottish Labour Party, on Scottish independence." Kasteli comments that Brown, himself Scottish, "astonished everyone by not saying in parliament whether he would support a referendum or not. ... If he had spoken out in favour, he would have weakened the cohesion of the Union. ... If he had spoken out against it, he would have had to remove Wendy Alexander from office, which would have started the next party crisis."

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