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Say Good Bye to the Grown Ups?: Gordon Brown and New Labour

I’ve talked before on this blog about how politicians on both sides of the aisle in the U.S. have been employing the discourse of “grown ups.” In particular, Peggy Noonan – a prominent conservative columnist at the Wall Street Journal – has repeatedly called upon (her own) Republican party to “grow up,” most recently in her analysis of why Sarah Palin was bad for the Republicans.

But the “grown up” discourse is not just prevalent on this side of the Atlantic. Over in Great Britain, a new “grown up” discourse is also emerging, only this one is directed at the Center-left Labour Party. As the Tony Blair-Gordon Brown era appears to be coming to an end, columnists here are calling upon the emerging leadership in the Labour Party – the so-called in-betweeners – to stand up and make themselves heard. It’s still not clear whether this charge will take hold within the public imagination, but I find it interesting to see the parallels in political discourse across these two countries.

Over at Politics Daily today, I talk about Gordon Brown’s slow-burn decline over the past year and why  – regardless of your political affiliation – it might be time for a change. Have a look

Image: Gordon Brown Sauce by Rakka via Flickr under a Creative Commons License.

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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

This Friday I pull together some recommended reading from around the blogosphere:

1. For months now, politicians on both sides of the aisle in the U.S. have been calling on one another to be “grown ups.” So I was particularly struck by this op-ed in last week’s Wall Street Journal by Peggy Noonan, in which the author urges (her own) Republican party to be “grown up” in its response to the Sotomayor nomination to the Supreme Court.

2. In the aftermath of the murder of late-term abortion provider George Tiller, Slate’s William Saletan effectively encourages everyone on all sides of this heated debate to approach it as grown-ups.

3. William Langeweische’s riveting account in the June issue of Vanity Fair of the miraculous landing of a U.S. Airways plane in the Hudson river last January is a must-read. I never knew that geese – or the intricate details of airplane back-up systems – could be so fascinating. The article is also eerily well-timed given the disappearance of the Air France jet over the Atlantic.

4. Finally, for some light fun, have a look at this rap video made by young conservatives. Eminem, look out!

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