Merry Christmas

A Merry Christmas to all readers.  I hope everyone has an enjoyable time.  I will be doing some posts over the Christmas period.  As I’ve said before, there’s nothing wrong with being either an anorak or a sad person (or both – my type of people).  I may, though, avoid offering predictions for the New Year.  I have some idea as to some things that may happen, but I leave the public predictions to others.

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About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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10 Responses to Merry Christmas

  1. Carl.H says:

    Merry Christmas Lord Norton, enjoy the marking, the chapters and the rewriting of the Cabinet Manual .

    Have a good one. I`m off to play Santa to my 9 year old very shortly and eat a few mince pies.

    Prediction: Coalition gone by April.

    • Lord Norton says:

      Carl.H: Merry Christmas.

      Must remember your prediction for this time next year. Anyone else want to put their reputations on the line? 🙂

      • Croft says:

        Hmm my punts all seem rather uncontroversial.

        The coalition to last – Carl being reminded of his prediction annually 🙂 – the lib dem poll numbers to rise back to their (last decade) average, no LD cab mins to resign over coalition policy. No double dip, inflation to rise, more QE. 28 days to go.

      • Lord Norton says:

        Croft: Well possibly more plausible than djb13’s predictions….

      • djb13 says:

        My suggestions! Implausible? I balk at the accusation!

  2. djb13 says:

    Prediction 1: Lembit Opik will win the Oldham East by-election as a write-in candidate, and despite Joe Miller’s intransigence to concede, will be named the winner after months of court battle.
    Prediction 2: A virulent form of ‘flu will hit Parliament, leaving Caroline Lucas the most senior politician not in hospital. She will become Britain’s first Green Prime Minister, and form a coalition of the ‘willing’ (read: not in intensive care) of David Davies as Home Secretary, Austin Mitchell as Chancellor and Lembit Opik as Foreign Secretary (with special responsibility as Minister of Cheeky). David Miliband will briefly become Leader of the Opposition, until he is usurped by Nadine Dorries. Lord Norton will be nominated Minister for Constitutional No Reform.
    Prediction 3: The new Government will legislate to make snow and rain illegal, thus being forced to arrest Scotland and Wales. Scotland and Wales will secede to avoid arrest, becoming the Celtic Confederacy of Europe. England will also secede, not for any good reason, but just to really annoy the Northern Irish.
    Prediction 4: Having been cured of the ‘flu, David Cameron and George Osbourne will return to Parliament to reclaim their Parliamentary majority. Caroline Lucas, rather enjoying being PM, will refuse and a new civil war will start. Nuclear weapons will become involved, but luckily only Slough will be hit, so nobody really cares.
    Prediction 5: After months of bloody fighting, a peace deal will be hammered out whereby the winner of a dance-off between Cameron and Lucas will become the new Prime Minister. Nick Clegg will be in charge of selling the tickets, and cartoonists rejoice after he sells-out.

    • Lord Norton says:

      djb13: I’m not sure which is more worrying, the prospect of nuclear war or Lembit Opik becoming Foreign Secretary – though I suppose the two predictions may be linked…

  3. Frank W. Summers III says:

    Lord Norton,
    Merry Christmas again. I have had my round of wrapping almost fifty gifts, attending the ritual called “posada” , attending a Christmas play that mostly was a family dominated affair, several extended family Christmas parties, lots of shopping and the recent celebration of Christmas Vigil Mass. I am now ready for the big day more or less and the rest beyond it. I gahter your season is different. I wish you the best of it.

    1. Lord Norton will continue to acquire new skills and aptitudes that can only be honed as a member of the Party in government.
    2. The wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton will have many observers including some very serious people looking at all kinds of issues and divided in which outcomes they will address.
    3.A fiscal nexus formed by BP, Ken Feinburg, the new Republican edge in Congress and certain other issues will throw a different light upon the evolving econmic conditions.
    4. The really interesting questions are thones I will not be willing to call at the end of next year just as they are this year.

    • Lord Norton says:

      Frank W. Summers III: You clearly adopt a similar approach to mine when it comes to prediction. 🙂

      • franksummers3ba says:

        Lord Norton,
        Indeed it is risky enough to predict the bets one is sure are safe. They may not be. If one has internal doubts then the universe is often unkind to those predictions.

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