UK election


3 days this time and I’m on the plane to Antananarivo …

so much to get done in the meantime and not helped by the fact that my irritating auto immune system has caused my knee to swell up again – or was it the dancing in cowboy boots on Saturday night in Brixton, or falling over at Kings Cross running for the train last night. Humph- AND we’ve a new government in the UK to get my head around.

Anyway – looking forward to sitting back on the plane and breathing a big sigh of relief having crammed about a year’s work, a hair cut, packing, physio, knee inspection, lawn mowing, conference attending and so on before Saturday evening … am thinking that my case will have to be squashed shut rather than the neat flat packing we are all encouraged to do by those annoyingly perfect people on the TV.

Have given out millions of my little cards so far leading people to this page – so hello if that’s how you found me here – and don’t forget to click the big donate button on http://www.justgiving.com/elliestoneley … I’m going to raise awareness of the social issues in Madagascar and the immense poverty and the amazing work that the Kitchen Table Charities Trust have been able to support out there (mainly through the Madagascar Development Fund)

So – you just have to read and click donate and send words of encouragement – I have to get there, deal with it all, blog, tweet, facebook (yes there is a Kitchen Table Charities Trust page on Facebook) and shout all I can about what I find there AND try and deal with the 740 species of spider that will be waiting just behind Brian Donaldson to meet me off the plane on Sunday lunch time.

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I had 3 hours sleep … fascinated by all the too’ing and fro’ing in the UK election – some good wins – Julian Huppert in Cambridge and some sad losses, Jim Knight in Dorset in particular … good that no BNP victories and truly marvellous to have Caroline Lucas as the first Green MP in Parliament. It’s going to be interesting to see how Markets and the rest of the world respond to all this. I think the media have come out so badly in the UK – whipping up the concept of Cleggmania, the insane furore around ‘bigotgate’ and the Tory ‘tits’ farce in the Sun and on and on …

Anyway we are where we are and the next few days will bring coallition from one side or another – we can only hope that it makes for a more considered Parliament. It works elsewhere – so maybe a good time with Europe and UK in such dire financial straits to have forced discussion. How will the ‘country’ respond? That remains to be seen – the media and the party leaders need to show some strength at this point.

Sleep on it seems a cunning plan in the short term.

Anyway – another election took place – in Mauritius – over 70% turn out there and the Prime Minister was relected http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8667439.stm

Mauritius is regarded as one of Africa’s few social and economic success stories.