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JustineMumsnet · 03/05/2010 13:53

Do post your advance questions here.

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notnowbernard · 03/05/2010 13:54


He's brave...

TheJollyPirate · 03/05/2010 13:55

Brave brave man.

What's your fave biscuit Gordon?

MmeTrueBlueberry · 03/05/2010 13:55

When is David Cameron coming on?

FabIsGoingToGetFit · 03/05/2010 13:56

Oh blimey.

My question is how are your boys doing and do you get to see them enough?

flockwallpaper · 03/05/2010 13:56


So the UK is 900 billion pounds in debt. What cuts would your party make if elected to tackle this?

And please stop treating the electorate as though we are stupid. We can take the bad news - we want the facts.

thesouthsbelle · 03/05/2010 13:57

bloody hell, erm right better get thinking of a good one.

will it be a live chat?

oh why does he see fit to keep taxing the motorists, which prices where I am rising on daily basis.

ruddynorah · 03/05/2010 13:58

what really??!

i think he ought to have a look at the thread where a lot of us said we had warmed to him for saying that she was 'a bigotted woman' and that it would have been interesting for him to have explored that rather than just given a blanket apology.

oh, and i thought he did rather well in his paxman interview

i'm still an undecided voter though...

MmeLindt · 03/05/2010 14:00

Oh, fab.

I would like to know what he plans to do on Friday morning.

Alibabaandthe40nappies · 03/05/2010 14:02

Same question as flockwallpaper.

Can you please give us a straight answer on what you will cut. Please do not mention the Tories or the Lib Dems in your answer - we want to know what you, Gordon Brown, would do if you were re-elected.

scottishmummyofone · 03/05/2010 14:03

Hi Gordon,

assuming you are re-elected (I hope you will be ) what do you hope to achieve in the first 100 days?

I ask because in American presidential elections, they always seem to focus on the first 100 days after the election...

I hope your boys are doing well, it must be hard being away from them.

re: bigotgate, a lot more people have warmed to you I think. You are only human (and you were right )

patienceplease · 03/05/2010 14:06

Hello Gordon,
when are you going to sort out the west-lothian question?
It seems incredibly unfair that MPs in scotland (and now wales I think) can vote on aspects of law for england that do not affect where they are from.

ButterPie · 03/05/2010 14:10

Not much to ask, just Gordon, please, please, don't mess this up, the country needs Labour (or, at a push, Lab/Lib) in government. There will be many people (mainly the more vulnerable) up and down the country weeping at the idea of Prime Minister Cameron.

Oh! I have a question. What do you think of Malcolm Tucker's tweets/column?

rey · 03/05/2010 14:11

Why didn't you pick up the media in reporting the facts wrongly... you said sort of not that she actually was but then again I know the answer to that my real question is when are we going to get a government that actually deals with the problems in society instead of just talking about them? Zero tolerance was looked into once but I guess no-one wanted to upset the bully and hence you get teachers and volunteers understanding the bully and not the victim - do you agree? Rushing so not totally clear but you know what my questions are.

ruddynorah · 03/05/2010 14:14

yes 'a sort of bigotted woman'

purepurple · 03/05/2010 14:16

I have already voted Labour because i don't want change and i want to keep the Tories out because I don't trust them. I still remember the Thatcher years and I don't want to go back to greed being the driver of the country.
I want solid, reliable, dependable and trustworthy, and I think that gordon brown is all those things. I have never voted before, but have done this time because i felt it was important to keep the status quo for the economy.
I also want to see continued action on child poverty. I want to see Every Child Matters and Children's Centres to stay. I welcomed the introduction of the EYFS and the Common Core of Skills and Knowledge and the raft of changes in the early years sector and i want to see continued focus on education and helping every child achieve the outcomes of Every child Matters and reach their full potential. Children are the future and they deserve a decent start in life.
Ooh, I sound as if i have just written a manifesto for the Labour party.
I do have a couple of points to make though
*withdraw the troops from Afghanistan

*get rid of Hazel Blears

*where are the women in this election? It's very dominated by the men

VirtualPA · 03/05/2010 14:19

We are a nation in debt. Without mentioning how 'it is gettin better' or avoiding the point what are you going to do to make it better?

Do you agree that some benefits should be cut in order to sort out our debt problem

AND WHY OH WHY haven't I had a reply to my letter I sent you yet? Come on, even something standard?

MuppetsMuggle · 03/05/2010 14:19

If you get re-elected where are the cuts going to come from to curb the countrys debt?

Also why since labour has been in power has the country gone politically correct mad? As an Brit born and bred, I feel like a minority in my own country, if people choose to come and live here from another country then that is their decision but they must abide by English rules and traditions after all we would if we chose to live in their country, when will the silliness end and british tradition come back to life?

ButterPie · 03/05/2010 14:20

Yes purepurple i did find it a bit odd that there wasn't any woman on that debate stage at all. Not that we should just get a female PM for the sake of it, obviously, but it does seem odd...

Hassled · 03/05/2010 14:20

I just want to wish you the very best of luck on Thursday. I will have everything well and truly crossed.

CaptainNancy · 03/05/2010 14:21

Wow- short notice!

I want to know Gordon if you ever did "think fish!" ?

purepurple · 03/05/2010 14:22

Good point Muppet, PC is madness. Gordon, will you turn the tide? Why can't I sing Baa Baa Black Sheep and read a story about 3 little pigs? It's not really offensive to anyone is it?

BecauseImWorthIt · 03/05/2010 14:24

"when will the silliness end and british tradition come back to life?"

I wasn't aware that any of our traditions had died, MuppetsMuggle. That's a highly dubious statement to make.

All I'd like to say, Mr Brown, is good luck.

I really hope the Labour party does well, but I just can't see it happening.

So my question to you is "what one thing do you wish you had done better during this election campaign?"

NotSoRampantRabbit · 03/05/2010 14:27

I have always voted labour and will continue to do so. But I do agree with posters who want to know more about the cuts that will be made next year. I really think that if you can be more explicit about these you will:

Garner more respect.

Force Cameron to be more upfront (which will hopefully shaft him).

I am very worried about what will happen under the Tories. I worked in homelessness for 10 years, starting in 1998 when there were hundreds of homeless people on the streets. Labour have done some fantastic things to support the most vulnerable and socially excluded members of society and have reduced levels of homelessness dramatically. What do you think will happen to the social exclusion agenda under a Conservative Gov?

BoysAreLikeDogs · 03/05/2010 14:28

who says you can't sing baa baa black sheep or tell the story of the 3 little pigs?

evidence please

VirtualPA · 03/05/2010 14:28

Muppets Muggle - Well said!

I feel that the topic of immigration has been skirted around by almost all political parties. Not one person wants to take the reins and give an honest, committed and carefully considered statement.

This is not racism this is realism. For the people who are not yet affected by these issues, they may not understand the very strong feelings of those who live amidst a nation that has changed so rapidly. You may not have been affected by these issues yet but when it hits your doorstep you will understand the strong emotions this raises, I do not want to be a prophet of doom but if this continues these exact issues and experiences will visit you as well.

My mother-in-law?s family moved here from the Ukraine, my grandfather moved here from Germany and they both understood the opportunities that Britain gave, to work and live in harmony. This mentality seems to have disappeared. It appears that in efforts to make us united, the government has in fact created tension and anger.

Political Correctness has become very one-sided; the recent news story of the Christian man who has been found guilty in court for being unwilling to minister marriage advice to a gay couple is a perfect example of this. I have to ask myself if the story would have gained news coverage if the gentleman in question was Muslim.

The Muslim religion does not approve of homosexuals, they are anti-Semitic, there are no equal rights for women and it is a patriarchal society. Yet if a non Muslim was to air these views (which I am not advocating) they would be perceived as totally radical and bigoted, surely this is the worst kind of discrimination.

As I was keenly interested to find out if I was the only person who saw the similarities between the Muslim faith and the stereotype of one of our political parties, I wrote these Muslim ?truths? down and asked people whom they thought it represented. Every single one of them answered ?BNP.

I can only come to the conclusion that in light of this information, the teachings of the Quran are very similar to those of the BNP party and horrifyingly, may even supersede it! The question that I ask is why is nobody attacking the Muslims the same way they do the BNP?

Members of Islam4UK should not be able to live in this country, on benefits whilst vocally and physically criticizing Britain and worse. Everyone is too scared to do anything about it in case of repercussions. Fifty years ago they would have been put into prison for treason and branded a traitor; instead the so called ?British Muslims? are given a slap on the wrist, or even worse protected by the same police force some abhor.

This country USED to be represented by the bulldog- a symbol representing power and strength, a breed that cannot be toppled. Now we are regarded as a lapdog - soft, soppy, pathetic and eager to please.

My grandfather has been diagnosed with cancer and whilst discussing his will with my parents he stated that he has three worries. Two of these were of a personal nature and one was his fear that this country is being ?invaded.?

There is no sense of duty or pride and even patriotism has become a dirty word.

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