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    Gordon Brown was today facing his own "John Major moment" after a hammering in the local elections produced Labour's worst results since the early sixties.
    Hi! Could anyone tell me what John Major moment refers to? I found this phrase serves in the parts of the titles of two news reports. Well, I knew John Major was British Prime Minister and he was Conservative Party leader only. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi! Could anyone tell me what John Major moment refers to? I found this phrase serves in the parts of the titles of two news reports. Well, I knew John Major was British Prime Minister and he was Conservative Party leader only. Thanks!
    Gordon Brown took a hammering in the local elections that produced Labour's worst results comparable to those witnessed by the Tories under John Major in 1995.
    Last edited by beascarpetta; 02-May-2008 at 17:06.

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    Default Re: John Major moment=?

    Hi Beascarpetta, thank you for your help. I got it.

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    Default Re: John Major moment=?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi Beascarpetta, thank you for your help. I got it.
    a pleasure to be sure
    and I quite like that phase

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    Default Re: John Major moment=?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi! Could anyone tell me what John Major moment refers to? I found this phrase serves in the parts of the titles of two news reports. Well, I knew John Major was British Prime Minister and he was Conservative Party leader only. Thanks!
    Ther have just been local council elections in Britain and Gordon Brown's party lost a huge number of seats, in 1995, when John Major was prime minister, his party lost a similar number of seats in the council elections, he went on to lose the next general election to Tony Blair in 1997, two years later. The next general election is due in 2010, in two years time.

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    Hi Bhaisahab, thanks for your detailed info.

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    Default Re: John Major moment=?

    I think it's alsp referring to the fact the both Major and Brown took over as leaders of their respective parties ( from Thatcher and Blair) and thus became PM during a term of parliament and didn't win the elections as leader.

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    Default Re: John Major moment=?

    And there are other parallels. They were both Chancellors of the Exchequer, both known for a lack of charisma ... and various other similarities (but listing them could get a bit controversial, so I won't go on )

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamiep View Post
    I think it's alsp referring to the fact the both Major and Brown took over as leaders of their respective parties ( from Thatcher and Blair) and thus became PM during a term of parliament and didn't win the elections as leader.
    In fact, John Major did win an election, against Niel Kinnock, the then leader of the labour party, in 1992. It is true that both he and Gordon Brown were chancellors of the exchequer.

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    Default Re: John Major moment=?

    I think that Jamiep meant that he became PM mid-term and, therefore, didn't the office through an election.

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