Coming back from a meeting at work I found my colleagues huddled around one of the televisions. It was Gordon Brown making his speech that he will leave resign soon. He looked tired and drained out and didn’t seem too pleased that his political career was coming to an end. From the TV debates a couple of weeks ago it seemed to me that he felt he had much more to contribute to British politics, Europe and to the world. Once the elections result came out, it was only a matter of time before he announced his elections. Even then I was disappointed and felt like it is the end of an era. Inspite of all his failings, I don’t think any of the current crop of wannabe prime ministers match to his experience and his level of seriousness. He is more of the pre-TV debate stock of leaders and like someone said that he has a ‘radio face’. It’s still all to play for the next government and Nick Clegg has had the hardest political decision of his life so far. If he goes for Labour then it risks being called the ‘salon de refuses’ and the progressives could see themselves voted out for a generation, if he goes for Labour then he risks losing his core constituency not to forget the left leaning papers who back him. He could decide not to support anyone and face opposition from both sides.

The interesting questions are – who will form the next government ? what will be the main planks of the coalition ( on economy, election reforms, education and EU) ? how long will it last? and who will get the most out of it (one or both the coalition partners or the opposition) ?

Its been hard for me not to be distracted by the issue of the Pakistani American , American Pakistani, trying to plant a bomb in Times Square. What was even more interesting was Hillary Clinton’s threat about ‘consequences’ if such an attack was to be traced back to Pakistan. I am not sure what is she threatening here. What exactly will the US do if the attack was indeed traced back to Pakistan ?  Impose economic sanctions on one of its largest aid recipients ? What do the tea party goers make of the fact that billions of their taxes are going to Pakistan as aid ? It is hard for me not to feel sorry for Pakistanis here. Millions of them live in a country where the government only seems to have 3 ministries (foreign, defence and interior) , no economy to speak of, indebted to the IMF and other creditors and completely dependent on foreign aid.  The government isn’t interested at all in the country’s development and neither are the country’s elite. They are bent upon converting every problem into a foreign conspiracy. Their reason why the country is in an economic, social and political mess after 6 decades of independence is because of US, India and Israel. I rarely find in Pakistani papers any news on economic and social reform. Everyone has an opinion on Afghanistan and Kashmir but no one has anything to say on the state of education in the country.

Where does Pakistan go from here?