This is how leadership and accountability are supposed to work these days; Gordon Brown is resigning just because his party came in second and he might be a liability to them. He's taking the fall for the Labour Party:
Gordon Brown has announced that he will step down as prime minister and leader of the ruling center-left Labour Party. Brown, who has served as prime minister since taking over from Tony Blair in 2007, said he had to take responsibility for his party's poor performance in last week's general election, in which no party gained a majority but Labour came in second to the center-right Conservative Party.In other news:
"The reason that we have a hung Parliament is that no single party and no single leader was able to win the full support of the country," Brown said outside No. 10 Downing Street. "As leader of my party, I must accept that that is a judgment on me." He added that he wanted a successor in place by September, when Labour holds its annual party conference.
Catholics' approval ratings of Pope Benedict XVI's job performance while in office had dropped 15 points over the past two years, according to a new poll conducted by Zogby Interactive and commissioned by the National Catholic Reporter weekly newspaper.
The numbers slid from 71 percent in April 2008, as the pope made his first pastoral visit to the United States as pontiff, to 56 percent in April 2010, as Pope Benedict and the Vatican came under increased media scrutiny over past handling of clerical sexual abuse cases.
"Fifteen points is dramatic," said John Zogby, who runs the polling firm that bears his name, at a May 6 luncheon in Washington during which the poll results were issued.
Approval ratings for the U.S. Catholic bishops fell even more than that of the pope, from 62 percent in 2008 to 45 percent in 2010, a drop of 17 points.