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1  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Saudi King Abdullah has died on: January 24, 2015, 06:38:05 am
Louise Mensch has re-affirmed my view that 'nutty' Tories are, in general, better human beings than so-called 'moderate' Tories.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 on: January 21, 2015, 04:05:38 pm
If this election's lost because of Green voters, Natalie Bennett and Caroline Lucas deserve to be 'Nader'ed.

If Labour loses it will be because they chose the wrong brother as their leader 5 years ago.

Same thing would be being said if they had chosen David.
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Elections where the winning party lost the popular vote. on: January 20, 2015, 06:45:37 am
The technical term is 'spurious majority' I believe.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Wearing Old Campaign Buttons on: January 19, 2015, 12:42:52 pm
Not a common thing over here of course, but I did have a browse through some at a souvenir store during my visit to D.C....almost all of them were something related to Kerry 2004.
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Lindsey Graham announces creation of "testing the waters" committee on: January 19, 2015, 12:38:32 pm
Lindsay Graham has no Charisma and he won't even win the primaries due to the Tea Party.

Really? I was hearing that he was the frontrunner.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 on: January 19, 2015, 12:35:15 pm
New contender (via Ashcroft) for most hilarious poll of this parliament so far:

Con - 29 (-5)
Lab - 28 (nc)
UKIP - 15 (-1)
Greens - 11 (+3)
Lib Dems - 9 (+1)
Others - 9 (+3)

Leading party doing just 1% better than Michael Foot's Labour.
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: HILLARY'S WORST SCANDAL??? on: January 19, 2015, 10:43:03 am
Entering politics.
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Karl Marx vs Ayn Rand on: January 19, 2015, 06:27:18 am
The significant one.
9  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Which Prime Minister changed UK more in your opinion on: January 18, 2015, 06:05:01 am
Attlee
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Perry says he is ready to run on: January 17, 2015, 03:20:40 pm
Why are all these people (on both sides) such ditherers compared to those who ran in 2008? Just outright say if you're running or not.
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Favorite U.S. politicians. on: January 17, 2015, 01:11:39 pm
Of those who more than 5% of the population has heard of, pretty much only Bernie Sanders.
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Norman Thomas on: January 16, 2015, 03:50:09 pm
FF.

Incidentally, I remember him being mentioned by Josh or Toby in an episode of The West Wing. That show had a thing for referencing politicians that even most of those who watched the show religiously would not have heard of. Tongue
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 on: January 16, 2015, 03:47:55 pm
Turnout will be up to 68-69% imo.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / RNC event discussion on: January 16, 2015, 03:46:50 pm
There is one today, right? Most significant thing is Romney making his first public appearance since the rumours escalated.
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rupert Murdoch brutally attacks Romney - calls him a "terrible candidate" on: January 16, 2015, 07:48:12 am
My opinion of Romney goes up, then.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's the greatest amount of alcohol you've consumed in a 24 hour period? on: January 16, 2015, 07:04:19 am
Probably this past New Year's Eve - about 11 pints of beer. In U.S. terms that's something like 18 drinks.
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Does Romney even have a chance this time? on: January 16, 2015, 05:29:14 am
Of course - he has the $$$ men behind him.
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 on: January 15, 2015, 08:17:03 am
Regarding one-on-one situations, Brown was hardly a master at it (aside from the obvious 'Bigotgate', he completely ignored a question from a voter by dashing into his car very early on in the previous campaign) but the polls didn't detect a major effect from it. The UK isn't Canada; the only major polling event during campaigns has always almost been merely a moderate surge in centre party support.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What outcome wouldn't be embarrassing for Romney? on: January 14, 2015, 06:03:26 pm
I get the impression that he's just someone who likes participating in politics to the maximum degree.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: UK Labour and Conservative leaders since WWII - FF or HP on: January 14, 2015, 06:00:15 pm
Labour:

Attlee - FF
Gaitskell - Mixed, tilt FF
Wilson - Lean FF
Callaghan - Lean FF
Foot - FF
Kinnock - Lean HP
Smith - FF
Blair - HP
Brown - Mixed, tilt HP
Miliband - Lean FF

Conservatives:

Churchill - Mixed, tilt HP
Eden - HP
Macmillan - Mixed, tilt FF
Douglas-Home - Lean HP
Heath - Mixed, tilt FF
Thatcher - HP
Major - Lean HP
Hague - HP at the time, mixed, tilt HP now
Duncan-Smith - Lean HP at the time, HP now
Howard - HP
Cameron - HP
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / UK Labour and Conservative leaders since WWII - FF or HP on: January 14, 2015, 05:58:16 pm
Labour:

Attlee -
Gaitskell -
Wilson -
Callaghan -
Foot -
Kinnock -
Smith -
Blair -
Brown -
Miliband

Conservatives:

Churchill -
Eden -
Macmillan -
Douglas-Home -
Heath -
Thatcher -
Major -
Hague -
Duncan-Smith -
Howard -
Cameron -
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 on: January 14, 2015, 09:27:05 am
Well, since there hasn't been much cross over support this parliament between Lab and Con and most of the protest vote hasn't gone to Lab, surely the 'swingback' this time will be UKIP/Greens/SNP coming home?

Yes, and the main reason for the wipeout of the Labour lead over the past few months appears to be a leaking of Labour support to those three parties. If those voters come home, then for the most part the said home will not be the Conservative Party.

Best case scenario for both Labour and the Tories in the PV is a 5% win imo. The Tories need a disasterous Miliband campaign and to win back some UKIPers to achieve theirs and Labour needs to claw back Greens/UKIP/SNP defectors (coupled with at least a decent campaign) for theirs.
23  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: What European football clubs have the most left-wing and right-wing fanbases? on: January 14, 2015, 08:03:03 am
I looked at some polls on football club fan forums during the last election (perhaps not the most accurate indicator, but still). IIRC Liverpool fans were 60-20 Labour-Lib Dem with the Tories below 5% and Manchester United were 45-35-15 Labour-Lib Dem-Tory. Labour and Tories were close with Rangers fans, with the BNP doing well and the SNP badly. The SNP and Labour were close with Celtic fans with no other party doing well. So pretty much all as expected.
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What is Andrew Cuomo's ideology? on: January 14, 2015, 05:00:38 am
Those are not ideologies.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: January 13, 2015, 06:50:01 pm
When I mention sexism and bigotry, I would include feminism in that.
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