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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Rank the parties w/ national legislative representation: New Zealand on: Today at 12:56:02 pm
National
Labour
Greens
New Zealand First
Māori
ACT
Mana
United Future

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1. Greens
2. Labour
3. Mana
4. Māori
5. United Future
6. National
7. New Zealand First
8. ACT
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Rank the parties w/ national legislative representation: Ireland on: Today at 08:32:13 am
Fine Gael
Labour
Fianna Fáil
Sinn Féin
People Before Profit Alliance
Socialist
Workers and Unemployed Action Group

Not including the independent option since that would end up as most's first preference. Tongue

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1. Workers and Unemployed Action Group
2. People Before Profit Alliance
3. Socialist
4. Labour (yeah, I know)
5. Sinn Féin (ditto)
6. Fine Gael
7. Fianna Fáil
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Rank the parties w/ national legislative representation: Netherlands on: August 31, 2014, 07:27:36 am
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
Labour
Party for Freedom
Socialist
Christian Democratic Appeal
Democrats 66
ChristianUnion
GreenLeft
Reformed Political Party
Party for the Animals
50PLUS

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1. Socialist
2. Labour
3. GreenLeft
4. Party for the Animals
5. Democrats 66
6. People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
7. 50PLUS
8. ChristianUnion
9. Christian Democratic Appeal
10. Party for Freedom
11. Reformed Political Party
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Westminster Parliamentary By-Election : Clacton (date to be announced) on: August 30, 2014, 04:30:14 pm
Survation poll...brace yourselves.

UKIP - 64% (+64)
Tories - 20% (-33)
Labour - 13% (-12)
Lib Dems - 2% (-11)
Others - 1% (-8)

Several records would fall on that.
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Rank the parties w/ national legislative representation: Australia on: August 30, 2014, 09:46:53 am
Liberals
Nationals
Labor
Greens
Katter's Australian Party
Palmer United
Motoring Enthusiast
Liberal Democratic
Family First
Democratic Labour Party

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1. Greens
2. Labor
3. Liberal Democratic
4. Motoring Enthusiast
5. Palmer United
6. Liberals
7. Nationals
8. Katter's Australian Party
9. Democratic Labour Party
10. Family First

6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Rank the parties w/ national legislative representation: Greece on: August 30, 2014, 09:34:58 am
So the following:

New Democracy
SYRIZA
PASOK
Independent Greeks
Golden Dawn
DIMAR
Communist

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1. SYRIZA
2. DIMAR
3. Communist
4. PASOK
5. New Democracy
6. Independent Greeks
719825826424. Golden Dawn
7  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: The best Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the past 50 years? on: August 30, 2014, 09:02:25 am
Wilson. The rest are all pretty bad.
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Westminster Parliamentary By-Election : Clacton (date to be announced) on: August 29, 2014, 02:12:44 pm
It would appear that Labour held the seat from 1997-2005 for two main reasons: 1. 9.2% Referendum Party share in 1997 (surely close to being the highest in the country), 2. Lib Dem voters fleeing to Labour in droves; the Lib Dem vote in 2005 was half of what it was in 1992.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Westminster Parliamentary By-Election : Clacton (date to be announced) on: August 28, 2014, 06:57:56 am
Hm, there are more than a few other Tory MPs with UKIP sympathies, and they would not be amused by those plans.
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Westminster Parliamentary By-Election : Clacton (date to be announced) on: August 28, 2014, 06:21:20 am
Ah, already heard the ignorant "Labour will win if anyone votes UKIP" line. That was swifter than usual.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Westminster Parliamentary By-Election : Clacton (date to be announced) on: August 28, 2014, 06:15:11 am
As much as I despise his politics, props to him for having the balls to immediately re-contest his seat. 
12  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / David Chase spills the beans on The Sopranos ending on: August 27, 2014, 04:35:57 pm
http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/08/27/david-chase-finally-reveals-tonys-fate-on-the-sopranos/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ew%2Fhollywoodinsider+(Entertainment+Weekly%2FEW.com's%3A+Hollywood+Insider)
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 2014 on: August 26, 2014, 06:33:45 am
That's another tactical error by Better Together - ignoring that a solid third or so of the Scottish population have supported independence since the early 80s and implying that the idea was fringe until 2007. The break-up of the union isn't anymore solely Salmond's campaign/idea than the preservation of the union is Darling's.
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Pancakes? on: August 24, 2014, 06:05:30 am
Not used to the US-style ones. Our pancakes are either made in the frying pan (usually on Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day) and have quite a different taste and texture, or they are 'Scotch pancakes' (essentially smaller and somewhat sweeter versions of US-style pancakes) which are toasted or eaten cold.
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / 1997 UK General Election on: August 19, 2014, 08:35:32 am
Three days.

Labour, despite my disapproval of the 'New Labour' project.
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Battle of the New Atheists on: August 19, 2014, 05:33:34 am
Leaving Daniel Dennett off this list is akin to leaving James Garfield off the assassinated U.S. Presidents list. He may be more obscure and lower key than the others, but he's still one of them.

My ranking:

1. Dennett
2. Hitchens
3. Dawkins
4. Harris

17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Former Sen. James Jeffords (I-VT) dead at 80 on: August 18, 2014, 02:22:57 pm
Scarily enough I was literally just seconds ago thinking about how different the Republican Party used to be.

18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: When did you first hear of.... on: August 18, 2014, 01:27:56 pm

David Cameron: When he was elected Tory leader in 2005. I recall some talk of him being the 'underdog' and that Davis had been expected to win.

Ed Miliband: Probably first heard the name in 2008. Didn't see or hear him until 2009 at the earliest.

Tony Blair: When my dad and uncle were moaning about some chap by the name of Tony Blair...that was probably around 2001 or so.

Gordon Brown: When I asked a teacher of mine who would be the next Prime Minister. She replied "I hope it's Gordon Brown." That was probably 2002ish.

Ken Livingstone: 2007/2008 maybe?

Nick Clegg: 2008

Boris Johnson: 2008

Kevin Rudd: 2008

John Howard: I saw him paying tribute to Steve Irwin in 2006. Didn't learn his name until 2008 while reading Wikipedia.

Julia Gillard: When she ousted Rudd in 2010.

Tony Abbott: 2009

Stephen Harper: 2008

Justin Trudeau: 2011?

Francois Hollande: 2012

Nicolas Sarkozy: 2008, when some guy was impersonating him in a prank call to Sarah Palin.

Angela Merkel: 2009, when she was re-elected.

Vladimir Putin: 2008
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: U.S. Presidential Election, 2008 Runoff on: August 18, 2014, 01:14:47 pm
Nader, both then and now (this despite the fact that I was a huge Obama hack in '08).
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Jeb Bush speaks out against medical marijuana legalization on: August 16, 2014, 04:34:19 pm
It says a lot when Jeb Bush is the most reasonable and moderate Republican candidate on offer; this of course being an example of how he's neither.
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: U.S. Presidential Election, 2000 on: August 16, 2014, 06:57:46 am
1. Nader
2. Hagelin
3. Gore
4. Browne
5. Bush
6. Buchanan
7. Phillips
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best Democratic Almost-President: 19TH CENTURY EDITION on: August 16, 2014, 06:55:51 am
Bryan, which says a lot about the others.
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: U.S. Presidential Election, 2004 on: August 16, 2014, 06:54:58 am
1. Cobb
2. Nader
3. Kerry
4. Badnarik
5. Bush
6. Peroutka
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: U.S. Presidential Election, 1996 on: August 16, 2014, 06:53:34 am
1. Nader
2. Hagelin
3. Perot
4. Browne
5. Clinton
6. Dole
7. Phillips
25  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: When did you first hear of.... on: August 16, 2014, 06:48:57 am
Obama: Early 2008
Clinton: 2002, when she was the answer to a question on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Biden: When I bought President Forever in mid-2008
Bush: Invasion of Iraq
Cheney: See Biden
Romney: When a teacher of mine told us the story of his dog on his car roof (probably April-May 2008)
Giuliani: See Cheney
Paul: See Giuliani
Palin: August 2008
Gingrich: See Paul
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