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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party (UK) Leadership Election, 2016 on: July 19, 2016, 04:28:53 pm
Welsh parochialism FTW! Cheesy

Indeed. We (by which I mean 'the Welsh') want our Party back, lol.

If Smith beats Corbyn thanks to Welsh voters, England should really thank the heavens that at least you don't want to leave! Wink

If Owen Smith loses to Jeremy Corbyn, but wins among Welsh Labour members, will Leanne Wood demand an independence referendum for Wales? Tongue
2  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: What's more important: democracy, or liberalism/secularism? on: July 16, 2016, 07:41:40 am
Democracy, but democracy cannot exist without a minimum degree of liberalism.

This.

EDIT: I'd add that democracy is one of the core liberal values so it also hard to see it work the other way around.  It cannot really be a liberal state if it doesn't embrace some form of at least minimal democracy.
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: July 13, 2016, 12:51:22 pm
You know what pisses me off the most? It's not how exploitive, self-indulgent and immature-while-pretending-to-be-mature the show can be. There are plenty of sh*tty shows that are like that. What I hate about this show is that, despite all these flaws, it still manages to be an excellent show in other ways. Still makes me care about all the characters in it, want to see the good prevail and the evil be destroyed. I wish I wasn't so invested in Arya, Sansa, Jon, Bran, Meera, Olenna, Tyrion, Varys and Asha. I wish I wasn't so invested in seeing Cersei and Littlefinger get their comeuppance. But I am, and that means I'll keep watching this f**king show and have to keep put up with all the filth it throws at us.

Yes, I realize that I'm just whining here.

Are you talking about Game of Thrones or what following politics are like for you? Tongue
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Rate David Cameron's premiership on: July 13, 2016, 11:49:38 am
Of course at the moment everyone is a bit upset with him. Right-wing remainers are upset he called the referendum and thus caused brexit, right-wing brexit supporters are of course mad he wasnt a brexit supporter and left-wingers are upset with him on principle.

I do suspect that with a bit of time he will come to be viewed quite favorably though, once the brexit issue settles down and the lefties get a new tory PM who will be "the worst most evil prime minister ever, even worse than Thatcher" to get their act up about. 

 
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party (UK) Leadership Election, 2016 on: July 12, 2016, 12:50:53 pm
Silence for a while now. Does that mean that ITS HAPPENING or just that someone has confiscated the phones?

When Al is asking the questions and not providing the answer when it comes to British politics you know stuff are completely off the rails and upside down.   
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Pigfvcker Memorial Suppository for UK News: A Departure from EUtopia on: June 27, 2016, 03:44:41 am
Hard to believe that a Brexit result, at least in the immediate, would cause more chaos among Labour than the Tories... Oh well, hopefully Labour sorts out their issues quickly and leaves time for Tories to jump at each other's throats in the next few months.

You shouldn't be too hopeful. If there is one thing political history shows us, it's that the left is far much more prone to fight among themselves than the center-right is. 

Not in this country - the Tories have couped (or attempted to) far more leaders than Labour. With Labour it rarely goes beyond the handful of whiney backbenchers.

Oh right, I must have dreamed that whole thing about the Gaitskell-wing fighting the Bevan-wing for more than a decade, or the gang of four breaking away and starting their whole new party, and so on... Yeah Labour has basically never fought internally for long periods of time causing them to loose out on power for several successiv terms. Roll Eyes

With the exception of the 90's and the Conservative divide over Europe, Labour has been far more divided and fixated on fighting among themselves than the Tories. Sure the Tories might have had more coups, but after they're done with them they quite quickly unite again. In Labour on the other hand they seen to hold their grudges for decades.

Similarly I expect the Tories to fight for a bit up until Boris is elected, after which he gives Theresa May and a few other remainers senior positions in the cabinet and the party quickly unite and move on with politics as usual, whereas Labour might be headed for a long civil war between their Corbynite left-wing grassroots and their Blairite MP:s.     
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Pigfvcker Memorial Suppository for UK News: A Departure from EUtopia on: June 27, 2016, 02:48:03 am
Hard to believe that a Brexit result, at least in the immediate, would cause more chaos among Labour than the Tories... Oh well, hopefully Labour sorts out their issues quickly and leaves time for Tories to jump at each other's throats in the next few months.

You shouldn't be too hopeful. If there is one thing political history shows us, it's that the left is far much more prone to fight among themselves than the center-right is. 
8  General Discussion / History / Re: Have Millenials have it the worst of living generations? on: June 22, 2016, 01:10:43 am
It is whiny threads like these that make me sympathize with grumpy old men who think youths are spoiled and lazy. 
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Should this be Trump's strategy? on: June 20, 2016, 04:29:30 am
So you think Trump's strategy should be becoming Bernie Sanders? Tongue
10  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should the UK leave the EU? on: June 10, 2016, 02:19:44 am
No, as an ardent Euroskeptic I believe it is of utmost importance to keep Britain in the EU to weaken it from the inside. Britain's membership might be the only thing saving the union from turning into some sort of terrible United States of Europe. 
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Are you surprised Bernie Sanders lost San Francisco? on: June 09, 2016, 03:17:04 am
Hillary Clinton's strongest demographics throughout the campaign were:

-minorities
-rich Democrats
-gays

Knowing that how the hell would she not win San Francisco?

^ What this guy said ^

I mean really, Sanders supporters really need to get a grip on reality.

12  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: How do vaccine's cause autism? on: June 07, 2016, 10:36:05 am
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 2.0 (Presidential Election: April 24 & May 22) on: May 22, 2016, 12:54:09 pm
What is the theory or explanation for why a VdeB does so much better with postal ballots?

I can't speak to Austria in particular, but postal ballots in general are usually dominated by "vulnerable" sections of society. i.e. people who work long, strange hours, ailing people, immigrants, disabled people, ect. These are the people who can't get to the polls to vote on election day and these types of demographics tend to vote for the more left-wing candidate.

Maybe in America. In Europe they tend to be well-off citizens living abroad, people with high education, and the sort off people who think they're too important to actually go and que at the polling-place at election day. In Sweden for example the Moderates and the Greens are the primary beneficiaries of postal ballots while the Social Democrats tend to fare dreadfully in them. 
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 2.0 (Presidential Election: April 24 & May 22) on: May 22, 2016, 10:11:19 am
Tender is there an official website where it's possible to follow results as they come in?
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 2.0 (Presidential Election: April 24 & May 22) on: May 22, 2016, 09:55:31 am
Btw Tender, voting hours in Austria really suck. In what civilized democracy does polls close at 5 pm? Even 6 pm as it is in Germany is ridiculous. Polls should be open from 8 am to 8 pm should be as a minimum. 
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 2.0 (Presidential Election: April 24 & May 22) on: May 22, 2016, 09:51:05 am
Yes it works. Thank goodness Austrian politicians don't care about copyright laws.

During British general elections the BBC election coverage stream can actually be watched from abroad so it seams public networks in general aren't that squeamish about it when it comes to election coverage.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Presidential Election (RUNOFF) - Official Prediction Thread on: May 18, 2016, 02:26:15 pm
Turn-out will be at least as high as the last round and Hofer will win by a bigger marginal than people in general expects.
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 2.0 (Presidential Election: April 24 & May 22) on: May 13, 2016, 03:54:26 am
Jean-Claude Juncker (President of the European Commission) endorses VdB.

That's it, RIP Van der Bellen! Juncker gives his endorsement kiss of death. All hail president Hofer.
19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Austrian Chancellor Faymann (Social Dem) resigns on: May 09, 2016, 01:17:22 pm
Good to see him gone.

The most likely successors for Faymann are the CEO of the Austrian Railway, Christian Kern and media manager Gerhard Zeiler. Kern is more likely though.

How come those two are the front runners and not some other minister or state governor?
20  General Politics / International General Discussion / Swedish Green Party Crisis on: May 09, 2016, 06:37:08 am
Åsa Romson, Sweden's Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Environment, and one of two co-leaders of the Swedish Green Party will gets ousted from her position in top politics in the coming days as the party's nominating committee has not nominated her for re-election at the party's congress next weekend.



The Green party has been struggling recently after a series of rough compromises and broken promises on immigration, defense and environmental policy as well as a number of minor scandals. Romson will be the second Green minister to resign in the last month. Housing Minister Mehmet Kaplan also had to resign after a scandal that has left many asking whether the Greens have been infiltrated by extremist Islam.

Romson, who holds a PhD in Environmental Law, has not herself been very involved in the latest scandals but has previously been highly critisised for a number of gaffes and having painted her boat with toxic colour and is the least popular party leader according to polls.

Former MEP and Minister for Foreign Aid, Isabella Lövin, has been suggested to replace her. The other leader of the party, Minister of Education, Gustav Fridolin so far appears to be safe in his position but it's not entirely out of the question that he might be challenged and defeated at the party congress later this week. 

You can read more here.

21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 2.0 (Presidential Election: April 24 & May 22) on: May 02, 2016, 04:10:19 pm
   One would think that Griss would have made a strong runoff candidate, as she had a centrist profile and thus could win support from the center and left against Hofer.

Griss would probably had a chance to defeat Hofer as she appears to be an acceptable person to all camps of Austrian voters. Van der Bellen on the other hand is tied to impopular pro-immigration policies that are very off with the current mood in all European electorates which makes it very hard for me to even see him coming close to defeating Hofer.
22  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Big Bad Swedish Politics & News Thread on: April 29, 2016, 02:27:57 pm
Let's hope that the Swedish Green Party doesn't get 4% the next election.

It's not that unlikely that they actually fall below it at this point. This is far from the Greens first fock up the last year. Anyway, the two co-leaders of the party is now at risk of being ousted from their positions at the party's national congress in two weeks because of the party's complete collapse.   
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Whitehouse.gov receiving petition to redo Arizona vote. on: March 24, 2016, 03:37:23 am
Can we please blame those actually responsible? That being the Arizona GOP.

Well obviously, since Hillary and the Arizona GOP are in the same crony establishment it's really her fault by proxy... obviously.
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: JEB! endorses CRUZ! on: March 23, 2016, 09:46:25 am

I knew, in the end, that the race would come down to the Establishment having to deal with Cruz (Satan Lite) vs. Trump (The Great Satan). 

Still think they're making the wrong choice. It's like picking Emperor Palpatine over Jabba the Hut. The later might be a grotesque, sexist, slug, but it's the former that can electrify you to death with the force while being perfectly polite and proper while doing it. 
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Republican Wild Western Tuesday results thread on: March 22, 2016, 03:08:26 pm
Do anyone think the terror attacks in Belgium will push people to Trump in todays races? "Ban the Muslims from entering" would seem to be a much more tempting offer to the masses a day such as this.
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