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1  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK MPs - 2015 Parliament on: Today at 06:43:44 am
Is Bristol no longer in the West Country? Have you heard them speak?
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party leadership election 2015 on: Today at 06:40:18 am
A fair few of the policies Corbyn has been advocating could be quite popular (the nationalisation of the train franchises - the railways themselves already being in public hands and without compensation as well lmao - being one of them), the questionable part is how they're sold. People like Labour to bash vested interests and to stick up for ordinary people. Remember the windfall taxes on privatised utilities? Comrades, that was Blair. People are less keen on things being advocated for what look like dogmatic reasons.
3  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Government Bills Introduction Thread on: August 28, 2015, 06:43:23 pm
As a basic functional document this looks reasonable. I'm sure that some details can be tweaked, but I suspect that there will be Socialist support for it.
4  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Question Time on: August 28, 2015, 10:54:50 am
Answer the question! Shame! Shame!
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: How similar are Germany and Austria? How different are they? on: August 28, 2015, 10:43:31 am
Why would Wallonia even want to be part of France? No matter how rough the past few decades have been for the place you only have to nip across the border to see how much worse it could be: as a part of France the area would not just be a postindustrial basketcase, but an ignored postindustrial basketcase.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party leadership election 2015 on: August 28, 2015, 10:38:40 am
Funnily enough we looked and 1 out of 16 Kendall voters have put Corbyn as there 2... make of that what you will haha

At our nomination meeting, one of the three people brave enough to vote for Kendall also second preferenced Corbyn, so these strange ones do exist!

Je t'aime THIGMOO.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Some kind of Test before Voting? on: August 27, 2015, 07:20:09 pm
O.K. here's the deal. We do indeed institute a 'test before voting'. And it works like this: if you think that such a test is a good idea, then you are prohibited from voting. Fair?
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion: Cameron 2.0 on: August 27, 2015, 06:37:05 pm
Turns out that the LibDems put David Laws forward for a peerage but his name was rejected by the Appointments Commission. Hahahahaha.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK local by-elections 2015 on: August 27, 2015, 05:37:34 pm
Dearne North

Labour 69.8%, UKIP 12%, Yorkshire First 9.8%, TUSC 4.7%, Con 3.7%
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: British Elections 1918-1945 on: August 27, 2015, 05:28:47 pm
Caernarfon Boroughs (which probably wasn't spelt that way back then) would be a particularly well known example because it was represented by Lloyd George for many years; in this election it's those disjointed bits of pale blue on the north-west Wales coast between the yellow of Anglesey and the deepish red of the rest of Caernarfonshire.  Most of the others had gone by this time.

And that one was only preserved because the incumbent at the time of the 1917 boundary review happened to be the Prime Minister...
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: British Elections 1918-1945 on: August 27, 2015, 05:26:42 pm
BTW is there a reason for the three northern Highlands seats all being National Liberal?

Actually Caithness & Sutherland wasn't; just an extremely close (six votes) Tory win.* And oddly there's confusion over the labelling of the winner in Ross & Cromarty: he was not actually a member of either Liberal party. I've coloured the seat National Liberal because that's where he ended up.

*Con 33.5, Labour 33.4, Liberal 33.1. The defeated Liberal incumbent was the party's leader, Archibald Sinclair.
12  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: August 27, 2015, 01:39:52 pm
... by preventing future such tragedies.

How?
13  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: August 27, 2015, 01:26:30 pm
...how would that help exactly? I mean in the context of the specific horrifying news of today.
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: British Elections 1918-1945 on: August 27, 2015, 11:38:28 am
15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Which of the "Big Four" European countries is most socially conservative? on: August 27, 2015, 10:43:33 am
Societies don't have views: they are made up of individuals. Mostly this sort of discussion ends up relying on stereotypes and (often misunderstood) government policies. Which is stupid.
16  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Christian values on: August 27, 2015, 10:42:05 am
'Traditional' gender roles date from no earlier than the 18th century (this is also true of sexuality, incidentally).
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - October 19, 2015 (Official Campaign Thread) on: August 27, 2015, 10:38:25 am
Saskatchewan/Manitoba subsamples are always a bit dodgy because they are so small and because (of course) the two provinces are actually very different. This one doesn't smell worse than some of the others we've seen already.
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion: Cameron 2.0 on: August 27, 2015, 10:24:10 am
Full list here. The name that leaps out is Douglas 'moat' Hogg...

But mostly its the standard list of retired and/or defeated politicians plus government placemen.
19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Philip Hammond is a moron on: August 27, 2015, 10:19:43 am
But that's the standard FCO view of how the World operates dead0man. It isn't Hammond specific.
20  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Question Time on: August 26, 2015, 06:47:33 pm
To ask the Prime Minister why his government has not presented an Agenda to this House despite the specific instruction of the President?
21  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: How similar are Germany and Austria? How different are they? on: August 26, 2015, 01:48:02 pm
Burgenland is hilarious though. What do we even call this strip of land? It has no name! Wait! It has some castles. Castleland it is!
22  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: How similar are Germany and Austria? How different are they? on: August 26, 2015, 01:42:34 pm
Partly right, at least up to Napoleon. Said capital's hinterland, let's define it as Cisleithana, shall we! did include all of modern Austria (well apart from the Burgenland), however, modern (German)-Austria doesn't include all of these hinterlands even if those being divided by language lines (ever heard of South Tyrol, the Sudetes, Brno and Maribor?). Not that I want to undertake some good old historical revisionism here (quite a strong case could be made for South Tyrol though, if people wanted), but just pointing that out.

I was mostly being facetious, but can you really argue that Tyrol counts as Viennese hinterland? Or even Styria for that matter, though of course only parts of both historic provinces are even in Austria today.
23  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK MPs - 2015 Parliament on: August 26, 2015, 01:30:32 pm
The answer to that conundrum is that Bottomley is a deeply weird man with many contrary tendencies. Like Jeremy Corbyn he hails from Newport in Shropshire.
24  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Philip Hammond is a moron on: August 26, 2015, 01:09:07 pm
But how far does this hankering for "our old stomping ground" go in the Foreign and Civil Service in the FCO? Is there some kind of wistfulness for a Commonwealth-oriented policy? A return to the East of Suez? A desire for a more assertive and engaged policy? Perhaps, even, a conviction that the end of the Empire was, on the whole, a bad thing for the world?

No one, not even in the FCO, is that delusional these days.
25  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: How similar are Germany and Austria? How different are they? on: August 26, 2015, 01:03:35 pm
Germany is a proper country. Austria is a surreal union of an ancient imperial capital and a couple of hick provinces most of which aren't even part of said ancient imperial capital's hinterland.
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