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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK local by-elections 2014 on: Today at 01:17:40 pm
Needless to say, this is terrible news for Ed Miliband.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK local by-elections 2014 on: Today at 08:40:57 am
Of course that's not the only reaction to be found in the great online plaza...

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Never been more ashamed of my nation than today.Labour covers up the racially motivated rape of your children, you vote them back in?#SYPCC
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK local by-elections 2014 on: Today at 08:34:52 am
Conspiracy theories are already doing the rounds on the twattersphere (about a police commissar by-election? Time to fastforward Armageddon...)
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Labour leadership election - To be announced on December 13 on: October 30, 2014, 08:30:16 pm
As Deputy Leader. Makes things easier for Murphy.
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Sabato: Calling the House Tossups on: October 30, 2014, 08:20:35 pm
Sabato has never been much good at details, so...
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK local by-elections 2014 on: October 30, 2014, 07:10:29 pm
Labour have held Ironbridge Gorge Smiley
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election 2015 on: October 30, 2014, 07:09:56 pm
At this stage everything is assumption upon assumption, but it does tell us quite how serious the situation is. Got to start to deliver asap...
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Big Bad Swedish Politics & News Thread on: October 30, 2014, 01:25:54 pm
Lieberman is a professional troll who owes his current horrifyingly over-promoted status to ethnic block voting.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK local by-elections 2014 on: October 30, 2014, 12:02:10 pm
Is there any way to fastforward to these stupid posts being abolished as will surely eventually happen?
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election 2015 on: October 30, 2014, 12:00:39 pm
Scottish polling won't be any use until certain things are clearer, but... eep.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Labour leadership election - To be announced on December 13 on: October 29, 2014, 08:04:11 pm
Jim Murphy is in. And so is Neil Findlay who is obviously running as a Left candidate.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atwater & Cohn, Advertising and Consultancy on: October 28, 2014, 07:51:32 pm
Atwater & Cohn are delighted to announce our first public client; former Vice President Bacon King.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: YouGov fourth wave polls on: October 28, 2014, 07:21:53 pm
So... when are you accepting those accolades?
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: MA - UMass(Lowell)l/7 News: Baker (R) 45; Coakley (D) 41 on: October 28, 2014, 01:44:58 pm
Coakley is a dreadful human being, so why care?
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Labour leadership election - To be announced on December 13 on: October 28, 2014, 01:32:27 pm
Sarah Boyack (list MSP for the Lothians, formerly MSP for Edinburgh Central) has announced that she intends to run.
16  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Turkey being dicks near Cyprus on: October 28, 2014, 01:19:57 pm
Apparently dickish behavior is more or less universal to humans, particularly those involved in political life. Shocking. I shall write an outraged letter to my Member of Parliament at once.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atwater & Cohn, Advertising and Consultancy on: October 28, 2014, 01:05:23 pm

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18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: GM Independence Amendment on: October 28, 2014, 12:24:36 pm
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19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / The Wheelbarrow Rolls Ever Forwards on: October 28, 2014, 12:22:59 pm
The carnival has left town amidst much hustle and greater bustle; the festival of democracy is over with its tents dismantled, the carnies gone and the fields bare and empty. While we did not win this election - not that we ever had a chance of doing so - I think it is fair to say that we did rather well. The Al/Hash ticket took seventeen first preference votes. This number is substantially higher, nearly double actually, than what I had thought likely at the start of this campaign. On behalf of myself, of my running mate, and of my Party, I would like to thank - and thank fulsomely - each and every one of the magnificent seventeen and to offer milder (but no less sincere) thanks to all the other votes who gave us high preferences. A message has been sent by the People of Atlasia to its political establishment. And what is that message?

That message is one of rage, one of rage. I am unhappy with Atlasia as it is. The magnificent seventeen are also unhappy. Atlasia is in a state of diseased torpor. It is riddled with parasites. It is stuck in the past - the Nineteenth Century in fact - and is barely aware of that fact. It needs to be purged. And I would like to use this opportunity to say, and to say very clearly indeed, that I intend to stick around to make sure that this actually happens. The Wheelbarrow of Progress rolls forwards endlessly. Those who oppose it shall be crushed.

Death to Fascism!
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: LA-Suffolk: RIP Landrieu on: October 27, 2014, 01:37:14 pm
Landrooo has pulled off upsets before, but you can't be lucky forever.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Abolish The Pacific: a four-region plan that might be crazy enough to work on: October 26, 2014, 08:16:26 pm
The redistricting process was very ugly, which was why it was possible to do away with it. I think you would need to look into having people other than the Governors do it; perhaps a panel could be drawn up by one of the Justices.

Of course if you have district seats, there is no real case for regional seats as well...
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Brazil Election - 5 October 2014 on: October 26, 2014, 07:34:16 pm
You couldn't call Dilma perfect, but this is still a pleasing outcome.
23  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion II on: October 26, 2014, 01:58:20 pm
Really? Media coverage of him has never been anything other than extraordinary negative.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Abolish The Pacific: a four-region plan that might be crazy enough to work on: October 26, 2014, 01:40:27 pm
The problem of regions phasing out into functional inactivity isn't really tied to their number (well unless you have only two, I guess). Over the past decade regional government has sometimes lurched towards inactive joke status even in regions with large populations.
25  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion II on: October 26, 2014, 01:11:06 pm
The other is a more general enthusiasm problem; Labour just aren't making much of a case to vote for them.

This is correct. Part of the problem is that there are a lot of senior Party figures who aren't familiar with opposition and how to do it effectively (Miliband is not perfect on this front, but is considerably better than - alas - the majority of the Shadow Cabinet). On the other hand, at least Labour hasn't plunged itself into a civil war, which it often does in opposition and which it certainly would have had the other Miliband been elected leader. I would also point out that while Labour isn't doing much better than drifting, the government isn't exactly doing well either; one reason for the continual media sniping at Miliband and at Labour is frustrated bemusement that - contrary to expectation - the Tories have not yet recovered a secure poll lead.
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