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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: New South Wales State Election, 2015 on: Today at 12:49:12 pm
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-01/nsw-2015-election-results-booth-map/6353688

Smiley
2  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Barbados plans to replace Queen with ceremonial president on: Today at 12:23:09 pm
Anyway. One thing I've always found strange. Why is it that on the whole and in practice British people are better Republicans than the French, even though we've not had a Republic for centuries and they've not had a monarch since the 1870s?

What do you mean by better Republicans?

Well, France has a head of state-and-government who lives in a palace, who doles out state honours, and who plays a role in state ceremonies of much pomp. Holders of the office frequently engage in vanity projects and personal memorialisation. Just saying.
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Barbados plans to replace Queen with ceremonial president on: Today at 11:17:08 am
The 65+ are the most monarchist in that 2014 poll and people being young in the 60s (= born 1935-1950) are bound to be a majority of those.

Young in the late 60s then Tongue

(but I was mostly thinking of stereotypes anyway, so...)
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Barbados plans to replace Queen with ceremonial president on: Today at 11:06:51 am
Anyway. One thing I've always found strange. Why is it that on the whole and in practice British people are better Republicans than the French, even though we've not had a Republic for centuries and they've not had a monarch since the 1870s?
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Barbados plans to replace Queen with ceremonial president on: Today at 11:04:39 am
...but are pretty ignorant of her role.

That would be because she doesn't really have one in Canada. Even her figurehead role is in practice delegated.
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Barbados plans to replace Queen with ceremonial president on: Today at 11:02:55 am
Correct me if I'm wrong but I assume NZ and the Aussies will become republican once Liz takes her last breathe

That would probably depend on how Charlie does as King. It's true (as has been pointed out already) that patterns of support for Republicanism in Australia are partially generational in character and that specifically the Republican cause is linked with the generations that were young in the 1960s and 1970s (SHAME FRASER SHAME etc), but that doesn't mean that a turnaround is impossible, particularly with a new and less PR friendly monarch. Fundamentally the issue is not an important one, which means that minor changes can theoretically cause large shifts.
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Campaign Thread) on: Today at 10:33:55 am
The more people there are in a candidate debate, the duller the candidate debate becomes. And the duller it becomes, the less chance there is of it changing the tone of the campaign. And there's your answer.

As to constituency polls, remember to handle with care. There were a couple of howlers in the recent NSW state election, you might like to note.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Al Realpolitik Institute of Sulfur Mining & Extraction on: March 31, 2015, 05:31:50 pm
I think we can make a distinction between THEY'RE A SCARY CULT and 'lol, no coffee?' Smiley
9  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Barbados plans to replace Queen with ceremonial president on: March 31, 2015, 04:59:42 pm
Its for the same reason that there are still people in the NSW ALP who want the state division of Londonderry renamed Derry.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: UK General Election 2015 on: March 31, 2015, 04:55:46 pm
Oh, and I'll be voting Labour.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Campaign Thread) on: March 31, 2015, 04:53:02 pm
Bet she does a section in Welsh, just to really throw the others off.

That would certainly add an amusing note to proceedings for any Welsh-speakers watching...
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of American posters who post in British English on: March 31, 2015, 04:47:57 pm
Though it should be pointed out that strictly speaking 'British English' is an Americanism.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of American posters who post in British English on: March 31, 2015, 04:45:52 pm
I thought most euros speak American English? All the young euros I meet especially those educated in international schools have American twangs.

A delightful irony of the modern world is that the posher someone from a Continental country is, the more likely they are to sound quasi-American when speaking in English.
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Campaign Thread) on: March 31, 2015, 04:37:51 pm
If Leanne Wood does well at the debate

That's a pretty big 'if', to be honest.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Reaganfan Theatre of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts V on: March 31, 2015, 01:20:31 pm
I think MormDem needs to calm down. I recommend a cup of tea.
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Campaign Thread) on: March 31, 2015, 01:14:49 pm
Even if the overall figures fit into wider patterns, you probably shouldn't over analyse anything ComRes churn out...

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Regarding Plaid, they're under pressure in Arfon and possibly Carmarthen East & Dinefwr. The Island is a law unto itself (of course), while they will be hoping for a repeat of 1992 in Ceredigion (I have no idea how likely or not that is). They always try in Llanelli but have yet to come close. Elsewhere they will make a noise but that's likely it.

Incidentally, it's not entirely impossible that after May there will be no Liberal seats in Wales for the first time since... er... well 'ever' will probably do. Since at least the 1720s if we're counting ancestral parties.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Campaign Thread) on: March 31, 2015, 12:30:19 pm
Is their stance on nuclear power still 'its bad except when its on Anglesey'?
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: All else being equal... on: March 31, 2015, 09:17:17 am
This is a silly, silly, silly thread and an example of why both internet SJWs and internet armchair revolutionaries are both absurd and need to GO OUTSIDE and get some FRESH AIR.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / NOT GUILTY on: March 31, 2015, 09:14:55 am
I think I am entitled to take a mild amount of pleasure in this outcome.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of American posters who post in British English on: March 31, 2015, 09:10:24 am
It's an amusing affectation. Partly because they often aren't all that well aware of the rules and structure of English prose...
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Nigeria General Election - March 28, 2015 on: March 31, 2015, 09:02:53 am
So farewell (probably?) to the worst (more or less) democratically elected leader in the world. And hello to someone who will presumably try his hardest to keep that title in Nigeria.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you have a caffeine dependence? on: March 31, 2015, 08:52:07 am
We don't need your pity, when it comes down to it, the insane resilience does enough for the usual things the rest of you losers need  that much caffeine for Wink

I don't think you understand (now there's a surprise!). Tea and coffee taste good. I mean, instant coffee is dreck, of course, but the actual stuff is delicious.
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: UK General Election 2015 on: March 31, 2015, 08:45:13 am
Listing all the parties (or most of them) doesn't make that much sense as many only stand in (comparatively) small fractions of the country. In particular its daft to include the Norn Iron parties...
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Campaign Thread) on: March 31, 2015, 08:42:37 am
Another YouGov London poll: Labour 45, Con 34, LDem 8, UKIP 8, Greens 8
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 on: March 30, 2015, 07:50:28 pm
After their humiliation last time one wonders why they're bothering.
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