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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you like eating mushrooms? on: Today at 07:02:11 am
They are a most excellent thing when lightly fried.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: By-elections of the 44th Australian Parliament (2013-2016) on: April 17, 2014, 01:17:15 pm
It's not different to the much more common phenomenon of trade unions with hard left leaderships and should not be regarded any differently. Do the they reflect the political views of their members? Generally speaking the answer to that is a firm 'no' (and probably less than the SDA does its membership, if we're being absolutely honest). Most RMT members are not Leninists, for instance. But the key to power in a trade union* is a reputation for being effective. Trade Unions are not primarily 'political' organisations, remember. The fact that the SDA has the largest membership in Australia - despite the notorious difficulty of organising in the the sectors in which it operates - is a pretty good indication that it is a rather effective union.

*Other than an encyclopedic knowledge of The Rulebook, obviously.
3  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Do women have lower incomes (on average) because of discrimination? on: April 17, 2014, 09:05:47 am
In some seriously rural English dialects there's a confusion between positive and negative terms: e.g. 'I doubt' can mean 'I am certain'.
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion on: April 16, 2014, 06:27:36 pm
Nigel always strikes me as solidly middle class in a dull suburban way.
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Mad Men Season 7 Discussion Thread on: April 16, 2014, 06:12:53 pm
Freddy!
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 2013-14 Club Soccer/Football Discussion Thread on: April 16, 2014, 06:12:00 pm
We're going down, but it's nice that we could give Man Sh!tty a bloody nose on the way out.
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Quebec: April 7, 2014 on: April 16, 2014, 02:02:23 pm
LOL
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Tea on: April 16, 2014, 01:32:41 pm
The worst, never touch the stuff.

Plastic Paddy
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Tea on: April 16, 2014, 01:31:14 pm
Tea is an excellent drink of excellence. If we're talking ordinary tea then it's milk first, no sugar. Coffee is good as well.
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: US States Ranked By Musical Importance on: April 16, 2014, 01:26:28 pm
racist list is racist
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: By-elections of the 44th Australian Parliament (2013-2016) on: April 16, 2014, 01:22:05 pm
What loses votes in buckletloads more than anything else is open factional infighting. It doesn't really matter who it's between or what the issues at stake are...
12  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: April 16, 2014, 01:18:56 pm
To be fair, it is New South Wales. Isn't that considered the Illinois of Australian politics?

No, because political life in NSW has been fundamentally corrupt for longer than Illinois has even existed Tongue
13  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: April 15, 2014, 07:30:05 pm
The NSW ALP will win the next election.
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: France General Discussion II: Living under Marxism on: April 15, 2014, 12:29:59 pm
The correct nickname for Sarkozy is Poison Dwarf.
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Quebec: April 7, 2014 on: April 15, 2014, 11:00:08 am
Fascinating.

Could I have the data as well? Have some ideas.
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: India 2014 on: April 15, 2014, 09:44:10 am
So this thread is another case of hyperbolic ag basically freaking out that the world is coming to an end. Loads of these lately.

Not at all. He's quite correct in this instance.
17  General Discussion / History / Re: The Uses of Literacy on: April 14, 2014, 01:01:32 pm
Good article on Hoggart here
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: EP elections 2014 on: April 14, 2014, 12:46:21 pm
New ICM/Grauniad poll for GB:

Labour 36%, Con 25%, UKIP 20%, LDem 6%, Greens 6%, Others 7%
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Forum turnout poll: Will you/Would you vote in the EP elections next month ? on: April 14, 2014, 11:43:02 am
I will be part of the minority of the British electorate that will do so, yes.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The New Irony Ore Mine on: April 13, 2014, 09:19:27 pm
Well, yes, I am fairly tall. Well remembered.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The New Irony Ore Mine on: April 13, 2014, 09:15:49 pm
What a lovely little man you are.
22  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to free King on: April 13, 2014, 08:57:54 pm
Seek help.
23  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: April 13, 2014, 05:33:10 pm
Anyway, we now have an excellent new euphemism. 'Returning to the private sector' = 'I am dying'.

The issue is than it's apparently not the plan. He had health issues, which weren't heart issues and if he was dying, logically, he would be in his Whitby home with his wife, not in his Ottawa residence near Parliament (when his wife works in Toronto).

Details, schmetails.
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which EP group would you belong to? on: April 13, 2014, 05:29:36 pm
This isn't how EuroParl groups work.
25  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: do you support any abortion restrictions? on: April 13, 2014, 05:28:39 pm
It's weird how extreme the American debate on this issue is. Rather annoyingly various activists occasionally try to import it here, where it is not welcome.
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