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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Have you heard of the preceding politician? on: February 27, 2017, 07:54:05 pm
ahahahaha yes!

Tony Crosland
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Who Is Killing the Towns of Western Massachusetts? on: February 27, 2017, 03:46:08 pm
Performance art?

Can you think of a kinder explanation? Must admit to be struggling on that...
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK Parliamentary by-elections, 2015-2020 on: February 27, 2017, 10:41:25 am
If the CLP is suspended does that allow the NEC to pick the candidate?

Don't remember 100% but I think so. But we're getting ahead of ourselves.
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK Parliamentary by-elections, 2015-2020 on: February 27, 2017, 10:26:54 am
It's a bit of a mixed bag of a constituency; solidly working class and frankly outright poor for the most part, but with a big student population and general university influence. Substantial Asian population though not to the extent as is often assumed. Gorton CLP is a notorious basket case and is currently suspended.
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Pigfvcker Memorial Suppository for UK News: A Departure from EUtopia on: February 27, 2017, 10:19:50 am
and claimed tons for velvet curtains or something.

He made a whole bunch of bizarre expenses claims, including for an antique rug, expensive grapefruit bowls and (rofl) an eight thousand quid TV (the latter claim was not approved). He blamed OCD.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Why have I never seen a male keyboardist in a church band? on: February 27, 2017, 06:59:21 am
Because most men prefer to play pipe organs.

My father was a church organist probably from the 1980's, if not earlier, up until 2010 (not that this is of any relevance at all).

My Taid (d. 2012) was one - in various places - for over half a century.
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Ayn Rand vs. Vladimir Lenin on: February 27, 2017, 06:04:21 am
I'm not convinced that there would be much difference in strictly practical terms.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you watching the 89th Academy Awards on: February 27, 2017, 05:23:26 am
This thread is fycking tragic.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Italy 1994! on: February 27, 2017, 05:12:52 am
Err, did you forget Apulia?

No. But Forza Italia did.
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Italy 1994! on: February 26, 2017, 08:16:28 pm
11  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Pigfvcker Memorial Suppository for UK News: A Departure from EUtopia on: February 26, 2017, 07:37:40 pm
Kaufman was an interesting (and to be blunt often contradictory) figure. One of the last links to the first Wilson government. But look forward to obits full of a whole range of euphemisms.
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Why didn't coal country flip to the GOP much earlier than it did? on: February 26, 2017, 01:30:59 pm
So Sibboleth, what happened in short, medium, and longer term electoral voting patterns in the UK (Midlands, Wales, etc...) after Thatcher destroyed the NUM after the massive Coal Miner Strike of '84-'85?

The Conservative Party continued to (and continues to) poll appallingly in former pit villages and mining towns, apart from where they were close enough to major metropolitan regions to transform into ordinary humdrum commuter belt settlements. Labour has lost the institutional edge that mass NUM membership meant which means that coalfields now see 'normal' electoral swings (it used to be that you couldn't tell from the result in a mining seat if the election was a good or bad one for Labour; that's how surreally stable things were), but it remains overwhelmingly dominant and entrenched in local culture; it is still the norm in County Durham to refer to Labour as 'The Party'. Nothing even remotely comparable to recent political changes in comparable parts of America has happened so I'm not sure what your point is.
13  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Breitbart: Riots erupt in Sweden's capital just days after Trump comments on: February 26, 2017, 12:29:34 pm
I'm pretty sure that a few murders, a dozen stabbings and tens of physical assaults are vastly less peaceful than some kids committing vandalism...

Exactly. The insistence of certain right-wing Americans that it is the great cities of other Western countries that are horrifying violent dystopias, sharply divided on ethnic lines and featuring may genuine No Go Zones is um... interesting.
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK Parliamentary by-elections, 2015-2020 on: February 25, 2017, 02:23:42 pm
Momentum's contribution to the cause in Copeland was to... er... arrange a screening in the constituency of I, Daniel Blake. Further comment is entirely superfluous.
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK Parliamentary by-elections, 2015-2020 on: February 25, 2017, 01:13:16 pm
I am skeptical of some of the results.

You shouldn't put too much stock into polling internals and you especially shouldn't put much into YouGov's. But. Corbyn is undeniably slightly less popular than lung cancer at present. Worse: he's widely seen as a joke...
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK Parliamentary by-elections, 2015-2020 on: February 25, 2017, 01:06:21 pm
What exactly is Corbyn and his crowd hoping for at this point in time?

Once Labour gets into an all out factional fyck pie the usual political calculations go out the window. What matters is to defeat the the other faction or at least to prevent them from winning. I guess some also have a sort of sub-Menshevik/PCI delusion that Their Time Will Come If Only They Stick At It, but the former mentality is more important.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK Parliamentary by-elections, 2015-2020 on: February 25, 2017, 10:12:50 am
Labour will probably perform best in at the next election in places where there is very little 2015 UKIP vote to speak of (the Tories main pool of new voters). For example Labour would probably stand a chance at holding Hampstead and Kilburn (Tory target seat 11) even in a nationwide meltdown for example. Anywhere with large Green votes should deliver reasonable performances too, though unfortunately for them the Green vote is very low in most Con-Lab marginals.

You underestimate how much support has been lost as a result of the stance Corbyn has taken over Brexit. It's... um... bad.
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK Parliamentary by-elections, 2015-2020 on: February 25, 2017, 10:10:15 am
Amusing: Team Corbyn have highlighted the nuclear issue as an excuse for the result. It's undeniably a reason - the local economy is dominated by Sellafield (which is why it is a prosperous area with a high average income) and there are proposals for a new power station etc - but is the very opposite of an excuse as one Corbyn, J. gave a trainwreck interview in which he indicated that he does not support civil nuclear power, which I gather got rather a lot of attention in the constituency. If you want to know why it was a 2k majority rather than one of 200 or so, well...
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK Parliamentary by-elections, 2015-2020 on: February 25, 2017, 10:04:41 am
If the Tories had squeezed into second in Stoke-on-Trent Central in 2015 and the media hadn't blown the whole thing up as Lab vs UKIP the Tories could well have run Labour very dangerously close there too by squeezing UKIP.

Hahahaha. No.
20  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Breitbart: Riots erupt in Sweden's capital just days after Trump comments on: February 24, 2017, 06:54:14 pm
Wouldn't this count as a remarkably peaceful night in Baltimore?

I note tumbleweed in response to this.
21  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Have you ever had a religious or supernatural experience? on: February 24, 2017, 02:18:08 pm
I'm afraid so.
22  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Are religions that use military power instead of moral authority and persuasion on: February 24, 2017, 02:03:14 pm
So I see that you are literally resorting to overt pseudohistory. I would probably give more credence to some fruitloop drivelling on about the Knights Templar...
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Italy 1994! on: February 24, 2017, 12:32:38 pm
I never realised Milan was so conservative.

It isn't. But it voted massively massively Berlusconi in 1994 (his omnipresence in the city was a huge factor).
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Italy 1994! on: February 24, 2017, 10:53:37 am
Yes, Palandio is correct. All will become clearer when the other maps are done...
25  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: What should the Social Democratic parties do? on: February 24, 2017, 10:49:29 am
Go back to the roots, go back to Bernstein: Social Democracy as simply the efficient administration of government for the explicit benefit of ordinary people.
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