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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Is Corbyn underestimated? on: September 30, 2016, 05:23:07 pm
No. He's unpopular (not hated actually, because he isn't, but because he is that one thing that is actually worse: he is widely regarded as a joke) and comes across badly on television (specifically he comes across as a substitute teacher failing to control a class of unruly eight year olds) and has far too much baggage to deal with. Of course he could still win an election, but only one in which an inanimate carbon rod could also win.

The present situation, for those who aren't aware, is that although he has been re-elected Leader he can't really do a lot; Conference confirmed him in a minority position on all internal bodies and obviously he has no control over the PLP (or the Whips Office). There is actually the perverse possibility that the sense of frustration and stalemate that surely all factions feel right now could lead to a more productive situation, but that would require a little less stubbornness all round so believe it only when you actually see it.
2  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Shimon Peres dead at 93 on: September 30, 2016, 01:41:04 pm
Didn't know about that until now

Quote from: wikipedia
In his private life, he was a poet and songwriter, writing stanzas during cabinet meetings, with some of his poems later being recorded as songs in albums.[13]

Yes, in certain respects he wasn't that far off 'if Nathan were a politician'.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Hey, Santander: come and play! on: September 29, 2016, 05:24:54 pm
Santander didn't get the reference which some how proves that Al was right.

It is always safe to assume that I am right as I always am.

But the issue wasn't the claimed conference attendance list per se, but rather his whole claimed background (Asian born in Scotland living in Kentucky and thoroughly assimilated into Southern culture in all respects - including Southern Church culture - and loudly supporting Trump? This seems like the ad hoc list of an internet faker rather than a real person and there are other jarring details as well). I'm not trying to drive him away, but it would be better if he fessed up.
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: India Assembly elections 2017 - UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur, HP, Gujarat on: September 29, 2016, 05:13:12 pm
Punjab AAP is eating itself right now, pretty brutal.

punjabi_politics.txt
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Shimon Peres dead at 93 on: September 28, 2016, 05:53:43 pm
A complicated man; almost a stereotypical politician in so many ways but really not a natural one in others. Career only makes sense in the context of the weird cadre-like nature of the Mapai that o/c shaped him.

He named himself after a bird, you know. RIP.
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: What are the Main Differences Between the New Democrats and Liberals (Canada)? on: September 27, 2016, 02:50:06 pm
Also the Liberals can do well almost literally anywhere. They have a very high electoral ceiling. And a surprisingly low electoral floor.
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: What are the Main Differences Between the New Democrats and Liberals (Canada)? on: September 27, 2016, 02:46:59 pm
Liberals are a catch-all centrist party-of-government with no real ideology other than milquetoast Canadian nationalism (and so Liberal governments have been all over the place policy speaking), NDP are a fairly ordinary socialist party except that they've never formed a government at national level.
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK Parliamentary by-elections, 2015-2020 on: September 27, 2016, 10:01:35 am
There is a fairly high chance of a Glasgow East by-election...
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who won the first debate? on: September 27, 2016, 06:44:28 am
Hes speaking to working class, simple minded folks. 

Yeah this isn't patronising or offensive at all!
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party (UK) Leadership Election, 2016 on: September 26, 2016, 05:20:26 pm
Conference has been an hilarous sh**t show today

TAKE THAT WALL
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Hey, Santander: come and play! on: September 26, 2016, 05:19:28 pm
There's no bullying in this thread. And this is certainly not a political witch hunt. I merely noted that this poster's claimed backstory does not add up and verges on the actively implausible. Elements of it may well be true, the whole clearly isn't. But nice guy FF (even if he isn't) I guess Smiley Smiley Smiley
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is the Preceding Poster's drink 'worse than Meths'? on: September 26, 2016, 12:21:51 pm
I adore you. Tell him if you must, I no longer care. I mean to have you even if it must be burglary.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Hey, Santander: come and play! on: September 26, 2016, 11:30:12 am
OK, but even in that case, do we really need a witch hunt?

There's no witch hunt here.
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: What is the safest Liberal riding in Canada? on: September 26, 2016, 11:29:17 am
Excuse my American ignorance, but what is a "riding"?

A third of Yorkshire or a one three hundred and thirty eighth of Canada.
15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Israel and Palestine on: September 26, 2016, 11:26:53 am
This thread is a Bad Idea guys...
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Clive Lewis vs. Wall on: September 26, 2016, 10:11:57 am
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Social democratic parties today on: September 25, 2016, 05:32:26 pm
Do we count the Italian Democrats as social Democrats?

Despite the fact that they are the surprising child of the DCs and PCI yes.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Hey, Santander: come and play! on: September 25, 2016, 05:29:29 pm
I bought a new set of balls and everything! Play with me!
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party (UK) Leadership Election, 2016 on: September 25, 2016, 05:27:22 pm
What I don't think the Corbynistas fully realise is even if the Tories do screw up Brexit Labour has an Achilles heel that it is almost impossible to overcome, that is Corbyn's past. Corbyn, McDonnell and the people around them have some very unpleasant skeletons in their closet which the media has not even begun to trawl through. If you think the press has been hard on Corbyn up to this point let me tell you this now: you ain't seen nothing yet.

I mean having a quick scan through Hansard gives you idea enough.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Social democratic parties today on: September 25, 2016, 10:42:23 am
The thing is the situation is not actually any better for other parties of the Left. The Western Communist tradition continues to roll slowly towards its eventual grave and newer Left/Populist forces (where they exist, and they mostly don't) have turned out to have a rather more limited appeal than the effusive prose of their boosterists predicted. And whatever we think of Green parties (and their electoral position is not that great either and with very low ceilings) they are not exactly fishing in the same pool for the most part.
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: NDP Leadership Convention 2017 (2018) on: September 25, 2016, 08:55:54 am
Sid Ryan would be a great idea if you wanted to combine all of Corbyn's faults with most of McDonnell's and then add a bunch of other stuff for fun!
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is the Preceding Poster's drink 'worse than Meths'? on: September 24, 2016, 07:46:56 pm
I have a heart condition. I have a heart condition, if you hit me it's murder.

...

My wife is having a baby! Listen, I don't know what my f... acquaintance did to upset you but it's nothing to do with me. I suggest you both go outside and discuss it sensibly, in the street.

...

23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party (UK) Leadership Election, 2016 on: September 24, 2016, 12:37:52 pm
Some important news, perhaps more important than the results: Unison (core group swing vote) have come out very strongly against factional deselections.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Hey, Santander: come and play! on: September 24, 2016, 12:22:32 pm
Smiley Smiley Smiley

Cool, am I supposed to know who that is?

It's a well known literary reference. One would imagine that someone as accomplished as yourself would be aware of it. Curious.

Fundamentally the various details that you have claimed of your life do not stack up.

Quote
I love how much of a bogeyman I've become for the resident communists.

I am many things but a Communist is most certainly not one of them.

So much tumbleweed!
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party (UK) Leadership Election, 2016 on: September 24, 2016, 12:03:13 pm
A lot of important Conference votes upcoming yeah. If an elected ShadCab does happen that also means less NEC votes for the Leadership, incidentally.
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