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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: EP elections 2014 on: April 12, 2014, 05:51:57 am
There really needs to be a Tumblr of bad German election posters.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: EP elections 2014 on: March 27, 2014, 09:19:48 am


I'm not sure what to think about this Left Alliance's new look :/

At first glance it looks like they're organizing a music festival or selling fruit smoothies..
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of this cartoon on: March 26, 2014, 11:25:33 am
Bit racist maybe..
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Will WW3 happen? on: March 14, 2014, 06:51:44 pm
Generally: for it not to happen it would have to never happen forever..  Still, might as well hope it does not.

With regards to the Crimea: nah.
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Tony Benn dies at 88 on: March 14, 2014, 06:46:13 pm
A very sincere and wonderful person. RIP
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: British Elections 1918-1945 on: January 18, 2014, 08:38:57 am
Here's a shaded map for 1935 - the map comes from an Alternate History forum but is obviously based on the Boothroyd drawing. I've removed most of the urban insets but have kept London, which has so many tiny seats that it can't be illustrated very well on the larger map.


Excellent work Smiley
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: A very little announcement on: January 13, 2014, 03:47:43 pm
Sorry to hear you're having troubles.  All I can say really is thank you for your years of good work, and that I'm glad to know you'll still be posting Smiley
8  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition for more consistent modding on: December 30, 2013, 07:36:37 am

Those quotes were from his own words. Don't believe me? The link is here. Everything about it suggests that it exact same poster who posts here on Atlas forum.


Whilst I agree with this thread please, please, please remove that link (in the paragraph quoted above): I had clicked on it using a work computer (during my lunch break) thinking it was a thread on this forum, although fortunately it was blocked out.  It's not immediately clear that this link is completely inappropriate any any context, let alone a work computer, and clicking it could cause very serious trouble to other posters.

Thanks.
9  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition for more consistent modding on: December 30, 2013, 07:28:03 am
x tomm_86
10  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion on: December 18, 2013, 01:30:51 pm
Ronnie Biggs had died. I mention this purely to note that the BBC are probably delighted (they're broadcasting a two-part drama about the Great Train Robbery starting tonight), and also for the comments of the General Secretary of ASLEF (train drivers union) on the news:

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"While, naturally, we feel sorry for Mr Biggs' family at this time we have always regarded Biggs as a non-entity, and a criminal, who took part in a violent robbery which resulted in the death of a train driver. Jack Mills, who was 57 at the time of the robbery, never properly recovered from the injuries he suffered after being savagely coshed by the gang of which Biggs was a member that night."

Burn

I like this a lot.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: New UK basemaps (2010 and 2015 parliaments) on: December 11, 2013, 06:12:18 pm
I take it you highlighted the L.C.C for old times sake Smiley

Except for Penge* Wink

*Pathetic pedantry of course, but I was born there, so..
12  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: PISA 2012 Results on: December 04, 2013, 03:22:49 pm
I find the racially deterministic rationale of the analysis in the post above highly troubling to say the least..
13  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Rob Ford Discussion Thread on: November 23, 2013, 05:42:18 am
In case nobody has already posted this, here is 'Rob Ford the Movie' for your enjoyment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUY6lDja-DE
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Affair of the Century on: November 01, 2013, 07:02:12 am


kinky

Are his hands really that big??
15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion on: October 21, 2013, 06:05:54 am
Tory MP tells one-legged wheelchair beggar to 'get a job'

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/tory-mp-tells-onelegged-wheelchair-beggar-to-get-a-job-8893763.html
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post your Second World Problems here on: October 19, 2013, 01:12:09 pm
Been sent to prison camp, got cancer..
17  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion on: July 31, 2013, 08:40:10 am
Bizarre display of comic evil from Tory peer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-23505723

This is beyond satire.
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK local by-elections 2013 on: July 18, 2013, 04:20:32 pm
Indeed.

At the same time, many Councillors, Green Party members, and the local Green MP Caroline Lucas, actively and publicly supported the striking workers, and it is a alleged that some Green Councillors attempted to oust their leader (Cllr Jason Kitcat).  This fed into the wide public perception that the local Green administration, and broader membership locally, were somewhat divided.





Definitely not the kind of conversation you should have in any written form whatsoever.
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK local by-elections 2013 on: July 14, 2013, 04:13:45 pm
Particularly if she's basically regarded as some kid of de facto independent of the Left (which is exactly what she is in Commons terms anyway)

My thinking exactly, she'll certainly over-perform compared to Green council candidates within the Brighton Pavilion constituency.  There is a lot of fluidity between Green and Labour votes in Brighton (at least in certain places, Hanover and Elm Grove in particular).
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK local by-elections 2013 on: July 12, 2013, 08:13:33 am
Forgive my ignorance of British politics, but isn't Brighton and Hove already represented by the only elected Green in the commons? Or is Lucas representing another constituency in the general area?

Yes, that's correct, and furthermore, this ward is located within her constituency (and was their second or third safest).  I still think she can hold on in 2015, even if the Greens do terribly in the council elections that same day, as there could be a lot of ticket splitting.
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK local by-elections 2013 on: July 12, 2013, 08:08:35 am
Forgive my ignorance of British politics, but isn't Brighton and Hove already represented by the only elected Green in the commons? Or is Lucas representing another constituency in the general area?

She represents Brighton Pavilion, which is one of three constituencies covering Brighton and Hove, and which includes this ward.  The other two constituencies, Brighton Kemptown and Hove, are both Tory-held marginals.

The Green council seems to be a disaster and consumed by factional infighting between "mangos" and "watermelons".  To add to the food theme the Council leader's surname is Kitcat.  Someone who knows the area better may be able to explain more.

The main issue, at least in terms of this by-election, is the strike by the Cityclean (refuse and recycling) workers, and the events surrounding it. 

It started with the Green administration (well, the Green Councillors on the Policy and Resources Committee, with the backing of the Tories, and with Labour opposing) voting to hand over negotiations over pay and allowances to the council officers.  Whatever their intention, the effect was that many highly contentious potential political decisions were handed over to unelected officials. One group particularly affected by the proposed changes (along with care workers) were refuse and recycling workers, whose pay structure has been seen as archaic by council management for many years.  Whatever the details of the proposed reforms, the feeling of the Cityclean workers and their union (the GMB) was that many of them would face a significant reduction in their take home pay.

In the UK generally, refuse workers have the archaic qualities of being manual workers who almost earn a median average wage (shock horror!) and are actively unionised.  This isn't a great group for the management of a council - let alone an elected administration - to pick a fight with, as if they withdraw their labour they have an immediate and visible affect in that the city quickly gets covered in rubbish.  This is what happened, for a couple of weeks or so (can't remember), until the proposal was more or less reversed, with some caveats.  I would argue the Green administration should've seen this coming in the first place, and that it was politically naive of them not to have done so.

Whilst not from the best journalistic source, this is what it looked like: http://www.heart.co.uk/sussex/news/local/brighton-and-hove-bin-strike

At the same time, many Councillors, Green Party members, and the local Green MP Caroline Lucas, actively and publicly supported the striking workers, and it is a alleged that some Green Councillors attempted to oust their leader (Cllr Jason Kitcat).  This fed into the wide public perception that the local Green administration, and broader membership locally, were somewhat divided.

Hanover and Elm Grove is a city centre ward (which I lived in for two years) where recycling and refuse is already an issue, due to the relatively transient population, large number of houses of multiple occupation, and reliance on communal bins.  Although everywhere in the city was affected, this ward would've been particularly badly affected (in fact, wards with Green Councillors would all have been disproportionately worse hit).  This is a very recent, and unpleasant memory, and so would've been on the mind of everyone who voted in yesterday's election.

What a mess.  The result was exactly what I'd predicted by the way, but anyone can claim that in retrospect.
22  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: are smokers 'cool?' on: July 09, 2013, 02:13:25 pm
As an aside, this sketch may be of amusement in light of this thread: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vWHNwmzf1o

Please be aware that this may be upsetting to someone of a squeamish or sensitive disposition, and would unlikely be appropriate to watch in any workplace.

23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: are smokers 'cool?' on: July 09, 2013, 02:08:08 pm
A lot of people who I think are cool smoke, but that certainly isn't why I think they're cool.  I don't smoke anymore, and I think its a terrible idea to do so, but I'm not a dick about it because that doesn't help anyone.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Mapgasm: Edición española on: July 05, 2013, 09:29:02 am
Phwoar!! Smiley
25  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Opinion of the hard lefty laborites who are upper middle class or better on: July 03, 2013, 05:12:14 am
The difficulty with answering the question asked in this thread is that the kinds of people described - those with the attributes of being economically 'hard left' (defined as in any kind of variant of a Marxist economic philosophy) and 'laborite' (defined as a support of organized labor as a political movement) and upper middle class (however defined) and socially liberal (however defined) - are actually extremely rare.  This is even the case where I live in Brighton, which is exactly the kind of place one could expect to find this kind of person.  The shifting of definitions used by different posters in order to disparage or defend people matching this stereotype is evidence of the very limited extent to which it exists in reality.

There certainly are plenty of upper middle class people who are socially liberal (possibly most of them depending on the place) but the vast majority of these people are highly unlikely to identify as 'laborite', less so hard left.  This includes people derogatorily referred to as 'Champagne socialists' or 'Latte liberals' (although, since when was a latte the height of luxury?).  It is probably the case that such people are probably more concerned with secularism and the environment than they are with unemployment (in my own personal opinion, some such people go on about things like Atheism in order to sound radical whilst avoiding taking stances on economic matters).

Also, whilst there are both many middle class and working class trade unionists, the vast majority (at least in the US and the UK) of them are not Marxists and most would not identify as 'hard left' (with notable exceptions).  There are also many trade unionists (whether economically left-wing or not) who are not socially liberal.  I don't really know a great deal about the demographics of people who identify as 'hard left' or as Marxists, but I doubt a majority of them are Trade Unionists or regard themselves as socially liberal.  I'd imagine a sizeable minority in the Anglophone world are students and academics, although most of them not from upper middle class backgrounds (in my experience this includes some students/young people from pretty average backgrounds living in 'voluntary' poverty).  Outside of academia, I'd imagine people identifying as 'hard left' are generally much older than average and anything but socially liberal.
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