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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 on: February 10, 2015, 12:58:41 pm
The Political Compass has published its 2015 UK party chart and analysis: http://www.politicalcompass.org/uk2015

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Traditional Labour voters will largely stick to their old electoral habits, even though the Greens bear a far closer resemblance to the party they supported in the pre–Blairite days

LOL

Their UK party charts are preposterous, to say the least.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election 2015 on: December 23, 2014, 09:52:54 am
I live in Brighon Pavilion, although might not be by the time of the GE.
Brighton Pavilion is an odd seat - why do the Greens do so well there?

Firstly, there are generally favourable demographics - however, I don't have time to give examples without resorting to listing stereotypes (eg the prevalence of hippies, hipsters, students, certain types of professionals) which would be a misrepresentation of both Green voters and the city as whole even though some of such labels might be accurate when applied to myself.  The demographics shifted over the last few decades due to migration from other parts of the UK (London in particular) and from former students of the two universities remaining in the city.

Secondly, the Green Party have had a presence on the local council since 1996, which has expanded to the point whereby, as of 2011, they are now are the largest party and head a not un-controversial minority administration.

Thirdly, the Green Party (as opposed to the Lib Dems) were locally the key beneficiaries disaffection with the 1997-2010 Labour Government over issues such as the UK's involvement in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Finally, with regards to 2010, the Green Party heavily targetted their resources on this constituency because it was their best change of a win by about a million miles.  The high public profile of the candidate, then-leader Caroline Lucas (who I'm acquianted with and rather a fan of), was definitely a factor in attacting activists from other parts of the UK and in attracting voters locally.  In my opinion any other candidate would probably not have won.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election 2015 on: December 23, 2014, 08:32:30 am
I live in Brighon Pavilion, although might not be by the time of the GE.
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion II on: November 06, 2014, 05:14:38 pm


Oh dear Lewes..
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Rik Mayall is dead on: June 10, 2014, 07:15:08 am
RIP. One of my childhood favourites.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: EP elections 2014 - Results Thread on: May 26, 2014, 04:34:22 am
But then you aren't really 'represented' by any of these people are you? That's part of the problem.

I know, I just wanted to make a horrible pun.  When it comes to MEP 'representation' it's a matter of picking and choosing who to bother contacting regarding a given issue (not that I do bother).
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: EP elections 2014 - Results Thread on: May 25, 2014, 07:57:14 pm
Imagine Nigel Farage and Dan Hannan being your representative.

Living in the South East region I don't have to imagine that.  It's like being forced into a Farage à trois..*

*Also, this pun doesn't work outside of the South East either..
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: English local elections, May 2014 on: May 25, 2014, 09:36:12 am
Rallings and Thrasher PNS out. Labour 1 point ahead of the Tories which is not bad a year out.

Not bad for who and why?

I'd say he certainly meant not bad for the conservatives - in the last decade or so the opposition have won every set of local elections before the general, and by much larger margins, only for the government to be re-elected at the general.  The Conservatives won the 2000 and 2004 locals, for example.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Any politicians in your family? on: May 14, 2014, 12:44:33 pm
I'm a descendant of this man through my mother's side of the family: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elwyn_Jones
10  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion on: April 22, 2014, 03:11:14 pm
What is that image in the lower right corner of that sign supposed to be?  If I had to guess, it's an enter key on a keyboard with some custom wordage I can't read, but I wouldn't care to bet that I got it even that correct.

I think it says "common sense", which was also used as a slogan by the Conservative Party back in the Blair years.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How do school books look like where you are ? on: April 22, 2014, 02:14:24 pm
I remember the science books at my secondary school often had wangs drawn on them..
12  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.
13  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..
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of this cartoon on: March 26, 2014, 11:25:33 am
Bit racist maybe..
15  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.
16  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
17  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
18  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
19  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.
20  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition for more consistent modding on: December 30, 2013, 07:28:03 am
x tomm_86
21  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.
22  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..
23  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..
24  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
25  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??
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