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 on: Today at 03:46:41 pm 
Started by HillOfANight - Last post by xingkerui
Makes sense. Say what you will about McCain, but he's not an unqualified lunatic.

 on: Today at 03:45:08 pm 
Started by ag - Last post by IceAgeComing
Its interesting to see people I know who were ardent unionists in the last referendum now start to reconsider their opinion; its anecdotal but most of my pals who were no supporters seem to be now a little supportive of independence; including my Mum who's not exactly a traditional independence supporter.  People misunderstood how much small-c conservatism was a factor rather than principled opposition to independence, and now that the status quo doesn't really exist anymore that's causing lots of people to think again

The other question has to do with how another vote would be possible. With the SNP short of a majority in the Scottish Parliament, who do they rely on to force a vote? Is it the Scottish Greens that give them the votes to send it the people?

They're still a few seats short of a majority even with the Greens (there was a bit of a story on the Greens's policy on a second referendum before the May election; I think this chucks that out of the window), but I assume that the opposition parties wouldn't stand in the way if there was public demand for it which currently there is.  Besides I'm pretty sure the Lib Dems and Labour are both reconsidering their opposition to a second referendum at this point; and there might be more supporters of independence in both parties now.

The news that Scotland would have to apply for membership isn't exactly that shocking, the big barrier last time was Spain; and I'd argue that the conditions have changed enough to make everyone reconsider things. 

 on: Today at 03:42:34 pm 
Started by Skill and Chance - Last post by Indy Texas
All of the swing states west of the Mississippi are unwinnable for Trump. The demographics and culture simply don't give him an opening there.

 on: Today at 03:42:29 pm 
Started by #TheShadowyAbyss - Last post by President Johnson
Where are all the big headlines now? I first checked German media-> nothing. American media? Just a few or nothing. Only big headlines when TRUMP says something offensive. When he corrects himself, they don't report the same way. Disgusting!

 on: Today at 03:41:57 pm 
Started by Adam T - Last post by Beet
This site has been around since at least 2009. Its statistics are bunk, but there's some truth to the notion that excluding the cost of owned housing from official CPI artificially depresses it.

 on: Today at 03:41:29 pm 
Started by Thomas from NJ - Last post by Vosem
Are the C's in a bad place, though? They're still gaining, and even if the current results are accurate, they've lost less than 1.5% off their 2015 result and have lost significantly fewer seats than expected.

At the moment, PP/C's are at 168 and still gaining, with PSOE/UP at 158 and declining. (Compare to 2015 totals of 163 and 159). PNV has supported PP government in the past, as has the old CiU (though I suspect the modern CDC may be less willing, but if pressure is on, that may be a possibility too). I think if a few more seats trend right, then PP/C's supported by regional parties becomes a very likely scenario (though I'm sure C's and minor parties would force Rajoy's ouster).

It doesn't make sense to me that PP would rather keep Rajoy and not form government than dump him and be the dominant governmental partner for 4 years.

 on: Today at 03:40:42 pm 
Started by Thinking Crumpets Crumpet - Last post by Figueira
Emily Jasmine Peabody

 on: Today at 03:40:41 pm 
Started by Beet - Last post by afleitch
London and Scotland winning out over everywhere else would have been a nightmare scenario both politically for the Remain camp and ideologically for me personally, so no, I would not have been comfortable.

Scotophobe Cheesy

 on: Today at 03:40:05 pm 
Started by Blue3 - Last post by Indy Texas
People, behave! We get at least 5 more months of Dr. Carson's stream of consciousness ramblings. Get some popcorn or a nice beverage and enjoy the show.

 on: Today at 03:38:03 pm 
Started by Mr. Illini - Last post by Indy Texas
Globalization has different impacts on the elite, urban and educated than it does on everyone else.

The people who work at Barclays in London may as well be on a different planet than the man in Blackpool who didn't go to university.

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