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by PDQ Mobile
13 Dec 2019, 12:15am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The General Election Thread **
Replies: 1032
Views: 21660

Re: ** The General Election Thread **

I'm not sure I have anything very much to complain about. This election has been won by the old white British working class - authoritarian, male, nationalistic and fixed. In fact, White Van Man (in both senses). Every Conservative government has had to win over this class if their own small-in-num...
by PDQ Mobile
12 Dec 2019, 2:37pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The General Election Thread **
Replies: 1032
Views: 21660

Re: ** The General Election Thread **

I'll be down to the polling station later. I say "I" as in my family only the men can vote. I vote but Mrs H cannot, my son-in-law can vote, but not my daughter, my other daughter's boyfriend but not she, my brother but not his wife, and not his adult daughters. It's quite delightful - it...
by PDQ Mobile
12 Dec 2019, 12:13pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The General Election Thread **
Replies: 1032
Views: 21660

Re: ** The General Election Thread **

I think the danger of "authoritarian" government is suppressed by the knowledge that each party will have to defend marginal seats in, at most, five years from now. Any government that has run amok in the meantime will be facing the judgement of the electorate in all those marginal seats,...
by PDQ Mobile
12 Dec 2019, 12:02pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The General Election Thread **
Replies: 1032
Views: 21660

Re: ** The General Election Thread **

robing wrote:
reohn2 wrote:
robing wrote:YES = especially as she is Shadow home Secretary!!

Waddabout the queen then? :wink:
Or anyone else FTM

We're not talking about a parking ticket here!

The Queen has a chauffeur!

But it is not a conviction yet. Merely a charge.
Some places do stuff like that to opposition figures. :shock:
by PDQ Mobile
12 Dec 2019, 10:39am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The General Election Thread **
Replies: 1032
Views: 21660

Re: ** The General Election Thread **

No electoral system guarantees producing a government that can govern but the UK system tends to do that better than most. It failed last time, and has done so before, but it often comes up with the goods. At least in terms of producing a government with a majority. That's not the same thing at all...
by PDQ Mobile
12 Dec 2019, 10:36am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The General Election Thread **
Replies: 1032
Views: 21660

Re: ** The General Election Thread **

Haven't we just had a couple of years of that? Somewhat. What's your point? Simply that minority government / coalition does not always mean effective or popular government. You can still end up with stalemate or the distortion of small minorities having more clout than their small percentage of th...
by PDQ Mobile
12 Dec 2019, 10:31am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The General Election Thread **
Replies: 1032
Views: 21660

Re: ** The General Election Thread **

Legislation is not the president's job. Like the UK, there is balance between the legislative branch of government, the judicial branch, and the executive branch. The US president is not a legislator. They can only veto or sign legislation. They can create executive orders which can accomplish some...
by PDQ Mobile
11 Dec 2019, 7:26pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The General Election Thread **
Replies: 1032
Views: 21660

Re: ** The General Election Thread **

For anyone thinking of voting Tory, here's a nice clear account of how the Tory establishment fake-news machine went into action to discredit the story about the boy on the hospital floor. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/11/paper-story-jack-williment-barr-online-lies-yorkshire-po...
by PDQ Mobile
11 Dec 2019, 6:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Finland Future Female (FFF)
Replies: 20
Views: 445

Re: Finland Future Female (FFF)

If Jeremy Corbyn morphed into the new Finnish PM. :o

Would he definitely be next UK PM?
As some folk don't like beards!
by PDQ Mobile
11 Dec 2019, 5:53pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The General Election Thread **
Replies: 1032
Views: 21660

Re: ** The General Election Thread **

It's obvious that Cummings has "advised" Mogg to keep a low profile until the election is over. Mogg is beyond the pale for most of the ex Labour voters who are going to vote for the tories tomorrow. There you have it folks! Straight from someone in the know! Rees Mogg might just lose his...
by PDQ Mobile
11 Dec 2019, 5:23pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The General Election Thread **
Replies: 1032
Views: 21660

Re: ** The General Election Thread **

Thankfully, we've only had one candidate knock the door - a nice Labour lady doing our side of the street whilst Stephen Kinnock was knocking the doors on the other side of the street - fair play to him. When I told her that I wouldn't be voting for Labour because I just can't vote for a party led ...
by PDQ Mobile
11 Dec 2019, 9:57am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The General Election Thread **
Replies: 1032
Views: 21660

Re: ** The General Election Thread **

My own political leanings are not quite the same as yours but a lot of what you are saying makes sense to me. I want to get the initial phase of Brexit done and I think a lot of people do so I think the Tories had to go with that. But Boris is dire. For the reasons you outline. So is Corbyn though....
by PDQ Mobile
10 Dec 2019, 10:20pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Mail on Sunday made false claims about Labour's tax plans
Replies: 12
Views: 388

Re: Mail on Sunday made false claims about Labour's tax plans

As a general point I think much of the European Press is better than much of the UK's. We had a detailed report about the abuses so prevalent in the UK Press not so long ago. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leveson_Inquiry It found that the existing Press Complaints Commitee was severely wanting and...
by PDQ Mobile
10 Dec 2019, 8:57pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How's your weather?
Replies: 44
Views: 954

Re: How's your weather?

Rained all day here in N Wales and was pretty rough at times, though it's eased now. High water levels offer some sport clearing water courses and drains. It's never so bad once your out there!! I did three steady hours with a shovel fully clad. There is great satifaction in seeing it all flow well ...
by PDQ Mobile
10 Dec 2019, 2:59pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The General Election Thread **
Replies: 1032
Views: 21660

Re: ** The General Election Thread **

If I might add a couple of points. One thing that modern agriculture has seriously changed is the species diversity in hay meadows. The cut for silage is often made earlier and more than once. Chemical fertilizer application is commonplace. The result has been a severe decrease in some of our most i...