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Offline Mr. Minnow

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« Reply #120 on: September 18, 2017, 02:50:50 AM »
Boris Johnson seems to be talking himself out of his job...

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/sep/17/boris-johnson-slapped-down-statistics-chief-fresh-350m-brexit-claim

Who cares what the head of the UK Statistics Authority says? We don't need those "experts" with their unpatriotic ideas about things like facts and knowing stuff.

I see Gove is supporting Johnson's article while John Redwood has said there should be no transition period. Meanwhile, No. 10 is showing strong and stable leadership by refusing to take sides in the dispute over the £350million figure. It's permanent full moon time in the Tory party.   

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« Reply #121 on: September 19, 2017, 10:25:20 AM »
Gonna  happen ??

May Declines to Rule Out Firing Johnson Over Brexit Dispute

Another fierce opponent to reckon with.

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« Reply #122 on: September 28, 2017, 02:11:46 PM »
Do you think there's something of a turning of the tide regarding Brexit now people can see what an omnishambles it is?

Just bumping this as my answer at the time was "just watch any edition of Question Time from a part of the country that voted for Brexit." Tonight was a perfect example. It was from Wolverhampton, a very strongly pro-Brexit area. The delusion in the audience was something to behold. All the old favourites were there:

"The EU is being so bitter, we should just say we're off now and go to WTO rules." Yeah, sod the ruinous economic consequences, that'll show 'em!

"We didn't vote for a transition period, it wasn't on the ballot paper". Well nor was leaving the single market, but the audience member who claimed that we voted to leave the single market was given a predictably warm reception.

"We voted to leave by an overwhelming margin". Yes, in Brexitland, 52-48 is an overwhelming margin. Of course, Farage did say that if the result was 52-48 for remain then that would constitute unfinished business and he'd be campaigning for a second referendum, but never mind.

"We'll be fine because of all those new trade deals we'll be able to sign" (a variant of the timeless classic "countries will be queuing up to sign free trade deals with us"). At this point it fell to Peter Hitchens, a man so right wing he views the Tories as essentially a bunch of socialists (yes, really) to point out that while other countries may indeed want to sell us their products, getting them to buy ours may be rather more difficult, especially when we now manufacture so little.

Most of the audience were applauding this delusional twaddle, so it would seem that there's not much sign of Brexit voters having second thoughts yet. When Peter f***ing Hitchens looks like the most reasonable Brexiteer in the room it's a sure sign of trouble ahead, especially when it becomes clear to these voters that the Brexiteers' vision of sunlit uplands powered by unicorns shitting fairy dust over the economy isn't actually going to happen. 

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« Reply #123 on: September 30, 2017, 01:40:23 PM »
No doubt it was only his boundless modesty which explains our esteemed foreign secretary keeping quiet about another stunning diplomatic triumph:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/sep/30/boris-johnson-caught-on-camera-reciting-kipling-in-myanmar-temple

This is clearly a man whose sage counsel on Brexit should be heeded.

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« Reply #124 on: November 22, 2017, 05:17:23 PM »
This article from the London Review of Books claims that the life expectancy in the UK is actually decreasing.  The extra mortality seems to be coming from the 40-60 age bracket.  I had read a similar claim for the US but the data was not nearly as clear cut as in the UK.  Life expectancy in continental europe is still on the rise.


https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n22/danny-dorling/short-cuts

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« Reply #125 on: December 05, 2017, 02:55:32 PM »
This article from the London Review of Books claims that the life expectancy in the UK is actually decreasing.  The extra mortality seems to be coming from the 40-60 age bracket.  I had read a similar claim for the US but the data was not nearly as clear cut as in the UK.  Life expectancy in continental europe is still on the rise.


https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n22/danny-dorling/short-cuts

Wouldn't surprise me a bit. It's easy to fall through the net these days and what waits is a claim to Universal Credit.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/05/tory-mp-cries-heidi-allen-universal-credit-impact-speech-from-frank-field

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-politics-42243073/tory-mp-heidi-allen-in-tears-during-universal-credit-debate
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Re: UK Politics / Current Affairs
« Reply #126 on: December 21, 2017, 12:08:17 AM »
Today's news from the Strong And Stable Tory Government: Deputy PM Green sacked.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42434802

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« Reply #127 on: January 04, 2018, 01:53:13 AM »
As I suspected, the Tory membership are a mixture of UKIP and BNP. The most disgusting thing in the research IMO is that only 11% think austerity has gone too far. How many more people have to be made homeless (caused by the DWP) before they change their mind?
Answer: Don't care, as long as it doesn't affect ME.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jan/04/tory-members-a-breed-apart-from-other-main-parties-study-finds     




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« Reply #128 on: January 04, 2018, 05:52:09 AM »
As I suspected, the Tory membership are a mixture of UKIP and BNP. The most disgusting thing in the research IMO is that only 11% think austerity has gone too far. How many more people have to be made homeless (caused by the DWP) before they change their mind?
Answer: Don't care, as long as it doesn't affect ME.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jan/04/tory-members-a-breed-apart-from-other-main-parties-study-finds     

Yep. It's the same with the sick and disabled as with the homeless. For years now we've seen one case after another of early deaths and suicides linked to benefit cuts and still they continue with the same system. No shits given and their membership seems fine with that.

Meanwhile, Liam Fox has come up with a great idea for post-Brexit Britain......

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/04/liam-fox-brexit-trade-policy-trans-pacific-partnership

Because nothing says "taking back control" like leaving the world's biggest trading bloc on your own doorstep and joining a toxic, distant smaller one in which corporations can use secret courts to sue governments for maintaining essential basic protections unnecessary barriers to trade that might affect their profits.

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« Reply #129 on: January 07, 2018, 09:33:56 AM »
Is Toby Young trying to out-Trump Trump on offensiveness? What a tosser. And May hasn't got the balls to withdraw the posting.

"ACTUALLY MATE I HAD MY DICK UP HER ARSE"
- indicative tweet from Mr. Young, new appointee to the board of the new university watchdog, the Office for Students.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/jan/03/toby-young-quotes-on-breasts-eugenics-and-working-class-people         

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« Reply #130 on: January 07, 2018, 04:34:44 PM »
Is Toby Young trying to out-Trump Trump on offensiveness? What a tosser. And May hasn't got the balls to withdraw the posting.

"ACTUALLY MATE I HAD MY DICK UP HER ARSE"
- indicative tweet from Mr. Young, new appointee to the board of the new university watchdog, the Office for Students.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/jan/03/toby-young-quotes-on-breasts-eugenics-and-working-class-people         

I'm sure Young's appointment is entirely due to his own merits and in no way explained by his being an overentitled Tory gobshite with the right connections.

This is certainly a masterstroke from the Tories. They want to attract young voters who flocked to Corbyn, so obviously the answer is to appoint a professional Tory troll to the Office for Students. Genius.

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Re: UK Politics / Current Affairs
« Reply #131 on: January 07, 2018, 04:50:28 PM »



Funny, US Senator Chuck Grassley said something almost exactly like that.

“I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing,” he told the Des Moines Register. “As opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”

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« Reply #132 on: January 07, 2018, 05:28:57 PM »
Funny, US Senator Chuck Grassley said something almost exactly like that.

“I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing,” he told the Des Moines Register. “As opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”

The extent to which real and satirical quotes are so hard to distinguish never ceases to amaze.

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« Reply #133 on: January 08, 2018, 10:55:55 AM »
Is Toby Young trying to out-Trump Trump on offensiveness? What a tosser. And May hasn't got the balls to withdraw the posting.

"ACTUALLY MATE I HAD MY DICK UP HER ARSE"
- indicative tweet from Mr. Young, new appointee to the board of the new university watchdog, the Office for Students.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/jan/03/toby-young-quotes-on-breasts-eugenics-and-working-class-people         

Not to worry, the Tories have now taken decisive action on this:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jan/08/tory-mps-urged-to-go-on-offensive-to-deflect-criticism-of-toby-young

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Re: UK Politics / Current Affairs
« Reply #134 on: January 12, 2018, 01:31:51 AM »
Trump's visit to the UK cancelled. That was another bright idea May had.

I've got mixed feelings on this. Glad the deranged bastard isn't going to sully our shores and it's another comment on May's lack of political antennae, but I was quite looking forward to him getting a taste of a good old British welcome.

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« Reply #135 on: January 12, 2018, 11:10:54 AM »
Trump's visit to the UK cancelled. That was another bright idea May had.

I've got mixed feelings on this. Glad the deranged bastard isn't going to sully our shores and it's another comment on May's lack of political antennae, but I was quite looking forward to him getting a taste of a good old British welcome.

You're not being entirely fair to May.  Imagine the indignancies on both side of the Pond if a sitting POTUS had not been invited to visit.
Add to this that we're dealing with Trump who would be enraged at any hint he's not the greatest ever....

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« Reply #136 on: June 03, 2018, 03:17:15 PM »
Trump's visit to the UK cancelled. That was another bright idea May had.

I've got mixed feelings on this. Glad the deranged bastard isn't going to sully our shores and it's another comment on May's lack of political antennae, but I was quite looking forward to him getting a taste of a good old British welcome.

Thought I'd bump this thread.

It would be even more interesting to see the reaction to Trump now given his tariffs against US allies, including us. Though even if he came and got huge crowds telling him to sod off, his account would be somewhat different. "I got a really great reception in the UK. A fantastic reception. The best reception anyone's ever got. I'm amazingly popular over there, it's incredible. Bigly."

A mirror image of the Labour/antisemitism row has emerged, with the Tory party accused of a similar problem with anti-Muslim prejudice.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/03/tories-islamophobia-gentrified-theresa-may-rightwing-politics

Oddly enough, despite the similarity of the two stories, the Tory anti-Muslim story has received very little coverage. The contrast with the coverage of the Labour antisemitism story could hardly be more pronounced: the latter was splashed over the front pages of the press day after day and featured prominently on broadcast news and current affairs programmes, especially Newsnight.

Isn't it wonderful to live in a country with a balanced media and impartial broadcasters?

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