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Nightlamp
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I have hated this election with vengeance all choices seem terrible. Neither side seems to have a clue & the Libdems have been abandoned in the middle rudderless without hope.

It is like choosing which foot to shoot myself in.

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I know what you mean.

My Green Party mate has hoisted his banner on our gate (he did ask first). So now I feel obliged to vote green. This seems OK to me on the basis that the larger the number of green votes, the more possible it is that whoever gets in may feel emboldened in that direction.

George Galloway is standing as an independent here and seems (judging by banners in the street) to be popular with Asians, despite our Labour constituency party's all-Asian shortlist of possible replacements for Gerald Kaufman. I wonder what's going on.

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I am with you on hating the election and the whole process.

I have to decide whether to vote with my heart - for the party whose ideal are closest to mine - or my head - for the candidate most likely to oust the sitting Tory.

It always makes me so angry that we have such an adversarial voting and political system here. Yes, I am a supporter of PR, because that gives me a chance to reflect what I want, not what I don't.

As the US election showed very clearly, when the choices are all bad, the loser is democracy itself. More people wanted Hilary as president, but I suspect a lot of them just didn't want Trump as president.

While we maintain a FPTP system, Western "democracy" is fundamentally broken.

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SC, I'm going to suggest now is not the time for scruples...

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The British Summer weather appears to have cast it's vote. It is fuckin PISSING DOWN!!

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And it's not even a Bank Holiday!

It has however been D-Day weather!

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There's something about the British sense of humour which reassures me. We may be heading for more Tory cuts ad nauseam, but I can laugh at people's wry comedy. There's nowt so queer as folk, cept thee and me, and I reckon th'art a bit of a barmcake.

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The usual British Summer Gloom here - grey skies, a chilly wind, and hints of rain later. Still, my local Polling Station, and also the one in Our Place's church hall, seem to be doing brisk business.

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quote:
Originally posted by rolyn:
The British Summer weather appears to have cast it's vote. It is fuckin PISSING DOWN!!

I was in London last year the day of the Brexit vote, and I remember the rain pouring down so hard that even my taxi driver commented on it (and I'm pretty sure London taxi drivers are used to seeing a bit of rain!).

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I'm watching an episode of The Handmaid's Tale to cheer myself up...

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It's got quite sunny here - good for Labour, I hope.

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quote:
Originally posted by leo:
It's got quite sunny here - good for Labour, I hope.

Tipping down, so it's no surprise that party workers are encouraging voters to get along to the polling station.
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I'm pretty bloody mad that there are reports of young people being turned away from polls in places like Keele. Disgusting.

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Can you provide a link to those reports?

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It's on the Guardian election day blog here

This sounds like something which could get very serious very quickly.

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quote:
Originally posted by Baptist Trainfan:
It has however been D-Day weather!

Indeed so.
And how many Allied lives did that typically British June weather Window save? Answer many, not a few.

It is fine here now and I have cast my vote, not at Theressa's feet.

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If you can't figure out the better choice from those available at this election then the problem is you, not the available choices.
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quote:
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It's got quite sunny here - good for Labour, I hope.

I'm very confused. In the US bad weather means low turnout which is almost always good for Republicans. The poor, the young, the disabled, single parents, people on shift work, and racial/ethnic minorities all are more likely to vote for Democrats and less likely to vote at all in bad weather (although African-American women tend to vote in remarkably high numbers, at least during presidential elections, no matter what). Meanwhile, the elderly, well-to-do, and white are more likely to vote Republican and tend to vote come hell or high water. Why would things be different in the UK in this election?
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quote:
Originally posted by mr cheesy:
I'm pretty bloody mad that there are reports of young people being turned away from polls in places like Keele. Disgusting.

[Mad]

I was reading about that. I think there and Portsmouth (I think) might find they need a re-election.

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quote:
Originally posted by stonespring:
quote:
Originally posted by leo:
It's got quite sunny here - good for Labour, I hope.

I'm very confused. In the US bad weather means low turnout which is almost always good for Republicans. The poor, the young, the disabled, single parents, people on shift work, and racial/ethnic minorities all are more likely to vote for Democrats and less likely to vote at all in bad weather (although African-American women tend to vote in remarkably high numbers, at least during presidential elections, no matter what). Meanwhile, the elderly, well-to-do, and white are more likely to vote Republican and tend to vote come hell or high water. Why would things be different in the UK in this election?
They aren't different for much the same reasons. Conservative voters vote whatever, Labour voters are more likely to see rain and stay indoors. So, sunshine is good for Labour.

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I'm surprised - after all, Tory voters are more likely to be bald, so get sunned and rained on more. Perhaps they are wealthier and can better afford umbrellas and parasols?
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Tories traditionally had better systems for getting the vote out (lifts to the polling station etc). Of course Labour is also strong at this in their heartlands.

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Just going to see the exit polls I dread what ever it says.. Bad, very bad or extremely bad.

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I don't know what you are talking about so it couldn't have been that important- Nightlamp

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mr cheesy
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Wow. Looks like a hung parliament

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Nightlamp
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If this is correct the UK won't be able to negotiate article 50 and there will be another election before the end of the year.

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I don't know what you are talking about so it couldn't have been that important- Nightlamp

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quote:
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Wow. Looks like a hung parliament

Not according to Ashcroft Polls which have often gone against the norm but proved accurate in the past.

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Main learning point, don't hire Lynton Crosby.

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Or if running a campaign based on the personality of the leader. Have a leader with a personality.

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I don't know what you are talking about so it couldn't have been that important- Nightlamp

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quote:
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Main learning point, don't hire Lynton Crosby.

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd (not to be confused with Amber Rudd*) seems to agree

* though she might, too

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quote:
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Wow. Looks like a hung parliament

Correct.

Hang the lot of 'em was the old cynics cry from yesteryear.
Don't say things like that in squeaky clean 2017.

Fact : Corbyn picked up more 'Likes' on Twitter than May.
That is where battles are won or lost in this age.

This is the second time in as many years that Tory has rolled the dice when they didn't need to and lost. Time to Get with it you might have thought.

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Nightlamp
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Tories going to work with DUP that is a recipe for another election..

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But calling another election is rife with danger. For one thing, people might well be pissed off with yet another vote, and might take it out on whoever called it. We could be in for a few months of Mexican stand-off. It also depends on whether Labour are on a roll, or have peaked. If the polls head up for Labour, the Tories will not dare call an election. I suppose if Boris comes in, the polls may change.

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Difficult to to say if folk are getting pissed off with turning out to vote. There does appear to be some kind of reconnect with politics going on particularly among the young.

Like many here I remember the two successive and inconclusive Elections of the 70s.
Ahh, turmoil ain't what it used to be ....

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Another election soon might keep the young engaged in politics before they get distracted by the launch of the next iPhone.

But, for the rest of us going to the polls 7 times in 3 years is a lot - especially for those who get actively involved in campaigns and stuff. We might appreciate a clear 12 months before the politicians start spending obscene amounts of cash driving around the country in slogan emblazoned buses rather than doing the job we elected them to do.

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Morning all. I am fortified by bacon, having gone to bed at six (no, I have no idea why I do these things either).

A couple of thoughts.

1. It wasn't Jack Daniels. It turned out to be an entire prescient bottle of Bushmills. And very fine it is too.

2. Overheard on twitter: "The DUP are the political wing of the seventeenth century."

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I'm still reeling from the idea that a small handful of throughly obnoxious arseholes are now holding the country hostage and the Tories don't give a shit. They must realise how dangerous this is for them - either that or they're plainly fucking stupid.

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They've spent five centuries honing their battle cry of "NO!".

So much for Corbyn's alleged links with the IRA. At least he never decided to govern with them...

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Sky are now reporting that the DUP haven't firmly agreed to getting into government with May.

According to the reports, they think they've agreed to continued discussions not an agreement.

What an utter trainwreck.

Mind you, I guess May should have known that the DUP were better at negotiating in their own interest than she is.

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She couldn't negotiate a meal deal at McD's.

The DUP will have her for breakfast, God bless their gay-hating, evolution-denying, terrorist-sympathising ways.

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See, if I was the DUP I'd be laying out the minimum concessions for co-operation. Leaving aside all the gay-bashing bollocks, that's got to involve something about their vision for NI and putting themselves in a position to crush SF and/or Nationalism.

Because it would be stupid not to, and to be fair, they've got absolutely nothing at all to lose by demanding it.

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Except that NI is now majority republican/neutral and majority remain. The DUP are on the wrong side of history *and* demographics. They'll only crush SF in their dreams.

Fuck 'em. May's just got into bed with a bunch of proddy terrorists, and we should be reminding everyone of that, daily. Twice daily.

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Except that NI is now majority republican/neutral and majority remain. The DUP are on the wrong side of history *and* demographics. They'll only crush SF in their dreams.

But they've got the opportunity laid out in front of them, and they've got no reason to not try to use it. SF has them on the ropes in the Assembly and Unionism is in the decline in NI apparently. So here is a golden ticket to bypass all that stuff and to make a mark which cannot be reversed - by using the powers of the UK government to fatally undermine Stormont and to kill off any talk of closer links to the Republic.

I agree that in a lot of senses this would be incredibly stupid. But in another way it is an opportunity they can't really pass up.

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Fuck 'em. May's just got into bed with a bunch of proddy terrorists, and we should be reminding everyone of that, daily. Twice daily.
Quite so.

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Doc Tor, congratulations on the purchase of your bottle of Bushmills. Clearly, the Spirit was upon you, and you was a-prophesying...

[Help]

What others have said about the Definitely Unhinged Party.

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quote:
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We might appreciate a clear 12 months before the politicians start spending obscene amounts of cash driving around the country in slogan emblazoned buses rather than doing the job we elected them to do.

Thinking that once the dust settles on this latest apparent shambles the Tories, with their new coalition lapdog, will be able to govern until 2022?

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Doc Tor, congratulations on the purchase of your bottle of Bushmills. Clearly, the Spirit was upon you, and you was a-prophesying...

[Help]

What others have said about the Definitely Unhinged Party.

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A whiskey from Norn Iron. How appropriate.

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Thinking that once the dust settles on this latest apparent shambles the Tories, with their new coalition lapdog, will be able to govern until 2022?

I don't think the dust is going to settle. I think a long term government with a majority of 10 is basically impossible and would require all the other parties to stand aside and let their crappy policies run through the Commons. I can't see any reason why they'd do that.

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Corbyn might try and deliberately fuck up every motion that the Tories push through in order to force another Election. Quite honestly my head hurts to even think about this so I will be shoving it back in the sand.

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In the 15 years when we lived in Northern Ireland, we always regarded our general election votes as basically wasted; the NI parties were far too small and insignificant to make any difference to what happened at Westminster.

Now it looks as though what we used to refer to as the "Monster Raving Unionist Party" are going to hold at least part of the balance of power, with all their mindless, reactionary bigotry.

Oh dear. [Frown]

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Bishops Finger
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If one lies down with a dog, one rises with fleas.

Tories + DUPES = a marriage made in Heaven.

NOT.

IJ

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We need a suitable label for the government May is trying to concoct. Perhaps the the UCon, of the May UCon government ?

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All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome. George Orwell

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