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    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    Since we're on page 16, wondering what should the next avatar of this thread be called? Genocidal Tory Fan Boys Gerrymandering Tax Avoiding Brexiteers Who is British anyway? (Please Note: Answers involving Morris dancing are deemed puerile and will not be published) Can we be pretend to be Greenland ? (He won't know the difference, will he ?) Priti Patel is going to get you! And you! And you! All of yerrrr!
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    German politics. Flinten Uschi defying the laws of gravity

    If you can't trust produce farmed in Germany, then I'm really scared! Well, I'm guessing this wasn't an overnight development anyway - and should have stuck with the 'Was ich nicht weiss macht mich nicht heiƟ' principle I guess and not read this portion of the thread Oh well, looking forward to all that chlorinated chicken coming my way across the Atlantic after Halloween!
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    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    Good article. Both tactics - naming the next PM in the event of a successful VONC as well as an exact repeat of a Letwin-Cooper bill mandating extension in case no deal has been agreed and passed by HoC - require the opposition/Tory backbenchers seizing the agenda via this 'standing order'. The speaker's role is only in allowing a debate on such a proposed amendment once it is tabled. Is there a chance that an adminstration sharper than May's fairground circus simply don't allow that opening? I was reading something to that effect today, but forget where and the entire reasoning, will try to find the article again. I guess it would be like government just filibustering their way through the session without proposing any bills, or perhaps something more sophisticated along those lines. Edit: It cannot literally be filibustering, there are motions to be debated: A senior government source said Downing Street expects the first showdown to happen on 9 September because the government is bound by law to provide a report on Northern Ireland on 4 September and to then debate it in parliament within five days. (The Guardian)
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    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    Thank you, this is a very good summary(and confirmation of what was discussed here). The obvious conclusion is that a repeat of Cooper-Letwin from the March go-around would really be the most sensible option to stop a no-deal in October. Of course, that is not a guarantee as it is then upto the EU to agree, but still a safer option than bringing down the government and hoping to form a government of national unity within 14 days with the sole purpose of then doing the same thing (putting in a request for Brexit extension) anyway.
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    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    Yes, for the UK I meant of course. Ireland as well, btw.
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    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    To be 'fair', Trump has as much low cunning as he is dumb. And obviously he's a relentless, hyper-aggressive bully. While BoJo might be slightly less dumb, he falls short on the other two 'attributes'. Definitely way short when it comes to Trump-style bullying. And just as well, since he's in no position to bully anyone really. You need to be able to print the world's #1 reserve currency, have plenty of nukes (with delivery systems to go with it), a proven track record of willing to spend hundreds of billions on long pointless wars and the world's biggest economy for that. But to get back to the point, unless the EU are convinced BoJo and his crew are genuinely crazy enough to go through with their bluster and give him a better deal than the one available, then it's all going to end very badly.
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    US Politics: Culture Club

    I haven't watched this one, but the one about the Brexit referendum staring Benedict Cumberbatch highlighted how Aggregate IQ identified FB users who hadn't voted in years, even decades - folks who had basically 'been left behind' - and were no longer being targeted by mainstream parties for campaigning as they didn't exist in most databases. These FB users were targeted with ads for 'free prizes' that involved getting them to provide their responses to various issues which helped the Leave campaign fine-tune their message to reach this segment, besides obviously continuing to target them with ads to get them to register to vote and later obviously come out and actually vote. This documentary did not deal with fake news getting streamed down to these FB accounts, if that happened in the Brexit referendum, but I guess it's not hard to see that that would be (would have been) the next step.
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    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    And who would have ever thought the DUP would play such a pivotal role in Irish re-unification?
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    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    Thank you. We've had a snake oil salesman who thought his role was to be Bush's 'stunt-double' for risque foreign policy, an asocial control freak who according to a PR person from his own party was "incapable emotionally and psychologically of leadership", an actual ex-PR person who thought it was a good idea to offer a referendum on EU membership with no plan if the people voted to Leave and finally an autistic upjumped clerk obsessed with immigration as the last four PMs. Time to try a clown.
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    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    They've soured over Alexander Ali, but are still strong for no deal Brexit? There is no accounting for tastes and all that I suppose. But this is very interesting - in a snap GE, these types still vote for the Brexit Party then you think? Which I guess means a Labour MP in their seat.
  11. hmmm .... if I followed the story correctly, the implication of the wrong box being ticked was that one of the Leave campaigns avoided breaching their spending limit? So it wasn't completely trivial I guess. At first sight it would have looked like they got this other outfit to get around the spending limit. If that was the case and you do not pursue these cases, then everyone's going to break the limits willy nilly every time. Should they have spent half a million quid on this is a different question - maybe that is the market rate to get decent barristers idk.
  12. Those nasty natives struck at tea time! What is the world coming to?
  13. The first time around it was an anti-Livingstone vote to a large extent. High voter turnout mobilized around issues such as perceptions of the congestion fare rising far more contributed significantly. Probably that you, yeah. At the time there wasn't that much of a negative public perception about him from what I remember. And that lasted for his second election in 2012 benefiting from the coalition government in Westminster probably, or just that nothing had really gone wrong. He did have a good team under him.
  14. Nope, you would have had the WA with its Irish backstop already in this scenario. So mainland Britain could never be worse off than a customs union anyway. Agree with everything else you said.