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  1. The Marquis de Leech

    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    While Corbyn is not without fault - especially in his handling of the media - the seat projections suggest that the root cause of this is that Labour Leavers have departed en masse. Corbyn's tried (seemingly unsuccessfully) to stop this. A Blairite leader would have thrown the Leavers under the bus, and gone after Tory Remainers. Basically turning Labour into the US Democrats. Would that have worked? Who knows... but Tory Remainers have proven exceptionally loyal, and Labour becoming the party of Remain results in a self-gerrymander under First Past the Post. That's also not factoring in what the Blairites would have done to Labour membership numbers. (Taking a broader view... the democratic world ain't favourable to Social Democracy at the moment. It speaks volumes that Corbyn's Labour was actually a rare bright spot, in comparison with some of the continental European parties).
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    Fourth Quarter 2019 Reading

    Finished the Complete Works of Shakespeare. I was working through it at three plays a day.
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    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    The stuff on page 48: Get rid of Fixed Term Parliament Act. Update parliamentary boundaries to ensure votes count the same. Support First Past the Post. Voter ID. Voting age of 18. Not proceed with second stage of Leveson Inquiry. Look at relationship between Parliament and the courts. Update the Human Rights Act. The only truly disturbing element of that is (4), which is straight from the US Republican playbook. I disagree with (3) and (6), and I'm not sure how they manage (2) while still keeping the Isle of Wight, the Western Isles, and Orkney and Shetland as unique constituencies. (1) undoes constitutional vandalism, I agree with (5), and given the behaviour of the courts, I think (7) and (8) is warranted.
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    Cricket 38: Ashes Openers Crash and Burns

    Also, that Hobart match was a matter of just 7 runs. It remains the only time we've beaten Australia while batting first in a test-match. The biggest issue with New Zealand facing Australia in Australia is psychological. Decades-worth of thrashings take their toll, even if this side is substantially better than previous New Zealand teams.
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    Cricket 38: Ashes Openers Crash and Burns

    Match drawn, surprisingly exactly nobody. The fifth New Zealand series win over England (after 1984, 1986, 1999, and 2018). England's beaten us in 23 series.
  6. The polling divergence is starting to resemble 2017.
  7. As much as I'm sympathetic to Corbyn, the media were hostile to Foot, Kinnock, Brown, and Milliband too. Barring Tony Blair, pretty much every British Labour leader for four decades has faced a press that was out to get them - it's part of the job description. We all know Blair's solution, and I'm not suggesting the re-adoption of that, but at least planning on how to deal with the problem would not have gone amiss.
  8. It's not a culture war along guns and abortion lines, but it is still a culture war along the lines of social values, where Leave and Remain are basically stand-ins for other things (immigration, crime, environment, internationalism, etc). Economics is now less important - in 2017, Corbyn (unintentionally, and probably against his will) achieved a much more middle-class Labour vote than Tony Blair ever did.
  9. Post-referendum polarisation, First Past the Post, and a unified Right (Farage has collapsed) versus a fragmented Left rather screws things. Basically, Britain's degenerated into American-style Culture War at this point.
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    Cricket 38: Ashes Openers Crash and Burns

    That ninth wicket partnership was a tad annoying, but we got there in the end. (Just our third innings victory over England!).
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    Cricket 38: Ashes Openers Crash and Burns

    OK. That's just poor batting. The pitch holds no terrors... honestly, they should not be playing stupid shots in this position. I was thinking a draw up until twenty minutes ago. Now? England are in the poo, and no mistake.
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    Cricket 38: Ashes Openers Crash and Burns

    From the useless trivia file: this is the first time a side has cracked 600 in an innings between New Zealand and England (previous highest was England's 593 in 1975), and the second longest innings (by balls faced) by a wicket-keeper in test cricket (behind Kuruppu's 548-ball effort for Sri Lanka vs New Zealand in 1987). It's the seventh highest score by a wicket-keeper in test cricket, the highest against England (previous record by Kunderan for India in 1964), and the highest by a New Zealander (previous record McCullum vs Bangladesh in 2010). Oh, and the second highest score by a number six batsman against England (behind Don Bradman in 1946). My money's still on a draw though.
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    Cricket 38: Ashes Openers Crash and Burns

    The pitch is flat as a pancake. This is heading for a draw. Watling's innings is the fifth longest (in terms of balls faced) by a wicket keeper in test cricket.
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    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    In the sense that the wait is longer than five years. (It was my attempt at a joke).
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    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    It's technically true. Say what you like about Rothfuss, but he doesn't do any of this "waiting five years" nonsense.
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