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BS: Brexit & other UK political topics

Rain Dog 09 Aug 22 - 04:42 AM
DMcG 09 Aug 22 - 03:59 AM
Nigel Parsons 08 Aug 22 - 06:52 PM
The Sandman 08 Aug 22 - 12:13 PM
The Sandman 07 Aug 22 - 03:55 AM
The Sandman 07 Aug 22 - 03:53 AM
Dave the Gnome 07 Aug 22 - 02:48 AM
SPB-Cooperator 06 Aug 22 - 07:22 PM
Steve Shaw 06 Aug 22 - 06:50 PM
Bonzo3legs 06 Aug 22 - 05:52 PM
SPB-Cooperator 06 Aug 22 - 04:46 PM
Steve Shaw 06 Aug 22 - 06:30 AM
The Sandman 06 Aug 22 - 03:55 AM
SPB-Cooperator 06 Aug 22 - 03:41 AM
Nigel Parsons 05 Aug 22 - 06:39 PM
SPB-Cooperator 05 Aug 22 - 07:27 AM
Nigel Parsons 05 Aug 22 - 05:46 AM
SPB-Cooperator 05 Aug 22 - 04:41 AM
Bonzo3legs 04 Aug 22 - 04:57 PM
The Sandman 03 Aug 22 - 08:04 AM
Bonzo3legs 02 Aug 22 - 03:39 PM
The Sandman 02 Aug 22 - 12:57 PM
An Buachaill Caol Dubh 02 Aug 22 - 11:27 AM
Big Al Whittle 02 Aug 22 - 11:12 AM
Steve Shaw 02 Aug 22 - 10:42 AM
An Buachaill Caol Dubh 02 Aug 22 - 09:48 AM
Steve Shaw 02 Aug 22 - 09:31 AM
Raggytash 02 Aug 22 - 08:52 AM
Bonzo3legs 02 Aug 22 - 08:32 AM
An Buachaill Caol Dubh 02 Aug 22 - 04:04 AM
The Sandman 02 Aug 22 - 03:17 AM
Doug Chadwick 31 Jul 22 - 06:32 PM
Dave the Gnome 31 Jul 22 - 10:03 AM
Backwoodsman 31 Jul 22 - 04:52 AM
Doug Chadwick 31 Jul 22 - 03:44 AM
Doug Chadwick 31 Jul 22 - 03:42 AM
Dave the Gnome 31 Jul 22 - 02:42 AM
Bonzo3legs 30 Jul 22 - 05:36 PM
The Sandman 30 Jul 22 - 05:27 PM
The Sandman 30 Jul 22 - 05:25 PM
Dave the Gnome 30 Jul 22 - 01:27 PM
Nigel Parsons 30 Jul 22 - 01:22 PM
Rain Dog 30 Jul 22 - 09:10 AM
The Sandman 30 Jul 22 - 07:34 AM
Bonzo3legs 30 Jul 22 - 07:28 AM
Backwoodsman 30 Jul 22 - 07:26 AM
DMcG 30 Jul 22 - 07:02 AM
Steve Shaw 30 Jul 22 - 06:48 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Rain Dog
Date: 09 Aug 22 - 04:42 AM

"But a Home Office spokesman said last night: ‘These anonymous claims are wrong and misguided.

‘This scheme dates back to the First World War and is no longer effective because data provided to the police is already collected by the Home Office when individuals apply to enter the UK.

‘The police agree with government and recommended that the scheme should be abolished so that officers can focus on policing and solving crimes. 

'It is not used by the police to monitor individuals and to claim otherwise is wrong.’"

Daily Mail - A lot of our readers will not like this

I agree that a lot of their readers will not be happy about it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: DMcG
Date: 09 Aug 22 - 03:59 AM

Interesting "Daily Mail" lead article (for a change!), as shown on the BBC review of front pages of the papers:


Police checks on foreign nationals from 44 countries have been scrapped, the Daily Mail reports in its lead story. Tens of thousands of people, including those from Russia, China and Iran, no longer have to give their details to the police when moving to the UK, after the government "abruptly" scrapped the checks at the end of last week "with no public announcement", the paper says.


I suppose taking control of your borders' does include deciding not to check people, though that may not be what Leave voters expected.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 08 Aug 22 - 06:52 PM

"Cutting VAT tax on fuel"?
Is that on 'energy' Gas & electric? Or just on motor fuel (which will only really help those who can afford to run their own vehicles)


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 08 Aug 22 - 12:13 PM

Cutting VAT tax on fuel, A suggestion from a labour spokesperson


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 07 Aug 22 - 03:55 AM

bonzo does not appear to understand capitalist economics, all thos pensioners working 4 days a week doing his job could mean only one day work a week for bonzo


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 07 Aug 22 - 03:53 AM

Bonzo reminds me of Tebbitt, not all other pensioners can get on their bike and show rich people how to legally avoid paying tax,
of course if there were lots of them doing bonzos job, supply and demand might affect bonzo, he would have to be competitive and work harder more hours for less money,, a bit like william brown of the song


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 07 Aug 22 - 02:48 AM

Just a typical Tory, SPB. Not a care for anyone but themselves.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: SPB-Cooperator
Date: 06 Aug 22 - 07:22 PM

So, Bonzo, are you going to put your money where your mouth is? How many over 75s will you be giving £36,000 a year jobs to - after tax they would still technically be in fuel poverty. or are you expecting them to do back-breaking work in the fields of standing on their feet for 7 hours a day in amazon warehouses? They paid for your school education - and if you went into further education in the days before student loans, paid your tuition fees. So now if you are saying people who worked hard for 55 years or more should carry on working if they don't want to die of hypothermia?   Nice chap, aren't you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 06 Aug 22 - 06:50 PM

Well, Bonzo, I'm a well-educated chap, well retired, ex-teacher and all that. I'm 71 and clicking my heels, with a bloody bad back. So tell me how I can begin to make a living...
(I don't need to, actually, but do tell...)


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 06 Aug 22 - 05:52 PM

"BY the way, and you may prefer to focus on this point instead - fuel poverty is defined as more than 10% of household income being spent on gas/electricity. This winter it is set to reach 37% of the State Pension."

I work 4 days a week at 75, other pensioners should do the same if they need more money.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: SPB-Cooperator
Date: 06 Aug 22 - 04:46 PM

The tax cuts will pay a small proportion of the energy bill increases. Increasing state pension to 50% of average wage, or to the average defined benefit pension would help.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 06 Aug 22 - 06:30 AM

The wealthy get what they want already, so tax cuts won't get them spending more. The poor can be given tax cuts 'til they come out of their ears, but every penny will be used to pay their energy bills. If it takes Ken Clarke of all people to say that he doesn't need any more bloody handouts or tax cuts, it shows how the Tories don't understand targeting.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 06 Aug 22 - 03:55 AM

a million people spends a pound quicker than one person spends a million, from the point of view of the consumer society, it is necessary for people to have money to spend or consume, it is not an efficient way to run the consumer society, if people do not have money to consume.However .
I agree with SPB


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: SPB-Cooperator
Date: 06 Aug 22 - 03:41 AM

You are the one who tried to justify exponential increase in wealth in the face of a crisis where by this winter millions of working people, people on STATE pensions, people with disabilities or long-term limiting conditions, people who are in full time employments but still relay on UC to pay their rent and childcare, are unable to find work etc. are likely to have to make choices of whether to heat there homes or feed their families, be able to run a freezer or rely on expensive takeaways, whether to wash in hot or cold water, etc as being 'aspirational.

How you can consider aspiring to continue to accumulate more wealth on top of more than one person could possibly spend many lifetime over is acceptable goes beyond the thinking of any reasonable person.

It is typical tory mindset that poverty is caused by lack of aspiration at a time where wealth is being accumulated at the costs of more and more extreme poverty. Johnson wanted UK to be a third country... we are rapidly descending into becoming like a third word country. The only reason we don't have favelas in the UK is the NIMBYs would not tolerate them.

Sure it would be great if the entire UK population could aspire to be millionaires or billionaires, but I do not see how this could be sustained without hyperinflation. Also to achieve these noble suspirations GDP would have to increase to accommodate it as 68 million billionaires would mean that our GDP would be 68 million billion otherwise their wouldn't be 68 million billionaires, and that is 24,000 times the current UK GDP. Not a flight of fancy - just simple arithmetic.

Anyway, looking forward to your usual picking up on some pedantic issue and avoiding the substantive issue, let me guess - hot vs cold water?????

BY the way, and you may prefer to focus on this point instead - fuel poverty is defined as more than 10% of household income being spent on gas/electricity. This winter it is set to reach 37% of the State Pension.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 05 Aug 22 - 06:39 PM

I would be interested to see how you envisage the UK GDP being increased 24,000 times over so that the entire UK population could fulfill their aspirations to be billionaires.
That is not what I said, So I will ignore calls to explain something which makes no sense.
Maybe you would wish to explain your own non-sense.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: SPB-Cooperator
Date: 05 Aug 22 - 07:27 AM

I would be interested to see how you envisage the UK GDP being increased 24,000 times over so that the entire UK population could fulfill their aspirations to be billionaires.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 05 Aug 22 - 05:46 AM

I'm guessing that your point is not that millionaires/billionaires are not keeping it all to themselves, and that there is still something to be gained from being aspirational.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: SPB-Cooperator
Date: 05 Aug 22 - 04:41 AM

he number of billionaires in the UK nearly doubled between 2010 and 2019 from 29 to 54. Over the following 2 years it has more than tripled to 177. Now the Bank of England has the audacity to tell wage earners, pensioners and benefit recipients to suffer the consequences of what is likely to be the longest ever recession, escalating escalation, and rising interests rates in order to protect the wealthy from even longer term impacts. Also note that the number of millionaires has gone up over the last 11 years from 506,000 to 2,490,952.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 04 Aug 22 - 04:57 PM

I'm please to see that good progress is being made with HS2.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 03 Aug 22 - 08:04 AM

Bonzo this reminds me of Mussolini, and how did he end?
hanging upside down


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 02 Aug 22 - 03:39 PM

Read for yourself, I'm off to see the England girls thrash the krauts again!!

By the way, Liz Truss has announced she will scrap diversity and inclusion jobs in Whitehall, making sure civil service officials actually start to focus on delivery - excellent news!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 02 Aug 22 - 12:57 PM

Bonzo, How is she going to improve the way Animals are treated, or are you going to tell me, that is not her brief, That her brief is to look after very rich humans, come on answer, and none of your weasel words or your doggerel, and spare us your verbal dog shit and insults. tell us how truss the financial wizard is going to make ordinary peoples lives better, when she fecks the economy up
boris will try to make a come back


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: An Buachaill Caol Dubh
Date: 02 Aug 22 - 11:27 AM

NOT "quite" in anything like the American usage.

It will be interesting to consider how a mature politician might respond to the rudeness of someone holding high political office in another country. Eamonn de Valera's response to Churchill's characteristic growling after the end of the 1939-45 War, at least in Europe, has been described as "magisterial". The Long Fellow was An Taoiseach at the time, and would be "Chief" for far longer than Sir Winston.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 02 Aug 22 - 11:12 AM

Tea-shock.....?


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 02 Aug 22 - 10:42 AM

Er, quite...


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: An Buachaill Caol Dubh
Date: 02 Aug 22 - 09:48 AM

Clever?


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 02 Aug 22 - 09:31 AM

You don't prove that you'll be a good prime minister by talking. We had a headmaster once who was an absolutely brilliant speaker, a quick thinker, very eloquent (it's how he got the job). He was the worst imaginable head, weak, arbitrary, flip-flopping, easily bullied by his senior staff, managed to get us duffed up by Ofsted...

Clever talk don't butter no parsnips, Bonzo. 'Tis by her fruits shalt thou knowest her (as for me personally, she can keep her fruits to herself).


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Raggytash
Date: 02 Aug 22 - 08:52 AM

"She is demonstrating that she's best for the job of PM."

Ye Gods she can't even pronounce Taoiseach. She is supposed to be a leading politician and should KNOW these things.


Tea Sock


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 02 Aug 22 - 08:32 AM

She is demonstrating that she's best for the job of PM.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: An Buachaill Caol Dubh
Date: 02 Aug 22 - 04:04 AM

At last, a Conservative politician makes a statement about matters Scottish which is entirely accurate and even truthful. In behaving in such an unprecedented manner, maybe she's just seeking attention.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 02 Aug 22 - 03:17 AM

Truss is attacking the civil service an also Nicola Sturgeon, she seems intent on demonstrating aggression


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 31 Jul 22 - 06:32 PM

I don't think deletions matter if someone is keeping their own tally - a bite is a bite.

DC


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 31 Jul 22 - 10:03 AM

Doug - BG :-D

FWIW though when such remarks are deleted the replies usually go with them.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 31 Jul 22 - 04:52 AM

Good point, Doug.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 31 Jul 22 - 03:44 AM

....who can't resist making a reply.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 31 Jul 22 - 03:42 AM

Are you going for the record of highest number of offensive posts deleted bonzo?

No, he's going for the record of the highest number of bites from people who resist making a reply.

DC


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 31 Jul 22 - 02:42 AM

Are you going for the record of highest number of offensive posts deleted bonzo?


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 30 Jul 22 - 05:36 PM

"Bonzo, your comments only weaken your credibilty, to resort to name calling reflects a weakness , an inabilty to discuss in a rational manner"

I couldn't give a pikey's arse!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 30 Jul 22 - 05:27 PM

iS IT OK to say the queues at Dover are ok? because its the british way and the british love waiting in a queue.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 30 Jul 22 - 05:25 PM

I do not care who is keen on it, and to argue something is ok because it is the British way, is indicative of the mess the country is in.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 30 Jul 22 - 01:27 PM

Boundary changes can be wrong if their purpose is to ensure a particular political party gets less representation, Rain Dog. That is gerrymandering. Yes, it can happen and is difficult to either prove or fight against.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 30 Jul 22 - 01:22 PM

The conservatives won 43.6% of the popular vote, that means that 66.4 percent of the voters did not vote for them, they were elected as a result of previous gerrymandering[boundary changes],

The latest (sixth) boundary review was not implemented.
The fifth review was, in 2010, based on a review of 2007. That would suggest that any 'gerrymandering' was the responsibility of the party at that time in power.

If the Conservative Party got in with 43.6% of the vote then that is an improvement on the previous (2005) government which got in with 35.2%


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Rain Dog
Date: 30 Jul 22 - 09:10 AM

"The conservatives won 43.6% of the popular vote, that means that 66.4 percent of the voters did not vote for them, they were elected as a result of previous gerrymandering[boundary changes], and the first past the post electoral system which relies upon a system where there are two main opposition parties, thus splitting the vote, the liberal party under this system are particularly dealt with unfairly."

Unless we end up with a coalition government, we nearly always end up with a government which has received less than 50% of the vote. Certainly not ideal but it is the 'British' way. Neither Labour or Conservatives are keen on changing that method of voting.

Gerrymandering? Are you being serious? Yes we have boundary changes. Are you saying that is wrong?


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 30 Jul 22 - 07:34 AM

Bonzo, your comments only weaken your credibilty, to resort to name calling reflects a weakness , an inabilty to discuss in a rational manner


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 30 Jul 22 - 07:28 AM

I appreciate your appreciation!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 30 Jul 22 - 07:26 AM

Very nice to see intelligent, considered debate here. It definitely beats “Lefties are a bunch of arrogant wankers” kind of stuff, dunnit?


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: DMcG
Date: 30 Jul 22 - 07:02 AM

DMcG:
Quite right, the 'rank and file'/membership were not given a vote because one of the two short-listed stood down. And in my view Theresa May was not the person for the job.


A bit off topic, in a way, but relevant to the current PM selection in another.

When you say Theresa May was not the right person for the job in your view, are you saying Andrea Leadsom was?   Because, if not, that speaks to a problem with the members just being the choice between two. I have likened the situation between a magician's forced card. What if the members at large didn't want either of these two, and would have preferred say Penny Mordaunt? "Those are the rules" seems a weak argument to me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 30 Jul 22 - 06:48 AM

Well, hmm. "The populace elected a conservative government." Sorry, Nigel, but each member of that electorate took part (if they voted at all) in the election of an MP. I don't remember the ballot paper giving me the option of choosing a particular colour of government. It's amazing how you guys on the right always purport to know what's in voters' minds. "The people voted to take back control." Really? What if I said that "the people" voted to keep out foreigners, especially the ones without white skin? Who's going to say which of us is closer? Individual voters have their own agendas. It would be a good bet that some Tory party members will vote for Truss "because we need another woman," or for Sunak for the very opposite reason. Both terrible ways of making the decision, eh? But who's to know?


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 30 Jul 22 - 06:28 AM

The conservatives won 43.6% of the popular vote, that means that 66.4 percent of the voters did not vote for them, they were elected as a result of previous gerrymandering[boundary changes], and the first past the post electoral system which relies upon a system where there are two main opposition parties, thus splitting the vote, the liberal party under this system are particularly dealt with unfairly.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 30 Jul 22 - 06:20 AM

DMcG:
Quite right, the 'rank and file'/membership were not given a vote because one of the two short-listed stood down. And in my view Theresa May was not the person for the job.


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