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  1. brad465

    Where did it all go wrong for the Greens

    The current voting system is the main issue stopping the Greens having any major influence (although in some local elections they've fared relatively well). I think though a good model to look at would be the German Greens, who have some classic Green party policies while being more moderate...
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    Songs where you go “Aargh” and lurch for the Off button

    This X Factor audition (although the dead silence in the theatre once they finish singing and the Judge's comments are worth watching).
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    When Will It All Go Wrong For The Tories/ Johnson

    Oh he's not stupid alright, almost everything that seems stupid is an act to try and be more appealing and/or distract from stuff he does that he knows won't be popular. Partygate though went a long way to exposing his true nature and his act is working on less and less voters.
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    Potential overturn of Roe v Wade

    This is the thing, as a Christian (although I tolerate abortion in certain circumstances) I could get more onboard with their opposition to abortion if they were not hypocrites. I saw someone elsewhere give the opinion that maybe they're opposed to abortion because they want more people in the...
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    Potential overturn of Roe v Wade

    This is among a long list of reasons why such a heavy focus on GDP is not a good way to measure success as a country. The US having the highest GDP in the world doesn't make anyone victim to abortion laws and gun crimes any happier, nor does it help the poorest in society or any other groups...
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    When Will It All Go Wrong For The Tories/ Johnson

    Perception matters a lot in politics, and while Labour didn't quite get a majority of votes, they comfortably took back the seat and voters Labour need to target will see this result as a sign they're heading in the right direction. They'll need a strong party conference though to set out what...
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    December 2022 Timetable Changes

    There was also the issue that Chart Leacon needed to be reopened enough to accommodate extra space for SE units to move into, so 700s could use some of the Ashford Down siding space. I don't know what the situation is with Chart Leacon right now, but SE will have achieved some relief from covid...
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    December 2022 Timetable Changes

    Wow this must be a rare time when a timetable change actually improves the service for a particular line/destination. I would have thought the former almost certainly, although the latter might exist on a seldom basis to retain route knowledge for diversions (IIRC the Beckenham Spur is used by...
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    December 2022 Timetable Changes

    Pre-covid, and to an extent at the moment, these services swapped Orpington for Chelsfield in the peak, which meant Orpington had no fast services in core peak hours (although Chelsfield is on the southern edge of Orpington so some passengers may have been okay). If Orpington needs a fast...
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    Rail strikes discussion thread

    Hasn't stopped a number of Government MPs/Ministers calling them "Labour's strikes" or similar. Labour may well be refusing to condemn on and/or supporting them to an extent, but when you've been the governing party for 12 years this is a poor excuse/petty move. The reality is that a strong...
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    When Will It All Go Wrong For The Tories/ Johnson

    I don't see it happening before the next election, if at all, particularly as the courts would have something to say about that. Also, Johnson's current standing would make such a move very well publicised and criticised, as this would be seen as a desperate attempt to solidify himself, and also...
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    Activists and human rights

    Yep this is a divide and rule tactic. Normally I would argue the best thing that can be done is for everyone to not talk about this subject, however as lives would be at stake if we just left the crossings to take place, I think the focus should be on highlighting this policy is about divide and...
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    Activists and human rights

    Apologies if this has already been pointed out, but I think it should be highlighted that in the policy there is a section about the UK accepting certain Rwandan refugees...
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    When Will It All Go Wrong For The Tories/ Johnson

    My point is not trying to smear opponents to it, but making them alert to the possibly, hence why I said criticising the signs, not so much the supporters for believing in them (such moves rarely happen at once, they are a very gradual process and it's about stopping that process before the...
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    When Will It All Go Wrong For The Tories/ Johnson

    "The road to fascism is lined with people telling you to stop overreacting." As you allude to I would say the Government are not the biggest threat regarding authoritarianism. The biggest threat is this mindset that somehow it can't happen here, which I think proves it absolutely can happen...
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    The "And in other news..." thread

    Youtuber Colin Furze making the news regarding the latest in his tunnel digging under his house: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-61851694
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    When Will It All Go Wrong For The Tories/ Johnson

    This is another fault of the current voting system, it makes voters vote for what they least oppose, not what they most want, and ultimately politicians end up acting in the same way. We also saw this with Biden winning on being "not Trump", in 2019 the argument was more Corbyn lost than Johnson...
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    When Will It All Go Wrong For The Tories/ Johnson

    I think if Johnson is replaced and Starmer hasn't been, then I don't see Starmer's dull personality being as much as an issue as it seems to be now. Given the high enthusiasm/charisma in Johnson's, a very stark contrast exists between the two. Should he be replaced, none of the main contenders...
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    When Will It All Go Wrong For The Tories/ Johnson

    Brexit is not done, for two major reasons: firstly the Government keep trying to trash the NI Protocol they signed up to, and secondly because the TCA has to be reviewed every 5 years, where as the deal started at the beginning of 2021, it should be reviewed in 2026, meaning whoever wins the...
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    "Covid rising in England" - let's stop the fear mongering

    Up again, with Jubilee celebrations (that we were actively encouraged to join) being cited as a reason, along with the latest sub-variants: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-61839777

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