What this forum needs is a thread dedicated to the wacky world of British politics. Here we can place bets on how many seats Labour will lose at the next General Election, whether the Out Campaign will benefit from having Nigel Farage amongst its ranks and, of course, Scottish independence (the dream shall never die ).
Well, Labour is doing quite well, given the significant swing to it in the Oldham West by-election. (Of course, the media's mostly not mentioning that.) Then again, more seats shifted to the left than to the right* in the last election, and the Tories wound up governing with fewer seats than many previous Tory governments- or Labour governments- or the Coalition that preceded this. (Again, the media is not mentioning this.)
* I'd be glad to provide the figures. To be fair, the SNP landslide does skew things, but even discounting Scotland, the rightward shift is minimal.
That's true, the LibDem vote collapse did benefit the Tories more than Labour though. At least the electorate seems to be fed up with the shiny, snake-talking politician - I predict Corbyn and Farage will make a big dent.
Is it normal for politicians themselves to get thanked for key roles in financing private projects? George Osborne (in his position as Chancellor of the Exchequer) was thanked in the end credits of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Nigel Farage has challenged Jeremy Corbyn to a live televised debate on Britain’s membership of the European Union.
Ukip’s leader made the call shortly after Mr Corbyn revealed a plan to challenge David Cameron to annual “state of the nation” televised debates.
“If Jeremy Corbyn is sincere in his demand for more public debates, he should debate me on EU membership. What about it Mr Corbyn?” Mr Farage said in a message posted on Twitter on Tuesday.
The counter-challenge comes potentially just months ahead of an in-out referendum on European Union membership.
The plebiscite is due to be held before the end of 2017 – but the PM has hinted it could be held this summer.
Mr Corbyn had told the Independent that people were entitled to know more about their political leaders and to hold them to account in a public forum.
“Democracy relies on the participation of the people. No political leader should shrink from the chance to engage more fully with the public and to test their arguments in debate,” he said.
“It is clear that televised debates can engage more people in politics, so we should seize the opportunity to hold them more regularly.”
Research by the University of Leeds found that the televised debates at the May general election increased viewers’ interest in politics by 30 per cent.
David Cameron was reticent to take part in the 2015 election television debates and the format was ultimately adapted by broadcasters in order to encourage him to take part.
Head-to-head meetings between Mr Cameron and then Labour leader Ed Miliband were minimised and smaller parties, including the nationalists and Green Party were included.
Mr Miliband received a substantial boost in his leadership ratings after the debates, though he still lagged behind Mr Cameron by most measures on polling day.
A Downing Street source said of Mr Corbyn’s proposal: “We haven’t been approached about this proposal and would need to see more details. But the PM is happy to be held to account every week at prime minister’s questions by MPs.”
Well, this is interesting. Wonder if Corbyn will accept the debate offer.
On the one hand, it would be a good idea to have a debate. OTOH, I'm from the opposite end of the spectrum from Farage, and have far different reasons for doing so- but I'm for Farage's call for leaving the EU. (That said, I'm not for the Farage/Cameron position of leaving the ECHR.)
Corbyn's not even pro-EU, Farage should at least engage someone undoubtedly Europhilic like Clegg.
Nick Clegg is irrelevant nowadays.
I suspect Farage decided to challenge Corbyn precisely because he's not strongly pro-EU. Corbyn does support the In campaign, afaik, but certainly isn't the most ardent defender of the EU.
I think Corbyn's decided not to campaign for In? He opposed the EU when on the backbenches and now his policy is more wanting strong EU reform. As far as I'm aware he's waiting to see what David Cameron brings back next month before he makes a big decision.
I hope it leaves-though not for the reasons Cameron and Farage do. The EU treats austerity as a feature, not a bug, per Robert "Father of the Euro" Mundell. Austerity has not worked to aid Europe's economic recovery (with the possible exception of one thing that Europe is being pushed hard to raise, despite a lack of need- military spending. Only one EU member is seriously threatened by an expansionist neighbor, and that's Greece.)
I hope Scotland votes IN and the rest of the UK votes OUT meaning there will be a bigger drive for independence
What prey tell is so wrong with been or the UK and thus glorious Britannia.
I personally favor self-determination as the major reason. My big beef with the UK besides giving Scotland more power to decide its own destiny is being closer to the views of the SNP than New Labour or the Tories. (Of course, I do hope HM remains head of state, as she's the best possible figurehead, and someone I trust more than Blair, Cameron, Clegg and Salmond.)
Well, I'm surprised that this thread has been inactive, with all the talk of Brexit. Of course, I should have brought up the anti-Trident rally, which drew thousands of people, including the heads of two UK-wide political parties (Labour and Green) and two regional ones (SNP and Plaid). www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/27/cnd-rally-anti-nuclear-demonstration-trident-london And, in Scottish news, one of the more noted campaigners against the UK's current foreign policy and for Scottish Independence is thinking of running for Holyrood as an independent. His resignation letter from the SNP was brief and will be shown in another thread...but here's the text.
Please accept my resignation as a member of the SNP, as I wish to campaign for Scottish Independence.
futurist: Good luck to you, MN!
Jan 17, 2019 5:10:51 GMT
MinnesotaNationalist: well, that was the most underwhelming jury duty ever. Came in one day, was told to go home, and now I'm told that I'm not needed anymore for this session.
Jan 23, 2019 4:26:12 GMT
ieph: I've been actually thinking of just spending my time here, gradually decreasing my presence in AH.com. But in the meantime, I'm spending my time reviving one of my old WIPs sadly lost to the sands of time (I guess)
Jul 23, 2019 11:24:08 GMT
ieph: In fact, I'm even thinking of reviving my wikibox TL right here.
Jul 23, 2019 20:21:52 GMT
jennysnooper87: If that's the case, would it be okay if I moved the TL from AH.com to this site?
Aug 21, 2019 1:53:59 GMT
railmotive: Checking out this website, seems quite nice.
Oct 23, 2019 22:35:16 GMT