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by Oui on Mon Nov 11th, 2019 at 03:26:17 PM EST
He's really not good at this. I idly wonder what prevented him pursuing a employment as an academic.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Nov 11th, 2019 at 05:09:37 PM EST
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Too academic to have enough fire in his belly to pound Bojo into electoral pulp, too idealistic-ideologcal to vegetate teaching poli-sci in the redbricks?
Corbyn has been a voice in the wilderness for half a century, perhaps he is still in mild shock at his rapid ascent to popular leadership of a polyhedric labour party disgraced - defaced - by Blair and Brown decades, reduced to the pusillanimous, wet blanket leadership of the Millibands.
He waited out New Labour's love-fest with war and finance, he outlived the opprobious smear media campaign against him, yet it isn't the 70's, he's not in his prime, he doesn't have the solid team he'd need to have a smidgeon of chance to turn a ur-mercantile society in a compassionate, progressive direction.
And yet... there he stands, centre-stage with a huge burden on him, to influence history definitively or go home and watch the country going pear-shaped, wondering what it was they saw in him, these new young Labour supporters in the first place. Surely warmed-over Trotskyism was fodder for historians, not current times!
Yet Marx' Capital is a best-seller, and capitalism seems ever more late or last-stage without its former Communist counterpart to negatively justify its continued and growing inequalities, injustice and ecocide.
Remembering when the commies did/do ecocide, they are no slouches either. I didn't see Greta visiting Putin or Peking, did I miss something?
I wish Sanders and Corbyn would do some co-strategising, why is the famous UK-US alliance so under-represented by their social democrat electorates today? Different planets! Yet their platforms share many planks.
We need the early enthusiasm of communism grafted onto a social democrat, anti-totalitarian stock, and the two old codgers could do more united than not. Mutual legup.
Corbyn lost a lot of traction hedging on Brexit and TV-duelling with May and Johnson in Parliament while standing on equivocal political ground.
If they lock up or at least successfully gag Boris and Mogg till the election Bojo has a chance with the old county Telegraph voters to ace it and produce another hung parliament to negotiate a post-hard brexit reality with.
Or Corbyn could end up with the (impossible) job of turning England into something else than a nation of shopkeepers with a constitution needing badly to be written, (seeing how previously successful gentlemen's agreements need a minimum number of gentlemen present to be effective).

Another bridge burned.

 

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Nov 15th, 2019 at 01:11:20 PM EST
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And a return to form, I see. I always enjoy your prose and the uniquely angled autumnal sunlight dappling through goldening leaves enlightening it. We don't see enough of you around here any more!

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Nov 15th, 2019 at 01:21:07 PM EST
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Ever more appreciative of others' contributions Frank, such as your good self.
Ever more aware of what I don't know too!
Hoping reduced quantity will lead to improvements in quality, many thanks for the warm welcome.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Dec 1st, 2019 at 09:22:52 PM EST
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Farage's decision not to contest Tory held seats (while contesting Labour seats) more or less stymies Remainers last hope of winning against a split Leave vote.  Unless the Lib Dems & Labour can come up with a pact to stand down against each other I doubt Boris can now be stopped. It really is pathetic that the dislike of Corbyn on the part of the Lib Dems can hand this election to Brexiteers on a plate.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Nov 11th, 2019 at 05:39:33 PM EST
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that said, the dislike of Farage is forcing One Nation Remain tories to consider a vote for the noticably tory-lite LibDems.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Nov 11th, 2019 at 07:53:16 PM EST
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It perhaps confirms the 317 seats the Tories held in last Parliament. But in the marginals they need to win to obtain a majority, the BP will still be running, lowering Tory chances.

Since I don't believe Farage is doing this without a quid pro quo, Johnson will have to offer something spectacular to get the BP completely out of his hair. A measly peerage won't cut it.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing, nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Nov 12th, 2019 at 07:13:20 AM EST
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Can you be a member of the House of Lords and European Parliament at the same time?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Nov 12th, 2019 at 08:05:49 AM EST
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Brexit will be delivered (Hark! The herald angels sing!) and Farage will cease to be an MEP and become Lord Farage of Beerswill.

Just an example of a bauble he could be offered. In fact, for him to really cement Johnson's future majority, a government agreement aka coalition would have to be on offer.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing, nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Nov 12th, 2019 at 08:16:58 AM EST
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How can a party with no MPs form part of a coalition? Boris could offer Farage the ambassadorship to the USA - thereby prompting the resignation of half the diplomatic service, thereby reducing costs... another Brexit Bonus to add to the NHS!

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Nov 12th, 2019 at 09:05:07 AM EST
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I wasn't saying that I thought an electoral agreement/ coalition was in any way likely. Particularly as it would prompt a greater split in the Tory party between right wing and centre-rightists.

It's also quite possible that the BP deflates like a punctured tyre and gives up completely.

However, if they do field candidates in seats Johnson absolutely needs to win, they'll arguably be reducing his chances.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing, nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Nov 12th, 2019 at 09:41:03 AM EST
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With the Tories almost certain to lose seats in Scotland, they have to do more than just hold their current seats in England - they have to win some seats currently held by Labour or the Lib Dems. The Lib Dems are more likely to to hold theirs now that Boris is so openly allied to Farage and thereby losing some Remainer, "one nation", and moderate Tory voters to the Lib Dems.

Farage's decision probably also improves Labour's chances of holding seats in northern England. A vote for Farage is now no longer a protest vote - it is a vote for the conservative incumbent Boris - and the Conservatives are seen as responsible for much of Northern England's woes. So more of the Brexit party is likely to return to Labour than the Tories.

Whichever way you look at it, this is a case of the Brexit party self-harming and I would Expect the Brexit party polling numbers to start going down with Labour and the Tories the chief beneficiaries. Doesn't change the over picture much, though.


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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Nov 12th, 2019 at 03:57:58 PM EST
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If the overall picture is a hung Parliament, I think the odds are on that. But it's a situation in which feathers may weigh in the balance.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing, nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Nov 12th, 2019 at 05:08:44 PM EST
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No one ever seems to mention incumbent advantage when discussing how marginal constituencies might go. In Ireland it is huge with people often voting for the person, not the party, if s/he is perceived as popular/hard working/competent etc. To what extent will that reduce churn in seats? Or does Brexit over-rule all other considerations?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Nov 14th, 2019 at 02:44:52 PM EST
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If the logic is that the Brexit party running candidates in the south of England would increase the chances of a Remainer government being elected, why does that same logic not apply in the North of England? Farage has just destroyed the raison d'etre for his own party everywhere.

We may not like Boris and all he stands for, but he has just won round one - defeating the Brexit party as a credible competitor. The Tory party now IS THE Brexit party and there is no point in having another - if you are a Leaver.

Meanwhile the Remain vote is hopelessly split... Interestingly, the last Remain-Leave poll still showed at 10% Remain majority. Will they vote tactically Labour or Lib Dem depending on who has the better chance? What proportion of the UK electorate are sophisticated enough to vote tactically and know who HAS the better chance in their constituency?

And finally, will the Lib Dems and Labour be able to work together even if they secure the larger number of seats?

Me thinks we could be grasping at straws here...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Nov 12th, 2019 at 09:01:06 AM EST
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if you are a Leaver

There's the rub. You wonder (perhaps rightly) if Remainers have the nous to reflect on their vote in an informed manner. The same question may be posed re Leavers, in spades.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing, nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Nov 12th, 2019 at 09:48:22 AM EST
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Farage seems to agree with you ;) :

Brexit party will only stand in seats where there is no possibility it will affect the result

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing, nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Nov 12th, 2019 at 08:38:47 PM EST
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