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  1. There were 2 General Elections in 1974.
  2. The trouble with election campaigns is that some people have nothing to say but unfortunately they are compelled to say something anyway.
  3. There are two points which Tony Blair makes in the referenced article which are important. The first is core which is that the election is about Brexit. One would think that was obvious but actually it is a shot across Jeremy Corbyn's bows. Do not forget that it was Corbyn's behaviour over Brexit at the last election which caused open civil war to break out in Labour Party ranks. Corbyn will attempt more of the evasive same for the forthcoming election so Blair's comment is apposite. The second comment of note from Blair is to recognise that there may be a Tory landslide and what Labour candidates should consider as the core of their campaigning in order to defend the rump of the Party. He is pointing the Labour Party towards where they ought to be after the election. This election is lost. Circle the wagons. A pretty last-ditch defensive position. The Labour Party leadership may have declared that they will not hold another referendum but that doesn't make their problems go away. The LP is asking the country to be the majority party. That means that if they were to win they assume responsibility for the Brexit negotiations. So the question is, what is their strategy for that? Even to ask the question prompts derision and Blair knows they will not and cannot deliver a manifesto on Brexit that convinces. And that is why Blair is pointing towards a defensive crouch for the Labour Party. Launch the lifeboats.
  4. Failure of imagination is not exactly an advert for Jeremy Corbyn. Ed Miliband was the left-wing candidate. It was his brother who was the centre-right candidate. Please at least get that right. Ed didn't know what to do and now is forgotten as if he never happened. So anyway, here's Corbyn's credible principled positions on Brexit: 1. Opposition to EU. Supports Out. 2. Supports Remain. 3. Supports Remain but Not Very Much. 4. Opposes Brexit But Not Actually. .....and that folks is your Leader of the Labour Party. You really think anybody is listening seriously to what he has to say on Syria or anything else much for that matter?
  5. Doing nothing and talking something to death is neither principled or civilised in essence. It is just another political position currently dressed up as red lipstick on a dead pig.
  6. I guess you haven't yet bothered to read up the significance and part played by Gibralter in World War 2
  7. Extremists of the Left or Right always claim they are principled, but that is because their arguments are so detached from the real world there is no-one to compromise with. On top of that their 'cherished beliefs' amount to no more than destruction of the economy and Dear Jeremy, coming from an Orthodox Trotskyist background is no different whatsoever. And please spare us from the nonsensical claims of innocence and purity. Corbyn isn't going to fight anybody except the moderates in the Labour Party.
  8. Corbyn is a walking drone for the Labour Party.
  9. Doing the same thing again? The neo-fascists are certainly up for it.......
  10. You can be assured the Parties haven't.
  11. Chess Club: Brauhaus Restaurant Second Road near Soi 7. Tuesdays 7.30pm+
  12. My understanding is that when Thatcher introduced the right to buy, councils were fobidden to use the proceeds to build more homes. The money had to be used to pay down historic council debt. There was therefore a net run-down in available public housing. Grouse is therefore correct in stating that. Unless someone can point to a net reversal of that policy under the Blair Labour governments the argument still stands. I believe that the Housing Associations have greater flexibility how to dispose of financial gains in selling off housing stock, but a significant amount of new social housing is created by Councils demanding a percentage of social housing to be provided by developers when putting up new developments. Corbyn can make all the promises under the sun re social housing and the NHS and this may enable some provincial city MPs to hold on to their seats, but the implied tax increases threatens growth and pushes back the Labour vote.
  13. Those Barrett windows are not the real stuff as per Grade II Listed Georgian houses in eg Islington.The real Georgian sash windows are draughty, rattle and push up heating bills. Right up until into the 1970s a lot of the inner London urban large houses could hardly be given away and that included both Georgian and Victorian houses. A lot of it was used for Council Housing, Housing Associations and private bedsits. The councils allowed a lot of it to rot as they didn't have the money to develop. Thatcher should have allowed Councils to use proceeds from selling off property in prosperous areas to do up their stock in the poorer areas but she didn't. The left-wing mantra of holding on to all public stock doesn't work either. Like it or not inner urban areas are getting improved by injection of private capital which otherwise would not have happened. The one thing that will lift all boats economically is economic growth, but Corbyn is solely focussed on redistribution and tax increases. The Labour Party as it currently led is a greater economic threat than Theresa May and Brexit will be swallowed one way or another. Desperately searching around for a solution which included Corbyn is a total non-starter, so there. I now have to put up with Crittall windows. Don't get me started on that!
  14. You are so right. A friend in the UK has just gone out and placed a win-double on Le Pen and Jeremy Corbyn.