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Today, 10:03 pm
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Posted By dave_j

Re: Post EU Referendum...Part II

I'm not so sure about it being a minor irritation. George Orwell had something to say on the subject in his book 1984.
Ask the old man complaining about being served beer in the book.
"E could 'a...
Today, 8:45 pm
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Posted By dave_j

Re: Post EU Referendum...Part II

I agree that the FPTP system generated the result, largely out of sync with the percentages voted, but that's the way it is.
As for whether the 43.6 represents what you suggest is open to question....
Today, 6:56 pm
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Posted By dave_j

Re: Post EU Referendum...Part II

I don't dispute any of what you say which is why I emphasised the term 'democratic' process.
You may argue, consistent with your thinking, that no party 'wins' the right to govern the UK on the...
Today, 6:41 pm
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Posted By dave_j

Re: Post EU Referendum...Part II

That may have been so had the tories not won the ensuing election with so great a majority. The electorate had the opportunity to reverse their decision but chose emphatically not to do so. You may...
Today, 6:32 pm
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Posted By dave_j

Re: Post EU Referendum...Part II

I'm afraid that thinking resides in the mind of the voter. There are many intangible reasons they would have examined before reaching their decision, many of which may seem bizarre to the interested...
Today, 3:56 pm
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Posted By dave_j

Re: Post EU Referendum...Part II

This question lacks relevance to the overriding question of why the UK has left in the first place.
You will recall that the UK had a referendum, you may argue whether or not it was binding, but the...
Today, 2:50 am
Replies: 4,585
Views: 132,725
Posted By dave_j

Re: CORONAVIRUS PART II

Anyone wonder why the Trumps of the world are pushing to open up economies and defy the virus?
Could it be that parents are fed up with keeping kids at home?
Could it be that seeing voters queue at...
Oct 24th 2020, 7:07 pm
Replies: 1,064
Views: 29,512
Posted By dave_j

Re: President Biden?

Hmmmmm... I agree.
Biden's odds on to win, his only real problem is staying alive long enough to make it to January.
Oct 24th 2020, 7:07 am
Replies: 32,268
Views: 1,476,764
Posted By dave_j

Re: President Trump

You're all people of the world, and you've all been there and seen it all.
You'll all have seen the white cliffs of Dover, and, well they're white.
And.. you'll all no doubt have seen the sky and...
Oct 23rd 2020, 4:23 pm
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Views: 447,135
Posted By dave_j

Re: Random stuff - the anything else thread

Now here's an interesting idea... https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-54612879
I'd certainly take something like this into consideration as one who never throws anything away unless I can't make an...
Oct 23rd 2020, 5:10 am
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Views: 257,503
Posted By dave_j

Re: 2020 Election

I gave the debate to Biden on points.
Had his opponent been a younger Biden he'd have lost by a knockout... but he's lucky, Trump has no brain.
Biden came across as, well what he is, an old man...
Oct 21st 2020, 6:41 am
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Posted By dave_j

Re: Post EU Referendum...Part II

A good story but trying to fit systems, developed for one set of governmental databases, to dovetail into another system won't work.
As an example I can supply none other than the Phoenix Pay System...
Oct 19th 2020, 4:05 am
Replies: 1,064
Views: 29,512
Posted By dave_j

Re: President Biden?

I suspect that in reality, appearing to be a paranoid spoiled brat is merely a symptom of a metal disorder. His inability to concentrate, assess difficult arguments, differentiate between right and...
Oct 17th 2020, 6:43 am
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Views: 1,476,764
Posted By dave_j

Re: President Trump

This thread is about Trump.
Trump will be defeated in a vote that'll obliterate him and he'll take the republicans with him.
"How can you be so sure?" I hear you ask.
It's the mathematics of...
Oct 17th 2020, 5:06 am
Replies: 22,844
Views: 698,616
Posted By dave_j

Re: Post EU Referendum...Part II

Yes, it's clear that the EU were looking to exploit their view that the UK would need a deal and be prepared to knuckle under and agree to terms favourable only to the EU to get it. Any deal under...
Oct 17th 2020, 1:55 am
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Posted By dave_j

Re: Post EU Referendum...Part II

All that you say may or may not be true, but it's irrelevant.
Decades of tales of EU stupidity existed long before Johnson, and although he may have exploited anti EU feeling the wish to leave the...
Oct 17th 2020, 12:58 am
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Posted By dave_j

Re: Post EU Referendum...Part II

Ironically you've got it in one.
Those who voted leave and subsequently voted to 'get brexit done' will view the 'failure' to agree a trade deal as nothing Johnson could have done. He will be viewed...
Oct 17th 2020, 12:18 am
Replies: 22,844
Views: 698,616
Posted By dave_j

Re: Post EU Referendum...Part II

You fail to appreciate the tenor of my post.
I make no judgement on the success or other of brexit itself or the effect on the country for good or bad, only how I believe the negotiation's outcome...
Oct 16th 2020, 6:29 pm
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Posted By dave_j

Re: Post EU Referendum...Part II

Johnson might be portrayed as a buffoon but this episode will play well for him.
I don't blame the EU for taking the stand it has but it will be interpreted by the man on the Clapham omnibus as...
Oct 16th 2020, 1:55 am
Replies: 2,969
Views: 126,323
Posted By dave_j

Re: Coronavirus

...Pork pies?
Oct 15th 2020, 9:10 pm
Replies: 2,969
Views: 126,323
Posted By dave_j

Re: Coronavirus

I agree with the basic argument you make. Given that a vaccine will be unavailable on a wide scale until mid/late 2021 then we can expect a great number to become infected in spite of lock downs.
As...
Oct 13th 2020, 6:40 am
Replies: 1,064
Views: 29,512
Posted By dave_j

Re: President Biden?

It's a strange phenomenon that when we have two threads, one labelled 'President Trump' and the other "President Biden', that the Biden thread is all about Trump.
What is it about Trump that even...
Oct 9th 2020, 6:50 am
Replies: 4,585
Views: 132,725
Posted By dave_j

Re: CORONAVIRUS PART II

This issue with the misreporting of positive covid patient numbers due to using the wrong file type is one of those instances where the ignorant condemn innocent mistakes.
Yes, the use of .csv files...
Oct 9th 2020, 12:17 am
Replies: 22,844
Views: 698,616
Posted By dave_j

Re: Post EU Referendum...Part II

And not the south I grew up in either.
That's not to say that people from the south aren't blinkered and south centred.
I remember well the misplaced superior attitude I started out with as a young...
Oct 5th 2020, 3:39 am
Replies: 32,268
Views: 1,476,764
Posted By dave_j

Re: President Trump

My mother used often to remark: "There are more out than in,"
Like you I find the attitude of the US lower classes difficult to fathom, and yes the US is a society built from the ground up on a...
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