General Election

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  1. martcov

    martcov Well-Known Member

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    Yes and yes. If the CDU were to ally with AfD then I would squall even more. But they won't- even if it means not gaining power. The SPD will not ally with Die Linke at national level either. So, no parties do not ally with nut case parties at national level in Germany. The last time was when von Pappen thought it was a good idea allying with the NSDAP. That won't be happening again for a long time, if ever.

    And what has May's alliance with the DUP got to do with proportional representation anyway?
     
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    The lords can delay things or amend things and send them back and the Queen meets weekly with the PM and could refuse to sign an act thus sparking a constitutional crisis. They still have influence. A senate elected on a proportional basis would have more credibility. The Queen is a great head of state as she maintains continuity and has a great knowledge of the history of modern U.K. Politics. I would keep her ( and Charles ), but reform the Lords. Either way the EU is more democratic in this case. There are no hereditary monarchies or peers in the system.
     
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    Proportional representation doesn't produce a majority government and forced alliances - as shown in the EU elections parties like UKIP and the BNP do traditionally poll well - Corbyn would have never gained the votes he did under PR

    The DUP in Enoch powells day had the Tory whip it's hardly a radical move. Also they are democratically elected and have the majority seats in parliament from Ireland. Are you saying Irish people are stupid for voting for them or are they not representative of the people of Ireland?
     
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    True, proportional representation doesn't produce majority government but then neither has first past the post on two of the last three uk elections.
    Also true that Corbyn wouldn't have got as many votes (in England but may have polled more a n Scotland) but then again may probably wouldn't have either. A lot more minor parties would take a seat or two and we would end up with broad based alliances. Is that better or worse than we have? Who knows until it happens. Countries with both systems are fairly stable. The issue for me is what is better for the average voter and I like our current system as my mp represents me whatever their party or my views. But PR would mean my and everyone else's vote would count unlike in the present system.


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    Are you claiming that the GroKo doesn't have a majority? The CDU and SPD signed a coalition contract which they have generally held. The government has been stable and they didn't have to bung a billion. The coalition contract was give and take, with both parties getting some things through that they wanted. I don't see it as a bad thing as everyone ( both party's supporters ) got something out of it. It also moderates the government.

    I hope for CDU/ FDP next time as I am not really CDU, but believe Merkel is the right person to be steering the ship. She represents Western values and the FDP are the only party who may make life easier for small businesses. I would take SPD/ FDP or greens as an alternative. I wouldn't go for AfD or the Linke in any form though.

    You refer to DUP as having the majority seats in Ireland. That is bullshit. Sinn Fein has more seats in Ireland as a whole. They almost caught up with the DUP because of the DUP's leader's scandalous behaviour. Nothing to inspire confidence in them as a part of the British Government in as far as they can pull the plug at some future time.
     
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    I wasn't aware that the EUSSR was now working towards banning elections? Blimey, I really should start reading the Express more.
     
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    I now highly doubt that it will actually happen, especially not in the form that the anti- immigrant lot on here want.
     
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    If we sort out a free trade deal with Japan then it'ill really fuck those EU cunts over


    Oh shit
     
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    What would you liken it to? It is either a socialist state or a Corporation. It only really cares about money & business...people are token & disposable items. Don't get me wrong they do lots of good to some, but in reality so do/would the Tories, Labour, Liberals of the UK. They also do a lot of damage to some others

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    If you always do what you have always done...etc - you will know the rest.

    The UK is being bold & stepping into the relative unknown. But who knows for sure tat staying in the EU would be a good thing? What guarantees can anyone give on that? The Remain campaign didn't come up with much convincing stuff did they?

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    The constitutional stuff you describe has never will never happen - we all know that! It's merely ceremonial tradition that draws attention globally because of the pomp & ceremony - & brings £££

    Were even the Queen to exercise her theoretical power - they'd simply nullify the power of the monarch

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    Are you claiming that the Lords never pass amendments to bills? I said the Queen could cause a constitutional crisis as a last resort. It should never happen, but could happen.
     
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    No one knows the future, but there was no immediate crisis big enough to justify jettisoning the U.K. Into the unknown. Most of the big leave claims are now definitely not taking place or look like being watered down. The rest is chaotic. Hardly a better situation than we had a year ago.
     
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    It is neither nor. These are just labels used by critics from left and right. You just take your pick of these opposing phrases according to your political preferences. Which sort of shows that at least one must be wrong and because of the flexibility of use, probably both descriptions are wrong.
     
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    Don't worry Trump has just said we are getting a US trade deal very quickly and it will be great for both parties.

    Nothing to worry about there.................
     
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    You clearly do - you'd then obviously be fully aware that Diana is in fact not dead and Madeline McCann will be found alive and well.
     
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    The Lords do...but a majority gov't can just ignore the Lords & push things through as they wish anyway. Rarely do they choose to - but they can!

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    Which is what I meant.
     
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    Suspended for a unspecified period, or in other words until her vote is needed in parliament.

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    What a stoke of luck. Just when Jeremy Hunt was having problems meeting any ambulance response targets he finds out that heart attacks and strokes aren't really emergencies. So now instead of a target of getting a paramedic to you in 8 minutes it's been changes to 40 minutes. :mad:
     
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    Yet you champion the EU. Yet you ignore the bureaucracy that comes with it. And we didn't even vote any of them in.
     
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    We vote for the European Parliament.... our elected representatives vote for the members of the European Council....elected representatives appoint people like Junker.... the EU is not the House of Lords or the Monarchy.

    Championing the EU... maybe seen from your neutral viewpoint, but pointing out that is not totally evil designed for the Germans to rule Britain from my viewpoint.

    With 28 countries having to follow the same or similar procedures on a huge range of products and administrative practices, it can only be burocratic. That is a necessary evil. Maybe it can and should be more efficient- wouldn't argue with any good suggestions to achieve that. The difference between EU and Brexit burocracy, is that EU burocracy is necessary ( to some point ) and Brexit burocracy is a massive expense and distraction from the normal running of the country put upon the UK by itself with no guarantee that at the end of Brexit the U.K. Will be ib
     
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    That is a shocking level of economic understanding from the Eye there. Hardly surprising TBF.

    We aren't a fucking person, a national economy is fuck all like a household budget.

    The governments job is to ensure the economy is running well, not to get bogged down in ideology. Inflation and growth reduce debt, not "paying it down". And even if we do pass debt on, so what? They can pass it on too! As long as we can make the payments we need debt in and of itself isn't an issue. The question is will growth and inflation be a the right level.
     
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    Here is some really shocking incompetence, she's at it again.
     
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    Oh dear.
    But in fairness Teresa (dis)May mucks up in her actions nevermind words!

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    Not happy about having my retirement age increased. Don't remember that being in the Conservative manifesto.
     
  30. Grendel

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    It isn't a Conservative government.
     
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    Absolutely brilliant.
     
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    Strange how you never highlighted the Tory gaffes and making up policy live on air.
     
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    You were recently going on about how the Tories had won the election and where in power?!
     
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    I see the Scum and the Mail flat out lying about Labour's comments on university tuition fees and student debt.

    Whilst the Tories are selling student debt to companies charging 9% interest.
     
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    So it's Foster's decision? Wow, I'm gald Nick Clegg lost his seat the bastard, all that austerity he put us through.
     

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