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    Quote Originally Posted by Glory Lurker View Post
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    Stay on topic, man. Isn't this thread supposed to be about Labour knocking lumps out of itself?
    Listen, there's always time to be spared to take pot shots at you in passing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by McD View Post
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    A lot to applaud in your first paragraph, I do want to ask though, about your point re. MPs selling second homes.

    How does that work for MPs from outside Greater London? How does an MP from Cardiff or Inverness or Edinburgh etc accommodate your position? Donít serve their constituents in person much by living in London, or sleep in the cloakroom at Westminster on the very regular days theyíre expected to do their job in the House of Commons, but have a bed somewhere else far far away?


    I (if anyone was daft enough to give me any power ) would create/acquire a flat/apartment in London that is assigned to each constituency (that requires one), and is the ĎMPí home whilst there. The MP keeps their own home in their constituency. The MP is responsible for the decorating, upkeep etc of the apartment, and when they are voted out of office, they hand back the keys to the new incumbent/someone in Westminster tasked to manage these things. Any significant maintainance required (not wanted, required), the MP approaches the expenses controllers to discuss.


    Sensible idea.

    Doesn't address the question of how they can be made to sell any other properties though, or whether they should be made to...

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    Quote Originally Posted by McD View Post
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    A lot to applaud in your first paragraph, I do want to ask though, about your point re. MPs selling second homes.

    How does that work for MPs from outside Greater London? How does an MP from Cardiff or Inverness or Edinburgh etc accommodate your position? Donít serve their constituents in person much by living in London, or sleep in the cloakroom at Westminster on the very regular days theyíre expected to do their job in the House of Commons, but have a bed somewhere else far far away?


    I (if anyone was daft enough to give me any power ) would create/acquire a flat/apartment in London that is assigned to each constituency (that requires one), and is the ĎMPí home whilst there. The MP keeps their own home in their constituency. The MP is responsible for the decorating, upkeep etc of the apartment, and when they are voted out of office, they hand back the keys to the new incumbent/someone in Westminster tasked to manage these things. Any significant maintainance required (not wanted, required), the MP approaches the expenses controllers to discuss.
    Something like that would be ideal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Day Soon View Post
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    He's not in the Corbynite tent, but he's certainly electable. Unless the judgment is being made on a partisan political basis.
    He would be toast in the working class constituencies that Labour needs to win. Polling absolutely bears this out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Day Soon View Post
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    Listen, there's always time to be spared to take pot shots at you in passing.
    Fair shout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glory Lurker View Post
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    Fair shout.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Glory Lurker View Post
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    Stay on topic, man. Isn't this thread supposed to be about Labour knocking lumps out of itself?
    The Labour Party is looking more united than it has done for a long while. The MPs who were against him are probably still against him, but know they're onto a good thing with the Tory ship sailing close to the Brexit rocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Day Soon View Post
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    Jolly good. Why didn't that translate into an election win then?
    It will, once more of them realise their vote will count and head to the ballot box. The Tories still donít understand why young people favour Corbyns Labour so I donít think they ever will.

    A lot can change in five years (maximum) but the momentum and trends tell you one thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
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    It will, once more of them realise their vote will count and head to the ballot box. The Tories still donít understand why young people favour Corbyns Labour so I donít think they ever will.

    A lot can change in five years (maximum) but the momentum and trends tell you one thing.

    I think people are going to pay for this personality cult with a further four years of Tory government on top of the present four they're already paying. Let's see.

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    Any talk of how well Corbin supposedly did at the last election is delusional IMO.

    The swing to Labour was broadly similar to that in 1997.

    The Labour share of the vote was broadly similar to that in 2001.

    Have you spotted the difference yet?

    In 1997, Labour turned that swing into a majority of 179.

    In 2001, Labour turned that vote share into a majority of 167.

    Corbyn? Well, he managed to finish 55 seats behind the Tories.

    That's the difference.

    He can persuade lots of Corbyn-minded people to get out and vote, but that isn't going to win an election because he needs to persuade those who aren't Corbyn-minded. They're the ones who will make it happen.

    Its no good piling up votes in safe seats. Winning an Aylesbury and a Kensington is likewise meaningless. It needs to be twenty of each.

    The Blair-haters will, I guess, hate this but it's incontrovertible. He got people who wouldn't think of voting Labour to vote Labour. That's why he got majorities that needed weighed rather than counted and that's why Corbyn finished a country mile behind the shambolic Tories. Corbyn may tickle the tummies of the disaffected left but that is sheer self-indulgence when it's clear that he's not reaching the electorate in a way that will allow Labour to govern again.

    Maybe he can change that, I doubt it but I don't know. What I do know, and this is something I think his followers will agree with, is that the right-wing press still carry some heft in shaping the agenda. I believe they have gone easy on him so far. They are saving their ammo should the next election polls suggest he has a chance. If that's the case then they will unleash everything they have and those who like Labour policies but are suspicious about whether it's safe will just flock back to the Tories, same as 1987 and 1992.

    I recently re-read Philip Gould's history of the turmoils in the party from the mid-80s through to New Labour, the missed opportunities brought about by clinging to a dogmatism that appeased the ideologues but did nothing to win over those who fundamentally mistrusted 'Old Labour'. It feels like we are repeating those mistakes.
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    Sorry to hear that Rodney Bickerstaffe has passed away. A decent man and great trade unionist. RIP Rodney.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Betty Boop View Post
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    Sorry to hear that Rodney Bickerstaffe has passed away. A decent man and great trade unionist. RIP Rodney.
    A guy whose contribution to the Labour movement was pretty profound. One of the best at reconciling the demands of radicalism and the pursuit of power. Not many like him sadly.

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    Jeremy Corbyn today...

    "Congratulations to the International campaign to abolish nuclear weapons on well deserved Nobel peace prize award".

    BUT


    **** it, let's renew Trident, anyway.

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    Anybody got a spare e mail addy or two. Need to vote in the upcoming election.

    Jackie Baillie and a brewery spring to mind.

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    I'm not a fan of Kez, but I found this quite funny..

    https://twitter.com/kezdugdale/statu...04284024147968

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    Quote Originally Posted by CropleyWasGod View Post
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    I'm not a fan of Kez, but I found this quite funny..

    https://twitter.com/kezdugdale/statu...04284024147968

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