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  1. In the nineteenth century that the Tories are taking us back to, there was at least a distinction between "deserving" and "undeserving" poor. For today's Tories all poor people are "undeserving".
  2. OK, apologies if I've misremembered. You've certainly argued many times that there is a decent majority in the country for Remain, in which case I don't know why you wouldn't have argued in favour of a second referendum, given that unilaterally revoking Article 50 was clearly politically impossible. Labour is projected to have lost about 70 seats on a moderate Remain platform. I can't see that they would have lost fewer by taking an extreme position - how's that panning out for the Lib Dems? Where are these other areas where you think they'd have picked up loads more seats? You can wait until after all the results are in before answering that, if you like.
  3. The trouble is that Labour Remain supporters would have defected en masse to the LibDems if the party had openly supported Brexit. It was a lose-lose situation. I say this with a heavy heart, coming from that kind of background myself, but I think that that is probably true. Not the whole story, but a big part of it.
  4. Yes, but how would that have helped? You think that being anti-Brexit would have saved Blyth Valley? Corbyn's position was pro-second-referendum, which is what you've spent most of the last three years arguing for. Places like Blyth Valley will have been lost because that is seen as an anti-Brexit position.
  5. I agree with Peter Oborne (talk about strange bedfellows), today is probably going to be the day when we elect a government who "want to destroy the Britain I've lived in and loved all my life". The damage that the Johnson government will inflict will be irreversible. That sums up exactly how I feel. Poor old England. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/11/boris-johnson-destroy-britain-conservative-revolutionary-sect
  6. Fair points. Though last minute propaganda can be very effective in some circumstances. There are a lot of people who take no interest in politics, but can be scared into voting by a "Jeremy Corbyn Ate My Hamster" type headline (or tweet etc.) the day before an election. Bit less of an issue in places where voting is not compulsory, but still an issue I think.
  7. Yes, that's possible. Hard to tell from one-liners. The spelling's not too bad, so I'm guessing paid shill. If so, I guess a few more people read the forum than post on it, so Matthew Parker St might be getting some value for money.
  8. Oh look, another just-registered forum member who's come on board to spout vapid Tory propaganda. I hope they're not paying you too much, given the number of people who frequent the forum these days. I presume you're paid by the post, given the preference for large numbers of one-liners. 50p a pop maybe?
  9. It's true that YouGov do have Hallam down as a Lib/Lab or possibly 3-way marginal. If only Labour had fielded someone like Ms Blake in 2017. Well that's a "dog bites man" story, isn't it? Literally and figuratively.
  10. Wow, those are very generous odds! It's an absolute certainty that Hallam will vote for the proverbial donkey in an orange rosette this time.
  11. Yes, there does seem to be a bit of a revolving door between the BBC and the Conservative Party.
  12. I don't know what "defining things into absolute constants" means. But it's not just single words, it's a whole linguistic/conceptual framework. Though it's true that individual words can be very important. I agree with all of that apart from the need for the NHS to be "run like a business". There are endeavours that do need to be costed but don't fit into the conceptual category "business", and the NHS is one of them. That's the point I'm making - a lot of people can't even think of anything these days other than in terms of it being (like) a "business", with "customers", that operates in a "market", should be driven primarily by considerations of "efficiency", etc. etc.
  13. The NHS is a public service, not an "enterprise" in the business sense. If "enterprise" is one of the first words that pops into people's heads when they think of the NHS, the propaganda campaign of the last 40 years really has been successful. The ultimate goal of propaganda is to mould people's linguistic/conceptual frameworks so that they can't even think or express a viewpoint contrary to that of the propagandist, or at least can't formulate or express a thought without it being in the terms dictated by the propagandist.
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