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  1. The one good thing about Brexit and these major party diversions is that there is a new political dynamic in UK politics. It's no longer Left v Right. It's Sensible v BatS**tcrazy
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    IS schoolgirl wants to return

    Nonsense. What do you think it involves? There would be a few MI5 and police interviews to assess if she broke any laws. if she did, she would be prosecuted. If she didn't then all that would be required is for her to be returned home and perhaps have some kind of social service monitoring to see that she's integrating properly. It's a simple choice. Act with compassion and humanity and hope to reap the dividends (not just with her but by showing other misguided fools that there is a path to redemption), or reacting with spite and hate and sanctions and contributing to the radicalisation of even more vulnerable children. Think of the costs of that. People need to get their heads out of the Daily Mail and think for themselves.
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    A new small political party

    Did you read their various resignation letters? Brexit was one small part of the issue. All cited the growing moves to left and right wing extremes. I'm not saying they will be successful (although it's interesting to note the SDP polled 27% compared to Labours 28%) in the first General Election after that split, but if history repeats itself they will have an impact, largely to the detriment of Labour. However, to call them a single issue group is misleading.
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    IS schoolgirl wants to return

    The Foreign Office issues travel advisories where they talk about avoiding certain countries - this can be for a variety of reasons, usually relating to safety. But they can't legislate to prevent a British citizen from attempting to go. The receiving country can of course make it difficult to enter.
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    A new small political party

    They are not a single issue party. They are looking to steer a course between two mainstream parties who have become increasingly extreme in the last few years.
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    IS schoolgirl wants to return

    Scotland Yard have already said that unless it can be proven she has committed illegal acts in Syria, she currently faces no terrorism charges by simply going there. On your first point, absolutely not. It is perfectly legal to travel anywhere. On the second, yes. She would have been travelling with false documents so that could be thrown at her. At best it would be a fine. As I have said, as a UK citizen she should be allowed to return and be investigated to see what charges can be brought, if any. Revoking her citizenship is likely illegal and has been done to pander to base instincts.
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    IS schoolgirl wants to return

    I wasn't aware she has committed any crime. Has she been charged with something? Genuine question. yes, she is an idiot. She did a stupid thing. The correct course of action is to allow her to return to the UK, investigate what happened and what she did there, and then deal with it accordingly. Dealing with it accordingly might mean any number of things, ranging from using intelligence briefings to help fight ISIS, assess what criminal charges are necessary and/or work on integrating her back into society, if that's the right thing. A blanket 'revoke citizenship' move might placate the Daily Mail / Sheffield Forum mob mentality, but it does more harm than good in the long run.
  8. I work for one of the sponsors of the show, and we are delighted to be involved and to see such artistic icons being brought to Sheffield.
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    IS schoolgirl wants to return

    You're missing the point. In one instance, a 15 year old girl is deemend not mature enough to make such decisions. In another, everyone is keen to condemn her for making decisions at 15. I don't get the divergence, except for the obvious fact she is a muslim. I joined the communist party when I was 15. It just shows how stupid one can be as a kid. 🙂
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    IS schoolgirl wants to return

    Here's what I don't understand. If we accept that a 15 year old girl is not mature enough to be able to consent to having sex (even if she insists she is and she says she loves the guy and she knows her own mind), on what moral grounds can we then turn around and say that another 15 year old girl is not only capable of knowing her own mind when she pulled this adolescent stunt. And on what legal grounds can we impose adult punishments for crimes / mistakes commited as a child.
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    IS schoolgirl wants to return

    Well done you. It's encouraging to learn that you're intolerant only about one group of semitic people, not all of them. Way to go.
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    By-elections

    What do you mean by 'best candidate'? That's a value laden phrase. If your political views are broadly aligned to Labour, then YOU personally will think the Labour candidate is the one you vote for because it stands to reason he or she will best serve your interests. That isn't always the case though. None of this negates the fact that you are voting for the candidate, not the party per se because as I have said a hundred times, if you didnt vote for a candidate then the winning party could, in principle, put a lump of coal there to represent you (or Dianne Abbott, whichever is dumber).
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    By-elections

    Precisely. We have to vote for people (ie representatives) because if we simply voted for a party we would be giving them carte blanch to populate the House of Commons with whoever they felt like. We would then be governed by unelected representatives, none of whom received a single vote.
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    By-elections

    What you set out to do, and what are actually did legally and constitutionally, are not always the same. 😉 The fact is, you are represented in the Houses of Parliament by your MP, NOT your political party allegiance. Other
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    Ecclesall Road in trouble

    Not really. I just thought it odd that four relatively new places opened and closed so quickly. It's no reflection on the rest of the road, although I do think it's losing its edge a bit lately. How many £25 gents barbers and charity shops do we need, after all?
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