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  1. OnePhilT

    Brexit

    Isn't FPTP more about a system of delivering a strong government? If we had proportional representation, I'm not sure we'd get anything done in parliament unless that system changed, too.
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    General Election 2019

    That's a bit cynical, Tyrone. Just because you think he's right-wing (and, let's face it - anybody compared to Corbyn is right-wing), that doesn't mean he's lying. I am sat here not at all amazed as to why Labour have lost. Particularly from their staunch advocates, it is just anger, bitterness, and not a great deal of perspective. The Labour Party has a LONG road back to becoming electable, and this is looking like a poor start. Corbyn simply has to be immediately ejected from the upper echelons of Labour to stop this nonsense that it has engulfed itself in over the last few years.
  3. OnePhilT

    General Election 2019

    @perthblue02 It's quite arrogant of that woman to completely dismiss Straw's firsthand account of Corbyn out of hand. This is the problem, and I'm seeing it on social media in my own circles; staunch Labour supporters are in denial about Corbyn, and it's now just sounding like a load of old sour grapes without properly reflecting with hindsight. Some of the frankly militant stuff being said is actually making me wonder why I voted the way that I did. When you lose, lose gracefully.
  4. OnePhilT

    Brexit

    I think it's got a population less than the size of Accrington, so you you might be hard-pressed to find someone on here that knows someone living there! It probably comes as no surprise that ordinary people here generally think "what are you messing about for?", i.e. you voted to leave the EU, so just leave. They find Boris hilarious. One of my Croatian buddies had me in a headlock the other month chanting "Boris! Boris! Boris!" ๐Ÿ˜† He also message-bombed me with the same on WhatsApp yesterday morning which was nice to wake up to. In a way, they think he's a British stereotype. Bit of a fat cat, speaks eloquently, and a total buffoon. They sort of love him in a similar way to how they see the Royal Family. And that about wraps up their thoughts on the matter. ๐Ÿคจ
  5. OnePhilT

    General Election 2019

    A scathing verdict of Jeremy Corbyn by ousted Redcar Labour MP Anna Turley. https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/general-election-results-2019-jeremy-corbyn-labour-leadership-a9246311.html
  6. OnePhilT

    General Election 2019

    I don't think that Brexit is going to be the Dreamland that they think it will, but they do. Beyond that, Tory policies are probably secondary, and they know full well that they can go home to more united Labour in 5 years time of they want to. Many Leave voters probably felt that this was the last chance to get Brexit sorted. The vote to do that was clearly stronger than the feelings that Remainers had in the opposite direction.
  7. OnePhilT

    General Election 2019

    What I think they will gain from it is irrelevant unless I put myself in the shoes of somebody who truly believes that leaving the EU will benefit them. The referendum and democracy being honoured. The belief that immigration will reduce. The belief that jobs will increase. The ability to make our own laws. This is what they've think. For now, I'm just letting this go and we'll see how it plays out. There is nothing more we can do for the time being. Labour might have had principled policies, but they failed to address the burning issue, didn't they? I can't blame people of the Leave persuasion (or even the "fed up of Brexit" persuasion) abandoning them.
  8. OnePhilT

    General Election 2019

    The Tories will take us out of the EU by the end of next month. That's what the good townsfolk of B*rnley want, and it's not as though they're alone. I don't like this any more than you do, Tyrone, but a lot of voters clearly value leaving the EU more than any other policy on offer. A lot of Labour Remainers are still failing to accept that this is what these voters want, and that the "they didn't know what they were voting for" line can no longer be peddled. There has to come a point where you just recognise that this is their wish, and that this is the very and singular the reason as to why they have deserted Labour in this election.
  9. It's in the terms of the subscription. The match is being shown on Sport Klub 2 in Croatia, which presumably means it will be similarly shown in other countries. If that channel is a listed partner of iFollow, then they are forbidden to screen it. Having said that, Sportklub (the only listed partner in Croatia) have screened a few Rovers matches in the last couple of seasons, and yet it's still been on iFollow for me all the same! Malta doesn't appear to have any listed partners, so it should be screened on iFollow for you, but technically not for me.
  10. OnePhilT

    General Election 2019

    Labour were caught between a rock and a hard place on Brexit. The party was always going to lose its Leave-voting heartlands if it was proposing a second referendum. By the same measure, they could well have lost out in the metropolitan cities and towns had they gone without the option of a second referendum. I do wonder what else they could have done in this situation. Johnson pinned his colours to the Leave crusade. It gave him the "we'll honour your wish" line and was the only possible way that he could have garnered enough Labour Leavers to get his majority. Like it or not, and perhaps it is by coincidence, but he was aligned with those very voters as far as Brexit goes. In the meantime, nowhere near enough Tory Remainers were prepared to jump in the opposite direction to balance it out because, quite simply, they were afraid of Corbyn and what they probably saw as radical policies. It says something about the Tory Remain vote, does it not? That they are more afraid of Corbyn than they are of leaving the EU. Labour has to live with the fact that the electorate is more aligned to the right than it is to the left.
  11. OnePhilT

    General Election 2019

    But, Jim, how do you explain working-class traditional Labour Leave voters abandoning the party and even voting for their arch-enemy or a far-right hard-Brexit party?
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    General Election 2019

    Lisa Nandy is purely referring to Brexit. She's not referring to "lefty-Labour policies". I wouldn't get too far ahead of yourself in thinking that traditional Labour seats would have dismissed Labour's non-Brexit policies out of hand. The issue in what she is saying is that Labour didn't listen to their voters on Brexit.
  13. OnePhilT

    General Election 2019

    Yes. Even I struggled to do that, but felt that there was little choice if Brexit was my main thinking. But there you have it - Brexit and Corbyn were the two big and perhaps only problems for Labour. You're saying that it wasn't, which I'm not so sure about.
  14. OnePhilT

    General Election 2019

    I couldn't disagree more. The voting pattern should tell you: Labour voters in Leave areas deserted the party over the prospect of a second referendum. Tory voters in Remain areas were clearly not prepared to lend "Commie Corbyn" their vote. I know one of these for a fact, who feels strongly about both issues (Remain and Corbyn). The pattern is there. Had Brexit not been present, then Labour could have done much better with policies that taxed the rich more to invest into public services. But guess what? Brexit WAS present, and Labour didn't deal with it. And Corbyn, good policies or not, was never ever going to be somebody who remotely appealed to the middle classes. Even Boris is the lesser of two evils as far as they are concerned.
  15. OnePhilT

    General Election 2019

    Three elections and a referendum in five years. I'm surprised that turnout has been as high as it has! As much as I dislike the result(s) and cannot abide Boris Johnson, he's now got his mandate to get Brexit completed, but he must do it carefully and get it right without crashing us out. Personally, and for all his buffooning around, I don't think Boris will crash us out now that he has control to do it more carefully and there is no election to play games with. We're finally beyond the impasse, and as much as I disagree with leaving, there can be no doubt that the country is past the point of no return. Two official polls have now shown that the public just want Brexit done. The EU is well and truly fed up with our indecision, and now it just has to ahead.
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