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PostSubject: Re: The UK General Election 2015   Mon May 04, 2015 9:46 pm

Ed's 'stone tablet' is like something the writers of The Thick Of It would reject as too ridiculous. I look forward to the other party leaders (by way of outdoing him) announcing that they're going to get their election pledges tattooed onto themselves.
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PostSubject: Re: The UK General Election 2015   Mon May 04, 2015 10:19 pm

This is worth sharing in the context of the UK election:

http://www.economywatch.com/economy-business-and-finance-news/less-government-less-problems-belgium-450-days-later.07-09.html

We went another 91 days without a government after that article was published.
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PostSubject: Re: The UK General Election 2015   Tue May 05, 2015 5:09 am

Salomé wrote:
This is worth sharing in the context of the UK election:

http://www.economywatch.com/economy-business-and-finance-news/less-government-less-problems-belgium-450-days-later.07-09.html

We went another 91 days without a government after that article was published.

Maybe you need Britain to help you out again, like in the last two wars? It only took us five days to get our coalition shit together. laugh
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PostSubject: Re: The UK General Election 2015   Tue May 05, 2015 5:19 am

Staugust wrote:
Salomé wrote:
This is worth sharing in the context of the UK election:

http://www.economywatch.com/economy-business-and-finance-news/less-government-less-problems-belgium-450-days-later.07-09.html

We went another 91 days without a government after that article was published.

Maybe you need Britain to help you out again, like in the last two wars? It only took us five days to get our coalition shit together. laugh

I wouldn't be so smug. Scotland hadn't imploded last time around. Besides, Sab's point is that Belgium did rather well without government.

Anyway, I'm finding this election impossible to call. Going to have to vote tactically and I hate doing that.
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PostSubject: Re: The UK General Election 2015   Tue May 05, 2015 5:23 am

Erica Ambler wrote:
Staugust wrote:
Salomé wrote:
This is worth sharing in the context of the UK election:

http://www.economywatch.com/economy-business-and-finance-news/less-government-less-problems-belgium-450-days-later.07-09.html

We went another 91 days without a government after that article was published.

Maybe you need Britain to help you out again, like in the last two wars? It only took us five days to get our coalition shit together. laugh

I wouldn't be so smug. Scotland hadn't imploded last time around. Besides, Sab's point is that Belgium did rather well without government.

Anyway, I'm finding this election impossible to call. Going to have to vote tactically and I hate doing that.

Just my little joke there. And Scotland hasn't imploded just yet. I'll wait for polling day and thereafter.
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PostSubject: Re: The UK General Election 2015   Tue May 05, 2015 6:07 am

Ed Miliband as a robotic future Prime Minister:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlTggc0uBA8
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PostSubject: Re: The UK General Election 2015   Tue May 05, 2015 8:14 pm



Most insightful YT comment: "Hope Ed Becomes Are Primeminster ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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PostSubject: Re: The UK General Election 2015   Thu May 07, 2015 5:59 am

Labour are making a last minute surge according to ICM.

http://politicalbetting.com
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PostSubject: Re: The UK General Election 2015   Thu May 07, 2015 8:26 am

So who are you all voting for tomorrow? Or is that a taboo to disclose in Britain (I honestly don't know)?
I do know it's not done to ask a German that.
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PostSubject: Re: The UK General Election 2015   Thu May 07, 2015 8:29 am

"Ich stimme für Hitler". Yes, I can imagine that might be a sensitive question...
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PostSubject: Re: The UK General Election 2015   Thu May 07, 2015 9:14 am

My seat has a Lib Dem incumbent but a constituency poll put him third behind Labour and the Greens. In these circumstances there is absolutely no appeal to tactical voting so I'll be voting for UKIP.
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PostSubject: Re: The UK General Election 2015   Thu May 07, 2015 9:20 am

I was going to vote UKIP as well,  but now that the LibDems say they might support Milistone I'm going to have to vote for the Tory, who came a close second last time round.

Even more worrying than the prospect of a Labour government, my MD's new PA started yesterday and she looks like Kim Wilde c.1981. This is not going to end well ...

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PostSubject: Re: The UK General Election 2015   Thu May 07, 2015 9:36 am

As a social liberal but staunch economic conservative (I favour protectionism over free trade, oppose globalisation, and have no issues with my income tax contributing towards the general welfare)--I'll be voting Green, but it won't make any difference. My constituency has been mostly Labour run since 1972, and there's no sign of that changing, sadly.
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PostSubject: Re: The UK General Election 2015   Thu May 07, 2015 10:06 am

Mine is solidly Tory though you wouldn't know by the amount of Labour/Green/UKIP I've seen on the streets. Outside the town one side of the road has Conservative placards, across the road is UKIP...the other day the Tory placards were all in the road. Pretty lively for rural Bucks.

I'll vote.
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PostSubject: Re: The UK General Election 2015   Thu May 07, 2015 6:41 pm

Reuters is going for understatement:

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British voters get to decide on Thursday who they want to rule the world's fifth-largest economy in a tight election that could yield weak government, propel the United Kingdom towards a vote on EU membership and stoke Scottish desire for secession.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/05/07/uk-britain-election-idUKKBN0NQ2GP20150507

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PostSubject: Re: The UK General Election 2015   Fri May 08, 2015 1:17 am

The fascination with that picture is a bit odd.

I mean, of course it is completely ridiculous, but I was surprised to see how much it featured on the eve of the election.
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PostSubject: Re: The UK General Election 2015   Fri May 08, 2015 1:33 am

True - not many of us look good when eating, Count Dracula excepted.

The subtext of all these articles and forum posts is that having been allowed to make a few quid and keep it, some of us are a bit pissed that we've now got to hand it over to Red Ed. I mean, it's not like the tax regime in Britain is generous as it is.
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PostSubject: Re: The UK General Election 2015   Fri May 08, 2015 1:50 am



With the lack of certainty about this election's outcome, the Telegraph has resorted to cobbling together some photos of previous election disasters.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/general-election-2015/11588519/The-most-dramatic-election-trail-moments.html
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PostSubject: Re: The UK General Election 2015   Fri May 08, 2015 4:43 am

Vote early and vote often!
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PostSubject: Re: The UK General Election 2015   Fri May 08, 2015 5:25 am

I decided to vote for a single issue party, and it wasn't UKIP...

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PostSubject: Re: The UK General Election 2015   Fri May 08, 2015 8:14 am

Someone has fucked up. Either this exit poll is completely wrong or the many campaign pollsters need to be sacked immediately:

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LONDON, May 7 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives are on course to win the most seats in parliament but will be just shy of an outright majority, an exit poll showed on Thursday after voting closed in a national election.
The poll put the Conservatives on 316 seats and the opposition Labour Party on 239. The Scottish National Party (SNP) is set to win 58 seats and the centrist Liberal Democrats 10 seats in the 650-seat Westminster parliament, according to the poll, released by national broadcasters.
The combined total of 326 for the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, who have governed in coalition since 2010, indicated that Cameron should be able to stay in office. (Reporting by Kate Holton and David Milliken; Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Mike Peacock and Mark Trevelyan)
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PostSubject: Re: The UK General Election 2015   Fri May 08, 2015 8:33 am



Was just going to post that on here.

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PostSubject: Re: The UK General Election 2015   Fri May 08, 2015 8:36 am

For whatever it is worth, from a tweet:

Electoral Calculus who were the closest at the 2010 election are predicting

CON = 280

LAB = 274

LIB DEM = 21

SNP = 52
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PostSubject: Re: The UK General Election 2015   Fri May 08, 2015 8:38 am

Sabs, obviously your last post is far closer to what was being predicted during the campaign. Which would mean it's all still to play for.

Hmmm. Looks like I'm going to need to stay up for a while.
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PostSubject: Re: The UK General Election 2015   Fri May 08, 2015 8:43 am

I'd stay up but work beckons. As it is my area isn't declaring until 5.30 they reckon.

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