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  1. * ORM *

    Results thread !

    I love being in HK. 741am and four results in. Woke up to a surprising exit poll. They are never right but they are usually a decent indicator. My working morning is going to be much more enjoyable and only the urgent will be done. If I was in the UK typically I would be up until around 4am and...
  2. amsemp

    Labour/SNP coalition

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2984610/Ed-opens-door-coalition-rampaging-Scot-Nats-polls-predict-Braveheart-battalion-MPs-storming-Westminster.html#reader-comments Voting Labour just got even less appealing.
  3. Uncle Leo

    Clegg and Alexander in danger?

    Front page story in The Times today suggests Labour are looking at a 'decapitation strategy' of trying to get Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander beaten in their respective constituencies. Idea being that they are the two Lib Dems most closely associated with the coalition, so with them out of the...
  4. Polling update

    Tight but Labour maintain their lead. However a yes vote for Scottish independence would make it extremely hard for them to form a meaningful government. Even with a technical majority they would need to enter into coalition if it were only a matter of a year to 18 months after the gen election...
  5. Tangled up in Blue

    Tories take a hit on the bedroom tax

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-29075300 Might this spell the end of the coalition?
  6. Tangled up in Blue


    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/aug/01/conservative-voters-ukip-coalition-poll A new poll suggestst that 30% of Tory voters would like to go into coalition with UKIP after the next election. No suprises there then.It won't happen though. With only one or two MP's, (and hopefully...
  7. Tangled up in Blue

    The Coalition thread

    Feel free to post your views on the Tory/LibDem coalition here. After all, they're the parties who are actually supposed to be running the country and not the Labour party or UKIP. Suprisingly quiet for domestic news isn't it, (apart from the passports fiasco and the Scottish referendum of...
  8. Tangled up in Blue

    Passport fiasco

    I note that the coalition government have actually known there would be a surge in demand for passports in the UK for nearly a year now, due to overseas embassies having to shut down their passport services. "Paul Pugh, head of the Identity and Passport Service, estimated in a report published...
  9. How have the Lib Dems benefited from the coalition?

    Have any of their manifesto declarations become law/policy? Have they gained more support? Are they likely to do better in local or general elections? Serious answers please. To a lay outsider the coalition seems to have done them a lot of harm and little to no good. But they must benefit in...
  10. Uncle Leo

    Politics in 2014

    Just seen this press release from our PR team with some special bets for 2014. Interesting (but not surprising) to see UKIP favourites for most seats at the Europeans. Who'd have thought that a few years ago? Ladbrokes latest betting 2014 Political predictions Scottish Independence referendum...
  11. Tangled up in Blue

    "April is the cruellest month"

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21991953 The coalition government's cuts programme kicks in today, appropriately enough on April Fools Day but it's no joke for Britain poor,the elderly and families on benefits in general (many of whom are actually in work). Even Frank Field described the bedroom...
  12. Tangled up in Blue

    Chancellor admits economic incompetence

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20571621 It's official.By Wednesday(the half way point of the Coalition Government)we can expect confirmation that neither of the Chancellor's deficit or debt targets for the UK will be met by 2015.
  13. Payday and doorstep lenders

    Just seen Jo Swinson MP act as the coalition apologist for payday lenders. A truly sorry episode. Anyone considering taking a payday loan (eg wonga, quickquid etc) or doorstop loan (eg provident, pinewood, greenwood etc) should think extremely carefully before doing so. If you are in the sort...
  14. Thorpe Groyney

    ConHome Man Turns On Cameron

    Read a fairly illuminating interview with the founder of the "Conservative Home" website, Tim Montgomerie. ConHome is generally recognised as reflecting what the grassroots Tory membership are feeling. With him having supported Cameron from his leadership bid in 2005 up to the present day, it...
  15. Regional growth fund

    After months of the coalition doing their best to eliminate any chance of economic growth they have finally announced a policy that suggests that they haven't entirely forgotten the meaning of the term 'econmic growth'...
  16. TrueBlue

    Teaching Assistants - no good!

    Apparently Teaching assistants are a waste of time and teaching on the cheap! Teaching assistants 'do not help improve grades', report into Pupil Premium spending finds Teaching assistants have 'no effect' on improving grades, an influential report has suggested. A study into how best to...
  17. Tangled up in Blue

    With God on our side?

    http://www.newstatesman.com/uk-politics/2011/06/long-term-government-democracy It would appear that God (or at least the Archbishop)doesn't think a lot of the Coalition's plans for the country. Is he right though?
  18. pickledseal

    Vote of no confidence for Gove

    This would be an interesting move.... <link> I loved this quote: I do thing that general contentment amongst teachers, as with many public sector workers, must be at record low in recent times. Now before we get into "public sector workers don't know how good they've got it" debate - and...
  19. Thorpe Groyney

    Quangoes - It Doesn't Add Up

    Number of quangoes the coalition government promised to abolish to cut beaucracy and save money - 200. Number of quangoes taken off the abolition list without notice after 'advice' from coalition members who happen to sit on one - 20. The cost, not saving but cost, to taxpayer so far in...
  20. Tangled up in Blue

    Economic equality is on the rise in the UK

    http://gu.com/p/2n8gp Economic inequality is divisive as anyone who's read The Spirit Level knows.It got worse under Labour and is hardly likely to improve with the Coalition in power.