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UK Politics Thread XIII: The Brexit Ship Departs

PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 5:47 pm
by The New California Republic
UK Politics Thread XIII: The Brexit Ship Departs

A gray day, and the gulls are gone.
Visor of mist o'er the sun is drawn.
The cordage creaks and the sails all strain,
The deck is drenched with the rushing rain,
The waves leap strong at the struggling keel,
And the ship rides madly with plunge and reel.
But the sailors shout as they haul away,
And merrily sing, for it's naught care they
For the wind that screams on the lee,
Or a gray day out at sea.


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This thread is for discussing UK Politics, whether it be Brexit, the government response to Coronavirus, or anything else politically related that crops up in the news. Please observe the forum rules when participating here. If you see someone breaking the rules then please report it in Moderation.

The last thread is here.

How Do You Feel About HS2?
Support 22 19%
Mildly Support 19 17%
Indifferent 12 11%
Mildly Oppose 12 11%
Oppose 16 14%
Does the "H" Stand for Hasselhoff? 32 28%

How Do You Feel About the Upcoming Departure From the EU?
Pleased 66 37%
Kinda Pleased 12 7%
Indifferent 23 13%
Kinda Sad 14 8%
Sad 33 19%
*Transmission Indecipherable Due to Being in a Bunker Filled With Memorabilia and Food From the EU* 29 16%

Is the UK Government Doing Enough to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus?
Yes 36 13%
Mostly 36 13%
Don't Know 25 9%
Barely 32 12%
No 74 28%
We Need to Bring Back WW2-Style Rationing so That Everyone Gets Equal and Guaranteed Access to Toilet Paper 64 24%

Should Dominic Cummings resign?
Yes 48 63%
No, but he should apologise for his error of judgement 7 9%
No, and no apology needed; he acted legally and responsibly 4 5%
Undecided 4 5%
Can I drive to Barnard Castle before I vote in the poll? 13 17%

Protesters Pulled Down a Statue of Slave Trader Edward Colston, Do You Agree With Their Actions?
Yes 75 43%
No 72 41%
Yes, as long as it is replaced with a statue of David Hasselhoff. 28 16%

Were the Pubs Allowed to Reopen Too Soon?
Yes 37 66%
No 10 18%
Don't Know 4 7%
Enact Prohibition 5 9%

Should the UK Take a Harder Line Against Russia on the Basis of the ISC Report?
Yes 56 67%
No 14 17%
No *vote amended by GRU* 13 16%

Will the UK Ever Rejoin the EU?
Yes 32 37%
No 55 63%

Have you downloaded an NHS test and trace app?
Yes 16 24%
No, but I'm not opposed to doing so 23 34%
No, and I refuse to as a matter of principle 16 24%
Irrelevant; I don't own a smartphone 13 19%

How likely is a UK trade deal with the EU before the end of the transition period?
A certainty 2 1%
Very likely 4 3%
Likely 16 11%
Too close to call 26 18%
Unlikely 43 30%
Very unlikely 14 10%
Isn't going to happen 37 26%

PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 5:49 pm
by Agarntrop
First.

On a more serious note, polling has now indicated that the Tories and Labour are tied.

PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 5:52 pm
by Major-Tom
First...American on the thread, hi.

PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 5:52 pm
by Thermodolia
No the UK won’t rejoin the EU because it won’t exist

PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 6:29 pm
by Philjia
Agarntrop wrote:First.

On a more serious note, polling has now indicated that the Tories and Labour are tied.

Opinium's poll is unusually high for Labour, we need way more data before we can confidently say that they're now tied.

PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 6:47 pm
by Kavagrad
Agarntrop wrote:First.

On a more serious note, polling has now indicated that the Tories and Labour are tied.

Should be 20 points ahead, etc.

PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 7:32 pm
by Souseiseki
Kavagrad wrote:
Agarntrop wrote:First.

On a more serious note, polling has now indicated that the Tories and Labour are tied.

Should be 20 points ahead, etc.


the fact of the matter is that kier starmer would already be prime minister with 400 seats if we had listened to the enlightened centrists and shot jeremy corbyn out of a cannon (with a parachute of course) to libya and the sooner the labour left stops denying this and buy the damn cannon the better

PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:42 pm
by An Alan Smithee Nation
Thermodolia wrote:No the UK won’t rejoin the EU because it won’t exist


Which won't exist - the UK or the EU? The UK looks much more likely to break up than the EU.

PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 1:56 am
by Agarntrop
Souseiseki wrote:
Kavagrad wrote:Should be 20 points ahead, etc.


the fact of the matter is that kier starmer would already be prime minister with 400 seats if we had listened to the enlightened centrists and shot jeremy corbyn out of a cannon (with a parachute of course) to libya and the sooner the labour left stops denying this and buy the damn cannon the better

This is ironic right?

PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 2:10 am
by Nuroblav
Thermodolia wrote:No the UK won’t rejoin the EU because it won’t exist

The EU is a SCAM, set up by the GOVERNMENT.

/s

PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 2:21 am
by Thermodolia
An Alan Smithee Nation wrote:
Thermodolia wrote:No the UK won’t rejoin the EU because it won’t exist


Which won't exist - the UK or the EU? The UK looks much more likely to break up than the EU.

The UK won’t

PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 2:30 am
by SD_Film Artists
We've had the snooper's charter, now there's the Nimby/road rage/Karen charter

I don't envy the policeman who is tasked with sifting through the videos; having to sit through things titled 'Crazy bikers create chaos in built-up area!!1!' only to realise that it's yet another video showing a couple of motorcyclists conducting some perfectly reasonable & legitimate filtering.

PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 3:27 am
by An Alan Smithee Nation
Back in the early 2000s I spent a lot of time cataloguing grey literature with titles like Further Education 2020: A Vision, Britain 2020: A Vision, Youth Work 2020: A Vision. Pretty much every quango, ngo, charity, government department, and lobbying group was setting out its blue sky thinking of what their area of interest was going to be like in the future, and to my amusement they all hit on the same play on words for the title - 2020 vision, geddit. Funny how blue sky thinkers run on the same fixed track.

I rather wish I'd kept some of them to laugh at how different 2020 has actually turned out.

PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 6:18 am
by Souseiseki
An Alan Smithee Nation wrote:Back in the early 2000s I spent a lot of time cataloguing grey literature with titles like Further Education 2020: A Vision, Britain 2020: A Vision, Youth Work 2020: A Vision. Pretty much every quango, ngo, charity, government department, and lobbying group was setting out its blue sky thinking of what their area of interest was going to be like in the future, and to my amusement they all hit on the same play on words for the title - 2020 vision, geddit. Funny how blue sky thinkers run on the same fixed track.

I rather wish I'd kept some of them to laugh at how different 2020 has actually turned out.


imagine if you were a time traveler from the 2000s that got punted forward to 2020 lol

PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 6:35 am
by The New California Republic
Souseiseki wrote:imagine if you were a time traveler from the 2000s that got punted forward to 2020 lol

I think you'd just end up hugging your knees cowering in the corner because of the tidal wave of shit you'd need to grasp at once: 9/11, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, terror attacks, memes, social media, smartphones, climate change, Brexit, Trump, Coronavirus, social distancing, everyone wearing masks, the recession, the deaths of various celebrities...

PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 6:45 am
by Chan Island
Ah, that new thread smell.

Of course, we must debate the biggest issues of them all. Like, say, should Greggs be nationalised?

PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 6:51 am
by Nuroblav
Chan Island wrote:Ah, that new thread smell.

Of course, we must debate the biggest issues of them all. Like, say, should Greggs be nationalised?

I think it's time to seize the means of sausage rolls and organise Greggs into worker co-ops ;)

(Ok I'll head out)

PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:45 am
by CoraSpia
Chan Island wrote:Ah, that new thread smell.

Of course, we must debate the biggest issues of them all. Like, say, should Greggs be nationalised?

Of course not. Greggs must become a luxury only available to those lucky enough to be blessed by the steak bake god.

PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 8:58 am
by The Huskar Social Union
Missed the end of the last thread, bleh. Anything exciting happen? Any bans or warnings

PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:01 am
by The New California Republic
The Huskar Social Union wrote:Missed the end of the last thread, bleh. Anything exciting happen? Any bans or warnings

No, the thread was clean for a couple of weeks. Shock horror.

PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:03 am
by The Huskar Social Union
The New California Republic wrote:
The Huskar Social Union wrote:Missed the end of the last thread, bleh. Anything exciting happen? Any bans or warnings

No, the thread was clean for a couple of weeks. Shock horror.
Ghastly.

PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:05 am
by Kavagrad
The New California Republic wrote:
The Huskar Social Union wrote:Missed the end of the last thread, bleh. Anything exciting happen? Any bans or warnings

No, the thread was clean for a couple of weeks. Shock horror.

Why do we even bother?

PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:19 am
by Dumb Ideologies
Ah that new thread smell. Like a country home log fire. Just going to sit here and drink my coffee and think about the state of Britain. This is fine.

PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:20 am
by Ifreann
The UK? Is that still a thing?

PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:25 am
by Souseiseki
https://www.thenational.scot/news/18685 ... ce/?ref=ar

In response Wilson wrote that he did not dispute that the deficit – as estimated within the UK model – is higher than that in other small countries which Scotland would wish to emulate under independence.

But he added: “The GERS assessment reflects a structural problem with the UK: it is one of the most unequal countries in the developed world. Every region and nation outside the southeast and east runs a large deficit on this measure.

“This is not cause for celebration but a clear sign that the UK is not working for most of the country.”


whoopsie haha

Ifreann wrote:The UK? Is that still a thing?


not on track to fall apart until 2024