Posts by Ben Austin

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  • Legal Beagle: The law to make it easier…,

    I should have been more clear - I was more interested in how the MP/National Party decided on this particular thing

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 963 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: The law to make it easier…,

    I would love to know how this random topic was picked out of a hat

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 963 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: The law to make it easier…,

    Not that it that it really matters, but is there any evidence that anyone, authorities included, ever specifically sought out this amendment? Was there say the an open letter issued to the Minister following Annual Airport Authorities (Lost Property Auction Working Group) Conference? Or the MP in question, was he at least taken to the dinner by shadowy representatives of Big Lost Property Auction?

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 963 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit,

    Oh and farage has just resigned.

    All weekend I was wondering what benefit there would be to the Conservatives giving him a seat in the Lords, assuming no South Thanet by election and could not think of one but now I'm wondering if there is a deal anyway.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 963 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Whereas I'm sick of people calling Remain "whiners" and "poor losers". Just recall, if you will, that the newspapers and pundits are not the Remain camp. They are just people who may have voted that way and feel strongly about it. They do not necessarily speak for the Remain camp anymore than I do. Remember, we are not a party and we don't really have spokespeople, not anymore anyway.

    In any event, I went to the London rally on Saturday, which was interesting. Aside from the usual suspects (Socialist Worker etc), the people I met largely were new to the rally game (myself included). We marched from Park Lane to Parliament Square via Trafalgar Square. I've no real idea how many turned up but the square was full up and people were backed up someway up Whitehall. It was pretty positive stuff really. No whining or the like. The basic message was - get involved, use your anger and annoyance to make real change and don't give up.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 963 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Government you Deserve,

    Indeed. But the point is, Labour is all about getting out the vote. That's what it is good at. It needs loads of active members to do that. Obviously there is a lot more to a party and indeed needs to be to reach all the other people/voters. However in London's case, one reason why the party is doing ok is that all of those middle class members that don't really get the rest of England/UK actually go out and get the vote out, for months before the actual election.

    My Labour friends have been solidly working, 2-5 times a week for the last 6 months or so on getting their voters ready for the mayoral, assembly and various other local elections. They're the ones who are increasingly angry at Corbyn as they don't' see his conviction or beliefs actually delivering them new voters. Nor his supporters helping them get out their current voters. These people resent being lectured by Corbyn supporters who in some occasions (see Gipsy Hill council by election) even campaign against the Labour candidate, let alone not voting for them.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 963 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Government you Deserve,

    It seems to be that within the Labour membership there is a strong difference of opinion about what it takes to win elections. It isn't just about having a new leader who wants to bring Labour back to a more socialist path. It is about how elections are fought on the ground

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 963 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Government you Deserve,

    Career politician is meant to be disparaging, usually. Although it shouldn't be in all cases.

    A common refrain from non Corbyn Labour members to the new Corbyn era members is "how many leaflets did you deliver?" and from what little I've seen in London, there is some truth to that. Whilst noting I've met some hard working Momentum people helping Remain/StrongerIn.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 963 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit,

    Well I can confirm this, almost all of my centrist/left NZ friends who've now lived in London for a few years cannot bring themselves to support Labour at present. These are people I know who've voted Labour and Greens in NZ (so far as anyone can know who someone else votes for).

    We are pretty niche sure, but similar things are true for my local friendship/work circle.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 963 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit, in reply to Tamsin6,

    Agreed, although I'm also equally interested in what to do _next_ as well.

    First thing seems easy enough, support the Mayor in his attempts to gain more autonomy for London, both permanently and in short term to be part of negotiations for Brexit.

    Second is harder, I'll probably have to hold my nose and join a party.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 963 posts Report Reply

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