Posts by Caleb D'Anvers

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Songs of Ennui, in reply to JacksonP,

    Have to say, Foals have never done much for me, but I’m liking what I’ve heard of the new album so far. Speaking of good new stuff from the UK, Urth, the debut album from Nottingham band Kagoule (released last week) is pretty damn great:

    East Greenwich • Since Mar 2008 • 453 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Out there in…,

    Went out to see Django Django at Koko Tuesday night, which was predictably bubbly and fun:

    Looking forward to seeing them again at Field Day in a couple of weeks, along with local Bermondsey boys Happyness:

    and nugazers Cheatahs:

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad, in reply to Ben Austin,

    Interesting to see Labour’s vote share in London was soft too.

    Really? My understanding was that London was one of the only areas of the country where Labour made significant gains in vote share over 2010, with some high-profile pick ups, like Bermondsey and Old Southwark.

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Well, when you add 12% for UKIP, you end up with a very healthy and unassailable working majority for a Con-Kipper coalition, with nearly 50% of the vote between them. So yes: a different story, but not necessarily a nicer one.

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad,

    Wow. 1992 all over again. Now if only Lush would reform, I could be slightly happy. As it is, though: what a grim result. Not unlike the last NZ election, really.

    On a more unexpected note, our votes actually counted, as the long-time Lib Dem local MP lost his seat. So at least there's that.

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad, in reply to Ben Austin,

    They don't call the Evening Standard the Evening Boris for nothing.

    East Greenwich • Since Mar 2008 • 453 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad,

    Ah, ’96. I tried to explain NZ First to a Brit recently by doing a Google Image search of “Winston Peters” on my phone and endlessly scrolling down while repeating, “Look! It’s Winston Peters!” Suspect something may have got lost in translation. In other news, I miss my party vote so very much.

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad,

    I had a similar experience. Voting this morning reminded me of my first ever vote, back in NZ's last FPP election, which I cast wearing cricket whites after coming off the field. Old school. My electorate's a prominent Lib Dem one that's predicted as a potential Labour pick up every election, but never ultimately goes that way. We'll see what happens today.

    East Greenwich • Since Mar 2008 • 453 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad,

    While it’s probably no surprise that The Guardian has endorsed the Labour Party,

    It actually is a surprise, because it's essentially a Lib Dem paper.

    East Greenwich • Since Mar 2008 • 453 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad,

    As the token New Zealander, I’ve had plenty of left-leaning Brits ask me about proportional representation. I keep saying it’s a no brainer: your vote actually counts no matter what electorate you’re in and smaller parties actually have a shot at parliament. At this point, pretty much everyone starts Britsplaining to me that, “oh, that only works if you have nice parties, like in New Zealand. We can’t have MMP here because we have the BNP and the EDL and UKIP.” At that point, I start talking about the 5% threshold and the very slight influence such parties would have even if they crawled their way over 5% of the vote, but then their eyes start glazing over.

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