Posts by Rich Lock

  • Speaker: The Brexlection, in reply to Ben Austin,

    ...although an increase in overall vote share/turnout for Labour over the 2015 Miliband result might get the Blairite haterz and wreckerz to STFU. For a day or two.

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  • Up Front: What's the Big Idea?, in reply to BenWilson,

    the average house price in the UK is only £215,000 pounds. Way more affordable than NZ.

    Not really. The UK's median wage is around £27,000, give or take. The typical upper range of what a mortgage lender will provide, for a couple, both of whom are earning the median wage, is between £135K and £189K, which still means a hefty deposit (probably from the bank of mum and dad).

    And the usual caveats apply. The average house price in London is between £500K (1-2 bed flat), and £630K (terraced house). In Brighton, it's £390K; in Cambridge, it's £500K; in Milton Keynes, it's £273K; in Bristol, it's £287K (with the exception of Bristol, these are all cities generally in the SE of England). If you go somewhere like Hull (north), then sure, it's £119K. But there's a reason for that (no-one wants to live there, and the median wage is considerably lower than the overall UK median wage, at 19.5K).

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  • Up Front: What's the Big Idea?, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    It is unbelievably hard to get someone to change their value-based position.

    Sometimes, with patience and time and effort on both parties, it's possible to change a value-based position. But you can't underestimate the effort involved for both parties. Most folks just don't care enough to bother.

    This, on the backfire effect, has been doing the rounds recently.

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  • Up Front: What's the Big Idea?, in reply to linger,

    My thanks to you, kind internet stranger. At last I can sleep at night.

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  • Up Front: What's the Big Idea?, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Why is this so hard for 'third way' advocates to see?

    My prediction is that low turnout will be the deciding factor in this election. There was a general election in May 2015, the Euro Ref in 2016, and local council elections earlier this month, so the general public are being asked to turn out four times in just over two years - there's ballot fatigue. There's also a fair amount of 'pox on it all' apathy at the moment - the last Labour administration did itself no favours by effectively ignoring the protests and concerns of it's base. Both Momentum and the tories recognise this - Momentum appear to be concentrating on voter registration as a tactic, while the tories are banking on their base turning out anyway, so they're running the most boring campaign possible to help stoke the apathy amongst those who might not vote for them, plus concentrating on playing the man rather than debating the policies.

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  • Up Front: What's the Big Idea?,

    Plenty of collective noun suggestions, but no definitive answer on the plural. You people are no help at all.

    Anyway, if we're going for collective nouns, I'd prefer something evocatively old-school. Perhaps a slattern of dildos, or a bawdyhouse.

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  • Up Front: What's the Big Idea?,

    Then I remembered that they don’t have any kind of PR, and all English people can do is vote for their local MP

    If you wouldn't mind, can you point this out to our entire press corps, who insist on reporting evey single election as if it's presidential under a PR system? Cheers.

    Or how to spell the plural of ‘dildo’.

    Oh great. Another thing to worry about. Thanks a bunch, Emma.

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  • Speaker: The Brexlection, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    I'll just leave this here:

    Yep, no way of spinning anything positive from that. UKIP has completely taken control of it's host body and is abandoning it's previous physical chrysalis form, and the electorate are too pissed off and apathetic to push the turnout above 30-35%.

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  • Speaker: The Brexlection, in reply to Ben Austin,

    No doubt. My wife talks about seeing him on telly delivering his keynote speech at the Labour party conference a year or so before the 1997 general election and getting goosebumps. And then her grandad 'Red George' turning to her with his wolrd-weary smile and saying 'just wait'.

    Fool me once....

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  • Speaker: The Brexlection, in reply to Ben Austin,

    Blair still gets a lot of stick, but I think it is almost accepted now that he’s somehow in the process of being rehabilitated.

    Jesus wept. All that's going to do is further entrench the utter loathing and contempt that huge numbers of people feel for him and his acolytes.

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