Maximus Decimus

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Maximus Decimus last won the day on July 7 2018

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  1. Maximus Decimus

    Boxing

    This is the sort of calibre of fight that Tyson Fury can look forward to with Top Rank then
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    Independent Group

    The big issue is what colour the new party will go for. All the obvious ones are taken. Pink? Brown? Burgandy?
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    Independent Group

    I say this as somebody who voted LD at the last election. Cable isn't the problem, the Lib Dems are toxic because of 2010-15 and I'm not sure they can ever get to their previous position.
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    Independent Group

    High Anglican maybe. Although he's actually a Catholic..
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    Independent Group

    Maybe he actually didn't like the fact his 102 year old gran was getting watched by the press.
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    Jeremy Corbyn & the Labour Party

    It's quite easy really. UKIP were pretty much a single issue party, once we left the EU their reason for being was all but gone. The reality is that in 2010, almost 30% voted for parties that now command less than 10%. You can believe that this is all down to the popularity of May and Corbyn but you know in reality it isn't true. If Corbyn had fought the election against a Lib Dem party that got the 16-20% it got before it collapsed or if we hadn't have had a referendum and UKIP still had a reason to be, he wouldn't have got 40%. This is plainly obvious. I will agree that it was Labour's best performance since Blair, but a simple percentage comparison is disingenuous. That's how you end up almost single-handedly defending the idea that Theresa May didn't run a dreadful campaign. It reminds me of when Mayweather fought Connor McGregor and there were all those memes showing he landed more punches than Manny Pacquiao and others to suggest he must be better than them. Statistics without context mean very little.
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    Jeremy Corbyn & the Labour Party

    Ummuna said something interesting today about how it was easy to ignore Corbyn, McDonnell etc because they didn't think they had any chance of winning. Had people actually thought a Corbyn government was possible/likely results might've been different.
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    Independent Group

    I think maybe you should.
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    Jeremy Corbyn & the Labour Party

    Looking at the percentages and comparing them to previous elections is dishonest because it ignores the fact that UKIP and the Lib Dems vote virtually collapsed for reasons unrelated to the campaigns of May and Corbyn. The fall of UKIP almost entirely explains why the Tories ran a spectacularly bad campaign yet increased their vote share. This is not hard to understand. The whole election was called because it was presumed May would get a landslide. The fact she didn't was a mixture of the appalling Tory campaign and Labour's ability to capitalise on their errors. Let's look at a few own goals off the top of my head: Calling an election despite having previously promised she wouldn't Refusing to appear in a leader's debate Providing an uncosted and lazy manifesto The social care funding debacle 'Strong and stable' 'magical money tree' etc There is no doubting that Corbyn and Labour did a good job but their inability to look at the results honestly (including misuse of statistics) will mean they are unlikely to learn the lessons of it. Things have only got worse for the Tories since the election. How do you explain Labour's inability to overtake them?
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    Independent Group

    The SDP was undeniably a factor, as was Labour's lurch to the far left.
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    Jeremy Corbyn & the Labour Party

    This is just dishonest now, you've had this pointed out to you many many times.
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    Jeremy Corbyn & the Labour Party

    Theresa May did such a poor job last time that she wasn't a million miles away from gifting it to them. Despite the car crash that is Brexit, they appear to have lost a lot of that momentum.
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    Jeremy Corbyn & the Labour Party

    The essential problem of Corbyn and his ilk comes down to the famous quote about dissolving the people and electing another. The British public are what they are, and they seem to have proved time and time again that they dislike far left politics. That's not to say that there couldn't be a perfect storm where they won (a la Trump in 2016) but it certainly doesn't seem likely right now.
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    Independent Group

    This you didn't imagine. His fear of the Dear Great Leader was imagined.
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    Jeremy Corbyn & the Labour Party

    A Labour party that doesn't get elected isn't helping anyone.