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Labour now has 13 point lead
at 20:13 17 Jan 2022

If what's happened already still isn't enough to make them switch to another party, then I think it's quite likely they'll go back to them, particularly if they get a new leader.

Looking further at the data, it's noticeable that nearly as many men would still vote Tory as Labour (36%/38%). For women the split is 24% vs 50%; the figures for other parties are identical, except for the Greens (6% vs 8% split) and REFUK (5% vs 3%).
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Labour now has 13 point lead
at 20:00 17 Jan 2022

Unfortunately I think the polling data is not quite as positive as it first looks. One reason for the massive lead is that nearly a quarter of Tory voters from 2019 have switched to don't know or won't vote. If most of them end up voting Tory again then it's going to be much closer.
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Horses named after Town Players
at 21:20 5 Jan 2022

Frank Gallup
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4/10 Thick as
at 23:06 2 Jan 2022

While I don't think it's necessary as a native English speaker (like you, I wasn't taught most of the stuff mentioned in that quiz beyond the basics of nouns/adjectives/verbs), I think it's very helpful to know the theory of how a language functions when you learn a second language.

I taught English abroad and had to do a course before starting work in which I learnt all the stuff in the quiz (10/10 btw). At the time I was trying to learn Hebrew and having a more technical understanding of how English worked really helped with my Hebrew learning. I wish I had known all that stuff when I was learning French at school.
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Which feeble-minded tory backbencher
at 22:03 23 Dec 2021

To prevent themselves passing on whatever they've got to their colleagues?

I always used to go into work whenever I was ill as I feel guilty about taking time off, but in recent years I've realised it's actually pretty inconsiderate.
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Katie Price - wow
at 11:54 16 Dec 2021

I don't understand why people like this aren't simply given a lifetime driving ban.

There was a person recently convicted of deliberately running over a cyclist and they got a three year ban (after their prison sentence ends). Why should they ever be allowed to drive a car again??
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Johnson's timing is impeccable
at 12:40 9 Dec 2021

Well, it depends who's going to replace him

The Sun seem to be critical of the sensible new measures being brought in - are they angling for someone even worse...
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How many different countries can we get?
at 11:04 7 Dec 2021

If we're having Mich D'Avray for South Africa (he was born there but only played for England youth teams), Chris Bart-Williams was born in Sierra Leone.
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Mandatory jabs, monthly fines
at 21:48 2 Dec 2021

I wish TfL would actually fine people who refuse to wear a mask. Based on my experiences recently on the tube, they could probably claw back most of their deficit.

It's incredibly depressing how utterly selfish and inconsiderate so many people are. I know I shouldn't be surprised after what's happened politically in the last decade, but the pandemic has really shown how bad things are. Every time I go out, a little more of the hope I hold that things might get better dies.
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Towns greatest Welshmen?
at 09:41 30 Nov 2021

David Johnson II (almost)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sport/football/459031.stm
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Woke culture at its worst
at 19:05 26 Nov 2021

Why even mention that he's gay?

On a related note, I couldn't quite believe how awful the law on religious freedom the Australian government is proposing is - apparently it will allow religious schools to expel gay pupils. How the f**k can anyone justify that sort of bullsh1t.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-59411999
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I really did think I'd heard it all from this mob....
at 18:05 25 Nov 2021

Best response I've seen so far:

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If France and The UK can't stop these people smugglers
at 15:52 25 Nov 2021

The reasons have been explained again and again. Enough with the sealioning.
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If France and The UK can't stop these people smugglers
at 15:25 25 Nov 2021

I don't really understand the assumption that asylum seekers have to be poor. Having a bit of money doesn't mean you aren't affected by your country descending into civil war or have the ability to gain legal residency in another country if you flee.
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If France and The UK can't stop these people smugglers
at 12:10 25 Nov 2021

We had a thread the other day where someone asked this question. A response was given, but the poster who asked the question responded to the post with the explanation, ignoring what had been written and asked the same question again.

The selective blindness is bizarre.

From https://fullfact.org/immigration/why-do-migrants-and-asylum-seekers-want-come-uk

Social and economic factors are relevant, less so the availability of benefits
Researchers say that, where people can choose, factors such as colonial and historical links, the presence of family members, general reputation as a safe country and language are relevant factors.

There’s mixed evidence on whether people choose between countries based on their knowledge of its asylum system, according to Professor Heaven Crawley, a former head of Home Office asylum research. Some studies suggest that asylum seekers are drawn to countries with a more generous asylum regime, whereas others point to little or no knowledge about how the system works.

But economic opportunities, particularly being able to get a job, do play a role. As this suggests, there’s not necessarily an easy dividing line between ‘genuine refugees’ fleeing conflict on the one hand, and ‘economic migrants’ seeking new opportunities on the other. A person can easily be both.

It seems unlikely that the benefits system is relevant. Professor Crawley writes that “there is no statistically significant relationship between the level of social and welfare benefits and asylum applications”.

We’ve previously discussed why the UK’s welfare system is an unlikely pull factor for asylum seekers, and compared the cash support available to asylum seekers in different European countries.
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Have we covered Johnson's shambolic speech yet?
at 22:19 22 Nov 2021

One of the reasons I am so in favour of a constitutional monarchy. Can you imagine what kind of horrendous individual we'd end up with as president if it was a public vote...
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Schoolboy error!
at 17:25 18 Nov 2021

I guess it's being replayed rather than Exeter forfeiting it as it's been deemed to be the officials misapplying the rules?

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news/replay-for-error-by-referee-op
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Insulate Britain: These 9 aren't driving home for Christmas
at 12:41 17 Nov 2021

One of my first thoughts on hearing this was that we'll end up seeing some kind of official apology to them in a couple of decades' time.
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ITV comments on San Marino
at 13:13 16 Nov 2021

Another issue with pre-qualifying is that it leaves the teams that didn't qualify with a massive hole in their schedules - which means they either don't play, or end up with most of their matches being friendlies, which isn't really going to help with their development. In some confederations, some teams get just two competitive matches each international tournament window before they're knocked out.

Agree that the current convoluted method is rubbish - perhaps just take out the Nations League aspect of it.

The meritocracy for me is the fact that only the top teams qualify for the main tournament; I don't see the need to implement restrictions at the qualifying phase.
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ITV comments on San Marino
at 11:05 16 Nov 2021

Bar one or two, San Marino players will probably always be mostly part-time given the size of the country. I personally don't see the issue with this.

Regarding the first point, the number of real minnows that play like that (11 men behind the ball) is pretty small – Andorra and San Marino from recent memory, plus maybe Gibraltar, Liechtenstein and Malta (been a while since I've seen any of them play), so I can't really see much benefit from just kicking such a small number of teams out of the main qualifiers.
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