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Portsmouth players taking the loss hard
at 21:08 9 May 2021

But there are dug-outs.
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Starmer out? There was actually a 3 point swing towards Labour
at 09:47 9 May 2021

Altho such a 3-point swing still gets them nowhere near winning a General Election (or even being able to form a governing coalition). So not that encouraging, either.
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Angela Rayner sacked
at 00:53 9 May 2021

Indeed, a General Election is quite a different beast from local ones, or even by-elections.
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SNP fail to get a majority
at 00:50 9 May 2021

It's not about mandates (beyond who has formed a government under the rules in force at the time and is thus able to pass legislation), but about what the law allows. The Act which established the Scottish Parliament does not give it any authority over the Union between Scotland and England.
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SNP fail to get a majority
at 00:39 9 May 2021

Not sure there is a lot to interpret, the wording is very specific.

Certainly the Scottish Parliament can request negotiations and/or a referendum. If there were a clear mandate (which there would have to be for such a motion to pass), then I don't think it would be particularly reasonable to refuse, given the markedly changed circumstances since 2014 (Brexit). But that is a different issue.

The UK government chose to regard the result of the 2016 Referendum on leaving the EU as binding, even tho it originally was not. They had the power to do so. The Scottish government cannot do the same with a unilateral advisory referendum on leaving the Union - they do not have that authority. The precedent is does not hold.
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SNP fail to get a majority
at 23:50 8 May 2021

Not a binding one*. And it's not subject to debate - matters relating to the Union of the Kigdoms of Scotland and England were specifically reserved to the Westminster Parliament under the 1998 Act [Schedule 5 Section 1 Paragraph 1 (b)]. They are the only ones with the right to enact anything which affects the existence of thet Union.


* Actually, not really one at all with more validity than an opinion poll. It's outside their authority.
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SNP fail to get a majority
at 21:44 8 May 2021

Nevertheless, constitutionally accurate. The Scottish Parliament does not have the devolved right to call a binding referendum on independence unilaterally.
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Does anyone fancy a fag? Who's gonna flash the ash, Do you have any snouts?
at 21:37 8 May 2021

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Does anyone fancy a fag? Who's gonna flash the ash, Do you have any snouts?
at 21:32 8 May 2021

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Does anyone fancy a fag? Who's gonna flash the ash, Do you have any snouts?
at 21:25 8 May 2021

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Angela Rayner sacked
at 21:22 8 May 2021

He would do well to. I don't think it's coming back, any more than Scotland has.

After all, why would anyone in the North vote Labour, more than is the case anywhere else in the country? The 1980s were a long time ago, the region's industrial prosperity further back still.
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Does anyone fancy a fag? Who's gonna flash the ash, Do you have any snouts?
at 21:15 8 May 2021

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Does anyone fancy a fag? Who's gonna flash the ash, Do you have any snouts?
at 21:10 8 May 2021

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Does anyone fancy a fag? Who's gonna flash the ash, Do you have any snouts?
at 21:06 8 May 2021

Back from when they were still a rock & roll band:

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SNP fail to get a majority
at 21:02 8 May 2021

That notwithstanding, they'll link up with the Greens and proclaim a pro-Leave majority. Johnson will refuse and the issue will rumble on ad infinitum*.



* Unless they push ahead with a unilateral, advisory referendum and lose.
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Mick is going to relegate Sheff Weds and Derby
at 14:22 8 May 2021

If Wednesday score a winner, they stay up.
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Chambers Skuse and Sears
at 13:13 8 May 2021

With KVY out, I'm pretty sure Chambers will start tomorrow.
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All this talk of how did the Cons do so well....
at 12:30 8 May 2021

I take a middle path on this. Some austerity was necessary in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 Crash, but it was taken beyond that level and duration for ideological reasons.

Also, there was some very poor targeting. Benefits reform was probably necessary. However it was badly done and, as a result, vast amounts of money wasted, not to mention much unnecessary hardship caused.
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Rainbow collalition?
at 12:22 8 May 2021

Are you sure? Assuming the SNP do not suffer a collapse and that absolutely eveyone else non-Conservative barring the DUP, Alba and Sinn Feinn takes part (with the last continuing their boycott), then the Grand Coalition would need to win a minimum of 43 seats in England and Wales, with no Tory gains. That's quite a tall order.

Media and funding are two of the biggest issues in politics worldwide, let alone the UK.

What are the population's actual interests? For most of them is seems to be a few quid in their pockets and a sense of self-worth. Even a pandemic has only had a superficial impact upon the erosion of the idea of "society" being important to the wellbeing of the individual.
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All this talk of how did the Cons do so well....
at 11:51 8 May 2021

To be fair to them, the Budget Sunak brought out in early March - before the Pandemic really took hold in the UK - was quite an about-face in terms of using ultra-cheap borrowing (the magic money tree) to reverse austerity measures and increase spending.
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