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A broad church.
at 13:08 29 May 2024

this has all the hallmarks of a classic diane abbott story - nonsense wrapped in a cloak of confusion. it's nice that she is going out with her own distinct style intact.
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A broad church.
at 13:00 29 May 2024

your story about the press being briefed doesn't match the bbc's:

"Hours later, it was revealed that Abbott's suspension had been lifted and the whip restored.

Abbott then texted a BBC reporter this morning, saying Labour had barred her from standing for the party at the general election.

She later posted on X, saying she was "dismayed" at the reports she had been barred."

so the being barred story originated with abbott and she was then dismayed by the reports that had actually originated with her.
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A broad church.
at 11:36 29 May 2024

it is very sad. she is an historically significant figure, and deserves respect for that. it is bad that it came to this. but the party's real shame lies in the fact that it ever put her forward as a potential home secretary. that's the really unforgivable bit.
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My one and only criticism of McKenna
at 17:51 28 May 2024

we clearly haven't been paying him enough. we need to do something about that.
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Lucky no one jumped to any conclusions then….
at 18:29 27 May 2024

never in the field of human conflict has so much nonsense been written by so many on the basis of so few facts.
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Cult Suffolk Films....
at 14:32 27 May 2024

no country for alde men
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Cult Suffolk Films....
at 13:40 27 May 2024

a chump at orford
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Mandatory National Service coming back…
at 10:19 26 May 2024

exactly. and success for reform is the tory wipeout scenario. in defending against that they are losing everyone else. they seem already to be trading any chance of actually winning for a reduced chance of complete annihilation.
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Mandatory National Service coming back…
at 10:08 26 May 2024

i agree with all that. but politically what is interesting is that 3 days after calling an election, and we have to assume that they called it in the hope of retaining power, they have fallen back upon the most defensive strategy you can imagine. 'national service' as a catchphrase (as opposed to some modern volunteering scheme) appeals only to the corest and oldest of their core - simultaneously it is poisonous to everyone else. what's next a law to compel men to give up their seats to ladies on the bus? free leather driving gloves on the nhs? It's a strategy for not slipping below 100 seats.
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Mandatory National Service coming back…
at 09:35 26 May 2024

having a national scheme for volunteering and including within that training opportunities would be good. you could then use that as an alternative in sentencing. but politically I don't understand their use of the 'national service' dog whistle. anyone responding to that will be the absolute core of tory supporters - are they really worried that even that core is now about to abandon them?
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Mandatory National Service coming back…
at 22:27 25 May 2024

sunak has had enough and wants to lose. only possible explanation.
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Club will be in a good place next season tells me he's off! (n/t)
at 10:39 22 May 2024

jeez, your glass isn't half empty - you've actually dropped it and ground the shards into the floor.
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This blood scandal
at 14:06 20 May 2024

in bits of the public sector at a senior level there can be a tendency towards group think and arrogance. we're acting the public interest; we know what the public interest is; and we're very good and clever. it leads to institutional dismissal of challenge and an instinct for cover-up.
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This blood scandal
at 13:27 20 May 2024

it's a very long list: hillsborough, lawrence, gids, post office, windrush .... a long history of public bodies evading scrutiny and challenge.
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The next Mona Lisa
at 14:03 17 May 2024

artists can produce what they want and getting into an argument with them about it is pointless. i am torn between assuming there is incredible artistic insight, cleverness and truth in this work which i am too thick to see, and wondering whether painting is really his strength.
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Caption Competition
at 18:35 16 May 2024

mime artist re-enacts the surgical removal of factual_blue's sense of humour.
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Crime: perceptions divorced from reality?
at 14:28 16 May 2024

plus what we're discussing is trends from one survey to the next. so lots of errors, which are the same over time, drop out.
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Crime: perceptions divorced from reality?
at 13:49 16 May 2024

the parties know very well what the voters they need to win over care about. crime is a bigger issue to voters in red wall seats than it is in affluent areas.
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Crime: perceptions divorced from reality?
at 13:30 16 May 2024

no one actually experiences the national pattern of crime. everyone experiences something different based on exactly where they live, where they go, what services they use, how much money they have. experience of crime is inevitably very unequal. so perceptions may reflect that rather than being wrong.
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Crime: perceptions divorced from reality?
at 12:35 16 May 2024

it's survey data - it asks a statistically selected sample of people if they have experienced crime of any sort in the past period.
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