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BS: Brexit & other UK political topics

Backwoodsman 14 Dec 20 - 08:05 AM
Dave the Gnome 14 Dec 20 - 06:57 AM
The Sandman 14 Dec 20 - 06:15 AM
Backwoodsman 14 Dec 20 - 04:17 AM
punkfolkrocker 14 Dec 20 - 03:57 AM
Dave the Gnome 14 Dec 20 - 03:32 AM
The Sandman 14 Dec 20 - 01:24 AM
Steve Shaw 13 Dec 20 - 08:16 PM
Dave the Gnome 13 Dec 20 - 06:04 PM
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Steve Shaw 13 Dec 20 - 05:32 PM
The Sandman 13 Dec 20 - 05:19 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 14 Dec 20 - 08:05 AM

”ever heard the phrase empty vessels make most sound,”

Oh, the delicious irony! Hilarious!


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 14 Dec 20 - 06:57 AM

And this is Brexit & other UK political topics because?

Just continuing the previous hypocrisy as far as I can see.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 14 Dec 20 - 06:15 AM

tongue in cheek, perhaps you should have made that clear, uniformed twaddle and the same from back woodsman.
the tronblemakers are the people who put up provocative statements punk does it all the time then we have you talking garbage about election defeats , check your facts. you call me lonely
you know nothing about me.
I am far from lonely.
throughout the pandemic i have been be making live music with friends.
doing zoom gigs etc
doing outside gigs. regular music with friends
you really talk uninformed twaddle . ever heard the phrase empty vessels make most sound,
I am also lucky to live in ireland where trad music is appreciated every night i can hear two to 3 hours of good music on radio


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 14 Dec 20 - 04:17 AM

This isn’t a court, pfr. Nobody has to ‘prove’ anything here, except in the mind of a lonely trouble-maker and troll. Ignore him and let him continue making a fool of himself - he’ll eventually get tired of it and start working on some other victim.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 14 Dec 20 - 03:57 AM

Sand - if and when you fall off your high horse,
you'll have been up there so long,
you'll land neck deep in a mound of horse shit...

You are behaving even more erratic and unstable than usual..

I'm laughing my bollocks off that you are still so crankily triggered
by a tongue in cheek suggestion of tory vote rigging to select Corbyn..

Calm down, before you do yourself a mischief..

[btw.. as conspiracy theories go,
there is actually more plausibility thousands of tories paid the affordable fee to vote for jezza..]


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 14 Dec 20 - 03:32 AM

I may be going into yer actual mozzers later this week, Steve. They have cocked up big time on staff discount for retired employees and it seems my discount card can only be used in store currently. If it's not sorted out soon expect to see a news story about mozzers forcing pensioners to risk going in store ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 14 Dec 20 - 01:24 AM

The BBC can predict what they like before the election ..they were wrong it was not the worst defeat since 1935, check your facts you still have not provided any proof or stats to back up your comment. a bbc prediction before an election is not proof.
punk there is no evidence whatsoever that the labour party was infiltrated by conservatives to elect jeremy corbyn


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 08:16 PM

Do that, Dave, and you might not hear the rest of me life story...Bejaysus, this Mozzers five-quid Nero d'Avola ain't half bad... Did I tell you that I've actually been to Avola... and that me mum for ten years ran the best chippy in Radcliffe...and that I bashed the spuds for her (well underage) for seven and a tanner a week...


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 06:04 PM

It's at times like this I can appreciate the logic of limiting these threads.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 06:03 PM

Steve - as I was saying...


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 05:32 PM

Ye gods...


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 05:19 PM

pfr Please stop telling me what to do.
i have spent the last five hours working on a festival completion grant form. i had to this in 2019 and now have to do it all over again.
do you organise anything, probably not, you have no idea of the work that goes in to providing music and gigs for people
well kindly do not tell me what to do, and kindly stop calling me names


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 05:10 PM

Well I've seen similar things down yer in Bude, where the local Labour Party is currently tearing itself to bits (and it isn't exactly over-populated...). Once it becomes ashes maybe I'll supply the phoenix, but at the moment I really can't be arsed with it. Folk music seems at times to be the same sort of magnet... But my mum and dad, rest 'em now, were both Labour Party people and even as an early teen I was out there taking numbers for the canvassers at the polling station and having tea and butties at the party HQ (a terraced house in Wolseley Street). My dad and his mate were Labour councillors in our home town. It was unthinkable to not be in a trade union. Labour may not be in a good place but at least I'm in the tent pissing out and not outside pissing in. It's my party and I'll cry if I want to...

Just remembered...Phoenix....That was the name of the special school (as we called 'em then) at Mile End where Blair Peach worked. The kids there all loved Blair to bits, and they came to his funeral, along with 22000 others... we all sang the Internationale...


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 03:54 PM

Steve I ought to clarify..

When I was taking the piss out of the 'care in the community' element of my local Labour party members,

..it's not referring to politics [ie, left or right of the party], but personalities..

Bloody awkward time and energy draining self important people with psychological 'issues'..

Labour, being a compassionate inclusive fraternity, seems to attract a lot of 'em..

Then mix that with cider and waccy baccy.. it's a nightmare putting up with them..

I've never had sufficient patience.

Maybe, it's just worse in the south west towns I grew up in...???


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 03:29 PM

"BTW, appending multiple exclamation marks to a statement is not only very bad from the point of view of the use of punctuation, but it adds no weight whatever to the point you’re attempting to make."

It is of no consequence to me!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 03:22 PM

Steve - no.. thank you.. that was a bloody good read...


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 03:07 PM

I'm losing track of this...

I'm still a member of the union I joined almost 50 years ago. In the earlier times I got in trouble with the Gen Sec (Fred Jarvis) for trying to organise unofficial strikes. I got two very threatening letters from him in the mid-70s. My best union mate was Blair Peach, but his murder in 1979 knocked the stuffing out of me and I just stayed active but not an activist. He was a member of the SWP in the days when they were a real revolution party, but I didn't hold with that and I didn't join. He was the nicest, kindest and gentlest man you could wish to meet, but he was the very divil in union meetings and he never let go of his socialist principles, living his life as you'd fully expect a true socialist to live. He was also a superb teacher of children with special needs. I've always been far to the left of the union establishment but I'll die a member. I had to bite my lip when it came to my fellow teachers joining more docile and right-wing unions, but I could scarcely tolerate working with people who refused to join a union at all, and they knew it. The union movement allowed Thatcher to demolish what I saw as real trade unionism, and my view has always been that the working class in this country has been treated much the worse in consequence. We've ended up with what weasel Tories call "the flexible labour market": temporary, part-time, seasonal, sack-you-at-will, zero-hours, fake apprenticeships, rock-bottom pay, gangmasters...

I joined Labour when Corbyn was elected. He is of the left, he is unspun and he is a man of principle. After the 2017 election, in which he did incredibly well, he was perceived by the Tory populist right as a threat. So, for the next couple of years, he was unscrupulously targeted big-time, both from within his own party (all those disaffected Blairites and Brownites, not to speak of that disreputable bunch of sour-faced, lying antisemitism-accusers) and without, the Board Of Deputies (who no-one ever voted for) and the scumbags of the tabloids. Why, the actual Tory Party hardly had to do a thing. You guys who keep bleating on that Jeremy was "unelectable" always fail to qualify that by admitting that even the Angel bloody Gabriel would have been "unelectable" in the face of that onslaught. The campaign against him was unscrupulous and concerted, positively conspiratorial, and predicated on lies. I'm staying in the party, though I'm rock-solid certain that Starmer is a born follower, a born caver-in and a born loser. That's just me. Thanks for reading.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 02:07 PM

However, just to set the record straight...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2019-50765773?app=news.election.2019.story.50765773.page

From the above link...

”Labour, which has lost seats across the North, Midlands and Wales in places which backed Brexit in 2016, is facing its worst defeat since 1935.

I wasn’t born in 1935 so ‘in living memory’ works for me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 01:59 PM

BWM - absolutely, he constantly makes himself look a right pompous buffoon,

every time he demands imperiously that other mudcatters must prove things to him...


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 01:48 PM

Pfr, let him bleat and flap around. This is a discussion forum, not a court. It’s perfectly legitimate to state an opinion, and there is no compunction on anyone to ‘prove’ their opinion. They are what they are - opinions - nothing else.

The sensible majority understand that.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 01:36 PM

Dick - where is your imagination to comprehend hypothetical ideas

beyond your restricted over-literal limits of understanding...???


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 01:30 PM

Quite so, pfr...


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 01:29 PM

Dick...


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 01:25 PM

where are your stats backwoodsman and punk to back up your twaddle.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 12:45 PM

So you voted for the Party and, by virtue of voting for the Party of which he’s leader, you voted for Johnson. Thus my original point, and also the one you quote above, still stand.

BTW, appending multiple exclamation marks to a statement is not only very bad from the point of view of the use of punctuation, but it adds no weight whatever to the point you’re attempting to make.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 12:21 PM

"Johnson is the Leader of the party, Bonz. If you vote for a party’s constituency candidate , that is effectively a vote for that party’s leader. You voted Tory, you voted for Johnson - man up and own it. "

What???????????????????????? I voted Conservative and am very very proud of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 12:10 PM

My mum has dementia, but not even all dementias are the same.
My mum's is a specific type..
..but I can't remember what it's called..

It's all very complex to diagnose..

Here amongst mudcat's aging membership,
we have to stay aware and sympathetic.;
no matter how odd or annoying other mudcatters may become..

A healthy sense of humour is paramount...


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 11:47 AM

You can have both, and Parkinson's in its latter stages can lead to dementia. But they are distinctive conditions.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 11:33 AM

”Dementia is not Parkinson's disease, actually. Billy has the latter but I can find no reference to his having dementia.”

I thought that’s the condition he has too, Steve. We saw Billy at Sheffield City Hall a few years ago, just before his illness was made public, he was hilarious as usual, but we both commented that he seemed to ‘have summat up’, there were moments when he was clearly having difficulty recalling ‘the next bit’ in his routine. We commented that we thought it might be the last time we see him touring, and so it proved to be.

His swearing might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it doesn’t bother us - we hear far worse in our local market place and shopping mall - but his observations of human behaviour, and his ability to find the humour in human frailty, are brilliant AFAWAC. Others’ may have a different view, and that’s OK.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 11:27 AM

Dick - Anyone who cares about what you are best at - music,
would wish you'd spend more of your spare time and energy
updating your youtube channel...


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 11:21 AM

Dick's off on one of his obsessive episodes today..

No amount of rational persuasion will deter him from
willfully misconstruing my actual intended meaning..

His blinkers are yet again set to narrowest tunnel vision...

This was bound to happen when he carries grudges over from earlier in the week...

I should have joined the Labour party as an active member decades ago,
but he is a prime example of what I'd get too frustrated and annoyed dealing with..

I have low patience threshold for needy self indulgent petty egos..

My old mates in the local party are far more tolerant of the dysfunctional 'care in the community'
element of their fellow membership...


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 11:20 AM

Take more water with it, Dick, or better still lay off it altogether - it’s making you very nasty.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 11:06 AM

"If you're going to correct spelling, Connolly has dementia (Parkinson's disease)"

Dementia is not Parkinson's disease, actually. Billy has the latter but I can find no reference to his having dementia.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 10:49 AM

it would appear that the conservatives won the last election because there was an electoral pact between farage and the conservatives, furthermore, backwoodsman
you made a statement that you cannot substantiate that corbyn lost the election by the biggest majority in living memory, more unsubstantiated twaddle, both you and punk talk twaddle, check your facts


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 10:42 AM

yes posted twice.
so that when Punk, opens his eyes he will see the irony of his ridiculous assertion that conservative infiltrators joined the labour party to elect corbyn.
what utter twaddle and unsubstantiated twaddle to boot


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 10:39 AM

Bonzo take note and answer Bckwoodsmans, you elected boris johnson
Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Backwoodsman - PM
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 05:33 AM

Johnson is the Leader of the party, Bonz. If you vote for a party’s constituency candidate , that is effectively a vote for that party’s leader. You voted Tory, you voted for Johnson - man up and own it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 10:31 AM

“so good, he posted it twice...” :-)

Party members don’t elect their party to government. Voters in General Elections do that.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 10:29 AM

They will have been the same thousands that travelled all over the country singing Corbyns name.were they conservative infiltrators? what ridiculous twaddle from punk folk rocker


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 10:20 AM

punk folk rocker, a closed mind .
well if you read them you would see that there are stats to back up the fact conservative voters are switching to keir starmer, you have a closed mind.
bad news for bonzoObserver Opinium politics polls
Labour
Keir Starmer winning Tory Leave voters for Labour – poll

As the party leader decides whether to back any Brexit deal, a survey of 7,000 electors shows he has closed the gap with the Conservatives since the election last year
Labour leader Keir Starmer speaking during a debate on new Covid tiers in parliament earlier this month.
Labour leader Keir Starmer speaking during a debate on new Covid tiers in parliament earlier this month. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK parliament/AFP/Getty Images
Michael Savage
Sat 12 Dec 2020 12.53 GMT

Last modified on Sat 12 Dec 2020 22.10 GMT

372

More Leave voters than Remainers have swung from the Tories to Labour since the last election, according to a major polling project that suggests Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, has made some early progress in bridging the Brexit divide.

A large 7,000-strong poll, designed to examine the political changes that have taken place since Labour’s disastrous result, found that the party was showing signs of winning over some of those who backed the Tories last year.

The Tories won support from 70% of those who voted Leave and 20% of Remain voters at the 2019 election. Labour won 16% of Leave voters and 49% of Remain voters. The latest polling found that the Tories now have the support of 63% of those who voted Leave and 21% of Remain voters. Labour is backed by 20% of Leave voters and 53% of Remain voters.

It represents a swing to Labour from the Tories among Leave voters of 5.5 points. The swing among Remainers was just 1.5 points. The pollsters said that a significant part of the swing was down to Leave voters turning against the Tories, now saying they did not now know who they would vote for. Some 18% of Conservative Leave voters now say they do not know how they will vote.

Meanwhile, the net movement of Conservative voters to Labour since the election is roughly the same as the net movement of Green and Lib Dem voters to Labour – about 500,000 voters in each group. It challenges suggestions that Starmer has largely boosted Labour’s vote share by winning Lib Dem and Green voters.

The study, launched as part of a new Opinium ebook on the last election, comes with Labour poised to back any Brexit deal that is agreed with the EU. The move is causing unease at all levels of the party. Starmer has suggested he will order his MPs to back a deal in the “national interest”, making clear it is preferable to a no-deal outcome.

Chris Curtis, the senior research manager at Opinium, said: “This data will be particularly important for Labour to consider when deciding how to vote on a potential Brexit deal. The data shows that there are lots of Leave voters who are going off the Conservative party, but haven’t yet been won over by Labour. The party will want to avoid alienating them with the decision it makes.”

Several figures in the shadow cabinet, the unions and prominent backbenchers want the party to abstain in a Brexit deal vote, concerned that backing a deal will prevent Labour from criticising it in the future – while abstaining will not stop its passage.

However, Starmer’s team has been holding meetings with party figures for weeks in an attempt to prepare the ground for voting in favour of a deal. There is also a feeling among Starmer’s team that Remain voters are not as focused on Brexit as they once were, following the last election.

The Opinium study found that Starmer is doing better among Leave voters than the Labour party as a whole, suggesting that he may have the ability to reach some more Tory voters who are increasingly becoming dissatisfied with the party, but have yet to make the jump to Labour. Starmer’s approval rating among Leave voters was -5, with 27% approving of him and 32% disapproving.

A huge lead for the Tories among older voters at the last election is also showing evidence of closing. The Conservatives had a 38-point lead among those aged 65 and over. It remains high, but has closed to 26 points.

Labour has a marginal lead among working-class voters, following suggestions it was behind among that group at the election. It is now backed by 40% of so-called “C2DE” voters, compared with 38% for the Tories. Meanwhile, the Tories lead among the more affluent voters. It leads 42% to 38% among “ABC1” voters. The gender gap that emerged at the last election persists. The Tories lead 43% to 35% among men, while Labour leads 41% to 38% among women.

Curtis said: “Labour’s vote share has increased under the leadership of Keir Starmer, with the party now just two points behind the Conservatives. But what is more interesting are the trends underlying the swing back to the party. Labour is seeing greater swings towards them among older voters and Leave voters, the key groups they have struggled with in recent years. This indicates that some of the major divides that have haunted our politics for the past few years might be starting to fade.

“A key element seems to be the handling of the pandemic, with many Leave voters who backed the Tories last year thinking the government has done a bad job. The party is therefore only holding on to 70% of the Leave voters who backed them, as opposed to 78% of their Remain voters.”

Opinium polled about 7,000 people online between 27 November and 8 December."
some statistical evidence that Conservative remasiners are now joing keir starmer, why is it becuase he is really a tory?
.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 09:58 AM

I can't be arsed reading Dick's petty grudge nonsenses yet..

maybe later...

However in the meantime consider this..

tory party has fewer members, but it has international backers with far more financial clout..

Labour membership vote fee was how much per person,
and how carefully vetted was each new voter...???

Corbyn's proposal for candidate, was a surprise gift for the left..

and an even bigger spoiler opportunity for the well funded tory right...


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 09:47 AM

He's just being his usual dreadful finger in the ear self!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 09:21 AM

Bonzo, Billy Connolly, note spelling. plus was, the poor guy has dementure.
If you're going to correct spelling, Connolly has dementia (Parkinson's disease)


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 09:19 AM

Spelling is irrelevant, he's bloody funny!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 09:15 AM

Dementure, Dick? Are you saying that he has crazy false teeth? ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 08:16 AM

Bonzo, Billy Connolly, note spelling. plus was, the poor guy has dementure.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 08:04 AM

Whatevet, Dick. Same reply to your PM.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 06:14 AM

Billy Connelly is Infinitely more entertaining!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 06:12 AM

It did not go unnoticed, Doug, though I was initially more interested in the posts prior to yours. Things like that happen to me on a daily basis...However, at this moment in time I have to plan my trip to Morrison's as I have cooking to do, going forward. If you will...


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 06:10 AM

Have you nothing better to do Sandman???????????????????


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 13 Dec 20 - 06:08 AM

here is some evidence that conservative remainers are wait for it, quote
Observer Opinium politics polls
Labour
Keir Starmer winning Tory Leave voters for Labour – poll

As the party leader decides whether to back any Brexit deal, a survey of 7,000 electors shows he has closed the gap with the Conservatives since the election last year
Labour leader Keir Starmer speaking during a debate on new Covid tiers in parliament earlier this month.
Labour leader Keir Starmer speaking during a debate on new Covid tiers in parliament earlier this month. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK parliament/AFP/Getty Images
Michael Savage
Sat 12 Dec 2020 12.53 GMT

Last modified on Sat 12 Dec 2020 22.10 GMT

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More Leave voters than Remainers have swung from the Tories to Labour since the last election, according to a major polling project that suggests Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, has made some early progress in bridging the Brexit divide.

A large 7,000-strong poll, designed to examine the political changes that have taken place since Labour’s disastrous result, found that the party was showing signs of winning over some of those who backed the Tories last year.

The Tories won support from 70% of those who voted Leave and 20% of Remain voters at the 2019 election. Labour won 16% of Leave voters and 49% of Remain voters. The latest polling found that the Tories now have the support of 63% of those who voted Leave and 21% of Remain voters. Labour is backed by 20% of Leave voters and 53% of Remain voters.

It represents a swing to Labour from the Tories among Leave voters of 5.5 points. The swing among Remainers was just 1.5 points. The pollsters said that a significant part of the swing was down to Leave voters turning against the Tories, now saying they did not now know who they would vote for. Some 18% of Conservative Leave voters now say they do not know how they will vote.

Meanwhile, the net movement of Conservative voters to Labour since the election is roughly the same as the net movement of Green and Lib Dem voters to Labour – about 500,000 voters in each group. It challenges suggestions that Starmer has largely boosted Labour’s vote share by winning Lib Dem and Green voters.

The study, launched as part of a new Opinium ebook on the last election, comes with Labour poised to back any Brexit deal that is agreed with the EU. The move is causing unease at all levels of the party. Starmer has suggested he will order his MPs to back a deal in the “national interest”, making clear it is preferable to a no-deal outcome.

Chris Curtis, the senior research manager at Opinium, said: “This data will be particularly important for Labour to consider when deciding how to vote on a potential Brexit deal. The data shows that there are lots of Leave voters who are going off the Conservative party, but haven’t yet been won over by Labour. The party will want to avoid alienating them with the decision it makes.”

Several figures in the shadow cabinet, the unions and prominent backbenchers want the party to abstain in a Brexit deal vote, concerned that backing a deal will prevent Labour from criticising it in the future – while abstaining will not stop its passage.

However, Starmer’s team has been holding meetings with party figures for weeks in an attempt to prepare the ground for voting in favour of a deal. There is also a feeling among Starmer’s team that Remain voters are not as focused on Brexit as they once were, following the last election.

The Opinium study found that Starmer is doing better among Leave voters than the Labour party as a whole, suggesting that he may have the ability to reach some more Tory voters who are increasingly becoming dissatisfied with the party, but have yet to make the jump to Labour. Starmer’s approval rating among Leave voters was -5, with 27% approving of him and 32% disapproving.

A huge lead for the Tories among older voters at the last election is also showing evidence of closing. The Conservatives had a 38-point lead among those aged 65 and over. It remains high, but has closed to 26 points.

Labour has a marginal lead among working-class voters, following suggestions it was behind among that group at the election. It is now backed by 40% of so-called “C2DE” voters, compared with 38% for the Tories. Meanwhile, the Tories lead among the more affluent voters. It leads 42% to 38% among “ABC1” voters. The gender gap that emerged at the last election persists. The Tories lead 43% to 35% among men, while Labour leads 41% to 38% among women.

Curtis said: “Labour’s vote share has increased under the leadership of Keir Starmer, with the party now just two points behind the Conservatives. But what is more interesting are the trends underlying the swing back to the party. Labour is seeing greater swings towards them among older voters and Leave voters, the key groups they have struggled with in recent years. This indicates that some of the major divides that have haunted our politics for the past few years might be starting to fade.

“A key element seems to be the handling of the pandemic, with many Leave voters who backed the Tories last year thinking the government has done a bad job. The party is therefore only holding on to 70% of the Leave voters who backed them, as opposed to 78% of their Remain voters.”

Opinium polled about 7,000 people online between 27 November and 8 December."
some statistical evidence thatConservative remasiners are now joing keir starmer, why is it becuase he is really a tory?
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