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  1. Neil G

    Lib Dems

    My evidence for him not knowing is that Mackenzie didn’t say that he did. In a thread bigging up the Lib Dems’ negotiating prowess and commitment to principled politics, if it had been a cleverly orchestrated plan with no risk of the Tories’ regressive policy being carried out, I would have expected her to highlight that fact. Besides, my wider point was about the Lib Dems’ lack of political awareness. Even if they knew there was no risk of the additional sanctions being implemented, the fact that Mackenzie treats the issue as an afterthought and a joke exemplifies how tone deaf the party is. Someone who recognised the enduring anger over the Lib Dems’ role in austerity would have made it crystal clear that the Lib Dems weren’t prepared to roll the dice with benefit claimants’ lives in order to get the plastic bag policy through. The fact that she didn’t even grasp how appalled people would be at the thought of the Lib Dems being prepared to throw poor and vulnerable people under the bus demonstrates how oblivious the party is to the views of the voters who’ve deserted it. Until your party acknowledges the hardship and suffering it enabled under the coalition, apologises sincerely for it and pledges not to prop up a Tory government again, your support in the polls will never recover. You might get a temporary bounce or two over Brexit while Corbyn remains in position, but that’s all. The coalition is as toxic to your party as Iraq was to New Labour, and like New Labour apologists you don’t show any interest in understanding why.
  2. Neil G

    Lib Dems

    Presumably then you can provide evidence that at the time Clegg made the concession he knew that the sanctions would be deemed illegal and that there was never any risk of them being enacted.
  3. Neil G

    Lib Dems

    “Why aren’t we doing better in the polls? Why are people still angry at us for the coalition?” https://mobile.twitter.com/malaiseforever/status/986908222471598080
  4. Neil G

    Best looking forum member....

    Commence Operation Sleeping with the Enemy.
  5. Neil G

    Middle East Thread

    Russia has been bombing Assad for four years? He’s done bloody well to survive then.
  6. Neil G

    Middle East Thread

    There’s no legal requirement for Parliament to vote on any military deployment, even the large-scale use of ground troops. It’s a convention that was started by Blair over Iraq, because it was so controversial he felt he needed the endorsement. The Opposition can call for a debate on any military action, but it’s entirely up to the PM to decide whether there’s a vote. I expect a Corbyn government would seek to change this.
  7. Neil G

    Donald Trump

    Hillary is performing mind control on Trump to make him attack Syria. There is no end to her warmongering madness.
  8. Neil G

    Israel - A Rant

    That doesn’t answer any of the questions I asked.
  9. Neil G

    Should the UK remain a member of the EU

    Top trolling. Cue howls of outrage from right-wingers who spend the rest of the time complaining that you can’t say anything nowadays for fear of upsetting someone.
  10. Neil G

    Israel - A Rant

    What does the term mean now then, in your opinion? Is there a meaning that can be attached to it, or has it been used and misused for so many different purposes that it’s now essentially meaningless? And - whether or not there is now an accepted meaning - if the original meaning is no longer valid then when, how and by what authority did it cease to be so? If your obtuse remark was directed at my definition, why is it obtuse of me to continue to use the original meaning?
  11. Neil G

    Israel - A Rant

    How are you defining Zionist here? Because if you mean the dictionary definition of supporting the existence of the state of Israel, by my reckoning you’ve just called most of this forum cunts. If you mean something else by it, at what point did the official definition change, and by what mechanism was the change recognised?
  12. Neil G

    Should Corbyn remain as Labour leader?

    It’s for the local elections in May.
  13. Neil G

    Should Corbyn remain as Labour leader?

    Get back to us when your Manc colleagues smash up the headstones on your relatives’ graves.
  14. Neil G

    Should Corbyn remain as Labour leader?

    Yes I gather that, but what does “there is no ball, only man” mean? Because to me it reads as Corbyn has no political positions or arguments worth engaging with and it’s legitimate to criticise him exclusively in personal terms.
  15. Neil G

    Should Corbyn remain as Labour leader?

    What is that even supposed to mean?