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What it really shows is that - disturbingly - there are senior elected figures among the Republicans who are even madder and more extreme than Trump.
If he or DeSantis don't get the nomination it'll be because someone beats them from the right on purity.
Biden is a lucky general. His chances for 2024 keep getting better.
However, the Republican right seem to have a better idea of what they're doing, and the closeness of the house gives them a lot of sway;
If this ends up with a government shutdown, Ron Swanson will be happy, but what about the voters?
As far as the loony religious right are concerned, he has delivered his promises to them.
In fact he was probably the most Conservative and rightwing GOP Presidential nominee since Reagan or Goldwater, especially with evangelical Pence on the ticket too
So, forgive me if I sound naive, but is Trump really in with a shot of running again? It's only a year ago that armed nutters were stalking around the White House looking for prominent Democrats to kidnap in his name. Why the fixation with him? There's 360 million folk in the US, surely there has to be a better choice than Trump or Biden. Is US politics really that fecked? I thought we had it bad!
It’s almost as if they have decided to forfeit conservatism in pursuit of factional ideological purity.
When the last snow melts all these hideous ski towns will be stranded: like hideous gasping fish from a dying lake
It's not obvious that, if they go down to a famous defeat, the Conservatives will have the people or the will to do the same.
It's not all that likely - maybe 20% chance? - but not impossible, especially if de Santis stumbles.
In all likelihood the Tories will have a rightward shift after losing power. Badenoch has to be the hot favourite to win the membership and she will go heavy on culture war topics. I suspect she’ll cause Labour some headaches and probably attract enough support back to win a few more seats, but she won’t be able to get the party anywhere near an election-winning performance.
The idea they should be applauded for finally electing the relatively centrist Starmer after 4 general election defeats in a row is absurd!
Chairman of the Committee on Defense Affairs, Antti Häkkänen, said Finland should transfer Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine if a relevant decision is taken in Europe at a wider level
I would like Buttigeig as his VP though, and not just for betting reasons.
There are skeptical pragmatists in Labour as well as the Tories
I'm guessing because the snowline is much higher in France than the rest of Europe, so there are few villages at the good skiing level, so the decent resorts are purpose built and crammed in concrete blocks to keep the price down. They are awful. Elsewhere decent skiing can start at village/town level so they aren't as bad and you also get trees, unlike France where you have to ski lower to get tree lined routes. Compare Avoriaz to Morzine. Same resort. Avoriaz is ghastly, Morzine nicer, but if the snow is dodgy you want to be in Avoriaz or it is long queues for the lift.
Also hence my previous comment on getting to these resorts. In France you need a transfer because trains do not go to the resorts, in Austria you can just pop onto a cheap train. Another comment on price also is that with Whitsun skiing you can get off peak passes and ski hire.
another defeat or two.
I suspect that was Starmer's brief in 2020. The fact that we're pretty much all expecting him to be PM one way or another in 2024 is remarkable, really.
And yes, some of it is because Corbyn and co were so terribly unelectable. And some of it is that the Conservative governments since than have been increasingly clown car-ish. But also the current Labour management have done their part of the job better than anyone had a right to expect.
It's not certain - but seems fairly likely to me.
Starmer became Labour leader after 4 general election defeats and 10 years out of power. There was a willingness for Labour to shift to the centre as with Blair and as with the Tories with Cameron as they had been in opposition so long
1.15 Sandown - Certainly Red
1.30 Wincanton - Galahad Quest
2.25 Sandown - Arctic Bresil
15.00 Sandown - Snow Leopardess
😍 Snow Leopardess. Next time she wins I’m on her
I think the alps have a very limited future as ski resorts as climate change continues.
Last skiing holiday was Avoriaz. In the snow it’s a very pleasant, compact resort with everything walkable / skiable. In summer it looks like the Gulag.
I’ve skied mostly in St Gervais and that’s a very pretty town with varied terrain and incredible views of Mt Blanc, but much more spread out.
Seriously, we need a an economically liberal Liberal party again.
HRH titles to working royals only after the coronation, cutting off Andrew and the Sussexes in the process. He should also just restrict the title of Prince and Princess too to children of the monarch and heir going forward
In fact, they've had only 5 leaders since 1994.
The Tories have managed that in fewer than seven years.
I remember seeing the mountain bikers ripping down the mountainside at Nevis range a couple of years ago and it was terrifying.
The job I've been doing since September.
No change in status, but am uploading my qualifications, proofs of right to work, safeguarding certificate, signed photo, references, recent bank statement, DBS, ID, bank details, CV, work history amongst others, for the fourth time in four months.
The one I have some sympathy with is the temperament which believes in preserving existing institutions unless it can be shown that there is a better replacement - as opposed to just tearing stuff down and seeing what happens next.
That’s why the Brexit project was, in those terms, a profoundly unconservative one.
There could have been a conservative case for Brexit, but it was never made.
An ideological belief in small state / monarchy stuff (as displayed by HYUFD) is irrelevant to that form of conservatism.
Toryism just adds on support for the monarchy, established church etc
Of which there are quite a large number around. Old kit, but still effective - and essentially no cost to the US since it’s regarded as obsolete.
U.S. aid updated with:
- 18 155mm M109 SPGs
- 36 105mm Towed Howitzers
- 100 M113 APCs
- 55 MRAPs
- 138 HMMWVs
- 500 M982 Excalibur GPS-guided shells
- RIM-7 SAM Missiles
There's a Sciene Party, Heritage Party, True & Fair Party, New World Order, Tomorrow's World Order, Londenpendence, Motherworld Party, and so many more, but no Pothole.
Sounds interesting especially as it doesn't seem like it was targeting anybody specific but everybody.
As I said, there are many forms of conservatism. That you regard yourself as some kind of ideological purist is, in itself, profoundly unconservative.
Will the Tories be able to turn things around like that as swiftly? It's not necessarily promising.
I went on such a freebie in summer 2021. To Ticino
I stayed in some RIDICULOUSLY exquisite resorts
In the second resort (Eden Roc, Ascona) the manager told me my room cost £800 a night and “average Swiss families will pay that”
Another nail in the coffin of globalisation.