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SystemSystem Posts: 11,818
edited December 2019 in General

imagepoliticalbetting.com » Blog Archive » In Scotland all the polls in the entire 2017-2019 parliament understated the SNP

One of the features of this month’s general election that hasn’t received much attention is how successful the SNP were in the 59 Scottish sets.

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    MarqueeMarkMarqueeMark Posts: 50,625
    With only six seats left to defend in Scotland, Boris cnn continue with his hardline no-further-referendum defence of the union - knowing it keeps those Scots with a grievance lined up behind the SNP and thereby kills Scottish Labour revival hopes stone dead.

    For the next five years, the dismantling of the Red Wall is the only political project - whilst the Yellow Brick Road remains a simple fantasy.
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    SunnyJimSunnyJim Posts: 1,106
    I'd like to see the Scots achieve independence before the next GE.

    Perhaps enrage them for a year or two then give them a referendum in year 3 of the next parliament.
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    MarqueeMarkMarqueeMark Posts: 50,625
    Long Bailey to champion "progresive patriotism".

    Me neither.
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    PaoliPaoli Posts: 8
    The problem with the Scottish regional polling was even worse with the constituency specific polling. Of the 47 seat specific polls on the Wikipedia opinion poll webpage, 12 got the winner completely wrong (including, for example, all three polls in Putney). Particularly poor were the eight LibDem/Survation polls which were published, which wrongly predicted the outcome in Cambridge, South Cambs, SE Cambs, Finchley & Golders Green and Portsmouth South. Many included vote shares which were dramatically outside the relevant margins of error.

    These seat-specific polls often generated a great deal of press coverage. No doubt they influenced some tactical voting by voters as well as targeting etc. by the parties. In general, they overstated LibDem/Ind support and understated both Con and Lab support. For example, the three polls in Kensington showed a Con/Lab lead of 4% and 10% and a Con/LD lead of just 3%. As we know, it was effectively a Con/Lab dead heat on the night, with the LD a distant third place.

    Has anyone analysed the final YouGov MRP study by seat, against the outcome?
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    rcs1000rcs1000 Posts: 54,769
    Paoli said:

    The problem with the Scottish regional polling was even worse with the constituency specific polling. Of the 47 seat specific polls on the Wikipedia opinion poll webpage, 12 got the winner completely wrong (including, for example, all three polls in Putney). Particularly poor were the eight LibDem/Survation polls which were published, which wrongly predicted the outcome in Cambridge, South Cambs, SE Cambs, Finchley & Golders Green and Portsmouth South. Many included vote shares which were dramatically outside the relevant margins of error.

    These seat-specific polls often generated a great deal of press coverage. No doubt they influenced some tactical voting by voters as well as targeting etc. by the parties. In general, they overstated LibDem/Ind support and understated both Con and Lab support. For example, the three polls in Kensington showed a Con/Lab lead of 4% and 10% and a Con/LD lead of just 3%. As we know, it was effectively a Con/Lab dead heat on the night, with the LD a distant third place.

    Has anyone analysed the final YouGov MRP study by seat, against the outcome?

    Although it is worth remembering that the libdems lost 40% of their vote over the course of the campaign.
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    felixfelix Posts: 15,127
    I think constituency polls are generally pretty poor - there are all sorts of sampling problems and they seem very poor value for money. Local election results are also a poor guide. I suspect the Labour collapse in Scotland was responsible for most of the Tory losses as well as their own. Their seems no sign whatsoever that Labour are even remotely near understanding the scale of their problems there or anywhere else in the UK. The leading candidates to replace JC show zero sign of understanding the beliefs and concerns of a sufficient core of potential voters - because they will not sacrifice any of the sacred cows of the vote base they are left with.
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    OldKingColeOldKingCole Posts: 32,403

    Long Bailey to champion "progresive patriotism".

    Me neither.

    Quite like the idea, personally. Suspect politics in 2030 will look very, very different to those of now.

    And Good Morning all.
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    NigelbNigelb Posts: 64,464
    SunnyJim said:

    I'd like to see the Scots achieve independence before the next GE.

    Perhaps enrage them for a year or two then give them a referendum in year 3 of the next parliament.

    Is that Boris’ one nation Toryism ?
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    PaoliPaoli Posts: 8
    rcs1000 said:

    Paoli said:

    The problem with the Scottish regional polling was even worse with the constituency specific polling. Of the 47 seat specific polls on the Wikipedia opinion poll webpage, 12 got the winner completely wrong (including, for example, all three polls in Putney). Particularly poor were the eight LibDem/Survation polls which were published, which wrongly predicted the outcome in Cambridge, South Cambs, SE Cambs, Finchley & Golders Green and Portsmouth South. Many included vote shares which were dramatically outside the relevant margins of error.

    These seat-specific polls often generated a great deal of press coverage. No doubt they influenced some tactical voting by voters as well as targeting etc. by the parties. In general, they overstated LibDem/Ind support and understated both Con and Lab support. For example, the three polls in Kensington showed a Con/Lab lead of 4% and 10% and a Con/LD lead of just 3%. As we know, it was effectively a Con/Lab dead heat on the night, with the LD a distant third place.

    Has anyone analysed the final YouGov MRP study by seat, against the outcome?

    Although it is worth remembering that the libdems lost 40% of their vote over the course of the campaign.
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    SunnyJimSunnyJim Posts: 1,106
    felix said:

    The leading candidates to replace JC show zero sign of understanding the beliefs and concerns of a sufficient core of potential voters - because they will not sacrifice any of the sacred cows of the vote base they are left with.

    The membership aren't ready to give up on the 'project' which is fair enough.

    And their stubbornness may well bear fruit because at some point the country will be willing to give the hard left a go.

    Unlikely to be the next GE but it could well be ready in 2029 and i'm sure Momentum won't make the same mistake as the core did in giving the Blairites the reigns in 94 just as the country was ready for pretty much any flavour of red.
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    SunnyJimSunnyJim Posts: 1,106
    Nigelb said:


    Is that Boris’ one nation Toryism ?

    I would hope that Boris takes the view that the union is a living thing kept alive only by the consent of its constituent parts.

    It seems to me that the case for IRef2 is a strong one and I would wish the Scots well if they decided to part company.
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    squareroot2squareroot2 Posts: 6,428
    The SNP does NOT want independence. Its would destroy its USP>
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    NigelbNigelb Posts: 64,464
    edited December 2019
    SunnyJim said:

    Nigelb said:


    Is that Boris’ one nation Toryism ?

    I would hope that Boris takes the view that the union is a living thing kept alive only by the consent of its constituent parts.

    It seems to me that the case for IRef2 is a strong one and I would wish the Scots well if they decided to part company.
    That is not unreasonable - but it is hardly the tenor of what you originally suggested.
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    PaoliPaoli Posts: 8
    The LD trend may well be right, but even some of the 7 constituency polls with fieldwork in December were well off the mark (Chingford, Cities of London & Westminster, Finchley, Kensington, Putney (2) and Southport). The 2 final polls in Putney suggested a Tory win by 3% (Labour had a 9% majority) while the Kensington survey by Deltapoll had fieldwork to 8 December and still gave a Tory lead of 10%.
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    SunnyJim said:

    felix said:

    The leading candidates to replace JC show zero sign of understanding the beliefs and concerns of a sufficient core of potential voters - because they will not sacrifice any of the sacred cows of the vote base they are left with.

    The membership aren't ready to give up on the 'project' which is fair enough.

    And their stubbornness may well bear fruit because at some point the country will be willing to give the hard left a go.

    Unlikely to be the next GE but it could well be ready in 2029 and i'm sure Momentum won't make the same mistake as the core did in giving the Blairites the reigns in 94 just as the country was ready for pretty much any flavour of red.
    I think it’s wrong to assume parties get into power purely because of the swing of the pendulum. If that was the case 2019 should have seen a better Labour result after 9 years of Tory government.

    Clearly there is something in the “give the other side a go” mentality but to do so I think it’s wrong to suggest people will vote for any policy platform.
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    OldKingColeOldKingCole Posts: 32,403
    edited December 2019

    The SNP does NOT want independence. Its would destroy its USP>

    Achieving it's stated aim must always be a problem for a Nationalist party. It may be Centre-Left, as the SNP general direction of travel seems to be, but after achieving it's primary aim, surely the variety of opinions of those who value independence above all is going to show.
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    numbertwelvenumbertwelve Posts: 5,925
    edited December 2019

    Long Bailey to champion "progresive patriotism".

    Me neither.

    I read the article and I’m afraid it strikes me as window dressing and one more heave. Better say I’m patriotic because that’s what those traditional voters like to hear. Talking about mill workers striking in one part of the country in support of Abraham Lincoln might be a commendable cause, but I’m not sure I subscribe to the notion that this is what many would jump to as an example of British patriotism.
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    squareroot2squareroot2 Posts: 6,428
    edited December 2019
    progressive PATRIOTISM??? Labour has no clothes left, all that is left is to wrap themselves in the National flag. Ironic really when Corbyn loathes his own country.... Which flag will it be ..
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    Presumably the SNP may one day consider standing candidates in the rUK. If they did it on a platform of having a referendum across the whole UK about Scottish independence they might well win, with lotsa English voters glad to see the back of them.
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    Good morning, everyone.

    Ms. Morales, I suspect not as the General Election concern is who governs the country. What's the SNP policy beyond splitting it up? How do they want to change education in England, for example?
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    ydoethurydoethur Posts: 68,382

    Long Bailey to champion "progresive patriotism".

    Me neither.

    I read the article and I’m afraid it strikes me as window dressing and one more heave. Better say I’m patriotic because that’s what those traditional voters like to hear. Talking about mill workers striking in one part of the country in support of Abraham Lincoln might be a commendable cause, but I’m not sure I subscribe to the notion that this is what many would jump to as an example of British patriotism.
    https://youtu.be/WOyIJVUaoeg
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    squareroot2squareroot2 Posts: 6,428

    Presumably the SNP may one day consider standing candidates in the rUK. If they did it on a platform of having a referendum across the whole UK about Scottish independence they might well win, with lotsa English voters glad to see the back of them.

    Have you been at the magic mushrooms?
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    Light the beacons of Gondor, PB/Vanilla is working properly on my phone.
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    LucyMoralesLucyMorales Posts: 45
    edited December 2019

    Good morning, everyone.

    Ms. Morales, I suspect not as the General Election concern is who governs the country. What's the SNP policy beyond splitting it up? How do they want to change education in England, for example?

    They just steal the policies of their nearest competitors, a la Brexit party.
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    Presumably the SNP may one day consider standing candidates in the rUK. If they did it on a platform of having a referendum across the whole UK about Scottish independence they might well win, with lotsa English voters glad to see the back of them.

    Have you been at the magic mushrooms?
    I get my best ideas after a light breakfast of the ‘shrooms.
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    kle4kle4 Posts: 93,559
    SunnyJim said:

    I'd like to see the Scots achieve independence before the next GE.

    Perhaps enrage them for a year or two then give them a referendum in year 3 of the next parliament.

    Given experience of negotiating exit arrangements especially when one party is reluctant I'm not sure even if we has a ref next year theyd be fully out by 2024.
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    NigelbNigelb Posts: 64,464

    SunnyJim said:

    felix said:

    The leading candidates to replace JC show zero sign of understanding the beliefs and concerns of a sufficient core of potential voters - because they will not sacrifice any of the sacred cows of the vote base they are left with.

    The membership aren't ready to give up on the 'project' which is fair enough.

    And their stubbornness may well bear fruit because at some point the country will be willing to give the hard left a go.

    Unlikely to be the next GE but it could well be ready in 2029 and i'm sure Momentum won't make the same mistake as the core did in giving the Blairites the reigns in 94 just as the country was ready for pretty much any flavour of red.
    I think it’s wrong to assume parties get into power purely because of the swing of the pendulum. If that was the case 2019 should have seen a better Labour result after 9 years of Tory government.

    Clearly there is something in the “give the other side a go” mentality but to do so I think it’s wrong to suggest people will vote for any policy platform.
    Though they might learn from Boris, and run on almost no policies at all ?
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    Long Bailey to champion "progresive patriotism".

    Me neither.

    I read the article and I’m afraid it strikes me as window dressing and one more heave. Better say I’m patriotic because that’s what those traditional voters like to hear. Talking about mill workers striking in one part of the country in support of Abraham Lincoln might be a commendable cause, but I’m not sure I subscribe to the notion that this is what many would jump to as an example of British patriotism.

    There was no mention of Scotland or Wales in the article. All the places she names are in England. It is the same comfort zone platitudes that see only victims, no aspiration, no wealth creation. Also missing any reference to either Jeremy Corbyn ir anti-Semitism.

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    kinabalukinabalu Posts: 39,875
    Ah the site is working again! I can therefore resume my 20 a day habit. All will rejoice.
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    isamisam Posts: 41,118
    felix said:

    I think constituency polls are generally pretty poor - there are all sorts of sampling problems and they seem very poor value for money. Local election results are also a poor guide. I suspect the Labour collapse in Scotland was responsible for most of the Tory losses as well as their own. Their seems no sign whatsoever that Labour are even remotely near understanding the scale of their problems there or anywhere else in the UK. The leading candidates to replace JC show zero sign of understanding the beliefs and concerns of a sufficient core of potential voters - because they will not sacrifice any of the sacred cows of the vote base they are left with.

    How accurate were the Survation constituency polls for the Lib Dems?
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    ydoethurydoethur Posts: 68,382

    Presumably the SNP may one day consider standing candidates in the rUK. If they did it on a platform of having a referendum across the whole UK about Scottish independence they might well win, with lotsa English voters glad to see the back of them.

    Have you been at the magic mushrooms?
    I get my best ideas after a light breakfast of the ‘shrooms.
    Funny, I heard a bloke called Jez say that once as well.
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    kinabalukinabalu Posts: 39,875

    Long Bailey to champion "progresive patriotism".

    Me neither.

    It is complete bollox.

    No candidate for leader who mentions "patriotism" in anything but a satirical way is getting my vote.
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    kle4kle4 Posts: 93,559
    edited December 2019
    ydoethur said:

    Presumably the SNP may one day consider standing candidates in the rUK. If they did it on a platform of having a referendum across the whole UK about Scottish independence they might well win, with lotsa English voters glad to see the back of them.

    Have you been at the magic mushrooms?
    I get my best ideas after a light breakfast of the ‘shrooms.
    Funny, I heard a bloke called Jez say that once as well.
    Must be a different jez than I think as he got all his ideas on a gap year holiday in the 70s, stone cold sober, then never moved on.
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    isam said:

    felix said:

    I think constituency polls are generally pretty poor - there are all sorts of sampling problems and they seem very poor value for money. Local election results are also a poor guide. I suspect the Labour collapse in Scotland was responsible for most of the Tory losses as well as their own. Their seems no sign whatsoever that Labour are even remotely near understanding the scale of their problems there or anywhere else in the UK. The leading candidates to replace JC show zero sign of understanding the beliefs and concerns of a sufficient core of potential voters - because they will not sacrifice any of the sacred cows of the vote base they are left with.

    How accurate were the Survation constituency polls for the Lib Dems?
    Deltapoll did pretty well with their seat surveys for the Observer during the campaign.
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    kle4kle4 Posts: 93,559
    edited December 2019
    kinabalu said:

    Long Bailey to champion "progresive patriotism".

    Me neither.

    It is complete bollox.

    No candidate for leader who mentions "patriotism" in anything but a satirical way is getting my vote.
    I'd think patriotism is one of those things when you dont need to mention it to have it, and if you do mention it it can be a sign you're being superficial about it .

    Like corbyn lying about watching the queens speech because he was presumably worried about being seen as unpatriotic, when many a patriotic person would just say they dont watch it.
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    isamisam Posts: 41,118
    edited December 2019

    Long Bailey to champion "progresive patriotism".

    Me neither.

    I read the article and I’m afraid it strikes me as window dressing and one more heave. Better say I’m patriotic because that’s what those traditional voters like to hear. Talking about mill workers striking in one part of the country in support of Abraham Lincoln might be a commendable cause, but I’m not sure I subscribe to the notion that this is what many would jump to as an example of British patriotism.

    There was no mention of Scotland or Wales in the article. All the places she names are in England. It is the same comfort zone platitudes that see only victims, no aspiration, no wealth creation. Also missing any reference to either Jeremy Corbyn ir anti-Semitism.

    If potential Labour leaders want to reconnect with the working classes in old mining towns, is The Guardian the best mouthpiece to be using? I guess the other papers will quote their piece in small articles, but I reckon the mention of the G word is an eye roll provoker to many people who used to vote Labour, but dont anymore
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    ydoethurydoethur Posts: 68,382
    edited December 2019
    kle4 said:

    ydoethur said:

    Presumably the SNP may one day consider standing candidates in the rUK. If they did it on a platform of having a referendum across the whole UK about Scottish independence they might well win, with lotsa English voters glad to see the back of them.

    Have you been at the magic mushrooms?
    I get my best ideas after a light breakfast of the ‘shrooms.
    Funny, I heard a bloke called Jez say that once as well.
    Must be a different jez than I think as he got all his ideas on a gap year holiday in the 70s, stone cold sober, then never moved on.
    Gap year? Between what? I thought after failing his A-levels and being kicked out of a poly for being intellectually challenged he lived off his parents until he got in as a housing officer in Haringey and then an MP.

    You don’t need a gap year for that.
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    MaxPBMaxPB Posts: 37,686
    isam said:

    felix said:

    I think constituency polls are generally pretty poor - there are all sorts of sampling problems and they seem very poor value for money. Local election results are also a poor guide. I suspect the Labour collapse in Scotland was responsible for most of the Tory losses as well as their own. Their seems no sign whatsoever that Labour are even remotely near understanding the scale of their problems there or anywhere else in the UK. The leading candidates to replace JC show zero sign of understanding the beliefs and concerns of a sufficient core of potential voters - because they will not sacrifice any of the sacred cows of the vote base they are left with.

    How accurate were the Survation constituency polls for the Lib Dems?
    Fairly accurate I think, a lot of people read them wrong though and looked at them as a direction of travel so expected them to win where it was close like Finchley and Golders Green or Cities of Westminster and London etc...
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    isamisam Posts: 41,118
    kle4 said:

    kinabalu said:

    Long Bailey to champion "progresive patriotism".

    Me neither.

    It is complete bollox.

    No candidate for leader who mentions "patriotism" in anything but a satirical way is getting my vote.
    I'd think patriotism is one of those things when you dont need to mention it to have it, and if you do mention it it can be a sign you're being superficial about it .

    Like corbyn lying about watching the queens speech because he was presumably worried about being seen as unpatriotic, when many a patriotic person would just say they dont watch it.
    Inclined to agree. "progressive Patriotism" just sounds like pure political jargon... two words that seem to be at odds with each other insincerely plonked together
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    isam said:

    Long Bailey to champion "progresive patriotism".

    Me neither.

    I read the article and I’m afraid it strikes me as window dressing and one more heave. Better say I’m patriotic because that’s what those traditional voters like to hear. Talking about mill workers striking in one part of the country in support of Abraham Lincoln might be a commendable cause, but I’m not sure I subscribe to the notion that this is what many would jump to as an example of British patriotism.

    There was no mention of Scotland or Wales in the article. All the places she names are in England. It is the same comfort zone platitudes that see only victims, no aspiration, no wealth creation. Also missing any reference to either Jeremy Corbyn ir anti-Semitism.

    If potential Labour leaders want to reconnect with the working classes in old mining towns, is The Guardian the best mouthpiece to be using? I guess the other papers will quote their piece in small articles, but I reckon the mention of the G word is an eye roll provoker to many people who used to vote Labour, but dont anymore

    I am guessing the Guardian is the best place to connect with Labour members!

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    MarqueeMarkMarqueeMark Posts: 50,625
    isam said:

    felix said:

    I think constituency polls are generally pretty poor - there are all sorts of sampling problems and they seem very poor value for money. Local election results are also a poor guide. I suspect the Labour collapse in Scotland was responsible for most of the Tory losses as well as their own. Their seems no sign whatsoever that Labour are even remotely near understanding the scale of their problems there or anywhere else in the UK. The leading candidates to replace JC show zero sign of understanding the beliefs and concerns of a sufficient core of potential voters - because they will not sacrifice any of the sacred cows of the vote base they are left with.

    How accurate were the Survation constituency polls for the Lib Dems?
    Presumably the ones the LibDems never released were most accurate.

    They never released one for Totnes. Or maybe their canvass returns were as accurate as ours. (They showed the Conservative vote at 53.0%. It was actually 53.2% on the day - we got 1 person in 500 wrong. And that was on the upside. Although...there was that guy just outside Brixham, who said he'd never vote for the Tories whilst Boris was leader....he might have been pulling my leg....)
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    kle4kle4 Posts: 93,559
    ydoethur said:

    kle4 said:

    ydoethur said:

    Presumably the SNP may one day consider standing candidates in the rUK. If they did it on a platform of having a referendum across the whole UK about Scottish independence they might well win, with lotsa English voters glad to see the back of them.

    Have you been at the magic mushrooms?
    I get my best ideas after a light breakfast of the ‘shrooms.
    Funny, I heard a bloke called Jez say that once as well.
    Must be a different jez than I think as he got all his ideas on a gap year holiday in the 70s, stone cold sober, then never moved on.
    Gap year? Between what? I thought after failing his A-levels and being kicked out of a poly for being intellectually challenged he lived off his parents until he got in as a housing officer in Haringey and then an MP.

    You don’t need a gap year for that.
    Good point. When he was on a foreign excursion to the colonies.
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    ydoethurydoethur Posts: 68,382
    isam said:

    Long Bailey to champion "progresive patriotism".

    Me neither.

    I read the article and I’m afraid it strikes me as window dressing and one more heave. Better say I’m patriotic because that’s what those traditional voters like to hear. Talking about mill workers striking in one part of the country in support of Abraham Lincoln might be a commendable cause, but I’m not sure I subscribe to the notion that this is what many would jump to as an example of British patriotism.

    There was no mention of Scotland or Wales in the article. All the places she names are in England. It is the same comfort zone platitudes that see only victims, no aspiration, no wealth creation. Also missing any reference to either Jeremy Corbyn ir anti-Semitism.

    If potential Labour leaders want to reconnect with the working classes in old mining towns, is The Guardian the best mouthpiece to be using? I guess the other papers will quote their piece in small articles, but I reckon the mention of the G word is an eye roll provoker to many people who used to vote Labour, but dont anymore
    Certainly I would have chosen the Mirror if that was the intended goal. If she wanted to be daring it would have been better to use the Sun or the Mail, given they have much wider circulation among those target groups.

    But she’s not currently trying to reconnect with the voters. She’s trying to connect with the PLP so she gets 21 nominations. And for that the Grauniad is the best pulpit to preach from.
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    isamisam Posts: 41,118

    isam said:

    Long Bailey to champion "progresive patriotism".

    Me neither.

    I read the article and I’m afraid it strikes me as window dressing and one more heave. Better say I’m patriotic because that’s what those traditional voters like to hear. Talking about mill workers striking in one part of the country in support of Abraham Lincoln might be a commendable cause, but I’m not sure I subscribe to the notion that this is what many would jump to as an example of British patriotism.

    There was no mention of Scotland or Wales in the article. All the places she names are in England. It is the same comfort zone platitudes that see only victims, no aspiration, no wealth creation. Also missing any reference to either Jeremy Corbyn ir anti-Semitism.

    If potential Labour leaders want to reconnect with the working classes in old mining towns, is The Guardian the best mouthpiece to be using? I guess the other papers will quote their piece in small articles, but I reckon the mention of the G word is an eye roll provoker to many people who used to vote Labour, but dont anymore

    I am guessing the Guardian is the best place to connect with Labour members!

    Oh yeah!
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    Mr. kle4, I'm so patriotic I watch the Queen's speech on Christmas Eve.
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    algarkirkalgarkirk Posts: 11,221
    edited December 2019
    If RL-B runs a campaign as triangulated as today's farrago in the Guardian, and especially if Ian Lavery sustains his half promise to run as well then we should be in for a comedy treat.

    The absence of understanding, insight, interest, relevance and punch in RL-B's article is striking.

    As for 'progressive patriotism', this is going to get stuck in the cracks between three groups: those who think it is the last refuge of a scoundrel, our Momentum friends who think that it should only apply to North Korea and Cuba and that domestic patriotism is fascism dressed up, and actual people who are just normal untriangulated patriots and don't need to drone on about it. They will next vote Labour into office when Clement Attlee turns up.
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    ydoethurydoethur Posts: 68,382
    algarkirk said:

    If RL-B runs a campaign as triangulated as today's farrago in the Guardian, and especially if Ian Lavery sustains his half promise to run as well then we should be in for a comedy treat.

    The absence of understanding, insight, interest, relevance and punch in RL-B's article is striking.

    As for 'progressive patriotism', this is going to get stuck in the cracks between three groups: those who think it is the last refuge of a scoundrel, our Momentum friends who think that it should only apply to North Korea and Cuba and that domestic patriotism is fascism dressed up, and actual people who are just normal untriangulated patriots and don't need to drone on about it. They will next vote Labour into office when Clement Attlee turns up.

    It would be funny if it weren’t for the lurking worry one of these FW190s might at some point become PM if they do become LOTO.
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    kinabalukinabalu Posts: 39,875
    kle4 said:

    I'd think patriotism is one of those things when you dont need to mention it to have it, and if you do mention it can because sign you're being superficial about it .

    Like corbyn lying about watching the queens speech because he was presumably worried about being seen as unpatriotic, when many a patriotic person would just say they dont watch it.

    I think it's a nonsense construct. People do not "love" their country. If they say they do it is either virtue signalling or it's a mislabeling of something else going on with their brain chemistry.
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    CharlesCharles Posts: 35,758

    With only six seats left to defend in Scotland, Boris cnn continue with his hardline no-further-referendum defence of the union - knowing it keeps those Scots with a grievance lined up behind the SNP and thereby kills Scottish Labour revival hopes stone dead.

    For the next five years, the dismantling of the Red Wall is the only political project - whilst the Yellow Brick Road remains a simple fantasy.

    Nothing behind the curtain?
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    isamisam Posts: 41,118
    algarkirk said:

    If RL-B runs a campaign as triangulated as today's farrago in the Guardian, and especially if Ian Lavery sustains his half promise to run as well then we should be in for a comedy treat.

    The absence of understanding, insight, interest, relevance and punch in RL-B's article is striking.

    As for 'progressive patriotism', this is going to get stuck in the cracks between three groups: those who think it is the last refuge of a scoundrel, our Momentum friends who think that it should only apply to North Korea and Cuba and that domestic patriotism is fascism dressed up, and actual people who are just normal untriangulated patriots and don't need to drone on about it. They will next vote Labour into office when Clement Attlee turns up.

    I understand it to mean "being proud to come from a nation as long as it is politically correct and multicultural", is that accurate?
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    MarqueeMarkMarqueeMark Posts: 50,625
    edited December 2019
    Charles said:

    With only six seats left to defend in Scotland, Boris cnn continue with his hardline no-further-referendum defence of the union - knowing it keeps those Scots with a grievance lined up behind the SNP and thereby kills Scottish Labour revival hopes stone dead.

    For the next five years, the dismantling of the Red Wall is the only political project - whilst the Yellow Brick Road remains a simple fantasy.

    Nothing behind the curtain?
    Certainly no wizards....just bar charts.

    "Only the LibDems can win Oz!"
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    CharlesCharles Posts: 35,758
    Paoli said:

    The problem with the Scottish regional polling was even worse with the constituency specific polling. Of the 47 seat specific polls on the Wikipedia opinion poll webpage, 12 got the winner completely wrong (including, for example, all three polls in Putney). Particularly poor were the eight LibDem/Survation polls which were published, which wrongly predicted the outcome in Cambridge, South Cambs, SE Cambs, Finchley & Golders Green and Portsmouth South. Many included vote shares which were dramatically outside the relevant margins of error.

    These seat-specific polls often generated a great deal of press coverage. No doubt they influenced some tactical voting by voters as well as targeting etc. by the parties. In general, they overstated LibDem/Ind support and understated both Con and Lab support. For example, the three polls in Kensington showed a Con/Lab lead of 4% and 10% and a Con/LD lead of just 3%. As we know, it was effectively a Con/Lab dead heat on the night, with the LD a distant third place.

    Has anyone analysed the final YouGov MRP study by seat, against the outcome?

    We knew at the time that Survsation was replete with methodological weaknesses which tended to massively favour the LibDems

    Which is why the LibDems commissioned and published them
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    CharlesCharles Posts: 35,758

    The SNP does NOT want independence. Its would destroy its USP>

    In the way that reform in RSA destroyed the USP of the ANC?
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    kle4kle4 Posts: 93,559
    kinabalu said:

    kle4 said:

    I'd think patriotism is one of those things when you dont need to mention it to have it, and if you do mention it can because sign you're being superficial about it .

    Like corbyn lying about watching the queens speech because he was presumably worried about being seen as unpatriotic, when many a patriotic person would just say they dont watch it.

    I think it's a nonsense construct. People do not "love" their country. If they say they do it is either virtue signalling or it's a mislabeling of something else going on with their brain chemistry.
    It's real. Even if its nonsense it's real, the loyalty to and love of the tribe scaled up. Its even eclipsed religion in the last several centuries in some ways which is pretty impressive and unusual.
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    kinabalukinabalu Posts: 39,875
    isam said:

    Inclined to agree. "progressive Patriotism" just sounds like pure political jargon... two words that seem to be at odds with each other insincerely plonked together

    Exactamundo. You can't be a progressive and "love" your country. It just does not scan.
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    CharlesCharles Posts: 35,758
    I’m not a Kremlinologist, but shouldn’t Adonis have said “electable social democratic” party not “electable Democratic Socialist”?

    I though the democratic socialists were East Germany, Albania etc while the social democrats are the Western European flavour of moderate lefties?
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    isamisam Posts: 41,118
    isam said:

    algarkirk said:

    If RL-B runs a campaign as triangulated as today's farrago in the Guardian, and especially if Ian Lavery sustains his half promise to run as well then we should be in for a comedy treat.

    The absence of understanding, insight, interest, relevance and punch in RL-B's article is striking.

    As for 'progressive patriotism', this is going to get stuck in the cracks between three groups: those who think it is the last refuge of a scoundrel, our Momentum friends who think that it should only apply to North Korea and Cuba and that domestic patriotism is fascism dressed up, and actual people who are just normal untriangulated patriots and don't need to drone on about it. They will next vote Labour into office when Clement Attlee turns up.

    I understand it to mean "being proud to come from a nation as long as it is politically correct and multicultural", is that accurate?
    Or "I Love the Party", shades of 1984
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    ydoethurydoethur Posts: 68,382
    Charles said:

    I’m not a Kremlinologist, but shouldn’t Adonis have said “electable social democratic” party not “electable Democratic Socialist”?

    I though the democratic socialists were East Germany, Albania etc while the social democrats are the Western European flavour of moderate lefties?

    Corbyn also calls himself a Democratic Socialist.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/08/jeremy-corbyn-labour-britain/401492/
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    algarkirkalgarkirk Posts: 11,221
    isam said:

    algarkirk said:

    If RL-B runs a campaign as triangulated as today's farrago in the Guardian, and especially if Ian Lavery sustains his half promise to run as well then we should be in for a comedy treat.

    The absence of understanding, insight, interest, relevance and punch in RL-B's article is striking.

    As for 'progressive patriotism', this is going to get stuck in the cracks between three groups: those who think it is the last refuge of a scoundrel, our Momentum friends who think that it should only apply to North Korea and Cuba and that domestic patriotism is fascism dressed up, and actual people who are just normal untriangulated patriots and don't need to drone on about it. They will next vote Labour into office when Clement Attlee turns up.

    I understand it to mean "being proud to come from a nation as long as it is politically correct and multicultural", is that accurate?
    Perhaps, but maybe not even that. Its lurch to the left means that Labour's power brokers have lost touch with what working class communities mean by 'loyalty', 'patriotism etc'. A mirror of how the BNP and other fascist groupuscules have done the same.

    A clue is in how the voters of, say, Hull East have managed to turn this Labour seat into a tight Lab/Con marginal. It isn't Brexit party or BNP snapping at Labour's heels, nor is it a far left alternative. It's the wicked old Tories. RL-B fails to explain either why Labour have failed nor why the wicked Tories succeed. The intellectual vacuum has not been filled. Corbyn and Pidcock in their nalyses have made the same error.

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    CharlesCharles Posts: 35,758
    isam said:

    kle4 said:

    kinabalu said:

    Long Bailey to champion "progresive patriotism".

    Me neither.

    It is complete bollox.

    No candidate for leader who mentions "patriotism" in anything but a satirical way is getting my vote.
    I'd think patriotism is one of those things when you dont need to mention it to have it, and if you do mention it it can be a sign you're being superficial about it .

    Like corbyn lying about watching the queens speech because he was presumably worried about being seen as unpatriotic, when many a patriotic person would just say they dont watch it.
    Inclined to agree. "progressive Patriotism" just sounds like pure political jargon... two words that seem to be at odds with each other insincerely plonked together
    How about a Patriotic progressivism?
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    CharlesCharles Posts: 35,758

    isam said:

    felix said:

    I think constituency polls are generally pretty poor - there are all sorts of sampling problems and they seem very poor value for money. Local election results are also a poor guide. I suspect the Labour collapse in Scotland was responsible for most of the Tory losses as well as their own. Their seems no sign whatsoever that Labour are even remotely near understanding the scale of their problems there or anywhere else in the UK. The leading candidates to replace JC show zero sign of understanding the beliefs and concerns of a sufficient core of potential voters - because they will not sacrifice any of the sacred cows of the vote base they are left with.

    How accurate were the Survation constituency polls for the Lib Dems?
    Presumably the ones the LibDems never released were most accurate.

    They never released one for Totnes. Or maybe their canvass returns were as accurate as ours. (They showed the Conservative vote at 53.0%. It was actually 53.2% on the day - we got 1 person in 500 wrong. And that was on the upside. Although...there was that guy just outside Brixham, who said he'd never vote for the Tories whilst Boris was leader....he might have been pulling my leg....)
    Back in the late 80s my father said he wouldn’t donate to the Tories while Thatcher was leader.

    They called him 3 days after she resigned...
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    kinabalukinabalu Posts: 39,875
    kle4 said:

    It's real. Even if its nonsense it's real, the loyalty to and love of the tribe scaled up. Its even eclipsed religion in the last several centuries in some ways which is pretty impressive and unusual.

    But it's nonsense from the viewpoint of a progressive. A progressive will - IMO correctly - view "love of country" as a mental aberration. Something to be treated rather than pandered to.

    EDIT: By treated I mean argued against - not drugs and hospitals. Nobody in their right mind would advocate going that far.
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    CharlesCharles Posts: 35,758
    kle4 said:

    ydoethur said:

    kle4 said:

    ydoethur said:

    Presumably the SNP may one day consider standing candidates in the rUK. If they did it on a platform of having a referendum across the whole UK about Scottish independence they might well win, with lotsa English voters glad to see the back of them.

    Have you been at the magic mushrooms?
    I get my best ideas after a light breakfast of the ‘shrooms.
    Funny, I heard a bloke called Jez say that once as well.
    Must be a different jez than I think as he got all his ideas on a gap year holiday in the 70s, stone cold sober, then never moved on.
    Gap year? Between what? I thought after failing his A-levels and being kicked out of a poly for being intellectually challenged he lived off his parents until he got in as a housing officer in Haringey and then an MP.

    You don’t need a gap year for that.
    Good point. When he was on a foreign excursion to the colonies.
    Russian colonies with Diane?
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    CharlesCharles Posts: 35,758
    ydoethur said:

    Charles said:

    I’m not a Kremlinologist, but shouldn’t Adonis have said “electable social democratic” party not “electable Democratic Socialist”?

    I though the democratic socialists were East Germany, Albania etc while the social democrats are the Western European flavour of moderate lefties?

    Corbyn also calls himself a Democratic Socialist.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/08/jeremy-corbyn-labour-britain/401492/
    Is that a point for or against my argument...?
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    squareroot2squareroot2 Posts: 6,428

    isam said:

    Long Bailey to champion "progresive patriotism".

    Me neither.

    I read the article and I’m afraid it strikes me as window dressing and one more heave. Better say I’m patriotic because that’s what those traditional voters like to hear. Talking about mill workers striking in one part of the country in support of Abraham Lincoln might be a commendable cause, but I’m not sure I subscribe to the notion that this is what many would jump to as an example of British patriotism.

    There was no mention of Scotland or Wales in the article. All the places she names are in England. It is the same comfort zone platitudes that see only victims, no aspiration, no wealth creation. Also missing any reference to either Jeremy Corbyn ir anti-Semitism.

    If potential Labour leaders want to reconnect with the working classes in old mining towns, is The Guardian the best mouthpiece to be using? I guess the other papers will quote their piece in small articles, but I reckon the mention of the G word is an eye roll provoker to many people who used to vote Labour, but dont anymore

    I am guessing the Guardian is the best place to connect with Labour members!

    readership of the Guardian is losing as much popularity as supporting Labour. =both must be desperate for cash.
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    MarqueeMarkMarqueeMark Posts: 50,625
    Charles said:

    isam said:

    felix said:

    I think constituency polls are generally pretty poor - there are all sorts of sampling problems and they seem very poor value for money. Local election results are also a poor guide. I suspect the Labour collapse in Scotland was responsible for most of the Tory losses as well as their own. Their seems no sign whatsoever that Labour are even remotely near understanding the scale of their problems there or anywhere else in the UK. The leading candidates to replace JC show zero sign of understanding the beliefs and concerns of a sufficient core of potential voters - because they will not sacrifice any of the sacred cows of the vote base they are left with.

    How accurate were the Survation constituency polls for the Lib Dems?
    Presumably the ones the LibDems never released were most accurate.

    They never released one for Totnes. Or maybe their canvass returns were as accurate as ours. (They showed the Conservative vote at 53.0%. It was actually 53.2% on the day - we got 1 person in 500 wrong. And that was on the upside. Although...there was that guy just outside Brixham, who said he'd never vote for the Tories whilst Boris was leader....he might have been pulling my leg....)
    Back in the late 80s my father said he wouldn’t donate to the Tories while Thatcher was leader.

    They called him 3 days after she resigned...
    We know where you live.

    (well, everyone does after you get a gong....)
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    squareroot2squareroot2 Posts: 6,428
    ydoethur said:

    Charles said:

    I’m not a Kremlinologist, but shouldn’t Adonis have said “electable social democratic” party not “electable Democratic Socialist”?

    I though the democratic socialists were East Germany, Albania etc while the social democrats are the Western European flavour of moderate lefties?

    Corbyn also calls himself a Democratic Socialist.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/08/jeremy-corbyn-labour-britain/401492/
    Yes Minister explained what Democratic meant, especially if the word Democratic came first...
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    kinabalu said:

    kle4 said:

    It's real. Even if its nonsense it's real, the loyalty to and love of the tribe scaled up. Its even eclipsed religion in the last several centuries in some ways which is pretty impressive and unusual.

    But it's nonsense from the viewpoint of a progressive. A progressive will - IMO correctly - view "love of country" as a mental aberration. Something to be treated rather than pandered to.

    EDIT: By treated I mean argued against - not drugs and hospitals. Nobody in their right mind would advocate going that far.
    I’m more persuaded that there is something wired wrong if you don’t have a love for your own nation.
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    viewcodeviewcode Posts: 19,688
    Charles said:

    I’m not a Kremlinologist, but shouldn’t Adonis have said “electable social democratic” party not “electable Democratic Socialist”?

    I though the democratic socialists were East Germany, Albania etc while the social democrats are the Western European flavour of moderate lefties?

    D'y'know, I am amazed how the debates of the 70's (which I thought dead and gone) are still current in the 2010's. The democratic socialist/social democrat split in the Labour Party tells you on which wing of the Labour Party the person places himself. It's code for "dear Blairists/centrists please fuck off". It's like a Conservative MP circa 2010 muttering "better off out".
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    squareroot2squareroot2 Posts: 6,428
    Charles said:

    The SNP does NOT want independence. Its would destroy its USP>

    In the way that reform in RSA destroyed the USP of the ANC?
    indeed its taken some time cut corruption is doing it for RSA. THE ANC will lose power eventually, to another lot of corrupt politicians from another "Democratic" country.
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    isam said:

    Long Bailey to champion "progresive patriotism".

    Me neither.

    I read the article and I’m afraid it strikes me as window dressing and one more heave. Better say I’m patriotic because that’s what those traditional voters like to hear. Talking about mill workers striking in one part of the country in support of Abraham Lincoln might be a commendable cause, but I’m not sure I subscribe to the notion that this is what many would jump to as an example of British patriotism.

    There was no mention of Scotland or Wales in the article. All the places she names are in England. It is the same comfort zone platitudes that see only victims, no aspiration, no wealth creation. Also missing any reference to either Jeremy Corbyn ir anti-Semitism.

    If potential Labour leaders want to reconnect with the working classes in old mining towns, is The Guardian the best mouthpiece to be using? I guess the other papers will quote their piece in small articles, but I reckon the mention of the G word is an eye roll provoker to many people who used to vote Labour, but dont anymore
    Labour voters aren’t the target audience. Labour members are.
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    isamisam Posts: 41,118
    edited December 2019
    kinabalu said:

    kle4 said:

    It's real. Even if its nonsense it's real, the loyalty to and love of the tribe scaled up. Its even eclipsed religion in the last several centuries in some ways which is pretty impressive and unusual.

    But it's nonsense from the viewpoint of a progressive. A progressive will - IMO correctly - view "love of country" as a mental aberration. Something to be treated rather than pandered to.

    EDIT: By treated I mean argued against - not drugs and hospitals. Nobody in their right mind would advocate going that far.
    Yeah I agree. Progressive politicians want to change the country from something they dislike, what RLB is asking people to do is love the ends of progressive politics, not their country. Fair enough, I don't see anything wrong in that, but she shouldn't use the word Patriotism.
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    ydoethurydoethur Posts: 68,382
    Charles said:

    ydoethur said:

    Charles said:

    I’m not a Kremlinologist, but shouldn’t Adonis have said “electable social democratic” party not “electable Democratic Socialist”?

    I though the democratic socialists were East Germany, Albania etc while the social democrats are the Western European flavour of moderate lefties?

    Corbyn also calls himself a Democratic Socialist.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/08/jeremy-corbyn-labour-britain/401492/
    Is that a point for or against my argument...?
    Ooooh, that's a tricky one.

    I'm going with 'for'...
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    MaxPBMaxPB Posts: 37,686
    Charles said:

    I’m not a Kremlinologist, but shouldn’t Adonis have said “electable social democratic” party not “electable Democratic Socialist”?

    I though the democratic socialists were East Germany, Albania etc while the social democrats are the Western European flavour of moderate lefties?

    He probably means what he said, take the votes away from all the lumpen proletariat lest they vote to do things the establishment don't like.
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    MaxPBMaxPB Posts: 37,686
    Charles said:

    isam said:

    felix said:

    I think constituency polls are generally pretty poor - there are all sorts of sampling problems and they seem very poor value for money. Local election results are also a poor guide. I suspect the Labour collapse in Scotland was responsible for most of the Tory losses as well as their own. Their seems no sign whatsoever that Labour are even remotely near understanding the scale of their problems there or anywhere else in the UK. The leading candidates to replace JC show zero sign of understanding the beliefs and concerns of a sufficient core of potential voters - because they will not sacrifice any of the sacred cows of the vote base they are left with.

    How accurate were the Survation constituency polls for the Lib Dems?
    Presumably the ones the LibDems never released were most accurate.

    They never released one for Totnes. Or maybe their canvass returns were as accurate as ours. (They showed the Conservative vote at 53.0%. It was actually 53.2% on the day - we got 1 person in 500 wrong. And that was on the upside. Although...there was that guy just outside Brixham, who said he'd never vote for the Tories whilst Boris was leader....he might have been pulling my leg....)
    Back in the late 80s my father said he wouldn’t donate to the Tories while Thatcher was leader.

    They called him 3 days after she resigned...
    😆

    I got a call asking for money after the election after I said I wouldn't be donating to the election fund. They definitely have a list somewhere.
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    MaxPB said:

    Charles said:

    I’m not a Kremlinologist, but shouldn’t Adonis have said “electable social democratic” party not “electable Democratic Socialist”?

    I though the democratic socialists were East Germany, Albania etc while the social democrats are the Western European flavour of moderate lefties?

    He probably means what he said, take the votes away from all the lumpen proletariat lest they vote to do things the establishment don't like.
    Just like with their taxes, we know how to exercise choice better than they do. It’s for their own good.
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    felixfelix Posts: 15,127
    isam said:

    algarkirk said:

    If RL-B runs a campaign as triangulated as today's farrago in the Guardian, and especially if Ian Lavery sustains his half promise to run as well then we should be in for a comedy treat.

    The absence of understanding, insight, interest, relevance and punch in RL-B's article is striking.

    As for 'progressive patriotism', this is going to get stuck in the cracks between three groups: those who think it is the last refuge of a scoundrel, our Momentum friends who think that it should only apply to North Korea and Cuba and that domestic patriotism is fascism dressed up, and actual people who are just normal untriangulated patriots and don't need to drone on about it. They will next vote Labour into office when Clement Attlee turns up.

    I understand it to mean "being proud to come from a nation as long as it is politically correct and multicultural", is that accurate?
    ...And anti-British.
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    eekeek Posts: 25,919

    isam said:

    Long Bailey to champion "progresive patriotism".

    Me neither.

    I read the article and I’m afraid it strikes me as window dressing and one more heave. Better say I’m patriotic because that’s what those traditional voters like to hear. Talking about mill workers striking in one part of the country in support of Abraham Lincoln might be a commendable cause, but I’m not sure I subscribe to the notion that this is what many would jump to as an example of British patriotism.

    There was no mention of Scotland or Wales in the article. All the places she names are in England. It is the same comfort zone platitudes that see only victims, no aspiration, no wealth creation. Also missing any reference to either Jeremy Corbyn ir anti-Semitism.

    If potential Labour leaders want to reconnect with the working classes in old mining towns, is The Guardian the best mouthpiece to be using? I guess the other papers will quote their piece in small articles, but I reckon the mention of the G word is an eye roll provoker to many people who used to vote Labour, but dont anymore
    Labour voters aren’t the target audience. Labour members are.
    If you are targetting Labour Members (not MPs) surely the Morning Star would be essential to hit the Momentum membership.
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    kinabalukinabalu Posts: 39,875

    I’m more persuaded that there is something wired wrong if you don’t have a love for your own nation.

    Do you love Deptford?
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    geoffwgeoffw Posts: 8,312
    Wider still and wider shall thy bounds be set
    God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet

    ... isn't that "Progressive Patriotism"?
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    geoffwgeoffw Posts: 8,312
    It's just dawned on me that RLB is a Tory sleeper agent.
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    novanova Posts: 621
    algarkirk said:

    If RL-B runs a campaign as triangulated as today's farrago in the Guardian, and especially if Ian Lavery sustains his half promise to run as well then we should be in for a comedy treat.

    The absence of understanding, insight, interest, relevance and punch in RL-B's article is striking.

    As for 'progressive patriotism', this is going to get stuck in the cracks between three groups: those who think it is the last refuge of a scoundrel, our Momentum friends who think that it should only apply to North Korea and Cuba and that domestic patriotism is fascism dressed up, and actual people who are just normal untriangulated patriots and don't need to drone on about it. They will next vote Labour into office when Clement Attlee turns up.

    An RLB/Lavery ticket would have the power to turn off so much more of the electorate than just one on their own.

    Lavery I can't believe would run - and it would be crazy for any Union with sense would back him (although I wouldn't be surprised if they did). All the stuff with his mortgage and redundancy feeds straight into the negative stereotypes a lot of people have of union officials.
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    geoffwgeoffw Posts: 8,312
    As an exercise in oxymoronic triangulation Becky takes the biscuit.
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    MarqueeMarkMarqueeMark Posts: 50,625
    geoffw said:

    It's just dawned on me that RLB is a Tory sleeper agent.

    "We're all Tory sleeper agents now, comrade...."
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    TGOHF666TGOHF666 Posts: 2,052
    If the other parties are smart they will fight the 2021 election on the SNPs dreadful record on health, education and general competence and not mention the constitution at all.

    Should be relatively easy - hospitals and schools are declining quite rapidly - that’s before you get into ferry contracts etc.
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    kinabalukinabalu Posts: 39,875
    isam said:

    Yeah I agree. Progressive politicians want to change the country from something they dislike, what RLB is asking people to do is love the ends of progressive politics, not their country. Fair enough, I don't see anything wrong in that, but she shouldn't use the word Patriotism.

    I don't think she means anything other than to make the blindingly obvious point that if you are perceived to be ANTI British this will be a net vote loser. But I haven't read the article.

    As regards 'dislike of country' you can say that of any radical. If you want to massively change something it follows, from that formulation, that you dislike what it is now. Thatcher, for example, in the late 70s. She hated Britain.
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    RobDRobD Posts: 59,283
    I see comments on the main site again :o
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    MarqueeMarkMarqueeMark Posts: 50,625
    isam said:

    kinabalu said:

    kle4 said:

    It's real. Even if its nonsense it's real, the loyalty to and love of the tribe scaled up. Its even eclipsed religion in the last several centuries in some ways which is pretty impressive and unusual.

    But it's nonsense from the viewpoint of a progressive. A progressive will - IMO correctly - view "love of country" as a mental aberration. Something to be treated rather than pandered to.

    EDIT: By treated I mean argued against - not drugs and hospitals. Nobody in their right mind would advocate going that far.
    Yeah I agree. Progressive politicians want to change the country from something they dislike, what RLB is asking people to do is love the ends of progressive politics, not their country. Fair enough, I don't see anything wrong in that, but she shouldn't use the word Patriotism.
    I assume that "Progressive Patriotism" comes with a whole bunch of self-loathing for everything the Nation has done before: slavery, Empire, war, Blair....
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    MarqueeMarkMarqueeMark Posts: 50,625
    edited December 2019
    geoffw said:

    As an exercise in oxymoronic triangulation Becky takes the biscuit.

    This is pb.com. There is a burning need to know - precisely what KIND of biscuit?
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    Dura_AceDura_Ace Posts: 13,300
    nova said:



    Lavery I can't believe would run - and it would be crazy for any Union with sense would back him (although I wouldn't be surprised if they did). All the stuff with his mortgage and redundancy feeds straight into the negative stereotypes a lot of people have of union officials.

    This is ante-Johnson thinking. Standards for conduct in public life are now much lower.
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    DecrepiterJohnLDecrepiterJohnL Posts: 25,400
    edited December 2019
    geoffw said:

    It's just dawned on me that RLB is a Tory sleeper agent.

    The Tory sleeper was surely in Corbyn's private office, from where emerged:
    1) voter-repellent policies that repeated mistakes under Kinnock
    2) a bloated, incoherent and incredible manifesto repeating Miliband's errors
    3) major changes on the hoof, similar to Theresa May's hara-kiri
    4) sending Corbyn to all the wrong places, like Michael Foot
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    ydoethur said:

    Charles said:

    I’m not a Kremlinologist, but shouldn’t Adonis have said “electable social democratic” party not “electable Democratic Socialist”?

    I though the democratic socialists were East Germany, Albania etc while the social democrats are the Western European flavour of moderate lefties?

    Corbyn also calls himself a Democratic Socialist.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/08/jeremy-corbyn-labour-britain/401492/
    Given his views on Jews and dissenters that sounds about right.
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    MarqueeMarkMarqueeMark Posts: 50,625

    geoffw said:

    It's just dawned on me that RLB is a Tory sleeper agent.

    The Tory sleeper was surely in Corbyn's private office, from where emerged:
    1) voter-repellent policies that repeated mistakes under Kinnock
    2) a bloated, incoherent and incredible manifesto repeating Miliband's errors
    3) major changes on the hoof, similar to Theresa May's hara-kiri
    4) sending Corbyn to all the wrong places, like Michael Foot
    Isn't it just easier - and more likely - to be the hidden Blairites who are to blame?

    Anyone who ever voted for Blair should be expelled from the Party. That should sort things out.....
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    algarkirkalgarkirk Posts: 11,221

    geoffw said:

    As an exercise in oxymoronic triangulation Becky takes the biscuit.

    This is pb.com. There is a burning need to know - precisely what KIND of biscuit?
    Some sorts of posh shortbreads come in circles which can be broken into roughly triangular shapes. There's also (courtesy of Mr Google) something called Sierpinski Triangle Fractal Cookies, which sound like something used by mathematicians to predict election results but is in fact a biscuit.

    On another point, the very obvious, oxymoronic type of triangulation was done to death by Blair and with luck cannot be successfully revived.
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    NigelbNigelb Posts: 64,464
    Dura_Ace said:

    nova said:



    Lavery I can't believe would run - and it would be crazy for any Union with sense would back him (although I wouldn't be surprised if they did). All the stuff with his mortgage and redundancy feeds straight into the negative stereotypes a lot of people have of union officials.

    This is ante-Johnson thinking. Standards for conduct in public life are now much lower.
    It might be entertaining to see him attempt HIGNFY...
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    novanova Posts: 621
    Dura_Ace said:

    nova said:



    Lavery I can't believe would run - and it would be crazy for any Union with sense would back him (although I wouldn't be surprised if they did). All the stuff with his mortgage and redundancy feeds straight into the negative stereotypes a lot of people have of union officials.

    This is ante-Johnson thinking. Standards for conduct in public life are now much lower.
    For some.
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    MonkeysMonkeys Posts: 755
    The smartest thing the Conservatives could do re: hashtag Indyref2 would be to deny it for a while, whip up resentment, let the SNP get comfy thinking they can get a lot of lovely grievance that keeps their seats warm, and then force it on them. At some point the Unionists will have to coalesce under one party and a nice Independence campaign that contains a couple of polls with 10-point "Yes" leads would be just the sort of thing. It's unlikely Labour would be the party to capitalise as the trauma of the previous campaign plus the terrible mess they're in nationally due to their previous joke of a leader, and their forthcoming joke of a leader, would lead to some sort of collective nervous breakdown.

    Also it would be fun. Imagine if SeanT were still around and the ten-point "Yes" poll rolled in!
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    NigelbNigelb Posts: 64,464
    MaxPB said:

    Charles said:

    isam said:

    felix said:

    I think constituency polls are generally pretty poor - there are all sorts of sampling problems and they seem very poor value for money. Local election results are also a poor guide. I suspect the Labour collapse in Scotland was responsible for most of the Tory losses as well as their own. Their seems no sign whatsoever that Labour are even remotely near understanding the scale of their problems there or anywhere else in the UK. The leading candidates to replace JC show zero sign of understanding the beliefs and concerns of a sufficient core of potential voters - because they will not sacrifice any of the sacred cows of the vote base they are left with.

    How accurate were the Survation constituency polls for the Lib Dems?
    Presumably the ones the LibDems never released were most accurate.

    They never released one for Totnes. Or maybe their canvass returns were as accurate as ours. (They showed the Conservative vote at 53.0%. It was actually 53.2% on the day - we got 1 person in 500 wrong. And that was on the upside. Although...there was that guy just outside Brixham, who said he'd never vote for the Tories whilst Boris was leader....he might have been pulling my leg....)
    Back in the late 80s my father said he wouldn’t donate to the Tories while Thatcher was leader.

    They called him 3 days after she resigned...
    😆

    I got a call asking for money after the election after I said I wouldn't be donating to the election fund. They definitely have a list somewhere.
    You can always send off a GDPR information request before Boris repeals it...
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    ydoethurydoethur Posts: 68,382
    OK, fellers, I need some help here.

    I've been crunching some numbers and I am looking for a betting market on the next Welsh assembly elections - most seats. Can't find it on betfair. Does anyone know if such a market is up yet?
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