Last night’s Redfield poll followed a week when the Tory lead was getting narrower and could suggest that things might be changing. As can be seen the CON lead went up to 7% compared with 4% the week before. The big thing about that poll was another very good share, 11%, for the LDs which compares with the 6% from Deltapoll only a few days before.
But there will certainly be more to come - Boris rarely learns from his mistakes.
There's also the improving covid situation - this should help the Conservatives for the next few months especially if things deteriorate in USA, Australia and parts of Europe.
For R&W the LibDems have been on 11%, 9%, 10% and 12% in the last four polls - so pretty stable.
So Starmer would have helped Labour to something of a recovery as Kinnock did then but Labour would still be seeking their Blair or Smith to actually build a clear enough poll lead to return to power with any prospect of a majority.
Deaths in your postcode - ONS have deaths by postcode for E&W vs historical average and from COVID:
Biles is 4'8 and she's about average height amongst them with some even shorter than her. Must be easier to flip and balance when you need a booster seat for the car.
Shocked, I tell thee!
Or is this an exciting new front in the culture war?
This is hot on the heels of the “vote green” story.
Somebody has it in for her, I reckon.
Though for some reason - just intuition - I feel like Allegra is no longer in favour at the court.
It’s all a C&A bounce, I reckon, as angry southern Remainers realise they are still a viable vehicle.
Instead she sounds like the rest of the government - we want you to buy electric cars, but they're not good enough for me.
The problem is exacerbated by the way London has developed. For decades, its water table was artificially suppressed by factories tapping it. Deindustrialisation means it has been rising again since the 1980s.
If I was a climate spokesperson I might have just sucked it up and gone electric (although there are plenty of green issues with electric cars too).
Does anyone know why we allowed the sell-off of the Newport Wafer Fabricator to the Chinese?
And if recent history's taught us anything, it's that the PM's capacity for far-sighted strategic thinking (or even contemplating the immediate consequences of his actions) is not spectacular.
4 Great Britain
Imagine if we decided to spend x billion building up a semiconductor industry in South Wales, though.
I’d support Boris is he was for these kind of heroic industrial missions, instead of touting impossible bridges.
Cycling collision in Olympic Heat when Danish rider rides into GB Team Member.
"BBC apologise as cyclist Frederik Madsen shouts 'f*** them' during morning coverage"
Niche market, chaps?
My daughters are about the same age and can barely get out of bed to look at their phones
We gave up on wafer fabs many, many years ago.
If they do anything useful with it, perhaps we could nick some tech off them...
"Greggs to create 500 jobs as it plans 100 more stores"
Flaked parmesan over a steak bake anyone?
If there's anything in this apart from noise I suspect it's negativity towards the government for cocking up and causing the massive spike in Covid cases followed by positivity as it turns out they were sensible afterall as cases go down. Plus this isolatio shambles too, of course, but not sure how many normal people noticed that.
Or even X00.
It's a line from a song he wrote about Boris Johnson - Idiot Wind.
"Blowing every time you move your mouth. Blowing down the back roads, heading South."
Scottish independence voting intention:
Yes: 48.1% (-6.1)
No: 51.9% (+6.1)
poll tracker, 24 Jun
Chgs. w/ 13 Jan
I think my prediction will come true: China is going to beat America for the first time (apart from Beijing)
But that's a huge shift to NO. Good luck to Ms Sturgeon launching her fierce new drive for an indyref2 which she has absolutely no intention of holding
Same shit, different day.
It's the balance, and fearlessness. And the jumping. And the splits. OK everything
Sometimes the floor is quite inexplicable as well. How can a human leap that high?!
As is now legend, Jackie Chan began his martial arts career at a young age when he was enrolled at the China Drama Academy in 1960 at age six. This was a Peking Opera school run by Yu Jim-yuen. His parents were so poor they offered to sell him as a baby. This was one way they could afford to keep him. Peking opera is a flamboyant and acrobatic stage show that includes martial arts, gymnastics, singing, and elaborate makeup and costumes. It requires extreme precision and performance from its artists, and the China Dram Academy was rigorous in extracting it. When Jackie first signed up for the school, his parents had to sign a waver that permitted the school to discipline him, “even to death."
Jackie had been excited to join the academy and had encouraged his parents to make the decision. But pretty soon he realized just what a rigorous and punishing regime he would live through for the next decade and a half. Students slept on the floor and began training at 5am, starting with jogging, painful stretching, kung fu, and head balancing. Rule breaking was met with caning, and pupils weren’t allowed to use the toilet during training, as they were expected to sweat it out. If they needed the toilet, they hadn’t been training hard enough! They sustained themselves on bowls of congee for breakfast – essentially porridge – and soup and tofu for lunch. Flips were learned on the hard floor with no nets or pads. If you were sick or hurt, it was seen as an attempt to get out of training. Yu said “if you can move, you can fly.”
All things being equal population wise China should always top the Olympics medal table, India should be 2nd and the US 3rd so the US is still punching above its weight.
It is India still doing very poorly in the non cricket sporting arena even as it grows economically
Then just have the PE teachers scan them for any sign of talent at handstands and send the best ones for training. Likewise runners, exceptionally tall kids and so on.
Lots of countries do more-or-less this but China has more people to start with, and the authority to organise it centrally rather than rely on scouts hoping for a cut of a future star's wages. Lionel Messi was recruited by Barcelona from his Argentinian side at the age of 13. In Britain, going to the right school helps! Private schools have great facilities and professional coaches; some comprehensives might have excellent teachers with the right contacts. David Beckham and Harry Kane went to the same school, for instance. Many footballers have praised their teachers.
ETA ah, the author has replied with links.
But TeamGB are just one gold from overtaking Oz