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« Reply #1175 on: November 01, 2019, 08:55:03 am »

Just saw that UKIP’s leader resigned. AGAIN. Party needs to just disband.
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« Reply #1176 on: November 02, 2019, 08:07:36 pm »

Just saw that UKIP’s leader resigned. AGAIN. Party needs to just disband.
Their big mistake was choosing a bland technocrat like Bolton over an actually smart guy who believed in The Party *cough* Whittle *cough*. With Farage gone and no decent replacement in sight, they’ll eventually merge with the Brexit Party or disband (officially or unofficially).
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« Reply #1177 on: November 04, 2019, 10:20:30 am »

I wonder when Change UK will disband? It was doomed to fail in the first place.
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« Reply #1178 on: November 04, 2019, 10:36:34 am »

I wonder when Change UK will disband? It was doomed to fail in the first place.

Well, Soubry, Gapes and Leslie are all standing again under the "party", so right after the election? Even with the Lib Dems standing aside for Soubry in Broxtowe I can't see how on earth any of the three would maintain their seats.
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« Reply #1179 on: November 04, 2019, 10:41:29 am »

I wonder when Change UK will disband? It was doomed to fail in the first place.

Well, Soubry, Gapes and Leslie are all standing again under the "party", so right after the election? Even with the Lib Dems standing aside for Soubry in Broxtowe I can't see how on earth any of the three would maintain their seats.

It will be interesting (well, a bit) to see if they field anybody else.
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« Reply #1180 on: November 07, 2019, 10:47:24 pm »

Here's a question from a Canadian: are there lawn signs (yard signs) in UK elections?

In Canada and the U.S., candidate signs dot both private and public property (usually at intersections), while in Quebec they only appear on telephone poles.  What is the situation in Great Britain?  Do they show the candidate's name and party, or does the candidate's photo appear as well?

Also, I've seen UK candidates wearing rosettes in their party colours.  Is that only for candidates, or do campaign workers wear them too?  What about ordinary voters?
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« Reply #1181 on: November 08, 2019, 02:15:21 am »

Great question! As a Canadian living in the UK I feel particularly well placed to answer this Tongue

Lawn sign use in the UK is basically identical to their use in Canada. There are far fewer actual lawns, of course, but people will put posters in the street facing windows of their flat or appended to the side of the building. The signs are colour coded by party, but vary in content much as they do in Canada - sometimes with faces, sometimes with party leader, sometimes with a slogan.

The rosettes - which are objectively ridiculous, btw - can be worn by anyone canvassing for a party, not just the candidate. In fact, among volunteers it can be something of a treat to be the one who 'gets' the rosette that day. Ordinary voters will wear little buttons if they care a lot, but usually don't.
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« Reply #1182 on: November 08, 2019, 03:50:37 am »

The rosettes - which are objectively ridiculous, btw -

I like them. Sad

tbh there's a lot about British political culture that I really appreciate, although there's just as much if not more that I despise
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« Reply #1183 on: November 08, 2019, 07:41:19 am »

Window-posters and lawn-signs are nothing like as common as they were even twenty years ago, let alone before. This, of course, is a reflection of the loosening of partisan ties. Still, if you know what to look out for they can still be a useful gauge.
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« Reply #1184 on: November 08, 2019, 11:42:14 am »

Window-posters and lawn-signs are nothing like as common as they were even twenty years ago, let alone before. This, of course, is a reflection of the loosening of partisan ties. Still, if you know what to look out for they can still be a useful gauge.

Also growing fears of vandalism, at least in some places.
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« Reply #1185 on: November 08, 2019, 12:08:52 pm »

My memory of the one GE I was living in the UK for was that garden signs were more an indicator how wealthy / transient the population of an area was than anything else
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« Reply #1186 on: November 08, 2019, 02:34:10 pm »

"Dawn Butler, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Jess Phillips and Angela Rayner seen as possible successors to Tom Watson"

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/nov/07/who-are-the-favourites-to-take-over-as-labour-deputy-leader

Is Jess Phillips really a serious possibility?
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« Reply #1187 on: November 08, 2019, 02:42:51 pm »

She has a genuine popular following of sorts. I don't know how many are presently Labour members or how many of those who are not would pay the fee to vote for her in such an eventuality, mind.
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« Reply #1188 on: November 08, 2019, 07:29:30 pm »

I'm unashamedly biased here and don't care who knows it, but her "following" genuinely appears highly concentrated in the media and its hanger-on zoomers.
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« Reply #1189 on: November 09, 2019, 12:44:38 pm »

Hmm... Angela Rayner probably has my support.
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« Reply #1190 on: November 10, 2019, 09:53:54 am »

In banter news, yet another UKIP AM has left the party in Wales, leading Neil Hamilton to lead a caucus consisting of ... himself.
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« Reply #1191 on: November 24, 2019, 02:44:30 pm »

The BBC has apparently been caught editing a Q&A with Boris Johnson to make him look good and receiving applause from the audience, instead of sounding like an idiot and getting laughed at.

BBC News editing the audience reaction to Boris Johnson is really not oka
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« Reply #1192 on: December 01, 2019, 01:12:38 pm »

According to the polling summary, Labour and Tories are both increasing. Is this just the Lib Dems losing their share of the vote, or is it that Labour could catch up?
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« Reply #1193 on: December 01, 2019, 03:44:21 pm »

There is a thread in the elections section for that Smiley

But in actual fact, the overall Tory lead appears to be falling modestly.
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« Reply #1194 on: December 01, 2019, 03:47:49 pm »

The Lib Dems have actually been fairly stable for the last two weeks or so at 15% or a few points south of that - I think the Labour increase might be more due to undecideds and possible a few soft Tories swinging their way. Whether that will be enough for 2017-redux who's to say. Mostly this time I think the Lib Dems do have a higher floor than last time though because of Brexit, and it looks like they might have reached it. 'Might' definitely being the operative word there.

EDIT: Just realised this isn't the election thread lol. Will quote this post over there.
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