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Joined on: Monday, 26th April 2004, 09:11, Last used: Friday, 6th September 2013, 06:40

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RE: Boris the not-a-spider

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Jitendar Canth says...
"Yeah, Boris sticking by his principles again...

https://twitter.com/sausageonstick/status/1392097081788145666"

As you will know, you are expected to carry an ID card at all times, whereas I would imagine voter ID you would only need to carry twice in about 4 years...so not quite the same thing...

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RE: Boris the not-a-spider

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Jitendar Canth says...
"I'm not convinced. Anything that can connect your identity to your vote is a dangerous idea. You vote for the "wrong" person, and then one night the secret police are knocking on your door to 'disappear' you."

Right, so your polling card doesn't perform the same role?

And since when did your actual vote get registered to you?  That's the whole purpose of a secret ballot...other than people on social media who just have to tell you...

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RE: Boris the not-a-spider

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Jitendar Canth says...
"I dunno, when the Labour party did something like this in 2006, it was a bad idea, and Cameron scrapped the National ID Card scheme as soon as he came into power. But now it's Boris, and it's a good idea again."

Until I see the actual detail of what is going to be provided and the information required to be handed over, I have an open mind.

Anything approaching the NID scheme and I'm against, but as I've previous mentioned there are already many areas where photo id or two bills with your name/address listed are required.

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RE: Boris the not-a-spider

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"That's very kind of you!"

I know, right...

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RE: Boris the not-a-spider

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admars says...
"tin foil hat mode on, I wonder who owns the company which could make the "free" ID cards ;)

this is crying out for a Mark Thomas style expose :)"

Happy for someone to pick up that mantle if they so wish...

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RE: Boris the not-a-spider

And it may help to encourage people to register and vote in future elections, if you look at this from the Electoral Reform Society back in 2019:

https://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/latest-news-and-research/media-centre/press-releases/millions-missing-from-the-electoral-register-in-event-of-snap-election/

I assume this site is ok as the Guardian used this for an article at the time to highlight that more than 9m people were not registered to vote.

Not saying it will or won't, but worth considering, isn't it?

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RE: Boris the not-a-spider

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"And oh my god, what kind of a junk Labour hate rag site is that you've found? Exposing politics... but only bad things about Labour. DNS registrar is hidden. Hosted on a server in the US. If that isn't run by a Russian government funded group I'd be shocked. It's hardly a reputable source."

I'll be honest, I have no idea - I just google searched it.  Still, it might have been Skwarkbox or something similar that is just a junk Conservative hate rag site with only bad things about the Conservatives.  I guess this one is potentially niche though, whereas Skwarkbox is more mainstream amongst the Corbynistas.

The point is, as an ex-Work Coach in a Job Centre I know that photo ID is required for a number of things that the unemployed need access to and therefore it is required already in large areas of life.

And there is an easy option for those on low income, especially as (certainly in my time) the Job Centre pay for it as well for those on benefits when required.

https://www.citizencard.com/



I'm assuming you're aware that voter ID has been required in Northern Ireland since 2003, as introduced by Labour.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_Fraud_(Northern_Ireland)_Act_2002

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2002/13/section/4

Now I'm not wholly for or opposed to it, but I'd like to see the detail before coming out against it - especially if the voter ID is both free and can be used for other things like opening a bank account, etc...

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RE: Boris the not-a-spider

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"Call me old fashioned, I think all the people who do not have a passport or a driving license should still be allowed to vote.

But you know, who cares if 7.5% of the population can't vote if they aren't Tory voters."

Call me old-fashioned but does the announcement specifically state passport or driving licence or does it just say photo id?

And, of course, you know that Labour members have to have photo id to vote in internal elections so they're alright...

And what if that photo ID turned out to be free?

https://vote-watch.com/2021/05/10/voters-to-be-given-free-photo-id-for-elections-debunking-the-left-wing-myth-of-voter-suppression/

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This item was edited on Monday, 10th May 2021, 20:21

RE: Boris the not-a-spider

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"So, Boris wants to bring in compulsory voter photo ID. I mean, wow, if this isn't a blatant attempt to remove large numbers of non-Tory voters from the electoral process... I'm not sure what is."

What's the issue with this?

Genuinely...

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RE: The Bitcoin millionaire who accidentally lost it all

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"The funny thing here is... he's probably right. ;) "

I could have been so right last time...lol...but appears I wasn't...

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RE: [VIDEO] The Pie Thread!

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Pete-MK says...
"I would contemplate voting labour, if only I knew anything about them, what their policies are and what the leader even sounds like. "Vote for us because we're not them" isn;t really something you can put on the front page of a manifesto"

Agreed, and we need a good opposition in this country that stand a good chance of transitioning to a government in waiting.  The threat of that leads to better government and we won't have that for a while yet as I can't see Labour having a proper forensic review of what has gone wrong for them.

I see some rejected Labour councillors have been laying the blame on the voters this morning, which will help them no end when next seeking election...

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RE: [VIDEO] The Pie Thread!

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admars says...
"i was just reading a post by a friend of a friend on fb saying they've been lifelong Labour supporter, and were a member, but they're sick to death of them being anti-Boris, but offering nothing so have left and voted for a different party.

I guess there's a lot of ppl similar, voting against the party that they've stood by through thick and thin, but have had enough, maybe they think the new bloke is too Blair like, so not "real Labour"."

I think the problem is summed up right there, in that no one really understands what Labour stand for anymore.

The SNP are the same but their supporters are so fixated on the Indyref message that they haven't got sick of them yet.  It will happen though as I notice that Sturgeon is rowing back from all the talk of Indyref today...


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RE: The Bitcoin millionaire who accidentally lost it all

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marksparks999 says...
"You joined just to tell us that???

Go on i am waiting for it.... second post imminent...

A new opportunity you have identified with a link?

Sorry i'm a qualified cynic!"

Behave yourself...


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RE: [VIDEO] The Pie Thread!

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"That is very shocking, considering no nurses pay rise, and everything I've heard from every person I know who works in the NHS."

As you've said to me before, maybe you're not in the same echo chamber as everyone else and therefore what you're hearing is not representative of the majority...

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"It's not all doom for Labour?"

Reporting of Drakeford's handling of the pandemic has been really critical (a bit like in England) but those in Wales seem to think he's done ok, so fair play to him.

The problem, of course, is that the main parties are not joined up nationally and generally felt by England to be a bit of an afterthought, so not sure how Starmer will benefit from this...

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RE: [VIDEO] The Pie Thread!

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"Interestingly, the Tories just lost the council on the Isle of Wight. Before I moved here I think the island would swing between Lib Dems and Conservative, until 2001 when it voted in the most backward Tory MP you can imagine, election after election."

The same has happened across the North, but replace the incumbent with Labour and the replacement with Conservative.

Here's something interesting considering the last year we've had:




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RE: [VIDEO] The Pie Thread!

I actually agree with a lot of what you say, although I'm unsurprisingly a tad more optimistic than you re. Brexit...

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RE: [VIDEO] The Pie Thread!

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Jitendar Canth says...
"I didn't say anything about being duped, although I couldn't think of a trite cliche that reflects people actively seeking and colluding in a comfortable lie that confirms their biases in the face of a complete absence of opposition, that would challenge that lie with incontrovertible facts that demand to be addressed.

So I went with turkeys and christmas. It's the kind of soundbite that resonates on Twitter after all.

EDIT: And it's not just the UK, it's the entire human race."

I agree, it wasn't a dig at you either (I just picked your quote to illustrate the point I wanted to make), but I've seen a lot of this from Labour supporters on social media today.

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RE: [VIDEO] The Pie Thread!

Quote:
Jitendar Canth says...
"Turkeys voting for Christmas…"



There is a real discussion to be had about what has just happened, but dismissing voter concerns because they don't think the same way as you about one party doesn't help.

I had the same problem in 1997 on the eve of the GE where Blair won an absolute landslide, no one cared (and why should they?).

The problem now is three-fold:

1.  The Labour Party will decide that voters moving right mean that they need to go further left to attract them back.
2.  The Conservative Party will think everything is fine and they don't need to change a thing.
3.  The Lib Dems - who?

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This item was edited on Friday, 7th May 2021, 16:13

RE: [VIDEO] The Pie Thread!

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"some of them even came back again and resigned a second time, but it was still happening. "

And there's your answer...

Just to make it clear as well, I'm not a huge fan of a lot of this current government but I can't see any alternative coming anywhere near them.  Labour have "gone woke and gone broke", so who else is there?

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This item was edited on Friday, 7th May 2021, 09:20

RE: [VIDEO] The Pie Thread!

I see the left are having a bit of a pop at Starmer today, I'd rather just leave this here:

https://twitter.com/addicted2newz/status/1390486757460807681

Sums it up quite nicely, I think, as not only is it true but it's unlikely to change any time soon.

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RE: Intergalactic

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"I think The Expanse also has a little Babylon 5 vibe to it too."

It does, it is pretty epic in scale and I can't think of anything better for a sci-fi fix at the moment...

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RE: [VIDEO] The Pie Thread!

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"When did so many people find that ok? Why do people find that ok? How is any of this ok?"

My suspicion is that this became much more acceptable post-1997 and the F1 tobacco advertising exemption and Peter Mandelson's mortgage application.

I'm sure there were scandals prior to this where minister's didn't resign but it became much more 'normal' under New Labour.

I'm sure we'll disagree on this, but that's my view...

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RE: [VIDEO] The Pie Thread!

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Jitendar Canth says...
"Impartial as ever."

Think he may be disappointed to a degree tomorrow...

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RE: [VIDEO] RIP: Prince

Only really liked a handful of Prince singles and albums, but I always recognised just how talented a multi-instrumentalist he was.  I would agree that he rarely gets wider recognition of this though...

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RE: help with song title

Quote:
Snaps says...
"I'm guessing you've tried just searching the lyrics."

I tried that, couldn't find anything similar...

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RE: [VIDEO] Arsenal 2020/21 Season

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"I mean it's nice to dream isn't it?"

There are advantages to having the creator of Spotify run your club, based on Spotify royalties you'd save a fortune on appearance and win fees (you may be saving on the latter already)...


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RE: [VIDEO] The Pie Thread!

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Jitendar Canth says...
"Would you trust Carrie Symonds to choose your fixtures and fittings?"

I wouldn't trust her to draw my curtains...

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RE: Masters Of The Air (AppleTV+)

The Pacific is rather good but a slightly different kind of beast from Band of Brothers.

May well have to get myself a free trial of Apple TV once this has run so I can watch this and Greyhound as the latter is taking its time to release on other platforms...

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RE: help with song title

I love 80's stuff, I grew up in it but not sure on the lyrics what track that might be...

It's deffo not this?



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This item was edited on Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 12:01