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  • mal 13 Nov 2012 18:57:37 22,446 posts
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    Bremenacht wrote:
    It was interesting reading about the guy who set it up. He'd be applauded by the Tories for being a successful entrepreneur. He setup a translation company from his bedroom, contracted work out to translators and before long ended up with a big fat contract from the government. There's more to it than that, but it's just as someone above said - privatisation is regarded as being innately good, and they'll keep contracting it out.
    There's a decent article in the Times apparently, written before he got the government contract, judging by a number of dubiously biased political blogs that I'll not be linking to, but I can't see that through Murdoch's paywall.

    He also appeared on Dragon's Den, and while he didn't get an investment from them, apparently one of the dragons joined as an unpaid chairman.. Wonder if they'll be appearing before the select committee?

    He certainly knows how to talk the talk though, albeit in a way that makes working for him sound a bit like one of those 'EARN 500 A WEEK WORKING FROM HOME' ads when you think about it.

    Edited by mal at 18:58:20 13-11-2012

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  • senso-ji 16 Nov 2012 15:49:03 5,849 posts
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    Labour take Corby

    Majority of nearly 8000; the residents must have really hated Mensch.
  • mcmonkeyplc 16 Nov 2012 15:55:06 39,435 posts
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    She only won by 2000. So never really popular anyway.

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • RobTheBuilder 16 Nov 2012 16:00:29 6,521 posts
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    10,000 vote swing is pretty notable though.
  • thelzdking 16 Nov 2012 16:58:55 4,367 posts
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    Mensch was one of the most hate-able MPs in recent memory though.
  • Psychotext 16 Nov 2012 17:05:37 53,931 posts
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    Yup. Total cunt.
  • RobTheBuilder 16 Nov 2012 17:08:06 6,521 posts
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    thelzdking wrote:
    Mensch was one of the most hate-able MPs in recent memory though.
    That is saying an awful lot given our current leadership.
  • Dougs 16 Nov 2012 17:21:02 67,132 posts
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    Let Murdoch off the hook in the Select Committees, oh and look who she did some work for....
  • LetsGo 16 Nov 2012 17:21:50 5,184 posts
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    Lib Dems didn't even get enough votes to get their money back, good, serves you right for getting into bed with the Tories.
  • gang_of_bitches 16 Nov 2012 18:15:28 5,474 posts
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    So the Police Commissioner elections went well then, turnout percentages very low, in the early-mid teens.

    We didn't have them in London. Was there much build up in the areas that did?
  • El_MUERkO 16 Nov 2012 18:17:56 16,970 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    Let Murdoch off the hook in the Select Committees, oh and look who she did some work for....
    How long before we see her on Fox as a pundit? Six months me thinks.
  • Chopsen 16 Nov 2012 18:38:53 15,848 posts
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    gang_of_bitches wrote:
    So the Police Commissioner elections went well then, turnout percentages very low, in the early-mid teens.

    We didn't have them in London. Was there much build up in the areas that did?
    No. Most people received no info regarding candidates
  • gang_of_bitches 16 Nov 2012 18:43:07 5,474 posts
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    @Chopsen

    You'd have thought, especially for the first one they'd have made a bit of an effort to inform people. They couldn't have done a much better job of making it a failure if they'd tried.
  • teamHAM 16 Nov 2012 21:24:15 2,880 posts
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    Getting pretty fed up of people saying "oh people got the polling card through and I'm sure people can do their own research etc so they have no excuse not to vote!".

    Sorry what?

    You want our vote don't you?! It's your job to campaign for it! That's what politicians do leading up to the elections; running/campaigning to get elected. As with many people in my area we had the polling card stuffed through the letterbox about a month ago and literally nothing since. Nothing through the door, no-one in the neighbourhood, nothing at the residents group, no visibility at all. I know I wouldn't want to run for public office without giving it my all with my campaign and at least getting myself out there and visible.

    Sadly the PCC election has been a total sham, and people getting elected by 7% of the electorate in some areas is a tragedy really. And of course most of these people also have zero policing experience.

    Yes ladies and gentlemen, we really are in a Conservative Government!

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  • Khanivor 16 Nov 2012 21:33:23 40,520 posts
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    There should be a minimum number of votes required for an election to be valid. If a plurality of voters don't vote then try again.
  • bladdard 16 Nov 2012 23:09:01 924 posts
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    The Corby bi-election threw up some interesting and thought provoking questions.

    - Is UKIP the third biggest party now?
    - Is Labour a shoe-in for the next general election?
    - Will the lib-dems be wiped out?
    - Is it just a mid-term bi-election protest and the UKIP needn't get too excited and the Lib Dem's needn't be so worried?
    - Is Cameron burying his head in the sand dismissing the result as a Corby backlash against Mench?

    Edited by bladdard at 23:11:36 16-11-2012
  • RunningMan 16 Nov 2012 23:44:32 2,394 posts
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    Can we please have some sort of bloody alternative that isn't labour??? Can't stand the tories, but labour buggered up the economy so much last time, do we really want them back in???
  • bladdard 17 Nov 2012 00:08:45 924 posts
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    @RunningMan

    Did they though or did the lack of bank regulation and general greed of the city leave us in this shitty mess?
  • bladdard 17 Nov 2012 00:30:29 924 posts
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    Two of the largest contributing factors to the collapse of the UK economy were the investment of UK banks in toxic US sub prime mortgages and RBS aquiring ABN Amro.

    Could and should government have prevented these appalling decisions?

    Edited by bladdard at 00:30:58 17-11-2012
  • Bremenacht 17 Nov 2012 00:31:24 17,777 posts
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    RunningMan wrote:
    Can we please have some sort of bloody alternative that isn't labour??? Can't stand the tories, but labour buggered up the economy so much last time, do we really want them back in???
    Pick a single-issue candidate. You know, like those doctors who are standing simply as a way of attempting to defend the NHS? Or like Martin Bell did?
  • Moot_Point 17 Nov 2012 00:36:39 3,975 posts
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    Bremenacht wrote:
    RunningMan wrote:
    Can we please have some sort of bloody alternative that isn't labour??? Can't stand the tories, but labour buggered up the economy so much last time, do we really want them back in???
    Pick a single-issue candidate. You know, like those doctors who are standing simply as a way of attempting to defend the NHS? Or like Martin Bell did?
    Brilliant idea. Split the vote further. /Claps

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  • TheRealBadabing 17 Nov 2012 08:25:48 1,299 posts
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    Moot_Point wrote:
    Bremenacht wrote:
    RunningMan wrote:
    Can we please have some sort of bloody alternative that isn't labour??? Can't stand the tories, but labour buggered up the economy so much last time, do we really want them back in???
    Pick a single-issue candidate. You know, like those doctors who are standing simply as a way of attempting to defend the NHS? Or like Martin Bell did?
    Brilliant idea. Split the vote further. /Claps
    Yeah, the current system of MPs voting as the whips tell them is great! Stops them thinking about what they are supporting and gives lobbyists lots of bang for their buck. Why would anyone want to change that system?
  • teamHAM 17 Nov 2012 10:51:48 2,880 posts
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    Independent wins in Hampshire with 5% of the electorate vote.

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  • el_pollo_diablo 21 Nov 2012 00:18:34 2,076 posts
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    bladdard wrote:
    The Corby bi-election threw up some interesting and thought provoking questions.

    - Is UKIP the third biggest party now?
    - Is Labour a shoe-in for the next general election?
    - Will the lib-dems be wiped out?
    - Is it just a mid-term bi-election protest and the UKIP needn't get too excited and the Lib Dem's needn't be so worried?
    - Is Cameron burying his head in the sand dismissing the result as a Corby backlash against Mench?
    And

    - Where the fuck is Corby?
  • spamdangled 21 Nov 2012 01:43:45 27,276 posts
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    Northamptonshire. The OH lives in Irthoingborough, which falls under that constituency, as does large parts of the county.

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  • Moot_Point 21 Nov 2012 06:05:56 3,975 posts
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    everywhere!

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  • el_pollo_diablo 21 Nov 2012 13:00:26 2,076 posts
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    darkmorgado wrote:
    Northamptonshire. The OH lives in Irthoingborough, which falls under that constituency, as does large parts of the county.
    Just being facetious. :)
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