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Michael Sheen, candour and Brexit explained...
at 16:15 9 Jul 2018

Take the time to listen to this. It’s why West Glamorgan voted Leave in a nutshell. It’s exactly the honest understanding of motive that the political class are incapable of grasping.

The concerns he talks about, the anger, is real and it’s mounting.




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Mo Wives
at 22:05 28 Jun 2018

Where on earth has he gone?
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BBC Question Time
at 12:51 18 Jun 2018

I’ve finally had chance to watch the episode that aired on the 14th and find myself getting more and more frustrated with the format of what used to be the Beeb’s flagship politics programme. It’s in need of a good shake-up.

How much better had it simply consisted of a debate between John Mann and Dominic Grieve with David Dimbleby in the chair? An informed pro-Brexit view from the left and its obverse from the right with all the screen-time eating frippery and distraction stripped away.

As it was I wasted over half the programme hitting the fast-forward button getting to the segments of any worth. The audience was the first to go. Isabel Oakeshott, ever decorous but in this context dispensable; Matthew Wright, this week’s token non-politico making the invariably pointless contribution; Leanne Wood, Penygraig’s platitude-mumbling numbskull illustrating perfectly why calling polytechnics universities doesn’t make it so.

The purpose of a programme like that ought to be to provoke and inform, not to parade a selection of cliches. The place where, as Runciman said, ”the truth goes to die.”
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Fao Irishswan 546: W. B. Yeats
at 15:59 13 Jun 2018

Quick question for you, though if you don’t feel qualified to attempt an answer please don’t feel under any obligation: W. B Yeats. How is he regarded in the Ireland of 2018? Is he still widely read and taught/studied?

I’ve been dipping in and out of his writings quite a bit of late and I was just curious as to his current standing in his homeland?
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Fao LondonLisa
at 13:15 7 Jun 2018

Here you go, handsome girl - if you haven’t already watched it you’re in for a treat. Best thing on the Beeb in God knows how long...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b5y4zg
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The pretty, shitty city in the ‘80s
at 22:16 3 Jun 2018

Remember?


















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Irish abortion referendum
at 11:57 24 May 2018

Been busy of late so haven’t been on here, checking in today I was a bit surprised to see there was no thread in advance of the ballot.

How do you think it will go tomorrow, will the Eighth Amendment of the Irish constitution be upheld? Any personal opinion?
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The Ickeman cometh...
at 07:15 16 May 2018

A red-letter day in prospect for all you avid conspiracy consumers on here, your spiritual King is due to hit town on Monday 19th November and speak at an as yet unnamed location - in fact it’s “top secret” according to his press release, details are to follow nearer the date. He’s probably trying to throw lizards, antifa and Inland Revenue off the scent.

It’s £30 a ticket but I know some of you are going to want to...
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Anybody travelling by train Saturday?
at 20:20 3 May 2018

If you have tickets booked you had best look at travelling a few hours earlier than you had planned. Trainline made no mention of any works on the line if you booked a little while ago but they are definitely happening this weekend.

Double-check your times with the station!
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Any plans for the Bank Holiday?
at 11:56 2 May 2018

What are those lucky enough to be off with nice weather forecast going to be up to? Any plans?
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22nd April - henceforth National Stephen Lawrence Commemoration Day
at 17:27 23 Apr 2018

Don’t think I’m minimising the torment his parents must have gone through, I’m not. It must be Hell for the parents of any child murdered, every parent’s worst nightmare, but don’t you think this is a bit bizarre?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43869377

This type of murder is happening just about every day now in London, or so it seems at any rate. What’s the thinking behind this move?

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If Corbyn had the courage of his convictions this is what he would be saying....
at 19:32 2 Apr 2018

Talking with Clase on here about the televised Labour conferences of the ‘70s set me thinking about old Peter Shore and how his passion and oratory used to light up the screen. The younger posters on here (Ace?) may not have heard of him, those my age and older may have found him slipping from memory too with the passage of time?

As I listened again to his speech I’m pasting up here it seems to me to dovetail pretty seamlessly with what Corbyn really believes, with the stance his political record clearly reveals to be his position. Why does he not stand up? Timidity? Or is it another instance of principles jettisoned in pursuit of power?

Peter Shore was an old-school orator of the heart and gut. You don’t have to agree with what he’s saying to appreciate a man make his case plainly, forcefully, without apology. Sterling stuff.



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Equality as tyranny; the new Puritanism of the atypical.
at 02:04 2 Apr 2018

Edited: I couldn’t make head nor tail of that sober. A hundred or so words thrown in the air and landing at random?





[Post edited 3 Apr 14:51]
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More devolved powers post-Brexit....
at 11:50 29 Mar 2018

Listening to a radio snippet of Theresa May outlining her plan for more devolved powers post-Brexit has left me feeling slightly torn. As somebody who has always believed in the principle of subsidiarity I nonetheless feel uncomfortable with the prospect of trusting the collection of over-elevated local councillors and the odd fruit loop in Cardiff Bay with increased responsibility.

What say you?
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FAO Acejack - Welsh Labour deputy leadership election
at 12:32 21 Mar 2018

I’ve just been offered a vote by email. This has happened a few times now in Labour’s various internal elections.

I’m tempted to put you forward by way of reply.
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Cambridge Analytica
at 13:11 20 Mar 2018

Reading and listening to the endless procession of old gang Labour and Conservative pundits and politicos bidding to outdo one another in a crescendo of rehearsed outrage I’m struggling to keep a straight face.

Has the penny started to drop yet? The reason for all the wailing and gnashing of teeth is that somebody has come up with a far more effective means of manipulating public opinion than they have in their arsenal.

Entitlement undermined. That’s what you are watching and seeing today.
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Dr Feelgood got me a fine and three points...
at 14:10 15 Mar 2018

There was a nasty surprise waiting for me on the mat when I got in earlier, and it’s the fault of these boys. Anything over volume ten turns my right foot into a breeze block.

Time for a driving music thread?

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Seumas Milne
at 11:56 15 Mar 2018

Just the sight of the feckin’ thing makes me want to vomit

He resembles a venal step-brother of David Miliband. The result of Ralph the Marxist having mated with a Goblin...

[Post edited 15 Mar 15:23]
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Be not deceived: God is not mocked...
at 20:20 12 Mar 2018

When a handful of communist cretins turn up to disrupt a prayer rally with their illiterate gibberish little did they know that The Lord would be on hand to pronounce His judgement at 1:30

Behold! The Lord is about to come from His place and punish the iniquitous...

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Telford: Here we go again
at 10:01 12 Mar 2018

I’m not a stupid man but there are some things that my brain is totally incapable of processing.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/britains-worst-ever-child-grooming-1216552


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/telford-child-sex-abuse-scandal-indep
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