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  1. Brexit: The fallout

    Here's Tony Blair's speech about Labour's election debacle in full: Labour's Historic Challenge   Meanwhile hats are being thrown into the ring for the leader's position, first off Emily Thornberry. It seems to me that they need a pragmatist and a realist who is a high calibre politician without negative baggage and with enough charisma to be a match for Boris. I don't think any of the names mentioned so far have those qualities.
  2. Brexit: The fallout

      That's certainly borne out by George Osborne's face at 0:35 here, as another angry ex Labour MP speaks: Former Labour MP Alan Johnson blames ‘worse than useless’ Corbyn for shocking exit poll (extended version)
  3. Brexit: The fallout

    Tony Blair has reacted to Labour's debacle with a speech excoriating Jeremy Corbyn. The link below includes a video clip from his speech and another of an interview with ex Labour MP Mary Creagh, who gives an impression of barely contained anger.   Blair attacks Corbyn's 'comic indecision' on Brexit     Another interview with Mary Creagh: Jeremy Corbyn is a narcissist, says former Labour MP
  4. Brexit: The fallout

    Jeremy Corbyn has written on Facebook and Twitter "Our time will come". Noticed a comment online saying that it's an IRA slogan. According to Wikipedia, the Irish Republican slogan "Tiocfaidh ár lá" translates as "Our day will come".   Is this just an unfortunate coincidence and/or cluelessness by someone who apparently didn't recognise anti-Semitism in an anti-Semitic mural or is it a metaphorical fist in the air in solidarity with fellow socialists?   From the Sinn Fein online shop:    
  5. Brexit: The fallout

    Totally agree about Labour, Keleth and French bean. And Rory Stewart talks a lot of sense.   Better late than never: Jeremy Corbyn apologises over heavy Labour defeat     How could they possibly have "won the arguments" when they lost the election, and so badly?! He has written on Facebook and Twitter "our time will come". The man is completely detached from reality.
  6. Brexit: The fallout

    Watched this short post-election interview with Jeremy Corbyn last night. Found it exasperating but not surprising that he shows not a smidgen of an indication that he feels in any way responsible for Labour's election debacle. Rather, he points to Brexit and to the negative coverage directed at him in the media while talking up the increase in Labour's membership under his leadership, his instituting rules against anti-Semitism and his pride in Labour's manifesto, which he appears to think is popular. He claims to want a discussion within Labour to see what went wrong but what's the likelihood of them really resolving the problem if the leader has such preconceptions, or even delusions?   Some people seem to think Jeremy Corbyn is humble, but that's not how I see him. Ascetic maybe but humble? A humble man would surely admit his share of the responsibility in Labour's rout.   I suspect that any "discussion" is going to be a cover for him and his entourage anointing a successor in his image and that Labour will bumble along in their own bubble of unreality until they're completely annihilated, as they've almost been in Scotland. In the words of Ian Murray, Scotland's sole remaining Labour MP: "This party must listen and this party must respond or this party will die. The saddest indictment of this general election campaign is the delivery of a Conservative majority government with the worst prime minister this country has ever seen. That's a sad indictment of the Labour Party".
  7. Frugal Meals - Recipes and Cost

    Sounds tasty, Metall. I won't post a recipe of my own, as I don't know the prices of individual ingredients, but this book may be of interest:   The Pauper's Cookbook by Jocasta Innes   I bought it some time ago when looking for a book of basic recipes and it got good reviews on Amazon. Have only tried one of the recipes so far, and it was very good: "pasta with peas, cream, bacon and thyme" (I also added mushrooms). From what I recall, you put olive oil, chopped onion, frozen peas, chopped bacon (I used parma ham), thyme (plus sliced mushrooms, for me) into a pan and cook gently as pasta is cooking in another pan, then add some cream to the veg and heat through before mixing in the cooked pasta.    
  8. Climate change

    Cynics might say this is just a token gesture by a major polluter, but it seems an excellent idea to me.   Air New Zealand trials edible coffee cups to combat waste    
  9. Quite. Advocating the death penalty means accepting that innocent people will die. No system is infallible or immune to incompetence or malpractice.   Forensic DNA evidence is not infallible CPS ‘slowed down’ CCTV footage of commuter accused of sexual assault ‘to look like he had more time to commit alleged actions’  
  10. Odd news

    Prehistoric puppy may be world’s oldest dog (click on link to see the 18,000 year-old pup)    
  11. Gary Rhodes: Chef and TV presenter dies aged 59   Sad news. 59 is no age at all these days. No word of a cause of death. He was my favourite TV chef when British TV was full of cookery programmes (what happened to them all?).
  12. Did Jeffrey Epstein kill himself?

    If the Sun's sources are reliable, that can surely only be a good thing if Ghislaine Maxwell's and Prince Andrew's roles are to be investigated. According to Lady Victoria Hervey, Ghislaine Maxwell is like a "James Bond character" and she thinks she'll never be found. But I doubt that someone could evade the FBI indefinitely - assuming that she's actually doing that and isn't just living quietly somewhere taking legal advice and biding her time.   The picture that haunts Prince Andrew is seen in full for the first time: Uncropped image reveals interior of Ghislaine Maxwell's home   An interesting comment from underneath the article: "in a mews house you have to go upstairs as the living space is above the stables/garage". It seems that Ghislaine Maxwell does or did own a mews house in London.  
  13. Brexit: The fallout

    Did anyone else catch the two-hour Question Time special with the four party leaders last week? If so, what did you think? I thought that Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon performed best and answered their questions most ably, wasn't all that impressed with Jo Swinson unfortunately, had hoped she'd do better, and thought Boris Johnson was as full of flimflam as expected, though noticed that he got a cheer from the audience on arriving and leaving, so wonder if he'll win the election on personality anyway rather than substance.
  14. I suspect that's being a bit optimistic. Take the David Bryant case, or this one or those referred to here. What about police trawling? How many of the accusations landing people in jail are true and how many false? Number of convicted sex offenders in jail reaches record high Is the ageing prison population ("Now you're getting older prisoners starting big sentences") partly due to a surge in historic abuse claims and, if so, what proportion are genuine? Eight prisons have only sex offenders: Historic abuse cases fuel rise in prison population