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by mrblackbat
Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: The Other Things in Life
Topic: General Election
Replies: 2010
Views: 212734

Re: General Election

Right, so other party's voters aren't Starmar's territory.... but other party's voters are Johnson's territory? What are you talking about? The whole point is that voters aren't fixed. For Labour to win an election, they need to take voters from other parties, by appealing to people who voted for a ...
by mrblackbat
Thu Apr 16, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: The Other Things in Life
Topic: Current Events/News
Replies: 358
Views: 64128

Re: Current Events/News

:D
by mrblackbat
Thu Apr 16, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: The Other Things in Life
Topic: General Election
Replies: 2010
Views: 212734

Re: General Election

But he isn't close to encroaching on the centre left. He does appeal to the Brexit voter, because he backed Brexit and that accounts for the shift in working class northern England. But they weren't the centre left voters anyway. So I don't get your point. Starmer is far more likely to appeal to the...
by mrblackbat
Thu Apr 16, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: The Other Things in Life
Topic: Current Events/News
Replies: 358
Views: 64128

Re: Current Events/News

No: you're just wrong and need to accept it. ;) :D :lol:
by mrblackbat
Thu Apr 16, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: The Other Things in Life
Topic: Current Events/News
Replies: 358
Views: 64128

Re: Current Events/News

And the first bullet train travelled at speeds of 130 mph and increased over time since, with new lines being added and in some cases superceding those that were there.

Seems a perfect comparison to me. :shrug:
by mrblackbat
Thu Apr 16, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: The Other Things in Life
Topic: Current Events/News
Replies: 358
Views: 64128

Re: Current Events/News

Yeah, definitely not worth comparing to a similarly sized and mature economy and similar sized island; I agree it's a totally irrelevant point..... ;) Yes there are a whole load of variables. Worse case scenario is that we don't do anything and find out we needed to, with a stagnant economy at the e...
by mrblackbat
Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: The Other Things in Life
Topic: Current Events/News
Replies: 358
Views: 64128

Re: Current Events/News

No, that's ridiculous, because you lose a huge portion of capacity by requiring a change at Birmingham then. And like it or not, London is the major hub for commerce in this country; without that link you DO make the entire project more likely to be a waste of money.
by mrblackbat
Wed Apr 15, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: The Other Things in Life
Topic: Current Events/News
Replies: 358
Views: 64128

Re: Current Events/News

Well the literal benefits are known in terms of reduced journey times. And benefits to the contractors redeveloping the various stations; Euston, Birmingham, Piccadilly and so forth. Which of course creates more jobs sure. And I'm not adverse to high speed rail and the UK is embarrassingly late to ...
by mrblackbat
Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: The Other Things in Life
Topic: Current Events/News
Replies: 358
Views: 64128

Re: Current Events/News

How do you know what the benefit will be? It's such a huge project over such a long time scale that it's impossible to establish. And huge infrastructure projects in and of themselves stimulate the economy. To be honest, aside from it being started in the wrong place and aside from potentially impro...
by mrblackbat
Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: The Other Things in Life
Topic: Current Events/News
Replies: 358
Views: 64128

Re: Current Events/News

mcteeth wrote:
Wed Apr 15, 2020 1:53 pm
HS2 given the green light :roll:
I don't disagree with HS2 as a concept. They're starting in the wrong place though, and there would be cheaper and earlier benefits from investing in the northern rail infrastructure first.
by mrblackbat
Wed Apr 15, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: The Other Things in Life
Topic: Current Events/News
Replies: 358
Views: 64128

Re: Current Events/News

And if they do they're just the east end riff raff.
by mrblackbat
Tue Apr 14, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: The Other Things in Life
Topic: Current Events/News
Replies: 358
Views: 64128

Re: Current Events/News

In the meantime, the IMF have released predictions for the downturn percentages caused by the lockdown: https://blogs.imf.org/2020/04/14/the-great-lockdown-worst-economic-downturn-since-the-great-depression/ Notably, for the UK, the University of Bristol forecast a downturn of 6.4% would cause a gre...
by mrblackbat
Tue Apr 14, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: The Other Things in Life
Topic: Current Events/News
Replies: 358
Views: 64128

Re: Current Events/News

RofTheRovers wrote:
Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:36 am
mrblackbat wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:28 pm
I think you have some issues.
You seem to have a massive problem with the truth.

I suggest you take a good hard look at yourself. Though admittedly that would assume you have some humanity.
Yep, definitely some issues there.
by mrblackbat
Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: The Other Things in Life
Topic: Today's random stupidity story...
Replies: 3598
Views: 291409

Re: Today's random stupidity story...

Next reporter?
by mrblackbat
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: The Other Things in Life
Topic: Today's random stupidity story...
Replies: 3598
Views: 291409

Re: Today's random stupidity story...

:dunce: