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Old 01-05-2020, 11:43 PM
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So the Labour leadership election should be getting up and running about now, eh?

Any updates on that?
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Old 01-06-2020, 09:52 AM
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A trickle of MPs are announcing their candidacies. It hasn't got serious yet.
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Old 01-07-2020, 05:30 AM
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The timetable has been announced. We'll know who is the new Labour leader in early April.

Long-bailey is the continuity Corbynist candidate. Nandy and Philips are the two women candidates who appear to be normal human beings. The (currently two) male candidates will find it difficult to win, as the general perception seems to be that it's time the party has its first female leader. Thornberry seems to be about as charming and diplomatic as Jabba the Hutt.

Next stage is for the (currently six) candidates to see if they can get enough support from MPs and trade unions to qualify for the next stage where the winner is chosen by a ballot of Labour party members.
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Canada - the perfect place for Brits to live post-Brexit | World news | The Guardian

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Prince Harry and Meghan to step back as senior royals
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That Harry and Meghan thing is the most interesting bit of royal news since ... well since Prince Andrew's notorious interview which wasn't that long ago.

Perhaps it's just what the article says, that they were feeling a lot of pressure. But my first & continuing thought is that they know some stuff going in Royals plc, and they are leaving a sinking ship before it's too late. Perhaps they're quitting before Granny can fire them the way she did with her own son.

Prince Harry and Meghan: Where do they get their money? - BBC News

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And they are resigning as senior royals ... so ... they want to get jobs?

Prince Harry and Meghan: Royal Family 'hurt' as couple begin 'next chapter' - BBC News

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That's just Not the Way Things are Done. But nothing is any more.
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Frankly, I don't blame Harry at all and an unsurprised.

Not the kind of guy who wants to live subservient to his dad, then his brother... then maybe his nephew.
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The British royal family should be trimmed back somehow. Most other European royal families only have four members - the monarch and spouse and the crown prince or princess and spouse.

Harry and Meghan should pay their own way (including travel, security, and rent on that house in Windsor). They're both millionaires so they're not likely to starve.
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I am shocked.
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Perhaps it's just what the article says, that they were feeling a lot of pressure. But my first & continuing thought is that they know some stuff going in Royals plc, and they are leaving a sinking ship before it's too late.
Afua Hirsch says different: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/09/o...nce-harry.html

From the linkHow many of us suspected — hoping but doubting we were wrong — that what would really initiate Meghan into her new role as a Briton with African heritage would be her experience of British racism. And ironically, by taking matters into their own hands, Harry and Meghan’s act of leaving — two fingers up at the racism of the British establishment — might be the most meaningful act of royal leadership I’m ever likely to see.

It's an interesting piece and makes me want to read more from Hirsch. But is it plausible in that one specific speculation: Is Merkle, endowed with all the resources she has to cope with racism in the US, likely to have found the British variety too much to endure? And if so, where will she and Harry go—back to Trump's white supremacists' paradise?
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Labour leadership contest: five have made it through to the next stage:



Left to right: Emily Thornberry (aka Lady Nugee, aka Jabba), Jess Phillips, Rebecca Long-Bailey (most Corbynite, and most blatantly painted-on eyebrows), Sir Keir Starmer, Lisa Nandy.

Thornberry only made the cut in the final hours. Sir Keir got the most MP votes with Long-Bailey second. Sir Keir would be the clear favorite if he didn't have the disadvantage of being a man.

Now each candidate has to get the support of 5% of all constituency parties, or three "affiliates" (two of which have to be trade unions). Those that pass this stage will then be eligible for the final stage where Labour party members vote to select the winner.
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In fairness, I think you ought to give token awards to the others as well.

Keir Starmer: most male.

Etc ...
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Big Ben won't Bong for Brexit

The article's not just about that. It's also about Brexiteers' apparent need for a narrative of oppression. Money quote:
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Parliament approved Brexit. The Queen will give her assent.

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From what I've been readng, The Scotts may be planning a "Brexit" of their own.
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To the audience here who's already probably informed: When Scotland had their referendum a few years back that was the Big Thing: "If you want to stay in the EU, you have to stay in the UK!" And so Scotland's more or less taken this development a rather personal insult.

Then there's the whole Ireland thing.
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From what I've been readng, The Scotts may be planning a "Brexit" of their own.
Now that Westminster has successfully exited (for questionable definitions of "successfully" and "exit") from the unrepresentative tyranny of Brussels, they will spend the next 2 - 20 years explaining to Scotland that Scotland is better as part of the UK, and they can't unilaterally secede anyway.

Meanwhile the Conservatives seem a lot less concerned about Northern Ireland and (possibly but not certainly) aware that an actual land border with the EU is a difficult thing, and might just let it all go away.
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UK leaves EU to keep the foreigners out but joins Schengen to keep Irish from blowing up the London metro. :wantedtololbutreallycantandshouldnt:
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