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  1. Wrestlemania IV took place in 1988, more than 46 years after the attack on Pearl Harbour. I'd doubt someone would have stood up and said "A bit too soon?"
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    Brexit

    Just wait until the next general election if they keep that name, as there's a good chance on election night of "CUK HOLD" flashing up on TV screens.
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    Brexit

    Aside from any underlying racism, anyone who says that a quarter of a million pounds is "chicken feed" is a pretty big cunt in my book. There are a few reasons why Johnson (I refuse to simply call him "Boris" for the reason mentioned below) will thankfully never be Prime Minister. 1. It is not exactly a secret in the corridors of Westminster that Boris Johnson is loathed by many in the Conservative party with a number of Tory MPs vowing that if Johnson ever became party leader, let alone PM, they would resign their party membership. When you think that the Tories will nearly always settle differences for the sake of party unity and power, Johnson must be really polarising for the threat of such an exodus to be there. 2. Contrary to popular belief, opinion polls tend to show that the public think he is quite the shitarse. This report from YouGov at the end of last year ranked potential candidates to succeed Theresa May as Tory party leader, and shows that while Johnson had the best response from those who think he'd make a good PM, he also had the highest response of those thinking he'd make a bad PM giving him an overall personal rating of - 37! The only other contenders to achieve anywhere near such wrath are (not surprisingly) Gove and Hunt though far fewer think either of them would make a good PM compared to Johnson. If he was to lead the Tories into a general election, Johnson would probably do a good job rallying a large proportion of troops in the party but he'd be toxic in trying to get floating voters to cast their ballots for Conservative candidates. 3. Outside of the UK, other than those who worship at the feet of Steve Bannon, Johnson is largely regarded as a joke. From foreign comedy & satire shows I've seen in the last couple of years, Johnson is the second biggest foreign punching bag after Donald Trump. If a lot of countries think that the UK is already a nuthouse, what would they think with Boris Johnson in charge? 4. The main reason Johnson is largely still in the public eye is thanks to his journalist background, where he has a lot of networking among fellow journalists and editors of the newspapers that are right of centre, not to mention Darth Vader Rupert Murdoch himself. Johnson along with Gove is probably the biggest conduit for Murdoch to try and influence the government. They have helped him build up the "Boris" brand by usually calling him in headlines and articles simply by his slightly eccentric first name that most people have unwittingly taken up when speaking about him, even those who hate his guts. This astroturfing by his friends in the national press (same applies to Gove in a slightly lesser extent) means that he keeps a higher public profile than one he deserves.
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    Brexit

    The TIG don't pretend to be much more than a bunch of neo-Blarites, but the fact is that the MPs that make it up came about because they felt that their home political party was no longer something they could stand with. People will have different views on them but a seismic change in British politics isn't really about a political party that's well away from the political centre suddenly gaining a governing majority, more than in my view the two party system is broke and that both Labour and the Tories are badly fractured. The only thing keeping the Tories right now from imploding is their collective thirst for power. I'd rather see at least the House of Commons end up becoming more like it is elsewhere in much of Europe where it is unusual for a single party to get an absolute majority to form a government and where the debating chamber can actually accommodate all elected members without the yah-boo childishness. The difference I see in the Daíl Eireann in Dublin and the green benches of the Commons in Westminster is night and day. It may have usually less drama and not have an atmosphere resembling a pantomime compared to Westminster but the Irish parliament is a more effective body in showing representative democracy in action. P.S. I wouldn't mind seeing the Greens be able to get a more visible presence with more MPs than just Ms. Lucas, but until FPTP is put to the sword and some effective form of PR is used for electing members then bar a godlike turn of events its gonna prove difficult for small parties like the Greens to get breakthroughs beyond the odd popular local MP being elected on a significant personal vote P. P. S. Keith Houchen - Rees Mogg is someone whom is happy to stay at the level he is as an MP more for its privilege than its actual job, but he is still far more qualified to become British Prime Minister than Donald Trump was to become POTUS.
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    Brexit

    It already was a poisoned chalice by the time May became PM by default. And the consensus at the time was that she was the "least worst" of the potential candidates! Whatever the outcome regarding Brexit, the best thing that could happen to British politics would be for an earthquake to hit both the Conservatives and Labour to effectively dissolve them with new parties to rise from the ruins. The Independent Group is a potential first step, but history will in future determine wherever it was the start of the inevitable, or a damp squib that didn't take long to fizzle out.
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