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Collection of 46 remote jobs, enjoy!

2020.09.17 12:03 remote-enthusiast Collection of 46 remote jobs, enjoy!

Hello friends! These are the open remote positions I've found that were published today. See you tomorrow! Bleep blop 🤖
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2020.08.14 19:13 Prycebear Can I ask what the conflict of interest is?

I am in the UK (Oxfordshire) and I am trying to hire a solicitor for my Dad in relation to his breakup. His partner has no funds and doesn't work, hence the break up. As my Dad is a busy and laid back man I am dealing with the legal side for him. I have called 2 solicitors in our area and they have both said there's a COI after mentioning my father's partner's name. I have called a third today and heard the same thing. I asked why and all 3 times I have been denied a reason.
Can I force and answer or what is a valid reason for COI in relation to my father's partner?
To;dr: Can't get a solicitor for my Father due to COI when his partner is mentioned? Can I get an answer from solicitors?
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2020.07.22 15:44 Polstar242 Has anyone used the method to help with packing to move?

I'm moving from London to Oxfordshire at the end of September, to be with my partner. We've been living in lockdown together for 4 months now (in Oxfordshire) and I've realised that I don't need or want all my stuff back at my home any more (although I do need/ want some of it!).
I have accumulated a LOT of stuff, mainly for numerous hobbies that I have started then abandoned half way. I had a very eclectic junk/vintage style with my ex that I used to share the flat with - and my collecting got out of hand when he started an affair and then left me with everything to sort out. I know I was trying to fill 'the void' with buying things and it got out of hand.
Thankfully I already have someone who wants a lot of my vintage stuff that I no longer want/ need for his cocktail bar chain which is great. And some of my other things I will sell/ donate, but I won't have a 'before/ after' feel as I'll be boxing stuff up. I know this may sound strange but I feel like that's a big part of it? Living in your space once you have decluttered and seeing how organised you have become.
My flat in London is large, very large but I'm also moving to a house that is larger. I want to overcome the need to fill it with my stuff!
Can anyone offer any tips/ advice here? Or should I just shut up and get on with it?
Thanks for taking the time to read this - I literally have been starting to think about this seriously this week as I return to London on Friday and I just want to start something I can finish successfully.
So to summarise:
  1. Does using this method work for packing and moving?
  2. Any advice on how to start this process without feeling instantly overwhelmed as I have so much.
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2020.07.20 01:15 BigfootDogmanReports The Invisible Ones. One Man's Experience With an Unseen Predator. 1997

I was chatting with Nik Hayes who has a wonderful website Quest for the invisibles. Nik had a very strange experience with something he could hear but could not see, that was shadowing him as he walked alone at night in the Lye Valley, Oxfordshire. Here is Nik’s account in his own words.
Nik:I was living in the area at the time, and myself and my then partner would often visit the woods at night, We used to go down there all the time, late at night together and we often saw orbs of light moving above the river, as well as through the wooded area, although we never experienced anything as scary as my encounter that evening when I was walking down to Cowley for band practise. It was in 1997 and I am still trying to come to terms with it to this day.
Back then I was running a bit late for a band practise at my mates house down in Cowley (Oxford) The journey involved getting a bus down to the bottom of Cowley Road, then walking quite a distance to his house, (roughly a forty minute journey) I would sometimes walk down the nature reserve in the Lye Valley, which was a nice walk during the daytime, and I could get to my mates house in about twenty five minutes. It cut the time in half and I saved on the bus fare and got a walk in. The walk this night was along a small track that went downhill quite gradually, and eventually a steep embankment appears on both sides of you, as you walk deeper into the valley. The banks going up each side were quite steep and full of trees and brush. This particular night it was already getting dark, but I decided to take the short cut anyway, as the actual Lye Valley walk is only 15 or 20 minutes long, and then you can get up onto the golf course and head down to Marsh Road where my mate lived at the time.
I was about ten minutes into the walk and it was quite dark, and I couldn’t see very much as the trees were on either side of me at this point and blocking out what little light there was left in the twilight sky. The path is not lit with lights and I suddenly became aware of something off to my left, about twenty feet away from me, walking parallel with me perhaps half way up the embankment hidden amongst the trees. I instantly got that fear and a feeling of complete dread.
I suddenly stopped and whatever it was did an extra crunch as it took another step, and then it too was still. I started walking faster and so did the “thing” that was stalking me. So I stopped suddenly again hoping to trick it and again this “thing” did a few more steps giving it's position away, as I think it didn’t realise I had stopped, as I stopped so suddenly trying to catch it out. I picked up the pace and stopped one more time all of a sudden, and this thing did another few steps, and then it Snarled. It reminded me of a program I saw on the Beast of Bray Road, and other Wolf/Dog-like creatures that people had come into contact with in the USA, where they recreated a snarling sound to go with the re-enactment of the peoples experiences. It sounded just like that recreated sound.
It made the hair stand up on my neck and I got an instant fight or flight feeling, as I could tell it was slightly in front of me, and the track it was on met the track I was on just around the corner, in the direction I was heading where the walk met the golf course. I could not avoid passit it and It was a really out of the way area, no-one was around and I knew that something bad would probably happen if I carried on walking towards the golf course.
I turned around, and ran as fast as I could back to Wood Farm, and the safety of the built up area. I didn’t see the thing stalking me as it was dark, but even when a few of the distant street lights above the valley lit up some of trees I couldn’t see anything either but it definitely sounded bipedal, and the growl it made when it realised I had worked out it was stalking me, was blood curdling, and freaked me out big time, more than anything I have ever experienced. I haven’t dared go back there since, and that was about fifteen years ago or more. I told a few close mates, but haven’t told anyone else. The whole experience really scared me, and to be quite honest, I wouldn’t dare go down there at night by myself at all. Just thinking of it makes me a bit “on edge” and my body reacts to the fear of that night, even after all these years. It would be great to hear of someone else who had a similar incident down there at the Lye Valley.
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2020.05.20 17:25 jcollywobble Which part of the UK produces the best footballers? (Experiment) (Part 2)

Thanks to the relative success of the first post, I am back again to reveal the next 5 teams in the second instalment of the experiment to find out which region in the United Kingdom produces the best footballers. See below for previous posts.
Post 1
Before we get back into the teams, I’ve got some changes to make to the experiment thanks to some people spotting some errors in the original post:
- Firstly, I’ve changed the names of Team 4,5 and 6 to London 1, London 2 and London 3 and Herts respectively. As multiple people have rightly mentioned, I didn’t quite nail my London geography leading to some boroughs been thrown into East/South London etc when they shouldn’t have been. This should hopefully eliminate the questions and confusion as a result of my geographical ineptitude.
- Ezri Konsa makes way for Mark Noble (Canning Town, West Ham) in London 2 due to popular demand in the comments.
- Nathan Dyer has been replaced by Nicky Law (Plymouth, Exeter City) in Team 1.
John Ruddy moves from the South-West (Team 1) to the South-East Midlands (Team 8) due to FM putting the wrong St Ives as his birth city. He’ll be replaced by Max O’Leary (Bath, Bristol City)
I have also added some maps to held visualise the geographical split of the counties and London Boroughs:
England Map
Scotland Map
London Boroughs Map

Now onto why you’re all here, the next 5 teams;
Team 6 – London 3 & Herts - Hertfordshire and London Boroughs: Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Haringey, Enfield, Barnet, Harrow, – Population: 3,450,896
Media Prediction: 4th - Title Odds: 7-1
Manager – Gareth Southgate (Watford, England)

Likely Starting XI
England’s hero of the summer of 2018, Gareth Southgate, takes charge of this side. Reaching the semis at the 2018 World cup is Gareth’s best achievement to date which arguably could have been seen as underachievement with the Fixtures and Squad England had. One of the more experienced managers in the league, Gareth will be familiar to plenty of the England boys in the Squad. Tipped to finish in the top 4, Southgate will be hoping to have a crack at his first trophy in (hypothetical) management.
Spearheading the attack is Spurs’ Harry Kane, who is the highest rated player in the competition based on FM current ability. Kane will be a major threat to any defence he faces and is likely to be favourite for the golden boot. Behind Kane, the duo of Adam Lallana and Andros Townsend will offer some threat and creativity and will be hoping to feed Kane with an endless supply of chances.
Jack Wilshere, who is probably best known for being the most injury prone player in the league will be hoping to stay fit throughout and make an impact whilst talented young midfielder Harry Winks will sit in front of the back four and dictate the tempo.
In defence, there is a mix of youth and experience. Young defenders Reece James and Kyle Walker-Peters are joined by 39-time England capped Ashley Young who is currently playing his trade in Milan. Two from Mariappa, Mawson and Clark will occupy the central defender position assuming Southgate plays with a back four.
Yet again for another team, the Goalkeeper position is a worry. David Button who is currently second choice for Brighton will likely start although it could be a toss-up between any of the three below-average stoppers.
I have high hopes for this team, if Kane remains injury-free they will surely be in and around the title race.
Team 7 – South-West Midlands - Berkshire, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire – Population: 3,661,711
Media Prediction: 18th - Title Odds: 500-1
Manager – Brian McDermott (Slough, Unemployed)

Likely Starting XI
The largest team by population out of the 20, South-West Midlands was the only way I could describe this group of counties (very uncreative, I know). Despite having the biggest catchment area of all the clubs, this doesn’t seem to translate to having the biggest impact on the pitch. Out of the 25 players, only 5 are currently playing in the top flight. Brian McDermott has been given the job of managing this team in the experiment, who has surprisingly been out of a job since May 2016 when he had his second stint as Reading manager which lasted only 6 months before he was sacked.
With 87 England caps between them Theo Walcott and Eric Dier will look to provide leadership in a team which lacks quality all over the pitch. Eric Dier interestingly is predicted to start in defence for McDermott’s men. One of Leicester’s surprise title winners, Andy King adds to the experience but apart from the 3 mentioned players, this appears to be a fairly inexperienced squad.
Dom Solanke, who was tipped for big things only a few years ago will likely partner Walcott upfront in a pacey duo. Charlie Austin will also be in the mix and will likely chip in with a few goals over the season. Matty Cash has a lot of potential and will add value to the team whether he plays at fullback or on the right side of midfield.
This is another team which is lacking a top keeper, Jojo Wollacott is predicted to start. Wollacott has only managed 9 appearances this season at Forest Green Rovers so it doesn’t bode well for the defence in front of him.
Overall, it doesn’t look great for this team, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this team in and around the bottom 3 come the end of the season especially with a worrying lack of quality in goal.
Team 8 – South-East Midlands - Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire– Population: 3,051,792
Media Prediction: 14th - Title Odds: 200-1
Manager – Sean Dyche (Kettering, Burnley)

Likely Starting XI
Another team with an uncreative name, apologies again to anyone from this region. Team 8 consists of counties Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire and will be managed by Sean Dyche. Expect a mix of deep croaky touchline shouts, direct football and hard work on the pitch. Dyche is experienced at the top level having managed in the premier league for 5 of the last 6 seasons and has even guided Burnley to the Europa League, albeit losing in the Playoff round to Olympiacos.
Making a team sheet for the second time in the experiment, John Ruddy, born in St Ives, Cambridgeshire and not Cornwall will challenge Newcastle ‘keeper Karl Darlow for the starting berth in net. More strength in depth than most of the teams in the experiment in terms of the goalkeeper position.
In defence, Ben Chilwell is the standout player and will look to bomb up the left flank and create a supply of chances for the team. On the other side Sheffield United’s George Baldock will hope to do the same, as he has done for Chris Wilders men all season. Luton native Charlie l’Anson, who rather amusingly is known in Spain simply as Charlie is currently playing for Rayo Majadahonda in Spain, Sean Dyche will no doubt remind him to keep it simple at the back.
Milton Keynes born Dele Alli features in midfield and looks to be the best player in terms of ability in the team. Dyche will build the attack around Dele and will be hopeful he can provide a big impact and re-discover his form from the 2016/17 season by chipping in with plenty of goals. Chelsea duo Lewis Baker and Izzy Brown will be on the fringes of the team and will both be hoping to showcase their potential to Dyche.
If Dele plays in a deeper role, Irish internationals Callum Robinson and Sean Maguire, who incidentally both play club football together at Preston, will make a claim to start up front.
Despite being predicted to finish 14th, I can’t tell much difference between this team and the previous one who were predicted to finish 18th. I’d be surprised if this team does anything of note, although Sean Dyche can get the best out of his players that’s for sure.
Team 9 – East Anglia – Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk - Population: 3,457,571
Media Prediction: 17th - Title Odds: 400-1
Manager – Paul Warne (Norwich, Rotherham United)

Likely Starting XI
The trio of counties of Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk make up the next team. Another team which aren’t predicted to fair well in the season, Team 9 will be managed by Paul Warne, who currently manages League 1 Rotherham United. Warne has had a great season so far and could well take the Millers back into the championship.
Onto the players, Nick Pope is the standout player in an extremely average bunch of players. Pope is likely to have a hard season ahead of him with the amount of chances the team could concede. Alongside the only England International, Pope, the squad also features three players who have been capped by USA, Zimbabwe and Scotland. Angus Gunn and Jed Steer make up the goalkeeping contingent.
Stand out players in defence include James Tomkins and Ryan Bennett who are no stranger to playing in the top flight. Spurs’ 8-time USA international Cameron Carter-Vickers who is currently on loan at championship side Luton Town also makes an appearance along with Sam Byram and Charlie Daniels in the fullback roles.
Talented young player Todd Cantwell will provide the flair and creativity, alongside Isaac Hayden who will help to add a bit of balance to Paul Warne’s midfield. Apart from that, there isn’t much to shout about for the East Anglians. Chris Martin, who has been capped 17 times for Scotland at senior international level will probably play upfront with there seemingly being a huge deficit of quality in the attacking areas for this side. Goals will surely be a worry for Paul Warne, I think the only chance this team stays up is Nick Pope having a great season.
Team 10 – Wales & Hereford – Wales, Herefordshire – Population: 3,169,324
Media Prediction: 12th – Title Odds: 100-1
Manager – Tony Pulis (Newport, West Brom)

Likely Starting XI
The first team containing players born outside of England, Wales and Herefordshire are the tenth team to be revealed and will be managed by Tony Pulis, who gets the nod over Mark Hughes and Ryan Giggs. The thought of Tony Pulis ordering Gareth Bale to launch throw-ins on to Connor Wickham’s head is a frightening one indeed.
The Welsh national team currently have their ‘golden generation’ of players having reached their highest world rankings of 8th only 4 years ago. The squad, rather staggeringly contains a combined total of 511 Wales caps. Wayne Hennessey being the most experienced with 84 caps for his country. The cream of the crop, in this team is certainly Gareth Bale who is capable of providing a lot of quality. Gareth is the second highest rated player in the league behind Team 6’s Harry Kane.
Another key player in midfield is Aaron Ramsey, who will act as a box to box player and will give Tony Pulis’ men a bit of quality as well as work rate in the middle. Joe Allen will play in the quarterback role and will look to dictate play in front of the back four.
The squad is made up of all welsh players apart from the three Hereford lads. One of those include Jarrod Bowen who will make an interesting partnership with Gareth Bale on the wings. Another is Connor Wickham who looks likely to start up front and will provide a platform for the team to build by holding the ball up for the more creative players.
In defence, there is plenty of experience with the likes of James Collins, Ashley Richards and Ben Davies. The defence looks to be solid compared to the other defences in the league and should work together well in front of either Danny Ward or Wayne Hennessey especially given the discipline Pulis will bring.
I think this squad has lots of potential and 100-1 title odds looks to be worth a couple of quid. Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey have the potential to push this team right up the league, however, it remains yet to be seen whether Pulis gives them the freedom they need.
I hope you enjoyed the second instalment of the teams, once again let me know if I’ve missed anyone or made any errors. In the next post I’ll introduce the players born in the midlands and the north west, which features some interesting line ups.
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2020.05.12 12:08 BakedlBeans Living in Oxfordshire on £700 post mortgage bills and savings?

I live in an expensive part of Oxfordshire and I’m looking to buy with my partner. We don’t share finances, so while we will split our mortgage and bills, whatever is left in our accounts afterwards is ours to spend.
The way I’ve calculated it is: - Top end of what I’d be willing to pay for a mortgage (divided by 2 - final amount is the max I’d like to pay. FYI this is lower than the max a bank would lend us according to mortgage calculators). - subtract another £500 from what’s left over of my monthly payslip to cover bills and to leave some money in savings.
This would leave me £700 a month for groceries, entertainment, fuel (£65 a month max), clothes, cosmetics, all of life’s joys basically.
I know £700 is a doable amount to live on even in Oxfordshire. But is it a nice amount to live on?
I have a couple of subscriptions - a shared Netflix account and amazon prime. I like to go out for dinner, get a takeaway, go to the pub or have coffee out with friends sometimes. I wouldn’t want to lose too much of that - or to end up living a life where all I think/worry about is money.
Can I thrive on £700 a month or just survive? Any advice welcome!
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2019.12.29 19:28 toppamabob Moving lines of stars

My partner and I were just walking back from the Kidlington high street to home and stargazing when we noticed a column of around 30 stars moving in a straight line, South to North.
We watched for around 15 minutes as a steady stream of lights in the sky passed overhead at a constant speed. A little research recommends this may have been the "Starlink satellites" of Elon Musk's Space X program.
Did anyone else notice this in Oxfordshire around 18:00 on the 29th of December 2019?
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2019.12.29 17:10 blueorange22_ Two-tiered justice system in the UK- Men are sent to prison for being homeless and asking for food, while women are exempt from many crimes, including assault and theft.

So I'd like to expand on my post 2 days ago on London's new program exempting women from prison.
This post will expand look at the wider vast disparity in the UK justice system between gender, and how men have become blatantly second class citizens in the UK as a whole
Consider this article- homeless men are often sent to prison for being homeless This isn't hyperbole, either; look at a quote from a judge:
“I will be sending a man to prison for asking for food when he was hungry”. In another case a man was fined £105 after a child dropped £2 in his sleeping bag.
Meanwhile, it is now the standard legal practice to exempt women from most crimes, as a ruling from the justice secretary, the highest judge in the UK
No prison for stabbing partner. Needless to say, a man would have received prison for the same thing.
No prison for attacking with bottle. Needless to say, a man would have received prison for the same thing.
No prison for stealing thousands from charity. Needless to say, a man would have received prison for the same thing.
No prison for stabbing in chest. Needless to say, a man would have received prison for the same thing
No prison for sexually assaulting children for 10 years. Needless to say, a man would have received prison for the same thing.
As men are sent to prison for being homeless and asking for food.
Some of these cases may pre-date the ruling from the justice secretary, but the practice has been circulating for a while, and has likely been in de facto effect for some time.
This is a blatantly two-tiered justice system where one class has impunity for committing crimes against the other. Not only does it create what is essentially two different legal systems, but it has created a situation where half of the population has significantly reduced deterrence for committing serious crimes. Imagine a society where half of the population knows that they are very likely to receive lenient treatment for assault and theft, and perhaps even murder. How is this equality?
This is a look at what so called "intersectional social justice" looks like in practice, and a strong example of why a men's rights movement is needed.
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2019.11.02 22:15 Gingrpenguin We've just stopped a boat that was floating Down the river Thames. Who the hell do we call?

So walking to the pub with my partner and we shall a boat floating sideways down the river, two other blokes had already phoned 999 but they didn't seem to believe us. Thankfully the boat floated close enough to the bank to allow us to jump on and tie it up but further calls to 101 proved fruitless (the bloak who called was quite wasted. It's tied up in a no mooring place but I don't trust my skill in knots to trust it'll remain.
Who the hell do I call to sort this out?
Edit we're e in Oxfordshire so to far away for London authorities or coastguard
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2019.10.16 21:41 PeterMacakay-1990 Subaru: From a farmer's workhorse to a rally legend

“Win on a Sunday, sell on a Monday”. For years, this was the rationale for automotive manufacturers entering into competitive motorsport. Looking back through rose tinted spectacles, there have been some innovative and cunning examples of filling showrooms with cars emulating their race car twin. Volvo T5 estate cars launching over kerbs in the BTCC, Porsche 911 GT3’s carving the perfect line around Watkins Glen’s fast, sweeping curves, Mini Cooper Countryman buggies devouring the desert in the Dakar Rally or even Jim Clark dancing a Lotus Cortina around Brands Hatch on three wheels. However, The World Rally Championship claims the crown for spawning some of the most desirable road cars ever built and in one particular case, transforming a brand’s image seemingly overnight.
At the beginning of the 90’s, Japanese manufacturer Subaru had cut a tidy niche in the lucrative British car market. Rugged, bulletproof cars which could be thrashed around a farm filled with sheep, muck and old collie dogs until they eventually fell apart generations later, that was Subaru’s forte. 4 wheel drive Subaru Legacies were as loyal and dependable as a black Labrador and as eternal as a Patek Philippe Swiss watch
Unsurprisingly, at the time, Subaru’s never featured on any teenager’s bedroom wall. These were still plastered with white Lamborghinis outside a Miami beach club. An Oxfordshire engineering firm, an explosively talented young Scotsman and a former world champion co-driver turned entrepreneur were about to change all of that.
Subaru chose Prodrive to campaign their cars in British rallying with the view to eventually progress to world championship level. David Richards’ Banbury boffins were the ideal partner to transform these agricultural workhorses into fire spitting monsters that burbled like a snoring Sir Tom Jones after a bottle of single malt scotch.
In 1993, Prodrive took delivery of Subaru’s latest model that would replace the outgoing Legacy out on the stages, the Impreza. Scandinavian genius, Ari Vatanen, debuted the radical new group A Impreza at the notorious 1000 lakes rally in Finland, finishing in second place overall. Ari’s extraordinary commitment and finesse over Finland’s infamous, terrifying jumps delivered the dream start for the boys in blue and gold. Spanish ace, Carlos Sainz, would clinch the cars first rally win on the brutal Acropolis rally in 1994. Clearly, the “555” Subaru Impreza had all the DNA of a true thoroughbred world rally car. Scottish rallying hero, Colin McRae, cemented the Impreza’s sporting legacy with 20 rally wins and a world championship triumph in 1995 behind the wheel of various iterations of the boxer engine rally legend.
An explosion in British car culture had been triggered. McRae’s on stage antics plucked the Subaru brand from farmyards and cattle sales, to b roads and boy racer car park meets. Subaru clearly spotted an opportunity and exported high performance “WRX” and “STI” versions of the Impreza to the UK. All of a sudden, a whole new world of affordable performance was unlocked for petrol heads up and down the British Isles.
As McRae became a national hero, so did the Impreza. Porsche rivalling speed, 5 seats, a boot and best of all, gold wheels! The Subaru Impreza WRX road car delivered all of the authentic flat 4 burble that propelled McRae to all those wins. So vivid is my memory of lying in bed as a young boy listening out for that instantly recognisable growl of a highly tuner boxer engine, echoing down the glen a few miles from our home. At the turn of the millennium in rural parts of Scotland, the distinctive Subaru growl was never far away.
My fondest memory of childhood involved McRae and the Impreza in 1995. My Mother and I gazed at the television with pure elation as Colin mesmerized the capacity crowd at Chester race course while he celebrated his miraculous world championship triumph. Co-driver Derek Ringer grinned from the passenger seat like the famous feline of the English county chosen to conclude the famous RAC rally. McRae vigorously rotated his 555 Impreza over and over again, destroying his knobbly gravel spec Pirellis with the saltire flag proudly extended out the window of the Banbury built bullet. From that day on, at 5 years old, a Subaru Impreza was the car I would always aspire to.
On Christmas day a couple of years later, my dream came true. A blue and gold 1997 McRae/Grist Impreza WRC. It may have just been a toy slot car but a season’s worth of trademark spectacular “McCrash” re-enactments had already taken place on my bedroom Scalextric stage before I was eventually dragged to breakfast. I suspect that many others from the “Gran Turismo” or “Colin McRae rally” Playstation generation will also have very fond memories of the Impreza. Current skyrocketing values of the most desirable special edition Imprezas like the Prodrive built P1 or the exotic 22B shout loud and clear just how fondly remembered and revered these rally replicas are in the UK.
In 2000, the Prodrive P1 limited edition run of 1000 Sonic Blue cars were released to the UK market only. Developed by the Oxfordshire firm that had been so instrumental in Subaru’s WRC success and boasting a silhouette and stance so reminiscent of the rally car, desirability levels were off the scale. Lightweight O.Z racing wheels, a comically large rear spoiler, devastating power and most importantly of all that rock star soundtrack, the P1 had it all. Today, nearly 20 years later, a well driven P1 could keep pace with any of the current crop of hot hatchbacks in its favourite country road habitat. A boast even a mid engine Ferrari of the time would struggle to emulate. No wonder then that a low mileage Impreza P1 will now set you back £40,000 at time of writing.
Without McRae’s flat out heroics in the WRC beaming around the UK on BBC Grandstand combined simultaneously with a Subaru road car range that so closely emulated Colin’s WRC steeds, Subaru’s would still be stuck out on the farm, well off the petrol head radar. This brand image transformation will go down in history as one of the finest deployments of marketing dollars in motorsport that we have ever seen.
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2019.09.20 18:57 CountBrandenburg Oral Statement by the SoS for International Trade

Mr Speaker, with your permission, I would like to give a statement to the House responding to the passage of M441, the International Trade Questions motion.
I do agree with the substance of the motion, which is why both I and the vast majority of the Government voted for it. While my predecessor as Secretary of State for International Trade did answer most of the questions posed to him during Minister’s Questions, I would be happy to clear up any questions that may persist.
From the Rt Hon. member for Oxfordshire & Berkshire: “Does the Rt. Hon. Trade Secretary agree with me that a budget surplus is the best policy to help protect British workers from British jobs going overseas and to prevent our trade policy from failing the British people?”
I do not agree that a budget surplus is the best policy to pursue. The Government are not in the business of wasting money, but we will not cut vital services and reduce the quality of life for Britons for some ideological goal of balancing the government’s chequebook. The Rt Hon. gentleman may be assured, however, that I hold conversations with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and he knows that international trade is an important part of monetary policy.
From the Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade: “Will the International Trade Secretary ensure reciprocity in any trade deal made, to ensure that any deal signed is good for citizens of both Britain and our trade partner?”
The answer to this is common sense. I would not negotiate a trade deal that harms the citizens I was elected to represent, nor would I seek to harm the citizens of a valued trade partner. I agree with the Rt Hon. gentleman.
From the Rt Hon. member for Kent: “Given the government's complete lack of specifics, and actual plans in the Queen's Speech, has a step by step plan been formed by the Government on Brexit and International Trade policy, and if so what are the details of this plan?”
It does not surprise me as to the choice of words that the Rt Hon. member uses to describe the Queen’s Speech, but I cannot fault him, as it is the opposition’s job to score political points. To answer the substance of his question, the Government will seek to establish mutually beneficial trade deals, not only with the European Union, but with countries around the world. I am looking forward to the Group of 7 summit at the end of this month to have the chance to meet with my counterparts across the globe and begin laying the groundwork for deals that will continue to make this great nation prosper.
Again, from the Rt Hon. member for Kent: “Can the Secretary of State give his assurances to this house that any attempt at a free trade deal with our close friends and allies the United States of America will not be hindered by Government Members' views on the President?”
My views, and the views of many citizens of the United Kingdom, on the President of the United States are strong and probably fairly well-known. However, this does not prohibit me from attempting to seek a strong and mutually beneficial trade deal with the United States. The United States has long been a strong trade partner and ally to the United Kingdom, and I believe that the special relationship that our nations share is strong and continues to serve the citizens of both countries well. I have nothing but respect for the citizens of the United States, and whatever my feelings towards the President or his policies, I want to see both nations prosper.
From the former Secretary of State for Health, Sport, and Social Care: “What steps does the Secretary feel are necessary for this government to take in order to encourage young people to go into the employment field of cyber security so that we may boost our exports in that area in the future?”
The former Secretary of State’s presence on the frontbenches and in this House is sorely missed by myself, but I will be happy to respond to the question that he posed. I am in communication with the Secretary of State for Education, and at the next cabinet meeting I will discuss with him about offering some programme for young people to enter the cybersecurity field, which in this day and age is more important than ever. If this country wants to be a competitor in industry, cybersecurity will be essential. Hostile nations such as China have launched cyberattacks to disrupt trade in the past and I believe that this is a matter of top importance.
From the Rt Hon. member for Manchester North: “The Strait of Hormuz is a vital seaway, which carries 20% of the world's oil supplies but is also a turbulent passageway due to Iranian terror on the high seas. Last time Iran seized an oil tanker, the price of oil in the North Sea shot up. What economic insurance from other oil-producing nations has the government taken to protect consumers from rising oil prices and a destabilised world economy if Iran strikes again?”
As much as I am not a fan of oil, as long as the nation depends on it, we must secure it. I am happy with the steps the Foreign Secretary is taking to reduce tensions in the Strait of Hormuz, but I am also aware of the impact that another incident would have on the price of oil. I believe that the best way to protect consumers in this regard is to continue to work towards a diplomatic solution in the Strait of Hormuz.
From the Rt Hon. leader of the LPUK: “What kind of trading arrangement does the government plan to have with the EU, will they adopt the previous government white paper or do they intend to go for a Ukraine model?”
A white paper on this matter will be released to the House in due time.
Again from the Rt Hon. leader of the LPUK: What is the government’s plan to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland, and can the Secretary of State give his thoughts on the previous government’s Irish border protocol in CM017?”
As the Deputy Prime Minister pointed out in their fantastic response to the white paper at the time, most of the government’s white paper on the Irish border protocol is simply the withdrawal agreement! So to answer the Rt Hon. gentleman’s question, I do believe in not breaking the law and following the withdrawal agreement.
From the Rt Hon. member for the North East, now government chief whip: “Can the Secretary explain what actions they are taking on free trade and WTO reform?”
I am working to lay the groundwork for free trade deals. The WTO is imperfect, as with any organisation, and I will have my department analyse if there is room for improvement. I invite the Rt Hon. gentleman to discuss it with me in cabinet.
From the Rt Hon. member of the Phoenix Committee: “When I was BIT I had to fight the EU over safeguarding British steel against malicious dumping practices. Does the minister believe that the UK should use more proactive anti-dumping measures now that trade policy is back under democratic control, and no longer under under the bureaucratic yoke of the EU?”
It is no secret that I am an advocate for the workers of the United Kingdom and therefore have a strong disdain for anticompetitive practices such as dumping. However, we must also maintain our commitment to free trade. I believe that the best solution is a balanced approach that we consider on a case-by-case basis.
From the Deputy Prime Minister: “As I speak as a Member of the Northern Irish Assembly, will the Secretary of State join me in calling for the complete retention of the Island of Ireland protocol in the Withdrawal Agreement, with changes only occurring at the request of the Northern Irish Executive, with the Executive present for relevant talks?”
I fully agree. The Northern Ireland Assembly is the best voice for Northern Ireland, and as the leader of the Labour Party in Northern Ireland and a staunch advocate for devolution in general, I recognise that the Northern Ireland Executive must have a say in these matters.
Again from the Deputy Prime Minister: “Further to my previous question, will my Right Honourable friend commit to ensuring that HMRC fulfills its duties under the Island of Ireland protocol, and reach out to his counterpart in the Republic of Ireland to ensure that the transitional Customs Union need not continue beyond the Implementation Period?”
The answer is yes, and I will work with HMRC on this matter.
From the Baron Salisbury: “In the manifesto we have recently appropriated for our own ends, the Greens, we pledged to expand HS2 to Scotland, and support Scottish independence.
Would the minister agree with me that if we crack on and get this done, we could also say that all the money made on HS2 to Scotland could technically count toward international trade figures?”
I cannot condone theft and I encourage the Rt Hon. Baron to give what’s left of the Greens their manifesto back.
From the Earl of Stockton: “Today represents the 25th anniversary of the release of Oasis' legendary debut album, Definitely Maybe. As one of this country's most successful international imports, the Gallagher brothers have sold over 79 million records worldwide. Does the Secretary agree that our nation's cultural heritage, through music and the arts, can be harnessed in a trade capacity post-Brexit?”
I fully agree that our cultural exports are important for maintaining Britain’s influence around the world, which is vital in an international trade context.
From the Lord of Dumbarton: “I’ve noticed a quite worrying comment by the Secretary of State here.
I was in the 20th government and I distinctly remember that our government managed to prepare trade deals for no deal while negotiating the withdrawal agreement, surely the Secretary of State does not believe we can only have one or the other? And if he does, surely he should resign as his position would quite simply be a worthless do nothing post, and the people of this country deserve more than a cabinet with worthless do nothing posts?”
I believe that my predecessor was misinformed: I am holding talks with other nations at the G7 summit and my department is constantly seeking new ways to establish mutually beneficial trade.
Again from the Lord of Dumbarton: “The international trade secretary has not failed to attract my deep scrutiny, especially with their worrying comments and failings after only being in the post for a couple weeks.
This question refers to the comment here.
Would the Secretary of State not agree with me that a secretary who doesn’t understand how minister’s questions work and that we only get the opportunity to question him not his subordinate should resign, and that it is a dire state of affairs where through a mistake or not, the government doesn’t understand proper accountability and uses their failure to understand to deflect genuine attempts to scrutinise the government?”
I understand that this question is not directed towards me, but I do think that it was an honest mistake on my predecessor’s part, and I think the Rt Hon. Baron’s calls for his resignation are not exactly bona fide.
From the Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade: “If the Rt Hon Member fails to answer every question, or fails to give ample time for the Members of the House to give follow up questions, will the Rt Hon Member agree to meet with me & other relevant Opposition spokespeople before this government starts negotiations in order to ensure that the country is updated on what the Government is doing?”
I will of course strive to answer as many questions as possible and do my best to allow the opposition to hold this government to account. If the Rt Hon. gentleman has anything he wishes to discuss he is more than welcome to reach out to me.
From the Baron of the Shetland Islands: “Does the Secretary agree with me that the motion numbered M433 from the LPUK is regressive and a decline in car export would be inevitable but totally under control of his department?”
I fully agree that the motion to condemn banning the sale of petrol and diesel cars was regressive and short sighted - I was happy to see this House vote it down. I’m not sure I agree that the motion’s subject matter is entirely under my department’s control, however. I believe it is more relevant to the Department for Transport and the Department for Energy and Climate Change. However, I am happy to work with my colleagues in these departments to better improve the environment.
Mr Speaker, while I understand it is not my turn on the Minister’s Questions rota and I do not wish this statement to become an ad hoc Minister’s Questions, I would be happy to clear up any matters that honourable members have concerns about.
I commend this statement to the House.
Oral statement delivered by the Rt Hon. sam-irl MBE PC MP, Secretary of State for International Trade, Minister for the Cabinet Office, MP for Essex.
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2019.09.16 16:40 UltraBBA Why finding the right business broker to sell your business is a lot more difficult than you think

Because, here in the UK alone, there are so, so many. We have 100 brokers just under the letter "C" (see below).
And there is no directory anywhere with a full list of brokers and what each does!
Here's a list of brokers whose names begin with "C" - this list is not available in any directory! (Terms in italics, and sector abbreviation codes, are explained in the Glossary at the end.)
​And those are just the ones ​under "Ca"!
​Here are a few more under "C":
Selling a business is a BIG deal. It's worth spending a lot of time researching brokers before signing up with one. Spend days, spend weeks, but make really, really sure you've got a good 'un who's right for your business. Use Google, use directories, ask your accountant for recommendations, speak with friends who've sold businesses, post your question in forums, but put in the hard slog...it'll be worth it. Don't just sign up with the ones who cold called you.


BTA - Business Transfer Agent (these usually deal in High St shops, hair salons, cafes, etc) CFF: Corporate Finance Firm (brokers run by qualified accountants / CF experts) EBITDA - Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation EMEA - Europe, Middle East, Africa EV - Enterprise Value (the figure the broker thinks you're worth) IB - Investment Bank IPO - Initial Public Offering M&A - Mergers & Acquisitions (or sale of your business to a "trade buyer") MBI - Management Buy In MBO - Management Buy Out Mid Market - Businesses with turnover of circa £5m to £200m Nomad: Nominated Advisors (authorised to advise on IPOs) RE - Real Estate Sector Agnostic - A broker who handles business in any sector / industry SME - Small & Medium Enterprises (businesses with £5m - £50m in turnover)​ sSME - Small SMEs, more accurately called micro businesses (under £5m in turnover)

​Sector Codes

​Ac - Art, culture Ag - Agriculture Bt - BioTech​ Ca - Care (day care, care homes) Cn - Construction Cs - Consumer Ed - Education, training Fa - Fashion Fd - Food & beverages Fi - Financial​ Fl - Film and TV Fm - Facilities management Hc - Health care, hospitals​ Ho - Hospitality In - Industrial Le - Legal Lg - Logistics Ma - Maritime, shipping Mo - Motor, vehicle Og - Oil and natural gas Ra - Rail Rc - Recruitment Re - Real Estate Rn - Renewables Rt - Retail Sv - Business Services Tc - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)
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2019.09.16 16:22 UltraBBA Finding the right broker to sell a business is a lot, lot more difficult than it might seem at first!

Because, here in the UK alone, there are so, so many. We have 100 brokers just under the letter "C" (see below).
And there is no directory anywhere with a full list of brokers and what each does!
Here's a list of brokers whose names begin with "C". (Terms in italics, and sector abbreviation codes, are explained in the Glossary at the end.)
​And those are just the ones ​under "Ca"!
​Here are a few more under "C":
Selling a business is a BIG deal. It's worth spending a lot of time researching brokers before signing up with one. Spend days, spend weeks, but make really, really sure you've got a good 'un who's right for your business. Use Google, use directories, ask your accountant for recommendations, speak with friends who've sold businesses, post your question in forums, but put in the hard slog...it'll be worth it. Don't just sign up with the ones who cold called you.


BTA - Business Transfer Agent (these usually deal in High St shops, hair salons, cafes, etc) CFF: Corporate Finance Firm (brokers run by qualified accountants / CF experts) EBITDA - Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation EMEA - Europe, Middle East, Africa EV - Enterprise Value (the figure the broker thinks you're worth) IB - Investment Bank IPO - Initial Public Offering M&A - Mergers & Acquisitions (or sale of your business to a "trade buyer") MBI - Management Buy In MBO - Management Buy Out Mid Market - Businesses with turnover of circa £5m to £200m Nomad: Nominated Advisors (authorised to advise on IPOs) RE - Real Estate Sector Agnostic - A broker who handles business in any sector / industry SME - Small & Medium Enterprises (businesses with £5m - £50m in turnover) ​sSME - Small SMEs, more accurately called micro businesses (under £5m in turnover)

​Sector Codes

​Ac - Art, culture Ag - Agriculture Bt - BioTech​ Ca - Care (day care, care homes) Cn - Construction Cs - Consumer Ed - Education, training Fa - Fashion Fd - Food & beverages Fi - Financial ​Fl - Film and TV Fm - Facilities management Hc - Health care, hospitals ​Ho - Hospitality In - Industrial Le - Legal Lg - Logistics Ma - Maritime, shipping Mo - Motor, vehicle Og - Oil and natural gas Ra - Rail Rc - Recruitment Re - Real Estate Rn - Renewables Rt - Retail Sv - Business Services Tc - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)
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2019.08.08 20:39 mg9500 #GEXII [Oxfordshire and Berkshire] The Path to the Revolutions

It’s the final countdown of campaigning and what better way to spend it than boating down the River Thames in Reading. Wind powered, of course, the Green Party flotilla sailed into town for the final event of their blockbuster tour of Oxfordshire and Berkshire.
A reenactment of the Armada? Not quite, at least it didn’t sink, but it was these notes exactly which allowed allusions to a world lost to come back to those present. This is what they had dreamed of long a go.
‘What do you want for the future of Reading? This i cannot tell you, this you cannot tell each other. It is a deeply personal belief - more cycle lines, regeneration of that decrepit shopping centre, a new building for your local school. This is the local, the sphere were we all live ours lives, what we can control. These trends however are built on something much bigger, the global. Never before have we had such an economy.
An economy where you can FaceTime your partner whilst they’re on a business trip in Hong Kong, an economy where you can send money to Mumbai instantly, somewhere you have easy access to the New York Stock Exchange from your sofa. In many ways globalisation is the quiet revolution of our times. And like the agricultural and the industrial, it has made us all richer.
But you cannot hope to shape the future if you fail to understand this past. Our society, human society, is always changing and we must adapt ourselves with it. It is the digital revolution which is coming next and we must ensure that it is a green revolution too.
Each of the revolutions which I have just described has led to human sapping the planet of resources. Be it crop saturation and deforestation, the extraction of fossil fuels or merely the carbon emissions of planes flying intercontinentally. If this happens for a 4th time in our history we should all fear that we will not have a planet to see our fifth revolution, whatever it may be. It’s time to act now, to prevent disaster for our children.
Yes we need to develop our wonder AI technology and invest in advancing medicine - but just think about where else our technological knowledge can go. This boats that we are on are all powered by the wind (I hope) but when I look around I see depressingly little evidence of wind generation for our energy needs. It does not have to be that way, this is a problem which we can fix right here right now, and improve our technology as we go.
If we didn’t fly until we had jumbo jets we may never have flown at all. We are at the jumping off point to save ourselves from the climate emergency. Carbon capture is not yet feasible but in this constituency we have the world’s greatest university. Where better to research it? Research funding was not controversial in the past and it should not be controversial now. It is crucial for progress and progress should never be halted by our immature materialist human desires.
Together we can advance to the next stage of human civilisation. Futurism was misplaced only in its fascist racism - we must embrace what is on the path ahead of us, whilst cherishing our past.
Please walk that path with me.
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2019.08.05 23:29 VerkhovnaGeordie #GEXII - Libertarian Party UK Round-Up: Day #1

#GEXII - Libertarian Party UK Round-Up: Day #1
Day one of the #GEXII campaign has concluded, and the Libertarians have begun their campaign, on a ‘record of action’ and a ‘promise of more’, in order to secure the seats needed to form a minority (or unlikely majority - understatement of the… world) government, with willing partners to continue their work in Parliament.
Some commentary's been overlaid with the hyperlinks attached. Click the 13 and read them all! Or none, if you want to read a few comments I've said. Nothing special, mind.
The credit for the first LPUK-rosetted post goes to TheMontyJohnson, who headed to the once hotly-contested Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire to begin their campaign.
Following a brief speech there on economic policy, it was time for the greatest event of the day. The big one - the LPUK national launch. In a delivery in Leeds and Wakefield, Friedmanite19 outlined the key points of the manifesto, that had been readily designed by the glamorous and omnipresent press officer. The title of which I still think is informalised.
A poster was then published by HenryJohnTemple, which mocked the comments made by a prominent Labour member - and the policies that may wreck the pockets of the ordinary if they step foot in government.
Outside ‘The Apple’, it was the time for the party leader to shine. It appears that Friedmanite has travelled now to his homeground constituency, ready to battle the SDP and Walker for the seat using whatever means is necessary. Anything for a LPUK victory at the weekend!
I can only assume that “The crowds erupt in cheers at the University of Strathclyde as Tarkin15 walks on stage wearing a tweed suit with Back In Black by AC/DC roaring in the background.” is telling the truth. Tarkin launches their campaign in the seat they held at the previous election.
More posters go up, this time outlining some of the environmental policies of the party.
Likewise, a national poster goes up on NATO and the LPUK commitment to support the organisation, despite some opposition from some vocal members of particular parties, of which I have made attacks for in the past.
In a bit to please the higher ups (who primarily love a good hat or or three or more?), GravityCat began their campaign in South Yorkshire, a seat held once by the Greens and by the National Unionists I do believe. Anyhow, it’s up for Libertarian contention and the latest bit for (South) Yorkshire supremacy began in Doncaster earlier today.
Quite possibly the most erratic thing I’ve seen all day, but it was quite the banger. Props to GravityCat for making this, making it out of the club alive, and for making it half-viral on social media! I hope you find a girl soon. And likewise to Damien as a former Libertarian looking for love this election season. Love (and votes) are in the air!
“Oh f*ck, it's that time of year again isn't it” Yes, yes it is.
In the third of a series of a flurry of activity today, GravityCat was in Birmingham, Solihul and Coventry for a bit of canvassing. Seems to have turned out well, we gained a supporter!
If you don’t want to win a seat, why not #BuildABase instead? Bass guitars, bass fish, bases on video games. And a bas-ic sentence from the electorate most likely to go back to the Lords. Which, I must admit, is quite an attractive offer.
The final LPUK post of the day, unless I’m forgetting any. Nstano is in Grimbsy to win over some of the electorate there. A manifesto summarised in short for the listeners who would much rather hear it than read it. And it doesn’t take hours to design speech either… win-win.
If anything's wrong or missing, sorry. I either forgot you or didn't know something so don't be harsh on me. With that being done, we’re now heading into day two. Rest well, and tomorrow’s a whole new day, and a whole new ball game.
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2019.07.17 16:40 CountBrandenburg Constituency polls mark 2! Collaboration with the Daily Express.

Note: these are official polls given by Tilerr and have the same MoE as national polls. The polling occurred between 4th July and 10th July, and are polls that don’t account for personal mods; as in doesn’t take into account the personal mods of the incumbent. These are general party polls!
The Times and Daily Express bring a joint analysis of 5 constituency polls, this time not just confined to England.

Northern Ireland:

Holder: UUP - 61.6% of the vote , Alliance at 38.4%. Swing of 11.6% from UUP to Alliance needed to switch hands.
This polls shows a repeat of the fall the UUP receiving in the devolved election, the turmoil of the UUP in stormont appears to be affecting the parties performance in Westminster, this poll is damning showing UUP support nearly falling by half. However these polls don’t factor into account the Prime Minister will be running in this seat which will give the UUP a significant boost meaning that whilst the UUP might drop, this seat isn’t really under any serious threat. It is also important to note that the UUP were on 26% in pre GEXI polls so this poll my not be as bad as one initially thinks
Another thing to note is the popularity of the Irish Parliamentary Party which polls at 11% which is very good news for a party that only formed a few months go, if this carries through into the general election, the IPP will be able to get themselves an MP, a result they would be very proud of. . Alliance also show a strong performance polling at 23% up from their pre election polling at GEX of 13%, with endorsements they look set to increase their vote share, this may be one of the areas the Liberal Democrats manage to gain in the wake of a national collapse in the Liberal Democrat vote share.

Lancashire South

Holder: Conservative - 44.8% of the vote, Climate Rebellion (DF44) at 39.1%, 2.9% swing needed from Conservative to Climate Rebellion (or TPM given DF44 is now TPM)
A former NUP seat once won by HenryJohnTemple was swallowed up by the Conservatives in the by-election last term and subsequently in the general election. This seat last time was a toss up between climate rebellions DF44 and the Conservatives, the polling here for the people’s movement here is 6% compared to a stronger national picture and DF44 may be set to get some personal modifiers so this could be a close seat to watch as the people’s movement and Conservatives battle it out. A lot will depend upon endorsements as it is likely Labour and the Liberal Democrats may be reluctant to endorse the far-left people’s movement, after all in the Oxfordshire and Berkshire by-election they elected to endorse the SDP. LPUK polling looks strong and with a potential Classical Liberal endorsement, this race could be a three way split. The LPUK and Conservatives are likely to be in talks as a LPUK candidate could potentially split the vote and usher in a People’s movement MP.

Cumbria and Lancashire North

Holder: Cons - 42.9% of the vote, Classical Liberals at 42.8%. 0.05% swing needed from Conservatives to Classical Liberals.
Ah the legendary battleground of Cumbria and Lancashire North. A seat that has swapped between Classical Liberal and Conservative hands in the past few elections. Notably in GEIX, the election was awarded to the Conservatives over a coin toss. Since the last polls in June, the Classical Liberals now edge out the Conservatives in the polls, at 29% to 25% respectively, where just a few weeks ago Conservatives led 30% to Classical Liberals’ 27%. This will be one seat to watch (as it seems to be tradition now)
What will make the difference is what we can presume to be a lack of LPUK endorsement. A Liberty bloc endorsement strategy would put Duncs11 at 40% of the vote and Labour endorsing too could see Classical Liberals approach 44%, just that it is unlikely that the Classical Liberals would receive such an endorsement. Instead, LPUK would easily choose to go with their Coalition Partners, the Conservatives, who with LPUK and New Britain endorsements could end up on 31%, Classical Liberals on a pure Liberal Alliance endorsement ( that being Lib Dem and SDP) would receive 37% of the vote most likely. A lot of variables at play here as we approach Election Day and we will all be genuinely interested to see if Cumbria and Lancashire North swings back to the Classical Liberals.

South East London

Holder: Labour - 50.8% of the vote, Conservatives at 49.2% , 0.8% swing needed from Labour to Conservatives.
The Labour 2% rise in the polls during this week is equally reflected in the gains made here. A few weeks ago, Labour trailer behind the Conservatives by 4%, sitting at 26%, whilst pre election last Parliamentary term, they sat at 16% to the Conservatives’ 19%. Labour could be more confident now walking into the election,because they’ve polled behind Conservatives previously when they have won this seat. TLC endorsements could project Labour at 35% , whilst Conservatives might also reach 35% if they receive Clib, LPUK and New Britain endorsements. A point should be raised on whether the Classical Liberals will endorse either the Conservatives or Labour this election, where relations have soured with the former over the Government’s record and the later over the more isolationist foreign policy some in labour have begun to be vocal on and the history behind the Leader of the Opposition, Secretary_Salami. One to watch out for, with TLC not as likely this election and the Classical Liberals having legitimate reasons to endorse either or not endorse at all, this seat could swing either way.

Highlands and Grampian

Holder: Conservatives - 53.6% of the vote, Greens at 30%, 11.8% swing needed from Conservative to Greens.
If we were to assume endorsements remained as before, we could expect Conservatives at 26%, Greenleft at 16% and LPUK at 8%. Interestingly however is that the Classical Liberals are up 10% from pre polling at last general election, from 9% to 19%. Liberal Democrats have also not faced the same drop here as they have done so nationally with them gaining 2%, from 13% to 15%. If we are to see a Liberal Alliance endorsement plan, we could see the Classical Liberals poll close to 32% if endorsements go well, reinforcing a desire for the Government to put support towards a Conservative candidate, currently held by Stranger195 . This then could line up to be an unexpected battleground between a Liberal Alliance candidate and a Government candidate, which is interesting since the Classical Liberals had not endorsed anyone at GEXI, and endorsed Liberal Democrats at GEX. Maybe keep a close eye on this seat come General Election.
You can find the full polling figures for this set of constituency polls here
(M: Co-written by Friedmanite19 and CountBrandenburg)
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2019.07.10 00:26 CountBrandenburg Labour Deputy Leadership - 10 candidates, one position, and a race as wide as a US Democrat Primary.

Following the resignation of ARichTeaBiscuit , as found on Twitter on Monday 8th July here , as both Labour Deputy Leader and Welsh Labour Leader; naturally it was expected there would be a leadership election. What was not expected was the sheer amount of candidates, ranging from former Deputy Leaders to relative newcomers to the party. What follows is the confirmation that each candidate is running, alongside the results of a brief chat with each candidate.
Sam-irl - post
Former MLA for Labour Party Northern Ireland, who resigned from his seat for Viljo, following a comment about the SDLP founding member , John Hume - comments from Twitter can be found here. Doubts about his capacity as a face for the party are surely about to some extent, given that Hume is a man that stands as a great influence to the non sectarian politics of Labour NI, the successor to the SDLP. This is a man intertwined with the peace efforts, receiving a joint Nobel prize with David Trimble for their work in crafting the Northern Irish Peace Process, and a swift resignation by Sam would suggest that the comments were seen as unfit for someone trying to represent those who seek peace.
Sam has also previously run for Labour Leader, and spent a brief time in The People’s Movement, which he spent time in around the Oxfordshire and Berkshire by-election.
Below is the text from our interview :
What do you believe you have learnt from your last leadership bid?
I’ve learnt a lot. Obviously, since then, I’ve taken on new roles, but I think my past leadership run seriously allowed me to think about the direction I wanted the party to take, and I think that’s reflected in my Deputy Leadership run. A lot of the things that I put in my original manifesto for leadership have been somewhat implemented already — press output is up, debate activity is up — and I think that really brainstorming what steps we as a party need to take to succeed puts me well placed to become DL.
What do you think makes you unique in such a wide field that you bring to the table this election ?
I think there’s a few reasons why I stand out. Firstly, I’m experienced. I hold a leadership position right now (Press Officer) and I know what being in leadership means — I’m a steady pair of hands, which we desperately need going into a general election. Secondly, I’m active. I’m frequently on the Labour discord conversing with party members and I debate the vast majority of business in the House — I’m definitely present. Finally, I’m dedicated. I know that this job is a lot of work, but I think the hours I’ve put in for Labour are going to be seen by the party and they’ll trust me to continue putting in those hours.
You will recall the John Hume incident on Twitter, correct? The incident that led to your resignation as an MLA. Do you believe that this incident would isolate some support for you and what will you do to restore confidence?
I think it’s a blip, to be sure. I was unaware of who the person in question was, and when I realised what I had done, I resigned. Simple as that, really. I’m going to be working hard and debating in Stormont to demonstrate to party members and voters that I can be responsible. So I know I made a mistake, but I am trying very hard to make it right.
david_johansson - post
Manifesto (M: I do not know whether we are treating this guy as if he is Blair…)
One of the newcomers to the party; he aligns with the policies seen under that of Blair at the turn of the Century. Whether an election by him will cause a shift toward the “New Labour Project” he speaks of is unknown, especially when during this term Labour have voted on split terms on measures like joining the CPTPP, and have traditionally taken a more state expansive role such as manifesto commitments for Universal Basic Services +.
Below is the text from our interview :
In your declaration , you mention a “New Labour Project”. Do you intend to shift Labour policy towards that of Blair’s policies ?
I can say that the Labour Party was very strong many years ago and we can be it again. So we need to think in a different direction with new opinions and thoughts. When it comes to the Labour policy, my vision is that we are moving towards the direction you mention. I think it's the best thing for the party right now.
Thank you, do you think this shift however will put you at odds with some of those towards the left of your party though and that these moves might isolate them?
Of course, this can cause displeasure to others who are on another side of our party. My goal is to get a united party that can join most things in a new New Labor project. No one should be isolated or forgotten everyone should participate and influence the party. That's how we get ahead!
What do you see primarily as the role for Deputy Leader? Put another way, do you believe it should be one that focuses on internal party administration or one that looks outward to cross party communications and public relations?
The deputy leaders role is to lead the party with all the members and help the official leader of the party. This role is a supporting role for the official leader when he needs help with things that he cant do at the time its when the deputy leader can do for him.
Is there anything else you wish to publicise about your Deputy leadership bid, given that you are a relatively newer member to the eyes of the public?
That I will work hard and do my best for the party and the most important of all working for the people I love in this country! Thank you!
ohprkl - post
A Former Deputy Leader, and former leader of the SDLP, Viljo has previously been a man who meticulously looked towards press relations in the Labour Party. It has been 6 months since he was last Deputy Leader, resigning in January following the formation of the Traffic Light Coalition ( Labour, Lib Dem, Green) opposition to the Conservative led Brexit coalition. He left politics for a time, before returning post Stormont election to take an MLA seat and gain a Working Peerage and sit as the Lord of Bangor.
Below is the text from our interview :
** How do you wish to improve on your previous tenure?**
I feel like my previous tenure as Deputy Leader was quite successful, and if I'm elected I will try to bring to the party the same core leadership as last time - dedication to the broad church, a strong belief in the membership and supporting our members growth, and a positive outlook and a focus on working with other parties, ushering in an era of prosperity under a Labour-led coalition government.
Do you believe you are able to be as effective as you are by being both Deputy leader and leader of welsh labour, as in it will not hamper efforts in Wales, or your duties in Northern Ireland?
I believe I can equally split my time between Westminster, Stormont, and the Senedd: during my previous tenure I was SDLP Leader and I believe that I can properly represent my Northern Irish constituents with the help of the LPNI's Leader Cenarchos, as well as playing my part in the upcoming cabinet.
And do you see your role as being more administrative within labour or one that pushes forward Labour’s public image?
I believe I can do both: whilst my manifesto promises an internal focus on administration and improvement, the Labour Party is at a good place internally, and my previous experience as Labour's Press Officer will undoubtedly help in supporting our Press Office in pushing forward a Labour narrative and exhibiting the hard work of Labour politicians across the UK.
Youmaton - post
Successor to Hurricaneoflies as Scottish Labour Leader, MSP for Strathclyde and the Borders, MP for Lanarkshire and the Borders and sort during the Holyrood leader’s debate to distance themselves from the accountability of the previous Scottish Green government, which Labour gave confidence and supply to. Also serves as Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland.
Below is the text from our interview :
Do you believe you can effectively lead labour both in Holyrood and commit fully to your role as Deputy Leader should you be elected?
Most certainly. Such a question did come into my mind as I questioned if I wished to run, however I truly believe that I would be able to effectively lead Scottish Labour whilst in the position of Deputy Leader.
Thank you. You were in One Love, correct? How do you feel your experience in other parties has helped shape your experience as a politician and has that given you an opportunity to learn something that might help you be a better Deputy Leader than you would not have had otherwise?
Indeed I was a part of One Love, those were good times. I believe my experience through other parties will help enrich the party by allowing us to better work with potential political allies. It is certain that if the tories are to be kicked out of government, Labour will need to work closely with other parties to form a coalition, and I believe through my experience in bi-partisanship we can achieve this.
Do you have any preferences as of now for who would you make comprehensive deals with in order to enter government?
Of course the Liberal Democrats, but I want to ensure that we keep our options open.
Thank you and finally, there has been talk from different candidates regarding where party policy should head? Do you believe that is the role of Deputy Leader and where would you personally like to see that move towards?
The Deputy Leadership position has many various roles to play within the party, one of them I believe is regarding party policy. One of the biggest priorities for a future Labour government will be to reverse the damage caused by the Tories and the Libertarians, and ensure that public services are run for people, not profit. If elected to this position, I will seek to work alongside every Labour member to develop a plan and a platform to enable this, and ensure no person in this nation is left behind.
Gren_Gnat - post
Confirmation received in interview
Currently the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Industry and Skills, and has been MP for Nottinghamshire since the start of June. Another greenhorn in the mix of candidates. A self proclaimed Bennite, and sets out the goal of defeating the Conservatives and showing the “pathetic libertarians” a thing or two, with a focus on democratisation of the party further. Evidently from the Left of the party.
Below is the text from our interview :
Looking at your manifesto, you focus a lot on policy and democratising the party, could you elaborate on what democratising means in this case and what your plans are?
I intend to make sure the views of all members are listened to and try to vote on as many decisions as possible.
You also mention that you want all essential services nationalised? Does that mean you’ll be committed to policies like Universal basic services +?
Well I believe I said those were my personal views so I would like to clarify that it’s not necessarily party policy. But if by universal basic services you mean healthcare, education and policing free at the point of use available to all then yes I believe in having a safety net for the less fortunate in society.
I should inform you that Universal basic services + is quite a specific policy on Labour’s previous manifestos - for those unaware UBS+ is as follows:
  • no cuts to Negative Income Tax
  • free local bus travel for everyone
  • basic phone package and Internet service
  • 1.5 million social houses exempt from a Land Value Tax, zero rent and a utilities allowance
  • providing basic meals
Yes as I said it wasn’t necessarily party policy but it wasn’t necessarily not party policy. They are my views independent of policy. But what I meant by essential services was water, transport, electricity and gas. Also the statement about my views applies to the whole manifesto. Mostly though it refers to the part where I call myself a bennite.
I also mentioned the word democratising when referring to nationalisation if you want me to elaborate on that?
Yes if you could
Well that’s in reference to my belief is co-operatives and systems like it to make sure money stays in communities rather than being funnelled offshore. I would also like to see workers get a portion of the shares in large companies so they can have a say in how it’s run. I am shadow business industry and skills so most of my views are about this subject.
With regards to Co-ops, would you certainly reverse the effects of the Investment Restructuring Bill?
It would be my view certainly to scrap that. And I’d like to bring back the giro bank.
And finally, what will your main aim be internally or otherwise in the runup to the general election?
3 words: Beat the Tories
TheOWOTrongle - post
A party whip, and a former member of the NUP, Trongle has this term served as Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and MP for London Central.
Below is the text from our interview :
What do you believe that you will bring to the table from the wide range of candidates?
I think from the current candidates, I've got experience which many candidates lack, I've encouraged activity with my effective whipping strategy which has made voting more enjoyable and I know how to be a leadership member as I already am one.
And how will you bring something different to the table both internally and to the public from the other candidates?
My whipping has seen great success by giving rewards to voters who don't miss bills, as a deputy leader I would hope to apply this to other areas of the party as well like debating. To the public, I'm a more workable person than most I would believe, I like to compromise although never step over my red lines.
depends on what context doesn't it?
*Yes, but if you are willing to give us a flavour, since you mentioned it?
my red lines are the party's red lines
Okay, a slightly different question: You were once a member of the NUP, do you believe this will cause any concern to membership and if so, how will you reassure them?
Not at all, just look at our other deputy leader, Cenarchos was an NUP member as well
What would your main target be as Deputy Leader in the foreseeable future?
increase debate activity and the number of seats
Nguyenthienhaian - post
A relative newcomer, as an MP for North West and Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Welfare. They are someone who has sought to keep their plans for Deputy Leadership quiet, and has made comments of little controversy within the Commons.
Below is the text from our interview :
Would you like to share what you will bring to the table if elected Labour DL?
I would like to avoid going too deeply into details (it's internal affairs, you know) but I would say briefly that I would refresh the party in the fields of campaigning, press and internal activities.
So your view for Deputy Leadership is to be more of an effective organiser and press activist on a party line, correct?
daytonanerd - post
A recently appearing face in labour, having joined officially a few days ago, he serves as an MP for South East. Ambitious, and has experience with politics elsewhere, he seeks to use his position as Deputy Leader to push for a labour led government.
Below is the text from our interview :
Could you give us an idea of what you’re planning to bring to the table, especially with such a huge field ?
Sure thing. I plan to bring a commitment for Labour to win the next general election and form the government with partners who support a progressive and fair agenda for Britain. I bring to the table a strong drive for activity [M: and a long history with model politics and party leadership from my time in musgov.] I have absolute confidence that our party will elect the right deputy leader and I hope that it's me.
When you say form a government with those with a progressive and fair agenda, which parties do you have in mind?
It's not my place to comment on that at this point, that'll be a decision for the party leadership after the election and I don't want to limit any of our options at this point. I will say that the record of the current government is disgraceful and I would hope, simply as a member of Labour and not speaking for the party as a whole, that we would coalition with parties who share in our opposition to that record.
Thank you, and would your tenure seek to balance administration with your electoral desires, or do you seek to be a face for the party?
I see those two priorities as inexorably linked. Our electoral success will come from our success as a well-oiled unit administratively, and that will carry over into success in governing the country. Should I be elected deputy leader our success in August will be a measuring stick, and committing and contributing to a well-run party will be a primary boulevard for me to help us actualize that.
By current polling it is very unlikely that you will be able to overturn the lead the Conservatives hold and for labour to win outright. What is your plan then to ensure that labour’s position is maximised next month?
Well, the specifics of our electoral strategy understandably can't be fully revealed publicly, I've learned in my experience in leadership that giving away the game this early on isn't usually an antecedent of success. What I can say is that what it comes down to is proving to the British public that the Labour Party is an active force with a strong vision for our country's future that is ready to take up the reins of government.
EponaCorcra - post
Deputy Leader Manifesto - Note that is the same manifesto previously used by Dame Emma. (M: note her old username)
Welsh Leader Manifesto - Note that it is the same manifesto from January following Salami’s resignation as Welsh Leader.
Dame Emma, the Countess of Llansamlet , has served across the political spectrum. From being a previous Deputy Leader in Labour, she has sat with Lib Dems, Greens (served in leadership), NUP (albeit extremely briefly) Plaid Cymru and most recently Social Democrats, a serial defector is her notoriety. In her extensive time in politics, she has also served as First Minister of Wales in the “One Wales” Coalition of Labour- Plaid Cymru, served as Deputy First Minister in WLA- Labour under FM Redwolf, and was founder of the last iteration of the SDLP. She has however saw herself jumping from party to party, such as her resignation from labour during the Grand Coalition, and her resignation from Social Democrats following the Deputy leadership debate and election.
Below is the text from our interview :
In a hypothetical scenario if you were running, how do you believe your previous record as Welsh leader and as First Minister reflects on your prospects? - Note Emma would not confirm she was running initially.
I think that in that reality I think one ought to judge me on my previous record as Deputy Leader of the Labour party where i was part of the leadership that got Labour is largest ever seat count and how we spoke to voters to make britain a better place.
Do you believe you will be able to win over those who have seen you stand in numerous over parties? Just in these last 6 months, you have been a Lord for Labour, Plaid Cymru and Social Democrats before returning to Labour. You have had stints as a Green, are you able to reassure members that you are committed?
In a world where I was running, perhaps.
How would you reassure them?
before you were in the political world i was a good leader of the Green Party, and i stayed. I intend to stay in Labour and give 100% to the Labour Cause
Could you summarise your achievements as green leader for those who may be unfamiliar?
I also led the greens to their greatest number of seats ever with DF44
Will you at least confirm that you are still committed to the Labour movement and will not be leaving the party for another in the foreseeable future? That you are able to reassure those out there of your record as a leader, and not of the memory of you jumping from one party to the next over the past year?
i am
Would you like to comment further on your views for leadership and management now that there is confirmation?
not at this time
A woman of few direct words surprisingly when it comes to her record.
ChairmanMeeseeks - post
Currently MP for London North, and has sort to keep their manifesto broad, focusing on the general views of the party. A candidate who is looking to keep the party a broadchurch, hence the somewhat vague policy. On the PR side, they seek to establish a photoshop team for the visuals for both campaigns and press, and effectively mobilise the party to campaign harder in target seats.
Below is the text from our interview :
First off, you mention the need to maintain a broader ideology. How would you achieve this as Deputy Leader ?
Well look, generally speaking labour is a broad tent party, we have a wide variety of views represented and that variety is as important to our identity as our accomplishments or ultimate goals. Now, when presenting an election platform to pitch to the public, a party should run on a key ideological narrative, a sort of "this is the status quo, why it is the way it is, here's what we want to do to it and here's why you should like that". The ultimate concern when committing to a case is naturally that you'll alienate people who disagree who would otherwise vote with your party, but I believe that by making sure that we maintain the environment of respect and cooperation for different views we already have, and by basing our electoral case on the overarching themes and goals that unites this broad spectrum, we can keep that diversity of views that makes Labour so great alive
Thank you, what specifically would you bring to the table over the other candidates?
I think that generally every single one of the candidates would make a superb deputy, but my personal reasons for running are that I believe I can bring in unique ideas and a fresh motivation to the team. I've only been in Labour for a comparatively short time, I'm familiar with the history and the party itself but not so familiar that I have a, shall we say, veteran member's perspective? Personally I think that this gives me a unique position which can allow me to critically analyse what's working, what's not and take it from there. I also would bring the same level of dedication and effort to supporting Salami and the rest of our team achieve our policy and electoral goals with me that everyone else quite obviously has. The only difference would be the methods and direction I apply it in.
And finally, how would you seek to maximise Labour’s campaign effectiveness going into the next general election?
I've listed a whole bunch of fresh ideas in my manifesto for potentially expanding upon our activity growth and making it generally easier for candidates by providing them with more support and aid in getting our message out there. However, fundamentally speaking I'd primarily just keep us on the track Salami and the rest of our Press/Leadership team have set us on. They've all done a wonderful job of boosting our overall profile and our polling generally supports that assertion. I would generally bring with me a couple potentially quite useful improvements but I am of the unshakable general view that the current path we're on is the path to victory and ergo a better future for the United Kingdom.
This article shall be updated if and when responses are received
Edit: Wednesday 10th July 9:10 am - Youmaton and Chairman_meeseeks interviews added
Edit 2: Wednesday 10th July 1:11 pm - Gren_Gnat interview added
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2019.05.23 17:27 BlueOrange22 Two-tiered justice system in the UK- Men are sent to prison for being homeless and asking for food, while women are exempt from many crimes, including assault and theft

So this post will look at the vast disparity in the UK justice system between gender, and how men have become blatantly second class citizens in the UK.
Consider this article- homeless men are often sent to prison for being homeless This isn't hyperbole, either; look at a quote from a judge:
“I will be sending a man to prison for asking for food when he was hungry”. In another case a man was fined £105 after a child dropped £2 in his sleeping bag.
Meanwhile, it is now the standard legal practice to exempt women from most crimes, as a ruling from the justice secretary, the highest judge in the UK
No prison for stabbing partner. Needless to say, a man would have received prison for the same thing.
No prison for attacking with bottle. Needless to say, a man would have received prison for the same thing.
No prison for stealing thousands from charity. Needless to say, a man would have received prison for the same thing.
No prison for stabbing in chest. Needless to say, a man would have received prison for the same thing
No prison for sexually assaulting children for 10 years. Needless to say, a man would have received prison for the same thing.
As men are sent to prison for being homeless and asking for food.
Some of these cases may pre-date the ruling from the justice secretary, but the practice has been circulating for a while, and has likely been in de facto effect for some time.
This is a blatantly two-tiered justice system where one class has impunity for committing crimes against the other. Not only does it create what is essentially two different legal systems, but it has created a situation where half of the population has significantly reduced deterrence for committing serious crimes. Imagine a society where half of the population knows that they are very likely to receive lenient treatment for assault and theft, and perhaps even murder. How is this equality?
This is a look at what so called "intersectional social justice" looks like in practice, and a strong example of why a men's rights movement is needed.
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2019.04.25 00:32 ContrabannedTheMC [MODEL INDYMEDIA] Embracing Vanity: A Look Inside the Wessex People's Movement and the North Wessex Workers' Councils

Indymedia will be presenting an in-depth look at the upcoming Oxfordshire & Berkshire by-election, which promises to be a very tight contest, and a symbolic as well as electoral victory for it's winner. Our reporter Naseem Malik, who has lived in the constituency for over 25 years, will explain the current political situation, how we got here, and present to us views from the ground, from those who matter most: the people of Oxfordshire & Berkshire. In this article, Naseem joins a Muay Thai class in a Red Gym with ContrabannedTheMC and ToxicTransit to see first hand some of the stuff the Workers' Councils are doing in the community
Recently on Twitter, multiple members of the government have (bizarrely) accused the People's Movement of being a "vanity project". ContrabannedTheMC has invited me to their local Red Gym for a sparring session to see if that is true
"It's a ludicrous accusation" Says Contra, as we walk to the gym. "How they can call 30,000 people, whose votes they are trying to win, 'vain' when what they are doing is helping other people with no expectation of reward or fame for themselves, I do not know"
"Tories and LPUK don't understand mutual aid, solidarity, collective action for the greater good, or not being a selfish arsehole. Figures"
"If mutual aid is vanity, if solidarity is vanity, if helping others because I think it is right is vanity, then I embrace vanity"
Red Gyms are exactly what the name suggests: they are boxing clubs set up to provide classes to the local community. They provide cheap (or even free) classes which allow people who would normally be priced out of training at normal clubs to exercise, learn self defence skills and discipline, socialise, and organise politically without having to go through the political party system. When asked about how they got involved in the Red Gym movement, Contra had this to say:
"I'd known some people from my activism for years who ran classes in a sports hall near me. Eventually I decided to go along and I haven't looked back since. I'm fitter, more confident, I made friends for life, and when I was unemployed I didn't have to pay a thing. It was an affordable and friendly place for people of all ability levels. I was able to train alongside both total beginners and experienced fighters in an inclusive place. Some normal boxing clubs can be not so welcoming for LGBT people or women, and red gyms have a lot of LGBT and female members. They offer an affordable safe space for you to train among friends"
Red Gyms were already widespread in Europe and worldwide, especially in places such as France and Greece, before the first UK clubs were set up. There used to be only 6 in the entirety of the UK, 1 of which was in Reading. Now Reading alone has 4. With the rise of the RSP, and the more radical turn of the Greens, communal organisations such as Red Gyms popped up across the country, with Oxfordshire and Berkshire being a heartland of socialist and anti-fascist boxing clubs
Of course, such institutions are a target for local fascists, so for reasons of safety Indymedia will not be disclosing the location of the gym and many of it's patrons have opted to remain anonymous. We have replaced their names by their request
I arrived in a sports hall relatively earlier, to find a couple of members getting changed, and the leader of today's class, Pawel, carrying an equipment bag into the room. A heavily tattooed Polish immigrant in his 40s, I asked him what motivated him to get involved in a gym:
"I set this place up 2 years ago with some local anarchists. I was a professional Thai boxer and MMA fighter. I moved to the UK to train in Liverpool before I eventually ended up in Reading to work after I retired. I'd always been politically involved in the left, and I started fighting in Poland to protect myself from nazis. I continued organising in the UK and it seemed natural to start another gym in Reading when I came here. The other gym here was having trouble coping with demand
It's rewarding seeing the progress people make. Some people come here and don't know what to expect. Some have never even thrown a punch before, but they are eager to learn. Seeing someone who came here out of shape and nervous become a confident and healthy individual is exactly why I do this. I love martial arts and I love seeing what it can do for people. I want to pass on the knowledge that helped me so much"
Contrabanned and ToxicTransit (AKA Quillz) show up while I'm talking to Pawel. Both quickly change and start jogging around the room. i get myself changed and join in. After everyone has arrived and warmed up, we have a circle of 30 people, all following Pawel's example and stretching every muscle in their bodies. The rather large Contra has trouble with some of the more difficult stretches and ends up accidentally doing a forward roll while trying to stretch their quad. As they tumble a surprised "fuCK" is heard. Everyone laughs
After stretching and warming up, the pads come out. Many have their own equipment, but there is also equipment provided to all those who don't. With pads and gloves on, we get in pairs and start sparring. Double jabs, then one-twos, then low kicks, punch and kick combos, then knees. Then we are taught a more advanced technique: How to properly feint a teep kick. A teep kick is a standard Muay Thai front kick to the gut. If you feint a teep, and the opponent buys it, their head is wide open. A teep feint also involves a lunge forward, which puts you into perfect range for a hook or an elbow to the noggin
While we don't elbow each other in sparring due to the risk of injury (after all, we are sparring, not properly fighting), we do practice our hooks. I'm already sweating, as are most of the class. Quillz, however, looks fresh as a daisy. All that pole dancing must have paid off
We break into a more general sparring session where, instead of focusing on certain techniques, we are encourage to act as if we are in a real fight scenario. It is up to us to work out what our opponent will do and what we can do to get through their guard. At this point, some of the newer members of the class take a break before getting back in to the action. While Pawel pushes the class to their limits, he also encourages knowing limits and taking breaks when you need to
For our last action of the day, we are back by the wall again. This time, we focus exclusively on boxing. One partner is against the wall, the other facing them. The partner facing the wall punches the person who is against the wall as fast as they can, with the person against the wall only allowed to defend themselves. After 20 seconds, you switch roles. This is repeated today for 3 reps each way. This trains both your combination punching and your ability to block, duck, and weave
I'm paired with someone who has been coming here for a few months now. Zainab is a young woman who has lived in Reading all her life. After the session, I ask her what prompted her to start training:
"Abuse" she said. "I'd received racist abuse throughout my life. A recent incident was particularly bad and I ended up with a black eye. I heard that this place ran a women only session once a week. I went to that, then started coming to the normal sessions as well. This place has become a refuge for me. Twice a week, I can forget about my troubles for a while, take out my aggression, and then afterwards we talk about how to solve those problems. It's a positive space"
Contra is paired with a professional fighter from Italy, Andrea, who is visiting before she fights in London in a week. Contra asks Andrea to not hold back. She obliges. Contra's defence is frenetic. Even at 300lbs, and against a wall, they somehow manage to avoid at least a quarter of the shots thrown at them. After the session is done, Contra looks fit to drop, but they have a large smile on their face. "Getting hit is fun" They say
After the session, everyone gets together to discuss upcoming local political events. Naturally, topics today include the upcoming protests against the government in London, as well as the by election. 4 people volunteer to put up posters and stickers with Contra. Contra looks completely exhausted, yet somehow they find enough energy to go around Reading putting stickers on every surface they can find
Quillz, meanwhile, despite having been doing intensive exercise for an hour and a half, looks like she has barely even started. Quillz ended up sprinting around half of Reading that night putting up posters for the People's Movement. Quillz was apparently also seen pole-dancing in a local club afterwards, where she raised £500 for campaign funds
I, meanwhile, need a post workout nap
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2019.04.24 21:16 ContrabannedTheMC [MODEL INDYMEDIA] A Tale of Two Counties: How the Oxfordshire & Berkshire By-Election Will Send Tremors Nationwide

Indymedia will be presenting an in-depth look at the upcoming Oxfordshire & Berkshire by-election, which promises to be a very tight contest, and a symbolic as well as electoral victory for it's winner. Our reporter Naseem Malik, who has lived in the constituency for over 25 years, will explain the current political situation, how we got here, and present to us views from the ground, from those who matter most: the people of Oxfordshire & Berkshire. In this article, Naseem explores the electoral history of Oxfordshire & Berkshire, how it went from an NUP safe seat to a socialist stronghold, and the potential ramifications of each result
The Counties of Berkshire and Oxfordshire are in a state of political flux
Prior to 2015, these regions were mostly safe Tory, with Labour and the Lib Dems holding seats in places such as Slough, Reading, and Oxford. But with scandals in all the major parties, the emergence of minor parties as major players, and the complete change in the political makeup of the UK as a whole, this once stable reality could not be further from where we find ourselves now
The Thames Valley's first big political change was the sudden surge for NUP candidate and firebrand Cameron Galisky, who seized on rising anti-establishment feelings, and dissatisfaction with both the Tories and Labour. His time as local MP, however, ended in disgrace, when he was found to have committed electoral fraud, earning himself a criminal record and a ban from standing for office. This was great news for UKIP with local candidate Klomorax, who successfully managed to hoover up many of the former MP's votes, as the local NUP branch collapsed, and other parties failed to capitalise themselves. Seeing these parliamentary developments, one would think of the area as a hard right stronghold, a stereotypical slice of idyllic Middle England: beautiful rolling hills, quaint villages, historic country piles where aristocrats quaff afternoon tea with impressed visitors to their homes. One would almost imagine something akin to Midsomer, where even an act of horrific crime would kind of add to the area's charm.
This, however, only gives us one side of Berkshire and Oxfordshire.
The South East has been consumed by the ever expanding London property bubble. As London has become more expensive thanks to rising property prices and gentrification, so has Oxfordshire & Berkshire. Berkshire, in particular, has some of the most expensive living costs in the country. The average cost of a property in Reading is currently £460k, and this is broadcast to rise by a further 20% when Crossrail is finally complete. The rise in the price of rent and housing has not been met by a rise in wages, making living in Oxfordshire & Berkshire untenable for working class families who have been in the area for decades or even centuries
In particular, gentrification has become a hot button topic, especially in Berkshire. Reading town centre has been transformed beyond recognition, with towers of luxury flats being built on the bones of the shops that Reading's residents once enjoyed. Boarded up buildings across the town all have "NO MORE FLATS" scrawled on them, a cry for help in a town that needs social housing but instead gets mostly empty investment pieces. Slough has become one of the most expensive towns in the country, basically relegated to being a suburb of London. Bracknell has seen it's town centre totally overhauled, quite possibly for the better. But the rest of the town remains as it always has with no attempts to address the lack of housing and soaring cost of living. Homelessness in Reading increased by 700% in a 3 year period earlier this decade. Thames Valley Police has now adopted a policy of social cleansing, forcing the homeless out of the town centres, most notably in the run up to the royal wedding in Windsor
As you can imagine for an ex-NUP seat, there has also been tensions between the new movements and right wingers. Oxford, in particular, has been a focus of this, with protests against far-right speakers at Oxford Union shutting down part of the town centre becoming a routine part of life in the city, one that has long been a centre of social liberalism but also a seat of Britain's elites.
This area is a microcosm of Britain in 2019. Eton, Royal Ascot, Henley Regatta, and Oxford University, some of the bastions of elite British society, exist within a stone's throw of the closest Britain has had to a working class revolution since the Miners Strike that brought down Ted Heath. Immense wealth and privilege look down on a multicultural poor that has grown angry at their communities being sold off to the highest bidder. The remnants of the fascist groups who galvanised NUP support a few years ago still try and undermine the groups who have fought against them since the very start
From this social and economic pressure, a new, working class, radical leftist movement emerged in the towns and cities of the Thames Valley, one that rose with such ferocity and speed that it shocked the entire nation. The establishment of multiple Workers' Councils, totalling membership of approx. 30,000 across the counties, deeply perturbed right wing politicians. Just as the left was dying nationwide, it had found a second wind in the very heart of the Home Counties. The moderate and centre left, smelling blood, were also firing into action
This is how the left was able to so quickly grow in a former conservative stronghold
The Tories, after absorbing UKIP, coasted into parliament as the representatives of Oxfordshire & Berkshire thanks to the former UKIP voters holding their noses and voting for the party they once shunned. The victorious candidate, Viktard, was parachuted in from Tory HQ, and had barely visited his new seat before, during, or since his time as MP. One could see that this success would not be destined to last. Prominent Wokingham Labourite, and future party leader, ElliottC99, was mobilising the once disorganised local moderate left behind his cause and climbing in the polls. Meanwhile, Reading native and former Prime Minister ContrabannedTheMC, who had been an MP in nearby Hampshire while PM, came back home, radicalised by their experience of power and determined to build the leftist movements they themself had been part of before their foray into electoral politics. Standing for the RSP, before later returning to a more radical Green Party, the work that would later culminate in the by election we face now would start
GE9 was when the Tories collapsed in Oxfordshire & Berkshire
In an intense battle, which nearly resulted in a three way tie, ContrabannedTheMC pulled off a shock victory, with Labour's Elliott a close 2nd, and the Tory PineappleCrusher slumping to 3rd. The Greens had collapsed that election nationwide, yet Oxfordshire & Berkshire completely bucked national trends and saw a left wing surge. Both Elliott and Contra had strong campaigns that really tapped into local concerns that the parachuted-in Tory candidate seemed unaware of or uncaring of. In GEX, we saw an even more spectacular result. Elliott stood in Merseyside, having moved there during the term. One Love emerged, and stood former RSP MP MrSirOfVibe in the seat. PineappleCrusher again stood for the Tories, alongside relatively unknown LPUK and Lib Dem candidates. ContrabannedTheMC won one of the biggest landslides in British electoral history, with One Love accounting for most of the rest of the votes. The Tory vote only amounted to about 1%. The combined socialist votes for the Greens and One Love amounted to 96.4% of those who voted. The local Tory Party had completely imploded
It was after this that left wing groups in Reading, Oxford, and Slough, saw an opportunity to bring power away from government and to the people. Inspired by the libertarian socialist commune of Barbacha, where one of Algeria's most impoverished regions rebelled against a neglectful state and almost immediately managed to improve their region, these groups founded the North Wessex Workers' Council. But unlike Barbacha, where local government structures were dismantled by force before a new Dual Power style local government was established, the local government structures of Berkshire and Oxfordshire were already sympathetic, being mostly Green controlled. As a result, the local government councils began to aid the Workers' Councils in establishing working class institutions that could, one day, replace the current system of capitalism completely
However, with the recent turmoil in the Green Party, the Workers' Councils became dissatisfied with their parliamentary partners, the prevailing feeling being that they were no longer adequate enough to aid this quiet revolution. ContrabannedTheMC agreed. The decision was made that ContrabannedTheMC would join a new political arm of the Workers' Councils, called the People's Movement, and stand as a parliamentary candidate in a by election for the seat they once held as a Green
Now that we know how we got here; who are the candidates, and what are their chances?
Saunders16, the Independent Social Democrat candidate, will be looking to tap in to the same support base that once got behind Elliott in that tight election not so long ago. There will be scepticism, but in a three-way election with polarising candidates on both sides of him, he may be able to sneak in and nab an impressive amount of undecided voters. Saunders remains a rank outsider, but he is an experienced campaigner who knows how to get elected
Anomaline, the Tory-LPUK endorsed candidate, will also arouse interest. A complete newcomer to the political scene, with no known previous positions or links to the seat he stands in, Anomaline is a bold candidate, maybe even a complacent one, for the government to stand. With no track record, the electorate does not know what to expect from Anomaline. Yet this may be an advantage, as Anomaline has not had a chance to alienate the local electorate like the previous Tory candidate PineappleCrusher did. Anomaline is also said to be on the moderate wing of the Tory party, possibly an acknowledgement from the government that their hardest right members would be distasteful to a seat that was so solidly left wing in the last three elections. Tory support, however, has recovered since the disaster of GEX, and with the LPUK endorsement, and a fresh candidate, the government could very well be on 51 seats by this time next week
ContrabannedTheMC will be the narrow favourite to hold on to the seat that they put up for election. Contra has an advantage with their local connections and will also benefit from the help of the local Green political machine and the Councils they worked hard to set up and promote, which birthed the People's Movement. Obstacles abound, however. Turnout in previous elections from more right wing voters will have been lower due to the poor quality of candidates presented by the right in Oxfordshire and Berkshire. The dominance of a radical leftist candidate, the rise in direct action from left wing groups, and the renewed Tory focus on this seat, will likely galvanise right wing voters to turn out in numbers not seen since Viktard became MP. Some of Contra's more firebrand rhetoric, combined with the existence of a moderate candidate in Saunders, could see some more liberal voters who liked Contra's social views, but were less convinced by the economic rhetoric, to switch their vote to the Social Democrat. But Contra remains popular, and respected even by those who don't vote for them. They have devoted years of work to this constituency, and that devotion may be what sees ContrabannedTheMC over the finish line in what promises to be another photo finish in a polarised seat
Oxfordshire & Berkshire will be a meaningful victory. For the government, it will be a major coup. A win would be an endorsement of their hard right agenda from a seat that has seen more opposition to that agenda than anywhere else. For Saunders, it will be an important step in establishing a new moderate Social Democratic movement in the UK. For ContrabannedTheMC, it will be much more than a personal victory. It will be a demonstration of strength from the working class movement that has backed them, and the returning of a left libertarian voice to parliament, at total odds with all the government's principles, will be the biggest possible slap in the face that the government could hope to receive
ContrabannedTheMC will have to fight like hell for their seat. But one thing Contra has always done is fight. Literally
They have invited me to the boxing club they train at in Reading to see an example of the local Workers' Council in action. More on this soon...
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2019.04.18 18:36 bloodycontrary Times editorial: Where next for the Green Party?

After a week of typical anguish and conflict for the Traffic Light Coalition, the Green Party have, perhaps not surprisingly given recent events chosen to go it alone.
As I noted to padanub for his Saltcon piece:
We’ve seen the umpteenth Traffic Light Coalition form, and the umpteenth time the Green Party has ejected itself. While the last time the Greens were edged out of coalition was down to a combination of a lack of activity and ideological divides, the cause this time is much more specific; the decision of the Greens to endorse a former-Green in a by-election, and the associated fallout.
Indeed, the last time the Green Party left the TLC it was down to mere ideological divide - a divide that in my view is not as wide as those involved perhaps think, but being inside a bubble does tend to give one a fish-eye view of things - and that sort of disagreement is at least understandable, even admirable. Another example of this type of thinking is in talks prior to the formation of last term's Liberal Government, where members of both parties decided they simply could not work with the Libertarians. Is this a pragmatic view? No, not hugely, but it has a merit and it is defensible.
However, this time we've seen a fairly baffling story line emerge.
First, ContrabannedtheMC, probably the Greens' only true Parliamentary heavyweight, leave the party to form the People's Movement with, among others, a former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats. The Liberal Democrats were not materially harmed by their defection; they are, after all, a larger - in membership and in Parliament - party than the Greens, and have other MPs more prominent and influential. In contrast, this was a real blow for the Greens, and ContrabannedtheMC's energetic campaigning and enduring popularity in the middle-England seat of Oxfordshire and Berkshire has for the last couple of general elections provided probably the only ray of light. Ally this to his strong presence in the House of Commons and in other public forums, and we can see he's left a big gap.
Second, the Green Party elected not only not to fill the seat vacated by ContrabannedtheMC's defection, but also to back him in the subsequent by-election. And back him to the hilt. Sources told our reporters that the Green Party did not inform other members of the TLC about the plans to do this, and were therefore taken aback when Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru baulked at the idea of supporting a non-coalition candidate. What followed were 48 hours of accusations, counter-accusations, arguments and ill-tempered debate that occasionally spilled into Twitter and, indeed, onto the pages of this newspaper.
Finally, the inevitable occurred. The Liberal Democrats began with informal indicative votes on their status within the TLC, and shortly afterwards the Greens began the formal process of leaving the coalition. And here we are today, with the Greens having left and the TLC, once again, dead on arrival.
Why is this baffling? It's baffling because the Greens are in a poor state right now, and have been since at least the last general election. We have noted on these pages how the Greens ought to have done much better in the last general election given that they merged with the SNP. In the event, they now hold no Westminster seats, and the former Scottish Greens leader weebru_m joined the Liberal Democrats. They're struggling in the polls and in Westminster, and their former leader went AWOL before IceCreamSandwich401 took up the reins.
What the Green Party could have done is bob along in the wake of their coalition partners, growing their base and showing their worth to their electorate, and then benefit from the traditional glow of opposition at the next election. Instead, they have left a coalition because of an issue started by their decision to endorse a defector, who set up a rival political party, and now they're on their own having alienated their closest ideological allies. It does seem rather like cutting off one's nose to spite one's face.
The future of the Green Party must now be in real doubt. With their most influential members defecting to other parties, one of whom has set up a party that directly competes for Green Party votes, and with few friends in Westminster, we see only difficult times ahead for the Green Party. The one saving grace is that these things are often cyclical. The Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats have in recent times been nearly dead and buried in Westminster, but both bounced back, just as the TLC bounces back every couple of terms.
Creating the Green Party as a small but potent force in Westminster was never going to be easy, but I fear that recent events have made the task more difficult than it needed to be.
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2019.04.16 20:51 CountBrandenburg Greens and By-Election woes: Discontent amongst TLC emerges.

After the drama, or much aptly the lamentation, of the once great Green Party losing 3 MPs, including their notably absent Principal Speaker Zombie-ratt , due to poor turnout and the departure of veteran socialist ContrabannedTheMC, known as Conway. The Times can now reveal that there is growing discontent within the Traffic Light Coalition (TLC) ranks due to how the Greens have acted.
Given Conway’s presence historically within Oxfordshire and Berkshire, the Greens have opted to not set a replacement MP and allow it to go to a by election. IceCreamSandwich401, otherwise known as Sanic, confirmed as such on twitter on Monday evening. The problem comes now with how the Greens approached this decision within the framework of their opposition coalition. Our anonymous source from within the Liberal Democrats has revealed the expectations the Greens held with making this plan and the lack of collaboration and unity after being presented with this plan.
Our source reveals that the Greens went ahead with this plan without consulting their partners in opposition, and when questioned on how they thought the Greens viewed TLC, they agreed that the Greens were treating the agreement “ with contempt “and added that “ they think that they are better than everyone else “.
The Times also learned from our source that the news has not been taken well within Labour HQ either, with our source highlighting that the Leader of the Opposition, WillShakespeare99 had heard from our source that they were planning to support TLC no matter what, before an exchange between our source and Sanic soured relations further. The language here is of particular importance since it has caused a more vindictive outlook towards the Greens from our source.
It is clear that there is little confidence on whether Conway can even hold Oxfordshire and Berkshire, with the People’s Movement being a newly formed group lacking the name recognition the Greens currently carry. This has led our source to reveal that we may see a Sunrise Candidate, that is a candidate receiving backing from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Classical Liberals to oppose a Government candidate this by election.
Speaking with the Liberal Democrat Leader, Estoban06 , he stated that “ Mistakes were made “ and he thinks that it “ should have been handled better “. On the rumours suggested that there would be a pursuit of a Sunrise candidate over a TLC candidate, he said he has “ no preference of candidate, as long as they are one that we [The Lib Dems] can stand behind.
Furthermore, the Labour Deputy Leader, Cenarchos , commented, suggesting that fundamentally the decision lies on the party rather than TLC, the coalition being described as “ too big in a way “. In that sense, he is sympathetic to the Lib Dems’ reluctance to endorse Conway, as in his opinion, the party “ can’t really support an open communist for a spot in Westminster “, and would be “ naive “ to do so. He has also indicated within Labour, there is support for endorsing Conway in the by election. Despite this, there are those who would rather wait for the Lib Dems to decide, and the main point of contention would be endorsing a defector, as JellyCow indicated on twitter last night. He finished off by stating whilst he would like to remain optimistic about this not negatively affecting TLC, he points out that TLC nearly a year ago fell apart precisely because of infighting between the two broadchurches of Labour and Lib Dems along with the more niche Greens, and has left the door open to Labour endorsing a Liberal candidate this by election
Speaking with Sanic, The Times has learned that the decision to endorse Conway was first and foremost a Green decision before a TLC one and Sanic had been lead to believe that the Lib Dems and Labour would be more supportive of endorsing Conway. On the potential of a Sunrise candidate, Sanic could not say what the Greens would do in this case within the framework of TLC, but Sanic holds the personal view that this would affect their commitment to the coalition
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