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The man who refused to be a sub to Dom is back in the cabinet

The man who refused to be a sub to Dom is back in the cabinet

Because Matt Hancock wasn’t lying when he said he was hard at work we now have a new Health Secretary, I think this is a good appointment even before the self confessed liar Dominic Cummings denounced the appointment (after all Javid wasn’t fired by the PM, he resigned, but as usual facts are inapposite in Cummings world.) My expectation is that being Health Secretary is going be even more of a challenge than in a pre pandemic world with an…

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Rishi Sunak looks like a homunculus. This may stymie his leadership ambitions

Rishi Sunak looks like a homunculus. This may stymie his leadership ambitions

The picture above isn’t a photoshop but from the official MOD twitter account, see here. Whilst I don’t want to turn this article into an episode of Father Ted it is clear from past evidence that Rishi Sunak is shorter than most politicians, something which he tries to hide which leads to weird photos. Appearances matter in politics, this is why it has been discussed being bald is bad for party leaders. Back in 2001 one newspaper ‘suggested that a…

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Something to watch over the next few weeks?

Something to watch over the next few weeks?

One of my earliest memories of Scottish independence was back in 1992 when, the then Depute Leader of the Scottish National Party, Jim Sillars lost his seat in the general election and ranted about ’90 minute patriots’ aka part time SNP voters aka how long a football match lasts. Ever since then in my mind the Scottish football team and Scottish independence have been inextricably linked. Now this really hasn’t been much of an issue since the ‘killing Scottish nationalism…

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This is why Friday was National Fish and Chips Day

This is why Friday was National Fish and Chips Day

I love fish & chips so I celebrated on Friday with the God Tier dish that reflects well on my fellow Brits. This YouGov poll from 2019 does invite the following observations though 1) That a chicken tikka masala is considered a classic British food is a shocking case of cultural appropriation or excellent integration of immigrants in this country depending on your viewpoint. 2) The foods we consider God tier is why the French laugh at us and say…

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A reminder that the polling mode can impact the result

A reminder that the polling mode can impact the result

Pew Research have highlighted this difference between American online and phone polls when it comes to the death penalty. The death penalty, alongside abortion, is one of the more controversial subjects and I can understand why some Americans may wish to avoid disclosing their true opinion to strangers. I suspect this polling difference may get worse in the future with things like, and I really wish I was making this up, at least one state in America is refurbishing its…

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The most depressing polling response I can recall

The most depressing polling response I can recall

I’ve never been more disheartened by a response to a poll than this poll. I think the GOP are becoming aware of the fact that they’ve only won the popular vote once in the last eight presidential elections. I try to use the word fascism sparingly but this is where the party of Lincoln is headed, but like many despots the GOP want to suppress their political opponents from challenging them. A confident party would want to focus on popular…

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David Cameron: Liberal Democrat Slayer

David Cameron: Liberal Democrat Slayer

For those of us who were Conservative activists in the 1990s and the early 2000s we were often in awe of the Liberal Democrat campaigning efforts. The Liberal Democrat activists would enter an area, secure a foothold on the local council, eventually take control of the council, and in plenty of these areas take the parliamentary seat shortly thereafter. Newbury, Christchurch, Eastleigh, Winchester, and Romsey are seared on the minds of so many. It is one of the reasons the…

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Sending best wishes to PBer JohnO

Sending best wishes to PBer JohnO

I’m sure PBers will join me in sending our best wishes to JohnO who suffered a cardiac arrest earlier on this month, Esher and Walton Conservatives said last week. Local Conservatives are thankful for all the goodwill messages we received for our colleague County Cllr John O‚ÄôReilly after he suffered a cardiac arrest last week. We are pleased to report that John is now making a good recovery in hospital. On Sunday 9 May, only three days after John was re-elected as…

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