Covid: May elections 'will almost certainly be delayed'
11/01/2021 | news | politics | 255
Contests are due to take place on 6 May, but MPs say they could be postponed due to coronavirus.
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PS
11/01/2021 12:18:54 5 16
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Oh dear. Now we'll have criticism if the elections are delayed because it is un-democratic, the government should have thought about this months ago blah, blah blah. Anyone would think there's wasn't a pandemic?
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11/01/2021 12:21:50 13 4
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To delay any election should not be necessary in this day and age. Postal is just as easy and secure
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11/01/2021 12:19:15 14 11
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That’s good for the Tory Party. They can play all the angles.....
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11/01/2021 12:21:46 15 8
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It's all they ever do.
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11/01/2021 12:19:15 14 11
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That’s good for the Tory Party. They can play all the angles.....
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11/01/2021 12:21:46 15 8
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It's all they ever do.
1
PS
11/01/2021 12:18:54 5 16
bbc
Oh dear. Now we'll have criticism if the elections are delayed because it is un-democratic, the government should have thought about this months ago blah, blah blah. Anyone would think there's wasn't a pandemic?
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11/01/2021 12:21:50 13 4
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To delay any election should not be necessary in this day and age. Postal is just as easy and secure
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11/01/2021 13:42:10 0 1
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May not be now new chappie has come from Oc**do.
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11/01/2021 12:22:29 31 25
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At least trump's rightwing mob are out of the Whitehouse.
UK needs to follow suit.
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11/01/2021 12:27:12 16 11
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Do you believe that the Democrats are left wing?
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11/01/2021 12:22:58 31 25
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Bojo has always sought to hide from scrutiny, especially if things are going badly for him.

Hasn't he heard of postal ballots or is that open to right-wing conspiracy theorists to challenge?
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11/01/2021 12:55:19 10 10
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Peterborough.
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11/01/2021 13:40:55 0 0
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Check out new mail boss and don't think there will be changes in services i.e. not nationwide
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11/01/2021 12:24:01 18 11
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This will be the second year on the tro that this has happened. Where’s democracy?
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11/01/2021 12:32:19 16 4
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And at both times there was a pandemic on, the more people about the easier it can spread.... why do people still not understand this
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12/01/2021 01:00:18 0 0
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Mainland Europe.
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11/01/2021 12:25:59 2 18
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Postpone them until 2022.
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11/01/2021 12:22:29 31 25
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At least trump's rightwing mob are out of the Whitehouse.
UK needs to follow suit.
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11/01/2021 12:27:12 16 11
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Do you believe that the Democrats are left wing?
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11/01/2021 12:33:25 8 6
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Their democrats are centre right, still better than the republican party which appears to be going far right (if the storming of the capitol building is anything to go by)
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11/01/2021 12:39:05 5 2
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No, do you ?
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11/01/2021 12:39:39 9 1
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Nope just verging towards centrist. There is no left wing to US politics, only centrist and far right.
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11/01/2021 12:56:25 6 1
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Slightly left of the Republicans. Mind you that's not very difficult.
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11/01/2021 13:57:25 3 1
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As several of the progressives in the US have said, they would rather have the equivalent of a 1990s Republican as president than an unhinged, greedy, idiotic sociopath.
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Ian
11/01/2021 12:29:28 27 16
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Could give everyone a shot in the arm whilst they're there! I thought Boris n Co were confident of a major improvement by Easter - never mind May! Have they let the truth slip out again?
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11/01/2021 12:36:59 28 18
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Number of deaths per day will be falling rapidly by May, but so will the number of people in FT paid employment as the economic disaster that has been the Tory mishandling of Covid compounded by Brexit starts to really play out.
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11/01/2021 14:44:56 1 1
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The issue is that people will be out canvassing and campaigning weeks before the election. The article says that in some places people are already out leafletting. That's ridiculous in a pandemic. Move the elections back till September 2nd and then the problem goes away.
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MVP
11/01/2021 12:29:32 52 41
bbc
Is it any coincidence that the prime minister's approval rating is at an all time low and the government is using COVID as an excuse to postpone elections?
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11/01/2021 12:59:48 40 27
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Only to desperate conspiracy theorists.
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11/01/2021 13:07:40 8 5
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Certainly very convenient that is for sure!
No way the Gov would want council elections in May, especially with Council tax rises of 5% coming in April.
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11/01/2021 14:19:30 3 2
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Not defending Boris, but actually his approval ratings have recently started to climb, it had been as low as 34% but is now up to 37%
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11/01/2021 18:38:08 0 0
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Not at all the PM is one who does not want to postpone the elections.Yes his party will lose seats but will stay the largest party in local Government.Anyway who would ever want our useless opposition to govern hence why the Government is leading in the polls which is unusual at this time in the cycle as the opposition have shown they keep playing poliycs all the time,but have changed recently
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11/01/2021 12:25:14 16 13
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Choice between virus pandemic or Tory pandemic. Tempting to choose virus.
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11/01/2021 13:05:42 4 16
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Tories have saved 60 million so far
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11/01/2021 12:28:10 4 6
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may elections put off
and yet the yanks just had a full election????

can that whippett not replace bojo?
hair is tidier , clothes smarter and less crumpled, fit better, body trimmer less selfish over eating, probably better descisions too, i mean that octopus picked out all the footy winners?????
quieter too as they seldom bark
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11/01/2021 12:35:23 10 2
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The yanks just had a full election and now they are seeing 4000 deaths a day, they have entire states with over 2000 deaths per million (twice the UK rate) and it is continuing to climb.

The local elections can wait.
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11/01/2021 14:31:28 1 0
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The Yanks are paying the price for their election with a soring death rate. Apart from that I agree with everything in your post.
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11/01/2021 12:30:58 9 9
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With an electorate as gullible and uninformed as ours, we may as well postpone indefinitely.
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11/01/2021 12:56:12 5 8
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What's the matter ? one vote each too much for ya?
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11/01/2021 12:24:01 18 11
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This will be the second year on the tro that this has happened. Where’s democracy?
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11/01/2021 12:32:19 16 4
bbc
And at both times there was a pandemic on, the more people about the easier it can spread.... why do people still not understand this
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CJR
11/01/2021 15:04:39 3 2
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Because unfortunately they are thick
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11/01/2021 12:33:00 37 15
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No real need, voting points are local, booths are reasonably separated and could be made more so. Just not a remotely ‘crowded' activity. Seconds in and out. Why are they looking for excuses?
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11/01/2021 12:40:17 13 7
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You would need to do a complete wipe down of the booth after every person though... which would slow things down dramatically.

Now if they offered gloves to people as they go in and out then that would be fine
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11/01/2021 14:50:04 2 1
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Common sense - elections have gone on round the world in 2020 with no real problems; we need a proactive positive attitude in the UK, not more delays and excuses.
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11/01/2021 15:31:05 1 0
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Surely those involved shoud be asking questions about how to make them safe, and your suggestions are eminently sensible answers to that question.

Not free, and if recent history is any guide, local authorities will have the obligation but not the money.

If they cannot be made safe, should they be delayed until they can be made safe, or press ahead with another round of superspreading?
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11/01/2021 12:27:12 16 11
bbc
Do you believe that the Democrats are left wing?
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11/01/2021 12:33:25 8 6
bbc
Their democrats are centre right, still better than the republican party which appears to be going far right (if the storming of the capitol building is anything to go by)
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MVP
11/01/2021 12:33:31 18 5
bbc
It is times such as these that our democratically elected representatives should face higher levels of scrutiny, now cower away from elections
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11/01/2021 12:56:49 13 23
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He HID in a FRIDGE
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11/01/2021 13:37:26 1 0
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YES
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11/01/2021 12:34:56 7 0
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It won't affect how I vote but I think it's a reasonable thing to do given the pandemic. I was beginning to think that the Salmond report was going to be delayed until after the elections to save some face but that won't be possible now. I trust that the electorate will assess the policies of each party, their response to the pandemic and general behaviour both in and out of govt before voting.
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11/01/2021 12:37:46 5 12
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After 'brexit' that's an empty hope.
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11/01/2021 12:40:46 3 1
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Closer reading suggests that, even if the English elections are delayed, Sturgeon may go ahead in May anyway. What possible reason would there be for that, I wonder?
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11/01/2021 12:51:58 2 0
bbc
With respect. I think your trust in the electorate to do anything of the sort quite touching and not a little naive.
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11/01/2021 12:28:10 4 6
bbc
may elections put off
and yet the yanks just had a full election????

can that whippett not replace bojo?
hair is tidier , clothes smarter and less crumpled, fit better, body trimmer less selfish over eating, probably better descisions too, i mean that octopus picked out all the footy winners?????
quieter too as they seldom bark
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11/01/2021 12:35:23 10 2
bbc
The yanks just had a full election and now they are seeing 4000 deaths a day, they have entire states with over 2000 deaths per million (twice the UK rate) and it is continuing to climb.

The local elections can wait.
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Ian
11/01/2021 12:29:28 27 16
bbc
Could give everyone a shot in the arm whilst they're there! I thought Boris n Co were confident of a major improvement by Easter - never mind May! Have they let the truth slip out again?
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11/01/2021 12:36:59 28 18
bbc
Number of deaths per day will be falling rapidly by May, but so will the number of people in FT paid employment as the economic disaster that has been the Tory mishandling of Covid compounded by Brexit starts to really play out.
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11/01/2021 12:34:56 7 0
bbc
It won't affect how I vote but I think it's a reasonable thing to do given the pandemic. I was beginning to think that the Salmond report was going to be delayed until after the elections to save some face but that won't be possible now. I trust that the electorate will assess the policies of each party, their response to the pandemic and general behaviour both in and out of govt before voting.
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11/01/2021 12:37:46 5 12
bbc
After 'brexit' that's an empty hope.
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MVP
11/01/2021 12:37:47 10 7
bbc
It is nonsense to suggest that elections cannot be undertaken because of COVID. Just look at other countries. The US managed perfectly well in November. Romania held elections in December, as did Kuwait and Indonesia
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11/01/2021 12:45:01 11 4
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They caused huge spikes in infections and deaths in each case. So the example explains clearly why they should not happen.
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11/01/2021 12:27:12 16 11
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Do you believe that the Democrats are left wing?
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11/01/2021 12:39:05 5 2
bbc
No, do you ?
9
11/01/2021 12:27:12 16 11
bbc
Do you believe that the Democrats are left wing?
25
11/01/2021 12:39:39 9 1
bbc
Nope just verging towards centrist. There is no left wing to US politics, only centrist and far right.
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11/01/2021 12:48:07 7 2
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And the funnies thing is that the right in america accuse their centre right party of being socialists/commies.

Its pretty funny to witness the red scare in action still to this day
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11/01/2021 12:39:49 18 8
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P O S T A L

As pointed out by many.
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11/01/2021 12:43:55 20 6
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To be honest I think the Tories would be desperate to get this round of elections through now if at all possible.
It is only going to get worse for them electorally when the economic pain of both Covid and Brexit starts to hit home and people begin to feel noticeably poorer.
In the UK the public blames the party in power when things are bad, and it's about to get really bad economically.
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11/01/2021 13:36:38 0 0
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With the unicorn Ocado chappie now in charge of the mail it will happens as does Oc***do, not nationwide.
Big problem?
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11/01/2021 12:33:00 37 15
bbc
No real need, voting points are local, booths are reasonably separated and could be made more so. Just not a remotely ‘crowded' activity. Seconds in and out. Why are they looking for excuses?
27
11/01/2021 12:40:17 13 7
bbc
You would need to do a complete wipe down of the booth after every person though... which would slow things down dramatically.

Now if they offered gloves to people as they go in and out then that would be fine
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11/01/2021 13:14:06 5 0
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And bring your own pencil.
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11/01/2021 14:03:45 3 2
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Do buses "wipe down" after every passenger, or supermarkets sanitise trolleys and baskets?
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11/01/2021 14:43:33 4 1
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As you say, disposable gloves on entry, face covering checked ok, number check on entry. Door for in and door for out.

Scary stuff, must postpone!!!! What a flimsy excuse to subvert democracy
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11/01/2021 12:34:56 7 0
bbc
It won't affect how I vote but I think it's a reasonable thing to do given the pandemic. I was beginning to think that the Salmond report was going to be delayed until after the elections to save some face but that won't be possible now. I trust that the electorate will assess the policies of each party, their response to the pandemic and general behaviour both in and out of govt before voting.
28
11/01/2021 12:40:46 3 1
bbc
Closer reading suggests that, even if the English elections are delayed, Sturgeon may go ahead in May anyway. What possible reason would there be for that, I wonder?
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11/01/2021 12:46:05 0 2
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Undo tory damage ?
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11/01/2021 12:43:53 16 15
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How very convenient for the Conservative Party.
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11/01/2021 12:45:58 20 13
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How very convenient for the Labour Party.
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11/01/2021 12:47:34 2 1
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I'd say I sit firmly on the left of the spectrum politically (as my posting history shows), but I do always try to be reasonable in assessing any decision.

In this instance I think the right decision is to delay the elections, and I don't think the Tories will gain any advantage from doing so, rather the opposite as the delay provides time for the economic pain of Covid to really start to hit.
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11/01/2021 12:58:08 2 2
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How very convenient for the Liberally whassit Party
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11/01/2021 12:39:49 18 8
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P O S T A L

As pointed out by many.
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11/01/2021 12:43:55 20 6
bbc
To be honest I think the Tories would be desperate to get this round of elections through now if at all possible.
It is only going to get worse for them electorally when the economic pain of both Covid and Brexit starts to hit home and people begin to feel noticeably poorer.
In the UK the public blames the party in power when things are bad, and it's about to get really bad economically.
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MVP
11/01/2021 12:37:47 10 7
bbc
It is nonsense to suggest that elections cannot be undertaken because of COVID. Just look at other countries. The US managed perfectly well in November. Romania held elections in December, as did Kuwait and Indonesia
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11/01/2021 12:45:01 11 4
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They caused huge spikes in infections and deaths in each case. So the example explains clearly why they should not happen.
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11/01/2021 14:52:01 1 1
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Any evidence for your claim? I suspect not. No more postponements; it was a major error to postpone from May 2020.
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11/01/2021 12:40:30 10 16
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Does that mean we have to edure the worst London Mayor for longer?
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11/01/2021 12:52:18 13 6
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Sadly you did elect him as Prime Minister so we are stuck with him for 4 more years.
At least the current one is popular and competent which Londoners must find refreshing as latest polls say they intend to vote him back in by a landslide. Won't even go to a 2nd round.
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11/01/2021 12:57:58 3 1
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I fear so - he is PM till 2024 unless the Tories wake up & smell the coffee
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11/01/2021 13:38:36 2 0
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No, he is PM now
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11/01/2021 13:40:56 1 2
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Afraid so, but we can get rid of Bumbling Boris at the next General Election.
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11/01/2021 12:40:46 3 1
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Closer reading suggests that, even if the English elections are delayed, Sturgeon may go ahead in May anyway. What possible reason would there be for that, I wonder?
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11/01/2021 12:46:05 0 2
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Undo tory damage ?
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11/01/2021 12:46:21 8 6
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Odd - never seen Dismantling Your Healthcare in any tory manifesto.
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11/01/2021 12:50:38 17 6
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They never say it, but actions speak louder than words.

Break up of the NHS into trusts made it easier to sell off, but created duplication of admin effort making it less efficient. Admin costs went from 5% of NHS budget to 14%.
Cuts to staff, and to the % of GDP spent on the NHS undermined the NHS and weakened it further, etc...
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11/01/2021 14:48:43 2 1
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the same way they said the Erasmus project will never be touched, not even a week out of Brexit and low and behold UK out of Erasmus, still confident?
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11/01/2021 12:43:53 16 15
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How very convenient for the Conservative Party.
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11/01/2021 12:45:58 20 13
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How very convenient for the Labour Party.
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11/01/2021 12:54:05 4 2
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Yes very nice of the Tories to delay the elections until the full damage of their incompetent handling of the pandemic and their disastrous brexit deal are plain for all the voters to see...
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11/01/2021 12:43:53 16 15
bbc
How very convenient for the Conservative Party.
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11/01/2021 12:47:34 2 1
bbc
I'd say I sit firmly on the left of the spectrum politically (as my posting history shows), but I do always try to be reasonable in assessing any decision.

In this instance I think the right decision is to delay the elections, and I don't think the Tories will gain any advantage from doing so, rather the opposite as the delay provides time for the economic pain of Covid to really start to hit.
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11/01/2021 12:39:39 9 1
bbc
Nope just verging towards centrist. There is no left wing to US politics, only centrist and far right.
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11/01/2021 12:48:07 7 2
bbc
And the funnies thing is that the right in america accuse their centre right party of being socialists/commies.

Its pretty funny to witness the red scare in action still to this day
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11/01/2021 12:49:37 9 9
bbc
Probably the best decision and a good job for the Tories - they would have been absolutely slaughtered
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11/01/2021 12:53:27 6 11
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60 million lives have been saved
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11/01/2021 12:54:01 3 4
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Bit like Labour in the general election.
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CJR
11/01/2021 15:00:42 0 2
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That’s just your opinion
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11/01/2021 12:50:28 4 9
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Elections could be held in the open air
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11/01/2021 13:28:02 2 0
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In this country, in May. Better get waterproof voting slip and ballot boxes then.
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11/01/2021 12:46:21 8 6
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Odd - never seen Dismantling Your Healthcare in any tory manifesto.
40
11/01/2021 12:50:38 17 6
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They never say it, but actions speak louder than words.

Break up of the NHS into trusts made it easier to sell off, but created duplication of admin effort making it less efficient. Admin costs went from 5% of NHS budget to 14%.
Cuts to staff, and to the % of GDP spent on the NHS undermined the NHS and weakened it further, etc...
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11/01/2021 13:32:35 1 1
bbc
incorrect figures. Go back and try again.
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11/01/2021 12:34:56 7 0
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It won't affect how I vote but I think it's a reasonable thing to do given the pandemic. I was beginning to think that the Salmond report was going to be delayed until after the elections to save some face but that won't be possible now. I trust that the electorate will assess the policies of each party, their response to the pandemic and general behaviour both in and out of govt before voting.
41
11/01/2021 12:51:58 2 0
bbc
With respect. I think your trust in the electorate to do anything of the sort quite touching and not a little naive.
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11/01/2021 12:52:01 6 0
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"He said some activists were already "out delivering leaflets - they're opening gates, touching letterboxes, putting bits of papers through doors in a lockdown with a highly virulent virus."

Perhaps their leaders should have a word with them, or get the Police to.
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11/01/2021 13:30:57 6 0
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Perhaps leafleting is considered an essential reason to be out? I am still getting junk mail through my door and not from the postman.
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11/01/2021 12:40:30 10 16
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Does that mean we have to edure the worst London Mayor for longer?
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11/01/2021 12:52:18 13 6
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Sadly you did elect him as Prime Minister so we are stuck with him for 4 more years.
At least the current one is popular and competent which Londoners must find refreshing as latest polls say they intend to vote him back in by a landslide. Won't even go to a 2nd round.
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11/01/2021 12:52:41 11 9
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If a Labour government had done this the righties would be up in arms.
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11/01/2021 12:54:13 10 14
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They'd need to get into power first
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11/01/2021 13:31:19 1 0
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errr no!
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11/01/2021 12:49:37 9 9
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Probably the best decision and a good job for the Tories - they would have been absolutely slaughtered
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11/01/2021 12:53:27 6 11
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60 million lives have been saved
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11/01/2021 13:33:15 1 1
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Not yet.
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11/01/2021 14:51:03 3 1
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.......and how many of the 80,000 have been needlessly lost? Just let that figure of 80,000 (eighty thousand!!!) sink in. One of the worst records in the world.
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11/01/2021 12:45:58 20 13
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How very convenient for the Labour Party.
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11/01/2021 12:54:05 4 2
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Yes very nice of the Tories to delay the elections until the full damage of their incompetent handling of the pandemic and their disastrous brexit deal are plain for all the voters to see...
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11/01/2021 12:52:41 11 9
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If a Labour government had done this the righties would be up in arms.
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11/01/2021 12:54:13 10 14
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They'd need to get into power first
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11/01/2021 17:00:46 1 1
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Wait 4 year, watch the economic harm caused by a combination of Brexit and Covid really bite, and see what happens when people rightly blame the government for the mess they got us into.
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11/01/2021 12:22:58 31 25
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Bojo has always sought to hide from scrutiny, especially if things are going badly for him.

Hasn't he heard of postal ballots or is that open to right-wing conspiracy theorists to challenge?
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11/01/2021 12:55:19 10 10
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Peterborough.
With an electorate as gullible and uninformed as ours, we may as well postpone indefinitely.
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11/01/2021 12:56:12 5 8
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What's the matter ? one vote each too much for ya?
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11/01/2021 12:27:12 16 11
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Do you believe that the Democrats are left wing?
50
11/01/2021 12:56:25 6 1
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Slightly left of the Republicans. Mind you that's not very difficult.
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11/01/2021 18:49:28 1 0
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In the US I could vote for either of the two parties as in my view up to now both parties are similar.In fact the Democrats seem to be the affluent and wealthy hence why they could outspend the Republicans.However there is a growing element within the Democrats that is hard left and if they had selected Sanders to Stand the Republicans would have had a landslide
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11/01/2021 12:49:37 9 9
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Probably the best decision and a good job for the Tories - they would have been absolutely slaughtered
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11/01/2021 12:54:01 3 4
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Bit like Labour in the general election.
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11/01/2021 14:51:57 1 0
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Very true brother - and look what's happened!!
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MVP
11/01/2021 12:33:31 18 5
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It is times such as these that our democratically elected representatives should face higher levels of scrutiny, now cower away from elections
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11/01/2021 12:56:49 13 23
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He HID in a FRIDGE
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11/01/2021 12:57:06 10 3
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Can we PLEASE not have a last-minute decision on this? Put them all back to October or November, by which time the worst will be over with the pandemic as most will have had the vaccine

But don't leave this till April to decide - politicians of all parties reach a consensus within the next 2-3 weeks then tell us!
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11/01/2021 12:40:30 10 16
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Does that mean we have to edure the worst London Mayor for longer?
54
11/01/2021 12:57:58 3 1
bbc
I fear so - he is PM till 2024 unless the Tories wake up & smell the coffee
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11/01/2021 12:43:53 16 15
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How very convenient for the Conservative Party.
55
11/01/2021 12:58:08 2 2
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How very convenient for the Liberally whassit Party
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11/01/2021 13:00:11 14 13
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We now live in a police state so what is the next logical step? Scrap elections so we have no opportunity to get rid of this dictatorship.
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11/01/2021 13:18:57 12 5
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It's quite obvious you have never lived in a "police state".
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11/01/2021 14:45:12 3 0
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Do you have any idea of what you are talking about? We live in a country where we Police by consent. In a Police state, there is no consent and demonstrations from the likes of BLM, Extinction Rebellion, etc. would be crushed with extreme violence. Please grow up you silly little person. It’s no longer fashionable to be a member of the Tooting Popular Front. That ended in the 70’s.
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11/01/2021 13:00:12 2 7
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I'm in love with the whippet.

Top picture.
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11/01/2021 13:01:41 3 0
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Careful - you could be arrested for that!!!
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MVP
11/01/2021 12:29:32 52 41
bbc
Is it any coincidence that the prime minister's approval rating is at an all time low and the government is using COVID as an excuse to postpone elections?
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11/01/2021 12:59:48 40 27
bbc
Only to desperate conspiracy theorists.
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11/01/2021 13:00:12 2 7
bbc
I'm in love with the whippet.

Top picture.
59
11/01/2021 13:01:41 3 0
bbc
Careful - you could be arrested for that!!!
12
11/01/2021 12:25:14 16 13
bbc
Choice between virus pandemic or Tory pandemic. Tempting to choose virus.
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11/01/2021 13:05:42 4 16
bbc
Tories have saved 60 million so far
131
11/01/2021 14:01:21 2 4
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No, they have killed a damn good portion of those who have died.
Denial from people like you kills people too.
182
11/01/2021 14:55:36 2 1
bbc
I'm sure they 'll find one of their friends to give it to.
218
11/01/2021 16:49:52 2 0
bbc
And all in offshore accounts so they don't have to pay tax on it.
251
12/01/2021 00:48:33 0 0
bbc
60 million what?
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MVP
11/01/2021 12:29:32 52 41
bbc
Is it any coincidence that the prime minister's approval rating is at an all time low and the government is using COVID as an excuse to postpone elections?
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11/01/2021 13:07:40 8 5
bbc
Certainly very convenient that is for sure!
No way the Gov would want council elections in May, especially with Council tax rises of 5% coming in April.
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11/01/2021 13:15:55 8 2
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There shouldn't be any council tax rises in Labour-run areas now that Keir Starmer has told them not to.
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11/01/2021 13:10:41 6 0
bbc
If the conspiracy theories prove to be correct and the one world / big reset is real, then cancelling local elections is just the beginning. We live in quite disturbing times where 2+2 could easily equal 5.......but I will stay at home and I will take my vaccine
63
11/01/2021 13:11:20 5 4
bbc
I think the righting is on the wall for most if not all the political party's the UK public have had a belly full of politicians
67
11/01/2021 13:17:45 1 8
bbc
Since the beginning of time, though
123
11/01/2021 13:56:42 1 0
bbc
Fail - how appropriate - that should be Writing not righting.
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11/01/2021 12:40:17 13 7
bbc
You would need to do a complete wipe down of the booth after every person though... which would slow things down dramatically.

Now if they offered gloves to people as they go in and out then that would be fine
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11/01/2021 13:14:06 5 0
bbc
And bring your own pencil.
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11/01/2021 13:15:05 6 3
bbc
Can all be done by postal ballot if there is the will.

Face to face is a non-starter.

In most cases, few people care about local elections, its same meat, different gravy and they are all in it for themselves.

Sturgeon will be the one most miffed, so I am in favour of denying her the oxygen of self-publicity. She is like a stone stuck under a door.
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11/01/2021 13:07:40 8 5
bbc
Certainly very convenient that is for sure!
No way the Gov would want council elections in May, especially with Council tax rises of 5% coming in April.
66
11/01/2021 13:15:55 8 2
bbc
There shouldn't be any council tax rises in Labour-run areas now that Keir Starmer has told them not to.
63
11/01/2021 13:11:20 5 4
bbc
I think the righting is on the wall for most if not all the political party's the UK public have had a belly full of politicians
67
11/01/2021 13:17:45 1 8
bbc
Since the beginning of time, though
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xyz
11/01/2021 13:18:05 4 3
bbc
After the US election, the last thing the shower in power want is postal votes. Unless they're going to ring up her Maj and ask her to "find them 11M votes"
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11/01/2021 13:18:47 21 4
bbc
Can't see why these would be postponed, its after Easter by then the high risk wold have been vaccinated and that should take the load off hospitals and we should be getting back to normal. Maybe move them on a month at the most.
80
11/01/2021 13:30:41 15 0
bbc
June elections have been held in the past.
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11/01/2021 13:00:11 14 13
bbc
We now live in a police state so what is the next logical step? Scrap elections so we have no opportunity to get rid of this dictatorship.
70
11/01/2021 13:18:57 12 5
bbc
It's quite obvious you have never lived in a "police state".
76
11/01/2021 13:29:26 1 4
bbc
Yes I have. But fortunately only for 4 months. Long enough to know what it feels like and it feels a lot like the UK now.
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11/01/2021 13:20:06 4 2
bbc
Sturgeon will be the one most miffed

She'll be happy about it more time between her answering questions about her questionable conduct in the Salmond affair.
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11/01/2021 13:22:32 19 11
bbc
Heres what will happen.
Boris will dither and dither until the SNP decide to postpone the Scottish Parliament elections. Then the Tory party in Scotland shall fill the media with crys of "end of democracy, totalitarianism.." etc.
After a few weeks of that then Boris shall delay any English elections. The newspapers shall change to "Its the only sensible thing to do blah blah blah"
238
11/01/2021 19:37:16 1 0
bbc
Look up the 4 stage strategy on yes minister, then you have it. ??
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11/01/2021 13:26:48 8 2
bbc
Why can't voting be done on-line & via the phone (for those who may not have a home computer)? We can confirm our circumstances annually for the local electoral roll (by phoning numbers instructed on the forms sent to our homes). If it's good enough to construct the electoral roll, why not as a voting method? It's no less secure than confirming your details verbally at the polling booth.
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11/01/2021 16:07:41 2 0
bbc
secrecy springs to mind - maybe the person on the phone tweaks your vote. Also, online voting is possibly at risk of hacking.

At least with crosses on bits of paper you can always go back and double check.
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11/01/2021 13:27:47 3 10
bbc
100 years after women allowed to vote in UK
and 200 years after Unions began in UK

Biggest UK one elects it's first woman leader eight years after the other big UK one did.

progress takes a long long time
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11/01/2021 13:48:10 4 0
bbc
If you mean the TUC that is NOT a union, the C is Congress.
196
11/01/2021 15:38:49 0 0
bbc
Relevance? or just more union-bashing?
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11/01/2021 12:50:28 4 9
bbc
Elections could be held in the open air
75
11/01/2021 13:28:02 2 0
bbc
In this country, in May. Better get waterproof voting slip and ballot boxes then.
86
11/01/2021 13:33:06 1 1
bbc
use official coloured beads in an official ballot box
70
11/01/2021 13:18:57 12 5
bbc
It's quite obvious you have never lived in a "police state".
76
11/01/2021 13:29:26 1 4
bbc
Yes I have. But fortunately only for 4 months. Long enough to know what it feels like and it feels a lot like the UK now.
102
11/01/2021 13:44:14 0 4
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well said
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11/01/2021 14:12:23 3 0
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4 months does not constitute living in a police state
77
11/01/2021 13:29:44 4 3
bbc
This gives more 'time' to neglectful ruling councillors to continue decision making without consultation, to continue to ignore residents during C-19, to spend the government money who-knows-where.
The council tax payer is disenfranchised.
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11/01/2021 13:29:53 5 2
bbc
If essential workers can work in person or remotely essential voters can vote In person or remotely (by post)

The appalling management of the nation will be held to account in 2024

In meantime in May 2021 our local regional and national administrations need the democratic mandate to continue.

Campaigning by megaphone van is Covid safe. Campaigning by hustings in the hall can move to local tv
79
11/01/2021 13:29:16 0 6
bbc
All UK elections should be delayed until next year. Whilst Covid is the issue I’m sure all political parties would agree.
84
11/01/2021 13:32:21 9 0
bbc
Elections are the only means we have of expressing what we think about how we are being governed. Politicians never listen to us any other time.
91
11/01/2021 13:37:59 2 0
bbc
Covid is the 'get out of jail' card for every issue. 'pulling together' should include making sure the politicians and beurocrats are held to account by the people at every turn, more now than at any time. Elections are our only way, unless you want to storm Westminster?
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11/01/2021 13:18:47 21 4
bbc
Can't see why these would be postponed, its after Easter by then the high risk wold have been vaccinated and that should take the load off hospitals and we should be getting back to normal. Maybe move them on a month at the most.
80
11/01/2021 13:30:41 15 0
bbc
June elections have been held in the past.
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11/01/2021 13:30:47 4 2
bbc
Noooooo...I'm gobsmacked! I'd delay if I was gov.uk too. The post Brexit, post Covid kicking would have been impressive.
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11/01/2021 13:45:29 1 3
bbc
It still will be - just later. Johnson is of course electorally speaking a dead man walking - the 1922 will judge the right time to tell him to go to maximise Tory chances in 2024, but I think the economy will be so bad nothing will save them
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11/01/2021 12:52:01 6 0
bbc
"He said some activists were already "out delivering leaflets - they're opening gates, touching letterboxes, putting bits of papers through doors in a lockdown with a highly virulent virus."

Perhaps their leaders should have a word with them, or get the Police to.
82
11/01/2021 13:30:57 6 0
bbc
Perhaps leafleting is considered an essential reason to be out? I am still getting junk mail through my door and not from the postman.
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11/01/2021 12:52:41 11 9
bbc
If a Labour government had done this the righties would be up in arms.
83
11/01/2021 13:31:19 1 0
bbc
errr no!
79
11/01/2021 13:29:16 0 6
bbc
All UK elections should be delayed until next year. Whilst Covid is the issue I’m sure all political parties would agree.
84
11/01/2021 13:32:21 9 0
bbc
Elections are the only means we have of expressing what we think about how we are being governed. Politicians never listen to us any other time.
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11/01/2021 12:50:38 17 6
bbc
They never say it, but actions speak louder than words.

Break up of the NHS into trusts made it easier to sell off, but created duplication of admin effort making it less efficient. Admin costs went from 5% of NHS budget to 14%.
Cuts to staff, and to the % of GDP spent on the NHS undermined the NHS and weakened it further, etc...
85
11/01/2021 13:32:35 1 1
bbc
incorrect figures. Go back and try again.
75
11/01/2021 13:28:02 2 0
bbc
In this country, in May. Better get waterproof voting slip and ballot boxes then.
86
11/01/2021 13:33:06 1 1
bbc
use official coloured beads in an official ballot box
245
11/01/2021 23:05:13 0 0
bbc
That could work.
45
11/01/2021 12:53:27 6 11
bbc
60 million lives have been saved
87
11/01/2021 13:33:15 1 1
bbc
Not yet.
88
11/01/2021 13:34:41 4 5
bbc
Excellent, this will give Labour many more months to decide which fence to sit on.
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11/01/2021 13:40:39 3 0
bbc
unfortunately you're right. I'm progressively less impressed by their performance. ideas? none. Don't go mad with me, but it was Tony Blair last month who said get one injection done ...now... for max number of people. Opposition needs to put forward stuff for the benefit of all.
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11/01/2021 12:39:49 18 8
bbc
P O S T A L

As pointed out by many.
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11/01/2021 13:36:38 0 0
bbc
With the unicorn Ocado chappie now in charge of the mail it will happens as does Oc***do, not nationwide.
Big problem?
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MVP
11/01/2021 12:33:31 18 5
bbc
It is times such as these that our democratically elected representatives should face higher levels of scrutiny, now cower away from elections
90
11/01/2021 13:37:26 1 0
bbc
YES
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11/01/2021 13:29:16 0 6
bbc
All UK elections should be delayed until next year. Whilst Covid is the issue I’m sure all political parties would agree.
91
11/01/2021 13:37:59 2 0
bbc
Covid is the 'get out of jail' card for every issue. 'pulling together' should include making sure the politicians and beurocrats are held to account by the people at every turn, more now than at any time. Elections are our only way, unless you want to storm Westminster?
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11/01/2021 13:38:11 7 4
bbc
Erosion of rights and liberties continue.

No sane reason why voting cannot take place.

Boris feels adverse mood and is running scared of a vote.
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11/01/2021 12:40:30 10 16
bbc
Does that mean we have to edure the worst London Mayor for longer?
93
11/01/2021 13:38:36 2 0
bbc
No, he is PM now
94
11/01/2021 13:40:04 1 11
bbc
Boris scared of Reform UK vote
157
11/01/2021 14:32:52 2 0
bbc
Who?
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CJR
11/01/2021 14:55:16 1 0
bbc
?
88
11/01/2021 13:34:41 4 5
bbc
Excellent, this will give Labour many more months to decide which fence to sit on.
95
11/01/2021 13:40:39 3 0
bbc
unfortunately you're right. I'm progressively less impressed by their performance. ideas? none. Don't go mad with me, but it was Tony Blair last month who said get one injection done ...now... for max number of people. Opposition needs to put forward stuff for the benefit of all.
6
11/01/2021 12:22:58 31 25
bbc
Bojo has always sought to hide from scrutiny, especially if things are going badly for him.

Hasn't he heard of postal ballots or is that open to right-wing conspiracy theorists to challenge?
96
11/01/2021 13:40:55 0 0
bbc
Check out new mail boss and don't think there will be changes in services i.e. not nationwide
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11/01/2021 12:40:30 10 16
bbc
Does that mean we have to edure the worst London Mayor for longer?
97
11/01/2021 13:40:56 1 2
bbc
Afraid so, but we can get rid of Bumbling Boris at the next General Election.
98
11/01/2021 13:42:00 7 6
bbc
Oh come on. Don't delay us getting rid of Sadiq!
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11/01/2021 16:59:00 2 0
bbc
Sadiq is currently polling at a level where he wins the next election in the 1st round, and by a ratio > 2:1 if it is by some miracle taken to a 2nd round.

Londoners have seen how bad Johnson was and they don't want to risk another Tory.
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11/01/2021 12:21:50 13 4
bbc
To delay any election should not be necessary in this day and age. Postal is just as easy and secure
99
11/01/2021 13:42:10 0 1
bbc
May not be now new chappie has come from Oc**do.
100
11/01/2021 13:43:36 4 1
bbc
Does it really matter as there's nobody to vote for anyway, the current government have proved to be useless buffoons and the opposition have impaled themselves so much to the fence they have no opinions of anything. There's nobody in our current political parties worth using up your soon to be 1 hour of exercise time.
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11/01/2021 13:46:11 0 0
bbc
So - all of Scotland will vote SNP then?