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Message 1646875 - Posted: 26 Feb 2015, 14:40:59 UTC

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, whose party opposed the net migration target, said the figures were "very embarrassing for the Conservatives". "They made a huge fanfare about it and they were warned, warned by me and others privately don't do this it doesn't make any sense," the deputy prime minister told LBC radio.

"They've made a commitment and they have failed spectacularly to deliver it."
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Message 1646885 - Posted: 26 Feb 2015, 15:11:19 UTC - in response to Message 1646875.  

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, whose party opposed the net migration target, said the figures were "very embarrassing for the Conservatives". "They made a huge fanfare about it and they were warned, warned by me and others privately don't do this it doesn't make any sense," the deputy prime minister told LBC radio.

"They've made a commitment and they have failed spectacularly to deliver it."

Hmmn, who to believe? The Prime Minister or his underling?

the figures were "disappointing" and blamed a rise in EU migration - and Lib Dem "constraints".
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Message 1647219 - Posted: 27 Feb 2015, 11:09:34 UTC

Warming up nicely...

Politics Live on the BBC
10:43
"Turning to Europe, Suzanne Evans says the UK is "more than just a star on someone else's flag" - she says she wants to see the country "freed from the demands of a decaying and deluded EU". She recites a list of prime ministers since Ted Heath, and says: "By one treacherous treaty after treacherous treaty they handed power that should still be vested in parliament, in Westminster, in the people of Britain, over to Brussels." And she adds that Labour and the Conservatives are the true parties of "little Englanders" - UKIP "aren't the ones who want to stay in the shadows jumping at Frau Merkel's every command"."

"10:56: Andy Bell, 5 News political editor tweets: Ed Balls on my train to Leeds for fees announcement "you won't have wasted your journey" he says #GE2015"

Tuition fee cuts?
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Message 1647232 - Posted: 27 Feb 2015, 11:24:56 UTC

Apparently half the yanks like Farage.

US Republicans see Nigel Farage as 'serious and viable candidate who can run England in the near future'

Stop the planet, i want to get off.
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Message 1647234 - Posted: 27 Feb 2015, 11:25:26 UTC - in response to Message 1647219.  
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Warming up nicely...

Politics Live on the BBC
10:43
"Turning to Europe, Suzanne Evans says the UK is "more than just a star on someone else's flag" - she says she wants to see the country "freed from the demands of a decaying and deluded EU". She recites a list of prime ministers since Ted Heath, and says: "By one treacherous treaty after treacherous treaty they handed power that should still be vested in parliament, in Westminster, in the people of Britain, over to Brussels." And she adds that Labour and the Conservatives are the true parties of "little Englanders" - UKIP "aren't the ones who want to stay in the shadows jumping at Frau Merkel's every command"."

"10:56: Andy Bell, 5 News political editor tweets: Ed Balls on my train to Leeds for fees announcement "you won't have wasted your journey" he says #GE2015"

Tuition fee cuts?

Tuition fees? How American, and Capitalistic... :-)
Only the rich should be able to study at higher levels eh?
Still a class society I guess...
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Message 1647241 - Posted: 27 Feb 2015, 11:59:34 UTC - in response to Message 1647232.  

Apparently half the yanks like Farage.

US Republicans see Nigel Farage as 'serious and viable candidate who can run England in the near future'

Stop the planet, i want to get off.

I thought you said the Lib-Dems with Farage as leader would do okay :-)
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Message 1647247 - Posted: 27 Feb 2015, 12:31:12 UTC - in response to Message 1647241.  

Apparently half the yanks like Farage.
US Republicans see Nigel Farage as 'serious and viable candidate who can run England in the near future'
Stop the planet, i want to get off.

I thought you said the Lib-Dems with Farage as leader would do okay :-)

Russel Brand. Way to go:)
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Message 1647250 - Posted: 27 Feb 2015, 13:03:07 UTC - in response to Message 1647241.  
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I thought you said the Lib-Dems with Farage as leader would do okay :-)

I did, but now that the Republicans have shown interest i'm not so sure. Nice to see you're paying attention though. :)

I don't think that poster is a good shot either.
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Message 1647749 - Posted: 28 Feb 2015, 12:10:32 UTC

I like the cut of this woman's Jib :-))

NHS’s answer is in Uranus

THE Tory MP David Tredinnick has claimed astrology could be the answer to NHS overcrowding. Sure. And the Bank of England could start setting interest rates according to the entrails of animals, while we can stop environmental Armageddon with some virgin sacrifices. I’d suggest Tredinnick could cure his own ailments with a lobotomy, but the evidence suggests he may already have had one.

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Message 1647793 - Posted: 28 Feb 2015, 14:22:14 UTC

I am starting a public collection to pay for Nigel Farrage's one way ticket back to the USA, provided he promises to not come back.

Those who stayed, however, gave a warm reception to the man introduced to them as "a living, drinking, smoking protest to political correctness".

Well he should fit well into USA politics then, and they are welcome to him!

Naff off Nigel!
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Message 1647801 - Posted: 28 Feb 2015, 15:07:16 UTC - in response to Message 1647749.  

I like the cut of this woman's Jib :-))

NHS’s answer is in Uranus

THE Tory MP David Tredinnick has claimed astrology could be the answer to NHS overcrowding. Sure. And the Bank of England could start setting interest rates according to the entrails of animals, while we can stop environmental Armageddon with some virgin sacrifices. I’d suggest Tredinnick could cure his own ailments with a lobotomy, but the evidence suggests he may already have had one.

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Steady on there old chap, please try & keep up to date if you want to win an election that is
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Message 1647869 - Posted: 28 Feb 2015, 16:50:00 UTC

Really sorry to hear this news, He is a good lad and always tells it how it really is. Get well soon mate.

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Message 1647881 - Posted: 28 Feb 2015, 17:15:54 UTC

With stories like this close to the election...

Guarantees that the Lib-Dems will not even be "also-rans"
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Message 1647898 - Posted: 28 Feb 2015, 17:43:34 UTC

With stories like this close to the election...

..... One expects downmarket tabloids like the Mail to try to go dishing for dirt. That particular rag has always been anti the Lib Dems in general, and anti the DPM in particular. I would judge that Mr Clegg Senior and junior, have a good case to go to court for personal harassment. If they did I would be quite willing to be a character witness.

With stories like this close to the election...

..... one expects the usual downmarket commentators with a beer and baccy party avatar to pop out the woodwork. In fact the UKIP sign was obviously borrowed from the pound shops, which would be about right, both are offering cheap tat that won't last.
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Message 1647899 - Posted: 28 Feb 2015, 17:52:19 UTC - in response to Message 1647898.  

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BTW, what did the Lib-Dem leader do with regards the above?

Conserative

Go Swedish? Would work much better if no Lib-Dems
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Message 1648749 - Posted: 3 Mar 2015, 9:19:26 UTC
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This will of course be a controversial matter! The Palace of Westminster is known throughout the whole world as the Mother of Parliaments and is one of the most famous London landmarks in common with Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace. It is quite unthinkable that it will be left to decay and in time become uninhabitable. Of course the money will have to be found and the work should start as soon as is practicable. But with careful planning and management, perhaps it could be done in phases requiring only part of it move out at any one time for the work.

Speaker Bercow referred to a 2012 report that said that it could take 10 years and £3 billion to repair.

"It will require bold and imaginative managerial leadership to ensure that we are a Parliament fit for purpose and that this Victorian legacy can be rendered practical for contemporary representation,"

It is not that well known by many that the Clerk of the House of Commons, apart from wearing a wig and advising the Speaker upon procedure, is also responsible for managing the whole Parliamentary Estate.

He is the Chief Executive of the House of Commons Service of some 2,000 people, and chairs the Management Board, consisting of six executive Heads of Department and two external non-executive members. Under the overall direction of the House of Commons Commission, the Board is responsible for the services that support the work of the House and its Members.

As Clerk he is, under the Parliamentary Corporate Bodies Act 1992, the Corporate Officer of the House, enters into contracts and leases, and holds all the House’s property (in which role he is, for example, the legal owner of Big Ben!). As Accounting Officer for the House of Commons: Administration Estimate he has personal responsibility for the propriety and regularity of the expenditure of public money.

Sir Robert Rogers KCB, retired as Clerk in 2014, and the post is currently vacant, the proposed appointment of Carol Mills from Australia being blocked. The governance committee set up after this has called for a new Director General job to be created and that the Clerk job should be re-advertised. With a 10 year £3 billion program in the pipeline, and known at the time, perhaps some can now see why Ms Mills was not considered to have the necessary skills and experience to undertake that role. It was not as many said at the time, simply because she was a woman, or Bercow's favourite.

As I have always said, if you want to genuinely know about politics then don't get all your information from newspapers, they will only tell you what they want you to know, or produces a juicy headline. Of course there will be some here who will rejoice and say good! Raze the place to the ground, and make sure all the MP's are in it at the time. But of course those kind of anti-social, anti establishment types will never be happy until they see the downfall of a society that they detest because they don't and can't fit into it.

Pragmatically, a regional deployment of part or all of Westminster simply has to be considered, but to where? Very interesting question! Answers on a post card to the new Clerk or a DG.

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Message 1648816 - Posted: 3 Mar 2015, 15:35:17 UTC - in response to Message 1648749.  


As I have always said, if you want to genuinely know about politics then don't get all your information from newspapers, they will only tell you what they want you to know, or produces a juicy headline. Of course there will be some here who will rejoice and say good! Raze the place to the ground, and make sure all the MP's are in it at the time. But of course those kind of anti-social, anti establishment types will never be happy until they see the downfall of a society that they detest because they don't and can't fit into it.


Thank you for being true to form. It would have been a +1 but for the above, therefore a well deserved -

-10.

It's why I will continue to rubbish the pillocks that occupy both houses! It is as you say, a well known famous landmark yet time is passing & nothing is getting done to protect it...


...they do know how to fiddle their expenses though!
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Message 1648834 - Posted: 3 Mar 2015, 17:22:26 UTC

Thank you for being true to form.

I'm glad to hear that I'm considered stable. Excepting us, more than some around here cannot say that.

It would have been a +1 but for the above,


I'll accept a +1 for the rest of it then.

It's why I will continue to rubbish the pillocks that occupy both houses!

That is why you can have a -10 as well.

It is as you say, a well known famous landmark yet time is passing & nothing is getting done to protect it...

Agreed. It is more likely to be funded under a Tory government than a Labour one that is for sure. The Unions would never allow it.
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Message 1648838 - Posted: 3 Mar 2015, 17:28:34 UTC - in response to Message 1648834.  

The Unions would never allow it.

Don't you mean "Union leaders" as the ordinary members do have "some" intelligence otherwise why have you renewed your membership?
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Message 1648842 - Posted: 3 Mar 2015, 17:37:09 UTC

I continue my Union membership because I believe in collective bargaining, they have a good pensions advice helpline, and a generous death grant.
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