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  1. #1261
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    The Queen is apparently in bad straights right now, family gathering in Balmoral.

  2. #1262
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldPhiKap View Post
    The Queen is apparently in bad straights right now, family gathering in Balmoral.
    And she is gone...

    https://www.wral.com/elizabeth-ii-th...t-96/20454337/

  3. #1263
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    This isn't Brexit, but is British politics so it's fun to read the British citizens' responses:

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/mark...7651ce90490a2d

    My favorite is by an erudite fellow named Tom Peck: "And so we must again state the ineluctable fact that a man may put his pants in the wash but he cannot uns**t himself."
    Past is gone, thou canst not that recall; Future is not, may not be at all;
    Present is, [so] improve the flying hour; Present only is within thy power. - Friar Park Clock Tower [author unknown]

  4. #1264
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    Liz's Chancellor of the Exchequer just got sacrificed over the tax policy debacle...impressively unimpressive beginning to Liz's tenure...

  5. #1265
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    Hot'Lanta... home of the Falcons!
    So, a couple days ago The Economist lamented how much chaos there has been in Truss' short time as PM thus far, writing:



    The Daily Star newspaper loved that last line so much, they have set up a livestream asking... which will last longer, Liz Truss or this head of lettuce?
    I don't know what you are doing right now, but if you aren't listening to the DBR Podcast, you're doing it wrong.

  6. #1266
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    Stolen from Twitter:

    “Liz Truss sacking Kwarteng is like a ventriloquist sacking the dummy for not liking what it was saying.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldPhiKap View Post
    Stolen from Twitter:

    “Liz Truss sacking Kwarteng is like a ventriloquist sacking the dummy for not liking what it was saying.”
    Great analogy. It's somewhat unfathomable how Truss could have thought her tax plan was a good idea. Must be surrounded by Yes People.

  8. #1268
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    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    Great analogy. It's somewhat unfathomable how Truss could have thought her tax plan was a good idea. Must be surrounded by Yes People.
    !!! That never happens in government!
    Past is gone, thou canst not that recall; Future is not, may not be at all;
    Present is, [so] improve the flying hour; Present only is within thy power. - Friar Park Clock Tower [author unknown]

  9. #1269
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    Or as Larry the Cat tweeted:

    This now makes four chancellors in four months. Only three more chancellors until Christmas!

    (Larry the Cat is a great follow, btw)

  10. #1270
    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    Great analogy. It's somewhat unfathomable how Truss could have thought her tax plan was a good idea. Must be surrounded by Yes People.
    No one thought it was a good plan. It was never for the good of the county. It was a carrot to rich Tories voters (and their donors) so that she could be PM. She campaigned on it. I guess the surprise was that she went through with it instead of it being hollow rhetoric. She blew off concerns that it would break the £. Why? Because they have been getting away with it in the past. These back benchers planning mutiny knew what they were getting into. They are already trying to change the 1922 Committee rule that prevents a no confidence vote for at least a year. I'm sure the letter are piling up. Expect more Brexit induced economic pain as winter comes. Labour can't take advantage because the next mandated general election is by Jan 2025. Tories aren't going to call a snap anytime soon.
    Last edited by Kdogg; 10-14-2022 at 11:48 AM.

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    The betting odds are now that Truss does not survive the year:

    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/be...al-11665760587

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kdogg View Post
    No one thought it was a good plan. It was never for the good of the county. It was a carrot to rich Tories voters (and their donors) so that she could be PM. She campaigned on it. I guess the surprise was that she went through with it instead of it being hollow rhetoric. She blew off concerns that it would break the £. Why? Because they have been getting away with it in the past. These back benchers planning mutiny knew what they were getting into. They are already trying to change the 1922 Committee rule that prevents a no confidence vote for at least a year. I'm sure the letter are piling up. Expect more Brexit induced economic pain as winter comes. Labour can't take advantage because the next mandated general election is by Jan 2025. Tories aren't going to call a snap anytime soon.
    Hey, she courted The Toffs and won the job fair and square! Who cares what the little people think?

  13. #1273
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    Hey, she courted The Toffs and won the job fair and square! Who cares what the little people think?
    She made campaign promises and kept them. Who would have thunk?

  14. #1274
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kdogg View Post
    She made campaign promises and kept them. Who would have thunk?
    Well, otherwise she would NOT have been invited to The Club for The Shoot. I guess it's what's to be expected when you choose a party leader in a really weird way.

  15. #1275
    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    Great analogy. It's somewhat unfathomable how Truss could have thought her tax plan was a good idea. Must be surrounded by Yes People.
    Or people who are going to directly benefit from the tax plan

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    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    Well, otherwise she would NOT have been invited to The Club for The Shoot. I guess it's what's to be expected when you choose a party leader in a really weird way.
    To be fair, not sure ours is much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    Well, otherwise she would NOT have been invited to The Club for The Shoot. I guess it's what's to be expected when you choose a party leader in a really weird way.
    Glass houses?

    We start with a caucus state. Move to your favorite state (named after a small rodent I take it?) which is 92% white and whose largest city has just over 100,000 people. Hardly typical. Then go to a state which basically has only 2 cities, neither of which could be called typical. Oh, and the rest of the state is pretty much desert or wasteland. We've been trying for decades to send all our nuclear waste there, after all. Though in their (common sense) defense, they've said "Heck NO!".

    After running this gauntlet, 80% of the candidates are gone.
    Past is gone, thou canst not that recall; Future is not, may not be at all;
    Present is, [so] improve the flying hour; Present only is within thy power. - Friar Park Clock Tower [author unknown]

  18. #1278
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldPhiKap View Post
    To be fair, not sure ours is much better.
    Actually I'm in favor of going back to cigar filled rooms...the primary system produces suboptimal results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    Actually I'm in favor of going back to cigar filled rooms...the primary system produces suboptimal results.
    How about strange women lying in ponds, distributing swords?

  20. #1280
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldPhiKap View Post
    How about strange women lying in ponds, distributing swords?
    That could work.


    I am a proponent of a presidential lottery every four years. Anyone can enter for a dollar, okay make it $10 to keep out the riffraff. The winner gets to be president and after 4 years gets $50 million and a retirement home/presidential library at the beach.

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