1. What I don't understand is how any conservative looks a Johnson and thinks he's the man to lead the party when his own ego is causing a civil war within the party anyway.

  2. Yep, they know his true character, they've seen him be disloyal to May and Cameron plus other Tory leaders when it suited him. They were pissed off when he disappeared off to Afghanistan for the day so he could conveniently miss a vote on the expansion of Heathrow, something he said he would lie in front of a bulldozer to prevent.

  3. How can the ERG come out so strongly against the Windsor Framework and then not say if they'll advise to vote against it or not?

  4. Because they are putting pressure on Sunak to (somehow) water down the deal or more likely make concessions elsewhere. They might also be waiting to see if a Cabinet minister jumps ship before deciding to vote against it.

  5. Is there any way for Labour to put pressure on Sunak by implying their support is contingent upon it being a three line whip -

  6. Technically you are right on the legality but UN Security Council Resolution 1441 was somewhat vague about the sanctions open if Saddam Hussein failed to comply with its terms. Most expected the UN to then discuss further action, possibly including force and this was discussed at the time. Tellingly there was no phrase such as "all options are available" or anything that could have unambiguously sanctioned an invasion.

  7. Basically his defence is that he mislead the House but as he didn't realise he was misleading the House he therefore didn't actually do anything wrong plus everyone else who attended parties in Downing Street also thought that they were doing nothing wrong.

  8. I think you have conflated several events - Robert the Bruce hid in a cave and maybe apocryphally watched a spider try and spin a web and failing before succeeding on the 7th time or something. This gave him the inspiration to try and oust the Norman/English invaders from Scotland again and this time he succeeded at Bannockburn, but then he was up against Edward II who inherited his kingdom from his father, Edward I, but failed to inherit his military genius or more to the point his ruthlessness.

  9. As stated. I was watching the history channel or something or PBS late at night. I probably have many of such documentaries jumbled up... Anyhow... I'm curious of the Cornwall rebellion or whatever it was. Consensus seems to be Alfred The Great.... I think....Kent... that seems familiar.

  10. There's also a Cornish rebellion to consider, in1497 when Henry VII was on the throne.

  11. The LCS was a short-lived organisation that achieved little during its existence (1792 to the late 1790s) but had a longer effect it was the first organised stirrings of the movement to reform parliament and it influenced the later Chartist movement as well as things like trade unionism. As much as anything the LCS was one of the first organisations to give working class people a voice and demonstrated that far from being brutish, untrustworthy, ill-educated masses that they could have a role in political society. The "Gagging Acts" of 1795 - these were the Treason Act and the Seditious Meetings Act as well as the French Revolutionary wars killed off the LCS but its legacy as Thompson points out was more important.

  12. Everyone has to start somewhere...

  13. To be fair they were in the 70s. Sort of. Churned out loads of great players just couldnt convert it into ...anything at major tournaments

  14. Same with English, Irish and Welsh players. Teams like Liverpool regularly won the European cup and yet the same players in their national teams were ordinary.

  15. Thegns- individually. Collectively- Witan.

  16. The Anglo-Saxon word for a woman was "Wif" - this is where we get the word wife from.

  17. Quelle surprise...William Ulsterman says no.

  18. The decision to invade, at the time with the information available, was justifiable.

  19. Who in Labour has questioned Starmer’s legitimacy?

  20. Expect four hours of cognitive dissonance, bluster and word games.

  21. Omnisis poll suggests opposition to free movement was based on lack of awareness

  22. After Uni and before going into journalism he worked in southern France as a teacher, that's where he presumably mastered the accent.

  23. I don't think Scotland's going to be as much of a walkover for Labour as today's megathread is assuming.

  24. Does Scotland have to be a walkover for Labour though?

  25. The two obvious choices are Brave New World - Aldous Huxley and George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.

  26. Well played Ireland - they won the tournament by playing consistently well and even if this wasn't a convincing win they took their chances when they came.

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