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Awol last won the day on November 14 2015

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  1. U.S. Politics

    That's pretty ominous.
  2. 2017 European general elections

    Problem of finding good political leadership applies in many major western countries. Clinton or Trump, May or Corbyn, etc. I blame lead water pipes back in the day.
  3. The price of fish should go down as there'll be lots more of it
  4. 2017 European general elections

    France temporarily withdrew from the NATO command structure but remained and remains an independent pillar of the western alliance as part of the P3 at the UN and a bilateral military alliance with the UK. At no point since WW2 has France had a leader who openly courted Moscow in preference to the order that has kept Western Europe free and at peace. Le Pen is poison.
  5. 2017 European general elections

    (heresy/) The EU isn't that important to the U.K. either way in the grand scheme of things (/heresy) but NATO is. As Brexit negotiations progress those disposed to harm the UK will realize the implications of being seriously unfriendly and much of the rhetoric will be quietly shelved. Le Pen is a menace to European security in a way not seen since 1945. Macron is of no consequence in comparison. Edit: To clarify I mean Le Pen is a threat to the internal cohesion of the western alliance, not an existential threat like the Soviet Union.
  6. 2017 European general elections

    Arguably they did:
  7. 2017 European general elections

    If France left (it won't) the EU would collapse rather than other countries then also leaving. From a UK perspective Macron is likely to continue Hollande's hard line punitive approach over Brexit negotiations, but that's probably better than the alternative of France leaving NATO and leaning towards Russia under Le Pen. As many pundits have speculated a term of Macron may only delay rather than prevent the ascent of FN given the structural challenges he needs to address, and his lack of a Parliamentary party to deliver them - but then a lot can happen in 5 years.
  8. 2017 European general elections

    To run he resigned from the Socialist Party where he Hollande's economy minister - so responsible for the 75% tax that drove so many successful Frenchies to London. Not exactly Thatcher in disguise! I also can't help thinking he's a wee bit young for the job... not that there is any alternative at this point.
  9. 2017 European general elections

    Macron and Le Pen through to final round. If she loses by less than 20% in May she'll more than double her father's performance at the same stage.
  10. General Election 2017

    Only works if you're wearing red shoes.
  11. General Election 2017

    That's what's happening.
  12. Cheers, my bad in that case.
  13. Fair enough, maybe it's been the frequency of the problem for Labour that made it stand out, along with supposedly being a credible party of government. On the Burqa, I was making the point that it's not a right wing, let alone a far-right issue. In France it was in response to the repeated terror attacks but justified under laws on secularism.
  14. General Election 2017

    In the context of being a PM who is credible on security it's the only story that counts. 'Corbyn wouldn't order killing of IS monster'. I'm sure the Press will be more imaginative tomorrow.