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    Do the Brits do motor/voter / automatic registration, etc?
    No, you have to register although it is much simpler. You can do it online, in person, even anonymously to avoid voter intimidation.

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    Any plots to blow up the house of lords uncovered today?
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    Quote Originally Posted by state of hockey View Post
    the horse of lords
    The Prince of Whales is looking into it.
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    The new speaker of the House of Commons is Lindsay Hoyle, Labour MP for Chorley. As is customary, he will resign from the party and take up a non-partisan role.

    It is customary for the outgoing speaker to be elevated to the House of Lords (or at least be offered the opportunity) when their term ends, but BoJo has said there will be no such offer coming for him. The whole reason Bercow stepped down is because BoJo was a spiteful little ***** and broke with tradition by announcing the Tory party would field a candidate in Bercow's constituency at the next election. It is another custom in British politics for all major parties not to run a candidate against the sitting Speaker. Rather than allow BoJo to set a dangerous precedent by breaking that tradition, Bercow resigned.

    Nigel Farage previously ran for MP in seven different elections (and lost spectacularly each time - including once receiving fewer votes than a man dressed as a dolphin) but has decided not to stand for election because he wants to support all 600+ candidates the Brexit Party will field. This is news to the Brexit Party because it has not decided whether to contest the election or stick with BoJo. Mathematically, this should be a no-brainer. Allow the Tories to run unopposed on the right, have the Lib Dems and Labour split the left vote and run Brexit Party candidates in about 30 Labour constituencies that voted Leave to help the Tory win that seat. That could return a parliament with 350+ Tory seats and a solid working majority. However, that requires the Brexit Party leaders to trust BoJo, which they aren't inclined to do. No one trusts him, not even his friends. The Brexit Party might decide this is an opportunity to seize power and guarantee the UK's future. Entering the election would cause chaos, mostly to the Tories, but (in their eyes) could lead to a Brexit Party takeover of parliament, or at the very least lead to a coalition government of Tory/Brexit thus guaranteeing a no-deal Brexit at the end of next year. The risk is that by contesting the election, you make a possibility of a Prime Minister Corbyn or even Jo Swinson. BoJo balked Farage's demand to drop his Brexit deal, prompting his announcement. Brexit Party leadership might be more understanding - or at least practical.

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    Ex speaker now speaking freely on brexit

    https://www.bbc.com/news/election-2019-50318810

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    They gotta give Bercow a TV show. Like he takes Judge Judy's slot or something. "Ordah! Orrrdah!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deutsche Gopher Fan View Post
    Ex speaker now speaking freely on brexit

    https://www.bbc.com/news/election-2019-50318810
    But Brexit Party MEP Rupert Lowe said it was "disgraceful" someone with Mr Bercow's views was "allowed to referee our Parliament for so long", adding: "The whole establishment is geared against Brexit."
    Seriously? It's a Tory government. BoJo is the PM.

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    After threatening BoJo with running candidates in every constituency, Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party will not contest any of the 317 seats won by the Tories in 2017. The Brexit Party will contest every other seat.

    Hard to say how that will play out. Sure, it paves the way for the Tories in those 317 seats but it makes it very difficult for the Tories to get victories in seats held by Labour, Lib Dem and others. It also sets up the odd circumstance that the Brexit Party will be arguing for people to vote for them in one constituency because the Tories are rubbish, but in the next they aren't fielding a candidate. Well...if the Tories are rubbish why aren't you contesting those seats as well?

    There aren't going to be any reliable polls. Unlike here, polls in Britain are done nationally not region by region. That means we really won't know how all this plays out until election night. My initial read is that this is guaranteed to return a minority Tory government to Westminster and it's no better than they have now. Worse probably, because everyone in Westminster will be ****ed at the public for not straightening this mess and the public ****ed at Westminster and #10 because they can't sort it out either. And all because of a non-binding vote that David Cameron didn't even have to hold...

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    Elections have consequences

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    Quote Originally Posted by ticapnews View Post
    vote that David Cameron didn't even have to hold...
    This has to be one of the biggest political mistakes in history, as scored by the metric idiocy times self infliction times impact. It's like "what if Dump was an event?"
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    Sad news from Britain. Lord Buckethead is no more. Apparently there was a 1980's film called Gremloids and it had a character named Lord Buckethead, and the copyright holder has issued a cease and desist.

    Good news from Britain! The candidate formerly known as Lord Buckethead will run against Boris Johnson under the name "Count Binface"

    This person dislikes Tory MPs. He has run against Thatcher, Major, Cameron, May and now BoJo. His moving bill must be extraordinary.

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