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  1. Just to say - I love this paragraph.
  2. Perhaps I’m misunderstanding given I’m a Johnny-come-lately to LOD, but my interpretation of it was that it turned out the man they were looking for, the elusive H, turned out not to be the criminal mastermind they thought he was at all, but instead, simply a bent copper, able to hide partly because people (rightly) dismissed him as a mastermind and partly because his superiors didn’t want to countenance dealing with the situation. The only one who thought Buckles was smart was Buckles himself; the real brains were in the OCGs and they just kept him safe because he’d give them info on whatever
  3. Maybe so, but I still think a major economic screw-up could hurt them, as could looking like they’re actually going to sell off the NHS (Labour tried to convince everyone of that at the last election but it simply wasn’t believable), or selecting the wrong leader when and if Boris leaves. There is plenty that could go wrong for the Tories. Even not coming out against the proposed European Super League could have hurt them - credit to whoever’s advising Boris on that one because they were right on the ball there. At the moment, Boris’s mere presence reminds the people you speak of o
  4. You’re assuming that the Mail have “called it right” with regards to their audience, at least on this issue. And as I say, some people will have it for a casual browse, some because they want language somewhere between the dumb-down of the Sun and the more challenging read of the Telegraph (there isn’t really that much option in the middle writing-wise) and some because they simply like the Mail’s puzzles or magazine segments. Whatever the truth though, the Mail haven’t had a good pandemic. Specifically given they were the most vocal newspaper last year over opening society back up aga
  5. In answer to this I’d say... First of all, don’t equate the Mail readership with those who comment on its online forum. The Mail readership is many thousands of people who read it for different reasons. Some will be for reasons of strongly libertarian beliefs, granted. But others will simply be because the puzzles are their kind of level. And many in between. Meanwhile, the comments section will be filled with a few people who are full of their own importance in believing their opinion should be heard*, are probably not listened to elsewhere and are shouting as loudly as they can.
  6. What Starmer’s doing reminds me of Cameron when he first got the leadership of the Conservatives. He had a mission to change them from what they were before - in Cameron’s case to “modernise” his party, in Starmer’s case to make them “electable to the masses”, but in both cases a change from what came before without any specific, nailed down description of what that meant. Like Cameron, Starmer doesn’t yet have an idea or policy that you can hang your hat on and say “that’s Starmer-esque” or “that’s Keir-nomics” or any other phrase like that. For Cameron, I always thought it was a
  7. I’m a bit surprised Labour aren’t making at least some headway in the polls considering the sleaze row. That said, I think some of it isn’t as bad as Johnson’s enemies want it to be. Take the pandemic contracts or the James Dyson stuff, for instance. I know Ian Hislop was trying to make it into a bigger thing last week but I can’t honestly say that being over-attentive to a guy who’s prioritising the country for potentially life-saving equipment at the start of a pandemic is really that damaging an idea. I look at that and think: Yeah, I’d have probably gritted my teeth and kept him sweet too,
  8. To be honest, I think Gove’s the one who’s been running this government for some time. Boris is scatty, poor with facts and details, and prone to gaffes. As you say, the one thing he does have is charisma, but I don’t see that he has much if any control over what’s happening around him. The guy’s incompetent. It therefore falls on someone else to actually keep things ticking along, and Gove is the one in all of the meetings. I think technically he’s the obvious candidate to take over as PM. But as you say he’s pretty universally disliked by the public so it’s hard to see that happe
  9. We’d have to disagree on that but I’m aware you’re not the only person who thinks so.
  10. The Tory party has a problem here. Their leader is incompetent and consistently looks like he hasn’t got any handle on what’s happening around him, including what’s in the rules and what isn’t, yet the polls are still up and he does appear to be a vote-winner in their key battlegrounds. It feels like they should be reaching the point where they bin him off, but his replacement is far from obvious.
  11. I never knew the rivalry was so bitter. No wonder Buckethead was so smug in victory. Laurence Fox meanwhile is turning into a fascinating case study on how to kill your career by not knowing when to shut your gob.
  12. I thought Count Binface was Lord Buckethead’s great foe? I seem to recall them both being at Theresa May’s constituency a few years back and Buckethead joyously flipping the bird at Binface when he got more votes.
  13. I saw the start of it, then reported him to the World Economic Forum; so he should be in a Gulag by now.
  14. I don’t think anything’s afoot as such other than that the guy’s incompetent and people are seizing their opportunity. The Daily Mail hasn’t actually supported Boris for a long time. They’ve spent most of the last year complaining that he’s locking down too much. I don’t quite know who or what the Mail want but they’ve looked like they want someone else in charge of the Conservative party ever since Paul Dacre left. That they’ve gone for Boris doesn’t surprise me. In fact, it’s that way with other right wing papers too. The Express are absolutely in bed with him but the Mail and the Telegraph
  15. That’s still nothing compared to a real time goal. I can live with being annoyed, finding out a bad decision has gone against you. What’s terrible is not being able to celebrate in the moment when the ball hits the back of the net. That Iheanacho goal was a great moment, but it’s not even nearly worth the endless counter-examples where a goal can’t be celebrated. I saw the way video technology was used in rugby in the years before VAR. That’s a stop-start, technical game and I hated it in that too for much the same reason. And that’s the point - how can VAR possibly work to give de
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