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  1. Acts you don't "get"

    Mik Artistik
  2. Which festivals will sell out quicker next year?

    Also perhaps the fact that the main stage area at H&G wasn't big enough to fit everyone (with a legit ticket) at the festival in. Even though all the other stages stopped before the headliners.
  3. Are Tories welcome at Glastonbury

    Yeah but it's never that simple. He didn't call the referendum out of a desire to understand what the public wants. He called it because he was sure he could win it at that point in time and believed that a win for Remain would put the issue to bed for a decade or two. Whereas he was worried a few years later that Leave might actually have a chance of winning. Just like how now all the Leavers are scared to death of the idea of a second referendum as they're fairly sure they will lose it. As a democrat, are you also in favour of the equal marriage plebiscite in Australia?
  4. Are Tories welcome at Glastonbury

    You said it was a general rule for life, not just the festival so that's what I picked up on. And obviously abuse isn't okay but sometimes it is important to challenge things.
  5. Are Tories welcome at Glastonbury

    Are you by any chance, doing alright? In a position where Brexit or a Tory government might be unpleasant but isn't going to fuck up the lives of you or anyone close to you? Not a dig, and y'know, whatever gets you through the day, but I think when you adopt that approach it's important to acknowledge that it comes from a position of privilege, and it's not an option realistically open to everyone.
  6. Mr C telling a few porkies ??

    He's not broken it though. Any statement made was contingent on there being a Labour government, and there isn't one. The next manifesto will come before the next election and won't include everything in the previous one anyway.
  7. Mr C telling a few porkies ??

    And Labour have u-turned on what was implied by voting against the Tory plans to scrap all student debt! Or not. I can see what the Tories are trying to do it's just bizarre and seems somewhat counter-intuitive to me. Between this and Theresa May's request for policy ideas I don't think I've ever before seen an opposition parties manifesto remain quite so relevant six weeks after the election. By this point the opposition are normally voting to block policies that were in their own manifesto on principle and it's business as usual. It does very much feel like the Tories are still fighting an election campaign, which makes me think another election will happen sooner rather than later.
  8. Mr C telling a few porkies ??

    I am still confused by this whole student debt story to be fair. Regardless of whether you think it was a Labour pledge or not, I'm not sure how he "broke" it? Unless the Tories attempted to pass a bill eliminating all historical student debt and Labour voted against it, no policy promise has been broken. And none will be as Labour aren't in government. If there's another election it'll come with another manifesto and that'll have its own statement on tuition fees and historic debt. It's such a weird non-story for the Tories to glom on to "Hey look, Labour aren't going to eliminate student debt after all. And we still won't either!"
  9. Mr C telling a few porkies ??

    Well Corbyn was on at Glastonbury. So it's as relevant as threads discussing Radiohead etc. outside of their festival performance. What I don't get is why so many people are reading it if they're not interested.
  10. Are Tories welcome at Glastonbury

    To an extent this is true. We could pick over Grenfell for years trying to lay blame but ultimately it doesn't matter. The next tragedy won't be Grenfell, it'll be something else. Something we don't see coming. The important question should be who will prevent that next tragedy. Except because we don't know what it will be, it means we have to try *everywhere*. One party is suggesting increasing funding to the services and increasing regulation on private companies. One party is suggesting decreasing funding to services and decreasing regulation on private companies. One way of doing things makes the "next Grenfell" a hell of a lot less likely.
  11. Are Tories welcome at Glastonbury

    To a degree I think you're right. The payback terms on loans at the moment are okay. The problem is that they're not guaranteed, and it creates further inequality between the generations. For all but the highest earners (and those with rich parents who can pay them off) the current loans are a de-facto graduate tax: 9% of your income over 20k until they're written off after 30 years. Making it an actual graduate tax seems a no-brainer (those guys earning 60k+ who actually get the point of paying off the loan are really going to get arsey and upset and leave the country if they're asked to keep paying the 9%?) And of course if you did that, the number could be a lot lower than 9%. If you went a bit further, and extended it to everyone who had had a uni education at any point it could probably be 1%. I'd happily do it if that was the rule for everyone. The problem with just doing it unilaterally is that it's not a level playing field. I can only afford a house deposit right now with help from my parents, but house prices are so high because people like me are buying them with help from their parents....
  12. Are Tories welcome at Glastonbury

    Construction has improved so mould is less common these days and things like central heating and double glazing are close to standard. And we have better ways to treat mould when it does occur. Shitty landlords still exist, but we make and fit better housing now.
  13. Are Tories welcome at Glastonbury

    I won't deny there are some degrees of questionable worth unless you really want to practically get into that field. Photography etc. - things that would be better suited to apprenticeships anyway. But a lot of the more academic subjects that don't have many practical applications (History, Art, Literature, etc.) still teach you things beyond the degree itself. You learn how to learn, you learn self motivation, you learn critical thinking and so on. Even "hard" sciences do the same: few would argue that physics isn't a valuable subject, but reality is that we don't need that many physicists. But you're not going to figure out at 18 who the future physicists are either... Likewise I did computer science as a degree but that's complete overkill if you just want to be a software developer. Learn to code, start making things and the rest is best learned on the job. 90% of whatever else you learn will be useless. Knowledge of how super computers work isn't going to help you develop the online shopping cart for Tesco.
  14. Are Tories welcome at Glastonbury

    No it isn't because we are not taxing people who got their education for free (or cheaper like me). And there are no guarantees that those loans can't be sold and have their terms changed. But yeah for new students it is effectively a graduate tax so might as well make it like that for everyone if you're happy with it!
  15. Are Tories welcome at Glastonbury

    Graduate tax. Let everyone pay for their university education, but only in retrospect. More students means you make more in the future, so can fund more students. Don't saddle people with debt, saddle them with an obligation to help others in the future.
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