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  1. I'll ask the converse question: why are Corbyn-supporters so obsessed with attacking the Tories? The parties are separated by such a large chasm of centre ground that I think they are sharing very few voters. As such, they're not changing any minds - just preaching to the converted. On the other hand, criticising Labour (as a supporter) at least has the possibility of effecting actual change. So I would answer your question with a question: if the party refuses to acknowledge the criticism of the people whose votes it needs to get into power -- indeed, attacks those people, in vilifying the Liberal Democrats -- then who is to blame?
  2. One point this misses is that, bluntly, taxes are already set at or near the maximum that people are prepared to pay (otherwise we wouldn’t be borrowing!), hence there is an international orthodoxy of tax rates that are broadly similar. Extracting further funding for services is done by charging for them at the point of use, e.g. TV licencing and, yes, broadband. The end of this UBS road is significantly increased taxes (in aggregate) that make the country a less appealing place to live for the middle class and above - people who currently don't have to think too hard to find £20 for broadband of £79 for a TV license. This isn’t to say the principle is wrong, just pointing out that as a society we may not be ready for it.
  3. The “and provide for free” part is the key here. Currently heavy users subsidise the lower grade consumers. Anyone who is not a heavy user will likely see their taxes increase by more than their current broadband bill, unless the nationalised broadband offering is stratified in some way. Would it be too much to ask, just once, for some detail with Labour’s proposals?
  4. I agree that all things being equal, families should be in houses. But these two cases were both in outer London, not the middle of nowhere. Building vertically is the only affordable way to increase the housing supply. As for these cases, a £5 cable window opening restrictor would have solved the problem.
  5. Zahidf, I am now convinced. The tories are as bad as labour when it comes to disgusting prejudice. Thank you for your wisdom. Meanwhile, I’ll be voting Lib Dem.
  6. I expect the Inclusive Ownership Funds plan might also lack support when people discover the impact of the dilution on their pensions. You wouldn’t need to have a very large pension to come out worse under that.
  7. I think there’s also an element of hypocrisy in the claim that a Labour Brexit option should be put to referendum, whereas a Tory Brexit should not. For a referendum to be legitimate, credible options should not be excluded from voting. No Deal is not a credible option, but the WA was, and Johnson’s revised deal may be. My armchair speculation is that Corbyn is terrified of a Tory Brexit being put against Remain because he would have to vociferously campaign against it.
  8. If the suggestion is that they’re using shorts as a sole position rather than a hedge, then that makes them gamblers, since there’s no way they can be assured of that outcome (and if you think they can, then you should be taking similar positions!) I see the temptation in following this line of thinking - it’s nice to look for rational reasons behind behaviour - but I think the truth is that the super rich are just as easily taken in by this guff about sovereignty, if not more so as they are more insulated from the consequences.
  9. The problem with criticizing short positions ["making money from no deal"] is that when held in conjunction with a positive position, these are logical parts of a de-risked fund (a "short hedge"), in the same way that precious metals are held as insurance against economic downturns. There are plenty of legitimate criticisms of Brexit and its backers without needing to perpetuate disaster capitalism conspiracies.
  10. It’s interesting that, as extreme policy after extreme policy is announced out of conference, each one of which will piss off at least 10% of the electorate (and a different 10%!), Labour supporters preach the benefits of compromise and electability when it comes to Brexit.
  11. Especially his useless parents.
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