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    (Original post by nixonsjellybeans)
    Scandinavian models are one of our primary influences I think, its inspired a few of a bills and sparks a good debate generally. In education particularly.
    Funny that, I quite like Scandinavian models too.
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    (Original post by Mechie)
    Funny that, I quite like Scandinavian models too.
    I think we (during the last coalition we were in) agreed to reform education along the lines of Scandinavia if i'm correct. I certainly remember a bill by SLF.

    EDIT: Joke flew right over my head :lol:
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    (Original post by Mechie)
    Funny that, I quite like Scandinavian models too.
    I always liked Ulrika Jonsson when she was younger
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    On the note of Scandinavia, we are like the 3rd happiest country, the wealthiest country in the EU and (2nd in something else important.)
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    I should have made this announcement about a week ago, but kath_igidbashian, Stiff Little Fingers and arminb are now Socialist MPs, replacing Faland, Burridge and the vacant seat.

    I trust you will give them a warm welcome.
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    (Original post by O133)
    I should have made this announcement about a week ago, but kath_igidbashian, Stiff Little Fingers and arminb are now Socialist MPs, replacing Faland, Burridge and the vacant seat.

    I trust you will give them a warm welcome.
    I just found out right now :rolleyes: It's an honour to be in the parliament AS A SOCIALIST.
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    So it takes your members about ten days to find out they have been promoted to MPs? Are you appointing them without their prior consent just to fill the gaps and not lose seats?

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    I just found out right now :rolleyes: It's an honour to be in the parliament AS A SOCIALIST.
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    (Original post by Life_peer)
    So it takes your members about ten days to find out they have been promoted to MPs? Are you appointing them without their prior consent just to fill the gaps and not lose seats?
    No they did have my consent. I asked for it.:cool:
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    Do the Socialists not conduct open elections to elect their MPs?
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    (Original post by Blue Meltwater)
    Do the Socialists not conduct open elections to elect their MPs?
    Our MP election policy is as follows:

    If there are as many candidates as seats or fewer candidates than seats:
    All of the candidates are deemed elected unless objections are raised. If there are fewer candidates than seats, the vacant seat(s) should not be shared with another party until all recent new members have been offered the seat(s) (by means of a quote).

    If there are more candidates than seats:
    1: Candidates shall have 3 days after the announcement of the election to submit a manifesto (of no longer than 250 words and containing at most 1 image file) to the returning officer.
    2: The manifestos will be put onto a Q&A thread in the order in which they are submitted. This thread will remain open for 3 days for questions to be asked to the candidates.
    3: The first round of the election will be open for 4 days. Party members vote for one candidate, and the candidates receiving the most votes are deemed elected.
    4: If there is a tie then the election is rerun over 3 days with those candidates for the remaining seats. This process may happen more than once if there is a tie in the rerun.
    In practice we don't have more than one applicant per seat.
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    (Original post by O133)
    Our MP election policy is as follows:
    Ah, that's fair - a similar process to what the Greens have.
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    We hold elections for seats whenever it is necessary. That means always at the start of parliament.

    If a seat is vacted for whatever reason, the position is advertised in the subforum. If only one person applies, then there is no point in running an election (which is time consuming). If more than one person applies we obviously run an election.

    If anyone has objections they raise them.
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    As you guys are pretty far left in curious to know whether in RL you'd take take your 6 figure government salary as cabinet ministers or seek to reduce or give away such wealth to better represent the humble protaliteriat.
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    (Original post by Rakas21)
    As you guys are pretty far left in curious to know whether in RL you'd take take your 6 figure government salary as cabinet ministers or seek to reduce or give away such wealth to better represent the humble protaliteriat.
    The argument often given is that high MP wages help poorer northern (labour) MPs who have to travel to London etc. I think it's codswallop. Especially today when pretty much all MPs are rich business folk.

    I wouldn't take my salary I know that. Once MPs start working for it then they can have it. As it stands there are plenty of people who work much harder for much less.
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    (Original post by Rakas21)
    As you guys are pretty far left in curious to know whether in RL you'd take take your 6 figure government salary as cabinet ministers or seek to reduce or give away such wealth to better represent the humble protaliteriat.
    I'm actually of the opinion that for as long as we have capitalism, MP wages as they currently are are about fair. It would be inefficient and undemocratic to have a situation where MPs are reduced, say, to an average wage whilst a large range of other professions earn significantly above this, because then members of such professions who had expenses they couldn't get rid of such as mortgages based upon such salaries would find themselves unable to stand for Parliament unless they had very large person savings, a rich family to back them up, or corporate sponsorship of some kind. You'd effectively see a two-tier Parliament where although there were perhaps some more MPs from poorer backgrounds, many of those from the middle were replaced by the truly rich. Therefore, my likely course of action would be to reject the addition for being in Government which I do see as simply lots of money for little reason, but would take the full MP salary. From there, I would likely however spend substantial amounts on some form of charity or another or simply on helping constituents in need: my person expenditure would depend on my circumstances. As Marx said, "from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs: if I had several children, for instance, I would regard it as perfectly reasonable that I would spend more money than a fellow Socialist who had none.
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    Which beer produced by a co-operative would the Socialists like to see stocked at the Commons bar?
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    (Original post by barnetlad)
    Which beer produced by a co-operative would the Socialists like to see stocked at the Commons bar?
    I don't drink, but something German, Scandinavian or Russian?
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    (Original post by barnetlad)
    Which beer produced by a co-operative would the Socialists like to see stocked at the Commons bar?
    I think this lot would prefer some champagne. #politicalbanter


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    Do you agree that economic inequality is the root cause of most other kinds of inequality?
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    (Original post by MedicineMann)
    Do you agree that economic inequality is the root cause of most other kinds of inequality?
    Yes, but with the proviso that this does not mean we can ignore other such inequalities or that resolving economic inequality will necessarily resolve them too. Whilst I accept economic inequality as a root cause, the discriminations and prejudices which have prevailed over centuries across the world are now so deeply ingrained that removing the original cause is not sufficient - we must also specifically work to combat the social manifestations of sexism, homophobia, racism etc
 
 
 
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