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Hello and welcome, the Model BBC is hereby revived once again.


CatusStarbright is providing us with the first of a series of monthly MHoC reviews. Expect this to become a regular feature of the Model BBC, and a good chance for new members to become familiar with the goings on of the forum if they weren't keeping up with the narrative.

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This Month in the MHoC – September 2018


Deals, Designs and Deductions – it’s a By-election!


This month saw an exciting by-election in the MHoC – three seats were up for grabs after Labour failed to maintain them at the last voting review.

With Labour unable to stand, the candidates comprised of three members flying under the banners of the three other parties (GeniusOfEarl100 of the Conservatives, Hazzer1998 of the Libertarians and Petros AC, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats) as well as the independents. These were the politically socialist DayneD89 (who was acting as de facto Labour candidate), the Home Secretary in the Conservative minority government, CoffeeGeek, and the mysterious Mr Eurosceptic who stood without a manifesto.

The results were as follows (in descending order):

Hazzer (TSR Libertarian Party) – 39 (35 post-verification)
GeniusOfEarl100 (TSR Conservative and Unionist Party)- 35 (33 post-verification)
DayneD89 (Independent) – 33 (28 post-verification)
PetrosAC (TSR Liberal Democrats) – 32 (25 post-verification)
CoffeeGeek (Independent) – 24 (21 post-verification)
Spoilt Ballot - 9
Mr Eurosceptic (Independent) – 3 (2 post-verification)

Clearly it was a good result for Hazzer and the Libertarian Party and a solid performance for the Conservative Party. It came as no surprise, therefore, when CatusStarbright, Leader of the Libertarian Party, later publicly said that her party had a by-election vote swapping deal with the Conservatives.
It also came as little surprise that Labour and the Liberal Democrats had forged a deal of their own; both parties voting for DayneD89 and PetrosAC in the by-election. Evidently, however, the combined force of the two parties covering the left/centre-left were not enough to overpower the two parties of the right when working together.

This makes sense considering the state of the Labour party at the time; a party with a Leader absent due to personal circumstances, a (now former) Deputy Leader, WobblyBovine, who abandoned the party completely and a Chair, viljo, who may as well have completely left too. With any luck, the newly-elected Deputy Leader, RayApparently, and the return of Saoiurse:3 will sort out the mess and restore the party to its former glory. This certainly seems to be happening given Labour’s strong voting record this month.

The performance of the Lab-Lib block in the by-election further makes sense since PetrosAC is known for not being strong enough at whipping votes in by-elections. This time around, Petros admitted to members of the House that “Labour whipped more strongly for me than I did for Dayne”. On that basis, given Dayne’s vote outstripped that of Petros, perhaps some Labour voters did not honour the deal or perhaps were not informed of how to vote due to the lack of strong leadership at the time.

Speaking of not honouring deals, examination of the results for the Tory-Liber block is revealing. CoffeeGeek received 24 votes, which will have been almost solely from members of the Conservative Party. The Libertarian candidate received 39 votes, with the Conservative Party candidate receiving 35 (all figures pre-verification). Assuming CG attracted 22 Conservative votes, which you would expect is the same as the figure for GeniusOfEarl100, the Libertarians therefore provided the Conservatives with 13 votes. Subtracting 22 from 39, we get 17 votes however – a discrepancy of 5 votes.

Perhaps this can be explained by the possibility that some of the Liberal Democrats voted for the Libertarian candidate, however the Libertarian Party’s Party President, Jammy Duel, revealed to the House that he did not vote for the Conservative candidate, breaching the Tory-Liber voting deal.

After the by-election, the power in the House has shifted slightly. Labour are currently down to 14 seats (and would have fewer without DayneD89 and SoggyCabbages rejoining), with the governmental party, the Conservative Party, up at 17 seats. The Libertarians have also gained, taking them to 11 seats, with the Liberal Democrats still on 7. Joep95 still holds the last seat as an independent.
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Leadership Shake-ups

Following the resignations of PetrosAC and CatusStarbright, both the Liberal Democrat and Libertarian parties launched leadership elections to find the new top dogs of the liberal bloc.

Jammy Duel rose to become Leader of the Libertarian Party, with Connor27 once again occupying the role of Party President and becoming Jammy’s deputy. Little surprise there, though it remains to be seen how a good a team they will make.

Rumour had it that the Lib Dems had some difficulty in finding their new leader, but eventually it emerged that Eppeb was to take the role. A relatively new face in the House, there have been members of the House that have expressed a sense of confusion as to what the new leader stands for and how he managed to attain the role. It is hoped that Eppeb will cement themselves into the community in the coming days and weeks. Certainly he has improved his public presence following his appointment.




Party Update

The Labour Party can stop losing hope now. RedLuxembourg stepped up in the absence of action from WobblyBovine and viljo and became the party’s Chief Whip. So far he seems to be doing a good job at stopping the leeching of seats. After the resignation of Wobbly as Deputy Leader (amidst rumours that a Motion of No Confidence had been called in him for inactivity), RayApparently was elected to the role. An experienced member of the party and indeed as a former Leader, it is hoped he can save the party from the brink of disaster. The return of Saoirse:3 has also quelled fears of the collapse of the party, despite the attempted coup by DayneD89 which was quickly quelled.

The Liberal Democrats had a leadership election this month in the wake of the resignation of PetrosAC, with Eppeb emerging victorious, as detailed above.

The Libertarian Party too had a leadership election after the resignation of CatusStarbright. They also continued their strong legislative output, it was revealed in Rakas21’s monthly analysis for August. His cumulative figures for the term put the party at the top, with 18 motions and bills having been either authored or more exceptionally seconded by the party. The Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives fought for second place with 12 apiece, with Labour trailing on 3.

The Conservative Party has enjoyed another month in government, albeit now without the support of the Libertarian Party due to the lack of renewal of the economic deal between the parties, which was caused by an issue with compromising over the Libertarian Party’s defence bill which compounded the friction over budgetary proposals. The party now leads the output for the term following the release of Rakas’ September figures, having produced 8 pieces this month.
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The Rumour Mill

With the emergence of the account named LemonBotex in the Ask the Government thread, rumours of the return of the man behind the Tommy1boy account have been circulating. The LemonBotex account clearly belongs to him – does he have plans for the MHoC beyond antagonising his nemesis: the current Prime Minister, Life_Peer? The House awaits what Lemon does next.

The by-election indie without a manifesto, Mr Eurosceptic, is widely rumoured to be an account operated by Jacob, previously of the now-deleted account Jacob E. A dupe check was requested on the account which Fez revealed came up clean. However, since it appears Jacob is not operating another account in the MHoC, it cannot be classed as a dupe and would come up clean.
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Obituary – The Socialist Party 2.0

On the 2nd September, RedLuxembourg released a statement in the Socialist Party proposal thread announcing the death of the proposal. Reasons cited included the loss of Trevism, one of the signatories of the proposal, and the difficulties faced by the Labour Party. Thus the proposal which seemed unlikely to get off the ground in the first place was unceremoniously killed off.


Obituary – CoffeeAndPolitics

This month, CoffeeAndPolitics was replaced by Andrew97 as Secretary of State for Infrastructure after his mysterious disappearance from both the Conservative Party and MP subforums. His seat has been taken up by CoffeeGeek, who was without one following his unsuccessful attempt to gain a seat as an independent in the by-election.
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The Rumour Mill

With the emergence of the account named LemonBotex in the Ask the Government thread, rumours of the return of the man behind the Tommy1boy account have been circulating. The LemonBotex account clearly belongs to him – does he have plans for the MHoC beyond antagonising his nemesis: the current Prime Minister, Life_Peer? The House awaits what Lemon does next.

The by-election indie without a manifesto, Mr Eurosceptic, is widely rumoured to be an account operated by Jacob, previously of the now-deleted account Jacob E. A dupe check was requested on the account which Fez revealed came up clean. However, since it appears Jacob is not operating another account in the MHoC, it cannot be classed as a dupe and would come up clean.

It can be classed as a dupe since Jacob is banned.
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A good review although if we are abandoning videos then perhaps bring back Ad Hoc as the newspaper format was quite good (Petros also ran a liberal one for a while).

I'd just like to clarify that the points in the motions and bills challenge do not represent individual items, it's 1 for a motion and 2 for a bill.
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A good idea but the podcasts should continue alongside I think.
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Nice idea. Glad I get a mention... . Yes I enjoy reading my own name....
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Nice idea. Glad I get a mention... . Yes I enjoy reading my own name....
You've evolved from the rank of Vobot to minor celebrity. Congrats.
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I should point out that there was no attempted coup. There was a vote to remove an inactive leader which I happily voted against when they returned and assured me that they would become active again.

The fact that I had discussed supporting replacements does not make it a coup.
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I give this one two months
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I give this one two months
Glad you're not my Doctor.
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Glad you're not my Doctor.
How long has any other form of MHoC media really lasted? Ad Hoc lasted ages but that was mainly because it was infrequent; lib dem propaganda sheet didn't last long, IIRC there were only 2, Gladstone's attempt was a 1 off, podcasts didn't last long, and we are now at a point where nobody can really be bothered to debate or produce, they just sit there waiting for something to be told to vote on.
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We are now at a point where nobody can really be bothered to debate or produce, they just sit there waiting for something to be told to vote on.
Yes. Does complaining about that make you feel better?
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(Original post by Jammy Duel)
How long has any other form of MHoC media really lasted? Ad Hoc lasted ages but that was mainly because it was infrequent; lib dem propaganda sheet didn't last long, IIRC there were only 2, Gladstone's attempt was a 1 off, podcasts didn't last long, and we are now at a point where nobody can really be bothered to debate or produce, they just sit there waiting for something to be told to vote on.
There were 3 “Lib Dem propaganda sheets” and that ended because I got back into the leadership.

And you’ve been complaining about people not producing legislation and debate for months - perhaps even years
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A good idea but the podcasts should continue alongside I think.
Have a chat with 04 and make it your project if you wish.
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It'd be great if this could keep going, as someone who used to take part in MHOC it would be nice to have an easier way to keep up than occasionally going through threads
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It'd be great if this could keep going, as someone who used to take part in MHOC it would be nice to have an easier way to keep up than occasionally going through threads
I have a half written version in my head. I also have a 6 hour dress rehearsal today for the play I’m directing. I can only do my best, but busy times.
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I have a half written version in my head. I also have a 6 hour dress rehearsal today for the play I’m directing. I can only do my best, but busy times.
No worries, life comes first of course - hope you're doing well

Even if these were late or every two/three months or something though, I wouldn't mind, it's a really good idea (maybe more people could get involved with it if the press is still a thing).
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