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    (Original post by Pencil Queen)
    If she got in as leader I'd start donating to labour...I really don't like her.
    Well putting people off the conservative party would be a good thing too .
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    (Original post by Pencil Queen)
    As for No 1 I know it's what they do - I just don't like it - I find it incredibly off putting...it's not a nice trait in individuals never mind in organisations which are supposed to be running our country.
    well, its not just reserved to the Tories then.

    As for No 2 as I say I've not seen the tory policies (other than tuition fees and the health passport) other than on the tory party website (and I really have better things to do than trawl through that all day). The policies I have come across just don't add up (eg tuition fees - the extra money from reducing numbers of degree students pays for scrapping the fees - but the extra vocational course places promised for those students who don't get into the slimmed down HE system don't seem to be coming from anywhere - compared to the white paper which proposes the extra vocational courses funded by top up fees).

    And although I've stopped reading hard copy newspapers (that 20p a day just seemed excessive for something available free online) I do read the news and I do watch the news and listen to the news - so if I'm not recieving the message on what the tory policies are there must be many more in the same boat.
    thats your right to be sceptical. although in principle do you agree?

    (Original post by vienna95)
    she worked under him and then he blamed her or scapegoated her in the sacking of the director of the prison service. she generally didnt like him for when he was her boss so when the leadership election came around she supported hague and made comments about intending to hurt him politically and ruining his chance of leadership.
    OK - thanks for that although I'm sure there's another slant on it - anyone?
    I see there's concerns that if he ever becomes PM, as a non-Christian how he could be involved in selection of Archbishop of Canterbury etc.
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    (Original post by vienna95)
    well, its not just reserved to the Tories then.
    No but my respect for any party that took the higher ground would increase hugely and I don't think I'm alone...changing the focus away from the petty arguements would be a vote winner for any party.


    thats your right to be sceptical. although in principle do you agree?
    What? that their policies are widely publicised - no...that their policies are radical and mature - in part, they are starting to come through with ideas which is the first step but I don't think they've bottomed out their policies yet to come up with things that are workable. I would hope that with a new leader likely to outlast his predecessors their policies would become both more developed and better publicised.
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    (Original post by UnregisteredP)
    OK - thanks for that although I'm sure there's another slant on it - anyone?
    I see there's concerns that if he ever becomes PM, as a non-Christian how he could be involved in selection of Archbishop of Canterbury etc.
    That's an issue? religious people really do make me laugh - talk about getting your priorities all wrong.
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    (Original post by Pencil Queen)
    No but my respect for any party that took the higher ground would increase hugely and I don't think I'm alone...changing the focus away from the petty arguements would be a vote winner for any party.




    What? that their policies are widely publicised - no...that their policies are radical and mature - in part, they are starting to come through with ideas which is the first step but I don't think they've bottomed out their policies yet to come up with things that are workable. I would hope that with a new leader likely to outlast his predecessors their policies would become both more developed and better publicised.
    no i meant do you agree with the policies in principle.
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    (Original post by vienna95)
    no i meant do you agree with the policies in principle.
    The top up fees one - definately not, I've studied the white paper and the case for expansion and I agree with it (and as for top up fees I think they're finally implimenting a setup which is fairer - something they should have done back in 98).

    The health passports one I can see the appeal of - but personally I would like it to intergrate some form of means testing so that rather than subsidising the people who would have gone private anyway it's giving focussed help to people who would otherwise have had no choice.
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    (Original post by vienna95)
    can you run that by me again, i dont see what on earth you were doing other than messing around with quotes.
    On the off chance that you were being sincere...

    I made a point.

    You constructed a straw man, wildly different from the position I stated.

    You knocked down the straw man, claiming that won you the point.

    It didn't.
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    (Original post by llama boy)
    On the off chance that you were being sincere...

    I made a point.

    You constructed a straw man, wildly different from the position I stated.

    You knocked down the straw man, claiming that won you the point.

    It didn't.
    ooo critical thinking strikes again
    we like my new sig? lol
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    the only problem with Howard is that he cannot pronounce some words accurately, despite being a QC, which the lefties will try to use against him during Question time. Hopefully though, he can give Blair a real run for his money given the current state of his position, the war in Iraq and the labour party
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    (Original post by edders)
    ooo critical thinking strikes again
    we like my new sig? lol
    Worrying picture - he looks like he's just farted and he's waiting for everyone else to notice
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    (Original post by Pencil Queen)
    Worrying picture - he looks like he's just farted and he's waiting for everyone else to notice
    rofl
    i see what you mean. but still itll show everyone who we're talking about in this thread.
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    (Original post by llama boy)
    On the off chance that you were being sincere...

    I made a point.

    You constructed a straw man, wildly different from the position I stated.

    You knocked down the straw man, claiming that won you the point.

    It didn't.
    you: "there is not enough popular support for a further lurch to the right"

    me: "to say there is no support for these issues would show a complete lack of observation"

    you: "Indeed. Just as well I didn't say that then, isn't it?"

    me: "oh, i dont know" (in quoting you and thus in the 'i think you did' sense.

    i know your eager to demonstrate what youve learnt, but im not interested in whether you can find a tenuous link to prove youve done your a-level homework. certainly, dont misquote me as you did.
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    Argg.. neither him or IDS had any hair.. I wouldn't have voted for either of them
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    (Original post by Elle)
    Argg.. neither him or IDS had any hair.. I wouldn't have voted for either of them
    fookin lib dem marxist......
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    (Original post by Blamps)
    fookin lib dem marxist......
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    (Original post by Elle)
    Argg.. neither him or IDS had any hair.. I wouldn't have voted for either of them
    If he had a toupe, would you vote for him?
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    (Original post by Bhaal85)
    If he had a toupe, would you vote for him?
    Hmm.. no it has to be the real thing! Like Charlie K for example.. he's what you call a leader AND he has a full head of hair
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    Lol! - they could threaten the tories position lol
 
 
 
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