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James Burdett
Hertfordshire
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I tend to agree with this reviw, the script seemed to perform bigger leaps than the rebooted Master. The secret book of Saxon and the whole prison scene grated on me intensely and I think the Master could have been brought back in a number of more satisfying and less tortuous ways. The Joshua Naismith character seemed somewhat undercooked and he looks far too young to have a daughter that grown up. I think the bits that worked best were the most restrained parts, the Cafe, the Doctor/Master reminiscing scene, Donna's Mum shouting at thin air and that's about it. I'm hoping almost against hope that part 2 doesn't go the way of other RTD second parts and be nearly an hour of half decent plot progression and then 10 minutes of incongruous fairy dust resolution that seems to be there because he has run out of time to do anything more substantial.
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I would say that the executive being within in Parliament causes that problem. Even if you curtailed the explicit control that the government has over legislation it would just occur anyway as people sort to do that which they thought would gain them preferment.
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Totally agree with this.
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I think we probably do need more Mayors. If for no other reason that it is fairly clear in a Mayoral structure where the buck stops.
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None of the named choices would get Labour above their 1983 showing. Plus ComRes isn't exactly the most reliable pollster around.
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Good grief how on earth do those 59% expect to maintain campaign discipline. Aargh.
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It certainly looks pretty out of whack.
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2009 on Rogue poll? at thetorydiary
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Well you haven't seen them undamaged they have moved from mid-40's to high-30's/low 40's. I would expect that the support is bulwarked for two reasons, firstly that Cameron is seen to have grapsed the nettle and secondly that people are thinking in terms of a change of government so some of the Tory share is anti-Labour share. From evidence I've seen there is no way in a million years that the Conservatives have shed 25% of their vote share in a few weeks.
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2009 on Labour down to 18% at thetorydiary
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No because it is entirely out of line with every other poll of late.
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2009 on Labour down to 18% at thetorydiary
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Just to flag up what looks like a dodgy ComRes that is suggesting that the Conservatives are down to 30% with Labour on 22% and Lib Dems on 18% Others 30%... http://todayinpolitics.independentminds.livejournal.com/26096.html
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2009 on Labour down to 18% at thetorydiary
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Conservatives on a larger share than Labour and the Lib Dems combined. Of course we cannot really rely on polls until expenses dies down.
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2009 on Labour down to 18% at thetorydiary
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I think on reflection I'd have to nominate John Redwood. I'm not a natural fan but whenever I have caught an economic debate John Redwood has done an absolutely sterling job of exposing the Government and giving supporting fire for our Front Bench. That is exactly what we need from the senior backbenchers.
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Because it is portrayed as 'fair' to a certain definition of fairness.
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I think a lot of the Crossbenchers would have issues with it.
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I am normally a mild mannered sort but if this is anywhere close to what Brown is planning I would want to join a demonstration. It would be absolutely disgraceful behaviour from a supposed democratic politician.
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I think we need to be cautious about polls in this period until expenses issues have receded. Although it is good to see we are holding our own, we still have work to do.
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True, but if you have chosen voluntarily then you are aware of what is going to happen. If you are defeated at the election then you are arguably not aware of it.
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I'm not sure we should be pandering to the pitchfork wielding mentality. We should be very careful about any changes we make to ensure that they are fair and not vindictive. Personally I think we should look at why MP's that have chosen to stand aside should recieve any payment, clearly those who get defeated mey need assistance to transition to normal life. Maybe it could be in the form of an interest free loan? I do think though that this attitude of get these MP's is in danger of going way way over the top.
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I think this is an essential development, I'm not sure the frequency will necessarily be practical. However MP's need to provide a forum for the general issues so that people can know where their representatives stand.
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Unlikely to jeopardise that to be honest, she may fail to defend her seat though. The next election will be a referendum on Brown and Labour. I agree it might be better for her to go.
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Yes but once you concede that accountability to doesn't have to mean membership of the House then you might as well have a separate executive.
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It would certainly be an interesting notion, however it would be problematic and even more so if we ever get an elected second chamber. Do we need to have any Ministers in either house?
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Apparently the petition to get rid of her has got 5000 signatures. That is half her majority. One imagines there are more people who either haven't signed and will in the next few days and lots who would vote against her. The simple fact is that she is putting a Conservative seat at risk as rightly or wrongly she has become a liability.
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Young people can do incredibly stupid things, and undoubtedly this was pretty stupid. However I cannot believe that there isn't similar stupidity among student members of other political parties. I wonder why we rarely hear about them? I very much doubt that they are all candidates for sainthood.
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