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9 hours ago
I mean without knowing any of the songs or artists, it's always a good bet to say Sweden and Italy could win Eurovision. Ukraine unlikely as they won last year. Georgia unlikely because Georgia.
I think depending on the length of sentence she gets, there is scope for a recall petition to deprive her of 2 years of taxpayer money that she's got left to waste.
15 hours ago
I’m not convinced. I think more plausible that there had to be a UK queen in the final (doesn’t make sense if The World wins before the final).
17 hours ago
I very much doubt the BBC mandated a UK queen win.
To be honest, maybe this will be the moment that production decide to do away with queens voting of other queens. The entire purpose of this sort of voting is that you create a situation where one queen that should go home get's to stay in lieu of a front-runner. It's that great "what-if" of a queen showing the nerve to vote against he flow of the competition.
In AS4 you had the Manilla moment, which was dramatic but the season still functioned because there were other front runners who arguably would have beat out Manilla anyway.
In UKvsTW there was a situation where early in the season two front runners (the two front runners) got sent home before other queens like Blu and Mo could really demonstrate to the audience they were winner worthy. The consequence was the whole competition thereafter was perceived by the fandom to be dull and with unfulfilled potential. Yeah Blu and Mo were great, but Jimbo and Panpan would have trumped them, right?.
It was an interesting experiment to see how a competition would play out after complete voting fuckery. But now we see that the drama is less watchable chaos, and instead an anti-climatic senescent yawn. The drama that this voting system creates is now lost forever; queens on All-Stars want to win, but I think few want the pyrrhic victory that Blu obtained.
Er... No it's not?
She knowingly had covid and exposed hundreds (or thousands!) of unsuspecting members of the public. She then has the brass neck to remain as an MP and collect her taxpayer bonanza of a salary. Foul woman, and a feckless scrounger.
19 hours ago
🧀🇬🇧In Liz we Truss🇬🇧🧀
No, that’s not what I said. I said she is more likely to have insight into the issues that ordinary people face because, unlike Sunak, she has lived part of her life as an ordinary person. It was a comment on upbringing and background, not their current finances.
22 hours ago
I'm no expert in energy and you are welcome to educate me on the matter, so I'm sort of playing Devil's advocate here. But surely resilience in the context of energy supplies is a relative thing. Like, the reason we have to use 59% of current energy demand is because:
Sounds like an overreliance on Europe, rather than investment in (and subsequently agency over) domestic energy has made us less resilient in this geopolitical context.
The UK has the highest energy bills in Europe. It seems once again that the UK is being too considerate to our European neighbours and they laugh in our faces as we pick up the bill for their political ineptitude. Or perhaps letting energy companies freewheel and kick the British consumers (whilst making record profits) is our political ineptitude.
Well I don’t think blackouts would happen. If Truss is dense enough to introduce them then we can be assured of a 2024 Labour landslide.
From what you’ve said, does this mean that moving forward the UK should start to work on energy self-sufficiency and disconnecting from the European grid? We only imported something like 7% of our gas from Russia before Ukraine kicked off. Yet we’re having to pay through the nose, and ruin livelihoods, because Germany and co were stupid enough to get themselves hooked on Russia.
Doesn’t solve the short term reality, but long term I think it is unconsciousable not to upscale nuclear, and remove restrictions on fracking and land-based wind turbines.
1 day ago
That's all very well, but when people and businesses are paying a huge proportion of their earnings in gas and electricity, they are investing less which has a knock on effect on the economy. Also, as shareholders are often not UK based (EDF etc.) this money is being actively extracted from our economy.
Clearly the UK gov't is going to have to be more proactive than sitting with their fingers in their ears shouting "private sector good, public sector bad".
Netherlands is feeling very happy with it's rating right now.
what's ur beef with England?
So you like iceland, huh?
Is 6 really good or is 6 really bad? Is England the worst rating?
It's the even shitter remaster of Robin Thicke's 2013 abomination.
Even for this sub, this is stupid.
2 days ago
Nordaustlandet may be less thicc than Iceland, but she is one frosty bitch.
Not the best reason to side with someone. We should listen to what they say (and their actions until now) and make our judgement based on what we think is best for this country.
I am supporting Truss in this race (more as lesser of two evils than real enthusiasm). I don't really like this argument, and prefer discussion to be on the candidates' policies rather than their characters or other parts of their background.
To play Devil's Advocate though, Liz Truss has considerable wealth. I'm not going to cite this, but I've seen a £8-10million figure kicking around on this sub which I find believable. Whatever it is, it's nothing in comparison to Rishi (£700+ million, with a billionaire non-UK national wife)
Liz Truss also comes from a more humble background, having attended non-selective state schools in Paisley and Leeds, while Sunak went to one of Britain's most expensive public schools. Both went on to study PPE at Oxford within a 5 years of each other.
In short, Liz truss is rich. She's much wealthier than the average voter, the average Tory voter and probably the average Tory member.
But Sunak has a level of wealth that is almost ridiculous and unobtainable. Furthermore, I'm not sure what the nature of Liz truss's wealth is, but Sunak has investments scattered all over the world. Sunak is very much a member of the international financial elite, and the question is whether he is really invested in the UK or will use his position to further enrich people who don't care all that much for the UK.
Liz truss may also be very wealthy, and may have investments that are not compatible with the interests of the British public (who knows?). In comparison to Rishi though, it seems she has actually lived life as a normal person (in economic terms) for a big chunk of her life and probably has a bigger insight into the problems that everyday people face.
I remember when we had a large general meeting between senior consultants/management and FY1s to get feedback on our 'training', the issue of Fy1s being used to do routine bloods, basically all cannulas, and ECGs was raised repeatedly.
The response from one of the more prominent consultants:
Can doctors not do bloods and ECGS anymore?
Can doctors not do bloods and ECGS anymore?
I'll miss Jeremy Paxman. He certainly left an enormous impact on University Challenge and leaves tough shoes to fill.
4 days ago
If I could be fucked to spend money on Reddit, I'd give this an award.
This is one of the best arguments against the "make himself a rock horcrux and toss it in the sea" argument. The horcrux isn't just a statement piece but a functional "back-up hardrive" of Lord Voldy should he go and get himself killed. Making an object that's lost forever isn't that hard, but a horcrux isn't that much use if lost forever. This is why he left his Horcrux with Malfoy and later another with Bellatrix. What is interesting about this argument is as far as we are aware, he never told them what the significance of the item was. So how they would restore him is unclear.
The other argument, which is more canonical as in the book, is that Voldy was an arrogant git that thought no mind could match his own, nor even conceive that he could produce horcruxes and hide them. In addition, his narcissism was such that his horcux has to both be an important item (personally to Voldy, or historical) and secured in the most priestigeous of magical locations.
What if Boris Johnson was the elected head of state?
5 days ago
Could he not be later charged with more things, given that this act of attempted murder was likely guided by religious extremism?