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    Son's school prom a few years back. Asked me to ask the guy two doors down if he would drive him there in his VW camper. I yawned a bit but did as I was told. WV guys says love to but I'm off the road until June, sorry. Nice enough chap but fits the fatberg template.

    Son asks around, finds girl who hasn't been asked to prom yet. Her grandad's got a 1936 Rolls Royce.

    Turns up in chauffeur's oufit and opens the doors for them both. Other kids go green, not least the three different groups who had turned up in ... VW campers.

    Just 16 different levels of win!

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    See Fatberg^^^.

    Ace rant there!

    .... on the VeeDubClub bingo card of cool.

    We are not worthy!

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    One suspects that a lot of rank and file Conservative members had made it clear that they wouldn't support it. A volte-face looks (marginally) less bad than losing a vote on such a clear-cut issue (cf 'Nasty Party'); the whips probably made it clear to No 10 that they could lose a vote tonight.

    However caving in will only strengthen the backbenchers' hand in opposing whatever vileness is to follow. It was indeed 'multi-levelled dumb' to have dug in over this one.

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    They fly from Northolt to Northwood?

    I am astonished. Could they not cycle?

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    Madgett's of Diss. Train from Liverpool Street. Proper bike shop.

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    Corbyn's other half, reported in the Guardian yesterday:

    ' She thanked people who voted for Labour and supported her husband, and urged the party not to lose sight of its “commitment to socialism and the policies of the manifesto”.

    “We know you shared our values. If equality, humanity, honesty and kindness is called Corbynism, then that’s all right with me,” she said.'

    And me!

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    Never get more than 7 x 50. Greater magnification, greater movement.

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    Agreed. I just don't think it's a big deal.

    EDIT: Well, yes, the inevitable press broadside will no doubt be a big thing whatever Starmer does.

    I'm no longer a Labour member, nevertheless I'm watching with interest. And I'll be the first to yell if it turns out there are agencies behind KS that would have altered anything if we had known.

    BTW (OT), anyone else notice that the 'Seventeen things Bernie Sanders believes' thing on the BBC website this morning had become 'Eighteen things Bernie Sanders believes' by lunchtime.

    The 18th thing?

    Critical of Israel - but also very proud of being Jewish. At a Democratic debate Sanders said: "Sadly, tragically, Israel has a reactionary racist who is now running that country."

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    Again, an attack from those (McCluskey) who don't want Starmer to succeed. If there was any thought that Starmer was being funded by shadowy figures like (in the US) the Koch brothers, then we would indeed like to know. Starmer's numbers ARE on the register of members' interests.

    When things that haven't shown up there (they are current to early Feb) appear we're likely to see a tally not unlike that of RLB. RLB has outed herself on this because she's had a LOT of money from Unite and seeks to make it look like she's being really open and the others have something to hide rather than face attacks that she is being darkly funded.

    I'm all for open books all round*; I just think that this one is more about slating the opposition with innuendo rather than any real suggestion that Starmer is backed by dark forces.

    *The books ARE open, and KS is also right to say the Members' Interests thing doesn't update daily. He'll be on the ropes if the next update shows the hand of compromising interests; I very much doubt it.

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    A lazy google about concern over Starmer's backers reveals only a story in the Murdoch Times.

    Can we be sure this isn't disinformation? Whose estimate is it that 'he has spent £1 million so far'?

    At £387,000, as declared by Long Bailey, it's clear that campaigning doesn't come cheap.