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frank9755

Member since Nov 2008 • Last active Mar 2021
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  • in Rides & Races
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    Ahh - just realised what you meant. ie plan for lockdown exit. Don't know if it is out yet.

  • in LFGSS Cycling Club
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    The jackets look good. Wishing I'd got one now.
    If anyone has a medium they don't want, let me know!

  • in Rides & Races
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    Mark Beaumont did a GCN film of it - worth watching.
    Hi route basically cut off the top right hand corner and went inland

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Everyone knows that Corbyn ultimately failed, so surely it's the wrong benchmark. And as you point out, Blair is the only one who has won, so why is that not the relevant bar?

    The '20 points ahead thing' was started by Blair. It was a daft thing to say as (even) he was never 20 points ahead.

    Starmer was given the benefit of the doubt. That was why he won. 40% of the people who voted for Corbyn both times voted for him. It's his performance over the last year which has turned a signifcant proportion of those people against him.

    Let's hope the criticism of the last couple of weeks has stung him into upping his game. I hope today's speech goes down well.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Thanks for the feedback! It doesn't look like you have a great grasp of the issue either.
    However I am not going to be drawn in to discussing it.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    That link confirms my view. It suggests that you have misunderstood the issue and that you have formed a conclusion and then gone looking for evidence to contort in support of it, some of which you have either misunderstood or deliberately misrepresented. And some of what you say in that post is potentially libelous.

    However, I'm not going to get into this any further as I am tired of rehashing the same arguments and it is off topic.

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    That includes lapsed members, who have stopped paying but are still counted as members for six months.

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    We've made up 20 points in less than a year

    You keep mentioning that figure every few days. But why is Labour's vote share at the last election even relevant? Surely that is not the benchmark that Starmer wishes to be judged by. It certainly isn't the benchmark which others will judge him by!

    Comparing him to Corbyn on approval figures is hardly relevant either. We all know that:

    • Corbyn was a marmite figure - people either loved him or hated him with relatively little in the middle, and being hated a bit less by people who are not going to vote for you is not worth anything electorally
    • After the 2017 election the press did a monstering job on Corbyn and succeeded in trashing his personal brand in the eyes of the electorate.

    Given we want to win an election, not lose one, surely the relevant comparison to make is not with Corbyn but with Blair.

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    All the left needed to do was not be antisemitic.

    This comment suggests that you have a very poor grasp of the antisemitism issue. And attempting to smear the entire left of the party is, at best, in very poor taste.

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    Starmer has seen membership numbers fall significantly
    

    Not sure if that's true https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/brexit-­news/keir-starmer-labour-membership-8837­0

    It is true. That link is very old. Look at the up to date figures that came out at the NEC this week. About 50,000 down.

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