Politics in General

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Re: Politics in General

Post by Fred Mumford » Fri Oct 09, 2020 4:25 pm

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It told my mother she should retrain as a vet, and she doesn't even like animals.
In fairness I can think of no more heartbreaking job for someone who likes animals.

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Re: Politics in General

Post by Noel Mc » Thu Oct 22, 2020 9:28 am

So, what do we think about this whole extension (or lack thereof) of Free School Meals over the holidays?

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Re: Politics in General

Post by Rhys Benjamin » Thu Oct 22, 2020 1:59 pm

I don't really get the argument for their extension as a covid measure. With schools now back to normal, why shouldn't FSMs be back to normal? If you want them extended over the holidays forever, that's a separate debate.
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Re: Politics in General

Post by Noel Mc » Thu Oct 22, 2020 3:31 pm

I think, in terms of it being a Covid measure, it's probably because a lot of people are struggling (more than normal) financially in the current climate. Similar to financial aid being given to businesses etc. which are struggling.

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Re: Politics in General

Post by Gavin Chipper » Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:24 pm

Time for a universal basic imcome...

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Re: Politics in General

Post by Martin Long » Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:51 am

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Thu Oct 22, 2020 1:59 pm
I don't really get the argument for their extension as a covid measure. With schools now back to normal, why shouldn't FSMs be back to normal? If you want them extended over the holidays forever, that's a separate debate.
Don't you think that voting against the school meals is a political own goal for the Tories?

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Re: Politics in General

Post by Fiona T » Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:43 pm

On the face of it, the government providing extra support to ensure that kids get a decent meal during a pandemic seems like a good idea. Wales and Scotland seem to think it is.

But whatever your views, it's turned into a(nother) PR disaster for the Tories. For the relatively small cost, it should have been a JFDI.
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Re: Politics in General

Post by Rhys Benjamin » Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:20 pm

Fiona T wrote:
Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:43 pm
it's turned into a(nother) PR disaster for the Tories.
Yep. See also: internal market bill. Not that controversial when you look at it in detail.
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Re: Politics in General

Post by Martin Long » Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:38 pm

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:20 pm
Fiona T wrote:
Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:43 pm
it's turned into a(nother) PR disaster for the Tories.
Yep. See also: internal market bill. Not that controversial when you look at it in detail.
Putting personal opinions aside, I think the free meals will turn out to be much more of a disaster for the Tories than the internal market bill. Judging from what I've seen, it will lose them a lot of votes especially in the Tory gain seats in the North like my constituency.

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Re: Politics in General

Post by Rhys Benjamin » Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:41 pm

Martin Long wrote:
Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:38 pm
Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:20 pm
Fiona T wrote:
Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:43 pm
it's turned into a(nother) PR disaster for the Tories.
Yep. See also: internal market bill. Not that controversial when you look at it in detail.
Putting personal opinions aside, I think the free meals will turn out to be much more of a disaster for the Tories than the internal market bill. Judging from what I've seen, it will lose them a lot of votes especially in the Tory gain seats in the North like my constituency.
On the other hand, Martin, we are 4 years away from the next election and this isn't (unlike Clegg) actively breaking a promise they made.
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Re: Politics in General

Post by Callum Todd » Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:47 am

Fiona T wrote:
Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:43 pm
On the face of it, the government providing extra support to ensure that kids get a decent meal during a pandemic seems like a good idea. Wales and Scotland seem to think it is.

But whatever your views, it's turned into a(nother) PR disaster for the Tories. For the relatively small cost, it should have been a JFDI.
Perhaps my favourite of Fiona's acronyms so far :)
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Fiona T wrote:
Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:43 pm
it's turned into a(nother) PR disaster for the Tories.
Yep. See also: internal market bill. Not that controversial when you look at it in detail.
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