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    I know that's the common view, but I'm not sure....

    I know that's the common view, but I'm not sure. I think Blair's was a similar reason to Cameron on one level - his opponents were largely thought of pretty poorly, and would have benefitted from an...
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    Vote for a small party that you'd like to see...

    Vote for a small party that you'd like to see keep its deposit, would be my advice.
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    It's actually when he tries to go all Yes We Can...

    It's actually when he tries to go all Yes We Can that he looks like a muppet.
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    That's the thing - I don't think he does. And...

    That's the thing - I don't think he does. And that's why Cameron didn't want to go one on one with him. The expectation of him is set so low that anything short of utter catastrophe is a win.

    He...
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    And a really strange claim as well. Weren't they...

    And a really strange claim as well. Weren't they all ostensibly straight? (In the very loosest sense of the term?).
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    They're back at it with one called Frontier now....

    They're back at it with one called Frontier now. Their ales are excellent - Chiswick in particular, but I'm a big fan of Honey Dew, Oliver's Island and Spring Sprinter. Can take or leave London...
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    Balls is way past a point where he could have...

    Balls is way past a point where he could have led. Most would happily have seen him removed from shadow chancellor to boot. Despite a reputation for being combative, he's allowed Osborne to establish...
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    Nice beer (some even better than Tuborg)

    Got to a stab at a beer festival run by MMI, one of two beer distributors here, last weekend. The boasted "forty beers" unfortunately turned out to include Heineken and Corona, but there was a small...
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    David M would have been a nightmare I think....

    David M would have been a nightmare I think. Unrepentant Blairite, up to his eyes in rendition as Foreign Sec, just as wonkish as his brother.

    Alan Johnson was the man, but wouldn't stand. Yvette...
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    They've been wrestling about 45% each for years,...

    They've been wrestling about 45% each for years, with 10% ish going elsewhere.

    What's essentially happened is that the "other" has expanded to 25-30% through UKIP and SNP, with greens threatening...
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    It will be interesting to see. My money says EM...

    It will be interesting to see. My money says EM wins big in the leaders debate. The more airtime he has, the better an impression he makes generally. He's the Clegg of this election - you heard it...
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    I agree that Milliband's been disappointing, but...

    I agree that Milliband's been disappointing, but I don't see the numbers stacking up for the Tories.

    Ashcroft is producing polling in key marginals that suggests bad news for Cameron. He did one...
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    He's like a latter day Archer - desperate...

    He's like a latter day Archer - desperate fantasist and con merchant surviving with no visible means of support.
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    If I'd ordered it, I don't think there could have...

    If I'd ordered it, I don't think there could have been a case as I couldn't claim to have been discriminated against based on my sexuality.

    But the argument from the plaintiff seems to be,...
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    I might just be too long in the tooth, but I...

    I might just be too long in the tooth, but I can't get into the UFC thing at all. Guys kneeing each other in the head and hitting each other on the ground. It's like watching a row outside the...
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    One poll had Labour 4 ahead yesterday. That gets...

    One poll had Labour 4 ahead yesterday. That gets them near a majority. Tories generally need a 4-5 point poll lead nationally to beat Labour on seats due to distribution. Labour is ten points ahead...
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    I'd agree. I think the behaviour of the business...

    I'd agree. I think the behaviour of the business was deeply suspect, and against the spirit of anti-discrimination law, but I'm less convinced that it's against the letter of it.

    And for much the...
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    Gay cakes

    Prosecution seems to be pedalling hard to conflate the two, and were explicit today about the fact that that item, ordered on behalf of an organisation with that name, meant that the customer was...
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    Bar him making it quite clear that his argument...

    Bar him making it quite clear that his argument is that the service was not delivered due to the sexuality of the customer.
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    I think it's had a good impact on the centres of...

    I think it's had a good impact on the centres of Liverpool and Birmingham, though the fairly uninspired retail majors have wasted the opportunity a bit.

    But it creates communal spaces, an...
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    It is - and presumably the view of the equality...

    It is - and presumably the view of the equality council is that the writing of the message is the service, and that the service is being withheld on the basis of sexuality.

    The cruxiest crux of...
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    If you'd normally provide cakes with cartoon...

    If you'd normally provide cakes with cartoon puppets of different genders kissing then yes, refusing to portray them kissing might be an issue. But I'm not sure the hypotheticals are helping.
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  23. I don't think there are many doom mangers to be...

    I don't think there are many doom mangers to be honest. People had real doubts about whether we had it in us to shift gear and run up big wins where needed, and we showed that we did. That's me...
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    I find it equally frustrating that you can't come on a rugby forum and discuss the relative strengths and weaknesses of a successful team without someone jumping up and down about how grateful we...
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    Yes, I can, but I can't see why you're insisting...

    Yes, I can, but I can't see why you're insisting on framing this as an issue of freedom of expression or freedom of conscience.

    It's pretty simple - if their "service" consists of writing things...
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