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  1. One of the peculiarities of Johnson is that I...

    One of the peculiarities of Johnson is that I can't recall a major politician who is so liberally despised by so many of those who know him and have worked with him.

    His former boss at the...
  2. It won't, or at least won't greatly, damage him...

    It won't, or at least won't greatly, damage him in his core constituency of Conservative party members, when it comes to the leadership election.

    However there's going to be great concern from the...
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    It's interesting reading the complaints about the...

    It's interesting reading the complaints about the ending because... well... as someone who was rather critical of many of the earlier elements within the seasons (particularly, from memory, the...
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    Loads of parallels in Game of Thrones. 1....

    Loads of parallels in Game of Thrones.

    1. Tywin Lannister, mental giant, acts for a long time as chief adviser to a maniacal Targaryen monarch, who he eventually turns on.
    2. Tyrion Lannister,...
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    Yes... and although it's been said that the...

    Yes... and although it's been said that the Unsullied are the best soldiers, they are specifically the best because of their superb discipline as infantry, fighting as a unit, not specifically as...
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    I'm not sure I agree tbh, given that he was often...

    I'm not sure I agree tbh, given that he was often acting opposite people like Charles Dance and Conleth Hill.

    OK, he was better than, say, Emilia Clarke, but Tyrion's character became...
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    If we're thinking about "young actors who weren't...

    If we're thinking about "young actors who weren't well known" beforehand, rather than relatively veteran actors like Dinklage and Headey (or for that matter other superb veteran actors in the...
  8. Yes, agreed, it is utterly baffling, and he put...

    Yes, agreed, it is utterly baffling, and he put the BBC in an invidious position.

    He issued a new statement a few hours ago, about his tweet, his mixed up reasoning, and his apology:...
  9. Well, yeah, but the BBC is the state broadcaster...

    Well, yeah, but the BBC is the state broadcaster and it was about the Royal Family. Other people have survived similar things - Alan Sugar with his Senegal football team tweet back in 2018.

    Danny...
  10. 1. Logan 2. Spider Man-2 3. X2 4. Deadpool 5....

    1. Logan
    2. Spider Man-2
    3. X2
    4. Deadpool
    5. Deadpool 2
    6. Blade
    7. Blade 2
    8. Wolverine: X-Men Origins. Generally despised, but I like the first five minutes. I'll happily watch the first...
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    Poll: While there's truth in this, the Leave side (or...

    While there's truth in this, the Leave side (or at least the Leave side as represented by the ERG, by UKIP, by in all likelihood the majority of Conservative party members, and by international...
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    Poll: Couldn't agree more. And I'd agree even if the...

    Couldn't agree more. And I'd agree even if the public voted for no deal, although I'm not sure that could be on any referendum that is ordered, if the result would be a breach of our international...
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    Poll: It's a matter of Parliamentary arithmetic. The...

    It's a matter of Parliamentary arithmetic. The great majority of Parliament want to deliver Brexit and actually agree with you, however, only a minority wish to do so on May's terms.

    What the...
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    I've never heard Thatcher being described as an...

    I've never heard Thatcher being described as an empty suit either. She was a gifted and ferociously hard working politician. Just imagine what kind of drive it must have taken for a woman from a...
  15. It's an interesting comparison because it...

    It's an interesting comparison because it illustrates the differences. Prescott (who I don't like) was egged at close range by a significantly larger farmer in his 30s. (Granted, Prescott did have...
  16. When I first heard that the Democrats were in...

    When I first heard that the Democrats were in favour of open borders a year or so, my response was "Gosh, that's remarkably radical".

    The impression I had at that stage was that the Democrats...
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    In answer to the question, speaking as a non US...

    In answer to the question, speaking as a non US citizen, I'd suggest Lyndon Johnson.
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    I'm not an expert on US history, but from...

    I'm not an expert on US history, but from recollection, Ulysses Grant's and Warren Harding's governments, in particular, were fairly legendary for their corruption.
  19. So, North Korea and Trump have offered different...

    So, North Korea and Trump have offered different accounts for the reason for the talks breakdown.

    It's fairly bizarre that we're currently in a situation where a government held by an elected head...
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    Poll: Well the Conservative civil war has been bubbling...

    Well the Conservative civil war has been bubbling over for ages - these ERG people are in some cases the same people, in other cases the descendants of the people who used to give John Major hell...
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    Poll: Loads of developments over the last few weeks: ...

    Loads of developments over the last few weeks:

    1. On 18 February 7 (soon to be 8) MPs left Labour to form an "Independent" group (not as yet a party). There were a variety of reasons: some, like...
  22. Portrayals of Othello in theatre/Otello in opera...

    Portrayals of Othello in theatre/Otello in opera are a complex and interesting subject

    I think the major opera houses will continue to phase out blackface, so the singer will play it with his...
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    Poll: It's not the traditional Conservative MPs who...

    It's not the traditional Conservative MPs who have mostly been the issue, though. The old guard - Dominic Grieve, Ken Clarke, Oliver Letwin - are all fairly clear eyed. Granted, they all voted...
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    Poll: The irony concerning the Brexiter rebellion over...

    The irony concerning the Brexiter rebellion over May's Deal is that the backstop is only intended to come into play if no other satisfactory arrangement is made. May's deal was an attempt really to...
  25. In fairness, there might be a role or two...

    In fairness, there might be a role or two available in the Book of Revelation.

    I attend Church myself, and I share the bewilderment of the Archbishop of Canterbury concerning those Christians that...
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