Labour’s report into their loss in the 2015 UK elections is brutal

The Tories cleaned out Labour in 2015 in the UK, and as a result Labour held an inquiry into why they lost.

They even produced a public report into their findings, which is more than can be said for NZ Labour and their report into the 2014 loss.

The report summarises the ten main findings:

The Independent Inquiry has ten messages and three lessons.
Ten messages
  1. A tsunami of aspirant voters sank Labour and the pollsters. Voters abandoned Labour because they believedLabour lacked economic credibility and the perception was that it would be profligate in government. In contrast, they trusted the Tories with their economic security.
  2. Labour lost because voters didn’t believe it would cut the deficit. The Tories didn’t win despite their commitment to cut spending and the deficit: they won because of it.The Tories were trusted to manage the country’s finances, Labour was not.
  3. Labour is losing its working-class support and UKIPis reaping the benefits. Since 2005 it has been socially conservative voters who are most likely to have deserted Labour.
  4. Labour hasn’t been this far from the electorate for a generation. In each of the last two general elections, but particularly in May 2015, Labour has marched away from the views of voters on a series of issues that are fundamental to the party’s electoral prospects – including welfare,public services and business.     Read more »

Winston thinks there are more voters among smokers than fat bastards


NZ First leader Winston Peters has hit out at the rising price of tobacco as taxes are increased under the latest budget, saying obesity should be looked at first.

“Hiking tobacco taxes in the budget is just a lot of fat people sitting in their ivory towers telling smokers what to do.”

Mr Peters said the new taxes were making smokers feel “guilty”, and unfairly targeting them.

“The Government is ignoring the huge health problems we have with obesity and is picking on low-income people again – people who are not allowed to have any freedom to enjoy something that is legal without being hit hard in the pocket and made to feel guilty.

“This has nothing to do with supporting smoking; it’s about fairness and speaking up for people’s personal freedom.”

So what does Winston want to do?  Read more »

Whaleoil General Debate

keep-calm-and-don-t-shoot-the-messenger-3Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoil’s daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate you’ll need to register a free Disqus account.

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Face of the day

 Saudi Arabia cat ban
Tizian, a Persian cat, receives a brushing at a cat competition, Berlin, November 2, 2012. A Saudi cleric has said that photographs with cats are forbidden under the Gulf Kingdom’s brand of Islamic law.SEAN GALLUP/GETTY IMAGES

A prominent Saudi cleric has declared photographs with today’s face of the day and other cats and animals are forbidden unless completely necessary due to an upsurge in Saudis “who want to be like Westerners.” I checked that the story is not a hoax due to it being so ridiculous but unfortunately it is true. × 423Search by image Sheikh Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fazwan says taking pictures is prohibited (MEMRI) × 423Search by image
Sheikh Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fazwan says taking pictures is prohibited (MEMRI)

On a televised broadcast, Sheikh Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fazwan, a member of the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars, was told about “a new trend of taking pictures with cats has been spreading among people who want to be like Westerners.”

He replied: “What?! What do you mean pictures with cats? Taking pictures is prohibited. The cats don’t matter here.”

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

prosopagnosia (noun) – A disorder characterized by the inability to recognize people by their faces. In some cases it is present at birth, and in others it is the result of a brain injury. Also called face blindness.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1950, Medical Latin from German prosopagnosie (1948), from Greek prosopon “face” + agnosia “ignorance”.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 27

1Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring.

Friday nightCap

Selling nothing


Today’s Trivia


Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?

Black roses occur in nature in only one tiny village in Turkey.  (Source)

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