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Started by Josquius, February 20, 2016, 07:46:34 AM
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Quote from: Josquius on February 11, 2024, 10:53:43 AMAs Sheilbh alluded to the entire purpose of the election is the election itself.The tories have a safe majority and there's a GE coming later this year anyway.The only thing they will accomplish is drawing attention to something of their choosing.Seen as a way to nudge labour foreign policy for the next GE it does make sense.
QuoteThe way to do it in this country is ot laugh such things away as incompetence. Surely in this place such insane money cannot possibly have corruption involved.
Quote from: Jacob on February 11, 2024, 05:39:36 PMYou think places like China or Hungary has less high level corruption than we do in the West?
Quote from: Josquius on February 12, 2024, 03:52:10 AMI'd say it depends how you define "corruption".For sure the bloated expenses et al are more down to incompetence than syphoning off cash for an executives yacht as you might see elswhere.But there absolutely are elements of old boys clubs and politicians with fingers in various pies and all that kind of thing which determines just who gets to take on the overly bloated contracts.I'd say that too is corruption, albeit of a very different form to the overt cash for cronies stuff you get elsewhere.
QuoteLabour's Rochdale byelection candidate apologises 'unreservedly' to Jewish community after Israel commentsThe Labour candidate for the 29 February Rochdale byelection, Azhar Ali, has "apologised unreservedly to the Jewish community" for comments which he described as "deeply offensive, ignorant and false."After comments emerged in which he suggested Israel had allowed the 7 October to happen in order to have a pretext to attack Gaza, he said "Hamas's horrific terror attack was the responsibility of Hamas alone, and they are still holding hostages who must be released."Describing them as "my inexcusable comments", Ali said that "the Labour party has changed unrecognisably under Keir Starmer's leadership" after years in which it has been claimed the party had failed to deal adequetly with antisemitism.Pat McFadden, Labour's national campaign coordinator, said Ali's comments were "completely wrong" and did not represent the party's view, but that he would remain the party's candidate for the byelection, where Labour faces a challenge from George Galloway.McFadden told Sky News: "He's issued a complete apology and retraction. And I hope he learns a good lesson from it because he should never have said something like that in the first place."A recording obtained by the Mail on Sunday quoted Ali saying: "The Egyptians are saying that they warned Israel 10 days earlier. Americans warned them a day before there's something happening. They deliberately took the security off". He went on to suggest Israel allowed a "massacre that gives them the green light to do whatever they bloody want."
Quote from: Tamas on February 12, 2024, 03:34:21 AMBut as a general point, a rigorous regulatory environment is not a guarantee. In Hungary Orban barely loosened the strict rules around tendering etc, yet they don't for a moment prevent the breathtaking amounts of corruption and channeling of EU money to cronies and human wallets. You just work around it e.g. if a council must have several tender offers in to choose from and must define rigorous rules by which they can be awarded, they just have cronies apply as "competitors" and they make sure the very rigorous requirements are so rigorous that only a very particular company could adhere to them.
Quote from: Josquius on February 12, 2024, 05:20:12 AMDidn't he just say Israel let the attack happen?Ignorant and offensive to Israelis I get. I hope he just misspoke and didn't mean quite that.But anti semitic? We really need to stop this conflation.
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