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One reason Farage isn't standing is because he wants to focus helping get Trump.

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With the Reform Party standing so many candidates and the Tories threatening to depose Sunak, it does feel like there is an attempt to wreck the Tories (from inside and out) that they'll accept Farage riding in to save them.

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There's an AI image prompt from Hell.

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There's crisps and a massive gherkin too. We don't even know what flavour of crisps they are. Was the thickness of the slices of tomato a deliberate choice? So many questions.

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We told on Wednesday how letters of no confidence were reportedly being sent in against the Prime Minister before he announced the date of the election.

Writing on Twitter/X, GB News’ political editor Christopher Hope said: “Wow! Extraordinary but true – some furious Conservative MPs are tonight working on a plot to CALL OFF the General Election by replacing Rishi Sunak as leader before Parliament is dissolved next Thursday.

“One rebel Tory MP tells me he believes ‘several’ more letters of no confidence in Sunak have been submitted to 1922 chairman Sir Graham Brady.

“The senior Conservative MP told me: ‘Today has clearly been an absolute disaster but the election is NOT irrevocable; up until the point of the dissolution of Parliament – when the writs are moved to begin the contests, it can still be aborted. In other words, if enough Tory MPs, who are clearly going to lose their seats in this already utterly shambolic campaign, write to Sir Graham Brady, tomorrow, the election could still be revoked.’”

And then what?

This is just further evidence that the Tories don't care about democracy, in fact they are a danger to it and need to be got rid of ASAP.

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I'm preparing some popcorn now.

It's like the conversation went:

"We'll be wrecked in the General Election!"

"Wrecked! Wrecked! Hold my pint I'll show you wrecked!"

The kind of headbanger they'd put in place, plus the additional turmoil and annoyance caused to the voters could see them go into third place. Which would be nice. Or would it? The Reform Party's announcements makes me wonder if they are just out to leave the Tories in such a state that they'll beg Farage to lead them. This lunacy starts to look like the other prong of the attack.

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Up next the air and the Sun…

Don't give them ideas!

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Water companies have been heavily criticised for widespread leaks and the amount of sewage being discharged, which critics have blamed on under-investment in the country's infrastructure.

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Southern Water is owned by Australian firm Macquarie which has faced fierce criticism for the period when it was Thames Water’s biggest shareholder.

In five of the 10 years it owned Thames, the company paid out more in dividends than it made in profits, while debt rose from £2.5bn to over £10bn in the same period.

"Mum, I need money to repair my bike."

"We gave you money to repair your bike."

"Oh I spent it on sweets for me and my mates."

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A friend worked at Sainsbury's and he'd be among the staff who'd chase after shoplifters and I used to ask him "why" a lot. He never really had a good answer but I suspect he was just bored and it livened up his day.

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Natural England has introduced new rules on the moorland – which mean farmers will now have to pay for grazing the ponies on common land.

The Tories, just finishing the job started by their Norman robber baron ancestors.

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Good second half too:

That search/SEO is broken seems to be part of the game plan here.

It's probably like Russia burning Moscow against Napoleon and a hell of a privilege Google enjoy with their monopoly.

I've seen people opt for chatGPT/AI precisely because it's clean, simple and spam free, because it isn't Google Search.

And as @caseynewton said ... the web is now in managed decline.

For those of us who like it, it's up to us to build what we need for ourselves. Big tech has moved on

That's why we are all here.

It's interesting to think that Big Tech might just move on from the Web, leaving it to us ordinary humans to go back to the way we were doing it in Web 1.0 just with fancier tools at our disposal. I quite like the idea.

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Who ya gonna call? 999, that's who.

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It doesn't sound like an EMP device - it needs line-of-sight and "works by tricking the engine into thinking it is overheating".

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Yeah, quite what the fallout will be is unclear. There was already talk of migrants trying to get to Ireland and they may now consider NI a safe haven.

However, how many of them are even worried about a joke policy that will only send a handful of people (at best) to Rwanda and it'll get axed in the next 6 months?

AHH you’re too quick!

Pew pew.

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Gammon Tax. It feels like some weird hobby for angry millionaires who'd otherwise just be boring bar staff at the golf club with their views.

That said, I do hope someone is checking those funds to make sure they are all above-board.

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A political party is just a group registered with the Electoral Commission. The Brexit Party was originally registered as a company but I suppose they allow all sorts of different organisations to sign up.

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Until the UK grow a pair and send The Northern Boys, people will just stop caring.

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Double-checks... Nope. It is just a sad reflection of the times we live in.

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The Standard has a London-specific article, which suggests it is guarantee in the North and could cover the whole country. So check your local weather maps (I use Wunderground) for a clear patch and give it a go.

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Geomagnetic activity is already spiking and articles say it could be visible Friday and Saturday night, so "overnight" means all night but they reckon just after sunset and just before dawn should be the best displays.

edit: the Met Office video suggests 22:00 is a good time.

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See you back here!

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Thanks for that.

A friend went on an excursion from northern Iceland, but I don't think he saw anything. My brother was working somewhere near Tromso.and was blown away.

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warmer countries becoming unliveable.

Just this is bad, very bad in so many ways. Even if you just mean large areas of Africa - where are the people going to go? The current political, economic, etc, etc of immigration will be nothing compared to that - right wing parties get a boost, stretched resources become overstretched, our food supply diminishes. But it won't just be parts of Africa - southern Europe gets hit by brutal heatwaves now, that is only going to get worse and a lot of our food comes from Italy and Spain. They are some of largest sources of rice, the others are India, Pakistan and Burma, as long as the monsoons aren't disrupted. If there's any shortfall in rice production they'll start reducing exports to feed their own people.

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Apparently, she's the first Labour member of the ERG!

Russia warns Britain and plans nuclear drills over the West's possible deepening role in Ukraine ( www.yahoo.com )

Russia on Monday threatened to strike British military facilities and said it would hold drills simulating the use of battlefield nuclear weapons amid sharply rising tensions over comments by senior Western officials about possibly deeper involvement in the war in Ukraine....

How rental ‘libraries of things’ have become the new way to save money ( www.theguardian.com )

Clothes rental for children is one of the latest chapters in how “libraries of things” are becoming an increasingly common way to save money, space and waste. The theory is simple: instead of buying a household item or a piece of clothing or some equipment you might use once or twice, you take it out and return it....

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That seems a bold move, only a couple of weeks back I was talking to friends in the pub trade and they were naming pubs that were on their breweries death lists.

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Wait, your bathrooms don't have stripper poles?

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Well Corbyn failed and Gorgeous George thinks he's found the special sauce to make it more palatable - religious extremism.

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