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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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On A Night Like This, why not relax, and converse into the night on the day’s events in PB NightHawks.

To all you lurkers, if you’re thinking Better the Devil You Know, nighthawks is Especially for You, it gives you a chance to delurk. I Should Be So Lucky if a few of you delurked.

The round up of recent events (click on the links below, and it will bring up the relevant link)

  1. YouGov tracking data since 2006 shows the changing reputations of the political parties: Labour’s leftward shift under Ed Miliband, the Conservatives’ rightward swing since 2010
  2. Tom Watson: shadow cabinet cowards should back Miliband or step down
  3. Ed Miliband must rouse himself from the chloroform of caution. 
  4. Ukip: Winning Here! Ukip is learning how to street fight, and that should worry the two main parties
  5. The political implications of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
  6. Alex Salmond: Glasgow will vote for independence and become ‘Freedom City’ First Minister sparks controversy after attempting to use the Commonwealth Games to drum up support for independence
  7. David Cameron considers basing himself in Scotland before referendum. Lib Dems oppose idea of prime minister spending up to two weeks in Scotland, claiming he could damage the no campaign
  8. Is a Tea Party movement about to kick off in Britain?
  9. George Monbiot Challenges Owen Paterson To A Duel
  10. Beware the New, Techno-Nationalist Right
  11. Emily Benn: What I can offer British politics. 
  12. Westminster wargames and what we don’t know
  13. Is breakfast TV the perfect training ground for politicians?
  14. Different perspectives on Gaza: Arab commentators and Labour MPs
  15. The Liberal Democrats’ Jewish problem
  16. David Cameron will play tennis and keep £160,000 donation from former Putin minister
  17. Justine Thornton is a person, not Ed Miliband’s ‘secret weapon’
  18. Batman turns 75: 11 Batman related facts you might not know
  19. Tomorrow is the 447th anniversary of the forced abdication of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the succession of her one year old son, James I of England.
  20. Undercover police spied on grieving families of De Menezes, Groce and Reel. Scotland Yard claims relatives were not the target of surveillance but that ‘inappropriate’ information about them was gathered


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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

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On A Night Like This, why not relax, and converse into the night on the day’s events in PB NightHawks.

If you’re a lurker, I Want You, to delurk.

The round up of recent events (click on the links below, and it will bring up the relevant link)

  1. Britain has very little to fear from the ECHR. So why are so many Tories so afraid of it?
  2. Without older voters the Greens have little hope. Are the Greens set to become the latest party of significance? Their lack of support among older voters is pegging them at 5 per cent.
  3. Something amazing has happened to the Labour Party
  4. Lib Dem report calls for party to restore activist morale. The report said the Liberal Democrats made a mistake by placing themselves ‘as the direct opponents to Ukip’
  5. Your problem Prime Minister, is blowing in the wind.
  6. Could Ed Miliband’s Wife Turn Out To Be His ‘Secret Weapon’?
  7. Benefit sanctions hit most vulnerable people the hardest, report says. Claimants not told about hardship system and sanctions imposed when they were not at fault, DWP study finds
  8. Israel has discovered that it’s no longer so easy to get away with murder in the age of social media. All you now need is a mobile phone and a Twitter account to hold power to account, and help change history
  9. EU free movement rules being exploited by drugs runners and human traffickers, says Government study
  10. Whitehall review into freedom of movement lands blow to Eurosceptics aiming to make radical changes to migration rules
  11. Bill Clinton accused of having a busty blonde mistress code-named ‘Energizer’ by his Secret Service detail who hide the woman from Hillary
  12. Selina Scott to decide whether to stand as an MP in next 48 hours
  13. 58% of British people who are very interested in cricket say that Alastair Cook should resign as England captain
  14. MH17: five of the most bizarre conspiracy theories. From Zionist plots to the Illuminati, some wildly imaginative alternatives are being promoted by the likes of Russian TV
  15. Thomas the Tank Engine had to shut the hell up to save children everywhere. Classism, sexism, anti-environmentalism bordering on racism: any parent who discovered these hidden lessons will be glad the show’s star just quit
  16. Today is the 716th anniversary of the Battle of Falkirk, when Edward Longshanks went all Malleus Scotorum forcing William Wallace to resign as Guardian of Scotland.


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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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The round up of recent events (click on the links below, and it will bring up the relevant link)

  1. PMQs: Miliband sends his MPs off for the summer, each with their own personal rain cloud. Cameron misrepresented Harman’s words, but ensured Labour’s humiliation was complete
  2. Reshuffle 2014: the fallout
  3. Mrs Gove goes on the warpath, as Michael plots his media career
  4. If Gove is the most unpopular politician, why have the Tories made him minister for TV? The man charged with wooing voters is more likely to repel them.
  5. An untested and unready Ed Miliband faces Cameron’s redrawn Tory ranks. Labour must match the prime minister’s ambitious statement of intent if it is to avoid joining the coming battle outflanked
  6. Senior Tory councillors lining up to call for the cuts to stop
  7. MEPs could veto ‘anti-European’ Lord Hill, David Cameron’s choice for Britain’s EU commissioner. EU president warns that Lord Hill is a radical Eurosceptic and says MEPs could vote to reject him in September 
  8. Farage has vision for Britain, admits top target Tory. Laura Sandys, the MP who holds the seat Nigel Farage most wants, says the Ukip leader has a vision for Britain that goes beyond material wealth 
  9. TV debates and “game changers” Independence Referendum, most current polling suggests that for the result to be anything other than a resounding vote to remain part of the UK, the Yes campaign will need a “game changer”.
  10. ‘Diversity’ has come to take on almost the opposite of its literal meaning 
  11. Britain First Fail Dismally In Attempt To Get Leader Arrested, Say He’s Been Arrested Anyway
  12. Christie to Test Presidential Hopes in Iowa Trip
  13. ‘Jihadi Vogue’ magazine lampoons Iraq’s Islamic State warriors. Spoof publication is part of growing satire campaign of Islamic State online propaganda
  14. Witness to a shelling: first-hand account of deadly strike on Gaza port. There is a deafening explosion, then a second. Four children are dead. Four survivors reach the safety of our hotel
  15. Israel and Hamas clash on social media
  16. Man arrested after stabbing watermelon in ‘passive-aggressive’ manner
  17. 33 “Sherlock” Puns That Will Tickle Your Punny Bone
  18. Friday is the 724th anniversary of The Hammer of the Scots becoming The Hammer of the Jews, with Edward I issuing the Edict of Expulsion.


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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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If you’re going to be up, All Night Long, why not relax, and converse into the night on the day’s events in PB NightHawks.

If you’re a lurker, Hello, why not delurk tonight, if you do delurk, I’m sure you’ll be Dancing on the Ceiling in excitement.

The round up of recent events (click on the links below, and it will bring up the relevant link)

  1. Why Labour is cheered by its continuing poll lead
  2. Lord Ashcroft reviews his polling.
  3. What voters want: A Labour Government…headed by Cameron
  4. Ed Miliband has giving up on winning – now he just wants to enjoy losing
  5. Ed Miliband needs to inspire the Labour party, not just lead it
  6. PM faces issues over reshuffle and commissioner choice
  7. Baroness Butler-Sloss criticised over previous ‘flawed’ paedophile report. The retired judge appointed to lead the Government’s major review of child sex abuse allegations admitted ‘inaccuracies’ in similar report two years ago 
  8. Sorry Harriet, you weren’t entitled to become Deputy PM
  9. Conservative MP: It’s ‘Very Lonely’ Being A Northern Tory
  10.  Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling formally agree TV debate. First Minister and Better Together leader to face each other in a two-hour televised debate on August 5 
  11. The Tory leadership needs to start talking about England again, ahead of 2015
  12. Time for bigger thinking on our railways
  13. The tide is turning against the scam that is privatisation. The international revival of public ownership is anathema to our City-led elite. But it’s vital to genuine economic recovery
  14. Boehner disagrees with Palin on impeaching Obama
  15. Police Have A Warrant To See A 17-Year-Old’s Erection
  16. Tomorrow is the 2,062nd anniversary of the Battle of Dyrrhachium. Julius Caesar showed his brilliance, as his forces were outnumbered 3 to 1, yet his forces still managed to inflict double the number of casualties on his opponents, than his opponents could inflict on his forces. This set up Caesar to win the war at the Battle of Pharsalus a few weeks later.


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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

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Why not relax, and converse into the night on the day’s events in PB NightHawks.

If you’re a lurker, why not delurk tonight, cross the Rubicon, from lurking to posting.

The round up of recent events (click on the links below, and it will bring up the relevant link)

  1. Are the Greens to the Lib Dems what Ukip is to the Tories?
  2. Miliband’s main man blames the voters
  3. A recovering economy could hand Osborne the Tory leadership. The Chancellor’s personal approval ratings move in line with the government’s, and a strong year of growth has reversed his dire ratings.
  4. The Labour leadership’s reaction to Thursday’s strike action is incoherent
  5. Tory MP “despairs” at party for attacking trade unions
  6. The lower classes have serious – and justifiable – concerns about mass immigration
  7. Labour’s messaging needs to shift from negativity or risk voters sticking with Cons or going UKIP
  8. Why do clever politicians make stupid decisions?
  9. Could TV Licensing be given power to raid bank accounts? HMRC chief Lin Homer indicates proposed powers to raid bank accounts of debtors could be extended to TV Licensing and DVLA, as MPs warn they violate Magna Carta 
  10. Paul Burstow MP writes… Making the pursuit of happiness as important as GDP
  11. John Bercow needs to rise above the jokes about his height. The Speaker is only slightly shorter than average – this is not comparable to racial, sexual, or any other kind of discrimination
  12. Harriet Harman savages Gordon Brown over sexism and inequality. Former deputy leader of Labour claims she was marginalised for being female and gives ‘examples of sexism’ in parliament
  13. English media make Scotland a nation of lab rats in Brigadoon. Suddenly everyone wants to understand the Scottish voter. Trouble is, the fascination won’t last
  14. Tuition fees a worry for 16-17 year olds as Indyref approaches.
  15. Eight million people ‘risk falling into an employment twilight zone’
  16. In fame, Michael Gove joins cabinet top tier
  17. Senator Robert Menendez seeks probe of alleged Cuban plot to smear him
  18. Poisonous plutocrats: Philanthropists can’t be trusted
  19. Tory Minister Accidentally Poses In Front Of “Sack Cameron” Graffiti
  20. Russian priest claims coloured football boots are ‘homosexual abomination’
  21. Why whale poo could be the secret to reversing the effects of climate change. I have been at the wrong end of a defecating sperm whale: it smells, it’s nutrient rich, and could just save the world
  22. Tomorrow is the 1,354th anniversary of The Battle of Hwangsanbeol


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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

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Why not relax, and converse into the night on the day’s events in PB NightHawks.

If you’re a lurker, why not delurk, why not Sit Down and delurk, it’s your Destiny Calling to delurk, if you want to learn if you should have Laid that political bet or not, then PB is the place for you.

The round up of recent events (click on the links below, and it will bring up the relevant link)

  1. The Conservatives have good feeling, but—ahead of the general election—neither they nor Labour have momentum
  2. Ed Miliband’s key problem: he’s an insider when voters want outsiders
  3. PMQs review: Miliband plays it safe by going on the NHS. In Labour’s “economy week”, its leader avoided the subject.
  4. Labour wants to stay in its NHS comfort zone and ignore immigration and the economy
  5. Tory general election campaign fund three times bigger than Labour’s
  6. With no message, no strategy and no money, how will Miliband fight a General Election?
  7. Why it’s likely Ed Miliband will fight on if Labour lose next year
  8. How London could have a Tory Mayor in 2016 again
  9. Union demands Cabinet minister in Labour government. Cabinet minister for unions is key demand of “new deal” with Labour, claims senior Unite official
  10. City lawyers told Scots’ Yes vote would bring ‘tsunami of work
  11. Rome will be conquered next, says leader of ‘Islamic State’
  12. Nicolas Sarkozy charged with corruption
  13. After Harris and Coulson, isn’t it about time for a historic banking crime investigation?
  14. How the Tories chose to hit the poor.
  15. Scots’ Benefit Payments ‘Stopped 900,000 Times’ In Draconian Scheme
  16. Londoners’ consumer confidence “a year ahead of the regions.” The capital’s economic optimism is 19 months ahead of the North-East
  17. A humdinger of an entry for John Rentoul’s QTWTAIN list. Is George Osborne a threat to Planet Earth?
  18. 9 Questions You Were Too Embarrassed To Ask About Ramadan
  19. Footage of Japanese politician crying at press conference becomes internet hit
  20. Four new episodes of Sherlock confirmed by BBC
  21. Someone On Tinder Is Pretending To Be Ed Miliband And It’s Pretty Filthy. The Labour leader’s doppelganger would like to build a randier society for all. (A bit NSFW.)
  22. Thirteen reasons why lawyers are like condoms (Possibly NSFW)
  23. Tomorrow is the 74th anniversary of the sinking of the French fleet at Mers-el-Kébir, something which remains controversial to this day.


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Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

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If you’ve been Working 9 to 5, or longer, why not relax, and converse into the night on the day’s events in PB NightHawks.

If you’re a lurker, why not delurk tonight?

The round up of recent events (click on the links below, and it will bring up the relevant link)

  1. Antifrank looks at the Lab battleground.
  2. Antifrank looks at the Lib Dem battleground.
  3. Why changing leader now  WILL save the Lib Dems in 2015 and beyond.
  4. Elected Mayors should be created by voters, not Ministers
  5. How Labour is failing to grasp Ukip’s appeal to angry white voters
  6. Ed Miliband could learn a lot from Dolly Parton
  7. There’s poison in the Shadow Cabinet – and it could cost Ed Miliband the election
  8. The Labour leader Miliband most resembles? Clem Attlee
  9. I’ll stay on as Labour leader even if we lose the General Election, says Miliband: Ed tells friends he can ‘do a Kinnock’
  10. What makes young British Muslims want to go to Syria?
  11. MPs to be taught ‘difference between right and wrong’ after Maria Miller scandal
  12. Cameron has botched relations with old and new Europe, and now stands alone. 
  13. Britain is scorned and insulted across the EU. Why do we stay?
  14. Voters back Cameron’s stance in fight against Juncker
  15. Who is behind Isis’s terrifying online propaganda operation?
  16. Five years of the Speaker: what has John Bercow changed in parliament?
  17. Green investment bank to launch £1bn offshore wind fund. 
  18. Man gets stuck inside a statue of a vagina in Germany
  19. If Scotland breaks away, the constitutional consequences would be dramatic
  20. Today is the 700th anniversary of the conclusion of the Battle of Bannockburn.

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

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Why not relax, and converse into the night on the day’s events in PB NightHawks.

If you’re Waiting for Tonight to delurk, then delurk. After you delurk, you’ll be Feelin’ So Good.

The round up of recent events (click on the links below, and it will bring up the relevant link)

  1. Antifrank looks at the Conservative Battleground.
  2. Shadsy: Tory Leadership Contests – a betting history
  3. Politicians may slug it out, but their distance from the electorate is widening. We need a bigger gene pool of real people in politics, with local knowledge, openness, and good communication
  4. A quiet burial: Labour’s ’40% strategy’ a year on
  5. Why Miliband still matters
  6. Principle and Realpolitik: why the Lib Dems should back an EU in/out referendum.
  7. What would happen if Clegg backed an EU Referendum?
  8. UKIP snags lone French defector to form EU political group.
  9. A decade has passed and the world is in chaos. For all our sakes, can we all move on from 2003, please?
  10. My Iraqi city is falling, but America’s occupation unravelled all hope for unity
  11. Why did we invade Iraq?
  12. Who is and who isn’t to blame for Isis being in Iraq. Whether or not you opposed the war in 2003 – you were wrong
  13. Iraq crisis: David Cameron warns militants are planning terrorist attack on UK
  14. Kenya al-Shabaab attack ‘was led by white man speaking fluent British English’ 
  15. The picture that will shock France (NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT)
  16. The Government praises Magna Carta, while ignoring its essential values
  17. The single most depressing number for President Obama in the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll
  18. Ed Balls refuses any role in currency union with an independent Scotland. Shadow chancellor says proposed sterling zone, on back of a yes vote, would be flawed, unstable and may make him resign
  19. A £10 charge to visit a GP would be just the start of a slippery slope for the NHS. We either let our NHS be trashed by the privatisers and cutters, or we defend a properly funded, publicly run, universal system that is free at the point of use
  20. Who do people blame for their economic anxiety?
  21. Celebrity studies? Katy Perry can’t teach our teenagers anything about politics
  22. In an unlikely twist of events, an African American policeman from Colorado not only successfully infiltrated a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, but he also became its leader.
  23. Methane Hunting Tool Could Boost The Search For Extraterrestrials
  24. New UK trailer for Guardians Of The Galaxy
  25. Today is the 199th anniversary of The Battle of Waterloo, watch this short video to enjoy and learn more about the battle.

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