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As the crisis continues time to relax in Tuesday’s PB Nighthawks cafe

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

What a strange period this is and it is hard to see things in perspective. That the man leading the fight against the virus is seriously ill after getting it himself is totally shocking and makes me for one feel very uneasy and worried.

The lockdown seems to have been going on for an eternity as we try to find something positive with each new set of daily virus statistics. We can’t even take those numbers as giving the whole picture because the number of deaths only refers to those who passed away in hospital.

Over to you.

Mike Smithson



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Time to take your seats in the Friday PB NightHawks cafe

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Come in and join the best late night political conversation on the internet.

My impression out on my daily bike ride is that there’s a lot more traffic on the roads with people finding the enforced isolation getting harder to live with. Certainly nerves seem to be getting a bit more frayed.

One of the plus sides is the constant stream of funny jokes, pictures and videos that are appearing on my WhatsApp feed. The gallows humour is really excellent and perhaps we should post a few here.

Mike Smithson



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Welcome to the Wednesday PB Nighthawks

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

This is the place for the best late night political conversation.

Everything continues to be dominated by the coronavirus pandemic with lockdowns in force in many countries throughout the world. Today’s latest UK death toll figures were the highest yet and we can expect that to continue.

With so much of the economy closed down we are starting to see a debate on whether we should just accept the level of deaths and get back to normal. For the longer this goes on the greater the economic damage. That’s a big call but it is hard to see any change in the short term.

Mike Smithson



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We might all be confined to our homes but the PB NightHawk cafe is open

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

The best place for late night political convesation

Clearly the fight against the coronavirus continues to dominate and looks set to do so for weeks if not months. There are so many factors and the increasing death toll in the UK with the knowledge that it will go much higher must be seriously worrying for ministers.

What are your thoughts? Even if you have never posted on PB before you will be most welcome.

Have a good night.

Mike Smithson



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It is time we thought about another PB gathering

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

I have been reminded that it is now more than a year a year since we had a PB gathering. In recent years these have taken place in pubs in central London where Fat Steve has arranged for a specific area to be allocated to us.

He has done a sterling job making the arrangements but alas he is now working overseas.

Has anybody got any ideas for a future event and is there someone who is based in London who could help with the arrangements. I am sure Steve will offer advice and help from afar.

The last time we got together the Tories had a majority and Corbyn was heading for a disaster at GE2017.

Mike Smithson




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PB Nighthawks is now open

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Home of the web’s best political conversation

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

If you’re a lurker, when it comes to your lurking, why not, Give It Up, Get Down Tonight and get posting.

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

  1. Antifrank looks at 2020: the geography of Labour’s next campaign
  2. Liz Kendall: full story of the outsider who became the Labour leadership candidate with the ‘mo.’ As the Blairite challenger picks up the backing of Chuka Umunna, who is Liz Kendall?
  3. All of the leadership candidates are good, but there’s something about Mary
  4. Ryan Coetzee’s take on what went wrong for the Lib Dems in the general election
  5. The problem for Labour isn’t toxicity, it’s credibility
  6. Labour’s saviour may never reach Downing Street
  7. Cameron tries to bring the campaign into government
  8. Nicola Sturgeon: Hard for SNP to get Tory concessions
  9. UKIP’s Suzanne Evans calls for cross-party alliance to create EU referendum ‘no’ campaign
  10. Welsh first minister attacks Labour’s strategy in Scotland: Carwyn Jones says Scottish Labour failed to learn from party’s fight against rising nationalism in Wales, and might struggle to recover
  11. Alistair Carmichael’s political survival has become a matter of principle
  12. We need a truly proportional voting system
  13. Labour’s Tom Watson steps into limelight
  14. Oops… Anti-gay Westboro Baptist church blames Ivory Coast for Ireland’s gay marriage result
  15. Vindication at last for those of us who drink nights and work days
  16. Dawn of the cyborgs: how humans will turn themselves into gods


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Night hawks is now open

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Home of the web’s best political conversation

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, this thread is Especially For You. If you’re thinking of Sticking To The Better The Devil You Know, you’ll find posting on PB is a cause for Celebration.

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

  1. Memo to the right: if Labour is as rubbish as you say, why aren’t the Tories streets ahead?
  2. Scottish Labour is going down in flames – and taking Miliband’s chance of a majority with them
  3. Labour will have to move to the left – or lose the election
  4. The implosion of Scottish Labour means the battle for Britain has only just begun
  5. Ed Balls forgets a name: we’ve all done it, but then, we’re not all Shadow Chancellor. Ed Balls’s Newsnight slip-up was bad news for Labour for two reasons
  6. Tory Party members’ views of coalition red lines: the EU referendum and renegotiation come top – as before
  7. UKIP: shooting up like a rocket but coming down like a stick?
  8. What does Margaret Hodge bowing out mean for Labour’s mayoral election race?
  9. PMQs review: Cameron rides roughshod over Miliband again
  10. Which politicians have the best real-life experience?
  11. Lord Ashcroft basks in limelight as his polls look set to transform election. Billionaire Tory peer’s unique constituency-by-constituency polls could see unprecedented tactical voting in marginal seats in May
  12. The chart that shows what happens to taxes after a General election, whoever wins. Politicians have a nasty habit of waiting until after elections before putting up taxes, and these figures prove it
  13. Weird fact: Robert Mugabe won “best breakdancer” at the Psychopathic Dictators’ annual convention for three years in a row.
  14. We Drew 9 Disney Scenes According To Science And It’s Horrifying. You can thank me later for ruining your childhood.
  15. 57 years ago tomorrow, the US Air Force lost a hydrogen bomb, it has yet to be found.


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PB NightHawks is now open

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Home of the web’s best political conversation

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. Vince Cable will lose his economy job with the Lib Dems tomorrow
  2. The chart that explains how the Conservatives will approach the election. If the conversation is in the top right-hand corner, the Conservatives win. If the conversation is anywhere else, they probably won’t
  3. Dear London Mayoral candidates – the Mansion Tax isn’t a “tax on London”
  4. Trust and doubt swing the spending battle in Osborne’s favour
  5. Power without purpose: the tragic rule of David Cameron, The prime minister rose without ideological trace. Whatever the election result, he seems likely to disappear the same way
  6. Some gloomy general election predictions
  7. Conservatives will win May general election, predicts Goldman Sachs
  8. Follow every prediction – and make your own – with May2015’s election-forecasting machine
  9. In every crisis, an opportunity: How minority government could pave the way to a realignment of British party politics
  10. Michael Gove might not be preparing for another coalition. But other Tories are
  11. Who is the real Ed Miliband?
  12. Labour accused of bragging over pledge to keep £83m of arts funding cuts, Party admits it cannot commit to reversing many cuts as author Neil Gaiman and Green party criticise response to Tory dossier
  13. This Canadian Is Patiently Dealing With Twitter Abuse From People Who Think He’s Jim Murphy MP. Jim from Ontario is not Jim from Glasgow.
  14. 16 Political Lessons We Can Learn From Cats
  15. Most Earth-like planet ever discovered could be a cosy home for alien life
  16. Nazi super cows: British farmer forced to destroy half his murderous herd of bio-engineered Heck cows after they try to kill staff
  17. Archaeologists May Have Uncovered the Site of Jesus’s Trial
  18. 405 years ago tomorrow, Galileo Galilei discovered the Galilean moons