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    Who Should Be On The 2020 Deathlist?

    I don't follow boxing either, but the man beat Ali. So I'd assume so.
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    Alt Obituaries Deadpool

    Well, a lot of our number play this game, and Gcreptile currently leads it on Day 3 after Thomas Monson (related to Gorilla, right?). Given the Rotten Dead Pool appears to have gone the way of the dodo, and this pool gets talked about a fair bit - I found it via DDT - I thought it could have its own thread? Where we cheer on any of our lot against the (nearly) unstoppable Mr Tierney and co. The points system is similar but different to the DDP, and their criteria is somewhat America, but it's all good fun. Home Page Standings Who's Dead so Far Deathlisters playing in 2018 include Gcreptile, deadsox, Joey, me, Jireomon, Death Impends, Toast, and others I don't immediately spot. In 2017, Deathlister JiroemonKimura won, ending the reign of terror of Gerard Tierney, who won the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions. Good luck everyone. PS We should have started this thread in December and swamped it with DDPers but hey, always 2019, right?
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    By -Election Bingo 2019-2024

    Ahem. As I look at a long list of boring, young and healthy Special Advisors, I have but one thing to say: Bugger Bolsover.
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    Derby Dead Pool 2020

    Random picture of Derby. Entries for the 2020 Derby Dead Pool are now open! Emails appear to be very slow sending out, if you haven't received one by, idk, tomorrow, let the Cmme know. I'll let our other members introduce themselves below, especially as they are doing the Data Entry bit, so you can shower them with bribes and likes... Rules are as before, but The Herald newspaper returns as a Qualifying Obit. As do the ITV local pages, which weren't already one on the 2019 list.
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    Political Frailty

    Well, its on open offer! Well, maybe not for you, Grim, you might need to hibernate after January...
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    That Portillo Moment

    No, Stroud has more: David Drew and Neil Carmichael took on each other at 5 elections straight, 2001 to 2017. Drew won 3-2.
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    By -Election Bingo 2019-2024

    Will put in a team just as soon as I can be sure the good voters of Bolsover don't bugger up the one gimme pick!
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    Who Should Be On The 2020 Deathlist?

    He (Simon Garfield) wrote The Wrestling, a pretty good book about the history of Mick McManus and Big Daddy and all that jazz. Although given how that ones goes, and his other books include the history of AIDS, I expect his Fonts book to go: "They created a new text font. Sadly, his wife then got incurable motor neurone cancer..."
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    Who Should Be On The 2020 Deathlist?

    Scruton early 2019 Scruton in wheelchair, December 2019. Bloody hell.
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    British Science Fiction Series

    A DDP miss for me, he was on my "bung 'em on" team last year but not this! And you forgot his finest hour - Actor Mel in the Frasier episode Ham Radio, one of the finest 20 minute pieces of US TV ever made:
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    First rule of jesting - always pick someone who will take it well. Also at that point you were the only one actually in the game, so the joke's sphere was... limited.
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    That Portillo Moment

    Although since Deathray has brought out the psephology geekdom, I'd just like to add that I think the Lib Dem vote share is becoming heavily regionalised ie that they'll hold up far better in target seats than in no hope seats. They've gone down 4-5 points this month in London, but they are still polling well above 2017 levels so if thats fixed on their targets they could gain Zac Goldsmith's Richmond Park or nearby Wimbledon, but lose their deposit in somewhere like Chingford or Walthamstow. Universal Swing is increasingly becoming less of a thing as tactical voting and local issues become as vital.
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    That Portillo Moment

    IDS, hopefully. (If you still mean "biggest defeat for an MP, it'll be Chris Williamson.)
  14. They made a big to do about it, but the results was the Greens and Plaid standing down in some good targets for the Lib Dems, and the Lib Dems standing down in some places like Isle of Wight that nobody bar the Tories stand a chance in. It was pretty much a smokescreen to boost Lib Dem MP numbers that the Greens and Plaid completely fell for. Plaid could easily lose half their MPs (Ceredigion is marginal Plaid/Lib Dem, Arfon is super-marginal Plaid/Labour with no Greens or Lib Dems standing now) as a result! Meanwhile some really obvious "do a deal" seats haven't got one and are likely to produce Tory MPs based on split opposition. To pick three other than the aforementioned Devon East: St Ives (Lib Dem target, 300 votes in it, popular ex-Lib Dem MP running, Greens standing), Stroud (Remainer Labour MP, opposed by Greens Molly Scott-Cato) and Canterbury.
  15. Certainly some of the Labour "old" seats will go - a Workington or Stoke. But there maybe a Canterbury type result too, where the combination of younger demographics, and a huge Remain vote in 2016 bring a completely unexpected gain for Labour. Somewhere like Altrincham (held by Tories since 1922), or Chelsea (since 1910)...
  16. What hurts Claire Wright as *only Tory threat in her seat* is, as a Peoples Voter, she has the Lib Dems AND The Greens standing against her. This happens in a lot of seats. Zadrozny is a Brexiteer so might take votes off the Tories in Ashfield. I think that seat is the Tories to lose tbh even if Labour shore up their defence. North East Hampshire is surely ripe for the overdue election of Howling Lord Hope, leader of the Monster Raving Loony Party...
  17. Independents? Claire Wright in Devon has the best chance, Jason Zadrozny in Ashfield is a maybe, Dominic Grieve if things really go his way on the day, and... did you hear about the SNP chap in Kirkcaldy suspended from the party for antisemitism? It was too late to remove SNP from his name on the ballot paper, so I think he'll be elected as an independent Nat.
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    Derby Dead Pool 2020

    Take care @Dr_T. Sorry to hear of your losses. Worry not about the DDP, it'll be here as and if you ever feel the wish to return. Focus on whats important in life.
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    8. Jimmy Carter

    Reminds me of Gerry Ford's last few months.
  20. Add the Speaker, Caroline Lucas, 4 Plaid, and 18 N Irish MPs and you still have 10 to play with there.
  21. Boris majority of 30. Mostly down to seats where Lib Dem increased vote lets Tories in (Kensington for example).
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    Queen Elizabeth II

    Yes, George V's doctor unilaterally decided to euthanize him without consulting the family! I mean, George was going to die inside 12 hours, but still.
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    Derby Dead Pool 2020

    Yes, Grim and Reptile are going to be doing the vital work. Also, I just twigged this is going to be the 25th DDP competition.
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    As long as I don't need to pay, I am quite happy to beat Sir Creep in as many deadpools as possible. (Although someone ought to take over the Cup given I cant run it next year...)
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    Ideas and Possibilities for 2020

    Never mess with Poirot! I'll be completely honest, I never knew casually mentioning a mere MND case would cause such a stir. Remind me not to bring up Matthew Watkins or Daryl Grove on the forum then!

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