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AH Run-downs, summaries and general gubbins

Liberal Alliance: Back to 50 seats! Not quite the sunlit uplands of the 2020s, but certainly a recovery from what came after that. Apparently all those critics were wrong when they declared the Liberals' support of legalising polygamous relationships a "party-killer".
I was actually discussing polygamous marriages with @Redolegna the other week in Paris. I think that it will eventually be legalized, but I strongly doubt it will ever achieve the kind of civil rights status that same-sex marriage had. What I basically expect will happen is that it will start in the United States, where they still have quite a number of polygamists in the Mormon corridor. There hasn't generally been a crackdown on polygamy as such since the fifties. Don't get me wrong, there have decidedly been crackdowns on the kind of child sex-trafficking that has been occurring in polygamous communities, but on the topic of polygamy for its own sake, even though it still remains illegal due to anti-Mormon laws passed in the late 19th century, the state has generally adopted an unofficial, unspoken Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.

A problem with polygamous communities is that since the marriages are not recognized by law, second, third, and further wives generally have no protection by law, and quite understandably, this hurts the women in the communities. Those who have lived and worked with polygamists generally come away from it feeling that on that front, something ought to be done.

I would anticipate that it will all start with a kind of recognition of "common law polygamous marriages" and kind of slowly evolve from there.
 

Sideways

The Smoking GNU
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A problem with polygamous communities is that since the marriages are not recognized by law, second, third, and further wives generally have no protection by law, and quite understandably, this hurts the women in the communities. Those who have lived and worked with polygamists generally come away from it feeling that on that front, something ought to be done.
When polyamorous marriage comes in, it won't be to help poor people, particularly poor women in marginalised rural communities - it'll be lead by and mainly concerned with middle class liberal minded people with high education and cultural capital. Of course laws allowing for recognition of more complex relationship systems will benefit marginalised people but doing that isn't how you win votes.

I suspect it'll come to be seen as an easy way to win a legacy on LGBT issues and hopefully win a few votes. But maybe the bigots will hyperfocus on this issue and make it a real fight, they've done that before. I mean by rights we shouldn't be arguing about whether supporting trans kids will contaminate other children 20 years after section 28 but here we are
 
When polyamorous marriage comes in, it won't be to help poor people, particularly poor women in marginalised rural communities - it'll be lead by and mainly concerned with middle class liberal minded people with high education and cultural capital. Of course laws allowing for recognition of more complex relationship systems will benefit marginalised people but doing that isn't how you win votes.
Except that there is already an understanding that polygamy already exists and it's unlikely to go away any time soon, and people already are kind of pushing for "well, you know, at the very least something ought to be done to remedy this problem". That's how I think it's going to start, because that's the only place where polygamy actually exists in a meaningful way. A few metropolitan hipsters dabbling in polyamory does not polygamy make.

The people who make the first move towards legalization of polygamy may very well end up being conservative Utahn Republicans, who every step of the way will insist that they are not championing polygamy and would very much like to see it gone, and are only introducing basic legal protections.
 

Sideways

The Smoking GNU
Published by SLP
that's the only place where polygamy actually exists in a meaningful way. A few metropolitan hipsters dabbling in polyamory does not polygamy make.
Polyamory is common in a surprisingly large section of the trans community, a fair whack of the wider queer community, and there's a good number of cishet people who see it as a big part of their identity. I mean it's not a majority thing but the British media has been making a steady living on stories about the trans community even though we're meant to be like 0.6% of people.
 

Mumby

'I love the pun he will go far'
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Brighton Pavilion 2022
Aisling Murray (Labour): 45.5%
Felix Bungay (Conservative): 23.2%
Caroline Lucas (Green [National Coupon]): 12.8%
Alexandra Phillips (English Independent Greens): 11.2%

Kathleen Stock (Biology Party): 5.2%
Christina Summers (Christian): 2.1%
will we get to see the result of the 2022 general election as a whole?
 

Bolt451

You've been.. THUNBERG STRUCK!
Sequel to this list and this list over at AH .com

The Republic of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Conservatives: Even with the UUs you've got a working majority of two. Please just chance it on a snap election. I'm not waiting until Twenty Fucking Twenty Fucking Three. also then lose. If I hear another "Mike Hunt" joke I will explode
Progressives: Its almost a shame that Swinson has to play the petulant child and repeatedly say "NO" to everything that the Tory-controlled Commons proposes. She had some good ideas. Oh and to the back benchers both McDonnell and Calman would be doing the same.

Republic-wide-
Workers Party: Got into a shouting match on the networks with some WRB politicians over usage of the term "Workers Party,"
Radical Party: Are a bit torn. the Rads' two MPs helped get through the Kirkwall Array alongside the Progs and Tory rebels which is a positive. but on the other hand Grant Morrison fucking loves a good complain.

National Level Parties:
Ulster Unionist: Demanding the Prime Minister hand over his first born son as part of any pact
Traditional Unionist Party: Yes that was an effigy of the shadow Home secretary on a bonfire attended by a TUP MP. You know its bad when the GB News runs a story from Newtownards.
Sinn Fein: One of their councillors got in trouble with the rest of the party for appearing with the Shadow Home Secretary at a campaign for equal marriage event.
English Party: So backing Sue Calman didn't work. *flips a coin* Heads they back reunification, tails they back RGB devolution
Patriotic English Party: On the one hand the PEP want me and mine deported to the Shetlands. on the other hand they scored 69 at the York North By-Election NICE
Pàrtaidh na h-Alba: Got excited about the Kirkwall Array. Claimed it as a victory for Scotland masterminded by *checks notes* the Newcastle Born Shadow Ecology Secretary.



Party Rundown for the Worker's Republic of Britain:

Workers: Actually... might not be the running joke that they're the only party. The open primaries might actually turn into an official multi-party democracy! Shit, I'll have to actually write something!

“Party” Rundown for the Worker’s Republic of Britain

Unionist: Trying to workout how they can game the electoral representation Act in their favour
Centralist: Weren't the 70s just great? Invoking the spirit of Jim Wilson! Embracing the engine of the future and *checks notes* Sending troops to the Caucasuses.
Ecology: Torn between singing the Souths strong record on renewable energy and pointing out the damage the Barrage did to the Severn estuary
Syndicalist: Actual punch up at a party meeting over proposals to form a joint party with the Unionists. For such an unimposing figure the Congressman for Chippenham can THROW DOWN
Liberal: Practically exploded with glee over the Union-Syndicalist reform proposals despite them still being observed within an inch of their lives
 
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"glory. Well, fine. Hello.".....................................................
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"The Agran boomlet seems to be over. Which is a shame - he seems to have a good"
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"provoke fistfights?"...........................................................
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Charles EP M.

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Italy decided to stay out of the war and was glad it did when Germany ended up in a two-front war with Britain and Russia. As the Red Army steadily made its way west, Italy turned to Spain and the unoccupied Vichy France, and proclaimed the Circle Trigon Alliance "to protect our sovereignty against foreign aggression". The Allies - especially the Free French - were not happy but were too exhausted to do anything against a set of nations that weren't with Hitler, so sorry, De Gaulle.

A large number of Nazis and other Germans flee south to the Trigons. Trigon France becomes a bloody battleground between partisans and fascists, with sabres rattled with the Free French Republic, but this is not enough to stop its rise as an economic and military power in the ravaged Europe.

Still, America's fine in splendid isolation! None of that war hit it! Not like the Trigons are going to look to the West, think "we'd like the Panama Canal", and have built up a powerful arsenal of advanced German-designed rockets that a complacent America has no way of fighting off if fired close to its shores!

1951, and boom boom goes Miami...
 

Alex Richards

Etched Swiftly.
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An idea that I had that isn't quite working in something longer:

MPs for Richmond and Barnes

1983: Constituency created
1983-1992: Jeremy Hanley (Conservative)
1983: def. Alan John Watson (Liberal), Keith Vaz (Labour), Christina Matthews (London Motorway Action Group)
1987: def. Alan John Watson (Liberal), Christina Matthews (Ecology-London Motorway Action Group), Michael Gold (Labour)
1992-1997: John Major (Ecology-London Motorway Action Group)
1992: def. Jeremy Hanley (Conservative), Don Touhig (Labour), Jenny Tonge (Liberal Democrat), Charles H. Cunningham (Natural Law), Richard Meacock (Independent)
1997: Constituency abolished.