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Someone, anyone... please, just put him down.
Better than James Delingpole. I don't know why, but ever since that blog he posted the other day I've had to fight down the urge to hunt down his address and do a Jill Dando on him.
I think it's his byline http://tinyurl.com/34e36wz - when people talk about punchable faces - this is it.
i think they're still allowed to sit in the Lords, no?
Sometimes it's all that can be given as a reply to such poor trolling as that which he has just spewed out.
Is it trolling when it's true?
That's often Geo's formula.
A) Include an element of solid truth in it ("people will have the future Prime Minister in mind").
B) Go mega hyperbolic on the personal accusations as if the original suggestion that he's trying to rebuff was the most outlandish or obscure piece of pointscoring he's ever witnessed ("only wankers think otherwise." / "desperately trying to impress with their knowledge" / "anyone that argues otherwise is just trying to be a pretentious prick").
C) Throw in some highly questionable opinion as if it were cast iron fact ("mandate to govern").
Lobbing in a personal insult or two after a conventional rebuttal is a time-tested and honourable technique of internet debate. It's like mopping up with small arms after you've punished the position beforehand with artillery.
It makes your opponent feel bad and can sometimes prompt them into following up with an ill-judged, poorly thought out, overly personal or... whiny response that can serve to undermine their original position...
1) Properly go off on one and have a real good ramble so it's difficult to be picked up on flaws in the position being put forward...
2) Deal broadly with simple theoretical building blocks of logic so it's difficult to be picked up on flaws in the position being put forward.
3) Throw in plenty of caveats so it's difficult to be picked up on flaws in the position being put forward. Although this isn't always apprpriate. It depends on many factors.
4) Come back to and repeat the same simple points a couple or three times so it's difficult to be picked up on flaws in the position being put forward. And make sure you do this one. It's important to make it difficult to be picked up on flaws in the position being put forward.
5) Plenty of links and/or numbers culled from Wiki (or, better! - its references section) so it's difficult to be picked up on flaws in the position being put forward. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/References for more info.
6) "after you've punished the position beforehand with artillery" - Add in plenty of quotes of the person you're addressing and punish their position with their own artillery.
7) Keep it clean (normally), so it's difficult to be picked up on flaws in the position being put forward.
8) Make it difficult to be picked up on flaws in the position being put forward.
9) Slip in a reply just before hometime so it's difficult to be picked up on flaws in the position being put forward.
People who are desperately trying to impress with their knowledge of the DiS debating process.
The fact is when you enter a thread and put your comment after someone else's, a lot, if not most, people will have the the thought that 'this is trolling' in mind. Although you don't always admit it directly, through a general concensus on here we will always assume it's the case.
And anyone that argues otherwise is just trying to be a pretentious prick.
One of my friends got in to the polling both and panicked when she couldn't see Nick Clegg's name on the slip.
But I do think that people have to realise that the make up of political parties are not preserved in aspic - they change, in the same way that a football club has to renew playing a coaching staff on a continuous basis.
By the same token, it could be said that 0% of the people voted for a Conservative cabinet featuring Liberal Democrats.
"Man U + Arsenal have more points than Chelsea so they've been awarded the Premiership".
I have no idea whether it was a joke, or someone genuinely being a prick about the whole Tory screamfest about it not being fair, waaaaah, WE WON! LABOUR LOST! MUMMY! YOU SAID I COULD BE PRIME MINISTER IF I WAS PATIENT. UNELECTED LEADERZZZZZZ. WAAAAAAAAAH!
it definitely is the same as that
but isn't more Man U + Portsmouth, ergo just squeaking over Chelsea's points haul?
You could probably get elected PM on a "Give Portsmouth a Trophy For Plucky Determination" ticket.
just weeks before being re-elected with a 5000 increase to his majority?
Portsmouth are like a Greece - over spent and no ability to recoup
where as Utd/UK could start to repay it's debts but it would have to start doing unpopular and negative things
It's more in a similar position to Man United/Liverpool. Debt levels are too high and need cutting, but not in immediate danger of bankruptcy.
and the Conservatives are just the nearest to winning
and wants to concentrate more on cardio-vascular exercise in training rather than do endless 5-a-side practice. Or something.
The only vague and warped parallel that could lend any credence to the massively dodgy analogy would be if the Prem demanded that you achieve a certain points score to win the title and Chelsea hadn't reached it.
Wait a minute... you're one to something...
...the COALITION PREMIERSHIP!
Each team is put into a partnership with one or two other teams. Whatever coalition gets the most goals at the end of the season gets the cup.
Welcome to a thrilling new world of Tactical Football Action!
based on the first international match creating the first world champions and it passing on based on who beat them after that match. Boxing title styleee.
*Goes off for a Google...*
This, pretty much: http://www.ufwc.co.uk/about/
Current champions: Netherlands
Next title match: 26/05/10 Netherlands vs Mexico
Yes, I remember the general jubilation when Scotland were the multiple undisputed world champions...
...on closer inspection, it appears my idea is basically the F1 Constructors championship.
I would even bake a cake for that.