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#1  Edited By TomWhitbrook

Hard to choose. They've all got good and bad points. Churchill not only got us through the war like a champion, but back when he was a Liberal he worked with Lloyd George to lay the foundations for the welfare state too, something that's often overlooked these days. On the other hand, his record on the subject peoples of the Empire was pretty abysmal. 
Blair had a lot of faults, certainly, but he made the Labour party electable again. Minimum wage, civil partnerships and the freedom of information act were great too, even to the extent that Blair now regrets the FOI. MilliD is very right to point out that there's much to be proud of in Labour's recent record. Student fees has been a shambles though, and the ever expanding number of graduate places on pointless courses doesn't help when the ones who are coming out can't get jobs. And it's hard to ignore his role in the ballooning public spending of the last ten years, that still failed to make a dent in equality, that didn't find jobs for the million and a half that were out of work for the entirety of the last decade, and yet has seen armed forces budgets cut to the bone while we fought a succession of wars. ID cards, rendition, 42 days detention... 
Major was a bit tim-nice-but-dim, not particularly harmful but certainly not great either. It's a terrible indictment of Kinnock that he managed to lose to him in 92, especially considering the effect of the 90's recession.    
As for Attlee, all substance and no show,  a man of his enormous ability would have been a credit to any government at any time, but he's certainly the finest Labour PM we ever had. But even he's got his flaws, his governments failure to produce a workable solution in the mandate is the root of a lot of modern middle eastern conflict.   
And I personally think quite well of the Iron Lady, as do my parents. My mom has voted for the Liberals all her life in one variant or another, and my dad for Labour, but they both switched to Thatcher. There was a period of time where the unions had the country on its knees and my parents suffered badly. And no, they weren't rich, or even middle class, far from it, but when the unions are all at home on strike pay then there's not much work for anyone else either.  
They've all had their good and bad points, and I find it quite hard to choose. The thing I've come away with most from this little thought exercise is how fortunate we've been to have had such an extraordinary collection of extraordinary talents at the helm.

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#4  Edited By TomWhitbrook
@CRAzYKiLL3R93: Labour got 7 out of the top 10 largest individual donations during the election, with the Tories only getting two. If you exclude the unions as aggregates of many smaller donors rather than as large businesses, Labour still managed to beat out the Tories on big donors at three to two. Of course, that's also a reflection of Tory strategy, which was to solicit more "small" donations of around £50000 from a much wider pool of donors, but it's still an interesting revelation. The Tories overall raised more money than Labour though, and Labour's currently very high level of borrowing puts them in a sticky position.
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#5  Edited By TomWhitbrook
@TeamJersey: Its a sort of anime/cyberpunk/COC mash up. The ideas are interesting, but I didn't particularly care for the ruleset.
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#6  Edited By TomWhitbrook
@RJMacReady: He's referring to the Liberal Democrats, one of the three main parties in the UK. 
@CRAzYKiLL3R93: Actually, all 3 parties draw on a fairly similar mix of rich individuals and small and large businesses to fund their campaigns, as well as membership fees and interestingly, borrowing. Labour's biggest donors are still the Unions overall but Lakshmi Mittal and Nigel Doughty both put £1 million each into the Labour campaign this year, with the largest individual Tory donor topping out at £803,000.
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#7  Edited By TomWhitbrook

Aren't they called "elections"? 
I kid, I kid. But aside from that, no. Why get rid of someone just when they're getting good at the job if their policies are still popular and implemented effectively?

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#8  Edited By TomWhitbrook

Scalping is certainly annoying, but how could you restrict it? Require you to upload a photo of the ticket holder when you purchase, and bring photo ID to the event? It would probably work just by having an individual name on every ticket.

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#9  Edited By TomWhitbrook

Warhammer, 40k, D&D, Call of Cthulhu, WFRP. All sorts really, love it. 
@Necrotoxin said:

" I play Warmachine sometimes. Anyone that likes 40K should give it a go.  "
I've tried it but it didn't grab me for a variety of reasons. I generally didn't like the aesthetic of the models, although I think Hordes is far more interesting in this regard. The caster kill concept didn't really appeal to me, either, but I thought the rule set was a mainly solid skirmish set up. Most importantly though, I cannot stand large numbers of metal models, especially large models like beasts and jacks, and the PP plastics have been pretty awful.
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#10  Edited By TomWhitbrook

Maybe this move would result in some more of my mail actually being delivered. Or the mail that is delivered, that isn't weeks late or put into someone elses post box, might not be balled up and stuffed into the postbox as though the person delivering the letter has a personal grudge against me for having the temerity to have things sent to me via the postal service. Perhaps a carrier might ring the doorbell instead of putting the little "tried" to deliver card through the door, even though I've been in all day waiting for you so I know full bloody well youre a lazy liar. 
Well, a man can dream.