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About HarryBarclay

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  1. Hey all I've put together a UK 2012 scenario and uploaded it to the board. Let me know what you think, and enjoy. United Kingdom 2012 HB
  2. Sorry to have been so lax about this... I've now uploaded the scenario onto the main page - it can be found here - so it is available to everyone, forever, etc... Aren't you lucky? HB
  3. Hey y'all. First, it's been pointed out to me that the link above did not work. It should be fixed now, but let me know if not. http://www.mediafire.com/?8whi2a51bg35g1c I have updated Verhofstad's profile, specifying him as a "multiple term" Belgian PM - I hope that settles dispute. Both Patine and Matvail2002 above make good points - and why shouldn't there be EUL-NGL candidates / far right-eurosceptics? First, EUL-NGL is not a political party, it's a European Parliament bloc - which is subtly different. If I was going to include a far-left group it would be the Party of the European Left. The same goes for the Eurosceptics, but it is even more difficult to run a specific party to cater for their needs - hence why I included the Reform group (this is a little hypocritical - I'm not sure they're a political party at all...). I am tempted to add a far-left group to the scenario, but not right away. The one thing I would say is that I don't think P4E+P2008 works especially well with lots of parties. HB
  4. How true. And how embarrassing. I have made the changes. They are: - Verhofstad served two terms as Belgian PM - Le Monde is now an interviewer - Sweden has Sweden's flag. Not Finland's. The same link in my original post directs you to the updated version. Any other feedback would be greatly appreciated...
  5. Finally, after much too long, I have managed to get this together. It's not exactly finished - it needs folks with more time on their hands than I have who are keen to test out some of the various candidates. I think there's a general problem that it's too easy for PES, so if anyone can give me some pointers for improvements, that'd be great. A few points on how it works / how I've worked it out: This is the election for President of the European Council, better known (colloquially) as the European President. The role is currently held by Herman van Rompuy, who was appointed President by the European Council of Ministers at the end of last year. This scenario is a simulation of how it might have been had the role been elected instead. The current President is appointed by the Council. Given that each member of the Council has a set number of votes I reckoned the best simulation was to use the P4E+P 2008 engine, which uses an electoral college, rather than a more proportional system. For the opening ridings, I used the results of the 2009 European Parliamentary election. Seemed the most appropriate. Issue positions for member states were based on the European Commission's opinion polling, the Eurobarometer, which conducts surevys on pretty much everything. Anyway, give it a whirl: European Union 2010
  6. I think the issues are great, for the most part. Just a couple of comments: Current Issues Balanced Budget - Very much an American political phrase - I don't know if I've once heard it mentioned here in the UK in terms of politics. A better issue name might be Spending Cuts, which fits well with the issue descriptors and is very much the political buzzword of the minute. Families - I liked the inclusion of this; it's something Cameron's making a big thing of. Government - Not sure about this one. It looks more like a Labour Voters = YES; Non-Labour Voters = NO type issue. ie Not really an issue at all. Post Offices - This is just not going to be an election issue, as far as I can tell. Really. Possible Alternative / Additional Issues Iraq - This issue is still on going, and one of the main reasons for decline of Blair / Labour popularity. Drugs - Still some chat about legalisation going on, especially with the rise of 'legal highs' such as mephadrone, etc. Suggested Leader Attributes Brown - I think it's unfair to give him any less stamina than Cameron. He's been at this game a long time and is one hell of a campaigner. (I'd love to give him more than a 2 for charisma - having met the man I know he's great face to face - but I just don't think it can be justified on a national scale...) Clegg - Experience should be 2. Being leader of the Lib Dems is just one step up from being leader of a pressure group and no way equal to being leader of the opposition. Pearson - Same - down to 2. Griffin - Experience down to 1 - He's never even been an MP. Issue knowledge down to 2. Debating to 2 (if you don't believe me, watch the BBC Question Time with him - he can barely string a coherent sentece together, let alone a logical one.) On a separate note, I'd really like to see (if possible) the possibility of the same simulation but with different leaders, especially as all the polling data indicates that labour could still win under anyone but Brown. How about adding Harman / Johnson / Mandleson? Hope all that helps. HB
  7. I have had EXACTLY the same problem, but with Vista. I asked the question a couple of days ago on the C4E help blog, but have been as yet met with silence. Hopefully a reply coming soon...
  8. Well, I've struggled on to get a working map. Now moving on to issues. Any thoughts? At the moment I have: Agriculture / CAP Citizenship + Identity Competition Law Defence Democratic Defecit Environment + Energy The Euro European Commission European Courts European Federalism Expansion Foreign Policy Free Movement Humanitarian Aid / Development Lobbyists MEP's Expenses Regionalism v Centralism Turkey Problem is that a lot of them are quite structural and less ideological / political, which is a bit dull. Not everything's gonna be a winner though, I guess. Would love to hear anyone else's views, though... Also, I'm planning on putting some events in that reflect the real world. So far I have thought of: Lisbon Treaty ratified (Boost for anything Eurosceptic) Greece becomes insolvent (Negative for the Euro) European Parliament elections (Boost for the right) Obama elected (Boost for the left) Iraq War Inquiry (Negative for Blair) Any ideas for some more?
  9. Would you mind sharing the map with me? Cheers.
  10. Hey, I'm putting together some thoughts on a European Union based scenario. Unfortunately I have nowhere to start in terms of a map. If anyone could put one together for me, I'd be very grateful. Many thanks.
  11. I don't know about a student council one, but I'm working on a University Student Union one at the moment, absed at a UK university (Edinburgh).
  12. Hey, I'm putting together a European Union scenario. Not being hugely computer literate, however, I am struggling to put a map together. I was wondering if there was some kind soul out there who might volunteer? Many thanks.
  13. Hey, I'm going back the drawing board somewhat with the EU scenario, but very keen to get it done before the actual president of the commission is picked. Anyone fancy putting an EU map together for me? Cheers, HB
  14. Hey folks, I actually put a European Scenario together, mostly because I wanted to have a go with one. Unfortunately, there was an error in it somewhere that I couldn't iron out, so I sent it in to Theory Spark to see if they could figure it out. I haven't heard from them in a couple of months, so I might give them a poke to see what's going on. However, I'll let you know if it gets off the ground. HB
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