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I've been working on this one on and off for a while now (mostly it just took forever to do the ridings file), and it's about ready. However, does anyone have any suggestions for events to add in as part of the campaign? Right now I only have a few obvious ones - reports on the possibility of future strikes, the "Labour Isn't Working" slogan, and a potential last-minute event that scrambles the percentages a bit just to add some unpredictability.

Also, I've had to do a fair amount of "guesswork" in trying to figure out where issue centers and candidate positions would fall, so if anybody who knows the time period or UK politics wants to take a look at those, I'd be happy to hear feedback. For Labour, you can pick any of the people who ran in the 1976 leadership election, plus Harold Wilson and minus Tony Crosland (who lost and then died before the '79 election); for the Conservatives, you can pick Thatcher, William Whitelaw, Edward Heath, James Prior, or Keith Joseph. There were a few other leadership candidates for them in 1975, but from what I've been able to find out, it doesn't seem like any of them would really add anything different to the scenario.

Here's a preview - I used the map from that UK 2009 scenario that somebody made a while back for the boundaries:

thatchercallaghan.png

Also, I was thinking of trying something a little different with the game engine to simulate the 1975 Conservative leadership election and the 1976 Labour election, with each constituency representing one MP and the regions representing different factions of the parties. Would you all be interested in trying something like that as a sort of mini-scenario that would only last for a couple weeks of gameplay?

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I'm so sorry about this, but I did indeed make this a few weeks ago. (It's also my map.) Check out my scenarios page. I know how hard it is to draw up the ridings data file. And I think Treasurer of the PC is doing some of the Leadership Elections.

Generally in these UK scenarios, you should work out the issues and positions based on the manifestos, which are available on Election Resources, linked from the Wikipedia page. I couldn't find contemporary events (Labour Isn't Working is an advertisement, for one thing) but I did find some credible spending figures. Budgets were a lot lower back then, even when you account for inflation.

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OK, sorry about that -- do you mind me using the map? I wasn't trying to claim credit for it -- I just couldn't remember who had created it. As for "Labour Isn't Working," what I meant is that I had the Tories rolling it out as an event, so that there's a headline at some point that says, "'Labour Isn't Working,' Say Tories."

I did use the manifestos to create the issue positions, but I was still having to guess a little in terms of where I put the issue centers for the different regions and what positions to assign to alternate party leaders.

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It's a shame you didn't realise the same election had already been done, but that doesn't mean your second variation will mean it's second best, besides some of the US elections have many scenario's, so "why not" as regards to British scenarios too. And 1979 was a watershed election as well, like 1997. As for your Labour and Conservative leadership election suggestions, i say go for it if you want to, the strategy of yours is a lot different from the one i'm working on, which is more linear (Labour 1976 leadership election).

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Yeah, it's not that your scenario is bad, it's just unfortunate that we duplicated a lot of hard work. On the contrary it's good to have different perspectives.

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OK, well I'll go ahead and post what I have sometime this week. I've looked at yours, though I haven't played it yet - the main differences I notice just from the startup is that we seem to have handled the minor parties slightly differently, and I incorporated some abbreviations for incumbency and marginals into the ridings file.

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I'm redoing the scenario right now. Issues are posted below:

Question: what issues should help the Labour, Lib-Dems, and Tories? What would be good issue positions for Northern Ireland? And what should be the battleground regions?

@issues

Constitution

Crime

Defence

Devolution

Economy

Education

Energy

Environment

Europe

Housing

Immigration

Inflation

NHS

Northern Ireland

Privatisation

Tax Reform

Trade Unions

Welfare

@end

@issue position descriptions

// left to right, 1 - 5

//Constitution

Proportional Representation. Replace Lords with elected body.

Reform the House of Lords. Empower local government.

No change on constitution. More Freedom of information.

Support the supremacy of Parliament. Defend the House of Lords.

Parliament must be supreme - withdraw from the EEC.

@

//Crime

Support restorative justice, and reduce sentencing.

Reduce poverty to fight crime. Extend legal aid and rehabiliation.

Tough on crime, but also tough on the causes of crime.

Put more police officers on the streets. Crack down on criminals.

Bring back Capital punishment, and consider national ID Card.

@

//Defence

Unilateral nuclear disarmament. Exit NATO. Abolish MoD.

Soviet theat is overblown. Downsize defense commitments.

Secure détente with USSR. No new nuclear weapons.

Major defense buildup. Maintain the nuclear deterrent.

Reject détente and seek to roll back the Communist menace.

@

//Devolution

No less than full Independence for Scotland and Wales.

Home Rule for Scotland and Wales.

Devolve some powers to regional assemblies across Britain.

No devolution. Defend the Union. Increase parliamentary control.

Promote national unity. Maintain the Union at all costs.

@

//Economy

Massive public investment in economic expansion.

Government should steer economy. Increase public spending.

Innovation in job creation. Some economic liberalisation.

Reduce regulation. Promote capital-owning democracy.

Repudiate welfare state to escape economic decline.

@

//Education

End school selection. Provide universal state nursery education.

Reduce class sizes, raise teacher pay and build more universities.

Maintain school spending, with respect to budgetary limits.

Increase education standards. Support independent schools.

Promote parental choice in schools. Resist pay demands.

@

//Energy

State-provided clean energy. Make Britain a nuclear-free zone.

Renewable energy to replace oil. Phase out nuclear plants.

Support British coal. No new nuclear plants until safety is OK.

Privatise oil and gas sectors. Make coal industry more efficient.

Privatise oil, gas, and coal industries. Close unprofitable mines.

@

//Environment

Environment is #1 priority. Restructure society along "green" lines.

Tax polluters. Stronger regulation to protect the environment.

Protect the environment through governmental initiatives.

Environmental problems are overblown and irrelevant right now.

The environmental movement is a socialist conspiracy.

@

//EEC

The EEC is a capitalists' club. Work out a negotiated withdrawal.

Reform the EEC along democratic socialist lines.

Push for a democratic EEC. Increase common foreign policy role.

Pursue a single-market, free-trade future for EEC. CAP reform.

Withdraw from the European Union. It threatens national sovereignty.

@

//Housing

Freeze council rents. Massive public housing investment.

More investment in public housing. Defend rent controls.

Ensure high standards by reviving the private market.

Encourage ownership by selling council houses to tenants.

Remove all regulations on landlords. Privatise council houses.

@

//Immigration

Liberalise immigration. End all racist restrictions on free movement.

Allow "family reunification" for immigrants. Justice for refugees.

Help asylum seekers but keep immigration at reasonable levels.

Stricter immigration controls. Clarify citizenship entitlements.

End immigration to Britain and expel dangerous minorities.

@

//Inflation

Fund deficits by borrowing and expropriation. Control profits.

Inflation is a low priority. Keep prices policy, but increase wages.

Reduce inflation expectations with a national incomes policy.

Reduce money supply and gov. spending to reduce inflation.

Achieve price stability by 1983. No controls on labour market.

@

//NHS

No private sector involvement in healthcare or the NHS.

Protect the NHS. Defend pay and working conditions.

Local provision of healthcare. Rationalise the NHS system.

Promote internal efficiencies through market reforms in the NHS.

Abolish the NHS and replace it with a fully private system.

@

//Northern Ireland

A United Ireland must be achieved at all costs. Support the IRA.

Support Irish Unity, but only through peace and popular consent.

Maintain direct rule and military presence until peace is achieved.

NI must remain part of the UK. Support the RUC and fight terrorism.

NI must remain British at all costs. Crush the IRA with brutal force.

@

//Privatisation

Nationalise more industries. Move to a state-run planned economy.

Industrial democracy through nationalisation. Enact social lending.

Limited privatisation. Industrial policy to help private sector.

End nationalisation. Support privatisation of select industries.

Privatize all remaining state industries and public services.

@

//Tax Reform

Increase income tax rates to Scandinavian levels.

Increase taxes on the wealthy but reduce the VAT rate.

Reduce tax burden at the lowest level using oil revenues.(LAB)

Reduce tax rates to EEC average. Introduce tax credits. (LIB)

Major tax cuts to investors and shift to indirect taxation. (CON)

@

//Trade Unions

Enact industrial democracy and support cooperative ownership.

Defend the rights of trade unions. Pay rises for industrial peace.

Seek a labour relations compromise. Limit strikes but protect pay.

Limit trade union powers in public sector. Prohibit closed shop.

Unions are full of Communist agitators and should be outlawed.

@

//Welfare

Link benefits to wages. Expand social services and childcare.

Increase welfare, especially pensions and income supports.

Establish a citizen's income. Increase supplementary pensions.

Simplify benefits with tax credits. Reform pension entitlement.

Reduce welfare by ending benefits to immigrants and lazy.

@

@end

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What should be the television, radio and newspaper interviewers for 1979? Also what about endorsers?

CURRENT INTERVIEWERS:

Nationwide

2

2

The Today Programme

3

3

ITV Evening News

2

2

// if this file doesn't exist, uses default endorser system

// can list as many endorsers as want here

// endorsers have 4 states

// open

// leaning

// decided

// endorsed

// once an endorser has decided, it is very difficult to get them to change their minds,

// but they may not officially endorse until a later date

@endorsers

// you can list as many endorsers as you like here

@endorser

@name

// endorser name should be unique among endorsers

The Times

@date_endorses

// year

// month

// day

// if no date when endorses (just first player to get to 'decided'), put 'variable'

variable

@end

@pp_effect

// how many points closer to 'decided' 1 PP spent on this endorser tends to get a candidate

// default is 10

// an endorser is leaning towards a party if that party is 25 points greater than any other party

// an endorser is decided towards a party if that party is 50 points greater than any other party, or 25 points greater and above 90 points

// once an endorser is leaning towards a party, that party receives 1 extra endorser point per turn

// once an endorser is decided towards a party, that party receives 2 extra endorser points per turn

10

@initial_state

// open, leaning, or decided

// leaning gives the party leaning toward 25 points

// decided gives the party leaning toward 50 points

// if leaning or decided, you need to specify the party the endorser is leaning or decided towards in the @party_favoured line

// otherwise, the endorser will start in the 'open' state

leaning

@party_favoured

// if initial_state is leaning or decided

// enter 'none' here if initial state is open

// if this party isn't in the game, the endorser will start in the 'open' state

// party name should match a party name in scenario.p4e

Conservative

@monetary_bonus

// how much money endorser gives to candidate endorsed

0

@regions_affect

// regions endorser affects

// can list as many @region ... @end_region as want

@region

@region_name

// enter name here, should match a regional name in region_variables.p4e,

// or -1 for all regions

-1

@regional_momentum_affect

// how much momentum bonus in this region once endorsed

// -2 to 2, this number is multiplied by issue importance

// if endorser is -1 for issue name (see below), each momentum point goes to a random issue,

// and can include attribute issues (Leadership, Integrity, Experience, Issue Familiarity)

// the momentum affect displayed on the endorser screen is an average of the issue profiles,

// so a general issue endorser will have more of an effect on average when there are more high profile issues

1

@regional_footsoldiers_affect

// how many footsoldiers candidate changed in this region once endorsed

// 0 and up

// note this is in total for the region, foot soldiers will be apportioned randomly among the constituencies

0

@end_region

@end_regions_affect

@issue

// this is the issue the endorser cares about, and their position on this issue (1-5)

@issue_name

// issue name, should match issue name in @issues section of scenario.p4e

// -1 if cares about all issues in general

// currently, if an issue name is specified can't be an issue attribute

// name (Leadership ,Experience, Integrity, Issue Familiarity)

//Free Trade

-1

@issue_position

// 1 to 5, 1 is Left, 5 is Right

4

@end_issue

@blurb

// blurb should be one continuous line

// if no blurb, enter 'none'

// if this endorser gives (or gives more) momentum or footsoldiers in particular regions but not others, you can indicate that here

The Times is Britain's most read quality newspaper.

@end blurb

@endorser_national

// whether endorser endorses a 'national' party, 1 or 0

// default is 1

// note parties by default are considered national, unless they have a regional tag in their party.txt file

1

@end endorser_national

@endorser_regional

// if endorser endorses a 'regional' party (possibly in addition to endorsing national parties),

// enter the regional description here (this must match the @party_regional description in a party's party.txt file)

// can be anything, does not need to match the regional names in the scenario.p4e file

// for example, could put 'Xanadu' here

// if doesn't endorse any regional parties, leave line blank

@end endorser_regional

@end_endorser

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@endorser

@name

The Guardian

@date_endorses

variable

@end

@pp_effect

10

@initial_state

leaning

@party_favoured

Labour

@monetary_bonus

0

@regions_affect

@region

@region_name

-1

@regional_momentum_affect

1

@regional_footsoldiers_affect

0

@end_region

@end_regions_affect

@issue

@issue_name

-1

@issue_position

2

@end_issue

@blurb

The Guardian is traditionally the most left-wing of all Britain's quality newspapers.

@end blurb

@endorser_national

1

@end endorser_national

@endorser_regional

@end endorser_regional

@end_endorser

////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

@endorser

@name

The Daily Telegraph

@date_endorses

variable

@end

@pp_effect

10

@initial_state

decided

@party_favoured

Conservative

@monetary_bonus

0

@regions_affect

@region

@region_name

-1

@regional_momentum_affect

1

@regional_footsoldiers_affect

0

@end_region

@end_regions_affect

@issue

@issue_name

-1

@issue_position

4

@end_issue

@blurb

The Daily Telegraph is described as the Tories' house paper.

@end blurb

@endorser_national

1

@end endorser_national

@endorser_regional

@end endorser_regional

@end_endorser

////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

@endorser

@name

The Sun

@date_endorses

variable

@end

@pp_effect

10

@initial_state

leaning

@party_favoured

Conservative

@monetary_bonus

0

@regions_affect

@region

@region_name

-1

@regional_momentum_affect

2

@regional_footsoldiers_affect

0

@end_region

@end_regions_affect

@issue

@issue_name

-1

@issue_position

4

@end_issue

@blurb

Rupert Murdoch's tabloid The Sun is Britain's most popular newspaper.

@end blurb

@endorser_national

1

@end endorser_national

@endorser_regional

@end endorser_regional

@end_endorser

////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

@endorser

@name

The Mirror

@date_endorses

variable

@end

@pp_effect

10

@initial_state

leaning

@party_favoured

Labour

@monetary_bonus

0

@regions_affect

@region

@region_name

-1

@regional_momentum_affect

1

@regional_footsoldiers_affect

0

@end_region

@end_regions_affect

@issue

@issue_name

-1

@issue_position

2

@end_issue

@blurb

The Mirror is the most popular of the UK's left wing tabloids.

@end blurb

@endorser_national

1

@end endorser_national

@endorser_regional

@end endorser_regional

@end_endorser

////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

@endorser

@name

The Herald

@date_endorses

variable

@end

@pp_effect

10

@initial_state

leaning

@party_favoured

Labour

@monetary_bonus

0

@regions_affect

@region

@region_name

North East Scotland

South Scotland

@regional_momentum_affect

4

@regional_footsoldiers_affect

0

@end_region

@end_regions_affect

@issue

@issue_name

-1

@issue_position

2

@end_issue

@blurb

The Herald, a Scottish newspaper, is Britain's oldest in existence.

@end blurb

@endorser_national

1

@end endorser_national

@endorser_regional

Scotland

@end endorser_regional

@end_endorser

////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

@endorser

@name

The Scotsman

@date_endorses

variable

@end

@pp_effect

10

@initial_state

leaning

@party_favoured

Conservative

@monetary_bonus

0

@regions_affect

@region

@region_name

North East Scotland

South Scotland

@regional_momentum_affect

4

@regional_footsoldiers_affect

0

@end_region

@end_regions_affect

@issue

@issue_name

-1

@issue_position

4

@end_issue

@blurb

The Scotsman is a centre-right Scottish newspaper.

@end blurb

@endorser_national

1

@end endorser_national

@endorser_regional

Scotland

@end endorser_regional

@end_endorser

////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

@endorser

@name

The Western Mail

@date_endorses

variable

@end

@pp_effect

10

@initial_state

open

@party_favoured

none

@monetary_bonus

0

@regions_affect

@region

@region_name

Wales

@regional_momentum_affect

2

@regional_footsoldiers_affect

0

@end_region

@end_regions_affect

@issue

@issue_name

-1

@issue_position

2

@end_issue

@blurb

The Western Mail is the leading newspaper in Wales.

@end blurb

@endorser_national

1

@end endorser_national

@endorser_regional

Wales

@end endorser_regional

@end_endorser

////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

@endorser

@name

The Evening Standard

@date_endorses

variable

@end

@pp_effect

10

@initial_state

open

@party_favoured

none

@monetary_bonus

0

@regions_affect

@region

@region_name

Outer London

Central London

@regional_momentum_affect

2

@regional_footsoldiers_affect

0

@end_region

@end_regions_affect

@issue

@issue_name

-1

@issue_position

4

@end_issue

@blurb

The Evening Standard is a tabloid for London residents and commuters.

@end blurb

@endorser_national

1

@end endorser_national

@endorser_regional

none

@end endorser_regional

@end_endorser

////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

@endorser

@name

The Irish News

@date_endorses

variable

@end

@pp_effect

10

@initial_state

leaning

@party_favoured

SDLP

@monetary_bonus

0

@regions_affect

@region

@region_name

Northern Ireland

@regional_momentum_affect

1

@regional_footsoldiers_affect

0

@end_region

@end_regions_affect

@issue

@issue_name

-1

@issue_position

2

@end_issue

@blurb

The Irish News is Northern Ireland's pro-Nationalist daily.

@end blurb

@endorser_national

0

@end endorser_national

@endorser_regional

Northern Ireland

@end endorser_regional

@end_endorser

////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

@endorser

@name

The Belfast Telegraph

@date_endorses

variable

@end

@pp_effect

10

@initial_state

leaning

@party_favoured

Official Unionist

@monetary_bonus

0

@regions_affect

@region

@region_name

Northern Ireland

@regional_momentum_affect

1

@regional_footsoldiers_affect

0

@end_region

@end_regions_affect

@issue

@issue_name

-1

@issue_position

4

@end_issue

@blurb

The Belfast Telegraph is a Northern Irish Unionist newspaper.

@end blurb

@endorser_national

0

@end endorser_national

@endorser_regional

Northern Ireland

@end endorser_regional

@end_endorser

@end_endorsers

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BTW, did you send out the scenario?

The media could be:

BBC News

ITV

The Times

The Guardian

The Daily Telegraph

The endorsers could be:

The Sun

The Times

The Daily Telegraph

The Scotsman

The Glasgow Herald

The Guardian

Daily Express

Daily Mail

The Daily Telegraph

Financial Times

Daily Mirror

Trades Union Congress

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What has been changed? I have played my version to death while designing it, so I don't think I really need to beta test the new one unless there are big changes.

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What has been changed? I have played my version to death while designing it, so I don't think I really need to beta test the new one unless there are big changes.

You're alive! You're alive! He's alive! Hallelujah!

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Sent. Also, the 1979 was very difficult- if not impossible for Labour to win. However, I tried to make a couple issues favour Labour- so I'll try out a game and see if I can win.

I may put in alternate leaders, but we'll see.

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