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MattS

  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    I read it, succinctly what a load of bollocks. You can always prosecute a reform agenda but you need to make the politics work. Policy wonkiness does not good politics make, and unfortunately this is a lesson that labor seems...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    I shake my head, what were they (Labor) thinking? Voters don’t start listening until the last week and they’re totally Ill equipped to judge 3 years of policy development in that time, not to mention they don’t want too. Against...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Yes, as in France is the other European nuclear power. America not being a European power, forward positioned B61s notwithstanding. :)...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    As we’re not going to stop the rise of the oceans anytime soon I’m thinking that a lot of the world’s cities will look like Venice. So suburban homes built as houseboats to rise up on fixed moorings with king...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Unfortunately he’s completely symptomatic of the White Male Effect, that extreme risk skepticism that hierarchical commitments induce in white males. See the link below by Kahan for the numbers. There’s another study floating around that shows that this cohorts views...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Back to Brexit. Just finished reading Democracy for Realists by Achen and Bartels. Their thesis is that there’s a folk theory of ‘democracy’ that simply doesn’t fly when you look at how people actually practice democracy. Bottom line it’s more...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Likewise I feel exactly the same way about non-metric measures, especially after finding out the hard way that gallons come in two flavors when refueling a frigate in Karachi harbor one Sunday....
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    Julian’s not the messiah, he’s just a very naughty boy. :)...
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    Compare and contrast. Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon papers, “I did this clearly at my own jeopardy and I am prepared to answer to all the consequences of this decision”. No hiding in the Equadorian embassy or taking a...
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    I like to think of Julian as the Rupert of the hactivism sphere......
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    Clearly WikiLeaks never watched Yes Minister and missed that, ‘you never believe a rumour until it’s been officially denied’....
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    Brexit, a play in two acts. Wherein the very banality of the first act allows the blow to fall afterwards with more awful effect in the second....
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    There is, no exit, from Brexit......
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    Don't worry peeps we're warming up a suite on Christmas Island for Mr Assange even as we speak....
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    Totally tickled pink by this photo Greg :)...
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    I'm going for Flexbrit....
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    He's a brexiteer, burn him! Sorry no :) My personal opinion (FWIW) is that the UK is better off within the EU than out, especially given the special position that it currently occupies. The effect of pulling out of the...
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    One might even say that it's 'fuzzy'... physics joke!...
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    That underselling is not a bug it’s a design feature! One of the chief architects of the EU (Monnet?) expressed the strategy as one of acting to resolve an existing conflict or contradiction in such a way that it set...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    If the British are incoherent, it seems to be an incoherence shared by others. The very few time that the voters of Europe have been directly asked whether they were happy with the direction the Union was taking they've usually...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I was referring specifically to the exit options, i.e. one where there's some agreement that continues the UK's economic access, but not as members of the EU and therefore with no real rights of agreement or consultation, and the other...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Turning the chess board around we should also be considering what the EU will lose when the UK exits. That is it will lose the worlds sixth largest economy, the only other nuclear power in Europe, the only member state...
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    Standby for a game changing event, wherein a baked on die hard Brexiteer takes a pop at a Remainer MP. That (if it happens) will change the tone of the debate....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    OK, well the question from OGH @199 was what would May's next move be? Aligning yourself with the economically conservative bloc that was formed because you were actually leaving the EU would be the logical next step. Both in terms...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    On the EU front as UK is now back in the game the May government could seek to join the New Hanseatic League, it's a natural fit for the UK as a fiscally conservative northern nation. Then as part of...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Yes but suggest you read the current 'future relationships' agreement. As a legal document it's so open you could can read any outcome into it. Which is negotiations speech for there's nothing binding and all issues are on the table....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Anyone who argues, as the Tory Eurosceptic Amercinophiles do, that the US is the bastion of free trade has clearly been ignoring what's been going on inside both the major US parties over the last 20 years or so. Frankly...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Greg, Apologies I meant to write a short reply but was in a hurry :) It's not just the 'The City', but everyone in the service sectors of the economy who are scared of Brexit, May has sold them down...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    So I'm now wondering when (or whether) a general strike will be called by the Remainers. Any thoughts?...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I think Prospect theory from behavioural economics is a better explanation as to why people voted for Brexit (or Trump).* We've known since the 1980s that humans are biased to be risk averse if it's a question of gain but...
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