Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on I can't even
    Truss is uh special. TBF Brexit is what finally killed the "special relationship". The USA was into the UK (after 1975) mainly because the UK was a very useful lever within the EEC and then the EU -- spoke English,...
  • Commented on I can't even
    Given the whole "special relationship" thing meaning the US can prop up the UK Except Truss burned the "special relationship" down and salted the ashes, over the Northern Ireland Protocol. (Biden was not happy with her.)...
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    That would directly involve the crown in everyday politics. This did not end the monarchy in 1911-12, although TBF the monarch was working with the Prime Minister (against the House of Lords) rather than against the PM. If the PM...
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    Assume the "Conservative" party conference does not dispose of her (Can't they simply throw her out of the party ?) No, they can't do that. It takes a set number of letters expressing no confidence to be sent to the...
  • Commented on I can't even
    Are the Scottish "greens" STILL in favour of leaving NATO? No idea, and anyway we're in party conference season: thanks to Vlad's February escapade everything relating to defense policy is an open question. On the other hand: chances of the...
  • Commented on I can't even
    Per the newsrags today, the real issue was that Charles is very sensitive to the question of how to conduct his first overseas visit as monarch, which is what COP27 would have turned into (he was presumably invited long before...
  • Commented on I can't even
    In other news, La Trussterfuck has pissed off the King so much he's briefing against her. And Kwasi Kwarteng, the Chancellor, apparently went from his budget speech to a champagne reception where hedge fund managers egged him on to commit...
  • Commented on I can't even
    But NOT before helping Labour to vote out the parasite/gangster/oligarchy party. That won't happen. Firstly, Labour are as strongly unionist (anti-independence) as the Conservatives. Secondly, Labour consider the SNP to be an existential threat -- which is fair, in Scotland...
  • Commented on I can't even
    So what's it going to take to get a government by a party that represents the non-billionaire part of the U.K.; one that benefits MOST people? The somewhat chilling conclusion I get when I ask this question is that we...
  • Commented on I can't even
    Imagine Charles going full-on for a British version of MAGA Not going to happen, for reasons too numerous and tedious to list here....
  • Commented on I can't even
    This week's mess is like Dobbs or the Brexit vote Absolutely! (We may also be getting a preview of the kind of chaos the USA can expect if the current Supreme Court get to rule on contraception, interracial marriage, divorce...
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    No, the hard core Tory supporters will move only from Conservative to National Front. Please try to keep up? The National Front was 1960s-early 80s. They splintered and aren't really a thing any more. They were mostly replaced by the...
  • Commented on I can't even
    If by 'Britain' you mean You misread, I was talking about Britain First, an actual-existing fascist party....
  • Commented on I can't even
    I would welcome this but You really shouldn't. History tells us that when a major political faction is eliminated it leaves a power vacuum behind. In the case of the Tories, that power vacuum would be on the hard right....
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    I just sent the checked copy-edits on Season of Skulls, the third New Management book, off to Tor.com's production editor this week before the shitstorm broke, and I am really glad I decided to set most of it in 1816...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    New blog entry is up....
  • Posted I can't even to Charlie's Diary
    The reason there was no new blog entry earlier this week is the same reason I've been unable to write (or edit) all week: my brain tends to freeze when the wrong kind of history is happening. And it is...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Fixed. (There's a script that runs once a month to update the certificates for all the domains on my server. It's brittle: as I discovered just now, because I stopped paying for an unused domain several months ago and someone...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Narcosubs: none publicly found have had deep diving ability Well of course not: because any (hypothetical) deep-diving-capable narcosubs would be a lot harder to find! (Also rarer by virtue of cost and complexity of construction.) I'm guessing the commodity they...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    These reports of multiple blasts and a huge amount of explosive suggest to me someone anticipating imprecise emplacement and using lots of great big bangs to compensate. No, it's what you'd need to crack a pipe that's 1220mm in diameter...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    And you think that the Ruzzian military don't have SCUBA deep diving training? Who needs SCUBA divers when your navy operates nuclear-powered spy submarines designed to tamper with undersea cables and pipelines?...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    The blasts in the Nord Stream pipes happened within hours on the same day a huge contract was signed for Norway to supply Poland and Denmark with natural gas via the new Baltic Pipeline. And the explosions happened rather close...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Your point is a good one, but it's not the one Charlie was making. You are wrong, that was exactly my point....
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Elderly Cynic: the sheeple ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE: unironic use the word "sheeple" is now officially grounds for a yellow card here: it's a contemptuous expression of derision for public opinion, strongly associated with the far right/Q/conspiracy theory fringes, and I'm not...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Just noting, with absolutely no joy whatsoever, that I called the current polycrisis an impending Sterling crisis on August 22nd. Then the Queen died. Whoever's in charge of this simulation is clearly gaslighting us. And I'll fire up a new...
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    Administrative Note I have just unpublished a comment by Uncle Stinky and a reply by Greg Tingey because if I hadn't it was going to turn into a flame war in about another millisecond. Don't repost on the same topic...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Perhaps a pertinent question is whether any other peace conference has sparked so many subsequent, major wars? The Congress of Vienna would like a word with you ......
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    the leadership in the west were able to change course away from making the same mistakes the WW1 allies had made In 1945, the allied leadership had lived as adults during the Versailles Treaty negotiations -- some of them had...
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    Ascendancy of the far right tends to leave power in broadly the same groups of hands, ditto money. The 1917-1919 period is noteworthy for the collapse of the autocratic/monarchical system of government that hitherto controlled Europe (and by extension, European...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Raise your hand if you had "(Attempted) Military Coup in China" on your 2022 predictions. I gather it's a random unconfirmed twitter/tiktok rumour, not a real coup. Don't give it any credence whatsoever unless you see it showing up on...
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