Elderly Cynic

Elderly Cynic

  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Actually, it was (and is) potentially a lot worse, because it could make too many people too ill in some critical infrastructure to keep it going, at least locally - such as water, sewage or electricity....
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    The problem with a punitive inheritance tax is the environmental and social harm it causes, when applied to small to medium farms and businesses. The effect is that they have to sell up - and the buyers tend to be...
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    Indeed. This leads to an interesting constitutional question. I note that Bozo has used only the Public Health Act 1984 for the lockdown, rather than the Civil Contingencies Act, and is facing a legal challenge - which, given the appalling...
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    I side with _Moz_. I have witnessed this happening several times personally, have been told it by a good many people who were shafted by the USA, and I have multiple reliable reports of government involvement. Ideas that were invented...
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    Interesting. What I do remember was a significant number of such people making (semi-)public comments damning Corbyn, the left wing of the party, and even socialism, even during the election campaign. But I still believe that was insignificant compared to...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Getting on for 1 million, but not there yet. https://www.change.org/p/dominic-cummings-must-be-sacked...
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    When it comes to shutting down freedom of speech, Blair was where it was at, as I know you know. And it hasn't been the SNP that has introduced all other aspects of fascism that we now have, such as...
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    For the reasons I gave in #296, most especially the malicious and mendacious propaganda campaign waged largely from outside the UK, with huge budgets behind it. Any hope of avoiding monetarism, fascism and foreign control has been lost to the...
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    I shall not respond as you deserve out of courtesy to OGH. For the record, I did not approve of Momentum's attempts at deselection, but they were an attempt to restore some socialism to the party after it had been...
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    Realistically, England would need to be federalised into regions, too; a small number of wildly disparate federal components never works in the long term, and veto powers always cause trouble. I believe that it could be made to work, but...
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    Obviously, I was excluding the SNP from my previous post - there is no chance the next PM would be one of them! "But in Westminster, Labour can't form a partnership with the SNP, because in Scotland the SNP are...
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    You fanatical Corbyn-haters are getting up my nose with your (to be over-polite) gross and malicious misrepresentations. Corbyn is the only potential PM we have had since Thatcher who was (a) honest and (b) actually stood for doing something for...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Bugger the proletariat - it would help a lot if the intelligensia had a say!...
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    Statistics again - now in pretty pictures, and with extra results. Don't expect anything to clarify before the end of June. https://imgur.com/vUwfKxy...
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    My point is that Cummings IS probably all he has! Bozo is a treacherous little sod, and almost certainly believes that the whole cabinet is like him, or worse, and he is probably right; in several cases, we know that...
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    There is another possibility, or perhaps a variation on that. My wife (who is very good at reading body language) believes that Bozo has not yet fully recovered - and, given what we know about what a serious bout of...
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    Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. The hounds are now off the leash, and this is definitely a sport to watch with...
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    There's a difference between delusions and imagination - nothing I read there isn't SOP in the spiels of snake oil salesmen and the beliefs of the gullible....
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    I think that he will survive the loss of Scummings (good one!), but badly weakened, and the next fiasco will do for him....
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    Bozo will do his damnedest to preserve his external brain, because he knows what being shown to be not-totally-in-control will mean. If Cummings goes by the end of June, I predict a new PM by March 2021 - the feuding,...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    "We already have government regulation. I could equally wonder why the EU won't take the extra step of washing poultry with chlorinated water." It's a near-irrelevance, anyway, because there are FAR more important regulations that are at threat. The chlorination...
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    I am currently using a mixture that is roughly 50% beeswax, 45% paraffin wax and 5% marine grease - clean and dry the chain thoroughly, melt the wax, submerge and jiggle the chain, pick out, drain and wipe. It lasts...
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    I can believe it. As I used to teach (and may do so again), the ranking is program optimisation (including parallelism), to algorithmic improvements, to using better mathematical approaches - and, of course, the skill and effort needed goes up...
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    Yes. A more interesting question is whether we needed the capability to produce advanced steels, where Thatcher was (eventually) persuaded that we did, but more recently her successors have decided that we don't. Probably because we can always buy them...
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    50 mcg, if I have it right. A high but not excessive value....
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    I was unaware that the piracy of iron ore carriers was so serious that they all need escorting by naval gunships. Please tell me more!...
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    "I have heard that the stunted cords are imposed by the EU for some bollocks health and safety reason, in which regard it is counterproductive anyway." You shouldn't read the Daily Wail, even by accident, as it's bad for your...
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    If you can get proper bread flour and yeast, ordinary British bread is trivial to make - it is incredibly forgiving - and the only thing I bother to read a recipe for or measure is the amount of salt....
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    No, I haven't forgotten, but he didn't attempt to control the mismanagement any more than Thatcher did....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Increasing bureaucratisation and politicisation, and the de-professionalising of teaching as a profession, except for the school heads (which has become an increasingly administrative role). Imposing a largely political national curriculum, which fills up the time and concentrates on teaching facts,...
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