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  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    Surely the problem with any genre (and literary fiction is a genre, same as any other) is there are always going to be derivative works. Literary fiction has an official canon in fact. "These are the 'great works' of literary...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    You can't stop the police abusing their powers of course, but about 18 months to 2 years ago the radio show Unreliable Evidence (I'm fairly sure that was the show, it seems the best fit) interviewed one of the civil...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    What's the betting that some of the first people to be targetted are members of Greenpeace and the CND, followed by Liberty and Amnesty? Very low. They may be unpopular with the Tories but they're suitably "British" still. They'll target...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    I wish interesting times ahead for Michael Gove - which he already has, being placed under Teresa May. I hadn't thought of that - the two have history of course, the press was full of speculation that Gove was moved...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    This isn't a surprise, it's what's meant by safe seats. Many of them really haven't changed since before the war. There *can* be changes - look at what happened in Scotland, where the use of the word unprecedented for a...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    The entire tax regime really needs reform. Not that we're going to see it - and while this mob seem happy to leave some loopholes open, the other lot were going to patch and bail and pray. I'm self-employed. I...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    That's my personal experience but it's hard to be sure. And it's also very slow if generally true....
  • Commented on Aftermath
    In addition, in an appreciable number of seats, both Labour and Tory, UKIP came second. I' re lost the link now, but there's a map of the constituencies by who came second out there. It's no guarantee of course (I...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    We can live in hope he IS a disappointment to his core electorate though. And although I'm not the world's biggest Alex Salmond fan, we can hope his tea-leaf reading skills are still sharp when he says the majority will...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    I'm not sure I agree with your comment about there not really being regions emerging or per Andrew Gray's comment (currently #201) re-emerging (although I'm not sure the old Saxon Heptarchy is the right set of dividing lines although I...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    There is a strong sense even within England, that the UK government tends to govern for vested interests within the M25 (that's a sort of giant circle of a road around London in case your UK geography isn't up to...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    The print media, the large majority of it anyway, are euphoric because with the exception of The Guardian and the Daily Mirror in rUK all the dailies (even The Independent to a lot of people's disgust) declared in favour of...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    And, of course, assuming the SNP have reasonably good party discipline and there's no reason to assume not, dismissing the party leader as an irrelevance just because she's not a Westminster MP is kind of short-sighted. Does anyone really imagine...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    The other thing to add to this, as well as paper ballots that are manually counted under close supervision by all the interested the ballot papers are handed out by people employed by the local council, not directly by the...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Why were the polls so wrong? The pollsters will actually tell you they're within error on everyone, but Con are on the top end of the error bar and Lab towards the bottom of the error bar. While that's true,...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    I'm only interested in Northern Ireland MPs as an academic exercise, sorry. The trouble is, from the outside, it's very tribal, and the differences seem very, very peculiar. I can get behind the differences between the unionists and republicans -...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    I'm starting to think "England" is no longer a useful political entity. Ignoring Scotland, which has it's own story completely, on a normal map of the country there's an unsurprising huge swathe of blue because of all those large area...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    The "unfair" system has long been recognised by a lot of people. The trouble is that the big two parties - and Labour will probably come back from this and still count - are rather well served by it in...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Farage has said he's standing down. Clegg's resignation is official as off about 10 minutes ago. (Autocorrect insists he should be Clog btw.) It looks at first glance like the LibDem vote went everywhere - I'd guess that's possible because...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    I'd forgotten Spain was part of NATO when I was groping for a vaguely plausible target. But there'd still be a vote and a minority government would almost certainly get it through, no?...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    The system essentially doesn't allow a hung parliament. If there's not a majority, there will be scrabbling to make some form of loose or tight alliance to make a moderately workable majority so someone can go visit Liz OR there...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Milliband and his no deal doesn't rule out what his advisors have said, a case by case, vote by vote negotiation. No formal deal with the SNP but a loose progressive alliance propping up a Labour minority government and on...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    From outside of Scotland looking in, the SNP's party discipline seems better than most on the right but not as impressive as Blair's first term. OTOH they've been in power in Scotland for more than 5 years and in his...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    My first thought on reading this was it was flame bait. But you seem somewhat willing to enter a rational debate. I'm not sure I agree saying there should be some limits on immigration is xenophobia - I'd quite like...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    As an non-Scot living in England, I see it as corrosive here because it's clearly NOT a step to a federal UK or any sort of devolved power solution. The problem with it is, we have this really odd system...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    That was meant to be in reply to Charlie's comment #24....
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    I'm struggling to see your set up conditions come to pass, but if the SNP moved to become a UK-wide devo-max party it would certainly attract some seriously consideration for my vote. I'm not sure how we get there from...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    I probably wouldn't, but as someone currently living in Northern England in a very safe Labour seat it would have made my choice a lot harder....
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    To answer your question directly, you're right. Sinn Fein are likely to get about 4-6 seats and then not actually send any MPs to take up their place. You can therefore have a functional majority with about 3 fewer MPs...
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    Given the prevalence of love bites (or hickeys if you prefer) in normal human sexual behaviour I suspect the fascination of anthropomorphic vampires with biting the neck is part of their sexualisation. And while I don't quite agree with Vanzetti's...
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