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  • Commented on Cameron v Churchill
    I don't really have personal memories of Roy Jenkins... like you I was 10 or 11 when he came to the end of his second period at the Home Office. Intellectually I know he did those things, and you may...
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    I'm not sure I quite agree about the "boneheaded way" but I do think it's a matter of implementation. I'm not enough of a lawyer to know for sure but I don't think that the ECHR does anything beyond the...
  • Commented on Cameron v Churchill
    Can't fin the link right now, my google-fu is caffeine-deprived but actually the legal aid reforms were thrown out of court last week or the week before after judicial review. IIRC the judge ruled that the consultation procedure was incompetent...
  • Commented on Cameron v Churchill
    We have a variety of laws that restrict freedoms of speech. You've been around long enough to not be surprised that I'm opposed to the BNP, Teresa May's sounding out against those who say women are stupid and so on...
  • Commented on Cameron v Churchill
    Funnily enough I have a blog post called 1984+30 that I'm trying to write... Alternatively "The Nasty Party is back"...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    Perhaps the most unexpected consequence is Fox News and their incredibly sexist Boobs on the Ground comment. I know the US armed forces is large and political diverse but it was nice to see a group of veterans turn around...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    Sorry, and thanks....
  • Commented on The morning after
    As a fine example of politicians in the UK certainly skirting the truth, or pushing my bullshit meter beyond the point of reasonable doubt, our glorious chancellor was interviewed this morning on Today (a heavyweight political radio programme). He said...
  • Commented on The morning after
    In case anyone is still interested in the split of the youth vote, Lord Ashcroft did a poll where they looked at the split of voters by age. In his poll (of 2,000 voters) the 16 and 17 year olds...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    If you want to know more about Leninism, you're getting outside my comfort zone, but the bits I vaguely know correspond closely enough to the Leninism wikipedia page that it and the links at the bottom are probably a good...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    Try Praxis on it's own, as the method by which ideas are enacted or engaged with practically. Leninist praxis then becomes taking the ideas of Lenin (as opposed to any of the other early Russian communists implementing the praxis of...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    I have two issues with this piece. One is that it's quite a short look at the history which is long and messy. Why stop in 79? Why not go back to '58 and the revolution that established the Republic...
  • Commented on The morning after
    Interesting question. If I had to guess, I'd guess some of them but probably not enough to change the result. The tories are generally pretty gung-ho about it all, so they wouldn't change. Voters on the left that I've spoken...
  • Commented on The morning after
    I'm certainly not saying we should keep the current system, I just wonder how big a variation there is Dunbar's Number (and other variations on measuring it) and if arguments based on it are actually as valid as we think....
  • Commented on The morning after
    Yup. Thought I'd said that, sorry if it slipped though the net or wasn't clear....
  • Commented on The morning after
    I think you mean the GMC, not the BMA (which is a trade union). I guess I don't see them as medieval guilds, not even really all that closely derived from them, because they're largely about regulating public-serivce professions. Bars...
  • Commented on The morning after
    It occurs to me that we don't have standard deviations, error bars etc. on Dunbar's Number or the Bernard-Killworth Number (which is a different approach to the same thing from the Wikipedia you linked to (but with better experimental technique....
  • Commented on The morning after
    The Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies and Scottish Parliament have powers over their health services and education services. The Scottish Parliament has more extensive powers over them (and the Scottish educational system has always been distinct from the rest of...
  • Commented on The morning after
    Why, apart from in the City of London where it's largely ceremonial, did the guild system die out? There are obviously vestiges in the unions, although only vestiges. OTOH it is totally disruptive of the current system. It would be...
  • Commented on The morning after
    Or the NUJ....
  • Commented on The morning after
    I think we end up circling back to regional groups because of a number of assumptions. One is a concentration into fewer hierarchies. It's hard to imagine the governance of health care provision, education provision (unless you believe is can...
  • Commented on The morning after
    Our glorious leaders think we're too stupid to be given complicated choices like that... although I think that's probably the best way to go. And I'm not sure all of these choices we're discussing are viable. For example, for lack...
  • Commented on The morning after
    This might well work. So might djr's solution #240. Sorry, I'm proposing ideas and while from up here Greater London seems sensible (BoJo-land as it currently is seems like a working-ish division we've already got after all) I've never lived...
  • Commented on The morning after
    And yet Germany manages to make it work... The US is not the only federal model in the world....
  • Commented on The morning after
    Jeremy Paxman, among others, would ask "What English identity?" There's no particular reason for more politicians. We could sack the entire House of Lords, have a small Union parliament (it only deals with a small amount of work of non-devolved...
  • Commented on The morning after
    No. This is in part because I can't find a source that supports your contention - they all say it is solely population based. It is also in part because I haven't spelt out an alternative. That's because I suck...
  • Commented on The morning after
    The problem with the Barnett formula continuing with a devolved England is that the division is basically England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland. There would have to be a division within England for the new devolved authorities. That basically makes...
  • Commented on The morning after
    Not that I seriously expect it to happen, but I agree, Greater London makes a sensible unit and gives an upper bound. Northern Ireland and Wales give us extant and sensible lower limits at 1.8 and 2.9 million respectively. Scotland...
  • Commented on The morning after
    I don't know is the answer to whether we can take them to court. But, equally, with the exception of this coalition government (where there wasn't a published manifesto) and given leeway for things being done in ways I didn't...
  • Commented on The morning after
    It's comments like "the most immediately relevant events..." that always make me very nervous! But thank you....
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