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    I know that's not the case. paws4thot raised two specific concerns. I suggested a solution (actually two for one of them) for each of them rather than just throwing the whole lot out. I think the EAW is broadly a...
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    You've highlighted two specific problems with EAW both of which I agree with and both of which could be addressed without scrapping the whole lot. Although our current government's backbenchers would howl and froth, put forward legislation at the level...
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    There are actually quite a lot of checks and balances to the power of HMG. None of them are spelt out as baldly as the US Constitution, agreed - they're generally more subtle but they're also layered and often somewhat...
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    I'm not saying you couldn't, and maybe we would have done. All of your examples are plausible. But internal exile was part of the Czarist Russian punishment culture. It carried into Soviet Russian punishment culture. It wasn't part of ours,...
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    I'm not sure how hostile the UK actually is towards immigration. There is a significant chunk of the media that is definitely hostile. There is rhetoric from various sections of various political parties (using the term loosely to include UKIP)...
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    My direct experience is nil, but those ultimately reliable narrators of the news and film/TV both talk about how rampant organised crime is in modern Russia as well under the soviets. But Russian literature talks about it too, pretty widely...
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    Maybe - but certainly under Soviet rule there was punishment short of prison, you could be banned from the "top 10" or the "top 25" or similar, and not allowed in the biggest X cities. Quite a few famous dissidents...
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    It's not: it's a metaphor about totalitarian surveillance states -- how would we in the UK be morally worse off if we were in a Soviet satellite, in terms of being subject to gratuitous state interference in our daily lives?...
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    I suspect you might be right that Charlie's interested in exploring PRISM-style surveillance in a modern totalitarian regime but I need to think about what that might look like in a non-fundamentalist state a bit. I think it's interesting to...
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    I think the answer is "it depends." Not all of them are hooked up to the police. For example, when I walk home, most of the CCTV cameras I walk by are on shops and are either fake, watched live...
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    I know you said no processes - but it's hard for me to imagine without the UK losing a lot of its industrial base one way or another. Either the US doesn't enter the war and Germany pounds on us...
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    I'd agree that certainly the first two (Crystal Gayle and Emma Peel) of The Avengers women were very much the equals of any of the men they came across, and of Steed. In Steed's case in every respect I think...
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    Emma Peel is supposed to have been named because the creative team wanted to cast a female lead that would appeal to the male gaze. They had the short-hand on their casting notes M-Appeal and read it out, realised it...
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    They're both rather historical examples. Dick Whittington wasn't significantly influential while poor. He started poor, worked hard to become rich and became very influential as he become rich. Davy Crockett's history is a bit harder to unpick but although he...
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    I saw an interview somewhere with two of the stars of Spooks that basically said whenever the boss wanted a pay-rise they started a sweepstake for who (and how many) of the rest of the cast would die....
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    I think you've misread. The American fantasy is that money and power can be separated, you can be rich without being influential....
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    Businesses are constantly moaning that they can't get the skills they need, and blaming the education system for failing to provide workers with the right skills. Actually they have been doing this for as long as I can remember, so...
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    Assuming I get a decent (by my choices, almost everyone else on this list will have different choices and many will have different standards of decent) alternative I won't be voting for any of the big 3 parties in May....
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    It depends on the office. I used to sign on in Liverpool. One of the offices was a converted school. Not very defensible at all. The head office used to be quite accessible - you could see the nice big...
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    However much you'd like it to be a "class" statement, one of the policy announcements at the last election was to, i paraphrase, rein in out of control spending on working age benefits. This won't affect the people on £150k,...
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    I've read the rebuttal and the original criticism before. I'm not used to the standard of debate when an economics paper is criticised - my academic background is biology and then education. The original criticism looks like a paper to...
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    I was idly musing about this earlier. Their so-called economic plan doesn't make much sense. The austerity plan is based on an economic model that's plain wrong. (The data that underpinned it was shown to be wrong and when corrected,...
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    Ah, Rev. Shouty. For him the mute button was invented. Freedom of speech allowed him to have his say. Nothing required me to listen to him shouting. Although I understand he mellowed remarkably in his older years....
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    I would agree about Tarzan's brain and his principles. They don't completely align with mine, no surprises there - he's a Tory and former defence minister - but I feel he's a fundamentally decent, smart human being with bad politics....
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    Oddly his voice doesn't set off my vomit reflex, although two of the other three you've mentioned do. Kudos to Meryl Streep and her voice coach, the trailer for The Iron Lady also did the same. For me, Nigel's voice...
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    They are. Nigel droned on about it today on his radio programme, it was on the 10 o'clock news on Radio 4....
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    I remember Neil Gaiman commenting somewhere about people pointing about a typo in the phrase "being given loose rein" on similar grounds. But then there's this to give us hope....
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    This paragraph happened to lurk on the top of my browser window: So don't worry about it Charlie - think like JJ Abrams - take your best, and put into your own private Universe, and I promise you, we will...
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    I assume you mean other spacecraft go whoosh-vroom in a vacuum. There's no reason your drive couldn't make those noises. (And, on a similarly pedantic note, there is an e metaphor. I assume you mean your fingers want to put...
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    I've long been of the opinion that economics is no better than witchcraft, certainly not anywhere near the science that some claim it to be. (It happens to have a few rules of thumb that are reproducible but that doesn't...
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