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  • Commented on Default Option
    Ah so that's a no then. People have always left school unable to read and write. We didn't like to admit (and we still don't) but it's always happened. I asked for primary research... you know that academic research you've...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Since the mixed-ability model is discredited and you claim to know whereof you speak, I assume you have well sourced primary research to back up your claim?...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Before these elections I don't remember hearing anything about Greek politics. Heck, I'm kind of a news junkie and I'd struggle to name Greek presidents. I did at least know they had them. Syriza may not be radical in the...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    "stealing in its various legal forms" - I meant to say in its various legally defined forms, the differences between theft, shoplifting, burglary, etc....
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    A lot of the problem with the war on drugs is the language. Why do we (as a society) decide that some drugs are OK and some are so wicked they must be made illegal and any attempt to use...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    As Gini coefficients and wealth inequity in the UK has risen in this country over my lifetime, so has the use of food banks and the like. Coincidence? Possibly, but I doubt it. A society which acts to punish, stigmatise...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    There's an argument to be made, indeed it has recently been made by a recently retired Chief Inspector of Education, that the best thing for education in this country is actually to do nothing for at least 5 years. Not...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    I honestly don't remember hearing them say that. I will admit I haven't made any effort to read their manifesto and the rhetoric I remember hearing has made me think if they were elected in sufficient numbers to give us...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    I don't live anywhere near Thanet. If I did, of the two, if I didn't have a viable alternative (I'm much more likely to vote Green in practise) I'd vote for Al Murray before Nigel Farage. One consistently acts like...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    You could always vote for Al Murray since he's going to stand against Farage et al....
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    I like 38 Degrees, and regularly express my opinion via their campaigns. I particularly like them since they were name-checked by some politician (I wish I could remember which one) for being a PITA and filling his inbox with emails...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Allegedly there is life outside London. OGH for example. Or more pertinently for actual terrorists, three of the 7/7 bombers lived in Leeds, the other lived in Aylesbury....
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    I sincerely hope this irony. But as someone that used to "speak" passable ESL you have missed at least one obviously loophole. Although I was never able to do it, I know someone who could hold parallel conversations, one spoken...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    When all it takes is someone with expertise in online security from the treasury saying "Sure, do this, the banking system will collapse, the London financial industry will collapse, HMRC's ability to collect VAT and Income Tax will be severely...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    And he's so inept he only listened to one advisor?...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    I'm scratching my head with this announcement trying to work out wtf they actually want. The public announcement makes no sense. It won't achieve the stated aims and as rather succinctly summed up here it will fuck over HMRC and...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    That sounds great for my iPad or your mobile phone. It sucks lowish power and will last for an age on one charge. I could back of the envelope for a car but it might work or not. It's only...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    I've never seen (or heard) a military drone in operation. I have heard and seen videos with different claims about "OMG the noise keeps us awake at night" and "They're so quiet no one knows they're there." Of course they...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    Sorry, I started posting before you reply hit, my reply took a long time to write thanks to a lovely phone call in the middle of it....
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    I really doubt it's fuel efficiency - they fulfil an old fantasy of asymmetric warfare. We're the good guys (of course) and you're irredeemably evil (equally inevitably) and we can kill you with little or no risk to our good...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    The argument that commercial pilots have lost the skills to fly, thanks to automation, is practically word for word, one that was advanced recently on the Today programme. Either Friday or Monday at a guess. I couldn't tell you the...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    I'm inclined to disagree with that explanation, or at least the social Darwinism aspect of it. I think the USian individual world view is essentially sick. The American dream is about the Alpha male in essence - leader of the...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    This is WAY off topic - but is there any nation where the marines are organised as a part of the army and either independent or part of the navy? And, therefore, where telling a marine he's in the army...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    It's pretty hard work all round. I'm not convinced by the "homogenised society thanks to the internet" meme - I think we're seeing more and more evidence it's fracturing more in fact, but if you buy that meme, plus a...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    And while I agree with that, yours relies on people making rational decisions rather than an exaggerated sense of the dangers they're facing on one hand and an underestimate of the risks they're facing on the other. Ebola is an...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    Bad analogy Charlie - in big storms, well designed small boats, such as lifeboats, can do quite a bit better than large vessels. As long as they don't ship water and you're protected from the wind and the rain (which...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Agreed coming down was painful - but how much of that was the way those nominally in charge chose to bring us down. We can argue back and forth in the case of the Thatcher government exactly how much of...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    There is lots and lots of evidence that the children of comfortably middle class people can't afford to buy a house. The number of people returning home to live with the parents after university is ever increasing. The average family...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    10-15% inflation only causes massive labour unrest if it's hugely above wage rises. I've been alive for rates of inflation that high. It wasn't the end of the world. I'm not sure it's desirable for a long period, in fact...
  • Commented on Leading question
    I suspect we might have at least one revolution, maybe more. Which is uncomfortable since without them I'd expect to be alive still in 2034. We seem to be moving towards a landed gentry and the "the rest" possibly a...
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