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  • 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...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    There's a batch of things they could have done. But let's start with a few really bloody obvious ones. As the economics editor for Channel 4 news so succinctly pointed out, for the last 6 years he keeps going back...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    No, it's pointing out that Georgie Porgie was being economical with the truth in his interview when he claimed he wouldn't benefit from the tax cut he introduced (the article is also 2 years old) because his income as chancellor...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Getting them talking about the new world economic crisis kept the people at home from talking about the report that conclusively blows holes in "we're all in this together." Not that anyone really believes it any more, but a bucket...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Just about any legislation can be abused. To use an example as relevant (at least from my skimming of the act) as the bulk of Greg's ranting about this piece - the Gloucester Cheese Rolling was cancelled one year because...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    You're perfectly entitled to your opinion on the SNP's actions. I disagree. Let's leave it there shall we?...
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    I agree it's possible for this system to be abused. Any system can be abused. However, there are already people around with the powers you're describing, certainly to institute official proceedings - and even in rUK teachers, health visitors and...
  • Commented on Berlin trip
    You'll have to read the actual supplement recipe and see what they do. I did a quick survey of some preparations. Some said they treat everything in a way that would make me pretty surprised if there's anything resembling intact...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    You see spies under the bed, and the cradle. I see you being paranoid and a not unreasonable response to situations like the death of Daniel Pelka. It might not be the right approach but one of the lessons that...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    You could be right, the interview I heard didn't go into details, just said the law had been amended so there was a minimum qualifying standard. And then of course our glorious government pulled a bait and switch and denied...
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    Be fair Dirk, we're better at it than that. We also sell military or quasi-military hardware to authoritarian regimes that they then allegedly use to oppress their own citizens. And yes, I'm being lawyerly careful mostly so Charlie doesn't get...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Sorry, I'm building up to a migraine and I didn't finish the thought clearly. I agree with you, I think it's unlikely but I could construct a series of events where Putin agrees it should be done for the good...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    "not far down the road" is one of those one wonderfully unquantified statements. (True AI is another one with ever shifting goalposts and you could argue that by many standards we've got it.) As I've suggested in my previous comment,...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    In view of Dirk's later comments about his views on GM of humans and AI your views about hair-shirt luddites within the Greens and his may well not match up in the slightest. Dirk is perfectly entitled to his opinions...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    At the risk of necroposting - there was an interview with a High Court Judge on the Today programme a few minutes ago. UK law about the EAW has been amended and there is now some degree of proportionality included....
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    Ah, thanks. I thought I they had but I was still waking up. Shame it wasn't on more principled grounds but I guess everything has to bow to the almighty accountants. And the paperwork for all the working age exemptions...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    I think Wales has done away with prescription charges too. And I agree they're a daft idea - they're just an extant system with a group of exemptions that *could* be applied to roughly parallel 'too poor to pay' if...
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    The French also charge to visit their GP. They have a complex paperwork system so if you're poor, pregnant, old or similar you're meant to be exempted (I'm not sure how well it works, although a friend of mine was...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    No need... simple rule of thumb: are their lips moving? Then they're lying. But if you live in the UK, although it's not real time, Channel 4 news does a pretty good one. And being attached to broadcast news it...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    I get a 404 at that url....
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    If this blog had a +1 I'd just have hit it until it broke....
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    I have some theoretical qualms over this - it still acts as a potential deterrent to some who have a genuine need, low income and are worried they won't be able to get to the appointment for some genuine reasons....
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    You're entering into the field of my PhD, fair warning, OK? I agree with your points but... we show no signs of actually stopping shoving antibiotics into animals. In fact according to a recent report about 60% of the antibiotics...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    It's hard to specifically talk about what destruction of ecosystems and species means because we often don't have concrete examples or we don't see and properly understand the impact for decades. Looking back, it's really to understand how doctor's were...
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    I'm a biologist. It would be nice to be independent of that charming supporter of human rights and gay rights in Russia, for sure, but although I'm not an ecologist I look at massive destruction of ecosystems, habitats and species...
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    Well I count as middle class....
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Their overall energy position is a mess, and not of their making, granted. However, they're ignoring any inconvenient bit of evidence they don't like about fracking to the extent that even when they try to blatantly bribe people who don't...
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