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  • Commented on Apology
    I'd understand gloaming and I'm not Scottish. Mind you, I never claim to fit within most definitions of normal......
  • Commented on Apology
    Hope the banishing rituals work well....
  • Commented on Service update
    I meant to comment on this earlier, but I too think the next UK General Election is going to be fascinating. Pretty much regardless of the Scottish Referendum result, although the effects of that too will be interesting to see....
  • Commented on Service update
    I've seen the data that it doesn't usually make a difference, but a smaller majority still makes a difference too. Although it's usually the Tories that suffer back bench rebellions and "the awkward squad" it makes for more interesting leadership...
  • Commented on Service update
    You might be right, we'll wait and see. I'm just not convinced. There are, potentially, electoral advantages to the Tories to losing Scotland from the Union, other than the terrorist threat. Scotland typically returns < 2 Tory MPs and ~...
  • Commented on Service update
    If you made the effort to read rather than snipe you might work out I was suggesting that I was suggesting a reasonable balance on economic policy might be in terms of the relative sizes of the economies. I also...
  • Commented on Service update
    Well we know the MPC representatives don't always vote as a bloc - they didn't at the last meeting for example. I think it was 7:2. As for the numbers, like I said, it's all up for negotiation, assuming there's...
  • Commented on Service update
    I think you're misunderstanding what currency union means. Or I am. And there's certainly a lot of uncertainty and doubt floating around and fear being stirred up. RationalPlan's first objection was to English (and Welsh) taxpayers underwriting banks in a...
  • Commented on Service update
    From what you're writing here you seem to not be bothered by whether Scotland go or not, but you're making the assumption that election campaign rhetoric is going to be the same as the final signed agreement. Westminster seems to...
  • Commented on Service update
    As a Welsh taxpayer currently living in the North of England (but I've just come of a spree of looking at places to live in Cardiff so not for much longer) I'd say there's a distinct feeling that a lot...
  • Commented on Service announcement: upcoming outage(s)
    I guess I'm surprised for your fan base MSIE 6 is that high. I'm not surprised to see you have a big Mozilla user base though. I am surprised not to see mobile browsers up there, which would normally be...
  • Commented on Service announcement: upcoming outage(s)
    SSL really doesn't add anything, even on a site like this that's basically all text. Well, at the point like this when it's 7 comments you might notice the load if you try really hard. When we're over the 100...
  • Commented on Service update
    It depends on how you define a 'groundswell' and 'mass support' and also what you're used to in terms of political funding. The SNP won a majority in the Scottish elections, a system that was basically designed to prevent any...
  • Commented on Service update
    At the risk of attracting Charlie's ire (it is off topic) I heard an interesting side commentary about Alex Salmond to the effect that he's essentially getting to the end of his shelf-life anyway. (He may or may not wish...
  • Commented on Service update
    I'd be interested to read your take on it. Especially interested to read Ken Macleod's take as well, if he can be persuaded to write it as a counterpoint....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    In rUk it was all over our morning and lunchtime news. I contrived to miss the evening news but caught the headlines at 5 and the new ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza had pushed it off top spot....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    I think you missed out a x3.2 in there, it's about 2,900ft^3. x10 is good for sqm to sq. ft....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    My bad, didn't know about them. Thanks....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Yup, I chose the middle of Dartmoor in my example deliberately. It's far enough away from most places that you wouldn't imagine not having emergency services there. They could be organised as you've pointed out for Tavistock (they probably would...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Thanks for that. I sort of knew some of it. In the UK we basically have regional police (they're organised in most places at the county level although there are some historical quirks there and some more modern ones like...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    While I agree broadly with what you're saying, with a British perspective, I think you're forgetting two things. Most Americans, even their so-called left-wing, are rather to the right in our terms and fundamentally distrust central government. I don't know...
  • Commented on So ...
    I can't remember where I read it, and I'll spare Charlie's blog the link. But there's a big (in too many ways to mention) dinosaur-human porn thing. Actually it might be Charlie's fault I know about it come to think...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    I'm pretty aware of the tendency of groups to cover up and protect their own. And although in this thread I'm well aware I'm coming over as an apologist for the British police, I'm not and I'm pretty sure that...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    I'm assuming your facts about the UK police weapon and its configuration are right. I could look up the details but I frankly wouldn't really understand the impact without more research than I'm willing to undertake for a blog comment....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    I do appreciate that the police here put a different emphasis on public safety to the police in the US, or at least seem to. I appreciate upholding public safety isn't quite the same thing but it always strikes me...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    I'm not sure without looking them all up how far back you're going but to at least the 1980's that I can spot. I really wouldn't presume to judge whether Peelian principles were upheld in each of the cases you've...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Can I suggest you're confusing two slightly different things here? Peel's principles aren't denying that a police officer's duty is apply the law - in fact it's explicitly stated in #1, 2, 5 and 6 and since the other 5...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Rebuild training from the ground up rather than spend more money on shiny new guns. How un-American!...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Granted I don't live in America. But I moved to Liverpool just after the Toxteth riots and walked through Toxteth daily for about 4 years. I then moved to a bit of Liverpool that was considered rougher. I don't think...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Though given that the NYPD choked a man to death for selling loose cigarettes, maybe not. I've seen video of this, after hearing about it from a friend. I think that's a wild misrepresentation of the incident, although it's true...
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