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  • Commented on The referendum question
    I was going to let this lie. I am after this, I promise. But you're selectively quoting and kind of reinforcing my opinion. If you read what I said properly, I didn't say you were Islamophobic, I didn't say anything...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    While you may be offended can I suggest you put aside your feelings for a minute and think about what I actually said? Whatever your actual politics, in the recent past on this blog you've been warned, and I think...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Greg believes he's a fair, balanced, rational human being. Some of the rest of us agree he should write for the Mail or perhaps the Express. Personally I've just given up reading what he writes. He's perfectly entitled to express...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    If you want quite a detailed discussion of it, yesterday's (Friday 12th) More or Less on Radio 4 (4:30pm) had a 5-10 minute piece discussing the methods used to gather the results, the ways the pollsters correct for known sources...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    I studied taiji for health benefits for quite a while, the term for practise is, in fact, play. Perhaps it was just the school and teacher I was with, but it was taught as a health/exercise/moving meditation/relaxation thing and it...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    The trouble is that the official statement from Lizzie is "The Queen will not speak on these matters." Our newspapers, North and South of the border are not neutral reporters in almost any issue. Regardless of what she might think...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    (I meant to say, there's no guarantee of any of these things of course - Scotland could equally go to hell in a hand-basket, but saying "It's doomed!" (in, aptly, a Scottish accent) is just as unreasonable as saying "It's...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    The trouble with arguing demographics is we can't tell. What makes a country an attractive place to live? If you go to Calais, it's clear that the UK is considered a nice place to live and France less so. There's...
  • Commented on New guest bloggers: Tricia Sullivan and Kameron Hurley
    Surely that's a reason to pop the corn? Not only do you get the visceral pleasure (and do no physical harm) but you drive them mad by pointing out how bad their approximations to spheres are?...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    I agree, I think, that the endpoint is desirable. I could see an argument for a world-state with a decent federation structure so there's something big enough to actually regulate the effectively mega-corps. The trouble is, I'm not sure we've...
  • Commented on New guest bloggers: Tricia Sullivan and Kameron Hurley
    Welcome (back in one case)....
  • Commented on Service update
    Well, those who were convinced there was a master plan how are you feeling in light of the appearance of a mad scrabble to firm up plans for both the time-table and the details of exactly what devo-max will entail...
  • Commented on Service update
    I'm sure there's a reason. Not convinced an outdated sense of feudal duty is the one though. Some of them, like having a family doctor, lawyer and the like make sense when viewed from the outside. Family army officer or...
  • Commented on Service update
    Well, my memory has it that it was his attempt to downplay his very posh background as part of his "We're all in this together" line that he tried to feed us. As soon as he opens his mouth it's...
  • Commented on Service update
    That would be "Tory backbenchers are generally a pretty unruly bunch" although bench kind of works too....
  • Commented on Service update
    There's a big difference between Tory backbenchers saying "We want this to happen" and it happening. Tory backbenchers are generally a pretty unruly bench. If you listen to things that Tory backbenchers and assume they automatically happen we'd have already...
  • Commented on Service update
    Yes, the City of London (the old city, where most of the financial institutions, the Bank of England and the like are) are within a square mile within the heart of Greater London, the City that's loosely bounded by the...
  • Commented on Service update
    I'm not trying to change your mind. it's a very real issue. The debate so far as I've seen, from a moderate distance down here in rUK, hasn't touched on it. But I'm kind of not surprised. If there's a...
  • 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...
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