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  • Commented on Oh dear
    Irrelevant, unless you assume 0 fiscal inertia after project end....
  • Commented on Oh dear
    So this is the sort of accounting where you only count Govt expenditure once, instead of allowing for the fact that 1 unit of Govt expenditure tends to generate about 3 units of support expenditure in the national economy? Obviously,...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Hint 1:- 1973 - Vietnam War ends. Hint 2:- 1973 - Project Apollo ends. So that's 2 major capital projects ending in the USA just before the period you're saying that high-growth, high-inflation stopped working....
  • Commented on Leading question
    Well now, there's lovely for you. :-D...
  • Commented on Leading question
    Particularly para 3 - You mean like the USian habit of addressing people as $job $surname?...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    This isn't an actual defence, but as a statement in mitigation, the only reason that #283 wasn't me is that I was having a good day and couldn't be bothered to sign in just to say something similar. Yes, he...
  • Commented on Leading question
    Ah, I've got where you'er coming from now, and I think I agree. Side-note that the SNP as it exists at Westminster is effectively a lobbying group for Scottish interests who are on the inside rather than the outside....
  • Commented on Leading question
    Part of the issue with the SNP is that you don't get a conventional narrow split on right-left or libertarian-authoritarian lines. On defence, since you cite it, we'll all agree that you need a defence policy, and even mostly that...
  • Commented on Leading question
    Not sure if anyone remembers the Yes MInister episode on a similar topic, introducing genuine representation and the impact on party power as a result - it amuses me how much of Yes Minister remains topical after 30 years. I...
  • Commented on Leading question
    "establishmentarianism" - You keep using that word; I think it does not mean what you think it means. Seriously:- establishmentarianism means "appointing members of a church of religion to positions in the legislature for no reason other than them being...
  • Commented on Leading question
    I see where you're coming from, but surely PSCs are filled by members and/or appointees of the HoC?...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Having said which, I've jsut heard an interview with Ray Brooks talking about Cathy Come Home (filmed and first shown 1966) where he was describing a research visit to the East End of London where they found 5 people living...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    As Arnold says in #242, Larndarn is "different" in this respect. The best reference I can come up with is http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dam-Builders-Power-Glens/dp/1841582255/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415612437&sr=1-1&keywords=power+from+the+glens which discusses not only how little electricity there was in most of Scotland, but how a state-owned business expanded...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    It may not be hugely relevant to "most people" but you could say the same of Bayesian statistics until it was realised that it had applications in, for one thing, reducing the uncertainty of radio-carbon dating....
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    What energy does an incandescent bulb waste? Any electricity that doesn't come out as light comes out as heat, and most places when you need lights you also need heating....
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Wales did away with Prescription Tax first actually, on the same argument as Scotland subsequently applied. And here #219 comes in:- The argument was that administering a system where about 1 prescription in 6 was taxed (and some of those...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    I was specifically nominating a set of plants where most (maybe even all) presently cropped species are the result of genetic modification techniques. This in no way makes Monsanto's development of species that won't crop except in the presense of...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    I wonder how many "watermelons" grow roses and/or fruit, or drink cider or wine? I think you see my point?...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    True, but you might want to look up the history John Brown and Co's Hull Number 534, aka the RMS Queen Mary, before arguing that ships can not be left on the ways for a period during construciton....
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Thanks; guess why I am not seeking a career as a proff reider. ;-)...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    "...member FPTP where..." even!...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Also #178 - Ok. I'd read #170 as referring solely to single member FPTP where the stated assumptions do make sense; I'll happily agree that they don't work in multi-member STV. [[ that was actually 3 spellung misteaks fixed for...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Not necessarily; I'm old enough to remember Loch Striven in Argyll being used as a ship park for spare bulk tanker capacity (I think 1970s, possibly 1980s)....
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    I think you've missed the point that the UK still uses a first past the post constituency system, not any form of PR....
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    I've neve actually met Nicola, but I have stayed in the same hotel as her, and she at least knows how to treat people....
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Well, based on the arguments that Worse Apart presented, England, as the secceding state, would get to keep nothing except buildings physically in England, and have to renegotiate all treaties etc....
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Back when he was in Glasgow Hillhead, George Galloway was talking to his Election Agent. GG asks "Why do people seem to take such an intant dislike to me?" The EA replies "Well, I imagine that they find that it...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    You obviously received different materials form "Worse Apart" from the ones I had, if you didn't get that message from them....
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    Yeah, that's where my issue with Charlie's analysis in the OP lies. If things go South for UK (and allies) in 1940, then either there's a negotiated armistice with Germany or a German invasion. Either way, much of the RN...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    I just translated that as your view being "Something must be done about extradition; this is something, therefore we must do it". Mine, as you might have guessed, is that detention without trial is a worse problem than cross-border flight...
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