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  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    I've just re-read Mary Gentle's "Grunts"; you know, the one where the orcs effectively turn into the USMC. Presently reading "Dead Center"(sic) by Ed Kogler, autobiography of a USMC Scout Sniper in Vietnam, because it was recommended by someone I...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    While your core like guns, military tech and hard-nosed real-politic I'll cop to liking all those things, but I don't see how that necessarily means that I don't read stuff by women as well....
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    Absolutely so, and according to Giap's (credited as) autobiography, as a war of independence from French colonial rule....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Huh!? Corby isn't on the District line, or indeed anywhere in Essex. More generally I'm sure that we all know how Ken Clarke described Teresa May as "bloody awkward", but isn't that exactly what Article 50 negotiations will require?...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I've seen it suggested that we cannot leave the ECHR unless we also leave the UN! I think this is because the ECHR is a European implementation of a UN directive? (directive may be the wrong word here)...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Sorry but no. As discussed under "Indyref 1" the sovereignty of Scotland vests in the population rather than in a head of state (original source Declaration of Arbroath, and no-one's come up with a later legal document that supersedes it)....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Arguably 4, since the Scottish Green Party and the English "Watermelons" are genuinely separate parties and ISTR both have female leaders....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    That would actually be fine, unless we wanted to get into hair-splitting about the various Northern Irish, Scottish and Welsh parties who don't stand candidates anywhere else (at least not yet, but I have heard of people threatening to stand...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    That is true, but the reverse, that leaving the EU requires you to drop the ECHR, is not....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I repeat from #1107 - The fact that $UK_party is a member of $EP_voting_bloc is obscured by omission by the parties and the design of the ballot papers. Where is your precedent in UK law for a fiat to be...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    First-off, I'm not English!! :mad: Having vented, there is no statement (that I remember anyway) in any EP literature that I saw or on the ballot paper that "$party is a member of EP $voting_bloc". Even if there were, with...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Firstly, whether or not Italy has a mechanism to hold binding referenda does not mean that every nation has one. Secondly, and highly importantly, even if this referendum was binding on parliament, there would still be Acts required to be...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    None of the "parties" cited in your link appeared on the last EPL election ballot paper in Scotland....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Who elected Juncker? I certainly did not participate in any representative election where he was a candidate....
  • Commented on The Nightmare Stacks: US Launch
    Either way, the pile of dry sticks is handling them as end notes; foot notes appear (or at least start and then continue on the next page) on the page that they expand....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Well start with:- 1) The various EU treaties that the UK is signatory to were all ratified by act of parliament, so it's not a simple PM/cabinet fiat to invoke Article 50. 2) The Scottish Parliament (and probably NI and...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    You are aware that I live in Scotland?...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Can we copyright the string "Scexit" now, and make some money out of IndyRef2?...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Niggle Farrago likes to see himself as "that bloke down the pub"; Everyone else sees him as "the pub bore that you take active steps to avoid"!...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    I feel your pain; I know people who wonder why I didn't know $thing after they "posted it on friendzone" despite having been told multiple times that "I will not use friendzone."...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    4 in the space of about 2 minutes at mine (self included). Total electorate registered at this Polling Station ~500 less permanent postal voters....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    Astro City movie - I'm the guy standing right behind you in the queue, particularly if it concentrates on the lesser powers rather than the likes of Cleopatra, Winged Victory and Samaritan....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    Thanks Charlie; since I'm still in mid-book I'm sort of risking spoilers as it is, but against that I feel I can give "bleeding edge comment" on it....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    Likewise Mikko, so that obviously does "map across" different occupations, geographic areas and nationalities....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    I don't agree 100% with your reasoning:- she agonises over her clothes Well yes, but she's working in/with the UK Government / Civil Service where the sorts of work dress standards that she discusses areexpected and she certainly would not...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    Well, I'm part-way through TAS, and Mo's "voice" is growing on me. I did nearly "bounce" in the first 50 or 60 pages, but kept going and am pleased that I did....
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Well, I think that you (and I) see money as a completely different tool from what they do. We see "having enough money" as an end in itself, and would consider it achieved when we have enough to have "drop...
  • Commented on A taste of nightmares to come
    Same thing with "Jedi" which should be read as "my religious observance, if any, is none of your business"....
  • Commented on Scheduled downtime
    Seeing #1 from Charlie and a #2 "Hello World" from Greg. I think this may complete testing?...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Likewise; in fact that's why I've not posted much here generally for the last few months....
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