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  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Several things. The devolved Parliaments have a right to be consulted about BREXIT, but Westminster is sits above them and has power over them. So no they can pontificate but they can't do anything about it. It's clear Scotland will...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Firstly I'm a remainer. I don't think Britain's problems will be solved by leaving Europe and too many think that Europe is the heart of all our problems. That said immigration is a legitimate concern. The UK can not continue...
  • Commented on All that is old is new again (heavy politics dance remix)
    I think you are over thinking the motivations and potential long term gain. It's simple, Ashcroft expected to be richly rewarded for keeping the party afloat in the fallow years and helping getting it's election machine back on track. But...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    The problem with such extreme federalism is that creates little to construct a sound monetary system. A central bank is as strong as the tax payers behind it and the ability to control the amount of public debt. Complete freedom...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    @Paw4thot. But some form of answer needs to be thought of, because I might guess one party dedicated to the break up of the Union holding the whip hand is not going to last. The SNP is only interested in...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    It is fanciful thinking that Nationalisation will suddenly make the railways cheaper to run and that there are vast sums to be saved. Despite the Department of transport being convinced that the leasing companies were making a mint and that...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Yes it is more than possible for the Tories to offer the SNP a sweeter deal than Labour. Until Labour are convinced they can never make a comeback in Scotland, they will never let Scotland go, if they can help...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    I'm unsure what is going to happen, but if the story on Labour Uncut is true then Postal voting is going very badly for Labour and was the reason for Millibands late night to Russell Brands to gain access to...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    The government does not want low wage inflation. It would love real wages to be rising. Rising incomes would mean that the deficit would be rapidly falling. Rising real incomes would mean the Tory party coasting into a an easy...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    UKIP is a protest party that has drawn heavily from older working class voters. While it is true that almost 2/3 of it's supporters who have switched from other parties are former Tory voters and almost a third Labour, it...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    @Paws4thot A currency is not an asset, it is backed by the power of a government to tax it's citizens. There is no way in hell that any English person is going to agree to underwrite Scottish banks. As to...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Charlie your theory sounds like something you want to be true, not anything in which there is any evidence for otherwise the malaise in Western democracies would have shown in large countries only and only manifested when they gained a...
  • Commented on Service update
    Please as a former inmate of HBOS. I can't let the lie that it was the Halifax that sunk the Bank. Without the merger (ha, it was a BOS takeover) the Halifax would still have been shaky financially, but it...
  • Commented on Service update
    With a true currency union, it is implicit that all banks are underwritten by the central bank, the strength of countries financial system is backed up by the depth of it's tax base, as we have all recently discovered. The...
  • Commented on Service update
    Of course Scotland can be independent. If a number of people no longer feel part of Britain, that if their part of the country does not feel represented if Labour are not in power, then maybe they should go. But...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Until the 1980's London was in long term decline as part of government policy 'to decongest the inner city'. Making London poorer, by restricting office and factory development did not make the rest of the country richer. London suffered for...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    The history of building new capitals is not good. It mostly results in a small government city, in which nothing much happens and certainly does not change the economic geography of the country. There are also plenty of examples of...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    The automated car could creep up on you. Considering the reliability of google maps or some the narrow lanes my Nokia Here Maps wants to direct me down while visiting my sister in the country, it would be a while...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    This is a subject that lots of people get very excited about but tend not to think clearly about. Or they think what has the car done already, this is an improved car therefore we will have more of that....
  • Commented on The next moves in the Spooks v. News cold war
    Hmm I think time will tell on the Greenwald story, but there are several threads that are unraveling on their side of the story. 1st he said Miranda was just his husband and not a journalist, except it turns out...
  • Commented on Marking time, more thoughts
    @andrew wilmer. Sorry thats rubbish, there has been a big increase in demand from developing countries. They are not all exporting to the West. As a countries wealth increase, different parts of it's population passes different income levels. So, when...
  • Commented on Who ordered *that*?
    In think the idea of no jobs for anyone in the future is overplayed. What we've been experiencing over the last 20 years is the shock of large parts of the WOrld joining the capitalist global economy and the shockwaves...
  • Commented on Thinking the unthinkable
    I think people are working from the wrong assumption here that top of the Tory party really wants to leave the EU. Most of them don't, but ERM crisis was such a searing event it poisoned a lot of the...
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