Neil W

Neil W

  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    I hear what you're saying Pigeon. Of course if anyone gets a majority, the moment any party gets the 326th MP it's all over. Amongst the problems of reporting is that every political reporter in the country is up early...
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    Do you have some analog to Dixville Notch, New Hampshire in the UK? Houghton and Sunderland South have been early to declare for a while, though they got beaten out by Newcastle in 2017. I think they've declared before midnight...
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    Oh, Greg got there before I refreshed the browser. IGNORE ME....
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    They don't report exit polls until the polls close (2300 local time). At some ungodly hour how closely the exit polls match results and the main contours of the election become clear. Unless it's desperately close or hung we know...
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    I think this has mostly been priced in already. Of course the Tories will continue their slow privatisation of peripheral NHS services. Conservative supporters are alright with that and don't believe it will make things worse, and even if it...
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    On my next trip to Belgium, I hope to meet the ISO "Personne Raisonable." After Brexit we may have to restock the Clapham Omnibus with the British Imperial Reasonable Persons....
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    You can get pastrami and salt beef in slices in plastic packets in the local co-op supermarket here in small town south east England. They are perfectly edible in a sandwich though not a patch on some better ones I've...
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    The proposed changes to numbers of MPs and (obviously) constituency boundaries have not taken place as the (almost certain) consolidation of my constituency with another would have moved me into another one; from a Tory MP who was taken to...
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    Gordycoale #4 All he had to do was look vaguely centrist for 6 months, instead he had to go "full on left wing" - or at least left enough for the papers to paint him as a communist. I'm old...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Absolutely, I'm at least an order of magnitude off being able to become crime boss of the world. It was really an excuse to make jokes comparing Uber with a Bond villain, and about kinder more ethical illegal drug gangs....
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    $100 Blillion turns out not to be a lot to save the world but it is a pretty large amount if you decided to go into money laundering in a big way. Large enough that one might be able to...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Back in the 90s it was quite regular to see tired and emotional blokes at the indie disco singing along to the chorus of You're Gorgeous by Babybird to their girlfriends. Not quite the message the whole song gives. It's...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Is it a criminal offense under British election law? Could some authority file charges, the Hair Fuhrer to be arrested if he ever sets foot in the UK again? As I understand it we are not yet in the period...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Anyway, because I should be paying some attention to politics in the run up to the election, I have instead been plotting a heist story, with an international cast of characters, exotic locations, dangerous guards and traps, and a new...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Extremely looking forward to seeing how the Brexit Party look to perform in my constituency. Very much enjoyed my choices in 2015, when Farage was reported to be neck and neck with the (former UKIP) Conservative candidate. I was so...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    1. We all agree Corbyn's unelectable* 2. His official policy is a second referendum, a people's vote, after winning a general election 3. He's still not electable 4. I suggest that his electability is not contingent on supporting a second...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    And the one thing he could do to gain support is announce unequivocal support for a people's vote. Which, as a committed Leaver, he won't do (also there are some Leave voting Labour constituencies where that could cost the party...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    A powerful magic being comes to someone and says: "You may have anything you wish for. Your worst enemy will get twice as much. What is your wish?" Slightly more chocolate pudding than I can comfortably eat in one sitting...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I think someone else mentioned sewer workers... I will absolutely fucking guarantee that if people can decide to work in the sewers because they enjoy it, then there will be no shortage of people who do work in the sewers...
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    Well sure, anything satirical I come up with will have been at least considered seriously by someone in a corporation. Or possibly by the Soviet Union. Rise up the leaderboard to become a Stakhanovite! Earn the Hero of Socialist Labour...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Crossing the threads of post-Adamic "People sitting around playing Fortnite/Overwatch/PUBG/CODBLOPS" and Time was there were people queued up around the block to join the military as an alternative to working in coal mines or not working at all, then maybe...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Yes, a Let's Play Commentary of some interesting people playing a game I like the look of but will never actually play is as good as having the radio or the cricket or a cookery program on in the background...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I suspect that if you were to attempt to import something from outside the EU into Luxembourg airport you would not find lax border controls. Which is not to say that if you had the right paperwork filed it wouldn't...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    #33 (?) A faction of fanatical Remainers discover that due to an error in the marriage agreement of Charles and Camilla, the children of the Duchess of Cornwell from her prior marriage have been entered into the succession. They declare...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Johnson is arguably the most unsuitable PM since 1832, if not before... For a moment I thought you were being very rude to Earl Grey. (Great Reform Act, Abolition of Slavery, had a blend of tea named after him)....
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    I forget the details, though something similar to what you say is what is recommended. As I understand it my brother travels with his tour guiding phone and SIM which he uses exclusively for tour guiding....
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    My brother's taken groups to tour parts of Russia including the Caucasus, and the security services took their phones when they entered and gave them back with something new running on it. They just left it there until they left...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Is there anything you haven't written that you wish you had (either genre/generally, or more specific if it's not indiscreet/might happen one day)?...
  • Commented on Story time!
    ...but there isn't anyone here - the skimmed included - who has not stimulated me artistically or intellectually. I try my BEST to be frivolous, inconsequential and non-essential and THIS is the thanks I get. ... I may still be...
  • Commented on Story time!
    MattS #828 Turns out when you tip PR corporate right think into an DNN you get self optimised game playing craziness cubed. At the end of the Joker-Hotel* story Batman has to hack into the hotel server. He manages to...
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