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  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    You half get it. For people like me who voted Brexit, it's not about the money at all. Unfortunately the same can be said of many of us who wanted to stay in. You know, those of us who (contra...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    I'm not sure the WTO claims are correct. I'm not an economist and trying to understand the WTO rules makes my head hurt, but *if* (big if) my understanding is correct, the main rules place *upper bounds* (not lower bounds)...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Fair point, I guess, regarding the failure to communicate how parties align with voting blocs. Not sure this *could* be on the ballot though. Depends on the rules, which I can't be added to research now. That's a failure of...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    But I couldn't find a UK member party of the EPP. Because our parties are members of other European groups and parties (see my post just above)....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    @Paws4thot None of the "parties" cited in your link appeared on the last EPL election ballot paper in Scotland. Labour is a part of the Party of European Socialists, the SNP is a part of the Greens/European Free Alliance, the...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Don't think anyone has pointed this out yet? (Might have missed it.) A law firm representing an unspecified consortium of clients is taking the constitutional question to the courts. Plenty of the usual voices decrying this as undemocratic, elitist meddling,...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Ha ha, love it ;)...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    (PS Sixth highest per capita.)...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Greg, you might want to read this. Not only is the UK a smaller net contributor than Germany, France, and Italy, we have for a long time been *last of all* in terms of our contributions relative to GNI. All...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    The statute wording you quote is "a treaty which amends or replaces" - an Article 50 notification isn't a treaty if we stick to just the natural and ordinary meaning of the words Oh, sorry, a misunderstanding there: I wasn't...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Cameron and Co. always knew it would be a close result. But rather than prepare for a scenario that was always reasonably likely, they bet the farm on remaining and lost. The government is there to enact the will of...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    But this is irrelevant because the Act specifically excludes EU treaties. Even if it didn't, the Act is about new treaties for ratification, not taking action under existing ones. Yes, I noticed both of those qualifications. That's another thing, though....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    PS In comments above (and elsewhere) I've expressed contradictory positions. That's because my understanding is evolving as people point me in new directions. Thanks to many commenters for that - it's been a very stimulating discussion....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    @zl, Firstly that's only an opinion, and it's not without its fairly obvious flaws. For example, it says that a country can backtrack on withdrawal at any point before the process is complete (ie during the 2 years following Article...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Well, just been reading yup on that Pepper v Hart, and it's interesting but not germane right now (as you rightly say). In the course of trying to find *some* kind of constitutional codification of MPs' obligations (nah, no luck...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Surely that doesn't contradict what I said, which is that there is no law or precedent to establish an obligation? Although I didn't know that such a law is actually impossible, so the clarification is useful....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    As far as I can work out, the correct answer is no one knows. I've read a few opinions and they're all necessarily interpretive... Experts can give opinions, but not even the Law Officers of the Crown can actually rule...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Reply to PaMar @ 489 (I'm not a lawyer.) 'Gee, we want a different result' is only part of the reason another referendum could potentially be wanted (ditto 'It was all lies and it's all gone wrong!!11!). On the face...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    1d) Power to act: IIRC for communication or even conclusion of treaties in international law national legal authority is entirely irrelevant, as long as the lack of authority is not obvious. I'm no lawyer, but the briefings I've been reading...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Hm. Not sure of the impact, if any. But reports now are saying that no one was hurt (apart from the nut, who was killed), and apparently even the original reports that did claim injuries were actually garbled versions of...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Goes well beyond DOD. I work (sometimes, when wearing one hat) for a market research agency. At the end of every year there's a sudden wave of work as departments plough their surplus budgets into research....
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    But surely there need to be people (maybe in HR) who can access and decrypt all files and communications for the purposes of internal review?...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Every task to have its own number, hours worked on each task to be recorded on an hour-by-hour basis using an application with one-hour timeslots. Hours per task to be graphed automatically in the HR/Accounting software, thus enabling the costs...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    A buddy of mine has a good one in place where he works. All coders have to take in in turns to do customer support. While doing so, they are strongly encouraged to resolve any problems that customers report themselves....
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Believe that in the 19th century there was a fad ... Elderly Cynic would probably know... I'd never figured the Cynic was *that* Elderly!...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Hmmm. I see it narrated from 2 main viewpoints, both utterly unreliable. The Professor, very much interested in the small stuff - career, students, wife; a bit angsty; sees himself as the quiet intellectual. Always the good guy in his...
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    There's an interesting question here: Are our hypothetical people capable of *thinking* in symbolic terms, but prohibited (eg by the Mad Alien God), or are the *congenitally incapable* of it? If there's a Mad God then I suppose people will...
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    My only techy investments this year were a new phone and a stereo. The phone market seems to be in an odd place right now: most models are way more than is needed for a phone, but not quite at...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    ...Of course, that rather relies on us believing the story in the first place. I suspect a self-flattering rewrite of history tbh. 'We were playing the long game, with strategic launches designed to manipulate the market and destabilize the competition'...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Re armour vs arrows This is interesting: http://www.currentmiddleages.org/artsci/docs/Champ_Bane_Archery-Testing.pdf Suggests that plate would indeed have stopped most if not all arrows - but that mail was possibly more of a hazard than it was a protection, so partial plate would only...
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