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davidcshipley

  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    And it's out!...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Anyone else waiting up for their ebook preorder to become available?...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Wonderful when read alongside 'Forever War' I think....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Ashcroft is pretty good on this - https://lordashcroftpolls.com/2016/06/how-the-united-kingdom-voted-and-why/...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    To be fair the Conservative & Unionist Party in the UK is really a permanent (?) coalition too and has been for nearly two centuries....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I agree. I was using conservatism as an example of a political viewpoint that resolutely fails to "die off" witb new proponents instead arising as their views change with age....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Jeff, There may be a flaw in your thinking - one could make the same argument about Conservative voters dying off. The thing is that people's political views do change during their lifetimes (broadly people become more conservative as they...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    That's where I think a second vote would be better. At least then there's some level of democratic endorsement of whatever path we finally take....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    The situation really isn't very good is it? Brexit seems to have revealed the gross weaknesses in the British political system - we're now in a situation where we appear to be tumbling towards a No Deal / Almost No...
  • Commented on Holding Pattern
    Reminded me of this: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/explorers-contract-flesh-eating-disease-honduras-rainforest-jungle-ruins-ancient-lost-city-monkey-a7523356.html...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Happy to answer. Been busy having cameras stuck inside me / biopsy so not been massively online. Guess your question is the NI one - will answer this properly tomorrow....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    So, 1. No it isn't ok. It's wrong. Breaking electoral law is wrong. If the allegations against VL are true they are really bad. 2. No. I thought your characterising of others who disagree with you as fools / idiots...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Ok interesting - currently in a pub chatting to a mate who does have professional expertise in this field. Apparently this *isn't* necessarily an issue if you have a nationalised rail service - you can maintain that status without a...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I mean, that's the reality of elections. Most people don't research topics in depth. That's why successful campaigns rely on emotional appeals ("Yes we can", "Vote Leave, Take Control"). Also: "I pity the fools who were suckered in by this...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Yes this doesn't sound great does it? Further to OGH's original post it is interesting that the Electoral Commission refused to even interview anyone at VL in relation to these allegations and has consistently refused to follow-up on similar allegations...
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    Sorry you don't like it. Given the time (about 10 weeks) and the budget (c.£300k) I think we did a reasonable job. Of course it's propaganda - it was always supposed to be. Given the constraints we operated within I...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    The article I linked to explicitly mentions nationalising railways, Royal Mail, the energy companies and the water industry but if you still aren't convinced please take a look at the actual manifesto document: https://labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/labour-manifesto-2017.pdf Page 19 "Across the world, countries...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Serious points taken and agreed with - of course they had a big influence, and of course the distinction wasn't clear to most people. However I wasn't trying to claim that L.EU had no influence - I was responding to...
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    Firstly I'm glad we agree that the UK rail franchising model is daft (I'd probably have chosen a stronger word)! Secondly my understanding is that while a decision can be taken to allocate rail contracts / franchises to public entities...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I think you'll find that "at least from this side of the Pond" is the most important line in your response. You're clearly coming at this from a position of limited information. You (correctly) identify the disgustingly racist "Breaking Point"...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    No, as I've said repeatedly in this thread I actually think it's a good idea. The problem is that the implementation is being handled in a way which makes it doomed to destructive failure. Hubris / nemesis. In fact I...
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    What's the reason for 6?...
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    I don't think this is incompatible with what I said - my issue is with the distancing and layering between the electorate (and the elected MEPs) and the law-making process. For clarity I'm not raving about "unelected bureaucrats"....
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    I think you've misunderstood my position. To respond to your points in turn. 1) Replacing? No. Ultimately superseding? Sure. It's not unavoidable - there are definitely a load of failure modes along the way. The thing is that an ultimately...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    1) The Fourth Railway Package opened up rail networks to competitive tendering - essentially locking nations in to a system similar to the current UK one. This isn't really compatible with having the state run and own the railways. https://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/rail/packages/2013_en...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I suspect that a number of Corbyn's inner circle including him aren't very keen on the EU - SM membership presents a clear barrier to the kind of nationalisation-heavy policies they'd like to pursue....
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    (also for @953, but I'll write you a specific response as well) The short version: 1) The EU by design provides a constrained / limited form of democracy & of accountability of lawmakers (can provide lots of detail around this...
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    That's really helpful / interesting - thank you...
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    Good question. I suppose for me it's more that the push for an EU superstate makes it much easier for the far-right / neo-Nazis to gain significant electoral support. At the risk of Godwining myself the difference between A) a...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Couple of points: 1) I don't buy the argument "that a "leave" result was going to energise the far-right and isolationist/xenophobic/racist elements in the UK" - e.g. the evidence is that UK public concern over migration has actually declined since...
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