Stevie

Stevie

  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    My sympathies....
  • Commented on Book day!
    Yes. I've done the reread and I'm having similar problems in accepting the upgrade on the Mandate to God status; stretching Bob as unreliable narrator to include all the narrators as unreliable is simultaneously realistic -we are all that to...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Like others I gulped this straight down, and will be doing the leisurely reread to see all the things I missed first time around; it worked amazingly well in the slightly surreal surroundings of a hospital bed on the 11th...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    My best guess is usually incompetency, but not in this case. I'm very tired so forgive me if I defer a proper reply until tomorrow; turning into a pumpkin isn't going to assist......
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    They are still trying to get it up and running again, which is a massive extra load, and they were understaffed in the first place simply to do routine maintenance. There is a problem caused by the fall in the...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    The profit thing moves in mysterious ways. At present vast amounts of scrutiny is being devoted to Brexit, with unending diatribes about how wonderful it will be once foreigners understand that profits belong to us. I live in the City...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I forgot to add that there is still no IT of any kind in the London mega site referred to above......
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Just in case anyone doubts the consequences of the NHS IT systems going down I can reinforce Charlie's observations on this; it was very, very bad, and people died who should have lived. A close family member is a doctor...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Gosh! Now that you've explained it, it all makes sense! I much preferred it when Charlie's work was fiction :)...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Responding to your first paragraph: I accidentally wandered into a Facebook page which came up on my news feed, bemused by the sheer idiocy of the comments about banks and bankers, and the lack of contact with anything which might...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Really? I wouldn't have guessed that Tengrism had featured in your reading but I'll take your word for it.....
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Right, so you believe that an opinion poll can 'inflict Sharia law' upon someone? Because that suggests that you know nothing about the way in which law is made in England and Wales, which is, at the very least, disheartening....
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Right. And in what way does that poll affect the law in this country? Can you please explain why you believe that an opinion poll of the general public , or segment thereof, can affect the law in this country?...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    I'm baffled by the claim that 'multiple polls say differently'. Can you point me to these? Meanwhile, Islamic banking has existed in the City of London since long before I moved here over 30 years ago; one of the favourite...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Well, yes; we have the advantage of having been around for a very long time. Businesses with no presence in the UK still enter into contracts bound by the law of England and Wales, because our Courts have been adjudicating...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Nor does it take a genius to notice that it's already coming apart at the seams, whilst we are still in the EU, with agencies unable to find enough people prepared to come to Britain because sterling has tanked, and...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Actually, I was quoting from the FT article; I doubt you are qualified to fix anything written in the FT. Also, please see above: I'd written it before I saw your comment. Andrea Leadsom has been making plaintive noises about...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    There is no magic bullet which solves immigration in today's world. The EU did, in fact, offer the opportunity to control immigration from Eastern Europe, when those countries came into the EU, which is presumably what Dirk Bruere was referring...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    : Do you remember that stuff in Charlie's post about people starving? Agriculture in this country depends on importing unskilled migrants to do the work; you could try reading this FT article: https://www.ft.com/content/abc67bac-41e1-11e6-9b66-0712b3873ae1 to enlighten yourself: 'Most of this hyper-flexible...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Indeed so, hence my use of 'many' not 'all'. I did read all of the comments, or at least those apparently related to the original post, before commenting; it seemed to me that many, not all, of those comments fell...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    It seems to me that Charlie's original post was considerably more accurate than many have subsequently argued; my own perspective, as someone who has lived in the City of London for over 30 years, is that we are accelerating into...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Bill I should perhaps explain that the Barbican is in the City of Lndon; around 7,000 people live here, but around 300,000 people commute into work here. Trying to extrapolate that to somewhere in the US doesn't work because there's...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I think you have nailed it; if we invoke Article 50 we are irrevocably fucked. Some of us are, of course, less fucked than others; next week I fly to Lisbon to board a ship for three weeks, with my...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I haven't seen any reports of Cameron resigning as an MP, as opposed to being the Prime Minister; I suspect he will wish to stay in Parliament. I wouldn't rely on his safe Conservative seat being available to anyone......
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I suspect that a significant proportion of the people voting out don't know what a multinational is. I am absolutely certain that the French do not have honorary non-foreigner status. Thus, Fuck Off Foreigners applies to Nissan whether it's Japanese...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Cameron's statement to the House of Commons suggests that he accepts the referendum result as binding; meanwhile the consequences of a campaign driven by 'fuck off foreigners' have yet to sink in across a wide range of industries, not to...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    The 1922 Comittee can, and will, force this through; the discovery that Bojo, Gove IDS et al had dispensed with such trifling details as planning for BRexit will undermine any attempt to convince investors that their money is safe here....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I'm baffled why you think that David Cameron behaving cautiously for a year or two is in any way relevant to what's happening. David Cameron has stated he will resign so that his Party can choose a new leader to...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    And neither would I; passporting has always looked like a bit of a wheeze where foreign financial institutions could grab some of the action without too many awkward questions being asked. There were decades when Britain itself was considered by...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    : I agree entirely that the EU has absolutely no desire to create a precedent where careless remarks could trigger Article 50. Much as I would like to see sterling staying down, having lost a mere 10% in value, I...
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