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  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    You seem to have omitted Poulson, Stonehouse and 'ungovernable' Britain from your version of pre-1979 political history though? I'm not sure why Kinnock's Labour weren't the centre-left party you wanted to support? Why was Major's government 'epically corrupt' compared to...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    'Yet no-one watching from the outside retains that romantic view of Britain as a bastion of political sobriety. They see instead a weird, stubborn refusal to talk about the crisis in plain English.' Rafael Behr for The Guardian. However rare...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Before Britain entered the EEC it used to be considered odious to resort to an autumn budget. It is possible to search for criminals at Westminster, though it hardly seems necessary....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    My suspicion is that the supposed drone attacks at Gatwick after Ashdown's death also concerns the gunning down of Brazilian electricians. What might happen if Owen died, are we really making long-term strategic political decisions on the basis of a...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    None of the possible Democratic candidates mentioned seem to me to have more support among Democrats than President Trump had among Republicans when he sought the nomination in 2015? It hasn't been often that a President seeking re-election has been...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    President Trump was the leading Republican candidate in terms of name recognition when he declared in 2015. While he was outspent by his major rivals, it was clear that he would always have sufficient funding, and his lack on dependence...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    President Trump is the President, if anything happened to him Pence would be President. There is as yet no credible Democratic challenger, with less than two years to President Trump's reelection. The observation that Britain is not sufficiently competent to...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    51st state discussion seems a poor, fraudulent response to being forced out of Europe under Article 50. Europe resorted to this new stick after its population refused its new state-corporate constitution, instead of rights Europeans are to have Britain as...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Are you sure that the current Parliament, stuffed with Blair PLC pro-corporate television celebrities, has as much concern for the fate of Britain as you suggest? If it took any level of courage to stand against the desires of the...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    How humanity emerges from the twentieth century car-media doctrine is possibly as much of a blind spot for science fiction as Notre Dame. More effort, Frenchmen, if you would be free of Baldwinism. Jeremy Hunt has claimed that he just...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    The monstrous physical presence of the past often seems to have yielded too easily to the future, especially the near future. Europe is also haunted by the spectre of feudalism. Victor Hugo wrote to protest the destruction of medieval Paris,...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    The Starship Troopers Wiki claims that Henlein's inspiration came from a newspaper advertisement calling for the unilateral suspension of nuclear testing. If the specific inspiration is important, is the only authentic Heinleinism set in the fifties? What seems to have...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Arisians? Suppose once you join the military you are no longer blanked by the world media and realise that the security forces targeted Buenos Aires, Operation Bright Pebble Horizon. Britain was an alternative, however it would take more work to...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Oh, we never not gonna go phone 'Cause mother isn't home We could still have the Marines to defend us! Except if they were taxed to support great-auntie, perhaps. The Solomons Campaign was abandoned as make-believe, why write equiv-tec fantasies...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    The enemy in All You Need Is Kill are alien machines 'Mimics' which eat soil and excrete poison, the process is designed to terraform Earth to be inhabited by an advanced civilisation. The story explores the consequences of a military...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Daal it like Danae. Solaris has much of enlightened Cthulhu? Aethiopia was the south long before Antarctica. A storm chaser base inside Jupiter, offworld skydiving? R'lyeh might be at home there. Daphne Galizia might be like Jill Dando if non-mediated...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Superheroes and eldritch girls- like the origin of the Aegis, Edge of Tomorrow again. Is Perseus invisible because Andromeda is so visible? Or is he disguised by the cetus- or kraken, a name related to crook? Rodin has Andromeda chained...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    CCTV and DNA testing might be ubiquitous however petty criminals already exploit similarities in names? Once you have to hire a lawyer to prove you are not someone with vaguely the same name, what use is evidence of specific identity...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Edge of Tomorrow , l'esprit d'escalier. John Major seemed a nice enough man. To Victory Join The UDF? The Mimics arrive in 2015 by meteorite, and why are they Mimics anyway? The presenter is air tasered? He wakes at Heathrow...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Whether or not the neologism invented for the EU exit process is an example of dog whistle politics, the other elements of the media blitz must be? Deal or no deal? Hard or soft? Hitler was once described as a...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    There must be many forms of prisoners of circumstance, one might be Babbit and 'I have never done a thing that I wanted to do all my life' another Don Giovanni, who has Leporello invite the Commendatore to dinner and...
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