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  • Commented on Dead plots
    Greg Tingey @1619: So they follow the same pattern yet again. Hold on to an I'll conceived position stubbornly and stupidly until the maximum political damage had been done and then Uturn. ^_^ I'd like 4 days from today...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Brian Lucey @ 1538 It's another (attempt at a) bluff, and a pretty stupid one at that. The consequences of withdrawing from the agreement would be catastrophic. The British position on any ongoing or new trade deal negotiations around the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Currently on a bus home (in snow for goodness), so I didn't see Mays address to the nation. An I right in thinking she has offered to meet with Corbyn to allow him to agree a deal, but that deal...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Got home from work, saw some of the coverage of today's vote. What strikes me is that this is just the first stage of a withdrawal. Even if they somehow scrape a vote for the deal, we still have the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    The Guardian live coverage reckons May is heading towards calling an election. I reckon that would rule out a Tory leadership election due to the time it would take. Things could become pretty chaotic if there is an election. Some...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Since everything else has been tried, I'm hoping to see an amendment submitted tomorrow; "that his house agrees to vote against this amendment"...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    The vote has forced the Commons agenda for Wednesday, and perhaps day or days beyond that. What the house will do with this time remains to be seen. May has already said she will not feel bound by any votes...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/03/24/us/politics/barr-letter-mueller-report.html?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage The US AG summary - on a quick scan I read it as - we weren't able to get enough evidence, and we leave it up to the AG to choose whether there are grounds to bring obstruction of...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Off topic, but perhaps relevant geopolitical context; https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-venezuela-politics/russian-air-force-planes-land-in-venezuela-carrying-troops-report-idUKKCN1R50ND?il=0 Probably just Moscow sending a message to Washington not to try to use Venezuela as a diversion during the current events. (Although I'm not sure that May will take any notice of...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I think you're being a little unfair in comparing the recent BBC with Pravda. Pravda at least took a stand during Stalin's ascent to power, I think? ;)...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Hehe! OK, so if there is someone trying to pull the strings - lets call him Nessus, would he really pick Hammond? He'd wan't someone he could manipulate as much as possible. He'd want a Trump/Farage-like individual... If I wasn't...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I see what you mean - it might even help if May does go or is distracted with 'unofficial' removal attempts - parliament just continues regardless. However it needs a 'visionary'-type to step up to lead and enact this. I've...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    In fact it looks like tomorrows (Sunday) papers are full of speculation about when/how she goes. What would be a realistic 'good' outcome, with an emphasis on realistic. e.g. is there a May replacement with a realistic chance of winning...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    May continues to impress me mightily with her staying power. How has she survived her call-to-arms-against-the-Ps speech gaffe? Can she survive that gaffe, even now? If she does go this weekend/this week or the following week, then what happens? "please...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    What happens next? No idea. At all. Some possibilities; The EU (and presumably anyone else) won't want an extension to the Article 50 timescale which results in the situation just continuing as it is at the moment i.e. no sign...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    I think it's more to do with the fact that they've only been able to book one major performer for the ceremony. She's very good, but 16 years old. This smacks to me of viewer ratings bait....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/commanding-general-of-dc-national-guard-to-be-removed-from-post/2017/01/13/725a0438-d99e-11e6-b8b2-cb5164beba6b_story.html?utm_term=.9ad702860af5...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Entertaining but scary predictions. Not so dramatic or sci-fi fiction worthy, but another tigger, even worse than a smart lighbulb DDOS attack might be where a cold snap and winter storm combine to max out the capacity of the national...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    That about tallies with my feelings, however I fear you're underestimating the damage that could come our way from France, via a very weak President looking out for his own political skin in the upcoming French presidential elections. His main...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    "Ruth is busy angling to become the first Prime Minister of an independent Scotland -- if she doesn't shoot herself in both feet by opposing oor Nicola too hard while she does the heavy lifting." And she appears to have...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Thanks for clarifying that. To put it in polite terms; What a mess. From the point of view of someone living in Scotland, faced with this situation and the prospect of Boris or Teresa as our great leader; holding an...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Paragraph 15 from the House of Lords report suggests withdrawal after activating article 50 could happen, though? It says there is nothing in law until a negotiated agreement takes force, however it also notes that the political fallout from reversing...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Since Spain appear to be taking the approach of deliberately forcing Scotland into a new referendum, I was looking at the schedule for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union to see if Spain could have any direct...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Apologies if this isn't news to anyone but me - but all of a sudden the whole Corbyn thing becomes clearer; "Some Labour MPs believe Corbyn clinging on to respond to Chilcot next week, apologise on behalf of Lab &...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    How much is Labour going to suffer if Corbyn doesn't go, though? Firstly, we're watching a group (the MPs), which opposed him during the Labour leadership contest, opposing him. Hardly a surprise, except apparently to the press. Secondly, the press...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    A little bit strong, I presume for comedic effect, so :-D I should have added a couple of qualifiers to that I guess; She's not a Westminster MP, though - and so in practice couldn't be elected as Prime Minister...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    She's not a Westminster MP, though - and so couldn't be elected as Prime Minister by the House of Commons....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Heh! That may rule Kezia Dugdale out, then. Is she waiting for directions from London before announcing her position? Sturgeon may force her hand since she's asking for cross party support from the Scottish Parliament tomorrow. - Maybe Dugdale will...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Hehe - hmmm... would I have to be a Conservative Party member? D'ya think me standing on a left-wing ticket would stand a chance of winning? ;)...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    The economic slide is increasing, to the extent that the more vulnerable British companies could be severely or even terminally hit quite quickly, particularly those who require funding/extensions of credit lines, and those hit by the currency slide, which makes...
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