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  1. I think there will be no shortage of work. The danger is that it is low-skilled, not very well-paid work. Two occupations that have proliferated over the past 50 years in both the UK and USA are hospitality workers , and hair-dressers. A more recent example is the way that mechanical car washes in the UK are being replaced by individuals who provide a better service. One could imagine a huge increase in personal service jobs, as robots and AI made white collar work redundant, because people prefer the personal touch to machinery. The problem is that these jobs are not well paid. It's professional people who really have to worry about AI cutting a swathe through their jobs.
  2. It makes me think that the breakdown on Monday was just an elaborate diplomatic dance.
  3. My interpretation is that the government must resign upon losing the vote of confidence, and the Opposition then has 14 days to win a vote of confidence, before an election is required to take place. In theory, if the Conservatives had lost a vote of confidence, then there might be a majority to give a Labour government a vote of confidence. In practice, I very much doubt whether Labour would wish to attempt to form a government in that situation, so an election would follow. I expect that both the Conservatives and Labour would in fact vote in favour of an early election, if the government lost a vote of confidence. I suppose that the SNP and Lib Dems would have to weigh up whether or not an early election would be in their interests, before deciding whether to back a motion of No Confidence.
  4. One thing that I've only just begun to appreciate is that Finance Bills are no longer votes of confidence. The FPTA stipulates that a government only has to resign if it loses a vote of confidence as designated in that Act. Lining up the votes of every non-Conservative MP in order to pass a motion of no-confidence would probably be quite difficult. And, if that were achieved, it would be hard for Labour to govern effectively, with 262 MPs, (and O'Mara probably unreliable) especially as the SNP would mostly abstain on English-only matters.
  5. The FT estimated 25-73 bn net, so it comes in the middle of that range.
  6. And to continue that theme, some Elf-lords and mighty warriors were responsible for some massive disasters in the fight against evil.
  7. I agree. Samwise is a very ordinary person who performs extraordinary things. He shows that one does not need to be an elf-lord, or mighty warrior, in order to be a hero.
  8. Thanks. I've had Evangelical Protestants tell me the opposite, but I'm sure that opinions differ.
  9. I've read far worse than that about her on Facebook. Sometimes, social media is like peering into a sewer.
  10. I don't think that that would be the mainstream view among Catholics. Evangelical Protestants, yes. Catholics reckon that virtuous non-Christians, who have never been exposed to Christianity, can be saved.
  11. It's all moot, as Meghan Markle will be baptised and confirmed in the Church of England.
  12. The problem is, that after reading that page, I'm strongly tempted to find a copy of Ghost, to see if it lives up to expectations. John Ringo seems as much fun as my favourite historical novelist, Brandy Purdy, who has written novels depicting Piers Gaveston (Earl of Cornwall, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland) as a male prostitute working in a French tavern, and a lesbian sex scene involving Katherine Howard, Anne of Cleves, and a pot of honey.
  13. That's a great essay, many thanks. In the Children of Hurin, it seems that Morgoth was telling a lot of truth to Hurin. He seems more like an evil rival to God (like Ahriman to Mazda) rather than a being who, however great his power, is ultimately subject to God. Although it's a very small tale (and a very minor part of your essay) I've always been intrigued by the tale of Imrazor and Mithrellas. I suppose it only began to dawn on Mithrellas what she'd signed up for, once her husband began to grow old, rather like Arwen. She realised that she'd have to watch him die, and then watch her descendants die, and she couldn't face it. Unlike Arwen, though, she had not chosen mortality, and indeed, may have had no right to choose mortality.
  14. In the case of Morgoth, yes, I think he is meant to be the Devil. The most gifted of the archangels, who rebels against God.
  15. I was prompted to read up about this series, and it is............extraordinary. Among other things, the hero tells a (presumably severely traumatised) young woman whom he's rescued from rape and torture, that she owes him a blow job, and that she shouldn't judge all men by her captors as "I haven't risked my fucking life to have you turn lesbo."