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  1. One of those cunning plans that blows up in your face. The Conservatives did far too good a job wiping out the Lib Dems in the 2015 election for Cameron's own good.
  2. It's overstating the case to say that the DUP used to be a terrorist organisation. In general, the UDA and UVF used to be very scathing about the way that DUP politicians liked to shoot their mouths off, while refusing to get their hands dirty. They are however, thoroughly corrupt. May is PM, because no alternative PM can win a vote of confidence in the Commons. That's a feature of the system, not a bug.
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    What would your role be in GoT?

    Assistant torturer at the Dreadfort.
  4. He's be just as happy if Brexit was revoked. He'd then seek office on the basis of betrayal
  5. Taking No Deal off the table means taking Brexit off the table, since you have to revoke A50. I expect that would require legislation. The PM sending an e-mail to Brussels would face legal challenge.
  6. There's a report of an impending general election in the New Statesman, although I expect if would result in a House of Commons very similar to the present one.
  7. I'm pretty sure they'd extend A50 if it looked as if agreement was in sight, and a few more weeks were needed to deal with the subsequent legislation. They won't extend it just so that we can argue among ourselves for a while longer
  8. I imagine Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn both want it.
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    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    Yes, that's quite true. It's handled very deftly in the books, less so in the series, where shifts in character can be quite abrupt (eg Ellaria, or Shae). Daenerys, IMHO, is much less sympathetic in the series (from about Season 4 onwards) than in the books. Her instinctive reaction to opposition is to burn it, although Tyrion can sometimes talk her out of it.
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    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    I see it that way. I think she does something awful by the end. But then I do view her story as being a journey from sympathetic heroine to cruel and paranoid tyrant.
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    Better Call Saul -- Season 4 Better Get Emmy

    Yes, I could see Kim ending up in prison, or having to be spirited away with a new identity.
  12. SeanF

    Better Call Saul -- Season 4 Better Get Emmy

    Each Salamanca is a psychopath, but Lalo seems the brightest.
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    New little legal details

    Given the primitive communications of the time, superstates in the pre-industrial period tended to split into their constituent parts, after the death of the King who put them together, unless there was a strong bureaucracy to keep the local lords on the leash (eg the Frankish Kingdom after Clovis or Charlemagne, or Cnut's empire.) A strong bureaucracy enables the superstate to survive a weakling on the Throne.
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    New little legal details

    It's a small criticism. But a country as large as populous as Westeros ought to be run by an efficient bureaucracy, like China or Bzyantium, or else dissolve into its constituent parts.
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    New little legal details

    Thanks, and interesting. i think England was unusual in the way that enforcing justice became a Royal, rather than a Noble, prerogative.