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    Fourth Quarter 2019 Reading

    Just read Anne Leckie's The Raven Tower. Entertaining once you get over the unusual second person voice, though perhaps a bit light despite some of her trademark gender ambiguity. The Strength and Patience of the Hill is a fascinating character. However the Orbit edition I was reading is poorly presented, most notably with a distinctly annoying map at the front. This looks like something out of a YA self published book; is unnecessary, with nearly all the action taking place in a small corner of it; and is demonstrably wrong on several counts.
  2. If he did, he would have supported a customs union or continued membership of the single market or Norway+ as he did a few years ago after Brexit. Instead, he's continuously moved the goalposts backwards every time he's taken a position, so no version of Brexit is good enough for him and he has to "reluctantly" rejoin the fight to make sure Brexit isn't betrayed etc. That's not the stance of someone taking a principled position, that's the stance of a PR man trying to maintain his relevance for as long as possible to ensure he can charge as much as possible on the US after-dinner speaking circuit. He wants to "win" Brexit as completely as possible to ensure that.  Absolutely this.
  3. I would disagree with that "zombie parliament". Since he became PM Johnson has demonstrated himself an existential threat to our democracy. Most clearly first by illegally attempting to close down parliament so as to centralise power on himself and carry out a no deal Brexit he certainly had no mandate for; then in his unprecedented attempt to ram through his Brexit bill without giving any time for it to be scrutinised, hoping that the clauses that gave him personally enormous unchecked powers would sneak through unnoticed. Parliament has fought him all the way, with even some Tories finally putting their principles before their party loyalty (a big thing for many of them) and careers. It then agreed to its own dissolution to break the deadlock. Personally I think that (perhaps belatedly) it woke up and did us proud.
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    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    Another (admittedly minor) one by the Tory candidate in my constituency: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-50306103 Plays nicely to the "out of touch" theme, for all his claims to be a local ...
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    Daylight savings time sucks spring 2017!!!

    Just stay on BST. Go into work an hour early and leave an hour early.
  6. Up to a point I think. There was a substantial middle class Protestant minority in England by the time Henry kicked off the Reformation. Henry's Church, while it wobbled somewhat depending on which ministers were in at the time, was still very high, not far off Catholicism minus the Pope, and yet there was a lot of pressure from people who wanted to change it into something closer to Lutheran. Mary's rule was complicated by the fact that the previous reign of Edward VI had been strongly Protestant. But her popularity was at least partly based on her being the rightful queen, and so supported by those for whom religion was less crucial. Even so, she had to execute a large number of Protestants in her brief reign. As for Elizabeth, she set up the relatively high Church of England very quickly, almost as a fait accompli, when she came to power, largely to outmanoeuvre the large faction of extreme Protestants, who wanted something much lower and closer to Calvinism. My general impression of the period is that there was a very committed Protestant minority, plus a large majority who didn't care very much, but relatively few staunch Catholics.
  7. Which means that Mary Queen of Scots inherits after Mary dies in 1558, at a time when she was still married to Francis II of France ... Edit: though I suppose that, without Edward VI, Mary I might have married Phillip II of Spain earlier than she actually did, and might have had an child by him ...
  8. Are you assuming hat they have another child that lives and inherits the throne, other than Mary?
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    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    About the same numbers as before I think, huge numbers of people, a big crush all the way. We didn't actually make it to parliament square - the crowds were just too solid. Eventually got within hearing distance of a screen just short of the cenotaph and got the tail end of the speeches. Our impression of the mood: grim, resolute. Incidentally, the BBC has a decent birds eye video of the march here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/video_and_audio/headlines/50111404/hyde-park-to-parliament-in-60-seconds Hopefully it all made some MPs think a little.
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    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    Anyone else going on the march tomorrow? It looks like it may be the biggest one yet.
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    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    And while no one expects better of Trump, the idea she meet with the kid's parents was originally hers. She was not willing to face justice, but still wanted to get closure for herself by meeting the parents of the person she killed and having them publicly forgive her. That sort of attitude really makes you realise where we have got to.
  12. In any trade deal with the US they would almost certainly demand what they would refer to as a "level playing field" for bidding for any government work and for taking over any businesses (i.e. running prisons and hospitals, purchasing utility companies, etc ad nauseam). If a US company bid for any such thing and lost out to an in house UK government deal (or indeed to any other company) then they would have the right to appeal to the adjudication of an ISDS tribunal. Forcible nationalisation of any business would certainly trigger such an appeal. The UK government would have no power over this tribunal and no redress against its decisions. Of course even the possibility of a complaint would have a chilling effect. We already see a sort of precursor to this in the way that some rail franchise companies have sued or threatened to sue over franchise decisions, Of course, in negotiating a trade deal the UK may (depending who is in power) push back on this demand, but given the probable relative strengths of the US and UK's negotiating positions it is likely to be tricky.
  13. I am entirely serious. And if you think otherwise, I think that that it is for you to point out some losses of "national sovereignty" from being in the EU that can't also be caused by a trade deal. But I would not advise you to include nationalisation/privatisation in your list as, to repeat myself, any US trade deal would likely limit manoeuvre there at least as much as the EU does. Nor "control over our borders", given what the Indian government has said is likely to be a pre-condition for any trade deal with them.
  14. Indeed not. In the EU we get to vote in EU elections. You say that as though the EU prevents nationalisation. I know that Farage claims it does but, while there are a few EU limitations, it is basically another lie. On the other hand, any trade deal signed with the US is very likely to not only massively limit nationalisation, but also to require further privatisation, for example of the NHS. In any case, I find the idea that the economic impact of Brexit will be significantly offset by the limited gains of renationalising the railways and utility companies somewhat implausible, however much I would welcome such renationalisation.
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