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  1. @Toth For future reference, the correct response to English Language pedants is "Humpty Dumpty". This is a reference to a quote from the classic Lewis Carroll Alice books. It starts:
  2. My take: Johnson has no big plans, no goals other than to enjoy being prime minister and generally do whatever he wants. Even Brexit was a policy he embraced solely as a means of becoming prime minister, without it appears even understanding its full implications (possibly he never expected it to actually happen). Under different circumstances the ministers around Johnson might be still getting things done, except that: (a) Johnson understands that such ministers would be a threat to him and tends to select incompetent sycophants instead; and (b) several of the competent candidates left politics in disgust after Brexit, plus there are one or two remaining ones who are not willing to serve under him. That said, they are doing a reasonably good job of bending our democracy to entrench their power. Voter suppression, gutting standards bodies, trampling on unwritten constitutional norms and so forth.
  3. I have to say that Johnson's rhetoric, always detached from reality, has now become downright surreal as well as arrogant. After saying he was "focused on planning his third term", and some complete gobbledegook about not being willing to undergo a "psychological transformation" (which appeared to show his lifelong entitlement making him resent any suggestion that he should do anything other than go on being the hollow narcissist that he has always been), he is now again wrapping himself in the Ukrainian flag, claiming that the economic woes are entirely the consequence of the war and are "the price of freedom". It makes me almost sad that the Tory party has fallen so low as to have not already got rid of him.
  4. Also, Johnson running away at crucial moments is such a consistent pattern. I am surprised that it is not more of an issue.
  5. I don't think he has done it to appease ex Tory voters. I think he is doing it to say he now also thinks Johnson should go.
  6. Of course it won't happen. And "adults" indeed. But I do wonder in Johnson could limit himself to just speaking the truth if he tried.
  7. That resignation letter from Johnson's handpicked sycophantic Standards Advisor feels a bit ... weird. He put up with a whole load of stuff, starting with the funding of Johnson's new Downing Street makeover (where after he narrowly let Johnson off it then came out that Johnson had lied to him about it, forcing him to let Johnson off again, even more narrowly) and building up to Partygate and all its ramifications. Yet now he suddenly resigns, catching everyone off guard with some stuff about a proposed "deliberate and purposeful breach of the Ministerial Code" putting him in an "impossible and odious position" that is "an affront". The official story is that this is just about possibly dodging some WTO obligations, but it feels to me that there must be something more to it than that. Especially as they apparently tried to get away with keeping the contents of the resignation letter secret.
  8. You know what? I really don't believe that is anything other than a feeble excuse made for PR reasons. Citation please.
  9. Been on a small genre fiction binge, working through some books on my list. I think all have been recommended here. Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon. The plot is nothing special, but the first person PoV of a high functioning autistic person is extremely well done, and does make you think. I perhaps found it particularly easy to empathize with him as I am a few steps along the spectrum myself. Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. Shallow and implausible even on its own terms. Particularly notable by the way characters repeatedly travel vast distances between sentences. Felt very YA. Gideon the Ninth. Much more pulpy than I was expecting but great fun. Reading it I kept feeling that it really should be a graphic novel, sometimes I could positively see the panels in my mind's eye. Which says something for the vividness of the writing. Looking forward to the (apparently completely bonkers) sequel. A Memory called Empire. Serious themes, but mainly an excellent and enjoyable story of political manoeuvring in the capital of a bureaucratic empire reminiscent of Byzantium or imperial China, with the protagonist (a visiting ambassador) and the reader both initially out of their depth. The sort of place where a character can say "Our light emitting starlike Emperor, to whom I am sworn, and for whom I would spend every last drop of my blood" and leave both the protagonist and the reader unsure as to how close they really are to the Emperor and how loyal. I was also amused that the protagonist finally got a handle on what had been going on at exactly the same moment that I did. Also read the sequel A Desolation Called Peace, which was sadly not quite so good.
  10. You don't need to think about all the people, just do the conversion and think that if he has blown 11 billion then he has cost you personally about £200.
  11. Think of it in person pounds, i.e. divide it by the number of adults in the UK. So a billion is about £20 PP. He needs to take £20 from each and every one of us to make up for each billion lost.
  12. I thought it might be a bit closer than that, I assume the "in favour"s are hoping that we will all have forgotten about Partygate by the next election. I guess time will tell.
  13. How about him losing by one vote and then trying to refuse to resign on some technicality, with some of his cheerleaders trying to back him up? Possibly not a realistic scenario, but you never know.
  14. Thatcher is still a deified figure in many Tory circles here. Possibly partly because Tories tend to be on the older side. Perhaps a bit like Reagan over there? (Not sure how much you lot remember him now.)
  15. IIRC it started when someone spotted a report published by the EU that included a stylised map of the EU. The author had presumably not had the memo, as they had not added Wales to the map.
  16. Personally I just want Elizabeth to hang on for another couple of years. To beat the Sun King and to one up on the French.
  17. Wow. More epic trolling from our political masters. Johnson's tame standards advisor Geidt has broken his silence about Partygate. He has said that he has refrained from giving Johnson advice about his obligations under the ministerial code, because when Johnson ignores it, then he (the advisor) would be forced to resign, and that would expose the ministerial code to ridicule. I owe Geidt an apology. I thought that he was a spineless worm with absolutely no sense of self respect. But it turns out that he is an epic performance artist.
  18. No one posted this yet? More trolling - a Partygate souvenir bottle of champagne signed by Johnson: https://twitter.com/jayrayner1/status/1525017632029679618
  19. Agreed. Jack Munroe is an example of such a young person, and don't the Tories hate her.
  20. Indeed. Suella Braverman is another sycophant, hand picked for the role because of a willingness to come up with rulings as required. Given her track record she would be happy ruling that black is white if that is what she thought Johnson wanted.
  21. Also those smaller energy companies that failed were generally always undercapitalised and were never going to survive any big price shock. They were set up in the name of competition and mostly worked as really designed, making plenty of money for the people running them who then walked away with full pockets when things went south, leaving the energy user and the tax payer to deal with the fall out.
  22. Indeed, all the stats I have seen show Germany's excess mortality rate comfortably less than the UK (and similar results when comparing other Covid indicators). Which matches my anecdotal knowledge or conditions there.
  23. The only response to a phrase like that to describe forcing a woman to carry a child to term against her will is - certainly when it is men using it. And that is even assuming that those using it are willing to whisk the baby away at birth and to take full responsibility for it from then on. And that they are willing to ensure that the father takes personal accountability and does his share - after all he didn't have to have sex either. P.S. I imagine that a large majority of women would find that phrase vastly more triggering than the oh so kindly spoilered out word "rape". After all the possibility of rape is a daily concern for most women already.
  24. The problem is that the Labour leadership knows that, and has known that for a long while. They know that a substantial number of people tick the Labour box to vote against the Tories, and are scared of losing those people.
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