Posts by Rich Lock

  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to Joe Wylie,

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  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    military supply flights

    Military personnel will apparently be expected to continue to serve without being paid.

    I'm sure that that will end well, if this drags on.

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  • Hard News: Trump 2018,

    The monster in Mary Shelley's original book was pretty sympathetic and misunderstood, albeit in a teen emo 'nobody understands me' sort of a way.

    Bannon, is possibly more of a more of a wight or ghoul.

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  • Hard News: Trump 2018, in reply to TracyMac,

    Trump has been fairly ineffective so far, other than passing that disgusting tax bill, and signing executive orders for things like slicing up national parks and denying climate change at a rate 80% greater than Obama's.

    ....and appointing a whole bunch of manifestly unqualified idiots to lifetime-job federal judge positions.

    For example, Matthew Petersen, who was nominated to fill the empty seat in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

    And if the grand jury returns an indictment against Donald Trump, Jared Kushner or any of the people being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller’s FBI investigation, that case will be heard in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. What. A. Coincidence.

    Here he is being quizzed on his qualifications for the job in question:

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  • Hard News: Abroad and Home, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    Theresa May could well become this century's Anthony Eden.

    Neville Chamberlain, maybe?

    Scene: an airport in London. Prime Minister Teresa May climbs out of aeroplane just landed from mainland Europe.

    TM: I have in my hand a piece of paper...

    Arlene Foster: Not so feckin' fast there, Teresa, ye wee feckin' gack.

    Some random MP as yet to be cast: Speak for England, Keir Starmer! (note to editor: line may be cut depending on ability to find MP with actual guts).

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  • Hard News: Abroad and Home,

    For those who want an update, the British Prime Minister Teresa May has just had her legs kicked out from under her by the DUP, a bunch of swivel-eyed religious loons who would rather cut out their own tongues than think the word 'compromise'. These are the same nutcases she bribed with a £1billion bung to prop up her minority government after she managed to lose a working majority by calling a snap election and then spectacularly stuffing it up.

    Specifically, she came back from negotiations with the EU a couple of days ago with some sort of progress (literally the first progress in 17 months since the referendum), only to have them blow a fuse and essentially veto what was a done deal between the UK and the EU, because it would have meant, crudely speaking, keeping Northern Ireland in the EU in all but name and effectively shifting the Republic of Ireland/UK border into the middle of the Irish Sea.

    The leader of this fringe group, who, it cannot be emphasised enough, are utterly and rabidly fucking nuts (they firmly believe the earth is less than six thousand years old, and are essentially the front group for a loyalist terror organisation), is now publicly and pointedly humiliating the Prime Minister by refusing to take her calls. Let that sink in for a second.

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  • Hard News: Abroad and Home, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Unemployment will increase, probably to the point where the government will be no longer able to pay benefits.

    My 'best case' thinking at the moment is that we'll get a return to something like the '80's - mass unemployment, sporadic inner city unrest, etc.

    However, I suspect a more realistic outcome is that we'll get that, but turned up to 11, plus the return of 'The Troubles'.

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  • Hard News: Abroad and Home, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    the path to Brexit started ten years ago

    No, far earlier than that. The notorious 'bendy banana' stories first appeared in 1994, for example, and the Murdoch press's antipathy was well established by that point. I personally remember a TV ad for The Sun which ran around the same time (maybe a little earlier - late '80's, perhaps) which contained the song line: "they'll standardise your sausage, to meet the regulations", over footage of a cleaver hacking the end off a sausage which had a british flag stuck in it (gosh, I wonder what point they could possibly have been trying to make?).

    The leavers have been laying the groundwork for this for 25+ years - UKIP was founded in 1991.

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  • Hard News: Abroad and Home, in reply to Asinius,

    While pragmatism may mean that the whole of Kent doesn't actually get turned into a lorry park with traffic backing up the M20 all the way to London, there are multiple other issues that are nowhere near being resolved.

    For example, the open skies agreement will lapse when the UK crashes out, making it illegal for commercial aircraft to fly to and from the UK and mainland Europe. They will be grounded.

    Apparently, airlines are refusing to sell tickets past the deadline, because at present, no-one knows how this will be resolved (if at all).

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  • Hard News: Abroad and Home, in reply to Russell Brown,

    It seems rather a shame he didn't have his journey when it might have mattered.

    What has been forgotten, now that the battle lines have hardened into absolutism on both sides, is that there are plenty of very good reasons to think the EU is not a shining beacon of absolute purity, around whose feet the huddled masses can find comfort in a sort of Euro version of that other statue on Liberty Island the other side of the pond (this, crudely speaking, is the current mindset of most remainers, kiln-baked into an article of faith - that there is a beacon shining from a tower in Brussels, that we must turn to in our darkest hour).

    I recently finished reading leading lefty youth firebrand Owen Jones's 'The Establishment' (2014), who was and is a high-profile remainer. It was rather striking, reading this in 2017, that he spends most of chapter 8 outlining the ways in which the EU is undemocratic and hugely economically neoliberal - for example, privatisation of the UK rail system just before the 1997 election was generally seen as a last vicious and money-grabbing gasp on the part of a tory government that knew it was doomed. The inefficiency and costs of the privatised network have been a running sore ever since, and polls have shown that renationalisation would be an extremely popular move. He points out that renationalisation would contravene EU directive 91/440.

    There was also the not-insignificant Greece debacle, which unfolded very shortly prior to the UK referendum, where it is generally accepted that the EU gave Greece a good kicking, economically speaking.

    At the time, most remainers weren't really voting 'remain' with any passion - they were looking at the guys on the other side and defining themselves in opposition (Farage is worse than Cameron, so I guess now that you've forced me to decide, I'll go and stand with these guys. But no touching, and I'm holding my breath.)

    And most Labour heartland seats outside London also voted leave, usually by fairly wide margins.

    So yeah, he hasn't been great so far, but I'm not sure anyone else would be any good at unravelling this Gordian knot either.

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