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  • monkey on Open Thread – 2015 Week 15@JH & APATS "So just get rid of the excess Mps from Scotland Wales and Ni? So who takes decisions on reserved matters, Foreign Affairs, Defence etc?" What could happen is you get some form of council of ministers , with just the representives of the respected parliaments cabinets ministers...
  • All Politicians are the Same on Open Thread – 2015 Week 15@JH So just get rid of the excess Mps from Scotland Wales and Ni? So who takes decisions on reserved matters, Foreign Affairs, Defence etc?
  • John Hartley on Open Thread – 2015 Week 15When the Tory plan for a 600 seat Commons failed & Clegg lost the referendum on AV, the 2 leaders should have done a deal. A single act with only 2 items, a 610 seat commons for the Tories(gets rid of the Excess MPs from Scotland, Wales, NI now they...
  • Fedaykin on Open Thread – 2015 Week 15Now for something funny, going on this article the Brazilian Defence minister seems to think that a UK government may not block the sell of components to be used in a fighter jet to be sold onto Argentina: http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/uk-may-not-oppose-gripen-sale-to-argentina-brazilian-411287/ This video neatly sums up my views on the likelihood of...
  • WiseApe on Open Thread – 2015 Week 15Brazilian tankers: http://i-hls.com/2015/04/brazilian-air-force-wants-iai-tankers-refueling-capabilities/#sthash.9IEhOz2T.dpbs Been perusing all the manifestos (manifesti?) - not a whiff of the third carrier.
  • Nick on Open Thread – 2015 Week 15not being a political activist, I would imagine that the main benefit of FTP voting is that it gives majority share of MPs on less than 50 % of the popular vote. It wasn't in either Labour or Conservative interests to change this system. Whilst coalitions and minority governments happened...
  • Ant on Open Thread – 2015 Week 15To add, the Daily Fail seems to summarise that debacle well: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2171447/Coalition-war-Lords-reform-Senior-Lib-Dems-vow-revenge-flagship-reform-scuppered-uprising-Tory-benches.html
  • Ant on Open Thread – 2015 Week 15GNB: Re:Blocked by those champions of democracy the Lib-Dems…who had agreed to support the boundary review in return for a referendum on FPTP, but got mardy when they lost it and unilaterally imposed a new condition requiring Tory support for Lords Reform, which was not forthcoming… :-( I remember the...
  • Chris on Open Thread – 2015 Week 15Gloomy - I have to say I have found the electioneering thus far pretty crass - much of the campaigning is negative propaganda without the unnecessary restraint of mere facts, but I suppose you'd expect that in any election. The aspect of this one I find particularly annoying is the...
  • Obsvr on Open Thread – 2015 Week 15@ TD, presumably you're applying the principle of economy of effort, highly commendable. However, I think Colonel Gillois' creation c.1960 was a major advance on mere rafts & ferries. Capacity and deployment speed were significant in tactical terms, enabling manoeuvre that was previously impossible with existing forms of bridging ("Revolution...
  • as on Open Thread – 2015 Week 15If you want to know just about every ship and sub in the U.S. Navy’s fleet, this graphic is your guide. http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/this-is-your-go-to-graphic-to-understand-the-us-navy-fl-1698181234 This is quite a good guide
  • Gloomy Northern Boy on Open Thread – 2015 Week 15@Kent - An interesting idea...I'm assuming his first act would be to bring his rebellious subjects back to their proper obedience...so that would be you, then! :-) On the Boundary Review, that would have equalised the numbers of electors per constituency and saved us all money by reducing the number...
  • Kent on Open Thread – 2015 Week 15@Nick - "Going back to Gloomy’s point – we need a new sort of Union if it is to survive for another 300 years." If you could get Charles to abdicate as Crown Prince, you could always offer Prince William absolute monarchy, divine right of kings. He could choose Arthur...
  • DavidNiven on Open Thread – 2015 Week 15@Chris 'various non-English parties were very anti' Why would they be anti? Both the Welsh assembly and the Scottish parliament operate on the additional member system. @Nick The SNP are likely to get another referendum due to the percentage who voted yes and a nationalist party that has majority membership...
  • Nick on Open Thread – 2015 Week 15Chris I remember discussion that in the Scottish referendum debate. I recall the difference is about 2,000 people per seat different between Labour and Tories. Whilst there is a natural bias towards Labour due to seat voter sizes, it disproportionately impacts because of Scotland. This is why the current polls...
  • Mark on Open Thread – 2015 Week 15Topman Couldn't agree more even the engineering resource to design the jets was under resourced for the task at hand plenty of project managers as always. USAF also recently published maintenance data on the web that indicated the low observable coatings require touch ups ever 3 flights or every 7...
  • Nick on Open Thread – 2015 Week 15David That's exactly what was said about Scottish Independence (not again for another generation) and yet the SNP is likely to campaign on a new referendum in the next Scottish parliament elections and may have a majority to implement it as well. Having lost another election, perhaps the Tories and...
  • Chris on Open Thread – 2015 Week 15DN, APATS, Gloomy - I thought just recently a proposal was tabled somewhere in the Westminster machine that the constituency boundaries should be rejigged such that each one contained a similar number of voters (a number somewhere between 10 & 20 thousand if I remember right)? I think the LibDems...
  • DavidNiven on Open Thread – 2015 Week 15'Precisely FPP has had its day' The chance to change it has passed, the overwhelming majority of 'baby boomers' voted No in the referendum while the younger generations failed to turn out in numbers to change the situation.
  • monkey on Open Thread – 2015 Week 15@APATS Hopefully they do come up with a resolution that gives a fairer outcome for those new legislation effects. Scottish MPs’ votes carried the decision to introduce student tuition fees and foundation hospitals in England but were not applicable to their own constituents. As this election is showing health and...
  • Gloomy Northern Boy on Open Thread – 2015 Week 15@apats - I'd argue that my opinion in point 3 is based on the belief expressed in points 1 and 2 that all politicians will do anything to achieve power because nothing else matters to them, and the observable fact that the SNP will pursue the break-up of the UK...
  • All Politicians are the Same on Open Thread – 2015 Week 15@ monkey There is shale oil and gas in the central belt but it is not really needed and of course would in your scenario only be used by a tenth of the population of your devolved UK. Of course in your scenario your devolved UK would also have no...
  • All Politicians are the Same on Open Thread – 2015 Week 15@Nick Precisely FPP has had its day. Just look at the system in Holyrood which has seen, coalitions, minority governments and only one majority Government. We are moving into a modern multi party democracy and need a modern voting system to cope with it.
  • monkey on Open Thread – 2015 Week 15@APATS The Barnet issue is a whole other kettle of fish and will be equally amusing when a devolved UK starts exploiting it shale oil/gas which Scotland is sadly bereft of and using the funds to also give enhanced NHS and education spending as well as free University places for...
  • Nick on Open Thread – 2015 Week 15Gloomy I dont think we can be sure just what would happen post election. If the Tories are largest party (but not majority) they would obviously try to form a government, probably with Clegg led Libdems/UKIP. If this is a minority government, it will still govern although as such its...

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