* Posts by disgustedoftunbridgewells

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Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

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Is it a school holiday or something? Lots of anti-tory sentiment here.

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Re: Well...

It's a manifesto commitment, which means it can be forced through Lords ( see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salisbury_Convention )

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All hail Mad Frankie Maude, noble Lord of Cabinet Office Axemen

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Re: @Hadvar

That's the French way. The English way was to say "tone it down, or we'll apply the French method"

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Sorry, I've just realised you weren't replying to me - this forum isn't great at showing who's replying to what.

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Lib Dems wanted a directly elected upper house, which completely defeats the object of it.

My proposal gives them a fig-leaf, a fig-leaf to the parties unfairly represented by FPTP ( UKIP, Green ) while keeping the purpose of Lords intact, stops parties from rigging it in their favour and keeps it more sensibly sized.

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Re: Thank god

The problem is that Labour filled the Lords with as many of its own people as it could, so now the Conservatives have to have a go at evening it out.

I think there should be a maximum time limit that each Lord can sit, say 15 years, with the parties being allowed to allocate new Lords by proportion of their general election vote. Lords would then become a rolling average of the last three general election results while keeping the numbers fixed and without implementing direct voting.

We'd need to get rid of a few hundred Lords first, mind.

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Re: "Shy Tories"

Government is terrible at running enterprise. Telecoms companies is the perfect example to make my point, unless you want to go back to renting a phone from the post office with no choice in provision.

Get rid of OFSTED? They are what allow the market to perform. That school is terrible so I'm not sending my kids there - it works much better when independently audited than when based on rumour. I take it that you're a teacher of some sort by that remark - every other industry has checks that the workers are effective. I don't see why teachers think they should be exempt from this.

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Re: "Shy Tories"

You may find it easier to have the Tories as nasty and Labour or whoever as a paragon of virtue, but it doesn't in any way reflect reality.

I'm a Conservative voter ( of the socially progressive, libertarian, small state variety ). I believe the state should leave us alone while not spending too much. I think bribing the electorate with more spending is reckless and crass. Low business rates, for example, is responsible because it encourages employment. Unpopular with lefties because it helps big business, but it's a practical, sensible, thing to do.

I acknowledge that Labour generally aim to do the best they can for the country so I don't vilify them when I believe they're wrong, only for things such as trying to wage class warfare and outright lying ( take the "bye bye NHS" type comments over the last few days from their supporters ).

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UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists

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Perhaps cyclists should stop playing with childrens toys on public roads.

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Like a Dell factory but what comes out is a LOT more fun: We visit Aston Martin

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Re: AC AC AC: OMG OMG

That's what people with electric cars do.

LOOK AT ME IM SO VIRTUOUS.

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Facebook echo chamber: Or, the British media and the election

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Re: I read somewhere...

And rage the age of voting to 25. If you're 18, you don't have enough life experience.

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Re: Nudge

Do you not remember Blair at all?

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Anybody who has left college and still votes Labour is a moron.

Money doesn't grow on trees, that's why we voted Conservative.

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Did you read the article in the Grauniad about it? The comments were hilarious. They couldn't see the irony of complaining about a newspaper asking people to vote one way, while on the front page there was a "Please vote Labour" leader.

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From Manchester to Microsoft – missing mum :-(

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I wasn't aware comic books were a thing that grown men actually bought - I thought it was stereotype.

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

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Re: Much needed publicity for energy storage at last! @Richard L

Somebody nick your solar panels in the night?

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Cash register maker used same password – 166816 – non-stop since 1990

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Re: customers should conduct rigorous penetration tests

Did you steal that phrase from The Following, by any chance?

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A Quid A Day for NOSH? Luxury!

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Re: True poverty still exists in the UK

In my rush to post, I may not have been clear. What I meant to say is that a working economy is the way to fix the problem of third world poverty.

Give the people security and a functioning market to buy and sell services and produce, some limited education so they can make use of the market and they'll fix it themselves.

Dump tonnes of food on them and they'll eat like kings for a while, then starve.

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Re: True poverty still exists in the UK

If you want to fix the world, then economics is the way to do it. Have a sob if you like, but compassion has no place here.

That leads to things like food being dumped on the market in Africa, causing farmers to go out of business which leads to more starvation.

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UN inflicts 10,000 flat pack IKEA shelters on Iraq - WITHOUT TOOLS

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If they sold just the structure ( ie: no solar panels ) it would make a very decent shed.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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On my car, the cruise control doesn't cut the throttle - you can rev the engine up whilst maintaining a consistent speed. I've no idea how it maintains the speed when you increase the revs, so I can only conclude that it is magic.

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Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

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Re: Here are my ideas to improve politics.

Then you'd have people only voting for the issues they are directly interested in, which would lead to extremes of policies.

Here's an example: Bill to abolish all power generation that isn't from windmills. Greenpeace would drum up support from all its members and it would probably pass.

A real-life example is to look at trade unions. Only militant members vote, so unions go on strike with a majority of the minority. If everybody turned up to every vote, they'd almost never strike.

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Re: Here are my ideas to improve politics.

Lib dems didn't win the election. They're a minor party in a coalition government. They didn't get everything in their manifesto, that's the nature of being in a coalition government.

You can't blame the Lib-dems for trading one pet-policy for another in this instance.

( I'm the poster you're replying to )

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Re: Why bother?

In my opinion, that's as close to a proper Conservative government as you can get. Unfortunately a lot of people say they hate anybody in government of any party but then vote for a party which intends to enlarge it.

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The voters hate Google. Heeeeyyyy... how about a 'Google Tax'?

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Re: The voters hate Osborne

Labour only increased the top rate of tax weeks before the 2010 general election because they knew they would lose and the tories would have to reduce it ( but to more than it ever was under Labour ).

Taking around 60% of somebody's pay ( inc NI ) is immoral. If Labour didn't think so, they would have started doing it years before 2010.

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Mummy, what's the point of Evgeny Morozov's tedious columns?

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Re: Evgeny Who?

I can't tell if this is sarcasm or if you really think that Worstall ( who believes in the free market ) is a Marxist.

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Re: We should pay for TV we dont want

So the BBC is as important as all of the above? Come off it.

It's an entertainment service, of which reasonably priced alternatives exist at various price points ( including free for ITV, etc ).

Make it subscription only and I'll do without MOTD and Top Gear. Infact, if the BBC went subscription only, Sky would presumably be allowed to buy the rights to show highlights packages, so I wouldn't miss out on that either.

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Who uses the Universal Credit system? ALMOST NOBODY, says report

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Re: I struggle to know how seriously to take this...

Hodges should go back to avoiding her taxes.

Is it still half term in some places? There's a lot of pro-Labour comments on here today.

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What's the hot domain dot-news? Er, it's .news

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Re: Wait a minute

That sounds great, how do I go about bidding one pence?

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El Reg chefs whip up Post-Pub Noshographic

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Re: The most astonishing thing about this series is ...

This series of article is about post-pub neckfiller *. What did you expect? A gallon or two of beer of an evening isn't going to do you any harm.

* Tacitly, it's actually about bizarre foodstuffs that no normal person will have encountered and is interesting because of it.

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

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Re: Retrogression of the "Force".

Marshall Plan money was given to the UK. Atlee decided to spunk it on shiney shiney.

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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Re: Experts?

The main benefit to having an unelected house in my view ( and why I would keep it ) is that it provides the opportunity for a pushback against stupid bills, especially those pushed through by large commons majorities.

The fact that the lords are unelected means they don't have to worry about appeasing the public desire for a knee-jerk reaction to things. Obviously in the case of this particular bill, it doesn't seem to be doing its job, but I remember it gave Blair some trouble during his tenure.

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Re: RCA? Pah. Young 'uns know nothing

I didn't have a Spectrum, but didn't machines of that era tend to use whatever frequency channel 6 was set to, the same as most VCRs?

I don't know if Channel 6 was a defined standard - I assume it was, but I've no idea.

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Fertiliser doom warning! Pesky humans set to wipe selves out AGAIN

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I don't see why he's accusing Farmers of over-using fertiliser. Presumably fertiliser isn't free, so why anybody would waste obscene quantities of it is beyond me.

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El Reg tests portable breathalyzers: Getting drunk so you don't have to

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Re: So really

Interesting post, but to say 8 pints can kill you if drank over 4 hours? I'd be expecting a very mild hangover after drinking 8 pints at 4%. ( 17 stone, 5'10, bit of a belly but the rugby keeps me fairly fit ).

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Re: So really

OK, I've driven to the pub, drank a gallon of beer and got a taxi home.

What point the next day am I safe to drive? It would be nice if you could buy a cheap unit to give you a vague idea of whether you're legal or not.

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UK

I was interested in buying one last year, thinking it would be nice if I could check the next day when I'm safe to go and get my car from the pub. I emailed the police asking for recommendations, thinking I was being incredibly sensible and they would probably have a ready response for saddos like me. They didn't.

I was quite disappointed in the article, I was hoping a few models would be reviewed, but at $99, they are a bit steep ( that's what? 70 of the Queens finest English pounds? )

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GiffGaff spanked for clumsy attempt at mum-and-dad-humping humour

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Re: Won't

That's Diego Costa at 7 years old.

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Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights

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Re: Asparagus

If you allow teams to negotiate individually, it would mean the big teams would get much more money and the smaller teams much less. It happens in Europe, and it's why in Spain there are two massive teams and everyone else is an also-ran ( excluding one-offs like Athletico over the last couple of years ). I think it happens in Germany too, with Bayern Munich making so much money they win the league every year.

It could work if the teams had to put, say, half of their money onto a general pot, which is shared around. I'd love nothing more than to be able to watch my team on TV every single week, but it would probably kill the league.

Who cares about watching Valencia vs Grenada? It's practically pub-league football in comparison to the EPL equivalent, which would be something like Arsenal vs Swansea.

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My HOUSE used to be a PUB: How to save the UK high street

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Re: With you on this

Is your local council Blackpool, by any chance? That sounds very familiar.

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Gates and Ballmer NOT ON SPEAKING TERMS – report

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Re: But the products

You've just described the 820 by the way :)

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee defends decision not to bake security into www

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You could have public key crypto as a DNS record.

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Will Europe's ISPs unmask anonymous IP infringers?

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Re: Where in the chain of communication

As I'm sure Steven Fry could explain, downloading and viewing in a web browser are completely different.

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Dragons' Den man and co-CEO to work for FREE at loss-making Outsourcery

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Re: Maybe he should go into the Den

She wouldn't go for it unless it's organic and free range in some way.

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