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This is miserable and disappointing to see,
at 15:06 18 Oct 2021

it's very bad. it's a nasty throw back to a nastier time.
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Cake MP David Amess stabbed multiple times... :(
at 19:10 15 Oct 2021

compelled means forced or obliged.

the fact that you are trying to start an argument about this makes me certain this is not now a thread i want to stay on.
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Cake MP David Amess stabbed multiple times... :(
at 19:08 15 Oct 2021

in which case it is very badly expressed and could certainly do with an edit
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Cake MP David Amess stabbed multiple times... :(
at 19:02 15 Oct 2021

"people are compelled to do this" ??????
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Remember when Cheltenham and LFC v Atletico went ahead...
at 18:07 15 Oct 2021

always read the footnotes: "The analysis states that their findings cannot be used to establish causality." it's also quite an odd methodology - the rise in deaths in the hospital nearest to the event. given that people travelled to cheltenham, for example, from across the country would you expect the additional deaths to be in the hospital neatest the race course?

that doesn't alter the fact that in retrospect it was certainly an error to hold those events. but i wouldn't take the numbers as gospel - it seems a pretty dodgy original article.
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Thoughtful piece on WFH, productivity and hours worked
at 16:51 13 Oct 2021

it's a downside certainly. but the pluses still outweigh that.

in a workplace which has both office / computer based people and manual people, it will be divisive. particularly since management generally fall into the former category.

i do find it odd that the new statesman, traditionally an organ of the left, could discuss it on the assumption that everyone works in an office.
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Thoughtful piece on WFH, productivity and hours worked
at 15:37 13 Oct 2021

where did I say I was arguing against it? I was just pointing out a consequence.
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Thoughtful piece on WFH, productivity and hours worked
at 13:42 13 Oct 2021

what about people who don't work in an office and whose productivity is zero if they aren't present? wfh is great for those who have the option but it will lead to ever greater segmentation of working conditions and working lives - with the predominantly low paid manual workers getting the brown end of the stick yet again.
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Lord Frost blaming EU for post brexit problems in Northern Ireland
at 19:46 12 Oct 2021

no it's saying that remainers in parliament (in all parties) refusing to accept the referendum result gave us a much harder brexit than was easily available. it also gave us boris. i can't see how any of those involved in the parliamentary games at that time can look back and think they did well.
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Lord Frost blaming EU for post brexit problems in Northern Ireland
at 19:31 12 Oct 2021

because a much harder brexit and putting boris in power with a stonking great majority was a much better outcome. pretending that the referendum result wasn't final was the really stupid take - as events have proven beyond question.
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Lord Frost blaming EU for post brexit problems in Northern Ireland
at 19:25 12 Oct 2021

no the opposition didn't have a mandate to undermine the deal and by implication the referendum result. it was in the their hands to get may's deal through. they thought they could play a game and reverse the referendum and that is one of the greatest misjudgements in post war uk politics.
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Lord Frost blaming EU for post brexit problems in Northern Ireland
at 19:18 12 Oct 2021

all the people who undermined may's deal get a good share of the credit for the cluster f**k that got us where we are today.
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I thought our History Denialists fighting the "War on Woke" were bad..
at 13:01 12 Oct 2021

absolutely - regret and pride are both dead ends. we just have to be honest about the past - we're not responsible for it good or bad, we just need to avoid spinning it to make it comfortable or to fit some current agenda.
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Recommendation required
at 13:17 8 Oct 2021

the white lion is nicer
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at 18:56 7 Oct 2021

sorrel horse shottisham.
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Have to hand it to him, Boris's speech was excellent
at 17:12 6 Oct 2021

yes lazy and a bluffer. he is still essentially the journalist throwing something together 5 minutes before the deadline and hoping the jokes play well.
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Have to hand it to him, Boris's speech was excellent
at 14:49 6 Oct 2021

boris has two strengths. one is that he is a shameless chancer - for example responding to the current crisis by rebranding the tories as the party of high wages. the other is that, for enough people to get him elected, he has charisma. they like him. he is political marmite and people slagging him off doesn't alter the view of those who like him - it probably only reinforces it. his weakness is that he is utterly incompetent - it's that that will do for him in the end, not the fact that people who would never vote for him really hate him.
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Have to hand it to him, Boris's speech was excellent
at 14:08 6 Oct 2021

once surely? it was may in 2017.
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Insulate Britain - wow
at 09:02 5 Oct 2021

ah, the weird angry fantasist again. go and follow someone else around eh.
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Insulate Britain - wow
at 19:26 4 Oct 2021

oh come on, surely they understand the importance of layers?
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