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    Conservative Government on Mission to destroy the BBC

    I suspect he refers to Angela Raynor, the deputy leader.
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    The Death Penalty

    The average person in the UK would have been in favour of the death penalty. It was only in 2015 that polls came up with the majority being against capital punishment - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32061822
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    The various news outlets and whether they are biased to the left or the right.

    Rather than just looking at the papers, would https://pressgazette.co.uk/uk-news-market-share/ be a more useful article? The BBC is very much the 800-lb gorilla in terms of how people in the UK get their news. 60% of adults get news from BBC1 every week. Whereas the most popular newspaper (the...
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    Imminent inflation crisis, due to various factors including shortage of industrial CO2?

    Are you just taking the average of the changes in prices to produce those overall numbers? That's going to give you a completely useless number unless you actually just buy one of each thing. For example, one of the items in the list is 1000l of kerosene delivered. I suggest that if you do...
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    Imminent inflation crisis, due to various factors including shortage of industrial CO2?

    There's also the question of what's causing the inflation. Raising interest rates dampens demand as it becomes more expensive for companies to borrow to invest. Which is fine when the inflation is being driven by excessive demand. However much of the price rises at the moment appear to be coming...
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    Imminent inflation crisis, due to various factors including shortage of industrial CO2?

    The baskets of goods and services are weighted, though it will still be skewed to whatever the ‘average’ person buys. https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/inflationandpriceindices/articles/consumerpriceindicesabriefguide/2017 has a good introduction. In 2017 when that article was written, food was...
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    When Will It All Go Wrong For The Tories/ Johnson

    Especially as the MP in question voted for a bill that said exactly that - https://order-order.com/2022/01/19/new-christian-wakeford-co-sponsored-bill-mandating-by-election-for-mp-defectors/
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    UK voting system

    As that person is usually the leader of the largest party, then it's reasonably likely that they'll be able to get legislation through. We can see in presidential systems like the US where the directly elected leader isn't of the same party that controls the legislature that they're often...
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    Brexit matters

    The thing with remain and reform is whether meaningful reform was possible. Cameron tried negotiating before the referendum and didn't get much out of the EU with the leverage that we might leave and take our contributions with us. Would there have been likely anything further if the referendum...
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    Conservative Government on Mission to destroy the BBC

    That's not content going straight to other platforms. All the BBC Three content is available for no extra charge to licence fee payers on iPlayer. Given the demographic BBC Three is aimed at I'd be surprised if many of their shows were being watched more live through broadcast compared to catchup.
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    Conservative Government on Mission to destroy the BBC

    What content are you thinking of that the BBC is making that's going straight to other platforms? I'm not aware of such a thing happening.
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    When Will It All Go Wrong For The Tories/ Johnson

    The problem Hunt will have is his past career as Health Secretary. It will be easy to attack him for the state of the NHS and it’s preparedness for the pandemic. Then there’s the fact that he lost the last leadership election, has anyone come back and been successful at their second attempt for...
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    Formula 1

    Firing Michael Masi would probably do the trick :)
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    Should HS2 Be Required to use British Steel?

    In particular moments these things can come unstuck. The question is whether over the long term more people benefit from the normal low prices than suffer from these blips.
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    Should HS2 Be Required to use British Steel?

    Unemployment isn’t a huge problem in the UK, our rate is around 5% whereas the EU average is more like 8%. Hence all the complaints around Brexit where employers said they were unable to find staff. According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_exports the UK was the 6th...
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    Should HS2 Be Required to use British Steel?

    If everyone is trying to be self-sufficient then we lose the benefits of international trade. We are in general as a country better off because we don’t try to produce everything. We buy goods and services cheaper than we could produce them ourselves and in return other countries buy ours where...
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    Donald Trump and the aftermath of his presidency

    My understanding of the difference is that democracy at its heart is rule by the majority. Whereas a republic is a more constrained type of government where there are checks and balances to prevent minority groups being oppressed. You could take as an example of this the Electoral College used...
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    Cyclists - your experiences on the road

    I’ve been using CatEye for a while. FlexTight on the front handlebar which was easy enough to tighten, then a mount that screws into holes on the back of my pannier rack for the rear, less likely to be obscured than the seat post. I got a new AMPP800 front light for Christmas, but haven’t been...
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    Brexit matters

    I’m not sure if this is what you’re getting at, but the constitutions of these countries were written at a time when they were Dominions and thus subservient to Britain. The UK Parliament remained supreme until the Statute of Westminster was passed in 1931. Which as I understand it is the...
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    Some things have improved over the years..

    Surely all those things are already in the existing franchise agreements? But the DfT only really care about one metric, how much premium/subsidy is required.

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