Colinb7

Colinb7

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2 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Our survey. Members st... · 1 reply · +1 points

You are correct. I posted my comment a second time in response to the second link to what I still consider to be a dubious criticism.

There is a more prosaic reason for its third appearance: shortly afterwards I noticed my comment had disappeared. Regular posters on ConHome will be aware that comments occasionally disappear for no apparent reason, and I assumed that that was the case here: as I had drafted my comment offline I copied and re--posted that draft.

Since it seems my comment had not disappeared, I can now delete the repost, and I have just done so.

In the meantime, if you or the poster I was replying to gives a link to a relevant reasoned article or report by someone like Professor Carl Heneghan https://www.ox.ac.uk/news-and-events/find-an-expe...
I will read that.

4 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Our survey. Members st... · 2 replies · +1 points

Since that link to Steve Baker's website is a repost, allow me to reciprocate by reposting this:

Mike Hearn has been programming computers since 1990. Between 2006-2014 he worked at Google as a senior software engineer on Maps, Gmail and account security. Since then he has been developing database and encryption technology, primarily for the finance and trade/shipping sectors. He has no connection with academia or the field of epidemiology."
 
Let me know when Steve Baker has some information from an epidemiologist: I will read that whether it supports or is critical of the the government.

4 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Today's Covid tiers vo... · 1 reply · +1 points

"Mike Hearn has been programming computers since 1990. Between 2006-2014 he worked at Google as a senior software engineer on Maps, Gmail and account security. Since then he has been developing database and encryption technology, primarily for the finance and trade/shipping sectors. He has no connection with academia or the field of epidemiology."
 
Let me know when Steve Baker has some information from an epidemiologist: I will read that whether it supports or is critical of the the government.

5 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - What Thatcher's respon... · 0 replies · +1 points

I assume "1975" in paragraph 8 should be 1985?

Some other interesting comparisons between then and now might be:

* I seem to recall some arguing that AIDS was only a disease of a certain section of the UK population (gays) and that it was only that section should take precautions?

* While that *might* perhaps have been true-ish initially in the UK, it wasn't true of large parts of the world, for example Africa, and it is very difficult to isolate a country from the rest of the world. Not impossible - New Zealand seems to have done it now? - but is that sustainable for a long period?

* I seem to recall some arguing that AIDS didn't exist, or that it wasn't caused by a virus. (Attitudes not unknown even today?)

* Others promoted "quack" cures.

1 day ago @ http://www.conservativ... - WATCH: Sturgeon says a... · 1 reply · +1 points

Correct. And also suggests that said posters have no real interest in persuading supporters of Scotland's independence - as someone born and living in England my preference is that Scotland *chooses* to remain in the UK - to the opposite view. If I were living in Scotland and if I opposed the SNP such childishness - along with assertions (as far as I can see with little or no evidence) that SNP supporters hate the English, would make it more, not less, likely that I would vote for independence.

1 day ago @ http://www.conservativ... - WATCH: Sturgeon says a... · 0 replies · +1 points

But provided the random sample was a a reasonable one, it would not be wise to dismiss it. That said, if the difference in results was not statistically significant, then of course the result should not be used to censure Scotland's government. I make this comment because there are far too many people, both here and elsewhere, who prefer what are at best guesses which support their own prejudices to reasonable data.

2 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - How our call for a cos... · 0 replies · +1 points

There'll be vultures over /The White Cliffs of Dover.

Is that the Sid Vicious cover version? Speaking as someone who considers that the sentiments of the lyrics of "My Way" are so appalling that anyone who selects it as one of their Desert Island Discs is automatically beyond the pale - and therefore that the only truly authentic version of it is by Sid Vicious, - I must seek this out.

5 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Sunak opts to suck it ... · 1 reply · +1 points

"in 2010 George Osborne judged the deficit to be structural (he was right), and his successor judges this one to be exceptional (he’s right, too)"

For what it's worth, for now I trust the judgment of those who think Rishi Sunak is right on this deficit.

But was George Osborne right in 2010? I don't pretend to know, but someone rather more important than me seems to think he wasn't.
"I remember having conversations with colleagues in the government that came in in 2010 saying I thought austerity was just not the right way forward for the UK."
That was the present First Lord of the Treasury in an interview in The Spectator in November 2019 https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/-austerity-wa...
Forget about whether or not there was actually any austerity in 2010-2019, and forget about whether Boris Johnson actually did say that in 2010-2015, or was taking a leaf out of Dominic Cummings's book by rewriting history and hoping no-one would notice. The fact is he said it in 2019, quite clearly implying Osborne was wrong in 2010. And perhaps was also wrong later: whatever happened to that Long Term Economic Plan?

I seem to recall Paul Goodman linking to that Spectator interview in a ConHome article in the last two or three months: perhaps he's forgotten?

To end on a positive(?) note, why on earth are "Ministers are not helping themselves by dodging requests for that impact assessment"? One might think that a useful part of good government is actually trusting the public with information, unless there are issues of national security, which is hardly the case here.

1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Alexander Stafford: Th... · 1 reply · +1 points

Be fair: compared with some - most? - of Trump's lawyers, Brexit jihadists seem like founts of wisdom. Admittedly, to borrow a phrase from someone on Twitter, it's a bar which a limbo dancing ant would struggle to get under.

1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Alexander Stafford: Th... · 0 replies · +1 points

That may have helped with some, not least those on the Tory right, but I suspect Cynicus's suggestion is more right.