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How to make a pigs ear of democracy?

Of interest: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/22/bernardi-says-no-...

"..he believed people were pressured by political correctness and were saying they voted “yes”, even if they had voted “no”. “I’m not even conceding defeat quite frankly,”"

Whilst the subject matter may be of interest to some... the fact remains that voting in the UK is a private matter, between you & the ballot box.   There are records available of who voted & how they voted is enshrined in dark matter.

"People do occasionally sign their ballots but these votes do not count. They are considered rejected ballots because the voter has revealed their identity and breached the rules of a secret ballot. Signing your ballot paper was fairly common in the 19th Century when candidates would pay people to vote for them. Under that corrupt system it was possible for the candidate to check up later who had voted for them by looking for signatures, and pay out accordingly. Today, however innocent the motive, a signature renders a ballot "rejected".

Actions speak louder than words. Electronic Voting (2014)  "It may come as a surprise but electronic voting is not the prevailing choice among the world's democracies, though most forward-looking nations are aspiring to go electronic to cast ballots. Today, only about a two dozen nations have adopted electronic voting. Yet, on this landscape India is undoubtedly a world leader. In 2014, more than half a billion people cast their votes on electronic voting machines, a world record! A whopping 1.4 million individual electronic voting machines were used in 930,000 polling stations spread across the country in the 2014 parliamentary poll..."

"Today, electronic voting machines (EVMs) are under an intense scanner. At least 24 countries have dabbled with some form of electronic voting or the other. There were, at the last count, about 120 democracies in the world. These include tiny countries like Estonia to the oldest democracy -- the United States of America. But India stands out as being the largest democracy of the world that has one hundred per cent electronic voting. There are countries like Germany that adopted electronic voting and were then forced to go back to a paper balloting system."

http://www.firstpost.com/india/evm-tampering-why-india-stands-out-as-a-g...

Hand on  heart I voted Remain ... but did I ? I most certainly did not vote for Jeremy Corbyn.

"Polling place electronic voting or Internet voting examples have taken place in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Namibia, the Netherlands (Rijnland Internet Election System), Norway, Peru, Romania, Switzerland, the UK, Venezuela, and the Philippines."

Hmmm ...

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/oct/21/keir-starmer-tory-rebel...

In other words Labour will support May on Brexit subject to them throwing their weight around.  

"Writing in the Sunday Times, Starmer demanded:

  • MPs get the “final say on whether to approve the withdrawal agreement and how best to implement it”.
  • The transition period requested by the prime minister is added into the legislation.
  • A “completely different approach” to the use of so-called Henry VIII powers which the government argues it needs to make technical changes to regulations repatriated from Brussels, but which Starmer described as “silencing parliament and handing sweeping powers” to ministers.
  • A guarantee that workers’ and consumer rights, as well as environmental standards, are not watered down after Brexit.
  • A concession to devolved administrations which want repatriated powers that would normally fall under their remit to go straight to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, rather than first being taken over by the Westminster government.
  • Putting the EU charter of fundamental rights into UK law."

All MP's votes are recorded....  and so are the voting publics. X marks the spot.  Should electronic voting become the norm, who has access to that information?

Policy makers: Round em up?  http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/nfu-publishes-clearer-vision-for-bre...

Digital trails or trials. 

On the one hand digital & electronic voting would allow for more localised referendums not only as per Switzerland but here in North Yorkshire : http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/first-ever-referendum-for-north-york...

Meanwhile:

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/crime/public-don-t-mind-who-governs-...

Oh. I wonder what Sir Keir Starmer makes of this?

"There will be a hearing on January 11 to decide legal issues relating to the trials. A group of supporters from the protestors’ camp outside the fracking site accompanied the six to court where they appeared before district judge Adrian Lower. Helen Marie Chuntso, 40, of Grove Crescent, Sowerby Bridge, and Louise Hammond, 54, who gave her address as a caravan at the camp, denied a charge of obstructing the highway on September 20. James Ashley Mason, 23, who gave his address as a tent at the camp, with an address for post in York, denied obstructing the highway in a separate incident on September 20. Nicola Jane Elson, 44, of Trafalgar Street, Scarborough, denied a charge of obstructing the highway on September 21. Eddie Charles Timothy Thornton, 34, who gave his address as a tent at the camp with a postal address in Little Barugh, Malton, and Vanda Gillett, 40, who gave her address as a caravan at the camp, both made applications relating to their bail conditions."

http://www.gazetteherald.co.uk/news/15609304.Six_appear_in_court_in_conn...

The Retro Getaway?  The  measly effect ...

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/lifestyle/homes-gardens/caravan-of-love-w...

Looks like some ready made fracking pads to me..

Moving swiftly on ...  

http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/841970/moon-earth-nasa-asteroid

Clearly they had a referendum...

A reality check:

http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/who-is-jacinda-ardern-new-ze...

http://www.news.com.au/world/asia/horrifying-cctv-video-shows-every-trai...

On the clock:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/21/catalonai-crisis-spain-raj...

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/22/shinzo-abes-ruling-coaliti...

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/20/xi-jinping-china-president...

Oh, OK: Seriously :

Should democracy be digitised?  :  Would this lead to compulsory Voting?

Wot of the Digitally excluded?   :  How would you exclude yourself?

Personally  I don't believe for one minute that Jeremy Corbyn voted to remain in the EU Referendum.  How would I prove that? Or, for that matter how would he?  That is my view. 

The Silent Majority : The Invisibles

None of the Above.

More to the point wtf is The EU Charter of Human Rights?

https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/what-are-human-rights/how-are-you...

Oh.

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'Brexit is Brilliant'

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/22/arwa-mahdawi-brexit

".. Patriotism, I realised, isn’t wanting the best for your country, it’s blindly trusting politicians to do what’s best for your country. Ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do and die, and all that. Anyway, it was like magic: as soon as I understood what being a patriot really means, I felt a lot happier about life, the EUniverse and everything.

"I have some advice: cheer up. Remember being British doesn’t mean you have to be miserable all the time; a little bit of optimism is OK. So, please, I implore you: take a deep breath, ignore all logic and reason, dismiss any unconvenient truths and look on the bright side of Brexit. If you’re having trouble doing that then help is at hand:... "

Indeed I've ne'er met a jovial Borg nor a jovial  cybernetic organic tissued endoskeleton. 

Mind,  Keir Stamner may have got his Labour 'script'   straight from the Diary of Bridget Jones  but he doesn't seem that jolly either.

Ah, so ... about that toaster

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcAoemOu-pk

Roasted

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/oct/22/uk-business-chiefs-unit...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW8KIuMV0s4

"So why can’t we just scrap the pound, issue a digital Britcoin, and let internet economics do its thing?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBvOHpNhswo

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The Fundamental

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/false-noses-fake-news-and-a-...

"EVEN though Sir Winston Churchill died long before the internet age, his observation that “a lie gets halfway round the world before the truth has the chance to get its pants on” could have been made for it.

His words sprang to mind when the latest in an increasingly bizarre series of emails popped into my inbox last week. “Revealed,” it screamed, “Melania Trump using a body double for appearances”.

What a blockbuster of a story. Apparently, the First Lady of the United States isn’t accompanying her husband on official duties, but employing a lookalike, who wears a false nose and large sunglasses to masquerade as Mrs Trump...."

Oh.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-41730948

The Case for Gul Dukat ...

"Fake news must be challenged and exposed as the cynical, money-making scam it is at every turn. The volume of it out there is staggering. An internet search for any news story immediately returns dozens of superficially credible sites full of unsubstantiated claims and assertions.

The young especially need to be guided away from this, or there is a very real risk that they will develop not a healthy, questioning attitude towards institutions and politics, but one that is paranoid and starts from the standpoint that the truth is being hidden from them.

Just as children have to be taught to keep themselves safe from online predators, so they now need to be helped to differentiate between news that can be trusted and lies which set out to warp their view of the world."

Aye Aye...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-41733429

I'll be back.

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'Brexit is Stupid'

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/oct/24/michael-bloomberg-brexi...

" ...former mayor of New York, has said Brexit is the “single stupidest thing any country has ever done” apart from the election of Donald Trump as US president....

"He added: “They didn’t have an immigration problem and they didn’t need control of their borders. They have the English Channel – that gave them control of their borders.”

Bloomberg said London was the centre of Europe but warned that was “not going to be as true any more” due to Brexit."

Ah, so ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-41743804

Snow White.

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Frosties & Flakes

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/oct/24/brexit-campaigner-gina-...

"It is set against an extraordinary range of vitriol directed at the lawyer over her successful challenge to the UK government over article 50."

"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keir_St... On 6 October 2016 Starmer was appointed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union,[24] replacing Emily Thornberry in this role. Starmer resigned from a consultancy position with the law firm specialising in human rights (Mishcon de Reya LLP) that acted for Gina Miller in bringing legal proceedings against the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mishcon... In 2016 the company co-ordinated a challenge in the High Court by Gina Miller, an investment manager and philanthropist, against the process of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union. The law firm was subjected to abuse as a result of its involvement in the case, and Brexit supporters mounted a protest outside the firm's offices.[9] The Government in January 2017, appealed the High Court ruling to the Supreme Court, but were unsuccessful. In a majority decision, it ruled that Parliament must vote on whether the Government can start the process of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union.[10]"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41741216

"That's a view Mr Flake shares.

"This spell will pass," he told the Arizona Republic newspaper."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41744127

"...the basic idea that "a rising tide raises all boats" had gone wrong."

Hmmmm ...

"A calm and humble life will bring more happiness than the pursuit of success and the constant restlessness that comes with it."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O10yfwywmlo

Don't be silly :-0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymPu2PdLW3I

lol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VY4Z_T2Ipkw

Sprinklers.

https://www.yorkshirecoastradio.com/news/local-news/2411665/bonfire-warn...

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Zombie Nation

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/25/remainers-moaning-...

"At present Brexit has the best tunes, or at least the best headlines, with its reckless, roller-coaster revival of British jingoism. It can justly portray the Brussels negotiators as unelected bureaucratic thugs, caring only for budgetary self-aggrandisement. But the reality is that the outcome of this bizarre affair would always come down to a choice between a “messy” or a clean form of soft Brexit.

At present we are heading for a messy one: a collapse in border controls, imports and exports going haywire, a foreign tourist boycott and foreign workers vanishing from hotels and building sites overnight. After that will come a spate of anarchic compromises, a below the radar Norway, a mafia-ridden Ulster, a Monaco on stilts."

Resignation Syndrome :

"When children witness violence or threats against a parent, their most significant connection in the world is ripped apart, the carers at Solsidan believe.

"Then the child understands - my mother can't take care of me," Carlshamre explains. "And they give up hope, because they know they are totally dependent on the parent. When that happens, to where or what can the child turn?"

The Invisibles :

"Shifting and excluded populations, even in their tens of millions, are harder to identify and can slip away from the spreadsheets and the data gatherers.

Children living on the streets might not show up in the numbers not making it to school. They won't even count enough to be absences. The homeless or nomadic are missing from population studies going from house to house.

Unwanted refugees driven over borders by political violence can be left uncounted and unrecognised by reluctant hosts.

The UN agency estimates an undercount of 250 million in household surveys used in developing countries and says another 100 million are likely to be outside the reach of official statistics, including those living as illegal immigrants in wealthier countries..."

"Counting in education and making education count remain a challenge"

Calculated Risks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpSIzx0Ta0Y

http://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/top-15-most-powerful-women-in-history

Chips... so much for progress, eh?

Ohm Ohm Ohm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0H-ozIQ-jA

Ginger.

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In with the Knew

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/ministry-of-sound-to-host-ibiza-part...

"the tranquility of Harewood House near Leeds will be shattered next summer when the Ministry of Sound take over the estate's grounds to host a Classic Ibiza party.

The live music event will see DJ Goldierocks and the Urban Soul Orchestra perform at the sedate venue for the first time, and the set will feature some of the biggest dance tracks from the past 20 years.

Tickets are priced at £39.50 and music fans are able to enjoy a chill-out zone in the gardens with the option to bring a picnic. A live DJ will then take over at sunset, with tracks by Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada, Faithless and Underworld all on the list."

http://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/new-squash-academy-gets-approva...

Eeeeek.

"The details are too revolting for you to read over breakfast, so suffice it to say he managed to insult women, homosexuals, foreigners and overweight people...

... he had two important things going for him; first his unswerving devotion to Jeremy Corbyn and second the fact he was disabled."

Ginger.

Actually you would think 'they'  may be more sympathetic.... mind thats too far left.

Tolerance.

Ha.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFiqO0Qpa_g

How Now.

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The Hat Trick

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41783289

"But many Catalans feel they pay more to Madrid than they get back, and there are historical grievances, too, in particular Catalonia's treatment under the dictatorship of General Franco."

Not quite.

https://www.ft.com/content/c12596c0-a06f-11e7-9e4f-7f5e6a7c98a2

"Catalonia, which is Spain's richest region, has a distinct cultural heritage and language. The push for independence crystallized during the fallout of the global financial crisis in 2008. Some Catalans believe the country’s rising unemployment levels and languishing economy was pulling the region down, and they began to seek greater autonomy from Madrid."

http://time.com/5000205/catalonia-declares-independence/

http://www.coleconomistes.cat/pdf/the.economy.of.catalonia.pdf

Rather complicated...  in short Catalonia was a 'devolved' area of Spain with economic success it did not want to share. 

A classic example of far right & extreme left working their own agenda. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-41783238

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMxX-QOV9tI

Oh well ...   about Chief Padda

Peru.

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Paddocks & Bears

Something to chew on ...

The unexplainable - explained?

https://monolithik.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/benjamin-paddock-the-apples-...

"From Benjamin Hoskins Paddock to Patrick Benjamin Paddock

Benjamin Hoskins Paddock was born in about 1928 in Sheboygan Wisconsin to two Wisconsin natives – Ben H. Paddock (b 1879) and Olga G. (b. 1885). According to the 1930 Census, Ben H Paddock was a “salesman” in the “wholesale” industry.  In the 1940 Census, we find Ben Jr. and his parents living in Cook County – “Chicago City, Ward 34, Block 2, House Number 4753” to be exact (the 1940 Census also tells us where they resided in 1935 – Superior, Wisconsin).  While in Chicago, Ben Sr and his wife rented at least a room or part of this house from it’s live-in owner, “Peter E Sorich” and his wife “Ida Sorich”.

By 1940, Ben H Sr. was no longer a salesman, but an “inspector” of some type (writing illegible)...."

Excellent stuff from the Monolithik.

One for the collection.

 

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Knee Jerks

UK Secretary of State for Defence resigns after knee wobble:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nes/uk-politics-41844320

"South Staffordshire MP Mr Williamson, 41, said he was "both honoured and excited" by the promotion...

In a statement, Mr Williamson said he was "determined to ensure that the armed forces receive the recognition they deserve for the great work they do, including through the Armed Forces Covenant, and that they evolve both to meet the changing threats that we face and to ensure that they properly represent the modern society that they defend".

He told reporters it was an "immense privilege" to be able to work with Britain's armed forces. He said his priority would be to continue to focus on "countering" Daesh, or so-called Islamic State, and "making sure national security is at the forefront of everything we do".

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said that while Mr Williamson was seen as an effective operator some Conservatives were furious that an MP with no ministerial experience had been promoted to the cabinet.

One senior Conservative told her: "MPs are deeply unhappy he has used the position of chief whip to benefit himself and has deserted his post at such a crucial time".

Asked about claims he lacks ministerial experience, Mr Williamson said: "I've been a minister as chief whip, but it was a little bit quieter when you're chief whip, not so much publicity."

"Keeps a pet tarantula called Cronus on his desk at Westminster"

Ah, so ...

Captain Kronos?

Beyond the Pale

tis a Wobbly World.

Keir Stamner must be dusting his knuckles.

 

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Trawler Alert

Ah, so ... found it ;-0

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/analysis/is-britain-s-answer-to-atla...

It is Britain’s answer to Atlantis and now scientists are one step nearer uncovering the underwater secrets of Doggerland. Sarah Freeman reports

Given the current political climate, Vincent Gaffney admits the title of one of his latest projects now comes with an added helping of irony. Europe’s Lost Frontiers was so named years before anyone had heard of Brexit and its aim is not to chart the crumbling borders of the EU, but a lost world that lays deep beneath the North Sea.

Before the last Ice Age, Britain was connected to North West Europe by a vast area now known as Doggerland. Once brimming with plants, wildlife and humans it has long been submerged, but Professor Gaffney, who is based at Bradford University, is confident that he and a team of global researchers will soon be able to reveal the secrets which lie beneath the waves.

Thanks to a £2.5m Advanced Research Grant from the European Research Council, ships have recently been sent into the zone to drill core samples into the sea bed. Containing vital DNA and pollen data, once analysed, they will allow a 3D picture of the lost watery world to be created.

 

“Eighty of a planned 100 cores have now been drilled and we have about three quarters of a kilometre of soil just waiting to be looked at,” says Prof Gaffney, whose enthusiasm is infectious. “We spent 10 years mapping the landscape that lies under the North Sea, but this next step will allow us to lay environmental details on top. It will be quite incredible.

“We should be able to pin down the plants which thrived there, the animals which made their home there and finally the human settlers who called Doggerland home.

“We have already identified 20 major estuaries, countless rivers and 300sq kilometre of salt marsh, all in an area bigger than Holland. You have to remember that before the Ice Age that Britain was little more than a range of hills on the edge of Europe. Doggerland by contrast was perfect for hunter gatherer communities and we are now confident that we can shed more light on what this part of the world was like in 10,000BC.”

Doggerland was first identified as a lost landscape more than a century ago, with trawlers occasionally netting archaeological remains, including a woolly mammoth skull, and the author HG Wells also alluded to the area in one of his short stories.

Organised by PLACE, a charity set up to promote Yorkshire’s natural and cultural heritage and making academic research publicly accessible, the latest developments will be officially unveiled at a confrence this weekend in York.

“The only populated lands on earth that have not yet been explored in any depth are those which have been lost underneath the sea,” says Prof Gaffney, who is also part of a project looking at the landscape surrounding Stonehenge.

“Although archaeologists have known for a long time that ancient climatic change and sea level rise must mean that Doggerland holds unique and important information about early human life in Europe, until now we have lacked the tools to investigate this area properly.”

The Lost Frontiers Project still has another three years to run, but even then Prof Gaffney suspects that it will just be the first chapter in a much longer research project.

“It does feel that we are on the brink of something really exciting, but it is just the start. The loss of Doggerland seems all the more pertinent at a time when Britain and the world is faced with present and future climate change, migration and the consequences of immense social change.

“It feels the right time to stop and consider the historic impact of traumatic events of the not-so-distant past and the wider European context of Britain within a world which is changing rapidly and fundamentally.”

For more details about this weekend’s event go to place.uk.com"

Ooops ..

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/jayne-dowle-payday-delayed-w...

Oh Dear.

 

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Meddles In The Middle

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/nov/04/uk-has-conceded-over-cu...

"Senior EU sources, however, said that after a dramatic decrease in the number of nationals coming to the UK from the rest of the bloc since the referendum, the British negotiating team had quietly accepted Brussels’ argument that there could be no discrimination between member states’ citizens during the remaining time in which Britain was a member state.

One diplomatic source with knowledge of the behind the scenes discussions said: “The UK has been softening up on the first cut-off date. At first they didn’t want it to be put at the Brexit date. Now, while they are not saying it publicly that it will be Brexit date, it is clearly understood that it will be.

“That is because something happened in the meantime: people stopped coming, or started coming in much lower numbers and some are leaving and industry and NHS are pointing that out.”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/03/catalonia-spain-ba...

"Catalonia is being watched, with varying degrees of intensity, by Basques, Bretons, Flemings, Scots, Bavarians, Silesians, Ukrainians, Transylvanians, Venetians, Corsicans and others. Its struggle resonates among increasingly nationalist Poles, Bohemians, Hungarians and Greeks, across Europe’s patchwork of regional sensitivities and long-harboured grievances. Old feuds are rekindled and jealousies revived. Hypocritical Britain cannot talk. It long opposed Irish separatism and denied devolution to Scotland and Wales, while it sent soldiers to aid the break-up of Yugoslavia."

Ah, so ...

"In short, the Government has given the North the worst of all worlds: neither the money to fund our transport projects and lever in private investment; nor the power to raise funds and promote the North ourselves."

Geological faults..

"There might be a lot of traffic, but there is also a lot of wind."

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/it-s-time-chris-grayling-was-held-ac...

"For all these reasons, it is time that the Transport Secretary was held accountable and forced to give our region’s tax-payers, fare-payers and businesses the fairer deal on transport investment that we need and deserve."

Would it be soooo un PC  if Keir Stamner had been appointed as Minster of Defence? 

Mind, theres now't like a good wobble int morning

Best not mention the Hull.

Oops.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/31/john-prescotts-fury-wife-knoc...

"The former Deputy Prime Minister said: "In spite of Pauline being concussed and in great distress, the photographers continued to take pictures of her on the ground.

"I tried to get her through the mob of photographers but they refused to move even though I told her to.

"I eventually managed to get my concussed wife from the car, with no help from the photographers.

"Even when we were inside the car they continued to take photos of my wife and I even though she was in shock".

Lord Prescott told The Metro that at least 20 photographers stopped him and his wife from getting in the taxi.

He added: "I do selfies as I am part of public life but she is frightened to death. She is 80-years-old".

Oh. Thats not very nice.

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The Middle & Pillars

Exciting, innit ;-?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-41874117

"The detentions came hours after the new committee, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was formed by royal decree.

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a billionaire with investments in Twitter and Apple, is among those held.

King Salman also replaced the heads of the national guard and the navy.

The royal decree setting up the committee declares: "The homeland will not exist unless corruption is uprooted and the corrupt are held accountable."

"The events of Saturday night in Saudi Arabia are nothing short of seismic for that country. In a bold, pre-planned move, the 32-year old Crown Prince has removed the final obstacles to his gaining total control over the world's richest oil producer and home to the holiest shrines in Islam.

Presented to the world as an anti-corruption drive, the arrests of princes, ministers and the billionaire tycoon Prince Alwaleed bin Talal have shocked Saudis unused to sudden change.

The crown prince is largely popular, especially amongst young Saudis, but many older, more conservative citizens think he is moving too far too fast. He has started an unwinnable war in Yemen while still fighting the extremists of so-called Islamic State. He has also backed a damaging boycott of Gulf neighbour Qatar.

But his supporters hail his efforts to modernise Saudi Arabia and, after decades of rule by old men, they welcome a fresh vision from a man who could well be king for the next 50 years."

"Kingdom Holding is one of the country's most important investors. Apart from Twitter and Apple, it has shares in Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, Citigroup bank, the Four Seasons hotel chain and ride-sharing service Lyft."

And, he never went to school in East Ayton !!

Ain't that a relief.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCoQwZ9BQ9Q

Toggles.

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The 'Paradise Papers"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41876942

"Sunday's revelations form only a small part of a week of disclosures that will expose the tax and financial affairs of some of the hundreds of people and companies named in the data, some with strong UK connections.

Many of the stories focus on how politicians, multinationals, celebrities and high-net-worth individuals use complex structures of trusts, foundations and shell companies to protect their cash from tax officials or hide their dealings behind a veil of secrecy...."

Loose change:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-41881058

"Also this weekend, an anti-corruption purge targeted dozens of people, including 11 princes and four ministers, in a move seen to cement the power of the heir to the throne.

The anti-corruption body is led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Prince Mansour bin Muqrin, who died in the crash, is the son of another former crown prince."

 

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Leprechaun Economics

"...let me make a different point: GDP is actually the wrong measure. If you’re going to be pulling in foreign capital, you’re going to be paying more investment income to foreigners; so gross national income – income accruing to domestic residents – is going to go up by less. And surely that’s the measure we care about.

In fact, when you bear in mind the reduced taxes  collected on foreign investors who are already here, GNI could actually go down, not up.... Ireland, famously, is a country where GDP vastly exceeds national income, by a growing margin...The reason is a low corporate tax rate, which attracts both real foreign investment in capital-intensive sectors – investment that raises GDP but does little for workers – and also creates an incentive to use transfer pricing to make profits appear in Ireland even though they have nothing much to do with Irish activity."

https://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2017/11/08/leprechaun-economics-and-ne...

"That leap in GDP was underpinned by the relocation of €300 billion in capital assets to Ireland by multinationals – mainly in the form of intellectual property.

The massive transfer of assets here came amid a global clampdown on multinational tax avoidance."

https://www.irishtimes.com/business/economy/cso-to-remove-leprechaun-fro...

Paradise Lost.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/forget-shepherd-hut-ultimate-gar...

Hmmm ...

"The new higher stamp duty rates only apply to additional residential property. The following types of property, and land, are therefore exempt and would not be considered when determing ownership of additional property for stamp duty purposes.

  1. commercial property (such as shops or offices).
  2. agricultural land.
  3. plots of land (even where that land may subsequently be used for residential purposes)
  4. forests.
  5. any other land or property which is not used as a residence.

Mobile homes, caravans and houseboats are not classed as residential so these are also exempt when considering ownership of an additional property."

P6:  https://www.revenue.wi.gov/DOR%20Publications/pb075.pdf

The Golden Ocean. Empire of the Seas.

 

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An Opinion Poll

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-41941414

"Looking ahead to December's EU summit, Mr Davis pledged the UK was "ready and willing" to engage with Brussels "as often and as quickly as needed".

"But we need to see flexibility, imagination and willingness to make progress on both sides if these negotiations are to succeed and we are able to realise our new deep and special partnership," he said.

Friday's update came as Prime Minister Theresa May announced she wanted the date the UK leaves the EU - 29 March 2019 - enshrined in law..."

https://www.yorkshirecoastradio.com/news/local-news/2426810/scarborough-...

"3:23pm 10th November 2017

The MP for Scarborough and Whitby has been having his say on Brexit negotiations. 

It was announced today that the deadline for the UK leaving the EU would 11.00pm on 29 March 2019. 

That's when Article 50 officially runs out, but today Lord Kerr, who wrote the legislation, confirmed that it could in fact be reversed.

Lord Kerr also stated that the British people are being mislead by the government. With more Brexit negotiations taking place today, the EU's Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier, gave Britain two weeks to clarify how it will settle its divorce bill. 

Mp for Scarborough and Whitby Robert Goodwill said:

"There's no going back now. The British people made a decision and we need to deliver that. 

There are some in Parliament, one or two in the Conservative Party, quite a lot in the Labour Party, who are trying to find a way of getting out of this decision. 

62% of people in the Scarborough and Whitby constituency voted to leave the European Union and we must deliver on that. 

I'm afraid the media do tend to focus on the negatives rather than the positives. For example we've already got an agreement on mutual recognition of medical treatment. 

So if you on holiday for example, to Spain, and you're ill you're going to be dealt with by the health service so we've already got an agreement in principle for that.

There are areas where we're making progress. Now we know what the deadline is, I'm sure that the negotiations will focus very much on the important decisions we have to take."

https://www.ft.com/content/2b47aa32-c629-11e7-b2bb-322b2cb39656

"Several EU leaders, including the council president Donald Tusk and the French president Emmanuel Macron, have said they would welcome the UK changing its mind about Brexit. The matter is political, as well as legal: remaining in the EU would mean overturning a referendum that the Leave campaign won by a margin of 17.4m votes to 16.1m...

"Gordon Brown, the former Labour prime minister, told the BBC that Brexit talks would reach a crisis point next summer, at which Britain might change its mind if “a game-changer” could be offered to Leave voters. An Opinium poll last month found 35 per cent of voters wanted a second referendum on the Brexit deal, compared with 53 per cent who did not."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaBdajHOsSM