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I do wonder what happens if Corbyn becomes PM, seeks renegotiation with the EU and they say "we've negotiated a withdrawal agreement with the UK government. Take it or leave it"? There needs to be some sort of contingency plan for what happens if the renegotiation option doesn't exist. There have been repeated statements that they would extend the deadline for a referendum, but not for a renegotiation, and there clearly isn't time for Corbyn to take over and then renegotiate without extending the deadline. And the court case on unilateral withdrawal was that it was OK provided you weren't using it to just restart the clock for more negotiations, so that isn't an option. It would be a mess if he said he could get a better deal and then it was immediately shown as impossible by 29 March this year. I suppose an option would be to withdraw from Brexit and hold a new referendum on whether or not to restart - announcing then that the results of the renegotiation would be put to the people at the end. (that should be enough to make the withdrawal "serious enough" to suit the courts, while essentially resetting the process with a rerun of the 2016 referendum, which Leave would probably win, and then two more years of negotiations leading to another referendum on accepting or rejecting Corbyn's deal).
Ohter cities, like Manchester and Birmingham, have considerably stronger economies per-capita than their surrounding areas. Manchester is much wealthier than Blackburn or Burnley (or, for that matter, everywhere else in GM). There are a handful of very rich suburbs, but I think few would argue that the wealth of Richmond-on-Thames disproves that aggolomeration in the City has driven wealth. That Manchester is poorer than London commuter towns in the South East proves precisely nothing about agglomeration.
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2015 on The London paradox at Stumbling and Mumbling
I remember meeting one self-described libertarian who took the view that people who couldn't earn enough money to eat and didn't have any savings should quietly starve to death. While most libertarians say they don't agree with him, few vehemently make the opposite position, that preventing death by starvation is a legitimate use of state power, which rather tends me to believe that they agree with him but don't dare say so. This tends to put me off.
Toggle Commented May 15, 2015 on Hating libertarians at Stumbling and Mumbling
I wish you could find a pronunciation of Vendée that was a bit closer to the French than what you currently use. I do appreciate that the nasal "nd" is very difficult, but even the first syllable of "vending" (as in vending machine) would be a lot closer than how you currently say it.
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2015 on 3.33- The Geography of Terror at Revolutions
c. 20 minutes in, "the final version of the convention approved by the convention" should presumably be "the final version of the constitution approved by the convention"
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2015 on 3.31- The Man of Blood Part Deux at Revolutions
My answer would be simple: read London Reconnections.
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2015 on London and Dublin: open to ideas at Human Transit
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Labour has regularly won elections by a big enough margin that losing the Scottish MPs would not reverse the result.
Could the Peshmerga take Mosul?
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2014 on Glad to be wrong at The Power and the Money
Larry, it's not a job people want, but a salary. Most people can't imagine getting paid without working - but try asking "would you rather have a job or win the lottery?" and you'll soon see.
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2013 on Are jobs a cost? at Stumbling and Mumbling
In the context of your point 1, there is also an agent/owner issue. The director of the company has much higher upside incentives than downside ones - the worst than can happen on the downside is that he loses his job and his reputation is damaged enough that he can't find a new one. That's not exactly wiping him out, where a company that suffers as a result of this big downside can be badly damaged (e.g. BP) or even completely wiped out (Lehman Brothers). Aligning the incentives better between the owner and the agent is a long-standing problem in modern capitalism, but I don't think you have a solution either.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2010 on Tail risk & incentives at Stumbling and Mumbling
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