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  1. I think it’s worth noting that the acceptance of sexuality being inherent and unchangeable is a fairly recent thing. Older generations tended to see it as a choice, or something to be resisted. I don’t know Schofield’s mind but it may be that he genuinely felt that if he tried hard enough he could “beat” homosexuality. I expect he truly and deeply cares for his wife and likely feels incredibly guilty about it all. But the way the world was, he may well have felt for years that he could change. It’s also worth noting that, as a child of the 80’s/90’s myself, I remember the word “gay” b
  2. Technically, Tier 3 isn’t one set of rules like Tiers 1 and 2 are. It’s more a licence to do what’s needed to bring new cases down. The definition of “What’s needed” would then be adapted to the specifics of the area. In theory, anyway.
  3. I don’t disagree. I’m more thinking along the lines of “Why do this poll? What does it really show?” If it’s trying to demonstrate that people of one country won’t vote for the right wing nationalist politician of another country, I say that isn’t news. If they’re trying to say that Europeans are good, intelligent people who would never vote for the kind of right wing dictatorial scoundrel that America are considering so isn’t Europe wonderful / America terrible, then I think there’s far more to it than that graphic alone shows.
  4. I think that poll is accurate, but misleading. ie, There’s a difference between voting for Trump and voting for Trump’s equivalent. We know that the right wing ideologues on the international stage tend to meet, band together and exchange ideas, but the right-of-centre “man on the street” won’t be thinking that way. The views there will be about that person’s own country, their own heritage and ideals. So American businessman Donald Trump’s message of “Make America Great Again” will mean an awful lot more to someone in America than to someone in France. On the other hand, remember
  5. I’ve never been happy with arguments about this virus along the lines of directly comparing deaths rates. Britain is a country that: - is densely populated; - has a relatively high percentage of elderly people; - has a relatively high percentage of obese people; - has a relatively high percentage of people with diabetes; - has a relatively high percentage of people with other significant “comorbidities”; - has an unhealthy diet by and large; - has a relatively low level of sunlight (important source of vitamin D); - is liberal rather than author
  6. A couple of thoughts about this: Firstly, with regard to Sweden, my interpretation of them from what I’ve read is that the measures have been far lesser, but their non-disastrous result is more because of general compliance and personal responsibility. If Britain can follow a lead on that then we might be onto something. But that’s an If. Secondly, you’re right that we don’t know if and when a vaccine will arrive, although it does look odds on to be here within a year. But herd immunity? We actually have no idea how long that would last, with or without a vaccine. It’s
  7. I think SimFox makes some good points, but also that his timing’s out. I’d agree that we can’t expect to stay in lockdown forever, and that at some point people will want normal life back regardless. It’s clear that the measures and the virus are walloping the economy. Also, let’s be honest - people don’t like wearing face masks; most of those who are complying are doing so out of duty, to the science and other citizens. I generally back playing the percentages in this case. It’s true that there are no guarantees about the future here, including what a vaccine might look like or wh
  8. I’ve done one at work, but certainly not for an interview. Frankly an employer should be more interested in using one to indicate how they manage you and how we are energised by different things, rather than whether they should employ you as a certain “type” in the first place. Plus, none of the dimensions should really be treated as binary. They’re all really a scale and can change over time. They’re interesting as a snapshot for you and your mates, but making hiring decisions based on them is a mistake IMO.
  9. I think the bottom one is “See a man about a dog”.
  10. That top one’s just you laughing at us for not getting the Poseidon Adventure, isn’t it?
  11. There’s something about the word “Libertarian” that I always initially read as “Librarian” and it throws me completely. 🙂
  12. Yeah, as I say - I wouldn’t say that I agreed with his actions. And I accept I’m being simplistic saying there were two sides (actually there were three and not one of them could get a majority, which was a big part of the problem). But it’s more to say that the situation was a mess, the whole country had ground to a halt and I understand why he and his team fought the way they did given how the other side(s) were fighting as well. I thought it would end in a second, potentially complex or multi-way referendum. But then I also thought Theresa May’s deal would get through eventually as well and
  13. What do you mean you’d rather fight one horse-sized duck than a hundred duck-sized horses?
  14. For the most part I agree with all this, and hear what you and Mac say about the value that can be obtained - or rather not - of a relationship with Trump. With regard to the bolder bit, I personally don’t judge Boris as authoritarian because of this. At least not to the wider public. Without wanting to delve down that particular complex rabbit hole too far, the country found itself last year in the midst of the Battle of Brexit. The Leave side looked at what was going on, some of which came from the Conservative backbenches - the Letwin amendment springs to mind for one - and saw
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