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I wonder why he’s not standing this time. Maybe he doesn’t want the embarrassment of losing a 9th parliamentary election. Or perhaps he wants to ensure he has to ties for an eventual return to the Conservative Party.

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Hopefully that’s the end of the Rwanda policy for good then. I’m a bit surprised he didn’t try to ram it through before calling the election, he seemed to be staking so much on it.

But now they can use it a campaign point for ”stopping the boats” instead - safe in the knowledge they’ll now not have to see it through to the end.

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Disappointing the non-terminal route was rejected, but a step in the right direction nonetheless.

Starmer has made previous pledges to bring forward a vote in the UK parliament, with an election now confirmed hopefully we can make similar progress.

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Britain faces a simple and inescapable choice – stability and strong Government with me, or chaos with Ed Miliband

David Cameron, May 2015

Oh how I wish we chose chaos with Ed Miliband.

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My worst fear is not a Tory comeback but a lurch in more radical and populist direction if Labour fail to start visibly turning things around after the first term. It's unrelated to expect many if any first term miracles considering the state the country is in, but people are going to need to feel some sort of progress to stop the frustration boiling over.

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I was starting to think they would dither their way into defaulting to January at the rate they had been going.

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Parliament will be dissolved on 30th May. When the Commons is dissolved all business is ended and MPs stop being MPs. When the Lords dissolves business ends but Lords still remain Lords.

The government still remains and ministers keep their positions, but is effectively only a caretaker for the pre-election period, and cannot enact new polices except in exceptional circumstances.

The campaign period proper starts once Parliament is dissolved. Parties will publish manifestos shortly after, TV debates may be organised etc.

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About bloody time.

It’s been raining hard nearly all day today, only just stopped. But I guess it’s true that every cloud has a silver lining.

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We've been here before, haven't we?

While he is taking a break from YouTube, perhaps Tom Scott can put together a sequel.

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Everything GB News has done so far, and only now are Ofcom stating to consider taking action? O suppose whatever action they take will be equally as limp. A strongly worded letter maybe.

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Might be worth looking into LoRa for longer range, it’s got quite cheap to play with now.

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Rental auctions are an idea worth trying, but rates on high street locations are only part of the puzzle of dying high streets. There need to be people willing and able to set up viable businesses, and the locations need to be both affordable and desirable.

Confidence in the economy is not exactly at a high at the moment, and the £500,000 bung is drop in the ocean considering the decade plus of local underfunding and inefficient spending practices of local government (my local council recently somehow burned through nearly 100 grand putting up a couple of benches and a flower bed 🙄).

That’s all before thinking about the broader cultural changes we’ve seen recently, from the shift to e-commerce to effect of COVID.

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Firing EMPs in urban areas does not sound a great idea at all. That's a lot of potential collator damage on top of an already potential dangerous police action.

There are already methods police can use to stop moving vehicles, which would work on electric vehicles as well as existing ICE vehicles. These are still bikes, not magic carpets or something. Stopping a moving vehicle is also dangerous in itself, and it doesn't sound a great idea to add to that the chances of frying everything from police equipment to vital medical devices that happens to be in the blast area.

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There’s poo in the rivers and it’s now going to be illegal to be homeless, did I wake up in the past?

I think it’s time the Conservative Party had a rebrand because they really don’t seem to be conserving much these days. Except for established wealth that is.

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Sadly I think all we’ve got coming for us is the return of cholera and typhoid.

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I lived near a small artificial lake that was that was a popular unofficial outdoor swimming location. But the local authorities were always trying to keep people out. It eventually became a bit of a party spot and there was a couple of drownings, which lead to big fences and security patrols going up. Last thing I heard the place had been redeveloped into an expensive private leisure resort.

I gets there's always a balance between access and safety, but there's a real lack of free and open places in the country these days.

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I’m currently using O2 and their coverage is definitely patchy. Great in some areas, not in others.

The only reliable way to choose the “best” network is to get PAYG SIMs for each and try them all in the places you will most often be. The online coverage maps are not always that accurate and up to date, and can’t account for factors like the construction of individual buildings.

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Smart meters were never going to be a real benefit for energy users, only a method to extract more revenue and impose more control over them. Being co-opted as another method of government surveillance is yet another problem they have caused.

following the highly-politicised appointment of the new Information Commissioner, the ICO adopted a new strategy for public sector enforcement that relies on public shaming and “very angry letters” rather than legally binding enforcement actions and penalty fines

Oh look, it’s another regulator being kneecapped. I really hope Starmer will consider giving these groups some teeth again.

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Using nano as a vim user is a lot less clunky than trying to use vim as a vim non-user though.

Or so I would imagine, all of the vim novices are still too busy trying to exit vim to share their experiences.

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I was a bit surprised the service launched with no web or app support at all, even if with limited functionality.

Freely seems to be aiming for quick adoption from what I’ve read, the aim is to have it replace broadcast Freeview entirely. Most people don’t buy new TVs very often, but many would likely start/try using Freely if they could access it on devices they already have.

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The right-leaning people I know mostly think the Rwanda policy is performative and futile. They want stronger border controls but don’t seem convinced by this approach.

Opinion polls apparently put support for it at around ~40%, but that was only when the policy was still hypothetical.

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Post-bearing suspect stamps will now be returned to sender along with a surcharge where possible. Until now recipients have had to bear the cost if a letter is suspected of having been sent fraudulently.

So they are actually just moving the burden of risking Royal Mail’s dodgy stamp scanning onto the sender instead of the receiver. Doesn’t do much to restore confidence in the system.

If the fraud detection is really that bad that Royal Mail have had to admit it publicly, it now makes me wonder if there really were any fakes at all.

Perhaps it’s time to break down their monopoly on letter distribution if the privatised Royal Mail has ended up in this sort of state.

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Please let’s do the same for banking next. I’m tired of seeing maximum length limits on passwords, and SMS as the only option for 2FA.

It seems the UK’s high street banks aren’t going to upgrade or improve their aging systems unless forced.

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