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by Tony.Williams
Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: Boris Johnson on the Burka
Replies: 14
Views: 395

Re: Boris Johnson on the Burka

In the office, I can see that the burka might be acceptable in some situations - at least there is a reason however bizarre to wear it - but surely never a helmet or balaclava. I think that the problem with that is that it introduces the thorny question of religious exceptionalism, which I am stron...
by Tony.Williams
Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: Boris Johnson on the Burka
Replies: 14
Views: 395

Re: Boris Johnson on the Burka

I actual meant an employer banning it in the workplace rather than a legal ban. IMO, there should be a legal ban on anyone covering their face in certain specified circumstances where security/identification issues are a legitimate concern (cue lots of debate about exact details), and it should also...
by Tony.Williams
Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: Boris Johnson on the Burka
Replies: 14
Views: 395

Re: Boris Johnson on the Burka

comes over as a stupid, blundering buffoon but there must be more to him than that. In my opinion, that's just a small part of the act. Everything Johnson says or does is calculated to promote his personal ambitions to become Tory leader and PM. He is sufficiently unscrupulous, devious and mendacio...
by Tony.Williams
Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: Boris Johnson on the Burka
Replies: 14
Views: 395

Re: Boris Johnson on the Burka

If at work I were to disrespect women because of what they were wearing I would expect to be in trouble. Not a very likely situation considering that an insignificant percentage of people actually wear face coverings in the UK, and I suspect that most of those don't have a job. However, if I had to...
by Tony.Williams
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: Boris Johnson on the Burka
Replies: 14
Views: 395

Re: Boris Johnson on the Burka

If at work I were to disrespect women because of what they were wearing I would expect to be in trouble. Not a very likely situation considering that an insignificant percentage of people actually wear face coverings in the UK, and I suspect that most of those don't have a job. However, if I had to...
by Tony.Williams
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: Offending while drunk
Replies: 5
Views: 88

Re: Offending while drunk

I thought that the majority of cases were connected with drugs?
by Tony.Williams
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: Boris Johnson on the Burka
Replies: 14
Views: 395

Re: Boris Johnson on the Burka

Not seen that SarcMark before - it's rather abstract, and doesn't suggest any particular meaning to me. I think that if anyone wants to be PM so badly that they appear to see everything through the prism of that ambition, that should be regarded as an indication of complete unsuitability to do the j...
by Tony.Williams
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: Police Protection
Replies: 8
Views: 291

Re: Police Protection

They do seem to overkill some situations like yours and do nothing in others. Yes, that's the impression I get from news reports. Anything exciting attracts them in swarms, routine crime often seems to get ignored. I recall many years ago reading of one incident in a rural area in which a house was...
by Tony.Williams
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Science and Mathematics.
Topic: Strandbeests
Replies: 0
Views: 224

Strandbeests

by Tony.Williams
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Conspiracy Theories.
Topic: Millennium Bug
Replies: 1
Views: 212

Millennium Bug

I well recall the pre-2000 concern that software might fail as a result of not being designed to switch over to 2000+ dates. I also recall the amount of work which went on to check software to prevent such a problem arising (I had some involvement at the time). These days, if anyone mentions the "Y2...
by Tony.Williams
Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: Police Protection
Replies: 8
Views: 291

Re: Police Protection

Well, providing 24-hour protection in one place requires four people, working shifts (might get away with three for a short period). And there were - how many - about six boys? Thorough protection gets very expensive very quickly, especially with overtime / unsocial hours bonuses....
by Tony.Williams
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: Police Protection
Replies: 8
Views: 291

Re: Police Protection

As far as police protection is concurred - people get threatened over the internet all of the time, and it doesn't usually lead to that. An alternative might have been a stern warning that anyone who takes the law into their own hands would end up in serious trouble. Police time is a rare and precio...
by Tony.Williams
Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: Police Protection
Replies: 8
Views: 291

Re: Police Protection

Gut says one thing, head says something different. Gut says tie the thugs up, give the woman's relatives baseball bats and five uninterrupted minutes with them. Head says vigilantism is definitely not what we need, the rule of law is getting paper-thin as it is.
by Tony.Williams
Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: In The News.
Topic: The university bonus?
Replies: 2
Views: 296

Re: The university bonus?

I remember from years ago that some big companies had reached agreements with some universities to offer a "sandwich degree" course. The students were given salaried trainee manager posts and expected to learn their jobs in parallel with studying for a relevant degree. The degree course lasted for f...
by Tony.Williams
Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: Brexit consequences
Replies: 527
Views: 40531

Re: Brexit consequences

A good article in the Irish Times which sums up May's problem: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/eu-cannot-give-may-the-deal-she-wants-without-risking-its-own-existence-1.3579809 And one in The New European on the growing movement towards another referendum: https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/top-sto...