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Comment Re: "marketplace of ideas is inevitably compromise (Score 1) 618

"The two definitions of respect: that it is deserved as a default vs earned on merit are part of the core ideological conflict between right and left."

That is no part of any established political theory that I've ever heard of.

The right is just as likely to respect people who have not earned respect as the left. The pro-life/anti-abortion right, for example, would say that they respect foetuses, and want foetuses to be treated with respect. Many conservatives would say that those in positions of authority ought to be respected, as should the elderly, irrespective of individual actions.

Life may be simpler if you just caricature the views of the people with whom you disagree, but it's like a filter on the world that strips out everything bar primary colours: it is impoverishing.

Comment Re:Ridiculous claim in summary (Score 1) 342

Actively hurting London is not what I'm suggesting. But investing the marginal pound outside London is definitely what I'm suggesting. There's nothing inevitable about the midlands or north being relatively uninteresting: it's entirely unsurprising after decades of dramatically lower levels of investment cf London. It's not true in Germany (famously). It's not even true in Italy, where the north-south divide is now less sharp than in England.

Comment Re:I can't help but wonder (Score 1) 342

Are you saying you don't believe infrastructure projects have a shelflife that exceeds a human lifespan?

The London Underground - 152 years old and still going strong - would beg to differ. And it doesn't go nowhere - it goes from Edgware to Morden (via Bank or Charing Cross) and quite a lot of other places besides.

Comment Re:Record License Plate Number? (Score 2) 328

Unless you have especially bad eyesight, you can copy down a license plate from a good 20m away.

The car was in reverse, so it was of course not travelling especially fast. Cars don't go very fast in reverse.

You may claim now that it is irrelevant as to whether there is something in front of the car, but you didn't claim that earlier. You described a scenario in which the driver reversed the car, having no ability to drive it forward, and innocently collided with the guard. Now you are saying that this is not so.

Anyway, you keep on in moral smug-land, lording it over the security guard. It makes you happy, clearly.

Comment Re: Judgement before facts (Score 1) 328

The newspaper did, in fact, publish an article "discussing the particulars of a potential or ongoing lawsuit". So it may be routine legal practice, but it wasn't what they did

It had a choice between:
1 saying nothing
2 publishing an article that would have supported a defense against a lawsuit, such as one giving the journalists' account of events
3 publishing an article that would undermine any defense against a lawsuit

They chose 3. They didn't choose 1, despite your raising it here, and they didn't choose 2, despite it being in their direct commercial interest to do so.

That is a reasonable basis for inferring that the journalists have done something wrong and they know it.

Comment Re:Record License Plate Number? (Score 1) 328

Really, what is the point of putting a false argument in my mouth when my actual argument is there for all to see in the previous post?

Was it really so difficult for you to understand that I was pointing out that you had no basis on which to conclude that:
1. the driver was backing out. And backing out means something more than just reversing. You back out from a parking space. You back out when you can't go forward.
2. the safety guard was standing directly behind the vehicle and in close proximity.

I even described the two scenarios: yours, in which a dopey guard stands immediately behind a car that is parked up against an obstacle and so cannot go forward, and who therefore gets run over when the driver reverses; and an alternative, in which a guard stands a few feet back from, and possibly even to the side of, a car which is free to go forward, and the driver deliberately reverses, swinging the car towards the guard and running him over on purpose.

And yet you pretend that I was arguing something else! I mean, it's a bit sad, really. As is changing "out" to "up" because you think it makes you look like you were never implying the driver had nowhere to go in your first post, despite it being patently obvious from your posts that this is precisely what you thought.

Anyway, now that I have explained it all -- again -- and pointed out that there is an alternate scenario -- again, it would be interesting to see you actually engage with the substance and possibly even acknowledge that other scenarios than the one you envisaged are just as plausible, based on the evidence available. Then again, it would be interesting to see pigs fly, and I think the latter is more likely than you admitting you hadn't thought this all through and just wanted to be rude about the choice some poor sod made that landed up with him getting injured, so that you could look clever.

"If I do not want others to quote me, I do not speak." -- Phil Wayne