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Comment It always needed to go to the Supreme Court (Score 1) 609

The government have said that they intend to appeal to the Supreme Court, who will hear the case in December.

In the end, it doesn't particularly matter which way the Supreme Court decides, as long as they make a decision. What worried me was that May could invoke Article 50 using Royal Prerogative, and then have that overturned - once invoked. This way, whenever Article 50 is invoked, we know it has legal force in the UK (as there is no court beyond the Supreme Court).

Of course, if the Supreme Court upholds the High Court ruling, then there would have to be a vote in Parliament. As someone who voted Remain, I still expect our MPs to follow the 'Will of the People' and vote for Brexit. However, what I also expect them to debate and decide is what type of Brexit we're in for; Soft, Hard, or somewhere in between. That needs to be known at the start of negotiations, not at the end.

Comment Re:Or stay on LTS (Score 1) 78

I migrated from Mint LMDE (which was getting stale) to 16.04, and intend to stay there. I'll upgrade when 18.04.1 comes out. The few things for which I need the latest versions (Java JDK, VirtualBox) I upgrade separately anyway.

(I originally left Ubuntu for Mint due to horror stories about Unity. To be honest, after using 16.04, I've now got used to it).

Comment Re:Is LibreOffice any good? (Score 1) 137

To answer your final question, LibreOffice is good. I've been using it for years. Admittedly before the fork I was using OpenOffice (before the fork), but switched to LibreOffice once it seemed it was actually going to be staying around.

That said, there are some compatibility issues with Microsoft Office, especially around PowerPoint, although these issues seem to be being addressed with each release. However, for personal use, I find it more than adequate.

Perhaps give it a try - it's free (gratis) as well as free (libre)!

Comment Re: Like their own government? (Score 1) 57

Unfortunately 'laicism' seems somewhat partial in it's application. It seems that nuns, in full habit, are not being banned from the beach or forced to undress.

People share photos of nuns on the beach in response to burkini ban in France

But then, this isn't really about secularism or laicism, or even about the banning of uniforms (and a nun's habit is much more of a uniform than a burkini). Incidentally, the burkini was created by a Lebanese-born Australian, in Australia. In her own words...

I created the burkini to give women freedom, not to take it away

Comment UK And International Affairs (Score 4, Interesting) 238

Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary isn't the only Cabinet Minister she's appointed which will have international implications, she has also created two new cabinet posts;

Secretary of State for Exiting the EU - David Davis
Secretary of State for International Trade - Liam Fox

The first is getting us out of the EU, the second is for getting new trade agreements for when we are out of the EU.

All these three are Brexiters, and will be responsible for the aftermath. Very clever - as May was a Remainer, she has effectively delegated responsibility for the success or failure of exiting the EU on to those who campaigned to get us into this situation in the first place!

Comment Re:But now part of the historical narrative? (Score 1) 621

Parliamentary democracy.

We elect parliamentarians, who's job it is to took at the issues and make decisions. They've managed for every other major issue we've faced so far, even taking us into war. For an interesting take on this by Professor Richard Dawkins, see Richard Dawkins: Ignoramuses should have no say on our EU membership—and that includes me

But, as you say, we have voted to leave the EU. But what exactly does that mean? My preferred option would be the Norwegian model, where we continue to be a member of the Single Market, contribute to the EU Budget, and maintain the principle of free movement. In other words, exactly the same as now, but without the influence. (Apparently the reason Norway takes this approach is to be exempt from the Common Fisheries Policy. We could do similarly once out - great for our fishermen). In a way, I like this approach. We can be 'out', yet as far as the rest of the EU is concerned, due to lack of influence, we won't be able to make to make things difficult for the rest of them.

However, I don't know what will be negotiated or agreed, as we weren't asked in the referendum. No dount as soon as I am told, I will 'deal with it'.

Comment Re:For reference (Score 1) 621

I think this is something I would want to revisit when "To" in your list is replaced by 'Have". At this precise moment in time, I sense that #3, specifically with regards the EU, isn't going to be possible without compromising on #4 and #5. (I must admit I thought we already had #1 and #2!)

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