Liz Truss is just ending her first full week as prime minister and what an extremely tricky challenge she has had to face. Rather than have a short honeymoon period where she could make herself better known she has had to stand aside and make supporting the new monarch her first priority.
Most of the world leaders at the funeral next week will be heads of state though unlike Truss, the only other PMs there will be PMs of the other Commonwealth realms
I quite like Truss - I always prefer serious types to the flamboyant sort. But she's not looking much like a winner yet.
If 100,000 people go on a protest march on one hand that's virtually nothing, right? Less than a percent, why would any of us even report on such a non event? On the other hand that's an awful lot of people to do something together at the same time. It's actually really noteworthy.
Even more than that queueing for hours, for whatever reason, is even more noteworthy. The idea it shows nothing because its less than 1% of the population is just silly.
“a number of set piece events up and down the country where she could introduce herself to the nation.”
If true then why did she completely spurn the chance to do that with her acceptance speech to party andPodium address the next day. She hardly said anything to introduce herself, apart from taking both opportunities to praise Boris, snub Rishi handshake and talk about Tory party the best party in the world, rather than UK best country in the world.
I also hope someone is counting how many people are bowing.
However, this discussion is significant. For the first time people start realizing that Putin is not invincible. Hard to overestimate how important this myth is for Russia. Belief that Putin will prevail no matter what paralyzes all independent action 12/25
Putin will not survive the military defeat in a war where he staked the whole country 25/25
"Queen Elizabeth’s death marks the latest step away from divinely ordained monarchy, towards something else. No longer sacred, the European monarch would rather be a pilot, or a country gentleman interested in urban planning. Another step along the path we have travelled since the laying of hands on His Majesty to cure disease was suspended after Queen Anne. It is no longer possible to suspend disbelief. The magic — or rather the mindset — was gone. There have been tears for the Queen this week, but can we imagine the same for Prince William decades from now?"
We'll have to wait until a semblance of normality returns before we can make any judgement on her.
Au téléphone avec Sa Majesté le Roi Charles III, je lui ai présenté les condoléances de la France pour le décès de sa mère, Sa Majesté la Reine Elizabeth II. Lundi, je serai à Londres pour assister aux obsèques.
Kwasi Kwarteng, chancellor, is seeking to scrap Britain’s cap on bankers’ bonuses - introduced after the 2008 financial crash - in a controversial move to boost the City of London’s global competitiveness.
I think the point is fewer and fewer people believe it is divinely ordained. You do. The Queen did. But not as many others now as there used to be. Does Charles even believe it?
Remember watching that train trip live on TV, after watching RFK's funeral in St Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, which I will never forget.
The late Queen was shortchanged (in a sense) by not being transported in the manner royal, certainly her subjects and fellow humans were:
Royals on Rails: The Inside Story of Britain's Royal Train (National Railway Museum)
We can add the Financial Crisis Horseman to join his mates - Plague, War and a Gas Famine.
And just when the Chancellor has sacked the only senior Treasury civil servant who advised the government during the last financial crisis.
You know the bonus cap was a politically motivated bit of spite.
You need proper regulation, attentive management and appropriate risk controls. If you have that what you pay good performers is irrelevant
As for thinking that bonuses go to good performers - that is unbelievably naive. It incentivises the sorts of behaviours which lie at the heart of so many scandals. And good regulation and some risk controls are not enough to mitigate this. You don't create the wrong incentives in the first place.
This is Truss and Kwarteng applying a deregulation ideology to the City in the hope of generating tax revenues without any proper understanding of what went wrong in the first place or why. And critically that it was much of the deregulation which created the conflicts of interest which lie at the heart of pretty much every financial scandal there has ever been.
Aren't you opposed to populism?
Satirical sock puppets may pretend to.
The same applies to the idea that it's anything other than idiotic to think there even exists such a thing as "general" intelligence. If you want to do better on those 20th century verbal-numerical-visuospatial pattern tests, just practise a bit and your score will shoot up.
For the first time, a video emerges of a recruitment talk for Wagner by Prigozhin in a Russian prison camp. Absolutely bonkers. “Nobody goes back behind bars. If you serve six months, you are free. If you arrive in Ukraine and decide it’s not for you, we execute you.”
Really freaked me out, man.
This particular manifestation & personification of The Divine was known as Holy Hubert, and was famous for haranguing crowds of LSU students in the company of another evangelist, Sister Sadie. Who specialized in tirades against the sin and debauchery of the student body (guilty as charged) punctuated by the hoots and hollers of godless LSU frat boys, a group that could give lessons in entitled depravity to Bullingtonians. The frat boys especially liked pretending they were looking up Sister Sadie's Jesus-freak maxi-dress, which always got a rise out of her (if nobody else).
The BBC's livestream showed only a handful passing the coffin, and a few seconds ago switched to an outside view. Have they stopped letting people in?
1: is Liz Truss joining in the Royal Tour the first mistake of King Charles's reign or of Liz Truss's premiership?
... and so on.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4glzpo_33Jo (and various podcast platforms)
Analyst on R5L’s wake up to money - tracking a basket of essential goods says price difference between Morrissons and Aldi is now 40%. Explained by Morrisons having to service a gigantic debt.
Shop at Aldi, people.
I went to a Russian border city, where I spoke with soldiers who retreated from Ukraine and pro-Kremlin Ukrainians who fled. “It can’t be in vain that so many of our guys have died. It just can’t be that all of this was in vain.”
It can, and is true of at least one side in every war.
Note the scooter at the end.
This is a cyclist using his knowledge of physics and aerodynamics to gain a competitive advantage
Michael Guerra unclips from his pedals, lies down on the seat and stretches out his legs to achieve ultimate aerodynamic efficiency.
I'd also expected the queue to get shorter overnight, but perhaps some people also cannot really get time off work, and think the queue at the weekend will be horrendous?
As I’ve said on @cnn, Russia is incapable of adapting their army. There is no desire to professionalize, train, or lead a modern Army. This “Dirty Dozen” approach to soldier recruitment is a precursor to more battlefield failure. This is formalized fratricide.
Hadn't clocked until the end that the pedals were still going round like crazy, good skills getting clipped back in.
I was slightly disappointed the mobility scooter driver didn't also give the technique a go
I'm pretty sure it would get you chucked out of any UCI sanctioned event. cf "puppy paws" and "super tuck" are now banned in competition.
I heard that report as well and it is astonishing that Morrisons apparently have a 7 billion debt
Shop anywhere but Morrisons would be the message
5live also discussed Kwarteng's proposal to abolish city bonuses and it really does make you wonder if the conservative party have lost all it's instincts to govern
It may be the right thing from a business sense, but the optics are shocking and hands yet another gift to labour
Research on effects of school SARS-CoV-2 mitigation is complex and requires systematic analysis of available evidence, study design and quality, and causes for discrepancies.[1,2] Systematic reviews, including a Cochrane review, give balanced overviews.[3–5] From our European perspective, Gurdasani et al has significant methodological limitations relevant to policy-making.
First, the premise of a “global scientific consensus” is incorrect……
…..In conclusion, COVID-19 school mitigation in UK and elsewhere is much more complex than suggested by , and the methods applied invalidate the criticism of the UK vs. relevant comparable countries.
And, as I then predicted to my mother, one apparently collapsed.
(Edit) Here you are.
While the soldiers rotate every 20 minutes, the hours of remaining completely still while standing are six-hours in length.
– videos show it lasted at least ~20s.
– several eyewitnesses reported (via AMS system) booms/rumbles in the minute or so after.
– not clear yet whether it was natural or debris (@UKMeteorNetwork experts working on that now).