In poll oafter poll in the past week the messagev has been coming from American voters that they disapprove of Biden. One group which has seen a big hall in support is from indpendent voters who played such a role in helping him beat Trump eleven months ago.
"Thailand plans to end Covid quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers from at least 10 low-risk nations from 1 November, officials say.
PM Prayuth Chan-ocha admitted that "this decision comes with some risk" - but it is seen as a key step to revive the country's collapsed tourism sector.
The 10 nations seen as low risk include China, Germany, the UK and the US."
Odd that five of the ten "low risk" countries just happen to be their five biggest tourist markets, but anyway. YAY
Dems pass both Infrastructure and Reconciliation - Dems Win House and Senate
Dems pass Infrastructure only - GOP win House and Senate
Dems pass neither bill - GOP win House and Senate Bigly
The best Bond is the one you saw first particularly if you were young - You Only Live Twice was mine.
Wasn't Anne the last monarch to refuse royal approval for something parliament had passed ?
As an adult I used to sing it at England football/rugby union matches but with not much gusto.
As agnostic republican God Save the Queen isn't really designed for me.
If so, the 2024 nomination battle for the Democrats would likely be between VP Harris and someone younger like Buttigieg
As an agnostic republican the Tory Party was never designed for you either
Our head master often said if we did something bad/wrong we were letting ourselves down, our school, our families, and the Queen.
He often talked about the time 40,000 school children who welcomed the Queen at Hillsborough in the 1950s.
Said it was the best day in the lives of those children.
that had been made on successive days at the Pavilion? at Picadilly Circus.. that would be 1968 and I was 15.. i was approached twice by dirty old men and hsd to move seat.
From 40m tourists a year, they dropped to 70,000
An incredible collapse
We've had this dance before in the period after 1689 but before the modern age, when Kings still had significant actualy authority. They lost that fight, there's a reason it has been so long that assent has not been refused - because each and every one of them realised it was a dumb thing to do. You think 300 years of not refusing assent was because there was never something the government wanted to do which was unpopular, which the monarch opposed?
And the point about Charles I was not that it took a war, but that what was considered 'legal' changes depending on what is convenient. It took far less bloodshed (though not zero) for Parliament to ignore that James II clearly had not abdicated but to say that he had in effect done so.
He was a good man, he was very aware of the fact I was the only non white student at the school and made sure that wasn't a problem.
Always believed in me, he always told me to stay humble, and I did whilst I was at school, it was university where I developed my legendary modesty
James II was trying to impose Catholicism on England, that was why he could not prevail as the public were strongly Protestant, had the public wanted a return to Catholicism Parliament would have had to bow to his demands
Indeed, it had such an effect on me that I actually took gyrocopter lessons.
You started out by saying parliament couldn't change rules around royal assent as it would require royal assent etc, that is, you made a legal objection to them doing so. I suggested they could just do it and make it legal.
You now appear to agree that they could as winners can make anything legal, and are simply disagreeing that they would, as they would lack the popular support to do so. That is, if they had the popular support for it they absolutely could make it legal.
Perhaps, maybe, could be worth noting, that the 1862 midterms were a bummer for Lincoln & the Republican Party. And that was with only the states North of the Mason-Dixon line voting!
In fact, #16's re-election prospects looked dire right up to September 1864, when Gen. Sherman & his army finally won the Battle of Atlanta.
Is Uncle Joe a 3rd-millennium reincarnation of Honest Abe? Doubtful. But certainly a wee bit tooooo soon to scratch him from your racing form.
However in this modern age of universal suffrage as long as the Monarch did not take on Parliament on an issue which was popular the Monarch would win the day on an unpopular Bill
Was the housing stock in Denmark badly damaged in WW2?
I'm looking for a comparator country for improvement to Housing Stock over a decade or two, to get a handle on how we compare with Energy Efficiency etc.
I need one with a broadly similar age profile of stock to the UK.
Very difficult as many countries were heavily demolished by either Germany or the UK, and that makes a huge difference to age profile of housing stock, which is a big difference.
I think my only options with a similar climate which also matters, and emerged relatively unscathed, are Ireland or Denmark. Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and the rest having all been bombed heavily or fought over - if I have my history about right. Even in the UK, around 10% of housing stock was destroyed or damaged.
We get an hour at best on BBC 2 between programmes about antique markets.
I don't like BBC bashing but as the public service broadcaster they should show big chunks of the conferences.
However given universal suffrage did not arrive for over 250 years after the English Civil War anyway even after Parliament won and only 5% had the vote even after the 1832 Reform Act, the Divine Right of Kings would have lasted in the UK certainly until the mid 19th century had the Royalists won the Civil War
The Glorious Revolution was a glorious fudge. A fact that has allowed for changing times, and going with the flow in ways seemingly unfathomable to its creators AND its inheritors, including those in generations yet unborn.
Thereafter the monarchy needs to be downsized considerably and even constitutionally
"Very well, thank you"
"And your husband, what's he up to?"
"He's still King"
It was mainly the leaders speeches and an hour at lunchtime on BBC2
And if they say it is too expensive then drop something that is popular but expensive that ITV could do.
To all our British friends, particularly @sajidjavid, we say thank you once more.
4 million steps back together again.
I'm not sure this phrase is widely used enough to get its own wikipedia article though
Copenhagenization is an expression which coined in the early nineteenth century, and has seen occasional use since. The expression refers to a decisive blow delivered to a potential opponent while being at peace with that nation.
The liberalism of the 17-20th century Europe was an unstoppable tide, and the only options were to accommodate it or get smashed to bits by standing in its way.
Tuesday’s Daily MAIL: “Covid: Elderly Were Just An Afterthought” #TomorrowsPapersToday
As with most foreign-policy treaty-mongering (for good, ill or non-of-the-above) its short-term impact on American voters & their voting intentions ranges from nil to zilch.
Perhaps it was that, France being such a world power?
It couldn't have been us - we are just a poodle with a fifth wheel.
I love the toll of losses at the end of the battle
Britain: 42 dead
Britain: 24 missing
Denmark: entire fleet surrendered
Remember even after the French Revolution (which was over 100 years after the English Civil War, French absolutist monarchy returned in the form of Charles X in the early 19th century, Russia also had absolutist monarchy effectively until the 20th century.
Spain also had absolutist monarchy through the 18th century