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the idea that a large majority of Tories would vote for Brexit but that Leave would nevertheless lose the referendum, thus providing Boris with compelling evidence of his sway over the party faithful while avoiding having to deal with the repercussions of leaving the EU (which he rather transparently doesn't really want to do).
Imagine that. It's been sounding like that was the reasoning at least some Leave voters, too, who are now surprised/upset that they won. That they wanted to threaten it without having to actually follow through. Or they thought they could be "strategic" with their voting and just make Stay win by a smaller margin--like, they simultaneously figured 1)that they could manipulate the overall results to make their little point, and 2)that their vote wouldn't really matter or have consequences. It's like the opposite of groupthink, except not in a good way.
Which I guess goes to show that you probably can't eliminate strategic voting purely with the right voting system.
I'd be interested to read what the problem with Tamora Pierce is, too, aside from maybe a writing style not designed with adult readers in mind. I've never read anything by her, as far as I can remember, but I think someone recently recommended her to me when I went on a rant about the way even supposedly feminist female fantasy authors always fail to have their young, usually not pregnant, heroines deal with menstruation; or only ever mentioning it at all if it's necessary for some contrived plot point, like vampire/werewolf attraction or far-too-early-to-be-realistic-in-a-premodern-society menarche triggering a child bride plot. (This 'taboo' is observed even in novels that do mention other bodily functions a few times, or where the authors have no problem describing characters throwing up after drinking too much, for example. Which gives the very unhealthy impression that the normal function of the cis-female body is so dirty and shameful that girls shouldn't even think about it, never mind commiserate with others about the unpleasantness that rules a quarter of their life. And that, really, what the authors are saying is: "No, of course cis-gendered girls can't really go on adventures. That would be far too difficult and messy to even contemplate, especially under pre-industrial circumstances. Yes, even with magic - no need to give even a perfunctory explanation about a magical contraception artifact or hormone-suppressing herbal tisanes or whatever. Instead, lets just pretend girls are all just cis boys with tennis balls down their shirt. I don't care if you can't relate to that.")
And congratulations on your new tax status, Adrienne. ;P
Considering that he used to be Chief Whip, I now suspect that Michael Gove is, in fact, Francis Urquhart.
that's a deliberate stylistic choice!
So? Whether or not Brunner wanted The Shockwave Rider to be a chore to get through doesn't really matter to me as a reader. I am glad I read it, but I'm not sure I'd read it again.
I think part of the problem I had was going "back in time" after having read a lot of 80s cyberpunk (Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, etc.). The Shockwave Rider certainly had more substance than something like Neuromancer, but in comparison it just seemed really...uncool. A lot of its ideas are interesting, sure, the interrogator especially was a great character, and there's a lot to chew on intellectually, but there's basically nothing in it that makes me go "WHOA, AWESOME" the way there is in a lot of later stuff TSR influenced.
Maybe there's not a lot of nutritional value in "whoa, awesome," but a little sugar in your oatmeal makes breakfast much more palatable.
I'm afraid I must disagree with Arthur on one point: this isn't The Young Ones, it's The Producers, and Brexit is Boris's "Springtime for Hitler."
I would not be surprised if Gove didn't actually bother campaigning, now that the job's been done.
We are in meltdown over here. In the space of a week British politics has gone from being like The New Statesman to The Young Ones.
What happened in Greece is a result of such a perfect storm of different factors that there is little reason to think that Scotland would be in like danger. They don't seem to be the type to lend too much money, even if that opportunity should ever arise. Access to the common market on the other hand is a very good thing and especially so for a peripheral economy. If they are worried, they can always stay out of the euro. There are plenty of small economies that are doing well in the EU.
While Scotland re-joining the EU is of course not certain, depending on what happens, it is still very likely, since the main reason for leaving now would be the whole matter of the recent vote. As with N-Ireland. No more politics from me. Kind of a mess, the whole thing.
The big question is what happens to the Irelands.
Adrienne: I daydreamed a long time back about submitting a The Shockwave Rider essay/review, too. I should do that
Please do, I've been wondering about that one for a while. I figured either it had been rejected or you gave up on the idea.
i have pissed myself off ALL OVER AGAIN at how goddamn bad Tamora Pierce is and how despite that people still praise her to the skies as great YA for teen girls ... could i perhaps submit something on the subject?
I'm looking forward to this one, too. I don't have much personal experience with Pierce's work, but one of my little sisters was obsessed with Terrier and its sequel not so long ago (and maybe still is, I just haven't heard her talking about it so much). All the other stuff I hear about Pierce has been generally positive, and I didn't get far enough into the MetaFilter thread to see where she gets mentioned, so now I'm really curious to see what you find so objectionable in her writings.
Er, coming back to the British politics discussion for a second, a friend of friends recently shared this article about a petition for a second referendum, citing the narrowness of the "Leave" vote's victory. Just curious if anyone had any thoughts on the subject.
I've been thinking lately about my experiences as a non-EU immigrant to the UK for my Master's studies, and about all the EU friends I made while I was there; I'd hate for them to have the same heavy restrictions I and my fellow non-EU students had to deal with abruptly thrust onto them.
At the risk of being overly irreverent about a situation I realize is very serious - if Scotland has another referendum about leaving Britain, will they likely (re)join the EU?