1215 posts • joined 10 Jun 2014
Re: Another wee problem
@Voland's right hand
There is logic to having the nuclear missile boats "one role only". For good or ill they are the absolute last line of defence for the UK. There is only one boat guaranteed to be on station at any time. It may be a good thing if it cannot be diverted to another task, possibly making it more vulnerable to enemy action.
Preventing admirals and politicians from playing with "their" train set is, in this instance, a good thing.
Self defence can be a two edged sword. The process of firing a torpedo will give the enemy a very good fix of the bomber's location.
Re: Location, location, location
Received wisdom is that the round part of the tower is Saxon or early Norman. The octagonal top was added later for a belfry as the area got richer (at least one tower has a sixteen sided addition).
The locals will tell you that the towers were originally flint lined well shafts and as the fens were drained ....
Re: *cough* UPRN
Yes, why can't I stop thinking that "it must be treated as a fundamental resource that will only provide value if it is properly managed and maintained" really means "it must be treated as a fundamental resource that will only provide government income if it is properly managed, maintained and marketed"?
Of course "properly managed and maintained" is a triumph of hope over experience.
Re: The CPS argument is fallacious
Many moons ago the age of consent in NI was 17 (rest of the UK 16). Minimum age to get married was 16. Never heard of anyone getting prosecuted for under age sex with their spouse. One of life's little inconsistencies smoothed over by a sensible application of the law.
IANAL so you will need to check if it is important for you. The change in double jeopardy in the UK is related to only the most serious cases, possibly only murder. It is the result of forensic advances, principally in DNA collection and analysis, that make old cases safely (hopefully for high values of safe) open to retrial.
I have ambivalent feelings here. I am happy for evil people to get their just deserts but am also aware of the start of a slippery slope. So far there have no calls that I know of to expand the crimes open to retrial in the case of a not guilty verdict.