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It was all very exciting until the Guardian switched the DUP numbers from Opposition to the Conservative side, and then I remembered Sinn Fein hasn’t gone to Westminster since (looked it up) 1917. So out of 650 seats that leaves 643 which will matter in day to day business, with 322 needed for a majority vote in the House: the Conservatives have 315 so far, but DUP have 10. Which… well, the DUP’s position on a lot of matters, including Brexit, isn’t grand. They are far more conservative Protestant than the moderate Tories on social areas like abortion and gay rights. So are they going to negotiate on purely Irish issues, or are they going to promise support in return for concessions? And on what issues will the Tories be willing to concede?

Actually – it’s still exciting. Given how far Labour has come since the last election, and the collapse of UKIP, I’m remarkably hopeful. Still needs more proportional representation, even if that would lead to a couple of Ukippers sneaking back.

Do the Hailin* have elections? They have politics, but it isn’t clear how that works in resolving societal issues.

ION: a couple of reenactment folk that I know are participating in a 13th century trek in Germany: http://www.mdr.de/mediathek/mdr-videos/a/video-112480.html (German video). Hugh and Louise are walking rather than riding, but by the sound of it that's the best way!

*The Hailin stories by Helen Raven – AO3

Date: 2017-06-10 02:18 am (UTC)
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They've got a royal family, but the rest of infrastructure is discussed in terms of merchant activity and how people belong to the off-world business. I remember no mention of elections.

Date: 2017-06-12 01:12 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I don't know if they have elections as such. Maybe for the next novel Bodie should stand for the town council! In "Cook" the prince refers to them as being a "consensus society" (and boring and smug with it), which one might take as indicating that they have a different method of deciding on policy.

Date: 2017-07-03 01:42 pm (UTC)
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It sounds as if you've been dreaming about the lads (and maybe also Turon?), which sounds kind of fun. You did post recently about planning a trip to the UK for sometime this year, didn't you, or did I dream that? If so, we can save thoughts until we have a pub to hand.

Date: 2017-07-06 08:57 am (UTC)
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I should be in town throughout the autumn. Yay!

Date: 2017-07-10 07:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] helenraven
I'm sure Turon would be thrilled to be recognised. If you had someone like the actor David Stathairn in mind (when he was in his 30s), then you would be spot on.

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