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White Craw

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  1. Been about a little while but not mentioned widely. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-data-methodology/covid-19-testing-data-methodology-note Tests in the UK are carried out through a number of different routes: Pillar 1: swab testing in Public Health England (PHE) labs and NHS hospitals for those with a clinical need, and health and care workers Pillar 2: swab testing for the wider population, as set out in government guidance Pillar 3: serology testing to show if people have antibodies from having had COVID-19 Pillar 4: serology and swab testing for national surveillance supported by PHE, ONS, Biobank, universities and other partners to learn more about the prevalence and spread of the virus and for other testing research purposes, for example on the accuracy and ease of use of home testing See the government’s national testing strategy for more information on the different pillars.
  2. https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.21.108308v1 Article has evidence of infections with mild symptoms, and subjects seronegative at time of serology testing. Conversely, in mild cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection, S protein-specific serum IgA production was transient, delayed or even absent, accompanied by an S protein-specific serum IgG response that occurred late or remained negative.
  3. Actually irrelevant I think, but 28 August 2019 Balmoral Castle The Queen held a Council at 12.30 p.m.. There were present: the Rt. Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP (Lord President), the Baroness Evans of Bowes (Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal) and the Rt. Hon. Mark Spencer MP (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip). Mr. Richard Tilbrook was in attendance as Clerk of the Council. The Rt. Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP had an audience of Her Majesty before the Council.
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acts_of_Union_1800 "parallel acts of the Parliament of Great Britain and the Parliament of Ireland which united the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland (previously in personal union) to create the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland"
  5. https://www.executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/execoffice/Letter to PM from FM %26 dFM.pdf This was the joint position on Brexit of Foster and McGuinness as First Minister and Deputy First Minister in August. Nothing I've read in the last few days suggests the DUP stance now is greatly different to the soft position outlined then. Won't go down well with many Conservative MPs!
  6. Confidence and supply. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2017-40236152
  7. AFAIK after 2 rounds of voting by MPs May was the only candidate left and became leader-elect well before September, there being no need for a membership vote?
  8. I don't think Ruth has the political maturity or experience (yet?). A few weeks ago she had her own embarrassing u-turn (prescription charges) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-39913881 Her pre-emptive jumping in with both feet on the supposed DUP/LGBT question could be seen as a strange sense of priorities on which to urgently approach the PM the morning after the GE http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-40229826 Hard to see how she could become a UK MP, and I don't think her Brexit priorities are any more likely to unite the Conservative party than those of other contenders.
  9. In Scotland there are seats where large SNP majorities from 2015 over Labour were down to SNP holds with majorities under 100 (Glasgow SW, Glasgow E) and many more SNP/Lab contests where the SNP held on this week are now marginal. Similar stories where C or LD were/are challengers to the SNP. So in Scotland, Labour (as with the other "unionist" parties) must fancy their chances of more gains at the next GE. But even if Labour in Scotland did well in their new targets in a future GE and held their gains made this week, it wouldn't be nearly enough to get them over the line at Westminster. Do you think this week's election could have been peak labour in England (and/or Wales)?
  10. A third General Election count in Kensington will begin this evening, authorities have said. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea said the recount would take place at 6pm. http://www.itv.com/news/london/2017-06-09/third-kensington-election-count-taking-place-tonight/
  11. Damian will be expecting to leave much more than £100,000. Also, if he is unfortunate enough to need care in the future, his retirement INCOME will likely cover his fees.
  12. Too sensible, go to the back of the class! Of course, it doesn't take too long to work out who wouldn't like this approach.
  13. The gov (whoever it happens to be) always seems to make annual capital out of announcing continuation of WFA. If it were abolished, or even formally consolidated into basic pension, a regular good news announcement wouldn't be there to use.
  14. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34439965 He (Alex Wild) added: "If you did it now, chances are that in 2020 someone who has had their winter fuel cut might be thinking, 'Oh I can't remember, was it this government or was it the last one? I'm not quite sure.' Does A Wild really think it wouldn't be remembered come 2020?
  15. Under present taxation, for someone who will be on the full single tier pension there would be no income tax anyway until this added to any other income (occupational pension or other) was more than the personal allowance, planned to be £12,500 by 2020. Taxed in, tax free out is fraudulent.
  16. These loans are proposed to "top up" stipends? introducing income-contingent loans of up to £25,000 to support PhDs and research-based masters degrees. These loans will be in addition to existing funding, and designed to minimise public subsidy. The government will work with research councils, universities and industry to examine how best to design them so that they complement existing funding streams and continue to support the most excellent research https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/416330/47881_Budget_2015_Web_Accessible.pdf
  17. Wasn't thought of like this before the (?) 1980s. We never heard of "social housing" in these days - council housing was perfectly normal for local young couples setting up home, for instance. Not now though with the "socially deserving", often with no local ties, taking priority.
  18. Transitional calculations and example here. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/210299/single-tier-valuation-contracting-out.pdf Accumulated basic pension pre single tier is higher by Current Scheme Valuation than Single Tier Valuation for the (fully contracted out) example and so becomes the "Foundation Amount".
  19. This doesn't happen with contracting out of final salary schemes. The minimum state pension preserved from 2016 (even if contracted out over a whole working life) is basic pension accumulated under the present rules up to 2016 (1/30 of the pre-2016 basic state pension per qualifying year, 30 years maximum). Approximately. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/210299/single-tier-valuation-contracting-out.pdf "(the actual calculation is more complicated and including it here would not aid clarity)"
  20. You'd have to research other schemes, but for the NHS scheme: A Normal Pension Age equal to the State Pension Age, which applies both to active members and deferred members (new scheme service only). If a member’s SPA rises, then NPA will do so too for all post 2015 service https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/216219/dh_133003.pdf
  21. They will have to wait and see what Chilcot says
  22. The Mirror article linked by the OP assumes for its illustrations "splitting the share of the vote crudely between the parties", but it must be worked out by treating at least Scotland as a separate division as the SNP would be allocated just over half of Scottish MPs in the Mirror scenario, more or less in line with its popular vote share in Scotland and certainly not its crude UK share. From my admittedly limited experience of PR systems (and I do not include AV as such a system), PR elections can be based on voting in large (compared to present size) multi-member constituencies, or with regional-level additional member corrections applied to voting in smaller single-member constituencies, or on a totally regional vote. (Scottish councils, Scottish parliament, and European elections). The devil is certainly in the detail as to the effect of these systems on, for example, their treatment of smaller parties, and on the ability of party machines to choose favoured candidates (closed lists) or give voters some say (STV).
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