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Posted: Oct 15, 2021 - 12:12pm

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I don't remember very much of what I learned about British history, but I think members of the House of Commons are also referred to as "lawmakers" because they usually are the ones who propose new laws.  I think the Lords can suggest changes to proposed laws but the Commons can reject them.  I believe a proposed law doesn't become an act of Parliament until both houses and the Queen or King agree on it.  I may be entirely wrong - there used to be a few UK Peeps in these threads who would know.



That's pretty much it. We don't generally use the term 'lawmaker' here - they're called MPs, but it effectively describes the role. The Lords will often amend laws but, since they're unelected, eventually the House of Commons MPs will win out!  The Queen has a ceremonial role in approving laws. 

It's slightly more complicated in that there are now national parliaments for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (but, not England). So many laws for Scotland are made by the Scottish Parliament (Members of the Scottish Parliament) and not by MPs. Scotland has always had a separate legal system to England and Wales.

It's difficult to know how to protect MPs (or MSPs) from such incidents (often by mentally ill individuals) and still allow constituents to meet them. Maybe technology offers a solution, although that might exclude the most vulnerable and those most in need of help. 
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Posted: Oct 15, 2021 - 12:00pm

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DQ:  Was is the difference between a Member of Parliament and a 'Lawmaker'?

I don't remember very much of what I learned about British history, but I think members of the House of Commons are also referred to as "lawmakers" because they usually are the ones who propose new laws.  I think the Lords can suggest changes to proposed laws but the Commons can reject them.  I believe a proposed law doesn't become an act of Parliament until both houses and the Queen or King agree on it.  I may be entirely wrong - there used to be a few UK Peeps in these threads who would know.
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Posted: Oct 15, 2021 - 11:45am

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The one good thing that came from Britain was the United States of America.


...inheriting the British role of a colonialist exploiter and suppressor imperialist hegemon?
Veiling their very own, selfish intentions as "bringing democracy" to poor, "disadvantaged" nations with sanctions, bombs and drones, or what precisely are you getting at, Kurt? - Diving into a hot-bed here, I know...
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Posted: Oct 15, 2021 - 11:39am

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U.K. Lawmaker Is Stabbed to Death
David Amess, a Conservative member of Parliament, was holding a meeting in his local constituency at the time of the attack.


DQ:  Was is the difference between a Member of Parliament and a 'Lawmaker'?
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Posted: Oct 15, 2021 - 10:47am

U.K. Lawmaker Is Stabbed to Death
David Amess, a Conservative member of Parliament, was holding a meeting in his local constituency at the time of the attack.
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Posted: Oct 15, 2021 - 7:57am

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The one good thing that came from Britain was the United States of America.


Wow.  There is self-confidence and national pride and then there is narcissism.

But I can see some parallels.  The post-war political rent-seeking party that the Brits held after Germany bombed the place to pieces was rather impressive.   There was the LOSER trade war with China that cost the USA billions, possibly trillions.   There were the Marxist-Keynesian deficit-financed tax cuts in the middle of an economic boom.   That was designed to reward the rich for looking cute.   Cuteness drives modern economies.

Then there was the the grifter approach to doing business with others.  

1.) Think of it as a Zero-Sum game.  A valuable lesson learned from the bowels of the New York City real estate market. 

2.)  Do your best to insult and hurt your negotiating partners to get the very best deal possible.  Naturally there is plenty of empirical business to show that this consistently works.  Fox News reports on it regularly  

3.) Build a culture that celebrates the glorious outlaw.   Celebrate cheating and stealing because cheating and stealing make rich countries richer.  (Check with Fox News)  

4.)  Divide and then divide some more because polarization is the key to greater social wealth.

Comrade Donnie also signalled that the future of America would be great with bad health outcomes.    Gorgeous man breasts.  Sexy curvaceous hips.  'Cause obesity-sitting-dementia epidemics are what make great empires.  There is nothing better than a 200 kg soldier.

If domestically-inspired hegemonic decline was good for Great Britain, it has to be good for the USA.   QED

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Posted: Oct 14, 2021 - 8:41pm

The one good thing that came from Britain was the United States of America.
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Posted: Oct 14, 2021 - 7:43pm

 Red_Dragon wrote:


fuckers or astrophysicists?


ikr?


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Posted: Oct 14, 2021 - 6:08pm

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rude


fuckers or astrophysicists?
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Posted: Oct 14, 2021 - 5:55pm

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Are any of those fuckers astrophysicists?


rude
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Posted: Oct 14, 2021 - 5:49pm

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Who died made him His Majesty's Royal Astrophysicist?



Are any of those fuckers astrophysicists?
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Posted: Oct 14, 2021 - 5:11pm

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Who died made him His Majesty's Royal Astrophysicist?

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Posted: Oct 14, 2021 - 10:07am

Prince Charles wrote: "If we consider the legacy of our generation, more than 800 years ago, Magna Carta inspired a belief in the fundamental rights and liberties of people.

"As we strive to imagine the next 800 years of human progress, the fundamental rights and value of nature must represent a step-change in our 'future of the industry' and 'future of economy' approach."

The Earth Charter will be a recovery plan for the planet which aims to get big business to invest in sustainability.

There are 100 recommendations in the Earth Charter all aimed at saving the planet,

They have come from the business world after months of talks brought together by Prince Charles himself.

Prince Charles has been campaigning for more than 50 years for changes to save the planet and says now is as good a time as ever to re-evaluate the steps made to make sure it's looked after.

The charter could include plans for reforestation or landscape restoration, to help reduce emissions, restore biodiversity, and boost sustainable economic growth and job creation.



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Posted: Oct 14, 2021 - 10:01am


PRINCE WILLIAM SLAMS SPACE BILLIONAIRES: EARTH FIRST!
Why are we trying to find next place to live?
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Posted: Oct 14, 2021 - 9:53am

Welcome to Britain, the bank scam capital of the world
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Posted: Oct 11, 2021 - 9:44am

UK police won’t act against Prince Andrew over abuse claim
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Posted: Sep 30, 2021 - 11:26am

Meanwhile: Toilet rats!

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Posted: Sep 29, 2021 - 6:07pm

Brexit is ‘going badly,’ say Brits in new poll
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Posted: Sep 29, 2021 - 12:26pm

"You are just a colonial."

In our neighbourhood where I live there are two older men.  One was born in Canada and raised in this village; the other was born and raised in the UK — he is English — married a Canadian (currently our mayor) and moved to Canada.

The ex-pat Brit apparently likes to insult the local man by telling him he is a "colonial".   The local man reacts very negatively to this perceived slight and responds with his own insults.

I keep asking the local man why he takes this all so seriously.  After all Great Britain is a 'has been' power. It's glory days are well behind it.  Moreover, at least for younger Europeans, the 'New World' is the cool place.  Art, science and commerce are more dynamic than the UK (except for maybe music and London is an important financial centre).  The 'New World' has semi-wilderness and wilderness that most of Europe no longer has.

In passing, both neighbours are full blown tobacco cigarette and alcohol addicts.  One of them can be/has been a little unruly in public.  The less unruly ridicules the other for being unruly.  

Small towns......

I am still working on getting these guys together for a drink and a smoke.  If successful, I'll smoke the peace pipe so I can better tolerate the ambient tobacco smoke.   



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Posted: Sep 29, 2021 - 8:27am

British army to start driving tankers, fuel queues persist
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