2 Comments on "Podcast Episode 27"

  1. I have to say I thought it was Williamson before the investigation even began. His denials are neither here nor there really. Jonathan Aitken and Jeffrey Archer were pretty vociferous in denying allegations against them, so much so they brought libel cases that ultimately led to them ending up in prison. As far as kids go, who can forget John Gummer trying to feed his young daughter a burger at the height of the BSE outbreak.

    During the 1960’s and 70’s Japan was only thought capable of producing cheap knock offs of western technology. They are now a world leader in many tech fields, it will be interesting to see if China can emulate them. I wouldn’t bet against it.

    I think the story of the local elections was how many seats independent candidates gained, almost as many as the Lib Dems. These candidates don’t have the visibility of the Lib Dems, nor the grass roots campaigners of that party to support them, so it’s impressive. They were probably recipients of protest votes from leavers, in the same way the Lib Dems got the votes of disgruntled remainers. It does go to show that when given a choice, and despite their stereotyping as racists and Nazi’s, most leave voters would like to vote for anyone other than Batten’s UKIP, which failed dismally.

    I would be very interested to see how many ballots were spoiled, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a record in percentage terms. Not sure we learned much overall about where we are, beyond folk being cheesed off with both the Labour and Tory parties.

    • Thanks Rob. China would need to change, I think, in a profound way to achieve that. Good piece on why here[link]here[link]here[link]…

      Didn’t really get my point across about why I’m more sceptical of Chinese successes. The fact China can build huge computers isn’t significant. It’s actually pretty trivial, more about the will rather than the ability. Not many real world uses for machines that powerful beyond bragging rights (which is why I think China do these things). Gary Kasparov’s book Deep Thinking is great on explaining why true AI would be very different to brute force AI which produces great chess programs etc. China’s good at that stuff. I would just be surprised if the great breaktrhough in true AI came from there…

      I’m interested in the spoiled ballots and the Indie count hasn’t been explained. That said, shouldn’t also overlook the headlines and the problems faced by the Tories and Labour. People are right to point to Tory losses but Labour’s inability to exploit it is very telling.

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