Double QMV For The EBU – The single-market as separate from the eurozone

Good news. The UK is, as of this week, less likely to leave the EU than was the case last week. Whether you consider that to be a good thing or not is another matter, but it should at least be considered an unalloyed good that British diplomacy (and Swedish too presumably), worked effectively to head-off further EU encroachment into the sovereignty of the nation-state. As usual, openeurope has a handle on the problem.


Too quote from the paper:

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Nokia N9 UK Availability On Contract – It is up to the carriers.

In response to an enterprising fellow on the maemo forums who asked Stephen Elop about N9 availability in the UK, this blog thought it would try and sharpen up the response by sending off another email asking specifically about carrier availability.

Mr Elop very obligingly replied.

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The SAS And 82,000 Strong Army – The rumour just won’t go away.

This blog has noted before that the indications are that come 2015, with the withdrawal from Afghanistan, a new SDSR will look to reduce the army from its current planned weight of 95,000 to a lower figure closer to 80,000, and while it is impossible to confirm the rumour it just keeps on popping up. This time it is an article in the telegraph discussing manpower problems within the SAS, and how this would be exacerbated by a still further reduced army.

Maybe there is an element of truth within all this rampant speculation?

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Jedibeeftrix Month Thirteen – What happened in previous six.

The first article was hosted by this blog on the 13th of March 2010, just over twelve months ago, and there have now been seventy-eight such posts; twenty-six politics, twenty-six military, and twenty-six technology, so what have I learnt during this period?

First, that although I started this blog because I wanted to make a difference in the General Election and the Defence Review, this has been my best month despite the lull in writing during December and January. Second, that I met a lot of thoroughly excellent people over the last year, people who have commented here, or people whom I have met in discussions elsewhere, thank you all. Third, that in conversing with this myriad of ‘others’ I have learnt an enormous amount, if only by dint of your dogged perseverance. Much obliged.

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