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Why use polonium on Novichok? [duplicate]

Litvinenko was allegedly poisoned by Russian operatives using polonium, Skripal and Navalny were allegedly poisoned by Russian operatives using Novichok. In all cases, the poison was traced to Russia ...
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Does the UK still use propaganda?

Can you recall anything that was propaganda that the UK government has espoused? I am sure it didn't just stop after WW2 but they have got so good at it I find it hard to find good examples that are ...
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Why didn't the UK release its results about Novichok when Russia asked for it?

Following this article, why didn't the UK release its results about Novichok when Russia asked for it?
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What efforts have been made to convince UK nurses etc to get vaccinated?

The Guardian reports that "nursing and midwifery leaders" have called to delay the Covid vaccination for everyone working in a health setting in the UK to avoid people being dismissed from ...
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How valid are the motives for Russia poisoning Skripal, and other "dissidents and opposition" [closed]

The motive attributed to the poisonings basically sounds like, "They spoke out against Putin and/or Russia, so Putin had them poisoned." The thing that bothers me about this motive, is that, ...
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Why did the UK choose Israel to sign a cybersecurity deal with? [closed]

My question is: Why specifically Israel? Is Israel the only supplier of Cybersecurity related products in the whole world?
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How can US presidents commute criminal sentences?(i.e. Manning Jan 17), but UK Prime-ministers can't?

What grants US Presidents the power to give Presidential Pardons, and why can't (or don't) UK Prime-ministers do it?
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What is the rationale for the United Kingdom statistics body not allowing black people to identify as having an English ethnicity in its surveys?

Ethnicity The concept of ethnicity has been described by the UK's highest court in this way For a group to constitute an ethnic group... it must, in my opinion, regard itself, and be regarded by ...
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When will 2021 UK census results be published?

According to https://www.ons.gov.uk/census The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is responsible for planning and carrying out the census for England and Wales. The next census will take place on ...
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Why do US politicians commonly refer to the UK as "Great Britain"?

The United Kingdom's full name is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Thus, technically, referring to the UK as "Great Britain" excludes Northern Ireland.
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Did Jackie Weaver have the legal authority to remove the chairman of the parish council during a meeting?

During a meeting of the Handforth parish council on December the 10th seen here, the chairman of the council was removed from a Zoom meeting by the Zoom meeting host. The recording of this meeting has ...
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When did Britain last veto or threaten to veto legislation in British Overseas Territories?

The British Foreign Secretary has declined to veto the repeal of gay marriage in Bermuda, part of the British Overseas Territories. When did Britain last veto, or threaten to veto, legislation in ...
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How did United Kingdom responsibility for the defence of the British Channel Islands originate?

The government of the United Kingdom is responsible for the defence of, and foreign relations of, the Channel Islands - i.e. the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey. How did this arrangement come about? ...
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Why are gambling winnings not taxed in the United Kingdom?

I recently moved to England and was somewhat surprised to learn that gambling winnings are not taxed. A Google search reveals this article from Forbes that explains that such a tax would be at most ...
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What are some examples of antisemitism in the Labour Party?

The Labour Party of the United Kingdom has recently come under fire for its new code of conduct, with people accusing them of not acting against antisemitism in the party, but quickly against those ...
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Why are only certain professions able to countersign passport photos in the UK?

Current law says that passport photographs may only be countersigned by persons within certain professions, and only once such a person has known the applicant for at least two years, specifically the ...
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Is there a minimum time frame that a Prime Minister may set an early election for?

I know that the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 says that Early elections can be held only: if a motion for an early general election is agreed either by at least two-thirds of the whole ...
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Have any local/national authorities conducted official reviews of historical landmarks?

Following the toppling of the Edward Colston statue in Bristol on June 7th, the renewed support for the "Rhodes must fall" campaign, targeting predominantly the statue of Cecil Rhodes at ...
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Why did the British not want India's allegiance to be completely dissolved from Britain?

India wasn't given independent status on 15th August, 1947. India & Pakistan were given status of dominions under monarch George VI. Look at the wordings of independence act of India. An Act ...
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How do Whips enforce control over MPs in the UK Parliament?

Whips are often used to 'persuade' MPs in their party to vote the way the Party wishes them to vote. What power, or powers, do Whips have over backbench MPs to enforce this wish?
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Does Statute of Westminster 1931 prove the UK electorate and Parliament aren't sovereign in this instance?

Doesn't Statute of Westminster 1931 violate Parliamentary Sovereignty (adduced below)? and discredit Dicey's two assumptions that the UK electorate is the political sovereign, and its political ...
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What criteria do historians use in ranking best and worst UK prime ministers?

Wikipedia has rankings of UK PMs and US Presidents that give the contenders various kinds of ordinal rankings. Are there any rigorous theoretical frameworks that might underlie current and potential ...
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What's the history of the general public preventing prosecutions?

You may know that a few days ago a protest in Bristol, UK, ended up with people bringing down a statue of Colston, a slaveowner, and dumping the statue in the river. Regardless of whether you agree ...
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Why is Buckinghamshire Council so enormous?

Buckinghamshire Council has 147 seats. This is a huge number, which is more than the Scottish Parliament (129), the Israeli Knesset (120), and the Parliament of New Zealand (also 120), or the entire ...
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What previous actions had been taken by Bristol city council regarding the statue of Edward Colston?

During the George Floyd protests in Bristol on June 7th, a statue of Edward Colston was pulled down and thrown into the city harbour by demonstrators. According to the BBC: Earlier in the day, in ...
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What would it take to change the voting in the UK away from "first past the post"?

Question from a naive US citizen here: In a podcast from the BBC I heard it claimed that there are districts with a Tory representative elected with 1000 votes when the other parties (combined) had ...
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What would happen if commons and lords votes on bills were made anonymous? [closed]

In the UK and other countries it is the job of the party whip to ensure that MPs vote on bills in line with party policy. This effectively means the majority party leadership decide which bills become ...
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What is the fastest that an MP has broken a three-line whip?

Traditionally, newly elected MPs are considered less likely to rebel against their party whip; something that Ros Taylor from LSE describes as a combination of the 'coattails effect', inexperience, ...
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How might Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the UK House of Commons "play hardball"?

In a statement to the House of Commons on the 13th December 2021, the Speaker expressed frustration at the Prime Minister's failure to appear in the chamber, following a televised statement the ...
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Why were the Liberal Democrats successful in the North Shropshire by-election instead of Labour?

In the 2019 general election, the Labour Party came in second in North Shropshire. In this year's by-election, however, not only are the Liberal Democrats the main challenger to the Conservatives, ...
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Have any UK party leaders other than Sir Ed Davey been elected after previously losing a leadership contest?

Today, August 27th, Sir Ed Davey triumphed over competitors to become the leader of the Liberal Democrats after the position was vacated by Jo Swinson due to her failure to retain her Westminster seat ...
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Why Freedom of Information can be denied for something that costs above £450?

To get some information, a person needs to pay some charges which is understandable. Most requests are free but you might be asked to pay a small amount for photocopies or postage. The organisation ...
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How frequent is it for governments to win votes in the house of Commons, which would fail without the backing of the opposition?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_government_defeats_in_the_House_of_Commons_(1945%E2%80%93present) This is a list of government defeats in the house of Commons. Does a similar list exist for ...
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UK Climate and Ecology Bill 2020

What can the proposed UK CEE Bill do that cannot already be achieved by the Committee on Climate Change and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee?
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Source for Kinnock quote: 'fortunate in her enemies'

I've heard Neil Kinnock quoted many times as having said that Margaret Thatcher was 'fortunate in her enemies' (i.e. part of her success was due to her opponents, including Kinnock). However, I can't ...
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How do India and Pakistan justify wanting the whole of Kashmir?

If you ask any Indian or Pakistani citizen, most would say that British rule was a cruel thing, and that freedom was inevitable. Now, if you look at the Kashmir situation, even though India have "...
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Has an MP ever made use of the House of Lords Precedence Act to sit in the House of Lords?

During Business Questions on December 2nd, the Lord President of the Council - Jacob Rees-Mogg - was teased by the SNP's Pete Wishart about an alleged £6 million loan from his company Saliston Ltd, as ...
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Where are the public PPE contracts between Hinpack and the UK government?

Matt Hancock insists no contract between the government and his ex-pub-landlord's company Hinpack exists as part of the Covid PPE procurement rounds. The Guardian states that However, the contract ...
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How is the UK government addressing the shortage of doctors problem on the short to medium term?

I have recently found out the UK has one of the lowest number of doctors per 1000 inhabitants in Europe: The UK has 2.8 doctors per 1,000 population, which puts it well below the European Union (EU) ...
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Implications of Martial Law in the UK

Whitehall officials have been gaming a state of emergency and even the introduction of martial law in the event of disorder after a no-deal Brexit — The Times What are the implications of martial law ...
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Questionable COVID-19 procurement outside the UK

There is an ongoing situation in the UK regarding the propriety of the procurement of some goods and services during the response to COVID-19. Conservative PPE contracts Michael Gove and VIP lane ...
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UK alternative electoral system design

Background: I am seeking an alternative UK electoral system that would have multi-member constituencies instead of single member, which would create multi-party (proportional) governments. ...
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Did MPs have to win a by-election before 1926 in order to join the government?

A commentary in The Telegraph claimed that before 1926, MPs had to win a by-election to join the government. This got me rather perplexed. Mr Johnson has sensibly stopped short of joining Labour in ...
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As a UK resident, why are the comings and goings inside individual American schools reported on National news stations? [closed]

Growing up in the UK in the 90's, we didn't really care whether Bethany got in trouble for wearing her hair long, or Darren got in trouble for wearing a particular t-shirt. Now, however, such trivial ...
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Has the UK enacted any changes in laws that would've been impossible while being an EU member?

The UK has left the EU and one of the biggest arguments in support was that idea that they could enact legislation that goes against EU rules, whether on trade with other nations, privacy, security, ...
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Can a future UK government decide to rejoin the EU without a referendum?

Can a future UK government decide to rejoin the EU without a referendum or do they have to hold one?
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Who is the UK Prime Minister's spokesman?

The Prime Minister has a spokesman, regularly quoted in newspapers. Mrs May spoke to the Queen on the phone on Easter Monday to let her know of the election plan, the prime minister's official ...
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Why did UK and EU agree NI Protocol with clause allowing unilateral action in the event of diversion of trade (DOT) when they knew DOT was inevitable?

Under the Protocol the UK government is responsible for applying checks on goods entering NI from Great Britain to ensure that goods destined for the Republic of Ireland meet EU regulations. This is ...
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What treaties or (written) agreements would a hard border in Ireland breach, post-Brexit?

Would the hard border that would come up in a "no deal" Brexit (between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland) be violating any binding agreements that the UK has signed? (And the same goes for ...
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Is there any plausible reading of the DoT terms of the Northern Ireland Protocol under which they are not self-defeating?

Under the Protocol the UK government is responsible for applying checks on goods entering NI from Great Britain to ensure that goods destined for the Republic of Ireland meet EU regulations. This is ...

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