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Just to correct you slightly, as this is an important point - Michael Gove was not found to have acted illegally, but unlawfully. The distinction is that the Court found (judgement) that the decision to award the £560,000 contract to Public First "gave rise to apparent bias", making it unlawful - as opposed to actual bias, which would be a ...


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Honesty, defined by my dictionary as "free of deceit and untruthfulness; sincere," is foundational to any good faith attempt to govern. The term 'good faith' is doing a lot of work here, and means that the person in the position of power is attempting to execute the responsibilities of their office to the best of their ability and as closely to ...


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There are advantages to honesty, but there are obviously disadvantages if they are too honest. Disadvantage: Politician or person can reveal information that can put a community in danger. There was the recent ransomware attack in the Colonial Pipeline by the hacker group DarkSide while foreign hackers where able to gain information to Russian federal ...


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Ostensibly, adding justices to a court (called Packing the Court) is done to further "smooth" out represented ideologies, with the idea that more justices will lead to greater compromise, which should more accurately reflect the will of the electorate. In practice, it's rarely anything other than a purely partisan move. As @Phoog pointed out in the ...


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Yes, all government debt is eventually paid down by taxation of the citizenry, or erased with a sovereign default. But it will be future generations, so like social security, not a problem for current generations.


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As a restrospective follow up: the first country to actually exit the lockdown ended up to be… USA. There wasn’t an exit plan per se but on May 13 2021 the CDC officially lifted the mask mandate for vaccinated people, making it the first country in the world to lift indoor mask mandates despite the virus still being widespread in the community. If we ...


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It depends on what one means by "we" and "pay the government back for the stimulus checks". The stimulus are not loans, so recipients don't have to pay the government back directly, like one would with, say, a student loan. However, the stimulus checks have been so far paid for by increased government debt, which means that taxes that we ...


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No. The CARES Act and the December COVID legislation specifically made these grants, so they are not tied to tax liabilities, nor are they taxable.


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I am trying to understand why some European governments won't close their patent office if the EPO can replace their patent offices since any company can obtain a patent through the EPO. It's not that simple, because technically the EPO doesn't provide a single European patent but only a unified procedure for obtaining a "bundle of patents" for ...


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Get into debt with China, then surrender your sovereignty one piece at a time in exchange for loan forgiveness. China is getting into Africa in a big way; they've built infrastructure projects in every African country but Swaziland, and many of these projects are built by Chinese engineers and paid for by loans from Chinese banks. This is part of a strategy ...


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This question misunderstands the nature of colonization. During the Colonial period, European nations saw Africa, Asia, and the Americas as 'open' unclaimed land. Colonizations was mainly done by private individuals and corporation, subsidized and authorized by European nations. These nations established Colonial boundaries by treaty among themselves — ...


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Maybe you can take inspiration from the book or movie "The mouse that roared". Seek out a nice country by which you would like to be colonized and declare war on it. If things play out well, you will lose and get occupied by said country. With a bit of luck Zimbabwe will end up as rich as Germany or Japan after a few years of US-occupation.


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The history and law is complicated, but there is a strong argument that one of the duties of a Caliph is to lead a military jihad against unbelievers and apostates. The duty of Jihad was a collective one (fard al-kifaya). It was to be directed only by the caliph who might delay it when convenient, negotiating truces for up to ten years at a time. So ...


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The Caliph is the rightful religious and secular leader of the ummah, the community of muslims. As such, declaring yourself Caliph is at a minimum demanding token submission from all other muslim leaders; if not declaring them illegitimate and proclaiming rightful direct rule over their countries. Saudi Arabia enjoys cordial diplomatic interactions with many ...


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The Saudis (especially MBS) generally don't like Islamists, such as Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who might do something similar if they were in charge of Saudi Arabia. "Caliphate" might also be considered a backward and uncivilized word by some investors in Saudi Arabia, as it was used by many early Islamic states.


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