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Firstly, it's not quite correct to say that UK Government departments were traditionally named Ministries. The common use of the term Ministry to describe government departments was mostly introduced in the first half of the 20th Century. To take your examples: Ministry of Transport: established in 1919, assumed duties of the Road Board, and transport-...


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Yes, but doing so usually leads to being corrected by members who may believe it to be an honest mistake, or being reprimanded by the chair if it is clearly done with the intention to insult. Using a Minister's constituency title instead of their position would be seen as intentionally done, but still a perfectly legitimate form of address and in no way ...


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I can't find anything from Sir Jeffery on this matter before 23/6/16 but the view of the DUP can be summed up by Nigel Dodds (then deputy leader of the DUP) We have come through far, far more difficult challenges to the political institutions in the peace process than this issue So the DUP thought that this issue would be easily resolved by negotiation. ...


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In general, yes, but not if the employee holds a 'politically restricted post', as defined by Section 2 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989. This section defines a list of posts within a local authority which are always politically restricted: The following persons are to be regarded for the purposes of this Part as holding politically restricted ...


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Donaldson may have taken leave campaigners at their word when they said that the UK would either remain a member of the single market, or have unfettered access to it. If that were the case there would be no problem in Northern Ireland, since UK goods would meet all EU standards and the UK would be on a level playing field (i.e. employment law, environmental ...


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No, the members of Her Majesty's loyal opposition are shadow ministers. They don't have a job in government, though they may be members of the Privy council.


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Using the railways is not a short-term solution. To transport fuel (or anything, really) by rail you need the appropriate cars. These do exist but are in us in day-to-day operations and cannot easily be taken out of service for something else. Especially for liquid goods that aren't or cannot be containerised, you need special loading and unloading ...


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It always used to alternate between Brighton and Blackpool. The tradition is to hold party conferences away from London. It is necessary to hold them in a city or a resort (as smaller towns won't have the infrastructure to host large numbers of visitors). It is traditional to alternate between a more northerly city and a more southerly city (emphasising the ...


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No, the implementation of some checks which would have taken place on October 1st 2021 has been delayed, and some checks have been delayed from January 2022 to July 2022, as announced to the Commons by Government Minister Penny Mordaunt on September 14th. However, the timetable for the removal of the current easements on checks is currently unchanged. The ...


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No import checks on EU goods have not begun. The government's original plan was to introduce border checks on EU imports when the post-Brexit transition period expired at the end of 2020. In June that year it said these checks would be phased in, and then last March announced a further delay of several months. Yes, it will cause further disruption when ...


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Nationalization implies that an industry or service is run by the national government, or at least administered and regulated by a centralized national agency. Common ownership, by contrast, implies that the community of people served by an industry or service have more or less direct control over that industry/service without the national government acting ...


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There is no surprise here. The US soldiers in the UK and Germany are here at the invite of the respective government, as part of the NATO mutual defence alliance. They are in these countries, initially, to aid in the defence against the Soviet Union. In the case of Germany, the bases do date back to the 1940s, when Germany was occupied (you might recall ...


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Generally speaking, taxes can only be established by Parliament through legislation. The council tax was implemented in the Local Government Finance Act 1992, and so it would take Parliament to amend or replace this act for the current system to change. Note that any scheme linked to the price of property - which is the case both now, and in the system ...


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Accession to India by Maharaja Hari Singh, ruler of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, on 26 October 1947 In the case of India, it seems the government references the procedures established prior to Independence by which the rulers of princely states would decide whether their state would accede to India, accede to Pakistan or become an independent ...


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The view of the UK government as a whole was that the North\South border would be a soft border over which Irish nationals (and those with leave to remain) would travel freely as they did pre Brexit, and through which goods would travel using a digital permit system under which shipments would be registered electronically at their destination port and then ...


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What concessions does the UK need from Spain with regard to Gibraltar? There was zero chance of Spain taking it by force before their acceptance into NATO, and even less afterwards, theres no change in the UK stance on Gibraltar one way or the other, and the people of Gibraltar don't want to become Spanish (long been settled). So what concessions did the UK ...


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There are, perhaps, two types of "front" group. Those in which the "fronting" nature is an open secret, and those in which it is a true secret. Among the "open secret" are Sinn Fein, A front for the IRA. There is "Effective Education centre", known locally as a front for Dianetics and Scientology. There is the Alpha ...


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In the UK, elections, and referendums are decided by those who vote. Those who don't vote are ignored. There is no claim made that the voters form a statistically representative sample of the electorate. Merely that the winner of the election is decided only by the votes that are cast. From the AV election legislation: The Minister must make an order ...


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Perhaps. But I'm sure the following is not what Sir Keir is suggesting Our mindset is dominated by the "(nation) state" with "government" model of social organisation. This has proven to be a very effective and stable structure. But it is possible to imagine anarchistic societies in which there is no central government. In such a model ...


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Sort of, but not really. I believe the claim is based on a 2019 analysis of Labour's renationalisation plans published by the CBI entitled Renationalisation: The Cost. This analysis estimated the total bill of Labour's plan of bringing Rail, Energy, Water and Royal Mail back into public ownership at £196 billion. Unfortunately, the document doesn't ...


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Why US troop are in Germany is a long and obvious story: they went in WWII and stayed because of the Cold War. (According to the very al-Jazeera article the OP linked to, the US troops levels in Germany were reduced after 1990, i.e. the end of the Cold War.) Germans were still somewhat split on the matter of US troop levels, at least in a 2020 survey. And (...


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The real reason that we have troops in foreign countries is, unfortunately, that they also serve as de facto sacrificial lambs (although I do not take solace in reminding this to the brave soldiers and their families so stationed). In essence, an invasion or any act of aggression, including a weapons launch, would be at the peril of killing Americans. This ...


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