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Unlike most other European countries, Britain had no noble-destroying revolution. This is quite wrong. Britain had a revolution much earlier than the more famous French and Russian revolutions. This was the English Revolution which pitted royalists against parliamentarians. The English King, Charles I was put on trial and executed in 1649. This was the ...


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There are limited powers to raise money by borrowing. The Scotland Acts (2012 and 2016) allow for the Scottish government to borrow up to £3 billion (with an annual deficit capped at £450 million) An extension of £1.75billion can be agreed upon by both governments under terms of the fiscal framework (for counter-cyclical spending). Scottish ministers can ...


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In this case, this means that: the targets (both the emissions reduction and the date) can only be amended in accordance with the procedure in the Act (which gives Parliament the right to object) and the targets (and other measures in the bill) are now permissible points of argument for claimants seeking judicial review of the actions and policies of public ...


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A military operation like this does typically lead to fatalities. Even if we could tell that there will be only one fatality, and the fatality will be an Iranian, you are proposing to trade a life for a life. But we cannot tell that there will only be one fatality, and even if we could, we cannot tell if the fatality will be Iranian or British. A military ...


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Maybe Operation Eagle Claw will refresh your memory? While seductive in theory, for clear-cut cases of abuse, these kinds of rescue mission are mostly impractical against a country that is prepared for it. The hostage has a good chance of getting killed. Or at least moved out. The risk of failure in a country with a functioning military is high. It can ...


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This question seems to assume that 1) Iran is a defenceless nation where nobody has guns. And 2) that the UK government considers this to be a top priority. The comparisons with Qasem Soleimani is very weak. He was assassinated in an unmanned drone strike in Iraq, where the US military has full license to operate and had total air-superiority. There's a ...


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It is extremely difficult as a practical matter to invade a country and rescue someone if the country isn't already in chaos due to a war or revolution in progress. It would also considered an act of war to do so, that could escalate the situation out of control, and at a minimum might result in retaliatory action against Commonwealth citizens in Iran in the ...


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