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Eh.  BEPS is complex..  There's conflation with globalisation, and (in our context) EU membership.   
Really, genuinely, we're in an era where regulatory norms are playing catch-up with industry globalisation..  
Broadly, I think that that is a good thing, and a learning opportunity.  We are all playing in one global economy, so we need global rules..

Conversely, the downside..  "Big <pick a faction>" has vested interests, in preventing "fair play".

"We" can identify what is, and isn't, fair play, to a reasonable degree.  That being determined by effective economic outcomes, pragmatically balanced for all participants.

Economics, of course, is in several fashions not a science, and doesn't do a good job of identifying "best" courses of action..  

Mostly, IMO, because individual economists are dogmatists, not scientists..   There are many fields of science where the underlying subject is chaotic, and also many where you cannot repeat the experiment, but, nonetheless, the researchers do not adopt dogmatic positions and refuse to accept evidence..  Instead, they weight the evidence, and find consensus..  And, amend those views, as new evidence emerges..

When I am in charge, economists will be compelled to work to this model, and improve their body of heuristics that are agreed by consensus.  Otherwise, they'll get a firm smack!

(I do welcome your welcoming of my forthcoming enlightened despotic rule, of course, but, please don't trouble yourself..  An aspect of despotic rule, which I will be stressing, is that anybody else's opinion just isn't important.  As a personal friend, of course, I'd regret if you had to become a non-person, as a result of your behaviour, but, I hope, you'll understand that I have to consider the/my greater good in such issues?)


This "Democracy" bus stuff does concern me..  Sometimes, it seems like people don't understand that when I have ridden it to my desired destination, they should all get off..
(Are you sure about your quotation from Adam Smith?)

To my mind, it's just too prone to capture by "enthusiasts", in fact it seems like a funnelling mechanism, whereby "enthusiasts" gain arithmetic advantage, and escalate issues (that no real, normal, people care about).

Perhaps only people who don't vote should be allowed to have opinions on policy?

Some kind of anti-chaotic, enthusiast-dampening, mechanism is needed..
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The point about the "Legal reasoning" is:
- It isn't woolly minded, do-goody, post-imperialistic imposition of liberal values..   Much of the world really hates that!
- It's all about " My country has a right to stop other countries doing things that negatively impact my country"..  "Within the borders of my country, no-one has any business telling me what I/we should do"...

- China will buy that, big time..

- Putin (et al), will be screwed.  And, further isolated..  Which he has coming.

"Divide et impera"? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divide_and_rule)

Didn't we used to be quite good at that?  

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Should you happen to be in the smoke on Sunday morning, between midnight and (I really, really hope) about 8, and feel like mocking the exhausted, this is where I'll be. Or you could luxuriate in bed with coffee bacon eggs and papers and enjoy the fact that you haven't been out on the streets all night. It's my gift to you.

If by some oversight you haven't quite got round to contributing to the build of Berkshire's first children's hospice, you would of course be more than welcome to pop in here:

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Curses: discovered!!
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Say what you like about US politics, but...

Here's a nice, colourful map to make the 2015 election crystal clear.

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Hung Parliament Battleground. This page first posted 13 December 2014. In post-war history, the UK has tended to have single-party governments which enjoy a majority in the House of Commons. When a minority government needed support from a smaller party it has always been the Liberal Democrats ...
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(Durh? Obviously my reserves are following hidden orders... Unless I'm bluffing about them..)
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From a Hong Kong Primary school entrance test. What is the number under the car? Not hard, but neat.

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Pachenko! I win!
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To Whom It May Concern: This blog has been snoozing gently, minding its own business, for more than a year. The recent changes to about.me have, one the one hand, made it easier to maintain my profile but, on the other, require me to say what I want the idl...
To Whom It May Concern: This blog has been snoozing gently, minding its own business, for more than a year. The recent changes to about.me have, one the one hand, made it easier to maintain my profile but, on the other, require me to say what I want the idle visitor to do.
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Here's a thought.
Jeremy Corbyn: throwback to Labour's catastrophic drubbing in 1983. Some say he goes back much further. Others that he is actually quite new.
Let me remind you of another time within living memory (of sufficiently old people). A time when the government was managing on a slender majority. When the establishment consensus was fraying. When a narrow elite was putting together deals as to how the country was run. When ordinary people were seeing their standard of living relentlessly slide. When our place in the world was becoming less and less significant. When there seemed to be no realistic alternative to endless compromise with the ruling settlement: when anything else would be unelectable. And when the opposition was our of ideas, out of charisma and out of juice.
When another firebrand found themselves at the helm of a reluctant ship. When they took on the grey conspiracy of mediocrity that ran their party and dragged it and the nation, screaming and kicking, into a new world. To the sage commentators of the day, there seemed no realistic possibility of radical change. By its nature radical change looks impossible before it happens and inevitable after.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if Jeremy Corbyn turned out to be another Margaret Hilda Thatcher?

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eh..  

Obviously, in the above, I do not accept mercantilism: we're playing a positive sum game... 
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So wrong... and yet so perfect...

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Microsoft has been struggling to explain why its Surface tablet needs a pen. Most 30-second commercials for the Surface involve circling things with a pen, but not a lot else. While it’s obvious...
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That will come in useful, in my career as a professional composer...
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Sooo much better than just standing around trying to get hit by mutagenic lightning..  durh.
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Back from the brink of death...

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Ah thanks. No I didn't watch it completely first :-)
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