Hi, I've just received my council tax bill, and I wondered if there was a paperless billing option? Eg. the bill could be emailed out, and the accompanying booklet could be online.as ever, I'll let you know what they say...
...occurs when you have two popular candidates with extreme opposite views, and one compromise candidate in the middle. If most people vote for one extreme or the other, but everyone's second choice is the compromise candidate, the compromise candidate gets knocked out. Under range voting the compromise candidate would have a good chance of winning.Unfortunately range voting isn't an option in the referendum, so I'll be voting for AV as it's better than the current system. It does reduce the necessity for tactical voting, so it's a small step forward.
I'm on the Claverton Energy Group mailing list. Here's a (slightly amended) post from me on the safety of nuclear power:
It seems to me that the problem is the cap on the liability of nuclear power companies if there's an accident. That is, if an accident occurs and its clean-up cost exceeds the cap (£140m in UK) then the government has to pay the rest.
If this cap were to be removed, then the financial incentive to reduce insurance costs would drive safety improvements.
Furthermore, the position of the government is that nuclear power shouldn't be subsidized. But is not the cap on liability a subsidy?
I'm pleased that the government is talking about raising that cap to €1.2bn. It's not enough, but it's a start.
But back to Palimpsest. It's a novella, and really could be turned into a novel. It was genuinely new and interesting. I loved the scale of it all. Awesome.