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    Powertap show something similar in their track hub drawing, but I'm not sure if they are actually making them or their draughtsman just wishes they would. I'm going to get a price from the machinist when I pick up the next batch of slam-that-stem, and I'll see whether there's any indication of the PT one becoming available, then we can see whether this project is worth proceeding with.

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    So, based on nothing you're happy to attribute his career motivations and a 24 year dedication to Scottish Independence, as a strategy of 'maximising his earnings'?

    It's not based on nothing, it's based on observation of the political class. We shall see, if Salmond doesn't earn over £750k* in the next 5 years , either he has misjudged his worth or I'm wrong about his motivations, and I'll accept your conclusion that it's the latter.

    *Adjust to whatever the First Minister earns over the same period +20%, on the assumption that with Devo-Max the bastards will award themselves huge pay rises on the spurious grounds of 'additional workload'

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    'Voluntarily'?

    That's why I said "for all the faults of our mutual history". The English population had no more choice in the matter than the Scots did, but it's still very different from conquest by arms.

    I'm also curious as to how you're arrived at the declaration Salmond was only acting in self-interest? Surely he could do all these things as he likes now instead of quitting?

    As first minister, even a British politician might feel constrained from maximising his earnings from outside sources. It's clear that back-benchers feel no such compunction. Hence he needs to cash in now, albeit on a more modest scale than Plan A which was to serve one term as Great Leader and retire to spend more time with other people's money as a scaled down Tony Blair.

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    What is fair about a political system that has given rise to an elite and an underclass?

    What is fair about a 100m running race in which one person wins and another loses?

    In both cases, a set of rules which apply equally to everybody who starts.

    Elites and underclasses existed long before parliaments, so you can't really say that anything in our current forms of government gave rise to them. At best, you might say that our form of government perpetuates them, but then so does every other form yet devised, many more so than representative democracy.

    Imposed government from afar is colonial rule.

    That may be true, but it's irrelevant to this discussion. Scotland is part of the same small island as England and, for all the faults of our mutual history, acceded to the union voluntarily, so the rule of Scotland from Westminster is neither 'imposed' nor 'from afar' in any common meaning of those terms.

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    Salmond quits?

    Of course. Salmond was, is, and forever will be acting solely for the interest of Salmond, not the Scottish people. He lost the opportunity to become the Great Leader, so now he doesn't want to do anything but turn up and take the money. His bonus for being first minister of about £80k on top of his MSP's salary clearly isn't enough, since unencumbered by high office he can easily take many times that from lobbyists, speaking engagements and company directorships.

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    Maybe they just went for the option which was likely to annoy the greatest number of Sassenachs. I don't think the rest of England is as enthusiastic about the Union as the Westminster Village is.

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    it doesn't surprise me that the Orange Order elicit this kind of reaction

    ftfy

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    We still have a situation where Scottish MPs can vote in the House of Commons on English-only issues. I think what most English people want is a fair settlement

    Hang on, doesn't his party have the words United Kingdom in it?

    No problem there; a fair settlement would be abolition of the devolved assemblies and a true union, with one law across the whole state. It's easy enough to be pro-union and pro-fairness.

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    How much has velodrome technology increased speeds? have the boards themselves got better?

    There's probably room for improvement in the actual choice of board material, pine planking is chosen for a mix of reasons and I don't think minimising rolling resistance has ever been one of them. There are aspects of track shape which influence speed, notably the distribution between curves and straights, with long curves favouring pursuit (but making match sprinting pretty dull, as it becomes almost impossible to win from the back in a reasonably close match). There is always a problem with the transition from straight to curve, and a separate but related problem of having the black line lie in a single horizontal plane. The 1996 Atlanta track was designed to be 'flat' using a computational model which wouldn't have been available for such a trivial task until the 1980s, but I don't think it's an approach which has been widely adopted. It seems that there is scope to model the interaction between a bicycle and a track surface to minimise resistance at a given speed. The UCI has minimum and maximum permitted track lengths for competition, which precludes making a tiny 'wall-of-death' track for record breaking :-)

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