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cock-eyed octopus

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  1. That reminds me! One of, if not the, worst thing about this country is the way its run by a pack of noncy poncy arts graduates who are terrified of engineers & scientists because they don't have a gnat's worth of understanding about science & engineering. They'd rather the country was impoverished than let it prosper, just so long as they're in control. Yes Minister is still the most realistic description of how Westminster works. Nothing has changed.
  2. Not for me. I just didn't want to be in the sodding Common Market in the first place.
  3. I think you're confusing me with a different poster. Perhaps you could find the relevant quote?
  4. You certainly can't. I'm not the one complaining about how horrid all rich people are. Especially considering that includes you. The hypocrisy of those on the left is all too frequently ever boundless. About as credible as Rick's (The Young Ones) socialism.
  5. Leaving isn't an ideology, it's ... leaving. It's the fecking hypocritical concept of a bureaucratically run unelected technocratic US of E that's an ideology.
  6. I don't understand you. 3/4 of MPs wanted to remain. How's that a conspiracy?
  7. In principle yes, no, no, not for the real reasons it was prosecuted, no, not in the way it was done, no, NO, not sure that's true, meh, not sure that's true, ditto, no but not straightforward, ditto, not in front line policing (but crime stats haven't ballooned), what's that? If you mean surveillance in public places then nothing wrong with that (helps cut crime too), no but not straightforward, & so on. If enough people hated the things you hate then there'd be a party representing it. Here's a thought - why don't you do something about it rather than continually moan on an internet site about house prices?
  8. I think what you mean is that democracy keeps giving the answer you don't like. Incidentally i don't think much of the answer either. Doesn't mean democracy is wrong though.
  9. Absolutely. trade will continue - some importers & exporters will disengage, some won't - meanwhile the can gets kicked down the road (after all. that's what we & the EU do best) until some sort of individual agreement is reached. But the agreements will be reached outside the EU's political grasp or not at all; it'll be up to the EU to decide if the importance of the individual import/export market in question is worth it.
  10. No. The possibility of rejoining still exists. As of yet resuscitating a corpse does not.
  11. Completely agree. I'm all for another referendum, with all the choices you could possibly desire. Once we've enacted the result of the last one.
  12. Only coz the EFL are a bunch of pansies who have to appease the aggressors. Grrrrr.
  13. I think the point is that we might have to strike unpalatable deals, perhaps more so than those that the EU can achieve, but they will be struck by our own government in the interests of the UK - & if the electorate is unhappy with those deals then the electorate can vote the government out. Thus we can develop our own strategy & decide which markets to go for.
  14. Perhaps the type of leaver who thinks that people who do not necessarily have the best interest of this country at heart & do not live here should not be engaging in debates about other country's internal politics in a partisan way. Perhaps if it were in a disinterested manner bringing insights from other nations' experiences it would be different. But Rollover isn't that type of poster. You will doubtless say that leavers do not have the UK's best interests at heart. But if you live in a country you have a direct interest in that country, live by its laws & institutions & are thus entitled to be listened to by your fellow citizens. How would you feel about Donald Trump (or Vladimir Putin) posting on this site? I wonder how you'd get on posting on a French website expressing you opinions about French politics in pidgin French. Not very well I suspect.
  15. If he were a Russian bot promoting Brexit I doubt you'd be as uninterested in his motives. My main beef with him is that he posts virtually unintelligible posts a lot of the time &/or gets the wrong end of the stick. And as I said it takes immense arrogance to post on a website in a foreign country commenting on their politics. Especially when you have a poor grasp of their language.
  16. You're welcome. Incidentally just finished The Gulag Archipelago. Harrowing doesn't do it justice. Demonstrates what can happen when a totally ruthless but completely inefficient bureaucracy is fulfilling the wishes of an unelected psychopath.
  17. I've no idea. I think I remember reading Grimms Fairy Tales & it being from somewhere different. Same with American comics. Rupert The Bear was probably just as alien to my upbringing but I could find more points of reference in my everyday life. Reading 'proper' books such as Dickens, H.G. Wells came from somewhere I could identify with, despite the anachronisms. Orwell was the defining author for me though. Read all his stuff in my teens/early 20s.
  18. Sorry I don't agree. I feel a lot more connected to the UK political structure than the EU. A lot more.
  19. Yes, originally I spoke generally of 'any country' I could edit it if you prefer.
  20. Born in that there Landahn, of Germanic & French (? nobody quite sure - somewhere near the Med I should think). I'm here to learn (mostly) & contribute (very occasionally). Unfortunately most of the remain contributions seem to come from the Collected Thoughts of Rick off of The Young Ones, but I respect those with a more rational approach (Dave Beans & thehowler (where he gone?) being prime examples). Nationalism? In what sense? I think everybody needs some sort of national identity. Mine happens to be English. I value a lot of it, but some I don't. Sung by a West Country girl who's a s Spanish as a Spanish thing.
  21. I don't see how that makes Canada not an independent country in any meaningful sense. Obviously total independence is philosophically impossible (try being independent of oxygen) but, as a country, we should be able to make our own decisions as to how, & if, we trade with other countries (such trade necessarily implies common standards). While we're in the EU we don't have that capability. I've nowhere mentioned frictionless trade BTW.
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