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cock-eyed octopus

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  1. Why is it xenophobic? I just don't understand what you're doing here. As I've said before, I wouldn't have the temerity to go to a website in another country & voice my opinions. And I repeat, where are you from & why are you here?
  2. Your English is so poor I can't understand what you're saying half the time. I have two questions for you: 1) What nationality are you. 2) Why are you so interested in Brexit
  3. So the USA, Japan, Australia etc. etc. are all subservient to the EU? I don't understand.
  4. Is that a bad thing? Your last line makes it sound undesirable & seems to imply we would still be in some sort of subservient role (although I may have misread your implication).
  5. Dave, are you saying we cannot have a relationship with the EU like any other independent TP country?
  6. Well I was born in 1950. How about you? NB I wasn't criticising you at all, just underlining your point.
  7. https://unherd.com/2019/02/why-europe-cant-cope/ For its part, the Italian government did not hide its anger when the Commission accepted that the French budget deficit for 2019 would rise over the 3% limit because of the concessions made by President Macron to try to end the gilet jaunes protests. France will have managed to keep within the 3% rule now only twice in ten years, but it is Italy’s willingness to stick to the fiscal rules which the New Hanseatic League of north European and Baltic states which will be used as the pre-requisite for fiscal discipline. In part, this distinction between member-states’ rule breaking reflects the fact that Italy’s debt burden is significantly higher than France’s and investors are much warier of the risks. But it also arises because the European Union works through an internal hierarchy in which – as Jean-Claude Junker blurted out in 2016 when explaining why France was being given yet more leeway over its budget deficit – France is France.
  8. My assessment is different to yours. Obviously. And, for the nth time, we are far enough away from the levers of power with our present parliamentary democracy, but we do at least have a vote & we know that if enough of us vote for a change in government it will happen. And our MPs at least feel get-atable (only too much so in the case of poor Jo Cox), we can go to London, watch the process first hand, petition our MPs directly; it's just about involving enough for us to feel we have a part to play. The EU is 10 times further removed, plus those with real political power are not even elected democratically. It just feels like a remote stitch-up by an unelected technocracy with no responsibility towards anyone outside their own bizarre bureaucratic world. To me it has all the characteristics of a dictatorship - albeit a qualified & (fairly)(presently) benign one. I'm afraid I want nothing to do with it.
  9. So what you're saying is that it's impossible to leave the EU. Not an argument that'll gain much traction with anyone who has any pride in the UK as an independent nation. It's rather like being told you mustn't vote Labour because of the financial implications. All I can say is that I weighed up the likely financial penalty against the improvement in national self-determination & drew my own conclusions. I think most voters did that.
  10. I would tend to agree with that, but I would imagine that only then will there be furious activity to sort things out. The potential job losses will be on both sides of La Manche. And remember, for every importer there is an exporter.
  11. It's not an ideology. I just don't support the EU bureaucratic Utopia ideology.
  12. I used to quite like her when she was on This Week (though she came out with some doozies even then). Since her ascent in the Labour party she's definitely got worse though.
  13. Many thanks I am aware The Brothers Karamazov is a novel. I was recollecting as I wrote, & the chapter in question is (as I remember it) almost a standalone story told by one of the characters - I can't remember which one. It's about 30 years since I read the book, so please forgive me if my memories are a bit vague. In fact I can't remember much about the book - except that it was bloody good. I've read The Idiot, Crime & Punishment, Notes from Underground & The Double. I am no scholar, but I do read a fair bit. I have never seen Dostoevsky on youtube. The story (chapter) has stuck with me ever since I read the book. It was beautifully written & deeply affecting, I imagine that's why I've remembered it for so long. Dostoevsky was undoubtedly one of the greatest authors I've ever read.
  14. Suspect a bit of positive discrimination in her selection personally. Given her performances it's the only explanation I can think of.
  15. I've been thinking about the matter & couldn't think of anyone I'd trust really. Then I remembered this
  16. I think there is an unfortunate consequence to man's yearning towards something greater: the conclusion is reached that there must exist this perfect state of bliss & also that some greater being must have created the demi-paradise we inhabit - so why are we denied Nirvana? Why have we been cast out? The answer is we must have sinned. So we try to make amends, to purge ourselves of our faults so we may re-enter the Garden Of Eden. However, no matter how hard we try, we suffer, we die, the people we love suffer & die: how can this be? We have not sinned, we have been virtuous & good, so why do we suffer? Only one answer. Them. The sinners. We are being punished for not purging the sinners amongst us. Only one solution to this ... You can see where this is going. I don't agree our politicians are more bent BTW. I reckon our system is far more open than most European ones (I have to say corruption seems to increase the further south you go) & the EU in particular has far too much inbuilt secrecy & unaccountability built into it. Look at this forum! We freely & openly denigrate & mock our leaders. Is this the case on mainland Europe? I'm not sure - but I'm pretty sure if you tried disparaging France & her history on a French forum the way we do to England over here you'd get very short shrift. There was an interview with Sebastian Faulks on radio 3 a few months ago where he was eulogising the Citroen DS. He is a convinced Francophile but he said it was interesting to compare the answers you'd get from an Englishman to a Frenchman if you asked them about historic world achievements in art, literature, science etc. The Englishman would say, well we've produced a few good poets, authors, not first rank composers Like Mozart, Bach or Beethoven, some excellent scientists; the Frenchman would say what are you talking about? What question is there to answer? It's the French. Every time. In everything. And he wouldn't be joking either.
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