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  1. The readerships of this site and the Telegraph are not representative of the country as a whole. According to yesterday's YouGov poll, the majority of people would vote to remain in the EU: EU Referendum: highest 'In' lead for two years
  2. No, I don't think they're idiots. Politicians are, in general, self-serving borderline psychopaths with massive egos and thick skins who are happy to lie when it suits them, but then that's democracy. Always has been, always will be. I sometimes think that, prompted by the media, we are coming to expect too much from our politicians, and there's a danger of us turning our backs on democracy completely. That's not a road I fancy going down.
  3. Fair point Even so, I cannot see how a Conservative government could possibly not hold an EU referendum without massive political damage. Cameron's promise is about as black and white as politics allows, and I'm no particular fan of the man.
  4. I'd also like to have seen the LibDems being more robust in pushing their own policies in government, but I guess they had to give a lot up to secure the alternative vote referendum. And of course, there's always been the spectre of the government collapsing and Labour regaining power to keep heads down.
  5. It's hard to imagine what circumstances could dictate otherwise in this instance.
  6. That's just lazy rhetoric. With exactly the same justification (i.e. none) I could say: As for Farage, he has IMO always been blindly anti-Europe. It is like one of the more fanatical types of religion with such people.
  7. Then vote Conservative in the general election. If the Conservatives are elected with an absolute majority, they will have to hold a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU. There is no way they could politically go back on that promise. Another coalition, however, would give them a way out, especially given that Cameron would probably no longer be PM. Also, there's no a lot of point voting UKIP in the euro elections. No matter how many UKIP MEP's we have, they do not have the power to take the UK out of the EU; they simply cripple our ability to exercise influence within the EU.
  8. With a coalition government, it is obviously impossible for the individual parties to fully implement their own manifestos; the legislative program has to be a compromise, which is inevitably biased towards the wishes of the larger coalition partner. With single party government, the legislative program should, of course, follow the party's manifesto more closely, but will by necessity also have to reflect current circumstances.
  9. How can anyone trust anything that Farage says? Nigel Farage: 2010 UKIP manifesto was 'drivel' How long before UKIP's 2014 manifesto is also dismissed as drivel?
  10. Are we looking at the same graph? The one I can see would be more accurately interpreted as "UKIP support collapses". It's true that it has the Conservatives neck-and-neck with Labour, but the increase in Conservative support is almost entirely at UKIP's expense. Support for Labour has remained more or less constant over the period shown. I'd hazard a guess that the recent recovery in Conservative support has more to do with closer media attention to UKIP's deficiencies than with any post-budget euphoria.
  11. 1) The Libdems are indeed in favour of an LVT, and Vince Cable has already been vilified in The Telegraph for saying so. 2) The Libdems are in favour of the principle of subsidiarity, that is, taking decisions at the most appropriate level. Some things can be decided locally; other things, such as fisheries policy, require EU level agreement (since fish don't respect national boundaries). 3) Most animals are stunned before halal or kosher (funny you didn't mention this) slaughter. Pretty much the only difference is that the slaughterman says a quick prayer before killing the animal. Libdems aren't "lobbying for" halal or kosher practices; they merely oppose an unnecessary (from an animal welfare point of view) ban on them.
  12. Presumably the money is coming from banks lending out large sums at interest rates kept artificially low by the government through schemes such as Help to Buy (plus, in London, rich foreigners seeking a safe-ish haven for their fortunes). I'm no economist, but given that the last time the plates wobbled it nearly trashed the banks, I'm a little worried that when the plates do eventually come crashing down, it'll trash the pound.
  13. That would be the small party for me (even though I'm 47). Generally liberal in outlook, in favour of a land value tax and citizen's income. Recognises the benefits of EU membership, but seeks reform. Acknowledges the importance of addressing global warming and other environmental issues, but is not afraid of using nuclear power as well as renewables to do so. The German Pirate Party enjoyed some success a couple of years ago, but seems to have rather dropped in popularity since then.
  14. I entirely approve of self-determination and look forward to the Chechen referendum.
  15. Your idolising of Putin is just creepy. It's every bit as repulsive as the American neocon hero worship of George Bush for his antics in the Middle East.
  16. And the referendum in Chechnya will take place when?
  17. Sorry, but that all sounds slightly absurd to me. White supremacist banners - showing what? Confederate flags - what, the flag of the Confederate States of America? And we're supposed to believe, in this age of internet connectivity, that all images of this have been blocked from the entire western world? There's a very strong smell of propaganda here.
  18. Labelling people as "crazed Nazis" doesn't lend much credibility to your position. I don't have much knowledge of the situation in Ukraine, but I'd be interested to hear substantiated argument from either side.
  19. Does that mean the Chechens can also look forward to a referendum on whether they want to be part of Russia?
  20. Not obviously at all. Immigrants are capable of building and maintaining houses as well as living in them. Other countries with high immigrant populations have not had the same level of HPI as us, which means that the argument is not as clear cut as you'd suggest.
  21. A sensible debate on immigration wouldn't kick off with the assumption that the only effects worth discussing are negative.
  22. I'm no expert, but I wouldn't have thought you could determine much about the perpetrators from the direction of the shots. So what if the shots came from behind the protesters? It's not very likely that the protesters searched every building in the area, and there could well have been Russian specials-ops-type solders holed up just about anywhere.
  23. Well, their policies don't make much sense, and Nigel has admitted as much. He is a good talker though, so if a silver tongue is what floats your boat, go right ahead.
  24. Are you sure? I thought that buying a house to live in was one of the few legitimate ways of disposing of capital in this context. What about someone who puts down, say, a 20k deposit to buy a house? Are you saying they would not be allowed to claim benefits if they then lost their job? For how long?
  25. Well, not really. A couple of additional points: 1) It depends how important natural gas is to a country. Countries that don't use much natural gas are less affected by an interruption in its supply than countries that depend heavily on it. 2) There's an international market for gas; some countries currently importing from Russia may be able to switch to other sources. By the way, how does Belarus come to import more than 100% of its gas?
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