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andrewwk

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  1. yeh sure, the bit you miss is that you are Irish - a poor foreigner (i.e. me) starting out in ireland ain't going to get a massive field attached to their house (in fact, property market there seems even madder than the UK, if that is possible). from that PoV the Netherlands is better (higher salary, lower CoL).
  2. you are right about the delusions of superiority, and i hope you are right about the country not being stuffed.
  3. yean I don't know. obvious that no brexiter can deliver, but personally don't want to see the country trashed in order to prove it. would be a bit of a hollow victory...
  4. Don't know about the last bit, investigated a move to Ireland / Netherlands over the past few years and salaries / living standards in Netherlands are streets ahead of Ireland. Long term, the Netherlands is probably the best candidate for the gateway to Europe (not least because they have the highest standard of spoken English amongst the current EU member states).
  5. maybe, but trying to force a referendum was definitely and agenda for some (and I wish they had succeeded). it was high risk though, and we ended up with a much worse deal.
  6. Not sure what the initial experience was like, how long it lasted or even if it is a relevant comparison to the EU-UK situation
  7. Doubt it would be a case of rejoining, more likely ending up in a customs union or even the single market.
  8. of course, and tbh I think it will eventually work - may take a number of years and a lot of economic losses (on both sides, but disproportionately on the UK side.
  9. True, but remainer MPs voting against the May deal was a high risk strategy to try and force another referendum, which didn't pay off in the end. In retrospect, given the hard Brexit we got, it would have been a good "cut your losses" strategy to vote for that deal and then start laying the groundwork for a future EEA accession or something.
  10. do they? I am quite sure that many scapegoats will be found as and when required.
  11. no, no please don't get so strident. I am sure we don't disagree that much, in fact I am sure I agree with a lot of what you say. Let's just leave it at that.
  12. first, there is no need to view things through a binary lens. Acknowledge and learn from the evil actions in our history and celebrate the good. second, I am not British and may well not be living in the UK in a few years' time. my view is that nowhere in the West is on a good trajectory right now and the Blukip Tories are just one manifestation of this.
  13. no, I just don't think that Western self-hatred is the route to follow.
  14. I think the second one was the mini-lockdown in November, right?
  15. doesn't bode all that well for the UK then, given that AZ is the main vaccine being used here...
  16. therein lies the problem? From what I can glean, Sinovac is significantly worse at preventing COVID infections than, say, Pfizer.
  17. I have some sympathy for both sides of this debate. True, the history is horrendous, but I am not sure that means we should chuck out 2000 years of Western civilisation (with all the amazing advances that it has brought). And before you say that this is a straw man, it does sometimes seem that some on the left do wish to effect some kind of cultural revolution (btw see where that got China) and wipe the slate clean. Oh for a bit of centrism!
  18. the whole of human history is based on racism and warfare. for the past couple of hundred years, Europeans (yes, Europeans, not just Brits, look at e.g. the atrocities committed in the name of empire building by the likes of Belgium in Africa) have been in the ascendancy, looting and pillaging, but in the past the boot has been on the other foot. personally not going to walk around self-flagellating here, the legacy is a mix of bad and good.
  19. also, currency crash will seed future inflation as you say, but it might take a while to manifest.
  20. yes agreed, but I think a sudden jolt would be more likely to galvanise action (isn't this what happened in the last crash with the UK being ejected from the ERM?)
  21. in fact I would bet on the latter being more likely. with inflation they can always just "look through it" and keep ir's low. plummeting currency requires rather more immediate action...
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