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by Nimrod103
November 17th, 2018, 12:28 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: No confidence vote
Replies: 55
Views: 623

Re: No confidence vote

I cannot get out of my mind the notion that this whole thing (bar a few outriders) has been scripted in advance. After all 99% of the negotiation has been between the British politicians, not with the EU. The successive waves of Brexiteers resigning is very theatrical, as is the challenge to May wh...
by Nimrod103
November 17th, 2018, 10:09 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: No confidence vote
Replies: 55
Views: 623

Re: No confidence vote

I cannot get out of my mind the notion that this whole thing (bar a few outriders) has been scripted in advance. After all 99% of the negotiation has been between the British politicians, not with the EU. The successive waves of Brexiteers resigning is very theatrical, as is the challenge to May whi...
by Nimrod103
November 16th, 2018, 2:16 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: BREXIT
Replies: 130
Views: 2327

Re: BREXIT

That EU foreign policy (in US eyes) already looks highly suspect - based on continuing trade with Iran and Russia (gas into Germany), i.e. putting business before principles. Wow! Because the US would never put trade before principles would it? Like fighting a war for oil. Or backing a brutal dicta...
by Nimrod103
November 16th, 2018, 1:54 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: BREXIT
Replies: 130
Views: 2327

Re: BREXIT

Wow. What you are describing is Vassallage. I'm not sure where you are coming from on the issue of Western principles of freedom and an agreed foreign policy going back to WW2, if not before. What you were describing wasn't an 'agreed' foreign policy. It was the US determining foreign policy and Eu...
by Nimrod103
November 16th, 2018, 11:58 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: BREXIT
Replies: 130
Views: 2327

Re: BREXIT

Indeed, although that wasn't really the issue being discussed, which was whether a real EU army (unlikely as it currently is) would be able to defend Europe against the Russians, absent the US. Perhaps, though, people are starting to wake up, in this Trump era, to the possibility that blind relianc...
by Nimrod103
November 16th, 2018, 10:44 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: BREXIT
Replies: 130
Views: 2327

Re: BREXIT

You've just made the argument for an EU army. If there really was a proper EU army then it would be a match for any Russian attack. The EU as a whole has more financial and manpower resources and it's technology is superior. However no doubt the historic divisions, squabbling, jealousies and rivalr...
by Nimrod103
November 16th, 2018, 9:16 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Cabinet agrees Brexit agreement
Replies: 168
Views: 1684

Re: Cabinet agrees Brexit agreement

A no-deal exit was never an option and is still not because there is no possibility you would get Parliament to back it, and because it never was a realistic threat that is why we have the mess of a deal there is now on offer. This misnomer has been missed by others on here and is falsely still bei...
by Nimrod103
November 16th, 2018, 9:12 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: BREXIT
Replies: 130
Views: 2327

Re: BREXIT

Against the EU27 Russia monkey-stomps them all, bar France (nuclear deterrent!) picking the weak off while the opposing command struggles to mobilise arguing allies . You've just made the argument for an EU army. If there really was a proper EU army then it would be a match for any Russian attack. ...
by Nimrod103
November 15th, 2018, 4:44 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Cabinet agrees Brexit agreement
Replies: 168
Views: 1684

Re: Cabinet agrees Brexit agreement

I agree that it would be pitting authoritarian EUism against liberal democracy and self determination. That would be difficult, since that isn't what I was saying. You cannot seriously suggest that the EU is not authoritarian? As an organization it has proved to be inflexible and dictatorial, with ...
by Nimrod103
November 15th, 2018, 4:34 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Cabinet agrees Brexit agreement
Replies: 168
Views: 1684

Re: Cabinet agrees Brexit agreement

Yet here we have the roles reversed: (largely) righties voting for undeliverable fantasies that have been exposed as such by the intervention of reality. And then they plead that it would all work out if only the govt was more right wing, ie. more extreme, even dafter. No shame. :lol: 37% of 2015 L...
by Nimrod103
November 15th, 2018, 1:56 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Cabinet agrees Brexit agreement
Replies: 168
Views: 1684

Re: Cabinet agrees Brexit agreement

Actually I have just been listening to the news. May is between the proverbial rock and a hard place and no matter It's a rock (What the UK government will accept), a hard place, (What the UK parliament will accept), and another really hard thing (What the EU will accept). These three things were n...
by Nimrod103
November 15th, 2018, 9:29 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: BREXIT
Replies: 130
Views: 2327

Re: BREXIT

If the rEU attempt to take on any of the three powers named they will lose, no question. Even if they had thirty years to ramp up forces and build up units there is no realistic scenario which the EU could best any of the superpowers. They are an order of magnitude more capable. China? Are they cra...
by Nimrod103
November 15th, 2018, 9:14 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: BREXIT
Replies: 130
Views: 2327

Re: BREXIT

Look at just the recently modernised Russian Western military district alone: it is a truly frightening adversary which no European nation or combination of nations has a hope of matching militarily without heavy US aid. Interesting comment very relevant to the current EU plans for their own army, ...
by Nimrod103
November 15th, 2018, 2:21 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: BREXIT
Replies: 130
Views: 2327

Re: BREXIT

the view in the country was generally that the Versailles Treaty was too harsh and unjust (not in fact true, but shows the power of spin) This is an unfashionable view, I thought that treaty was universally regarded as having been too onerous. Probably best to read Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.o...
by Nimrod103
November 14th, 2018, 6:22 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: BREXIT
Replies: 130
Views: 2327

Re: BREXIT

Bit of a an oversimplification... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Ukrainian_revolution It may be an unfashionable view, but I don't see Russia as 'aggressive'. Its move into the Crimea and eastern Donetz is into areas which were historically Russian and Russian speaking, and only incorproated in...
by Nimrod103
November 14th, 2018, 5:56 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Finally a deal!
Replies: 44
Views: 757

Re: Finally a deal!

Scottish Tories are now saying they will vote against the deal if as expected it doesn't provide for complete freedom from the Common Fisheries policy. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-deal-theresa-may-latest-fishing-eu-scottish-conservative-david-mundell-letter-quotas-a8633591...
by Nimrod103
November 14th, 2018, 5:52 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: BREXIT
Replies: 130
Views: 2327

Re: BREXIT

The EU has an aggressive Russia to the east, which has already shown a keenness for expansion over nations it considers to be Russian. And why did Russia seize parts of Ukraine? Oh yes, it happened just after the EU had orchestrated the overthrow of the democratically elected pro-Russian govt with ...
by Nimrod103
November 11th, 2018, 8:43 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Business Reality verses Project Fear
Replies: 97
Views: 2565

Re: Business Reality verses Project Fear

We have had Graduated Pension and SERPS, in two versions. Both gave you extra pension pro rata to your extra NICs. ...plus the transitional arrangements to the new 'simpler' State Pension. So, once again: Show me how "simple" works in practice in a democracy. Of course, it is always possi...
by Nimrod103
November 11th, 2018, 7:32 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Business Reality verses Project Fear
Replies: 97
Views: 2565

Re: Business Reality verses Project Fear

You seem to have missed the point. In PRINCIPLE taxation IS "simple", as are pensions. However, when it comes to putting these things into practice in a reasonably fair way in a diverse and complicated world they INEVITABLY become complicated. You could 'simply' say: "Pensions - ever...
by Nimrod103
November 11th, 2018, 6:29 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Business Reality verses Project Fear
Replies: 97
Views: 2565

Re: Business Reality verses Project Fear

That’s not what the S-H question was about, the Danish king was also the Duke for several hundred years. It was about differences in the status of the fiefdoms and the difference in Salic and Danish law as it then pertained to them as either integral Danish or German territories. I think you are sa...

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