UngainlyTitan

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  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    I dunno about leftist, I am not really a leftist, though I am one of those that have moved somewhat to the left as I got older. But there are a couple of things, Never underestimate the importance of No...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Racism, misogyny and corrupt oligarchy are ongoing strands in the US body politic, at least to my limited knowledge going back to the 1850's. The party political banners they operate under vary over time and they do not necessarily move...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    It is not so much the attitude I don't get it the sheer ineptitude with which it is pursued....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Charlie @31 I agree with your analysis but I have a question, How did the Tory party become so inept? A bunch of 2 years olds would have done a better job of negotiating Brexit and shaping public opinion as...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    @22 link now appears to be now working. Odd!...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    The gentry managing customs is what the Tories mean by a technological solution to the border. The Backstop "as far as I understand it" is a legal commitment from the British government that the full single market rules and relegation...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    It is my understanding that the main obstacle to using Irish grain directly for human consumption (aside from beer and whiskey production) is moisture content. Simply Irish grain is too wet for modern milling and it is cheaper to import...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Ok, commitment to join the Euro and actually joining are different things but would a UK application to re-join the EU on the same terms as Poland, get support in the Commons? Also would Spain be tempted to veto unless...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    I do not believe that the UK would get to remain, I think the best offer it would get would be the current transition remains in force until the UK has re-negotiated admission. The new membership deal would be no...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    From personal observation when younger, not in my day. That is women by an large did not diet at least not at the ages where it would affect their growth. I cannot speak for younger generations of Irish women, but...
  • Commented on Holding Pattern
    I would echo Elderly Cynic's comments. As someone that spent 10 years nursing my mother with Dementia, nursing a loved one through an long illness or even just visiting them in a care home as they decline is a seriously...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Please accept my condolences on the death of your friend, Hugh Hancock. I would agree that bumping up against world building has knocked me out of many sci-fi in the last number of years. A reason that I turned to...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Don't knock gaming so much. Gaming on the xbox kept me same as I dealt with my mothers mental decline due to Alzheimer's over the last 10 years, I was her fulltime carer, particularly the year or so where she...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    My condolences, and take your time with the writing....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Would a wormhole capable of swallowing a jetliner intact, leave enough evidence now for the physics community to workout its exit point? I am pretty sure it would leave enough evidence that there was a wormhole. In the form of...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    We nick Shauble's idea of the EU paying for the dole (while finessing the Germany supervises part to something like the EU parliament supervises) add also part pays for primary and secondary education with a mandatory civics and Euro language...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Well that source takes its figure from an excel spread sheet which is available on This site which says it is it "HMRC Tax Receipts and National Insurance Contributions for the UK" which I just downloaded and cross checked against...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Well! according to This source 53% or so of UK tax revenue comes form income (32%) and NIC(22%) now I do not know how National Insurance breaks down between employees and their employers but VAT and Corporation Tax only account...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    The foreign exchange is the biggie all right, particularly with the UK's current balance of payments. As I recall this brought down more than one UK government in the past. That said the taxes and income of the 300k or...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    There is nothing in the article linked, to suggest that it is anything other than the authors opinion masquerading as news. Yes the French in particular may have been pushing for EU military integration but nothing in the article suggest...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I am very strongly against legislation via referenda but would be very strongly in favour of referenda to stop/delay or force reconsideration of stupid and/or deeply unpopular governmental decisions (at national or EU level) the rest I have no problem...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    A note on the Scottish situation, would not any negotiation with the EU be considered interference in the internal affairs of the UK? Would that not be illegal under international law. So it would seem to me that the Scots...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Seem to me though that there will be no political stability in the UK unless Brexit is tried. It will only get stronger if it denied by the political class and that may get violent....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    The Unionist are not ready to agree to a United Ireland, it would need a prolonged economic downturn that was not affecting Ireland or some serious political betrayal from Westminster. Otherwise they would resist violently and the Irish government or...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Long term no, the UK is too big a player in European term to ignore in the long run. It simply cannot be trusted or taken at is word though as long as UK and the Brexit wing of the...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    The banks probably cannot wait for the politicians to get their act together. Anyone know how long to get regulation compliant and Euro-passport ready in France or Germany?...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    That is actually not a bad idea. The austerity bit can and will be changed when enough voters get sick of it and a viable alternative that they believe presented to them. Or in Europe's case enough countries reject austerity...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    LOL It does looks a bit like that doesn't it. I still cannot get over the notion held by some that the UK gov. can ignore the vote and say ha ha lad it was all a joke, we're sober...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I think you are right the EU cannot afford the UK, much less the England tail to wag the EU dog. So Scotland vetos the leaving of Europe, Westminster does what? or will the SNP push UDI anyway? I think...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    For those that think that the UK Government can delay exit as long as they want I have a question: Is this politically viable? Presumably most of the Tory pro Brexit backbenchers believe in it and why will they stand...
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