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  1. UK Politics: The Overton Defenestration
  2. UK Politics: The Overton Defenestration

    The LibDems have a policy and a strategy. It's written down and everything. It also looks like a vote-winner. So, if you don't want to leave, or want the softest of Brexits, you can vote LibDems. If you want a hard Brexit, you can vote Tory or UKIP. If you want, erm, somebody help me out here... you can vote Labour.
  3. UK Politics: The Overton Defenestration

    Well. I suppose demanding a rainbow-coloured unicorn so as to have an excuse to call a referendum when they don't get it is a strategy of sorts, though they still look highly unlikely to win it.
  4. UK Politics: The Overton Defenestration

    Yes, I know, but that is not a free trade deal, it's membership of the single market, which the UK has ruled out. The EU-Canada deal eliminates most tariffs and many non-tariff barriers, while allowing both parties to trade with other countries and blocs independently, and allowing for changes to regulations as long as an agreed floor is respected. The thing that took the time was negotiating that floor and harmonising. The UK could do that easily.
  5. UK Politics: The Overton Defenestration

    How do you guarantee that with any country that the EU signs a free trade deal with? That would have to be part of the deal, but the point was that the lengthy negotiations and lead in times are because regulations and legislation have to be harmonised to start with. We don't have that issue. That said, I don't think the political will is there on either side, so it's a moot point.
  6. Why is the second statement not true, and how would destabilizing the current world order cause the Baltics to want to be ruled by the Russians again?
  7. The Baltics loath the Russians. There is no way they would voluntarily get back in bed with them.
  8. UK Politics: The Overton Defenestration

    It should be easier to reach a deal for the UK if the political will is there. UK businesses and legislation already meet EU requirements by definition, after all.
  9. UK Politics: The Overton Defenestration

    I didn't say I thought it was a good idea!
  10. UK Politics: The Overton Defenestration

    He's not talking about a tax haven in that way. He is talking about an aggressive corporate tax policy to lure businesses to the UK.
  11. UK Politics: The Overton Defenestration

    He's not saying Britain was forced to leave the EU. He's saying that if the EU plays hardball on economic and trade links, which he hopes doesn't happen, Britain will have to be tough in return. That seems like a statement of the obvious.
  12. Crisis in Chicago

    If the best way to reduce the murder rate is legalisation of both, can you explain why London's rate is 1.6?
  13. Cricket 30: World Twenty20 and beyond

    England post 350, have India at 60-4 and they still cruise home. Depressing.
  14. UK Politics: The Overton Defenestration

    Sleaford isn't Stoke, it's a middle class/agricultural area, i.e traditionally Conservative. The Tories only did well in 2015 in Stoke because LibDems defected en masse to them . That won't happen again. The Labour to UKIP swing was of similar size and I expect it to continue in Stoke as it will in other distressed industrial seats where people will not contemplate a Tory. Edit: Checking the figures suggests that Lib Dem votes broke to both Labour and the Tories in Stoke. Either way, those votes will mainly be going back to the LibDems, so that's still bad for the Tories, but worse for Labour.
  15. Football: Reds Rising!!

    Why not, it worked for the US in the 70s? Wait...