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  1. A wilding

    UK Politics: This Country is Going to the Moggs

    ... Accurate information like punishment budgets, Project Fear and 350 million extra per week for the NHS?
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    What binds people together (?)

    One point about a European identity though, is that it can be a secondary super identity. This means that it can provide a shelter for smaller identities, such as the Scots, that are submerged in a larger nation. A Scottish person might consider themselves to some extent Scottish and European, with the EU to some extent protecting them from the London UK government. Scotland is after all more pro Europe than England. Other European identity groupings sometimes seem to feel the same way (the Ladins in NE Italy, for example, or even the Catholics in Northern Ireland).
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    UK Politics: Royal Weddings and Referendums

    But we are not arguing as to whether the EU is flawless, we are arguing about Brexit, so shifting the argument in this way really does feel like strawmanning to me. But if it makes you any happier, I for one am happy to say that the EU is far from flawless, and it was very much for the best that the UK stayed out of the Euro and out of Schengen. Despite this I think that Brexit is a huge mistake. Oh and the Westminster parliament is very far from flawless either.
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    UK Politics: Royal Weddings and Referendums

    You may think that, but then you are a Brexiteer, so saying what Remainers should want smacks of strawmanning. As a Remainer, my opinion is that the UK's pre-referendum position was already effectively the ultimate soft Brexit. The UK had used its leverage (that of potentially deciding to leave instead), to largely cherry pick which Euro institutions it wanted to join up to and which it didn't, and was able to significantly influence their direction. Ok, it didn't get to 100% choose everything, but we live in the real world. In the unlikely event that the EU did actually decide to try to turn itself into a superstate in future, the UK would have been able to firstly vote against it, and secondly to Brexit then if all else failed. Having voted for Brexit, the UK will now either end up in a catastrophic hard Brexit, or at best a soft Brexit that is going to be substantially worse that what it had already.
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    LGBTQ+ 6 -- It's a Rainbow of Flavors

    Sure England will remain a better place to live than much of the rest of the world, and I have no idea how you got the impression that I was saying it is not a relatively good place for LGBT people. But as for using Brexit to "put off immigrants" - I am calling it as I see it, however much I would love to be wrong (our EU friends have all packed up and left already). For example right now I wouldn't want to bet that a desperately stretched NHS will still be providing free services to EU citizens in a few years time.
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    LGBTQ+ 6 -- It's a Rainbow of Flavors

    My two pennyworth. As Xray says, being a straight white male I can't tell, and it probably does depend on what sort of circles you move in, but I would also say that most English people are quite relaxed about homosexuality, with the possible exception of the elderly (70+). We certainly know some lesbian couples who generally seem to have little problem. My impression is that there was a real sea change in public opinion about 10 - 15 years ago (one of my friends puts it down partly to Big Brother). When Cameron pushed through the gay marriage law a few years back the story is that most of his MPs - older white males almost to a man - were in shocked disagreement to it, until they went back to their constituencies, took soundings, and realised how much out of step with public opinion they had become on the issue. However, you tangentially mentioned Brexit. What is going to happen after Brexit is in practice still totally up in the air. Any promises of EU citizens being able to live here should, in my opinion, not be counted on. It is also quite possible that England may end up not being a very good place to live full stop. If at all possible I would suggest holding off for a year or so until the situation becomes clearer.
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    UK Politics: Royal Weddings and Referendums

    Well I certainly don't trust the current Tory Cabinet. Given the total power to choose our Brexit, I think it near certain that they will either choose a disastrous "no deal" crash out (if only out or sheer incompetence / brinkmanship), or one that cements in advantages for "big international corporations" with the discarding of consumer protections and human rights. I hope everyone who identifies with the political left would be concerned about that, At least giving MPs a veto might serve to keep the cabinet slightly more honest. It is not as if the Tories have a majority, or are even united. A decent opposition should be able to hold them to at least some account.
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    Has anyone read Arabian Nights?

    I read most of it once, years ago, in the complete Richard Burton translation, which has copious footnotes that are ... interesting. I thought it interesting mostly for the insight it gives into the culture it was written in, one in which, for example slavery is taken for granted and women are generally considered chattels. And there was a great deal of sex. "Greatest piece of literature ever made" sounds like hyperbole to me, though I suppose you always lose something in translation .
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    UK Politics: Royal Weddings and Referendums

    Well I didn't watch the Andrew Marr show, it being a long time since I have been able to stomach listening to a professional politician, but I still don't personally think the BBC website at least can be described as "complicit". They can't really not give May a platform, but here for example are some quotes from that article:
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    UK Politics: Royal Weddings and Referendums

    Not sure that I would say the BBC is complicit exactly: See here https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-44495598 I think that is reasonably fair, being enough for anyone capable of thinking about it to realise that this promise is completely unfunded.
  11. Seconding EB here. There was widespread feeling in Europe that these deals were not so much trade agreements as the erosion of national sovereignty by ISDS tribunals dominated by global corporations. See for example Wikipedia on TTIP:
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    UK Politics - From Russia with Love

    Would it though? I don't know if you have ever tried it, but it is hard labour. I don't think I would be willing unless the alternative was something like starvation. But of course the limiting factor is actually being somewhere near competitive with foreign imports. So if you like I will rephrase "any money" to "any reasonable amount of money".
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    UK Politics - From Russia with Love

    Out of interest, can anyone quote any examples of industries or skill sets where UK workers were driven out or disadvantaged by EU migrants willing to work for less? The only candidate I can think of offhand is fruit picking, but the general opinion on that seems to be that UK people are simply no longer willing to do that for any money.
  14. Also not a fan of Perdido Street Station. and would agree with most of your criticism of it, but try Mieville's The City and the City before giving up on him. If any of his books deserve to be considered "literate" it does. Not for nothing has it been compared with 1984 and with Kafka. Minor The City and the City spoiler:
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    UK Politics - From Russia with Love

    I would add friction over the Austria / Italy border to the list of territorial issues that the EU solved - though it is one not very well known in the UK.