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  1. The guy from the Vale

    US Politics: The Accountability Problem

    300'000 public servants in a city of almost 9 million is... not much.
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    US Politics: The Accountability Problem

    @OldGimletEye They have given their answer already. If you missed it, it's because there is no answer. I think "conservative" is a misnomer. They don't want to conserve our world. They just want to see it burn. "Arsonists" would be a better description of their MO.
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    New Forum Census

    Germany,but grew up in Switzerland. Probably counts as both, as I have both nationalities and live in Germany at this time.
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    US Politics: Out in the Cold

    That's pretty much what I was getting at with my fix earlier. What passes as reasonable centrism in the US looks like rightwing gasbaggery from across the pond, even if it isn't as terrible as the authoritarianism that somehow permeates the Republican Party today.
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    US Politics: Out in the Cold

    FTFY.
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    UK politics: The tale of an old (Ber)crow who flew down from the cuckoo's nest...

    That presupposes that the UK can do well on its own. I have serious doubts about that, to be perfectly frank. If anything, the backstop keeps the UK in a better position than without it - so by your own logic, the EU will want to get rid of it asap - but that needs the approval of Ireland, whose interests are also not in a permanent backstop so much as any solution to the NI border issue.
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    UK politics: The tale of an old (Ber)crow who flew down from the cuckoo's nest...

    The EU has no interest in keeping the UK in the backstop any longer than absolutely necessary. The backstop makes trade agreements with third parties significantly harder for them. This Brexiteer paranoia of anything European is why you are in this mess to begin with.
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    UK politics: The tale of an old (Ber)crow who flew down from the cuckoo's nest...

    I think it's a better idea than Brexit itself, given that the GFA has provisions for that case but not for Brexit.
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    UK politics: The tale of an old (Ber)crow who flew down from the cuckoo's nest...

    You are not locked into the backstop though. There is an easy way out: Hold a referendum on Irish reunification, make sure yes wins (given the economic prospects of post-Brexit Britain, that should be easy) and the need for the backstop disappears. Alas, I fear the DUP won't let May get away with that. But a future government would not be beholden to them.
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    UK politics: The tale of an old (Ber)crow who flew down from the cuckoo's nest...

    Have you seen this then? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cH0jvLbVrNw
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    Mental Wellbeing Thread

    So, my anxiety issues that I thought I had put behind me half a decade ago returned. This weekend, I've had massive panic attacks that were as ad as those twelve years ago, at the worst point of my life. Shit.
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    UK Politics: Deal, or No Deal. To May and Beyond.

    Thank you for the correction!
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    UK Politics: Deal, or No Deal. To May and Beyond.

    The arguments made have not changed though, whether the foreigners in question came from across the Channel and the Irish Sea then or from India and Africa now. As in, the above Disraeli quote could easily changed to a modern anti-Muslim rant without changing just about anything - well, except the out-dated style
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    UK Politics: Deal, or No Deal. To May and Beyond.

    And you think the Irish were not seen as dangerous foreigners with different religion, customs, culture and when they arrived in England? Whoever said that must have been quite the outlier in British politics, right?... Well, no. It was Benjamin Disraeli.
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    UK Politics: Deal, or No Deal. To May and Beyond.

    Over two million people immigrated to Britain between 1800 and 1940. The population of Britain in 1800 was about 18 million and rose to 30 million by 1940. So, about 10% of people in Britain at that time were immigrants or children of immigrants. In the last 70 years, there have been eight times as many immigrants to the UK per year, but the country also has four times the population it had in 1800, so effectively, the rate of immigration as a percentage of the population has only about doubled.
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