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  1. Nothing Has Changed

    UK Politics : Groundhog May

    Labour MP Joan Ryan also quits, citing anti-Semitism. The Times - Exclusive: Joan Ryan is eighth Labour MP to quit, blaming ‘Corbyn culture of antisemitism’ This comes amid another Labour MP floating the idea that Israel is funding the Independent Group. "Ruth George, the Labour MP for High Peak, apologised yesterday after posting on social media that “support (for the independent group) from the State of Israel, which supports both Conservative and Labour Friends of Israel, of which Luciana [Berger] was chair, is possible”. She added: “I would not condemn those who suggest it, especially when the group’s financial backers are not being revealed. It is important for democracy to know the financial backers for any political group or policy.” Ms George later said that she “unreservedly and wholeheartedly” apologised for the comments and had not intended to invoke an antisemitic conspiracy theory."
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    UK Politics : Groundhog May

    Today feels like a good day. Britain is suffering because bands of slobbering zealots have seized control of its two great parties. Corbyn and his pathetic Stalinist tribute act clowned their way to the top of the Labour party, and the ERG led by the charlatan Rees-Mogg sabotaged and betrayed Cameron and have now also taken control of May and are driving us to ruin. Finally someone fought back. The Magnificent Seven have shown us the way forward and struck a terrific blow against Corbyn and his acolytes. On 27 February it is the Tory party's turn. When the Cooper amendment returns we shall see if the promised reinforcements from the payroll arrive to save the day and secure a delay. Until then Corbyn will live in fear of more defections and his chances of ever getting into number 10 diminish steadily.
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    UK Politics : Groundhog May

    The concentration camps in the Boer War were there so people could be fed because the farmers had gone + Glasgow thing was a truly spectacular face plant by the English Robespierre.
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    UK Politics : Groundhog May

    So now you're accusing Brexiteers of forgetting about the empire? If so, the logic of your argument of Brexit resulting from Imperial nostalgia is dark. You are of course absolutely right to stress that Britain was a global/imperial power in WW2, not 'a plucky little island.' However, your remarks about 'a colossal mega-empire' with a 'fifth of its [the world's] economy' are a bit silly. Why is it a mega-empire, are you saying the British Empire was so mighty it dwarfed mere empires. And lets be honest, the industrial and financial base of the British war effort in WW2 was nearly all the home island itself; India was not churning out tanks, planes or oil. Vital imports, especially oil and other essential raw materials did not come from Africa or the Middle East either but the United States (which had been out of the Empire for some time). So even if on paper the British Empire had a greater GDP and population than the Third Reich, it wasn't stronger in virtue of that. You can't leverage undeveloped colonial empires, full of peasants, into tipping the balance in a war of industrial nations. Agree with points about French, Poles and Czechs, also Norwegians too. They had the fourth largest merchant marine in WW2 and managed to evacuate it to Britain in the wake of the Hitlerite invasion. Anyway, Brexit is a bad idea … edit: not sure what you have against our manufacturing sector either.
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    UK Politics : Groundhog May

    Another important point, the British psyche is not solely, or even mostly determined by empire. The grounds for holding aloof from the European project are very little to do with having once ruled Ireland and India. They are, on the other hand, a lot to do with avoiding defeat and humiliation (to a point, anyway) in WW2, and actually in previous struggles, the experience that pervades the continental European consciousness and sustains a greater level of support for European unity there. Chalking all this up to empire is a pretty cheap rhetorical ploy designed to cast Brexiteers as thirsty for domination, which they are largely not. It is striking that so many Brexiteers think Brexit is still worth it if it destroys the country itself and brings on Scottish secession.* These people are not imperialists, they are foolish little Englanders. In other words, mad but not completely bad. And it is also worth saying there is opposition in all continental countries to the EU, and a sense of disempowerment too. In a recent poll in France put support for Frexit at 40% (can't be arsed to find link). If you Brexit is hard verging on disastrous Frexit would be Armageddon. *not guaranteed to happen of course.
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    UK Politics : Groundhog May

    I disagree that Brexit is much to do with Imperial nostalgia. I'm sure there are some people who have said things that are best described this way but overall I do not think Brexit represents a hankering after The Empire. This excellent article from Robert Saunders is a good primer for this. Other than HoI/SeanF and Pet Leech I think everyone in this thread is a Remainer/Reverser. It is important to understand those who disagree with you and that entails killing this imperial nostalgia idea. If anything Remainers care just as much, if not more, about the power-status of Britain.
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    UK Politics : Groundhog May

    As I understand it the backstop does grant the UK access to the EU customs area without it signing it up to all the rules (i.e. the payments) and with weaker enforcement mechanisms, although of course it is supposed to be temporary. Anyway, I am just explaining the thinking Robbins attributes to May, not trying to forecast any future negotiations, which may or may not happen.
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    UK Politics : Groundhog May

    The backstop does involve a halfway house on regulations, i.e. the UK pledges not to regress on certain employment laws, state aid and competition and so, but it doesn't apply news laws. Presumably May, as a final destination wants to remove the UK from some of the rules and regulations that come as part of the SM (esp freedom of movement) and to retain some of the access the UK previously enjoyed. That would seem to necessitate a halfway house arrangement on various regulations, trading some access for control and vice versa. Also look at this: Westminster voting intention: CON: 40% (+5) LAB: 35% (-3) LDEM: 10% (+1) GRN: 4% (-) UKIP: 3% (-3) via Kantar, 07 - 11 Feb Chgs. w/ 14 Jan That Tory lead may be real. How can Labourites live with the shame of serving under Corbyn?
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    UK Politics : Groundhog May

    No, but it was going to be a bridge to the future relationship, i.e. something to be built on and improved, not something to be escaped. In other words, she wanted the permanent customs union and some halfway house on regulatory alignment, which is, on some readings, not very far from Labour's stated policy.
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    UK Politics : Groundhog May

    Olly Robbins overheard in a bar. Suggests choice before MPs in March will be deal or long extension not deal or no deal. Two, confirms that May saw the all-UK backstop as a way of sliding her preferred future relationship into the legally binding bit of the Withdrawal Treaty, and not as the safety net which the backstop is being sold as. I have to say all this makes sense to me and I am inclined to believe it.
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    UK Politics : Groundhog May

    Does anyone want to venture who from the twentieth century was worse than Cameron? Or the nineteenth/eighteenth? I can see a case for Lord North but I think the loss of America was less avoidable, and inevitable in the long run anyway, so Cameron seems to be beating even him.
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    UK Politics : Groundhog May

    Why Theresa May will take us to no-deal - v. depressing if true, from the Huffpo.
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    UK Politics : Groundhog May

    The Poppadom Plot is here This is absurd. The Europhobic press give you The Poppadom Plot. Ken Clarke and Jon Bercow met for a curry and the ERG lunatics are doing their nut. From the article: "Tory Brexiteer MP Andrew Bridgen, a long-term critic of the Speaker, condemned the meeting. He told the Sunday Express: 'The Poppadom Plot is part of the Remainer elites trying to overturn the democratic will of the British people.' He added: 'It appears that the Speaker is conspiring with Remainer MPs to stop Brexit and subvert democracy. 'The Speaker must be removed immediately before he can do any more damage to the reputation of Parliament.'" It seems that every hour these people take it upon themselves to humiliate themselves and their cause further.
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    UK Politics : Groundhog May

    Too sensible.
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    UK Politics : Groundhog May

    Please chaps, before you pile into HoI, with all this back of the class/things that have to be repeated, he did concede things might be 'pretty shit.' Perhaps but it is not clear why the point about services supports the idea that it is. The UK service sector enjoys various advantages as part of the EU single market, and it is the service access that is least likely to be replicated by replacement trade deals.
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