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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: January 18, 2019, 09:24:41 AM »
I don't understand people. A no deal Brexit would be an unmitigated disaster not just for Britain but for Ireland and the EU. No sane person wants that and certainly I do not believe many voted for that. It's an entirely reasonable request for a compromise. After the abuse and smears continuosly directed at this man by the Tories I think it's quite reasonable to test whether May is just playing to the gallery or genuinely interested in finding a solution. She hasn't a genuine bone in her body. Despite being a Remain campaigner she seems perfectly happy to let Britain leave the EU with no deal in order to keep her position.

The face on May when Corbyn asked her to rule it out told the story. She was sick.

Of course everyone wants a deal. But if that is guaranteed on one side, the other can just sit back and wait until its terms are granted, or until, as Sid suggests, Article 50 is withdrawn. Its ludicrous.

The biggest issue has been giving parliament a vote on the deal - there are so many different factions that was always going to result in stalemate.

The only way I can see out of it is through a general election. Perhaps at that point labour will run on second referendum ticket. That isn't the golden bullet people seem to think it will be either however.

The problem in the first place was having the referendum.

The UK does not have a written constitution and has always operated on a system of parliamentary sovereignty, ie. that parliament decides.

The UK's first referendum was 1975, and 2016 was only the third ever.

In 1975, Margaret Thatcher was in fact one of the few people to warn of the dangers that introducing the concept of a referendum posed to British politics - that it introduced a hostile, rival system of lawmaking to the existing parliamentary system.

The constitutional difference between Ireland and the UK as regards referendums is as follows: Ireland has a written constitution - we have had many referendums, but they are always constitutional ones, and the options are always defined. We NEVER hold non-constitutional referendums. The UK held an advisory referendum with no status in law where one option was completely undefined.

My take on what people voted for when they voted for Brexit, is that they were voting to retain all the benefits of European Union membership, and none of the responsibilities.

They voted to stop immigration, yet have full free movement rights themselves.
They voted for the ability to make their own trade deals, yet have full access to the single market, and no budget obligations.

They voted to have full membership of the golf club, with full playing rights on the course, use of the gym, swimming pool and bar etc. for free.

Voting for Brexit was like voting for all taxes to be abolished yet public spending to simultaneously be quadrupled.

The EU says: "We can't offer you that - it is fundamentally undeliverable."

But the Brits say: "But that's what we voted for! Get on with it and give us what we want!"

The EU respond: "We can't. You are living in a la la land."

Brexit was fundamentally undeliverable because it was a fantasy idea based on deep seated ideas of Britain's "glorious" past. It was an attempt to magically transplant the past into the future. The Tory party gave in to these delusions. David Cameron, more than any one person, is responsible for this mess because he agreed to opening the door to it.

There's no silver bullet that will get Britain out of the mess it created for itself, only least worst options.

Vote for the deal that most people hate and which even pro-Brexiteers say is worse than EU membership, and nobody will be happy, and it would be hugely divisive.

Stumble into no deal, and it would be a disaster. Britain would be ripe for destruction by anarcho-capitalists.

A second referendum could still leave open the possibility of no deal and would be again incredibly divisive, with far right rhetoric poisoning public discourse.

Withdrawing Article 50 unilaterally would be incredibly divisive. It could easily lead to a rise of the far right. But so could all the other options, with no deal likely being the worst case in this regard.

So all options, are, frankly, shit.

But withdrawing Article 50 now looks like the least worst option, and it's an option that has become more likely.

The flipside is; no deal has also become more likely.
Thats a fairly accurate summary

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: January 16, 2019, 12:06:25 PM »

It must be awful to go through life with such a sense of low self-worth and a disturbing level of self-loathing.
It must be. Any chance you might tell us what it feels like, given that you so obviously experience such?

Come up with something original Sid. That's the sort of response you expect from an 8 year old. You and Eamonnca1 must be swapping notes at elementary school.

Since you are celebrating it, how about explaining how whites being a minority will benefit the US.
Or is this just a case of wanting to be a minority so you can pretend you are oppressed and gain victim status?
Democrats love nothing more than playing the victim.
You're projecting again.  ;D

How does whites being a majority benefit the US?

Whites being a minority would of course benefit the US because the current white majority tends to vote in larger numbers for deeply regressive, racist, kleptocratic politics.

A majority-minority situation would mean that such politics could likely never again win. That would be great thing.

You do realise by engaging with me in such a hostile manner on this subject you're only proving me right, yes?  ;D

Your victim mindset makes you believe I've been hostile Sid. I was asking you questions to understand your viewpoint.

The United States success story is due to the people who inhabited it at the time.
Contrast with Mexico and Central America. Look at the fantastic societies they have built. So good they can't get out fast enough.

This model appears to be the aim for current democrats to force upon US citizens. Who can't wait for the drug cartels to hang people off bridges? Gangs in schools stabbing fellow pupils.

So Sid, is this the new American dream you always wished for?
A stunning glimpse of your insight in to history, US foreign policy in Central America and the War on Drugs rolled in to one post!

General discussion / Re: Sinn Fein? They have gone away, you know.
« on: January 11, 2019, 12:43:03 PM »
I know what yous are on about, but by the look of this forum and a lot of others over the last week, it seems like FF and the SDLP aren't too short of bots themselves.

So anyone that disagrees with, for example, SF & DUP carving up £500k of public money for themselves you are an SDLP bot? Got it
Ah thats not what I said now is it? ;D Jesus Christ you must have missed the countless examples of anyone expressing the slightest support for SF being labelled a Sinnerbot.

General discussion / Re: Sinn Fein? They have gone away, you know.
« on: January 11, 2019, 12:08:54 PM »
I know what yous are on about, but by the look of this forum and a lot of others over the last week, it seems like FF and the SDLP aren't too short of bots themselves.

General discussion / Re: Jay Donnelly
« on: January 11, 2019, 11:23:23 AM »
The whole age thing isn’t the (main) issue here for me, it’s the fact he sent his mates the pictures. Doesn’t matter if she was 16 or 36, it’s a complete sc**bag act. 4 months is a let off, his defence are appealing and part of the basis is that he is of such low intelligence that he is bordering on having a learning difficulty  ::)

GAA Discussion / Re: McKenna Cup 2019
« on: January 10, 2019, 12:28:43 PM »
I agree. The sin bin is a good idea, but it should definitely be a sinbin for a yellow also.

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: January 07, 2019, 01:39:50 PM »
People need to realise what free speech and the first amendment actually mean - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc are all private, commercial forums, subject to user agreement. Their owners have every right under the American Constitution to censor what goes on their own, commercial platforms.

Now, if you wanted to guarantee free speech on these platforms, under the Constitution, you would have to nationalise these platforms. Which is a policy I would support, and, coincidentally, it is really hilarious to see right wing, small government, libertarians being forced to use this argument, thus essentially nullifying their world view of "government - bad! Market - good!"

So, as you can see Dolph, Whitey et al, the "speech police" are actually mall cops. Perhaps you should change where you shop.

These are publicly traded companies that should be enforcing their standards uniformly. What’s good for the left should be good for the right. Their “enforcement” seems to be very one sided and overly restrictive on points of view that are right leaning.In time these platforms will evolve and maybe even face competition from other sources. Eg I now use Twitter much more than Facebook

Facebook has free speech rights as well you know, or don't you remember Citizens United? Online commercial platforms can enforce any editorial line they like, it's there in their user agreements.

The market has chosen Whitey - stop whinging like a snowflake.

BTW a Trump supporter banging on about left wing bias on Facebook, given what all US intelligence bodies have confirmed went on there during the 2016 campaign, is a bit much.

Absolutely not

I already knew they were biased

If an spokesperson for a publicly traded company knowingly makes materially  false statements they could be charged with any number of violations
Yeah, and a bit mad that a president cant!

General discussion / Re: Celebrities that you admire
« on: January 01, 2019, 04:57:23 PM »
Brandi Love

Genuinely had to Google this name.
Ziggy she does a tremendous amount for equal rights for women in her industry, including support for single mothers etc. Genuinely one of the good guys and I try to support her as much as possible.

General discussion / Re: What have you never done or seen in your life?
« on: January 01, 2019, 02:50:45 PM »
Ive never watched HiMucker masturbate
:Dthe lights are always off!

General discussion / Re: Celebrities that you admire
« on: January 01, 2019, 02:47:26 PM »
James McLean
Carl Frampton
Dennis Berkamp
Bill Gates
Warren Buffet
Brandi Love

General discussion / Re: What have you never done or seen in your life?
« on: January 01, 2019, 12:20:31 AM »
Never masturbated

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: December 30, 2018, 07:26:42 PM »
Anyone dismissing the United performances since OGS took over couldn't have watched much of them beforehand. This has been as good as united have played in a long long time.

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: December 20, 2018, 09:44:34 AM »
Over the Bar falling foul of Rule 1 of the board. Wee fella has anger issues.

Ok I've toned it down a bit but a poster who defends Munich chants by LFC fans will never be welcome on the United thread.
Catch a grip of yourself  ;D I can imagine LL now "The boys arent making me feel welcome on the thread :'(;D

General discussion / Re: No more evictions!
« on: December 18, 2018, 10:16:19 AM »
Sid and Trailer need to go back in their urban boxes and stop commenting on something they so obviously know nithing about.
An awful lot of farmers in Ros and I'm sure other adjoining Counties have scattered bits of land which would be registered as separate properties.
Bottom line is Mc still owes a load of money secured on his property.....
Banks and Vultures might just go about theur business a bit  more diplomatically after this propaganda defeat.
I hope Gilroy and his gang hadn't talked Mc into ignoring the whole situation.
The irony  ;D

General discussion / Re: The Balkan Tinderbox
« on: December 15, 2018, 07:03:47 PM »
It was a brutal war. Read couple books on it years ago but would be interested in going over it again, any decent books about on it?

“Kosovo” by Tim Judah is very good. “Love Thy Neighbour” by Peter Maas is fantastic.

Like Ziggy above, have worked with guys from that region. The Serbs see it as far from over.
was meaning to ask the same question as MR for along time on here. Always wanted to read a good book that helped explain it all. I can't remember who it was on here who recommended "Goliath life and loathing in greater Israel" but it was fantastic. If any of the above are close to that then brilliant.

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