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PostSubject: Re: British Politics thread   Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:06 pm

https://twitter.com/AdamWagner1/status/976397192574455808

I agree with this Twitter thread.

Or, summarized quite well in this quote, attributed to Kim Campbell, former Canadian PM:
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If you never encounter anything in your community that offends you, then you are not living in a free society.
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PostSubject: Re: British Politics thread   Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:55 pm

I saw a kitten with a Hitler moustache the other day. Drop-kicked the Nazi fucker; I will not tolerate intolerance.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-43478925
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PostSubject: Re: British Politics thread   Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:14 am

So there seems to be a movement to discredit the Brexit vote using the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
But what is the point, from a political POV? Both of the major parties are pro-Brexit and the one party that campaigned against it in the latest general election did poorly. There is no political basis for another referendum, so why would this scandal even be a factor?
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PostSubject: Re: British Politics thread   Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:15 am

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Both of the major parties are pro-Brexit

Not so their MPs. Eighty percent of Labour MPs support Remain as do about 60% of Tories MPs. And all of the SNP, Plaid Cymru and LibDem MPs support Remain.

This is the people vs the establishment.
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PostSubject: Re: British Politics thread   Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:54 pm

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So UK is to expel 23 Russian spies ('diplomatic staff') and call a Security Council meeting. Britain is now at loggerheads with both the EU and Russia, while repeatedly shitting on Donald Trump. Maybe it's not too late for an alliance with North Korea.

How wrong I was. The mass expulsion of Russian diplomats is the biggest show of international support for the UK since the Falklands War. A triumph for Theresa May.
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UK: 23 diplomats
US: 60 diplomats
France 4
Germany 4
Poland 4
Czech Republic 3
Lithuania 3
Denmark 2
Netherlands 2
Italy 2
Spain 2
Estonia 1
Croatia 1
Finland 1
Hungary 1
Latvia 1
Romania 1
Sweden 1
Ukraine: 13
Canada: 7
Albania: 2
Australia: 2
Norway: 1
Macedonia: 1

Good to know Brussels is onside:

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PostSubject: Re: British Politics thread   Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:00 pm

Is it customary for Europeans to put the sender's details in the top-left corner and the recipient's details below the signature? To me that looks like VVP is sending a letter of congratulations to himself - but addressed to Juncker.

In any case, I wonder if this will get the condemnation Trump received for congratulating Tsar Vladimir on his coronation? Breaths shouldn't be held, I suspect.
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PostSubject: Re: British Politics thread   Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:27 pm

Also should we be expecting any unexplained explosions in Arkhangelsk anytime soon or does May not have the balls to send a man out to die?
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PostSubject: Re: British Politics thread   Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:51 am

I chuckled at New Zealand admitting that they couldn't actually find any Russkies to expel.

Either they're the best undercover operatives EVER, or Vlad thinks there's nothing in NZ worth spying on.
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PostSubject: Re: British Politics thread   Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:22 am

Things the British government will protect us from:

Mean tweets✅
Dog Nazis✅
Free speech✅
Female conservative journalists✅
Grooming gangs❌
Terrorists❌
Returning ISIS fighters❌
Antisemitic attacks❌
Shootings❌
Knife crime❌
Acid attacks❌
Russian nerve agent❌

(all over Twitter)
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PostSubject: Re: British Politics thread   Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:12 pm

Thought May's performance in the Commons over the Syria strike was gutsy and impressive.

Has she sacked those two dolts in her office that everyone hated and fucked up the campaign last year?
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PostSubject: Re: British Politics thread   Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:12 pm

Erica Ambler wrote:
Things the British government will protect us from:

Mean tweets✅
Dog Nazis✅
Free speech✅
Female conservative journalists✅
Grooming gangs❌
Terrorists❌
Returning ISIS fighters❌
Antisemitic attacks❌
Shootings❌
Knife crime❌
Acid attacks❌
Russian nerve agent❌

(all over Twitter)

ROTFLMAO

Extension of the whole '18 months gaol for flipping off a cctv camera but no prosecution for muslim sex traffickers?' thing I assume?
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PostSubject: Re: British Politics thread   Tue May 01, 2018 6:18 am

I realise we live in the age of All Must Have Prizes but Diane Abbot must be part of Ellsworth Toohey's perpetual cosmic joke.

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PostSubject: Re: British Politics thread   Tue May 01, 2018 7:44 am

Can't wait to see her back in government if that lot get in. Oh the high japes.
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PostSubject: Re: British Politics thread   Thu May 10, 2018 9:11 pm

Often strikes me that all politics can be reduced to this:

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PostSubject: Re: British Politics thread   Fri May 11, 2018 3:25 am

Vesper wrote:
Thought May's performance in the Commons over the Syria strike was gutsy and impressive.

Has she sacked those two dolts in her office that everyone hated and fucked up the campaign last year?

Yes, they were both sacked not that long after the General Election.
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PostSubject: Re: British Politics thread   Sun May 20, 2018 4:04 pm

That wedding was a bit of a shitshow. Did the Queen have a say in all that PUHRAIZ JEEZUS Southern Baptist stuff? Just who's meant to be assimilating to whose institution here? And Meghan's from LA not the Deep South FFS.
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PostSubject: Re: British Politics thread   Mon May 21, 2018 12:14 am

I thought it was hilarious. Especially since several people were on the very brink of nervous giggles.
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PostSubject: Re: British Politics thread   Mon May 21, 2018 2:23 am

I almost wish I'd watched it, just to see him ... let's face it, most weddings are interminably dull.
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PostSubject: Re: British Politics thread   Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:19 am

The Tories are angry at one of its own for blocking an upskirting law.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-44496427

2 years jail for unauthorised creepshots of my perineum?   popcorn
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PostSubject: Re: British Politics thread   Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:45 pm

Leading British intellectual A C Grayling on how the Russians engineered Brexit. You may think Grayling's mistaken; I think he's mentally ill.

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PostSubject: Re: British Politics thread   Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:05 am

Heh. These silly sots simply cannot accept that their terrible ideas have been tried and found wanting by the people. They constantly lecture us about how we're on the wrong side of history when precisely the opposite is true. Hopefully Brexit, Trump and renascent Euro-nationalism will hasten many of these idiots to the grave.
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PostSubject: Re: British Politics thread   Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:14 pm

"Outside interference is bad," - man who wants to be ruled by bureaucrats in Belgium.
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PostSubject: Re: British Politics thread   Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:11 pm

Personally I'm not a huge fan of nascent nationalism on the continent, considering its historical antecedents.
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PostSubject: Re: British Politics thread   Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:04 pm

Salomé wrote:
Personally I'm not a huge fan of nascent nationalism on the continent, considering its historical antecedents.

And I'm not keen on Europe being ruled by Germany. You know, considering its historical antecedents.
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PostSubject: Re: British Politics thread   Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:53 am

Salomé wrote:
Personally I'm not a huge fan of nascent nationalism on the continent, considering its historical antecedents.

Human beings are inherently groupish and one manifestation of groupishness is the nation-state in one form or another. Attempts to suppress this facet of human nature are necessarily totalitarian, and I'm not too keen on totalitarianism given its sanguinary history.
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