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messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by JohnL September 02, 05:21PM

paulu197 Wrote:
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> Note that the PM is actually elected. We vote for
> a party not a leader, its the party's perogative
> to decide who should lead. Simple

Works in a parliamentary type democracy but we're moving towards one where the PM is much more Presidential and then there's Dom Cummings ;)

messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by diable rouge September 02, 05:49PM

paulu197 Wrote:
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> Note that the PM is actually elected. We vote for
> a party not a leader, its the party's perogative
> to decide who should lead. Simple

Not so simple, many people will base their vote depending on who the party leader is, for example I won't vote for Labour while Corbyn is their leader...

messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by seenbeen September 02, 05:53PM

Yes- I vote according to the manifesto that is put out there...who cares who the figure head is....unfortunately the number of U turns they all do is pretty alarming

messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by paulu197 September 02, 06:58PM

diable rouge Wrote:
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> paulu197 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Note that the PM is actually elected. We vote
> for
> > a party not a leader, its the party's
> perogative
> > to decide who should lead. Simple
>
> Not so simple, many people will base their vote
> depending on who the party leader is, for example
> I won't vote for Labour while Corbyn is their
> leader...

But if people don't know the system, you can't have them incorrectly announce that the leader is unelected when they are elected. SAme with Remain / Leave, people should always investigate the options at hand and make an informed decision.
Re: Corbyn. He calls the conservatives party as a party in shambles yet Labor is still only garnering 20% share of the vote according to the polls. IN all seriousness the Labor party should be at 45-50%...this falls on Corbyn. He needs to go. In order to have a decent government we need a decent opposition and Corbyn isn't. LAbor is not for the people but for the ideologies...it's a shame....and yes I am not a Labor voter...more centre right...don't hate me smiling smiley

messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by paulu197 September 02, 07:01PM

And this pretty much sums it up and you can take polls with a grain of salt. Despite all the protests...people are warming to Boris and cooling even more to Corbyn

[yougov.co.uk]

messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by Hemingway September 03, 03:53PM

Politicians are all @#$%& putting political advantage over principles since year dot.

The less power and control they have the better.

- a referendum was put in the Tory manifesto for political expediency, but the promise probably did win the election for the Tories
- because useless Ed, whose reforms let the 3 quid trots back in remember, didn't win, even many sane Labour members went into some collective nervous breakdown and elected a useless , Marxist, anti-EU duffer into power at a critical time. (own it ,they've wrecked Labour as broad church left party, probably for ever)
- Cameron, convinced that Grant on the basis of Australian politics and his unexpected election victory (and lulled into a sense of security the Scottish referendum) was a genius, ran a project fear referendum campaign that was terrible; Corbyn held a few token rallies for remain but was largely absent from the 'MMS' and remain campaign
- Brexiters faired better with simple slogans, dog whistles and smarter analytics (see also Obama); they were also aided by events (Syria's implosion and Merkel's open invite and subsequent refugee crisis that peaked that year.
- having lost the referendum Cameron @#$%& off to his shed
- useless May believed the polls and her snap election disaster ruined any chance of a decent deal, backbenchers behaving or tougher negotiations; probably beyond her capability anyway.
- her deal, which was about as good as we could have got by then, was rejected on several occasions by the HoC
- All weekend it was a Coup and yet today no-one wants an election.

Useless waste of our time, resource and our country's reputation and standing; a plague on most of them (and us voters)

messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by Sephiroth September 03, 08:07PM

I would agree with some of that Hems, but Iíll give my version (any instance of the word ďyouĒ should not be aimed at you Hems)

If someone (anyone) gives you a dumb binary choice, donít vote for the dumb one (no matter who they or you are). If they choose the dumb option then it really really is on them - not anyone else. If you really want to leave the eu, formulate a pragmatic version of how that would work over 5-10 years, stop calling the people you need deals with the enemy and then put that to a vote

careful what you wish for. If you keep voting in a rag tag Tory governments then the opposition will mutate to find the antidote

If a country constantly derides its politicians, clever people will swerve being them and we end up with career dullards and worse

Looking at other countries, nowhere is perfect. But the countries that have some kind of bond between electorate and politicians work best. Taking too much power from politicians doesnít work too well (Iím open to being corrected)

Spending a week in another eu country this past week has been a blessed relief. They donít hold their politicians in high regard but they also know they canít deliver the undeliverable/undesirable.

Only the uk thinks this thing can and should be done - as long as it continues to think this way then it will continue to generate nothing but chaos and anger and impotent rage

messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by Loutwo September 03, 08:45PM

Sephiroth, all of what you say is a good take on matters, but I think youíre missing one crucial point in all of your analysis.

In three words, The Conservative Party.

Consistently, since we joined the common market they have fought this internal battle with finding a post Empire place in the world, constantly harping back to the Second World War and consequent industrial decline of the country. It runs through the veins of this countries go-to party of Government. A large chunk of the party, ultimately have severe hang ups over all of the above, and need someone, something to blame. The EU is a constant thorn in the side of a party which still deep down believes we are too good to be part of such a post-national identity organisation.

Itís not just that the Tories are perceived as Ďthe natural party of governmentí, itís that they have managed to make a substantial chunk of the British population believe their post-Empire hang ups are valid concerns. And that we can and must find a way to govern ourselves, whatever the cost. Unemployment, further decline, severed international relations, none of this matters as long as we are free.

This isnít everyone of course, the left also have a good take on why supranational organisations such as the EU donít work for the people. But the left has nowhere near as much influence on the British psyche as the Tories seem to have had over the generations. How we overcome that, I donít know.

Louisa.



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messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by Sephiroth September 03, 09:03PM

I think by now most people who know me know my feelings on the tories

But I wanted to keep the tone general as both parties are as bad as each other. I think a brexit under Corbyn government will be a total disaster and will ruin labour for generations. And that saddens me

But do I think even that disaster would be better than allowing this Tory government to continue? Yes yes I do. But thatís FPTP for you. Uk @@ked that referendum as well

messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by Passiflora September 03, 11:03PM

But Sephiroth, you have just spent a week in another EU country and said it was a blessed relief. Why?

As somebody who voted to Leave in the 2016 Referendum I really don't think the UK should be worried about how the EU are viewing us.

messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by Sephiroth September 04, 05:41AM

By your own words are you damned

messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by exdulwicher September 04, 07:39AM

Passiflora Wrote:
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> But Sephiroth, you have just spent a week in
> another EU country and said it was a blessed
> relief. Why?
>
> As somebody who voted to Leave in the 2016
> Referendum I really don't think the UK should be
> worried about how the EU are viewing us.

I think the UK needs to be very worried about how not just the EU but the entire rest of the world is viewing us. Never before has a country voluntarily elected to make itself poorer, less influential, more isolated. Never before has a Government been shown to be so wildly incompentent.

I mean, there are corrupt Governments, dictatorships etc but in a supposed democratic first-world nation, our Government has shown the world that it is composed almost entirely of a bunch of lying self-serving charlatans, spivs and incompetents. Newspapers all over the world are saying the same thing - countries are looking on in a mixture of sadness that a once-respected nation has sunk this low, incredulity that they're continuing on this course of action, and they're thinking - do we really want to do trade deals with these people, do we want them in collaborative porjects, do we want to use their services and goods, can we trust them?

So yes, our world standing is vitally important to us.

messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by Loutwo September 04, 09:22AM

I donít think we would be in this position if politicians had respected the result of the referendum and accepted Mayís withdrawal agreement, months ago. Rather than this endless self-serving going round in circles, some wanting more referendums, some not wanting to leave at all, others want to leave without a deal. MPís could have, and should have coalesced around that withdrawal agreement back in March and then worked together to shape the future negotiations. We would now at least have moved on from some of the polarisation and be talking about other stuff now.

Louisa.

messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by Sephiroth September 04, 09:26AM

If mays deal passed it would have made everyone worse off and pleased no one

I know loads of people are seeing it as some sort of panacea but we would have left, no way back in and be worse off with endless finger pointing and blame doing the rounds. Mays deal is the answer to nothing (and if is resurrected and finally passed as a compromise, you can bookmark this post)

Itís entirely lazy thinking and indicative of this whole process - pretending only politicians didnít want mays deal forgets entirely that most people didnít want it either. Just like when this entire debacle is finished you wonít find anyone who admits to voting to leave

[www.google.co.uk]



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messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by Loutwo September 04, 09:45AM

Thatís utter rubbish. You will find plenty of people who openly admit to leaving and wonít be happy until we do leave. Mayís deal now looks a fair compromise compared to the current setup. A second referendum wonít pass, no-deal looks unlikely to pass, even a general election looks unlikely to be approved. Therefore, the withdrawal agreement does seem like a good middle road out. The EU wonít negotiate anything else at this stage anyway. If we just get MPs to pass the withdrawal agreement and then get a cross party future relationship negotiation team together, we can start healing these wounds.

I honestly canít see any other middle way out, which will start the healing process whilst also respecting the referendum outcome.

Louisa.

messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by Sephiroth September 04, 09:47AM

If you think mays deal, where the uk accepts eu rules but has no say in them, will placate leavers and heal wounds you are even more deluded than I already think you are



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messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by Loutwo September 04, 09:51AM

So what do you think we should do? Iím assuming you are STILL fixated on a second referendum despite all the warnings and further polarisation?

This is why we are getting nowhere. People are entrenched and not willing to compromise. Thatís why our democracy is failing us. The country reached a decision, we need to come together with a middle road option.

Louisa.

messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by JohnL September 04, 10:00AM

As I said previously - 5 years in EFTA/EEA with an agreement to review and fast track back into the EU or to leave with a free trade agreement after that.

EU have already offered this to Theresa May but it was disregarded by her.

Edit: That's my compromise position - My original position is strong remain.



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messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by Loutwo September 04, 10:01AM

JohnL Wrote:
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> As I said previously - 5 years in EFTA/EEA with an
> agreement to review and fast track back into the
> EU or to leave with a free trade agreement after
> that.
>
> EU have already offered this to Theresa May but it
> was disregarded by her.


Now this is a decent compromise. No chance under a ERG run Tory government though.

Louisa.

messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by Sephiroth September 04, 10:11AM

Using language like ďfixated onĒ is pretty weird - itís the path of solution in other countries. Other countries which have survived such crazy ideas

But using words like compromise makes you feel warm and cosy like you are the sensible one when all it means is you havenít understood the problem. The problem is still the lie that the people can just leave the eu with no major problem. And that canít happen no matter how much pretending you do

There are no easy solutions but Iíve already outlined mine. Remaining is the best option as it immediately stops the clock ticking. There is then no external pressure. All we have to deal with are angry leaver voters. But and hereís the thing. They will remain angry if we leave with a deal, with no deal or remain. So we have to deal with them no matter what

I would revoke now and skip referendum given the time constraints. I would tell Leavers the idea isnít abandoned but before we can address leaving again they have to organise, define what kind of shape leave they want and agree on it. Then that could feasibly be out to a referendum at a future date

But thatís just too logical. So proceed as you see fit. No deal, deal a la may - whatever. But listening to Brits butch about it for years to come with severely diminished rights and powers , you can be the one reminding everyone ďbut it was a compromise!!!!Ē

messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by diable rouge September 04, 11:19AM

May's deal didn't respect the referendum, it provided a very hard Brexit and didn't reflect the closeness of the result. My take at the time, and it's written on here somewhere in one of the myriad of threads, was that Brexit at the time of the referendum was nothing more than a concept, the Brexiters needed to go away, take as long as they needed, and come up with a coherent plan for what exactly Brexit meant, no catchy slogans/soundbites, actual policies and solutions such as the Irish border, and once done put that to a second ratification vote, this was before the People's Vote idea came about. I didn't think that was a compromise, more a pragmatic, logical and fair thing to do, something that the Brits were once famed for.
As for now, I'm with Seph, we need to stop Brexit asap, it's dragging the country down and down, we need to get back to some normality. The Brexiters have had long enough to facilitate Brexit and failed miserably. This doesn't stop Brexit from happening in the future, the Brexiters can go away and do what I suggested, come up with a clear coherent plan but rather than another referendum, it has to be done via an election, part of a party's manifesto. The biggest mistake was distilling Brexit from everything else in a binary referendum, when the reality is it affects everything, and therefore needs to be judged as part of an overall political manifesto...

messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by JohnL September 04, 11:54AM

Fair enough - all good ideas above.

messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by exdulwicher September 04, 12:23PM

Quote:
May's deal didn't respect the referendum, it provided a very hard Brexit and didn't reflect the closeness of the result.

Agreed but added to that is the problem were now in where literally nothing "respects the result of the referendum" because it was never spelled out HOW we leave.

With a deal (and if so what kind of deal) without a deal...
Michael Gove said there's no chance of us leaving without a deal because we'll get a great deal. We were told that a deal would be "the easiest thing in human history". We were promised that we could stay in the single market.

All sorts of random promises, statements, all of them total bollocks and none of them fully understood by the politicians and assorted hangers on making them or by the public hearing/reading them.

May's deal didn't get rejected by traitorous Remoaners, it got rejected by ultra-hard Brexiteers for whom it wasn't hard enough (mostly because it still meant the UK would be bound by the new EU Anti Tax Avoidance laws). So until the Brexiteers can actually agree what "leave" means and until they can sell that idea to the public we can't leave!

This is all it is to the tiny cabal of ultra-right-wing elites. A tax dodging measure so they can be even richer. There is no version of Brexit that benefits the general public in any way.

messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by pk September 04, 03:02PM

exdulwicher Wrote:
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> May's deal didn't respect the referendum, it
> provided a very hard Brexit and didn't reflect the
> closeness of the result.
>
> Agreed but added to that is the problem were now
> in where literally nothing "respects the result of
> the referendum" because it was never spelled out
> HOW we leave.
>
I totally agree - the referendum was flawed from the start - effectively it asked 'shall we stay as we are or shall we do something different' (but offering no clarity on what something different meant and as we can see now people interpreted (and still interpret) what leave means differently

leave doesn't mean leave in any certain way and brexit doesn't mean anything specific either

messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by Sephiroth September 04, 03:07PM

For what itís worth, I remain extremely pessimistic

Firstly - no deal is still the default. Johnson still has to request and eu still have to agree to any extension. If I was then I would wonder ďwhy bother? We said donít waste the time 6 months ago but the state of ye!Ē

Secondly, everyone rah rahing about last night but that was all about democratic process, and included many many non-remainers. Leaving with some imaginary beneficial deal is still the most many people are hoping for.

messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by Sephiroth September 04, 03:09PM

Basically it needs every living citizen who thinks leaving in any capacity will leave us worse off to be more vocal in saying so. The more people who do that the more the window shifts to it being possible

Pretending there is some compromise with insanity is no good to anyone

messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by diable rouge September 04, 03:31PM

Sephiroth Wrote:
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> Firstly - no deal is still the default. Johnson
> still has to request and eu still have to agree to
> any extension. If I was then I would wonder ďwhy
> bother? We said donít waste the time 6 months
> ago but the state of ye!Ē

True, the Bill if it passes only moves No Deal to another date, in this case 31st Jan. Only revoke or accepting a deal takes ND completely off the table. The Bill makes it clear that the PM has to ask for an extension, that would be enshrined in law. I think if it gets to that stage he's more likely to resign than have the optics of going to Brussels cap in hand. He must realise that now, hence all the goading of Corbyn to seek an early GE, his only Get Out of Jail card.
The EU may think that but they are the ones who have been sensible and pragmatic during the process and I'm sure they would grant one, especially if as likely there will be an election, for them that's better than ND...

messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by Loutwo September 04, 03:35PM

A minority of hard line Brexiteers know it will make us worse off, they donít care. Sovereignty is their main concern.

A more substantial number of people, myself included, know it will do damage, but remain committed to democratic processes, and feel uneasy about revocation or further referenda to overturn that decision made in 2016.

I know this sounds harsh, but I genuinely feel uncomfortable with this Ďby any means necessary preventing Brexití strategy of some, is just not going to achieve anything other than anger the majority who voted for it, and now feel can be told to do one and come up with a strategy to achieve their aim via some sort of make believe version of Brexit, conjured up over a unlimited number of years, and then we get to vote again on that version. Itís all deeply undemocratic to expect the general populace to have any sort of understanding over and above ďDo you wish to remain in the EU?Ē YES or NO.

Louisa.

messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by Sephiroth September 04, 03:39PM

Could you be more limp Lou?

If you feel uneasy go and visit countries who have second referendums and resort back on how unhealthy and undemocratic they are

Mogg said in the radio a couple of days ago that problem with a second referendum was that it WOULD overturn the first. Is the Democratic will of the people NOW can not be listened to

You cling to this corrupted notion of ďdemocracyĒ like the old couple in Raymond Briggís ďwhen the wind blowsĒ holding on to the government pamphlet telling them their nuclear shelter will protect them

Democracy isnít a single point in time and then never again. Thatís what dictators do

messageRe: More protests in Westminster: Saturday & Tuesday
Posted by Pugwash September 04, 03:56PM

May's deal was better than nothing - the backstop seemed to be a sensible compromise allowing more time to sort out the border questions etc.

The DUP MPs have not been representing their constituents in NI Parliament but are still drawing their salary, if I lived in NI I would be asking my constituency party to deselect them.

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