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Forum: Politics 16-07-2014, 12:42
Replies: 1,284
Views: 38,442
Posted By bunk_medal
The real answer is as I said above - it's a...

The real answer is as I said above - it's a question that's impossible to answer without 28 national governments negotiating a unanimous position on it.

Demanding the impossible and then bashing...
Forum: Politics 16-07-2014, 12:22
Replies: 1,284
Views: 38,442
Posted By bunk_medal
I think you're right - in fact this is one of the...

I think you're right - in fact this is one of the great tactical blunders I see from some people at the grassroots level. There's a tendency among some people to assume that anyone who isn't already...
Forum: Politics 16-07-2014, 12:02
Replies: 1,284
Views: 38,442
Posted By bunk_medal
We criticise the Commission a lot in this country...

We criticise the Commission a lot in this country for overstepping its mandate, yet at the same time we seem to be suggesting here that the Commission should be able to make a statement on behalf of...
Forum: Politics 16-07-2014, 11:48
Replies: 1,284
Views: 38,442
Posted By bunk_medal
This is said quite a lot - it's the standard...

This is said quite a lot - it's the standard argument from the SNP - but the wider point is that it's actually impossible for the Commission to provide a concrete answer to that question even if they...
Forum: General Discussion 20-09-2013, 19:25
Replies: 45
Views: 3,632
Posted By bunk_medal
That makes sense if we're talking about one night...

That makes sense if we're talking about one night stands, in a marriage it makes less sense though (most of the rapes in this study were within relationships). I'd imagine about 99% of people in...
Forum: General Discussion 19-09-2013, 19:49
Replies: 45
Views: 3,632
Posted By bunk_medal
There's a good demolition of this statistic in...

There's a good demolition of this statistic in the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/18/asia-rape-one-in-four-men

Basically, hardly any of the samples are nationally...
Forum: Politics 10-05-2013, 20:51
Replies: 135
Views: 5,191
Posted By bunk_medal
In light of "inventing arguments", I haven't...

In light of "inventing arguments", I haven't mentioned the phrase "customs union" at all in this thread. I'm talking specifically about the removal of non-tariff barriers to trade in the EU's single...
Forum: Politics 10-05-2013, 15:35
Replies: 135
Views: 5,191
Posted By bunk_medal
I'm sorry, but that's pretty laughable. If you...

I'm sorry, but that's pretty laughable. If you want to argue that removing trade barriers doesn't have economic benefits - i.e. you want to argue against one of the fundamental assumptions made by...
Forum: Politics 10-05-2013, 13:40
Replies: 135
Views: 5,191
Posted By bunk_medal
Neither is the EU. Far too often in these debates...

Neither is the EU. Far too often in these debates we avoid talking about what the EU actually is and start arguing about some future scenario involving superstates. It usually relies on the...
Forum: Politics 10-05-2013, 13:32
Replies: 135
Views: 5,191
Posted By bunk_medal
What you're requesting evidence for here is the...

What you're requesting evidence for here is the idea that removing barriers to trade generates economic benefits. That's generally taken as a given in mainstream economic debates and I think going...
Forum: Politics 09-05-2013, 20:06
Replies: 1,437
Views: 57,934
Posted By bunk_medal
That's part of Kellner's point: that even if...

That's part of Kellner's point: that even if Cameron doesn't receive anything substantial, the simple framing of the question with Cameron presenting it as a changed relationship has a drastic effect...
Forum: Politics 09-05-2013, 20:03
Replies: 135
Views: 5,191
Posted By bunk_medal
The reason is that NAFTA is essentially a more...

The reason is that NAFTA is essentially a more primitive version of the EU. We tend to speak about "free trade" as if it's just something you establish with a treaty: draft a document which gives...
Forum: Politics 09-05-2013, 19:51
Replies: 1,437
Views: 57,934
Posted By bunk_medal
I think the argument is that Cameron pushing the...

I think the argument is that Cameron pushing the issue of a referendum on to the agenda caused support for the EU to rise, now it's more or less slipped back to where it was before.

One thing that...
Forum: Politics 09-05-2013, 19:34
Replies: 135
Views: 5,191
Posted By bunk_medal
Everyone knows what the plus points of the EU...

Everyone knows what the plus points of the EU are. We're in the single market and the EU's institutions are where the laws that govern the single market are made. If we want to protect our interests...
Forum: Politics 08-05-2013, 11:55
Replies: 29
Views: 1,302
Posted By bunk_medal
It's worth saying that UKIP wouldn't hold a...

It's worth saying that UKIP wouldn't hold a referendum either if they had a majority in parliament, they'd just leave. Why is that any more democratic than a party choosing to stay in the EU without...
Forum: Politics 08-05-2013, 11:32
Replies: 56
Views: 2,415
Posted By bunk_medal
There's a massive difference between Germany...

There's a massive difference between Germany being the most dominant country in European Council negotiations and what happens in the legislative process. If you look at the actual evidence on who...
Forum: Politics 08-05-2013, 11:15
Replies: 56
Views: 2,415
Posted By bunk_medal
I'm not trying to be obnoxious here, but that...

I'm not trying to be obnoxious here, but that question doesn't really make much sense in this context. What I said above is that the EU's institutions are where the single market is governed so every...
Forum: Politics 08-05-2013, 10:45
Replies: 56
Views: 2,415
Posted By bunk_medal
Any evidence? Of course not. The EU's single...

Any evidence? Of course not.

The EU's single market, which even if the UK left we'd still be a part of, is the reason why all of these countries will want to remain in the EU. The EU's institutions...
Forum: TV Shows: Cult, Sci-Fi & Fantasy 23-04-2013, 10:55
Replies: 808
Views: 116,366
Posted By bunk_medal
Surely there's more to it than that. He killed...

Surely there's more to it than that. He killed about six of his own men - bit over the top for a glorified prank.
Forum: Football 19-04-2013, 17:17
Replies: 3,136
Views: 128,758
Posted By bunk_medal
The 8-8-8 thing seems to get dismissed out of...

The 8-8-8 thing seems to get dismissed out of hand, as if it's some bizarre nonsensical system that only a Professor of Mathematics could understand.

It's hardly that complicated, is it? It's...
Forum: Politics 19-04-2013, 16:53
Replies: 365
Views: 19,830
Posted By bunk_medal
The question in the poll that you're quoting was:...

The question in the poll that you're quoting was: "Should Shetland/Orkney be independent countries, separate from Scotland?"

That's a terribly worded question given the subject we're discussing....
Forum: Football 16-04-2013, 20:11
Replies: 3,136
Views: 128,758
Posted By bunk_medal
One of the biggest problems with the bottom six...

One of the biggest problems with the bottom six as it stands is that you're essentially playing for nothing if you can't get relegated. Aberdeen are playing Hibs on Monday and I don't know a single...
Forum: Football 16-04-2013, 19:07
Replies: 3,136
Views: 128,758
Posted By bunk_medal
Every club is looking after their own interests,...

Every club is looking after their own interests, but you have to compromise at some point. If SPL clubs were purely about self-interest then they would just do away with relegation altogether - I'm...
Forum: Football 15-04-2013, 18:27
Replies: 3,136
Views: 128,758
Posted By bunk_medal
I think this argument about the 11-1 voting is a...

I think this argument about the 11-1 voting is a bit of a side issue at any rate. The fact that St Mirren said it was an issue doesn't mean it actually was in reality. We're expected to believe that...
Forum: Football 15-04-2013, 16:57
Replies: 3,136
Views: 128,758
Posted By bunk_medal
If St Mirren want the 11-1 vote abolished in all...

If St Mirren want the 11-1 vote abolished in all areas, and the SPL offer to abolish it in one area, then it's closer to what St Mirren want than the status quo. I don't see on what planet that can't...
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