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Forum: Politics 26-06-2014, 21:13
Replies: 37
Views: 1,048
Posted By mithy73
Spoilt ballot then?

Spoilt ballot then?
Forum: Politics 26-06-2014, 20:17
Replies: 15,074
Views: 333,203
Posted By mithy73
Well, everything in UK politics is inevitably...

Well, everything in UK politics is inevitably linked to Westminster and Whitehall in some way, so this is a kind of universal truism, but not necessarily especially useful.



I'll grant you that,...
Forum: Politics 26-06-2014, 20:05
Replies: 3
Views: 241
Posted By mithy73
I would imagine so. As I said in the OP, it's not...

I would imagine so. As I said in the OP, it's not intended to be a party-political point. All the mainstream parties have a problem with low membership levels.
Forum: Politics 26-06-2014, 19:52
Replies: 3
Views: 241
Posted By mithy73
Seventy-seven votes.

That is what it takes these days - barring some seismic shift in our political landscape - to obtain what, to all intents and purposes, is a job for life (if you want it, and can hack it).

This...
Forum: Politics 26-06-2014, 19:05
Replies: 289
Views: 8,276
Posted By mithy73
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurocrat As I...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurocrat

As I understand it, the people putting Juncker's name forward aren't Eurocrats - they're Heads of Government of the Member States, like Cameron is the Head of...
Forum: Politics 26-06-2014, 18:34
Replies: 15,074
Views: 333,203
Posted By mithy73
Dare_Allan, I'm curious. I didn't discuss it...

Dare_Allan,

I'm curious. I didn't discuss it earlier because it isn't my argument, but I'm intrigued by your comment and I'd like to understand precisely what you're trying to convey by it. Earlier...
Forum: Politics 26-06-2014, 18:04
Replies: 15,074
Views: 333,203
Posted By mithy73
As I see it, the phrase "Westminster will never...

As I see it, the phrase "Westminster will never be able to cater to the needs of Scotland" - is phrased negatively, and in absolute terms. It's also subject to challenge on the grounds that -...
Forum: Politics 26-06-2014, 16:44
Replies: 37
Views: 1,048
Posted By mithy73
Internal party problems, at least in part. It's...

Internal party problems, at least in part. It's probably not a big issue for most people out there, but for a vociferous minority it is an issue - and that vociferous minority could cost the Tories...
Forum: Politics 26-06-2014, 16:42
Replies: 98
Views: 4,096
Posted By mithy73
The public was never consulted about the Big...

The public was never consulted about the Big Bang... all those elementary particles should go back where they came from.
Forum: Politics 26-06-2014, 15:57
Replies: 6,767
Views: 253,469
Posted By mithy73
Right now, from what I can see on oddschecker.com...

Right now, from what I can see on oddschecker.com (http://www.oddschecker.com/politics/british-politics/next-uk-general-election/most-seats) (overall majority: here...
Forum: Politics 26-06-2014, 15:40
Replies: 15,074
Views: 333,203
Posted By mithy73
I honestly don't think I've really missed that...

I honestly don't think I've really missed that out. As I see it, what you write above is simply a more strongly-worded and specific case of "independence would enable Scotland to set up institutions...
Forum: Politics 26-06-2014, 13:22
Replies: 15,074
Views: 333,203
Posted By mithy73
It's not my argument, but one clause from an...

It's not my argument, but one clause from an overall summary of what I'd seen both camps saying; so I'd appreciate it if you dropped the second person from your reply.
Forum: Politics 26-06-2014, 13:04
Replies: 15,074
Views: 333,203
Posted By mithy73
Cute, but even if you weren't in danger of taking...

Cute, but even if you weren't in danger of taking the analogy too far by reference to "oppressive overlords", I'm fairly sure it jumps the proverbial shark when references to killing are invoked. ;)
Forum: Politics 26-06-2014, 12:57
Replies: 15,074
Views: 333,203
Posted By mithy73
What's comical is your persistence in trying to...

What's comical is your persistence in trying to make a point of this when you are clearly wrong, despite your ineffectual, and clearly nonsensical, claims that I'm "redefining English" or "adding my...
Forum: Politics 26-06-2014, 10:07
Replies: 233
Views: 5,110
Posted By mithy73
If memory serves, didn't we let Jordan have him...

If memory serves, didn't we let Jordan have him after we had received assurances that he would get a fair trial, and after the ECHR denied him the right to appeal against his deportation? After that...
Forum: Politics 26-06-2014, 09:09
Replies: 15,074
Views: 333,203
Posted By mithy73
I hope in all seriousness that you don't let a...

I hope in all seriousness that you don't let a single exchange with anndra_w convince you. There are better arguments on both sides - social media is perhaps not the best place to form an opinion....
Forum: Politics 26-06-2014, 08:32
Replies: 15,074
Views: 333,203
Posted By mithy73
That's true enough. But as I said to anndra_w,...

That's true enough. But as I said to anndra_w, both Unionists and Nationalists know that Cameron is not, in truth, the best person to present the Unionist case to the Scottish people. This:



is a...
Forum: Politics 26-06-2014, 00:59
Replies: 15,074
Views: 333,203
Posted By mithy73
Heh, have a good one :)

Heh, have a good one :)
Forum: Politics 26-06-2014, 00:28
Replies: 15,074
Views: 333,203
Posted By mithy73
I'll interpret that as "I strongly disagree with...

I'll interpret that as "I strongly disagree with you". :) I can see that you are unreceptive to any dissent from your view, even though a fair number of your own statements support quite a bit of...
Forum: Politics 25-06-2014, 23:58
Replies: 15,074
Views: 333,203
Posted By mithy73
There never was a hook for him to be on. It is an...

There never was a hook for him to be on. It is an obvious trap, and Cameron is right to avoid it. You aren't being fair if you don't acknowledge that it is a trap, and Cameron would have been a fool...
Forum: Politics 25-06-2014, 23:24
Replies: 15,074
Views: 333,203
Posted By mithy73
Let's be fair here: if Salmond is simply seeking...

Let's be fair here: if Salmond is simply seeking political advantage, there is no good reason for anyone else to accommodate him.



I disagree. As I said, and you acknowledge, not being from...
Forum: Politics 25-06-2014, 23:16
Replies: 15,074
Views: 333,203
Posted By mithy73
No it doesn't. I think you need to look...

No it doesn't.



I think you need to look further than the first definition that crops up in a Google search and trying to misapply it before criticizing someone else for their use of English.

"To...
Forum: Politics 25-06-2014, 23:06
Replies: 15,074
Views: 333,203
Posted By mithy73
That cuts both ways: one could equally say that...

That cuts both ways: one could equally say that if Salmond didn't think that he could win a debate against the occupant of Downing Street, he wouldn't have issued the challenge in the first place,...
Forum: Politics 25-06-2014, 22:01
Replies: 15,074
Views: 333,203
Posted By mithy73
Never mind - found it:...

Never mind - found it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-27817449

Okay, that establishes a portion of the first of your claims: what we have here is that the UK Government is...
Forum: Politics 25-06-2014, 21:02
Replies: 15,074
Views: 333,203
Posted By mithy73
Ok, I'll accept that. I'm hurt. :p

Ok, I'll accept that.



I'm hurt. :p
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