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  1. BrendanT1993

    Trump / US politics thread đźš˝

    Trump just said that Democrats want to allow live babies to be born and then wrapped in blankets and terminated. His lies are becoming more and more ridiculous.
  2. Surprise surprise there was absolutely no assessment of the impact Brexit would have on NI or discussion around the impact it would have on the border issue by the DUP. Proving once again they do not care about the people of NI. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/dup-meeting-on-partys-brexit-stance-did-not-discuss-impact-on-northern-ireland-says-jim-wells-37791988.html?fbclid=IwAR3SZNEohOKpPo2cR4iio3nTJ3x5dep12IpiWUwYndNOF7kPGiIcQYeF718 Also interesting that the US has issued a stern warning to the UK that a trade deal with it is in jeopardy if the Belfast Agreement is compromised because of Brexit. (It Will Be) This takedown is as brutal as it is brief and frankly it will take some beating. The undefined being negotiated by the unprepared in order to get the unspecified for the uninformed https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/brexit-uk-told-to-uphold-belfast-agreement-if-it-wants-us-trade-deal-1.3785317?fbclid=IwAR0V5V4rDFQT765vNj6KkCTqh43aF9bV7ynEt20OUWQTArpB6MJzCf48Uoo
  3. https://globalnews.ca/video/4929901/donald-tusk-wonders-what-special-place-in-hell-is-for-brexit-promoters-without-a-plan Tusk is 100% right. None of those telling us Brexit was a good idea have the slightest clue what to do to actually achieve it. They just use grandiose phrases like "take back control" or "the will of the people" and have zero plans to make it at very least not an absolute car crash. What a mess
  4. Amazing. Every word of what you just said was wrong. GTFO with this nihilistic shit, We will see the end of the UK in the next 10 years which is pretty incredible. The disregard shown for Northern Ireland by those in power at Westminster, the DUP included, has guaranteed a border poll post Brexit. Especially if the Tories renege on the Good Friday Agreement which is looking increasingly likely, If the GFA is abandoned by Westminster then articles 2 and 3 of the GFA would be reinstated. However a United Ireland vote will and has to be far more than just about Brexit. It will impact every part of our lives, how we access services, taxes, overall funding which will likely be cut, inter-community tensions, ability of the Garda and PSNI to integrate and provide the same level of provision.... Healthcare costs, wages, infrastructure. Such a move shouldn't be taken lightly and requires in depth discussion. (Any referendum should be at least 6 months in campaigning)
  5. BrendanT1993

    Trump / US politics thread đźš˝

    Pompeo has announced that the US is withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a key pact with Russia that has been a centerpiece of European security since the Cold War. At this point, I just hope we all live long enough to see how Game of Thrones ends. https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/us-russia-nuclear-treaty_uk_5c544d60e4b0bdf0e7da8000?ncid=fcbklnkukhpmg00000001&fbclid=IwAR3n5r8CAb-MTPzXOApwOaOuu06e5op1hontVo07qzHVKaISpcU6lGSm9qU
  6. The tory party and DUP want an iron-hard Brexit, to give the Queen all her old powers back, and to go to war. Capture the Norwegian oil derricks and pillage their fishing fleet, invade the north of France, make an alliance with Russia against German aggression, and make the Low Countries pay tribute to us because we're British. Bring the good old days back of the Empire. Woooooooooahhhh
  7. I wonder how many British politicians actually think that this vote changed anything, and how many are just going along with the obviously incorrect "this is meaningful“ narrative because they have no idea what else to do. It’s similar to the "Dealing with the UK is such a privilege, the EU will come round and realize that and fulfill our demands any day now, seriously!“ thinking from the likes of Boris Johnson. Does he actually think so or does he just say that because he knows it’s popular with Daily Mail readers? I suppose it doesn’t matter in the end, but still, I’m curious.
  8. So a majority in Parliament have voted for May to go back to Brussels and have the backstop replaced by “alternative arrangements”. Even though the EU have categorically stated that renegotiation is impossible and that the backstop is an essential part of the Withdrawal Agreement. It is of course a fudge, a face saver for Mrs May and her government. It just won't work, and we'll back again for further excruciating debates on the 'deal.' Rejection by the EU of an alternative to the backstop will end with parliament coming to the conclusion that Art 50 needs to be extended by up to a year. 9 months is too short a time given the likelihood of a general election and a further referendum. In all of this, I'd prefer to listen to Dominic Grieve, QC. He's been a very dependable commentator throughout this entire and deeply flawed process. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47052227 Allow me to sum up where we are at the moment David Cameron made a promise he didn’t think he’d have to keep to have a referendum he didn’t think he would lose. Boris Johnson decided to back the side he didn’t believe in because he didn’t think it would win. Then Gove, who said he wouldn’t run, did, and Boris who said he would run, said he wouldn’t, and Theresa May who didn’t vote for Brexit got the job of making it happen. She called the election she said she wouldn’t and lost the majority David Cameron hadn’t expected to win in the first place. She triggered Article 50 when we didn’t need to and said we would talk about trade at the same time as the divorce deal and the EU said they wouldn’t so we didn’t. People thought she wouldn’t get the divorce settled but she did, but only by agreeing to separate arrangements for Northern Ireland when she had promised the DUP she wouldn’t. Then the Cabinet agreed a deal but they hadn’t, and David Davis who was Brexit Secretary but wasn’t said it wasn’t what people had voted for and he couldn’t support what he had just supported and left. Boris Johnson who hadn’t left then wished that he had and did, but it was a bit late for that. Dominic Raab become the new Brexit secretary. People thought Theresa May wouldn’t get a withdrawal agreement negotiated, but once she had they wished that she hadn’t, because hardly anybody liked it whether they wanted to leave or not. Jacob Rees-Mogg kept threatening a vote of no confidence in her but not enough people were confident enough people would not have confidence in her to confidently call a no confidence vote. Dominic Raab said he hadn’t really been Brexit Secretary either and resigned, and somebody else took the job but it probably isn’t worth remembering who they are as they’re not really doing the job either as Olly Robbins is. Then Theresa May said she would call a vote and didn’t, that she wouldn’t release some legal advice but had to, that she would get some concessions but didn’t, and got cross that Juncker was calling her nebulous when he wasn’t but probably should have been. At some point Jacob Rees Mogg and others called a vote of no-confidence in her, which she won by promising to leave, so she can stay. But they said she had really lost it and should go, at the same time as saying that people who voted Leave knew what they were voting for which they couldn’t possibly have because we still don’t know now, and that we should leave the vote to Leave vote alone but have no confidence in the no-confidence vote which won by more. The government also argued in court against us being able to say we didn’t want to leave after all but it turned out we could. May named a date for the vote on her agreement which nobody expected to pass, while pretending that no deal which nobody wants is still possible (even though we know we can just say we are not leaving), and that we can’t have a second referendum because having a democratic vote is undemocratic. And of course as expected she loses. Some people are talking about a managed no-deal which is not a deal but is not no-deal either. Thank goodness for strong and stable government.
  9. BrendanT1993

    Trump / US politics thread đźš˝

    The longtime Donald Trump ally complained he was seized with "greater force" than what was used against Osama “bin Laden or El Chapo or Pablo Escobar.” https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/roger-stone-says-fbi-treated-him-worse-than-osama-bin-laden-its-unconscionable_us_5c4f486ee4b0d9f9be67ec08?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000013&utm_source=politics_fb&section=politics&utm_campaign=hp_fb_pages&utm_medium=facebook&fbclid=IwAR2EF-BTHjcJOYC5NJsyP4pzHRmyD_U1JTNvr5zApv2evrc3jKbfoXFyy_s
  10. BrendanT1993

    Trump / US politics thread đźš˝

    Walls are easily breached. You know why Hadrian's Wall and the Great Wall of China worked? Because they had troops stationed at strongpoints all along it. When the Roman legions went home, over the wall came the barbarians. All it will take is one liberal democratic president to defund Border Patrol stations along the wall, and the Mexicans will come right over it. And then the "wall supporters" will become laughingstocks. A wall is a good soundbyte, but in reality it is a stupid idea.
  11. I venture to say that many here and in the UK don't understand Northern Ireland. Our politicians in constant competitions to maintain their national identities, which create a hostile climate for many of us who take the trouble to understand our differences and to work to achieve a common vision, or even a interim vision for this place, which is potentially in a state of transition. Apparently May's latest idea is to unilaterally "amend" the Good Friday/Belfast agreement to get around the border issue. Seemingly she doesn't grasp the actual meaning of the term "agreement" It's a legally binding international treaty lodged with the UN that took 4 years to negotiate and was ratified by the electorate in Ireland north and south, ironically through a referendum. Is May telling us this referendum is advisory too? https://www.independent.co.uk/news/u...-a8738131.html
  12. BrendanT1993

    Trump / US politics thread đźš˝

    I fail to see how the Democrats obstructed anything since the Republicans controlled all 3 branches of government for the last two years. The wall was not a priority then because it's a stupid idea no one really wants because it's expensive, seizes lots of private property and won't solve the problem. If it were serious policy, they would have done something when they had control. But it was always a cipher for white supremacy to win votes, so they didn't do anything. The fact Trump is now claiming it's an "emergency" he can wait several weeks before declaring tells you what a sham it is. Trump has destroyed many Americans' lives with this shutdown. I don’t particularly agree with Pelosi getting 100% of the spotlight for this. She stood her ground, yes, but this has to also be a smokescreen for the Roger Stone spectacle.
  13. Name and shame them all. Why do people rush to justify or excuse bad behaviour like this? It wouldn’t have mattered who did what, my ass would have been handed to me on a plate if I acted so disrespectfully to an elder like this. Guess some of us were raised better than others.
  14. Heartbreaking to see native americans treated like this. I’m glad he showed no fear and kept singing. people like him are powerful beyond belief
  15. Well worth reading this analysis. My own view is that we (UK, NI) have a miserable lack of self awareness about our place in Europe and in the World. Is it all that water? Independence is mostly laudable, but a 'hard unyielding' independence is not laudable as increasingly we are interconnected. By voting for a Brexit, which many didn't understand, we are swimming against the tide of history making. Those nations who were involved in two world wars and understood the needless slaughter from them, created what is now the EU, and along with the UN, various Human Rights protections. Tamper with these structures at your peril. You might just find yourself very alone, and with the evil of growing hostile regimes around us, we might find that what we have, is further lost. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/18/europe-brexit-britain-state-politics-fit-for-purpose?CMP=share_btn_fb&fbclid=IwAR1LLC4vKtrm4ASMGjRZ2KILw8exrPTniWw43XGrtqpsE0W1Us-eAPqOJGE
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