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a united kingdom no more?

Postby John Galt » Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:22 pm

so this year has been interesting for the UK. this week in particular

to sum up:

Article 50 invoked tomorrow. PM May will sign it: Brexit is on, to be completed by April 2019

the government of Northern Ireland is in chaos. following a renewable energy scandal that cost taxpayers half a billion pounds, the First Minister, by law a unionist, refused to resign even though she is implicated. the Deputy First Minister, by law a nationalist, resigned in protest in january over her refusing to stand aside (and health reasons... he died last week). you can read about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renewable ... ve_scandal anyway, his resignation forced a snap election. the snap election has left the unionists without a majority. Sinn Fein has refused to form a government until the leader of the unionist DUP resigns, and she has not. a new election may be called soon, as they have been 3 weeks without a government

the government of scotland passed another measure for another vote on independence, 69 to 59. this is because of Brexit; scottish voters mostly voted to stay in the EU and their vote to stay in the UK a few years ago was in part driven by the fact the UK was in the EU


if scotland votes independence, chances are high at an irish reunification. scots-irish, the irish that first came to america and populated the south and have been the majority in northern ireland, have more affinity to the scots than the english. without scotland, i do think northern ireland will become no more, and finally we will see a unified Ireland. as for wales, towns such as llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch will remain with england, but i really think that it's no longer "The United Kingdom". also the flag ought change to the red cross on a white field with a dragon
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Re: a united kingdom no more?

Postby exploited » Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:52 am

How long until the next great European war breaks out, Galt?
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Re: a united kingdom no more?

Postby Saz » Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:25 am

yea its self suicide. arrogant brits deserve the shitstorm coming there way though. hope i get moved to germany
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Re: a united kingdom no more?

Postby ToddStarnes » Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:36 am

You're a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr. Ari.
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Re: a united kingdom no more?

Postby John Galt » Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:46 am

exploited wrote:How long until the next great European war breaks out, Galt?


difficult to say. it depends on if NATO weathers trump. when you have a clown handing merkel a made up invoice for hundreds of billions of dollars, you're playing with fire, donald. this is zee germans we're talking about, instigators of europe's great tragedies. this kind of behavior will lead directly to increased arms buildup by germany because they do not feel safe. i give it 5 years from when americans leave ramstien, or the 100 year anshlussiversary, whichever is sooner. the questions is really what will ignite this city-sized powderkeg
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Re: a united kingdom no more?

Postby spacemonkey » Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:12 am

exploited wrote:How long until the next great European war breaks out, Galt?

Don't know, don't care, I ain't going.
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Re: a united kingdom no more?

Postby John Galt » Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:20 am

spacemonkey wrote:
exploited wrote:How long until the next great European war breaks out, Galt?

Don't know, don't care, I ain't going.


^
told you it's on the horizon. this is not an uncommon sentiment.

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/20 ... r-nations/

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The NATO alliance commits each member to come to the collective defense of a member if it is attacked. During the confrontation with Russia over Ukraine last year, a majority of Americans (56%) were willing to fulfill this security commitment if Russia got into a serious military conflict with a NATO ally. But that finding masked a partisan divide: Nearly seven-in-ten Republicans (69%), but only 47% of Democrats, supported using force to aid a NATO ally attacked by Russia.


with an insurgent populism and introversion on the part of republicans, this is a serious problem
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Re: a united kingdom no more?

Postby miketx » Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:57 am

What about all the mooslums on the loose in Europe?
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Re: a united kingdom no more?

Postby Saz » Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:47 pm

ToddStarnes wrote:You're a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr. Ari.


nah not worried, big opportunity actually perfect cover to bounce somewhere new. Hear the arabs still pay big money tax free, Caribbean is always nice this time of year and tax free. Hope the pound crashes again though
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