Like, 'hands up who wants out?' and only those hands counted?
Meh, like the EU ... for what reason as I don't have one for either?
Cheers, T i m
 When we were on our motorcycle camping trips around the UK it was
a big enough PITA when we came across a toll bridge or road (getting
money out of your pocket whist sitting on a motorbike, especially when
wearing waterproofs), let alone having a real border control. ;-(
p.s. One of our lady BMW riders took herself round the world and she
used to keep a carton of cigarettes that, if just left on the counter
would speed her passage though many customs posts. ;-)
I'm surprised that Salmond/Sturgeon didn't try and include the English
vote in the Scottish referendum. Their victory would have been of
For one, I believe the Barnet formula should be scrapped.
Ah, the magic bucket of money theory again.
Where do you think the "city" gets all of its money if not from all of
us in the form of our pension funds, the value of the companies we work
for and for the last decade from a poorer standard of living for the
general population due to the various measures used to bail them out.
You're not actually trying to say every part of the UK generates income in
some way or another, are you?
If it is OK for England to dispense with Scotland or Wales or Ireland
because they are a net draw on resources, then the same applies to the
rest of the country and London. Or any other part of the UK you happen to
*Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7th of your life *
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
I think the Spanish government made a serious error of judgment in not
allowing the referendum to go ahead without opposition. The evidence is
that only about 40% of Catalans favour separation. If the police had not
deterred any but the most vehement activists from voting, the referendum
would probably have reflected that. In any case, a referendum is not
binding and, in the Spanish case, the constitution would prevent the
government from granting independence even if it didn't.
Only the Welsh could vote on that and they aren't likely to support it.
OTOH, if Northern Ireland voted to break away, it would solve the
post-Brexit border problem.
You mean we get to elect the commissioners? You mean we can throw them
Tom Tugendhat was selected to be the Tory candidate via an open primary
in Tonbridge and Malling. But such affairs are not cheap.
But at least in the UK you get to pick someone who will represent where
you live. Unlike most continental systems which seem to use the list
system where the candidates are all selected by the parties. Such
people will always be political insiders since they are free to ignore
the voters entirely.
You'll note also that there are no by-elections for MEPs. If one dies
or resigns, the next one on the party list gets the nod.
"Hard" and "Soft" Brexit are code words for Leaving or Staying in the EU,
rather than for the terms of our departure.
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