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 on: Today at 04:52 PM 
Started by Masaka - Last post by Fiverings
I have attended hustings and heard cogent debate from all the parties even UKIP. But Ruth Davidson doesn't promote any policy except that she's not SNP

 on: Today at 04:41 PM 
Started by Joe - Last post by Aileen
Ugh!   Thanks for the report though.  Certainly a much more enjoyable match than the Stepanek one, and it was interesting to see that this time it was Simon who was doing the talking to himself as frustration got the better of him in the 2nd set.

 on: Today at 04:40 PM 
Started by Caz - Last post by Caz
3) By far the best book setting out all European issues in topical form, is 'Why Vote Leave?', by Daniel Hannan. Hannan is crisp about how the interests of the above class are looked after in the Brussels set-up. More than 1,000 EU officials earn more than David Cameron and all officials working in EU institutions are exempt from national taxation. They pay a special EU income tax of 21%. This rate is flat, so the richer you are, the better. British Euro-officials who would have a top rate of 45% here, therefore pay less than half that. The pensions are equally marvellous. A group of Eurosceptic peers, led by Lord Fairfax of Cameron, have noticed something strange in the interpretation of the House of Lords rules. Peers must declare financial interests, but the Lords authorities have decreed that peers with Euro-pensions need not declare them. This is strange, because the rules state that pensions should be declared if "conditions are attached to the continuing receipt of the pension that a reasonable member of the public might regard as likely to influence their conduct as parliamentarians."
There is such a condition with EU pensions. Atricle 213(2) of the Treaty of Rome says that members of the Commission must give "a solemn undertaking" to "respect the obligations arising" from their duties. They can be deprived of their pension by the Court of Justice if they do not respect those obligations "during or after their term of office". Given the political nature of the Court. former Commissioners are most unlikely to dare to attack the Commission. No one is suggesting that Lords Mandelson, Kinnock, Patten, Tugendhat ect., are influenced by such base considerations, but they should surely, like other people receiving large sums, remind their House 'who pays them'.

by Charles Moore

 on: Today at 04:30 PM 
Started by Masaka - Last post by strider
I really can't agree. I've never known as more vibrant time in Scottish politics. Some of the old parties are taking some time to get used to it but even the Tories are beginning to adapt.

I really don't see this vibrancy.

There's never any discussion. I've posted a few times on here and other boards and social mediums about all my concerns regarding the current Scottish Government and their record, and the responses tend to be "I could refute those, but I don't have the time, so suffice to say you're wrong".

I want to be wrong. I'm crying out for it. No one is showing me any reason to believe I am.

And this is the majority party in a country that's supposedly "politically alive" now?

That's a cult, not political vibrancy.

At the General Election, it wasn't that SNP got so many seats that people got excited by, it was the absolute killing the rest of the parties took. There was a bloodlust, nothing more, and no one listened to what they had to say.

That's not political vibrancy.

But hey, I'm willing to concede that I know absolutely nothing, so who cares what I have to say really?

 on: Today at 04:15 PM 
Started by Masaka - Last post by Fiverings
I really can't agree. I've never known as more vibrant time in Scottish politics. Some of the old parties are taking some time to get used to it but even the Tories are beginning to adapt.

 on: Today at 04:11 PM 
Started by Caz - Last post by Caz
2) When we were children, we used to divide into 'inners' or 'outers'. The distinction concerned belly button: did yours stick out or pucker in? The division of opinion in Britain about the EU is a bit like that. People are born with a predisposition they find hard to change. In the social stratum that consists mainly of university graduates and high professionals, the majority I suspect, is born to think that 'class' matters more than 'country'. This inclines them to support the Remain side. Speaking as a member of this class who does not share that view, I am acutely aware of it. It is amusing to see how people express it. Being well brought up, they hardly ever say : "I like the EU because it is anti-democratic and gives power and jobs to people like us who know more than the great unwashed. If we were to Leave, the plebs would be in charge." But that is, in fact, what they fear.
One of the most important features of the Westminster system of parliamentary democracy, is that it allows voters to throw one lot out and put another in. This can never happen in the EU system. So the careers of well educated, unelected. 'civilised people' who run the show, are unimpeded by the will of the people. Perhaps because I come from that class, I agree that a high education is a good thing and accept that societies must have their elites, but I also believe that the British genius has been to create a political system in which the common interest of the whole nation can be represented politically. This is impossible in the EU, where there is a ruling class on the one hand and a sweaty mob (as the ruling class sees it) on the other. If you like that sort of system, when you contemplate your navel, you will vote to remain.

 on: Today at 03:36 PM 
Started by amongsttheleaves - Last post by Tamaragl
Oh dear! Jamie and Bruno lost in the Madrid doubles to Jamie's old partner John Peers and Henri Kontinen, 6-4, 7-6.

 on: Today at 03:20 PM 
Started by Joe - Last post by Joe
It's Berdych.

 on: Today at 02:58 PM 
Started by Masaka - Last post by strider
Poor decision.  What reasons?  I finally settled last night on SNP and Green.

I think, after a lot of reflection, that not one party fits my beliefs, and I would have no faith in any of them if in power to make a real difference.

I see politics in the UK in general as a waste of time, because no one wants to genuinely debate or give anything positive to the process anymore.

And I don't want to contribute to said farce.

 on: Today at 02:47 PM 
Started by Aileen - Last post by deb
Just watched Match , well played minty  yay

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