* Posts by TheTick

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Prez Obama expels 35 Russian spies over election meddling

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Re: if Russia WAS behind the e-mail hacks...

"You really ought to move to a country where even the illusion of democracy has been erased, which, if I read the signs correctly, may include the US as of 2017."

So you think they are going to succeed in overturning Donald Trump's outstanding electoral college win?

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Re: Evidence it was the Russians what dunnit

"the genocide they commit against Palestinian children on a daily basis"

I doubt that committing genocide every day is sustainable, surely they would run out of children to murder?

Or you're just talking crap.

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Landmark EU ruling: Legality of UK's Investigatory Powers Act challenged

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Re: Pros and Cons

Oh you beast!

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Pros and Cons

I see a lot of "hah you STUPID Brexiteers!" in these comments, with lots of upvotes.

The reasonable people (the vast majority) who voted both leave and remain are fully aware that the EU decision was a balance of pros and cons and most people had slightly different weightings for these to make their decision.

This is clearly a pro for the EU and even as a proud and happy Brexiteer I cheer for this ruling.

Vapid point-scoring in comments isn't going to change the result, or change people's mind, or make people think better of you.

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View from a Reg reader: My take on the Basic Income

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Re: Let's try it... dev style!

Changing my name to Zebediah Zakariah as we speak...

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Murdoch's 21st Century Fox agrees £18.5bn Sky takeover deal

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Re: And no doubt..

"(and you wonder why the Sun was so pro-Brexit)"

Yes of course! The Sun wanted to leave the EU just to get rid of the BBC!

I'm glad we have people like you to enlighten us as to the deeper motivations of these evil corporations, how could we have been so silly to fall for such a ruse?

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Blue sky basic income thinking is b****cks

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Re: Cheap == Good is a fallacy

"What you propose is a race to the bottom."

Completely wrong, what I describe is competition. The same competition that has raised wealth and living standards across the entire world that has any measure of a free market. Even the Chinese have accepted it as the road to wealth.

You are right about one thing, cheap does not always mean good. But if you sell the *same quality* product at a lower price because you have structured your business in a superior way to your competitors, and in such a way that the government doesn't punish you for it then that is *a good thing*.

Honestly it's amazing how tough this is to get into people's heads. I'm not saying you're stupid, but you are clearly ideologically incapable of understanding the free market.

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Re: He missed the point

Utter crap. What you describe is a protection racket.

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@ Esme

I'm English, the Obamacare example was simply the most recent one that sprang to mind, probably due to me listening to Peter Schiff a lot (the one who got it bang on about the sub-prime crisis way before it happened).

I have no idea whether it really is cheaper/easier to hire full timers rather than part timers, but it's got naff all to do with their political leanings and everything to do with lowering labour costs. Which, as in my answer to the other chap, makes products cheaper for the consumer all else being equal. This is a good thing.

The rest of your reply is interesting, you believe right-wingers do things that are in their best interests, but left-wingers don't and that this is a plus for the left-wingers? The road to hell is paved with good intentions, perhaps those you call right-wingers understand that by pursuing their best interest they also help others. Building a good business not only employs people, but provides value for the customers who choose (voluntarily) to purchase the products. Win-win all the way.

You are right, it IS in everyone's best interests to live in a cooperative society. Which is why I don't understand why left-wingers are so set against businesses and free-market capitalism which are the essence of voluntary cooperation which benefits all.

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@ Alistair

You didn't fix it, you ruined it. But at the same time still agreed with the point I made - thanks.

Companies will do what they can within the law to pay the least amount for the same labour. Yes. Good.

Good because companies that do that are then able to undercut their competition, which means lower prices for the same good or service for the consumer. Excellent, that's what we want - we want cheaper products.

Unless of course you are prepared to pay a higher price for the same quality of product? (You will probably say you would, but we both know you would be lying if you did).

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Re: He missed the point

@Filippo

I'm glad you admit that taxation is violence, but what do you think it is if it's not theft? An organisation with the monopoly on violence tells you to give it a portion of your earnings or it will throw you in a cell for years, and if you dare to defend yourself it will cause great harm up to and including death upon you. You think that's a "social contract"?

What social contract? When was this contract put in front of me to sign? When was I given the opportunity to negotiate terms? Was it when I was a child, and first received state services such as schooling? But contracts signed by children are unenforceable. Was it my parents? Parents have no authority to sign up their children into slavery.

There is no social contract - stop making bullsh*t up to excuse the fact you want other people's money, and will threaten them with violence if you don't get it. That's what we call a gangster. Social contract my arse.

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Re: Mixed feelings

"It's reminiscent of Marx ""From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs" which sounds great in theory, but only works if people don't game the system, and people will always game the system."

Exactly, this silly idea requires that someone somewhere assess both people's abilities and people's needs. It's not surprising that the people making these decisions discover that they, their families and their associates need more than anyone else...

It's also a philosophy that the current leader of the Labour Party believes in (if I recall, I heard him praise it in a YouTube clip of an Oxford Union debate). Yet I don't see him actually doing it, nor any other of the champagne socialists. There's nothing stopping them voluntarily spreading their wealth about.

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Re: He missed the point

Do you pay tax?

Do you know what happens if you don't pay tax?

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Re: Er..

God forbid!

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"Unfortunately the right-winger types tend to dislike the notion of employing 40 people for 20 hours a week rather than 20 people for 40 hours a week, and understandably so, because in the politco-economic system we currently have, it's more expenive to do the former rather than the latter."

Nonsense - on what do you base that claim? Under current legislation it's more of a problem to employ full time workers than part time ones. In the US lots of companies are hiring 2x part time workers rather than 1x full time worker so that they don't have to pay Obamacare fees for example.

Unfortunately most left-winger types tend to dislike looking deeper into the claims they make because vague generalisations that disparage the people with political views different to them are much more fun to post...

I base the above statement on your previous post.

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Re: He missed the point

Yes, although I struggle with the morality of state welfare (because it uses violence to extract wealth from workers to fund it), the reality is welfare isn't going anywhere for a long time.

This method makes things entirely simple and understandable, and also no more prostrating yourself to government workers to get it. And if people want to better themselves, they can take a risk to do something they might not otherwise have justified being able to take. Start a business perhaps, or a job you always wanted to do but didn't think you would make it.

Some people would simply live off the minimum true, but most people actually earn over minimum wage, which means they are prepared to do more than the minimum to make life better for themselves.

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UK.gov flings £400m at gold standard, ‘full-fibre' b*&%*%£$%. Yep. Broadband

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Re: What are people doing that needs fibre?

"What are people doing that needs fibre?"

There's probably a few households with several people all watching separate Ultra-HD Netflix streams (25Mb/s each) needing a big pipe it's a bit of an edge case.

Downloading big Steam games of 30GB or more are much nicer with a big pipe but it's not crucial.

Aside from them I can't think of much else the average household needs 1Gbps for.

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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@ Ben Tasker

Your thinking is backwards, the court isn't saying that elites can't just dictate and must put it to a vote, the court is saying that a fully democratic referendum can be disregarded if the MP's (who one might call elites) vote against it.

The same MP's that voted to have a referendum, and agreed to abide by the result.

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It's democracy or violence

Democracy seems to be the only really practical alternative to violence to attain one's aims, at least in the Western world at this point in time.

There are many people who believe when Ted Heath entered us into the Common Market back in the day that he committed an act of treason (http://www.vernoncoleman.com/euillegally.html), but the public did not rise up in violence to change this, they simply stood up and argued against the Common Market/EU and hoped for change.

They/we eventually, after decades, forced the government to give us our say, and despite the massive status quo advantage, and of nearly all the establishment, the civil service, the media, IMF etc etc against us we stuck up our two fingers and said "OUT". The finest display of democracy I have seen in my lifetime, and the one and only time my side has ever won.

This vote was not advisory, whether they think it was or not, and if they screw us on this one it proves that you CANNOT change things through the democratic process.

That leaves only violence - and it would be fully legitimate violence. I'm sharpening my pitchfork as we speak.

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Cynical Apple gouges UK with 20 per cent price hike

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Re: All according to plan

"I've got some news for you. There's no such thing as a free lunch. If you save your money with a bank, you are lending it, at risk. The risk being the bank going pop, and you losing your money."

That's not news to me, I agree entirely, and it can't be said often enough that money in the bank is actually a loan to the bank and you no longer own the money - just a claim on it.

However as I mentioned some of my savings are in gold, but some of my family members, who mocked me when I mentioned the yellow metal, have the majority of theirs in bank deposits or sterling denominated shares. Although I feel a little smug about it, I take no pleasure in them being 10-15% less wealthy than they were not so long ago.

I can't agree with your assessment of QE saving the banking system but it's a bit late so don't feel I can go into detail without messing up my post. Yes, QE can theoretically be clawed back when the cash comes back to the central bank. But really, do you think that will ever happen? It's not happened in 25 years of doing it in Japan where it was invented. I can't think of a single instance where a CB has removed the QE from the system. QE is de facto money printing.

And that's an easy way out, a way that has been tried, tested, and failed from ancient Greece, through Rome, via the Wiemar Republic and a thousand other realms in between and on to us today. It will fail again ultimately, and the longer we stretch it out the worse it will be, we should have let it all go to pot in 2008 and rebuild, because now it's going to be even worse when it goes.

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Re: All according to plan

"Which seems to have developed arthritis these last few years."

It's been tied behind his back by the central planners in the central banks of the world.

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Re: All according to plan

"You might want an over valued currency"

No, I would like a correctly valued currency, the problem is what sets the value and that, quite simply, is the supply of money. The supply of which is controlled, ultimately, by the central banks, who respond (whether they openly admit it or not) to the government.

While it does make British exports cheaper, if you are in manufacturing that means the cost of imported raw materials has gone higher as well.

But the "weak currency = jobs" myth is just that - mythical. West/reunified Germany had an immensely strong currency in the Deutschmark and had no shortage of jobs and manufacturing. It was so strong the French devised the Euro to stop being so embarrassed by Fritz next door because the Franc was constantly devaluing. Switzerland is a modern example of very strong currency and plenty of employment. Please don't propagate that falsehood anymore.

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All according to plan

A weak pound is exactly what the government wants (pity we mere voters want the opposite) because it reduces the real value of the vast debt they have heaped up over ours heads and those of our children.

Carney took full advantage of the cover of Brexit to lower interest rates (after bullshitting that he was about to raise them for the last year or so) AND start up the printing presses with more QE. He's done absolutely everything he can to trash the pound at it's most vulnerable point in years.

So we poor saps who cherish our savings are once again looted by the invisible hand of inflation (no relation to Adam Smith's invisible hand of awesomeness).

Fortunately I invested in a bit of gold and Brexit actually had a net positive effect on my finances. Real money people - real money.

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Brexit? No impact at all, chuckles reseller juggernaut

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Who would have though it?

Brexit not causing disaster? Surely not?

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Nul points: PM May's post-Brexit EU immigration options

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"Vote Leave and Remain had no right to make policy promises about anything at all as they weren't running for government"

Absolutely correct, though the tone of your post seems to suggest that they did make promises, rather than suggestions of what could be done after Brexit. The only promise I recall them making was that after Brexit then we would be in control of our own immigration policy, and that we would not have to send £350m gross to the EU every week, which is entirely true.

Ah the controversial £350m number, personally I think it would have been better to use the ~£200m net figure or whatever it is but then I don't calculate the tax I get taken from me every year by looking at the gross number and removing what I think I get back in public services - and I bet you don't either. And apart from the rebate any money that comes back is spent by the EU, we don't get to choose what it gets used for.

The funny thing is whenever remoaners say the Leave campaign lied this is the only point they ever come up with, whereas on the remain side the list is long (World War 3, housing crash, economic crash, 3 million jobs at risk, no more CLOUT! oh god how will we survive without CLOUT!?)

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Re: Pragmatic solution?

@ smartypants

Yet another idiot trying to suggest that anyone who voted Brexit was a foaming at the mouth racist with an IQ in the single digits. That's as stupid as saying all remain voters are foaming at the mouth Brit-haters who can't wait for our culture to be obliterated and replaced with a Brave New EU World.

A lot is said in the media about not forgetting the 48% who voted to remain. Well I think it's about time that 48% started to make the effort to understand the majority 52% in this country instead of condemning them. Set aside your prejudice and bigotry for once and listen.

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@ MrXavia

It boggles the mind that some people downvoted your completely sensible suggestion.

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'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away

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Re: lets all just die on this ball

"Considering the current inclinations of the great Yank electorate, I reckon it's touch-and-go that we'll make it to Christmas."

That's right - *Hillary* leading in the polls what the hell are they thinking...

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.

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My Virtualbox VM host and Teamspeak server will be migrated to Linux now. This update decided to ignore the "Notify to schedule restart option" and just went ahead and did it, dirtily shutting down the VM. It was at 3am so no real harm done but that's it for me, no need to have a Win 10 as a simple server host I'll knuckle down and put Linux on it one evening.

Desktop may still be a bit further off due to the games I'm playing at the moment.

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Two G4S call centre staff sacked over 999 answering scam

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Re: I chose the wrong career

I was thinking of posting a huffy reply but then looked out of my window (with it's lovely views of Lincoln Cathedral) and saw the ears of corn growing nicely in my back yard. Ok I'll give you this one.

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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Re: The year the BBC died

If they weren't missing people like him (and me) then nothing would be changing.

Clearly they do.

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I think it's 15 minutes after broadcast that you can watch something without a licence. If your systems "buffered" it for that long then it would basically be the same as recording it which is also covered by the silly rules.

If you do watch BBC stuff you should pay the fee, that's fair enough. It's the making us pay the fee because we watch other stations that gets me (I refuse to pay so don't even have an aerial on the house).

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Re: BBC Viewers

Yes it is, it's classified as a tax which is why people can be criminally prosecuted for it.

I believe this will be changing next year however.

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Protect your staff from Toronto's terrible Twitter trolls, bosses told

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Re: The Reg = SJW?

Believe it or not, I don't think conservatives have a general forum where they decide on what they think about people and everyone pulls the party line.

This may be hard to understand, but conservatives are people and have a variety of views, just like everyone else.

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Re: The Reg = SJW?

The byline is irrelevant to my comment, what are you on about?

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The Reg = SJW?

"After years of criticism and complaints, last month Twitter finally started taking a more proactive role in pushing back against its needlessly offensive users when it permanently banned high-profile troll Milo Yiannopoulos from the service for encouraging and coordinating racist attacks against actress Leslie Jones."

Is the Reg now a bastion of SJW lies, or did you just not bother to look any deeper than the headlines yourself? In no way did Milo ever coordinate racist attacks you complete muppets.

Neither is Twitter pushing back against needlessly offensive users - it's banning conservative opinion while leaving radical jihadist and racist Black Lives Matter accounts open. It's censorship of opinions they don't like.

Please do some research I'm seeing a lot of rubbish like this on the formerly awesome Register lately.

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Londoner jailed after refusing to unlock his mobile phones

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Re: Well?

@Big John

Without a doubt we have been conditioned to love being disarmed, and many of us seem to take a weird kind of pride about it as well, the same way some people proudly say "I'm happy to pay my taxes!". Good grief.

The sneering condescension of certain British classes (middle and upper) was curtailed in recent decades when they were told not to be nasty to the working class anymore. They couldn't stand that of course and had to find other outlets to be snobbish about the working class, so they invented the "chav" insult as well as mocking anyone who believed in anything remotely patriotic or nationalistic, and that wide net includes guns.

So our middle class lot tend to hold their noses in the air and sniff at anyone who suggests that an armed populace might actually be a little better at handling such incidents as armed jihadis storming a theatre, or trying to abduct off-duty RAF personnel to behead them. Oh no - we're CIVILIZED you see, not like you barbarians in Texas who gunned down two jihadi wannabe's before they could kill anyone. Oh no, we're happy to let our people die horribly just to prove how absolutely wonderful we are.

I say this as someone brought up middle-class myself with family who talk like this and people I went to school and university with as well. Being anti-gun control in the UK has bugger all to do with reason and everything to do with self-righteous holier than thou attitudes (I believe the term now is virtue-signalling but it's just the same thing as it's always been) to prove how much better you are than the plebs.

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IPv6 now faster than IPv4 when visiting 20% of top websites – and just as fast for the rest

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Re: 20% is not noticable

Do some work with local government or some government agency and see how they spend that money they take from you.

You might not have the same opinion afterwards (I didn't).

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My plan to heal this BROKEN, BREXITED BRITAIN

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Re: Parliamentary Sovereignty

Well Rich 11, that's because the House of Lords and the Queen don't actually have any real power, one is an advisory chamber and the other is a ceremonial role which, while having in theory significant power, in practicality she has very little.

I have no idea why you mentioned kicking people out of Britain, oh wait, yes you are trying to tar Brexiters with the brush of heresy. Whoops did I say heresy? I meant racism of course.

Of course, given that I am engaged to a leave-voting immigrant then I wouldn't be too keen on seeing her thrown out, and I would be quite surprised if she were, considering that I actually listened to the Leave people's argument which said, on many occasions, that people who came here legally and haven't broken the law are more than welcome to stay.

Now, to respond in kind, what are your opinions on the remain supporters who want old white people to die because they voted to leave?

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Re: Parliamentary Sovereignty

No, it wasn't politicians that said we would leave the EU. It was the people, and we spoke clearly.

Woe betide any prime minister that ignores the spoken will of the people. Even though I don't have the faintest idea how, I for one am prepared to take up arms against any government that abandons democracy in my country. I hope everyone else here would do the same, after all our current prime minister supports the people rebelling against dictatorial government (Libya, Syria).

And no, I couldn't care less if the spooks see this.

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Dabs founder Dave Atherton returns to techland

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Cheers

Cheers for letting us know, I'll stick that one on the avoid list for any future purchases.

(Dabs under that bloke was the first company I ever had to sue via small claims - successfully of course).

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Brexit: UK gov would probably lay out tax plans in post-'leave' vote emergency budget

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Re: MEPs make the laws

That's an appalling reason to vote to stay in the EU.

Are you seriously saying that fundamental matters of accountability, democracy, legitimacy and all the rest are less important to you than the fact the person you like got elected as an MEP in your region?

Jess, that MEP you like has almost zero power. He/She cannot propose legislation, nor propose to repeal legislation. If you are happy with that level of power then I pity you.

I don't see much reform coming from Westminster either, but the current setup is significantly better than the setup in the EU and is therefore an improvement from the current situation.

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Re: MEPs make the laws

"But it's certainly not a good enough reason to leave."

Only if there was a reasonable possibility of this changing in the future. But I don't see any reform in the direction of more democracy and accountability coming from the EU in the foreseeable future.

Elected representatives proposing and repealing laws is pretty much the most fundamental reason to stay in or leave the EU. All of the other problems stem from this basic failure of representative democracy. So yes, it is a good enough reason, and it is the reason I will vote to leave.

I would urge you to not take it lightly.

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"Not strictly true. MEPs make the laws"

I'm not sure that's accurate, as I understand it MEP's only get to vote on laws that are proposed by the EU Commission/Council/Whatever which is the same amount of power as our House of Lords has, they cannot propose laws themselves. Whereas our MP's do make the laws, even opposition MP's can bring a private member's bill to be voted on.

If you haven't already watched it Brexit the Movie does discuss this among a host of other issues:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYqzcqDtL3k

I strongly agree with the rest of your post however, and I've always considered the US method of open primaries to be very interesting. e.g. Love him or loathe him, the Republican voters want Trump and they are getting him.

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Most of the arguments that we keep hearing all over the media, trade/how much we pay/immigration etc are of little relevance. The absolutely fundamental issues are getting next to no airing at all.

The people who make the laws are not elected by the people, they are elected by other politicians who might be elected by the people. Now I don't know about the rest of you but that's not bloody well good enough for me!

For centuries we have wrested power from the elites and passed it closer to the people, we fought a civil war and chopped off a king's head to prove there was no divine right to rule. This is the first time that I can think of (admittedly only an amateur student of political history) where the direction of power has been the other way round. Those who seek to rule us are now less accountable than they were 50 years ago. Back then we could directly vote for or against the top decision makers, now we can only vote for people who might vote for the top decision makers we want.

They ignore referenda in smaller countries like Ireland, making them vote again until they get the answer they want. They have desposed elected governments in Italy and Greece and placed appointed apparatchiks in their place. The EU Arrest Warrant undermines our ancient right of Habeas Corpus (Google Andrew Symeou).

I really wish all those points were the top item on the media and the Leave campaign's agenda but I barely hear a peep about it.

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Re: both major parties are split.

I have it on reasonably good authority (that I won't disclose here) that the Labour Party has made a decision to look united on the EU question as much as possible in the hopes it shows them in a good light so they have a better chance at winning the next election.

Yes, that's right, Labour MP's who think we should leave the EU are keeping their gobs shut because them getting into power is more important to them than the most important referendum this country has had since the 70's (arguably even more so). Only a few mavericks like Kate Hoey are stepping out of line.

Reminds you of old Tony B.Liar doesn't it?

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Brexit would pinch UK tech spend but the EU wouldn't care – survey

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Re: There is so much bollocks ...

It's probably because of the stitch-up that got Vote Leave the official designation rather than the GO movement.

Now the media types that love the EU (like the EU-Funded BBC) have their ready-made reason not to invite Saint Nigel on anymore "Because he's not the leader of the official Leave campaign!".

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Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone

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NZ unfurls proposed new flag

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Re: Yes please

Honouring your origins is not childish.

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Short weekend break: Skegness or exoplanet HD 189733b?

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Re: Skegness every time

The way to tell the locals from the punters in Skeg is to see who ask for a bottle and who gets a pint. At least back in the late 90's during my wonder years the pubs and bars rarely cleaned the pipes feeding the pumps, especially at Fat Louis' and Strikes - bloody horrible pints!

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