Chris Marston

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About Chris Marston

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  1. Brexit: The fallout

    The latest extension means for me that I also meet the "material conditions" for German citizenship. Hooray! Thank you, Boris!
  2. Brexit: The fallout

    I favour an extension of EU imprisonment until 3rd July 202x, so that Britain can share their Independence Day with the U.S.   And by the way, what is going to happen with those Brexit coins?
  3. Brexit: The fallout

    Interesting while unsubstantiated "theory". Certainly not just a plain observation. I think it is more convincing to suggest that all modern states are "unmanageable" given their complexity. This, however, would then apply to the UK too.
  4. Brexit: The fallout

    Oh, I wasn't aware of this issue. There is an interesting Wikipedia article on Schwabenhass.
  5. Brexit: The fallout

    States are just powerful fictions. They exist because we believe in them. I propose global Globe instead of global Britain. I understand that "no borders" (currently) would not work in practice but in theory it is a quite appealing idea.   @zwiebelfisch And I though the "far left" would be the "no borders" faction. How ironic. I understand, however, that internal migration of the well-off few can raise the living costs up to levels, which are simply not affordable for others.
  6. Brexit: The fallout

    What about free movements of Brits in GB? Isn't it unfair that Brits can, for example, freely move to London while EU- and non-EU foreigners should have to apply? I suggest that Brits should have to apply to work and live outside the county of their birth ... and only the highly qualified should be allowed to do so.
  7. Climate change discussion

    The quoted article does only reference pressure groups conspiring to shape policy-making and succeeding – not more, not less.   Lobbying works and some (if not most) billionaires user their money to influence politics effectively.
  8. Brexit: The fallout

    A third referendum would have to settle the "what kind of leave" question. Canada+, Norway+, Labour+ etc.
  9. Brexit: The fallout

    Certainly interesting manoeuvrers to split the other camps' vote. It is hard to tell if a split of remain votes between Labour and the LibDems would lead to a majority Conservative government despite picking up only 30+% of the votes in a general election.
  10. Brexit: The fallout

    I don't see the remain side be "mostly against" it. I even understand the rational case for a second referendum but it is unlikely to settle the matter – especially if the remain side would win. If leave were to win again, it would be very difficult not to implement whatever would have been defined as "yes, still leave" on the ballot paper. A second referendum would at least spell out to some extent what leave means and thereby make it harder to claim that is means whatever one prefers.   @zwiebelfisch See: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/brexit-news-latest-britain-against-leaving-eu-as-poll-of-polls-says-most-now-want-to-stay-a4257476.html
  11. Brexit: The fallout

    I am not so convinced because it is not so much a rational decision but an established emotional position that people are unlikely to change.   Another referendum would most likely produce another "too close to call" outcome that would not resolve this contested issue. I think remain might win by 52% to 48%. However, this would not settle the matter. A problem in the first referendum was that potential remain voters could "not be bothered" (read: energised) to go to the polls. This, of course, will have changed in another referendum and might tip the balance.
  12. Brexit: The fallout

    'A shining disco symphony for the dark days of Brexit' at: https://article54.eu/ Enjoy!
  13. Brexit: The fallout

    I get that argument. However, a post-Brexit right-wing government can also use the freedom from EU regulations that are intended to ensure a "level playing field" to move the UK in the opposite direction (low tax, low public service). Labour is somehow aware of that by trying to enshrine in UK law that EU workers rights would act as a minimum standards. If Labour does not win the next election they will have lost that gamble big time.