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About murphaph

  • Birthday 11/11/1978

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  • Location Brandenburg
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  1. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Eventually as Mrs. T said, you run out of other peoples' money. Brexit reduced the tax pool. Cuts have to be made. Services will be reduced or eliminated and slowly but surely the idiots who voted for Brexit will begin to feel its effects.
  2. BREXIT positives and negatives

    The DUP are so politically naive that they don't seem to realise the protocol is their last chance to keep NI in the UK. It provides NI a huge competitive advantage compared to both GB and the EU which would make a lot of small n nationalists think long and hard about giving that up for a united Ireland. The price to pay for this unique position in a combined market of 450 million people? Some hardcore loyalists feel offended that a particular brand of sausages might not be available in Sainsbury's. That's basically it. The EU has already made several major concessions to make the protocol work better for NI, such as allowing GB medicines into NI even if they are not certified for use in the EU. The DUP would prefer a short term go down in flames hard border with the Republic that forces NI to choose EU or GB, rather than letting the protocol live and not forcing any such choice. Forcing the choice is extremely risky with the demographics shifting ever further to the nationalist side. They didn't get the GFA that let people be Irish or British or both. They don't get the protocol either. They always gravitate to the hard line and then it burns them.
  3. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Few direct ferry services between Ireland and continental Europe before brexit. Dozens now. 
  4. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Very good John, very good. Can't wait to see the fallout from this one.
  5. BREXIT positives and negatives

    I'm guessing you got yourself an Irish passport based on your grandfather's birth in Ireland?
  6. 3G in Restaurants?

    Yeah was thinking exactly the same. I just check in here maybe every 2 or 3 weeks, look at the last page, and it's like the exact_same_thing every time. 
  7. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Given the UK's colonial past in Egypt he could well have been legally entitled to British citizenship through descent or something.
  8. BREXIT positives and negatives

    I know you don't want violence Keith but there's a rump of Loyalism that won't go quietly into a united Ireland at this stage. There will definitely be some death and destruction accompanying the process. They wouldn't thank you for calling them my countrymen either lol. They think they are your countrymen! I was happy with the GFA that let everyone believe what they wanted to believe, but that only worked with common UK and Ireland EU membership allowing us to squint a bit and see no border. The GFA was a nice slow path to (probable) unity, maybe some time after I have departed this earth, certainly not in my lifetime, but Brexit has forced the issue into a harsh spotlight. The old adage to let sleeping dogs lie was not adhered to.    I tend to agree that in principle Scottish nationalism is a bit like Brexit but the Scots are not represented inside the UK as sovereign states are within the EU. Any state can veto "big stuff" like EU expansion, or the imposition of an embargo on Russian oil, for example. Scotland couldn't veto Brexit. It has less proportionally power inside the UK than Ireland has inside the EU, which is clearly not on, given Ireland has like 2% of the EU's population whereas Scotland has what, 10% of the UK's? To keep Scotland inside the UK will require the country (the UK that is) becoming a proper federal state, otherwise I see Scottish independence as a foregone conclusion too, with just the timescale being up for discussion.
  9. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Assuming you mean under a united Ireland, there will be ample death and destruction before (and for quite a while after) that happens. Brexit benefit for gun runners.
  10. BREXIT positives and negatives

    For the first time since its inception over a century ago, Northern Ireland, which was designed from the get go to have a permanent unionist majority, will now have a nationalist party as the largest party in the Assembly and Sinn Fein will have the right to nominate their candidate to become First Minister of Northern Ireland. Brexit benefit for Irish nationalism.
  11. 3G in Restaurants?

    Sure, why not.
  12. 3G in Restaurants?

    I've stopped wearing a mask unless it's actually mandated. I am boosted and had a very mild Covid illness a couple of weeks ago so I'm no threat to anyone right now. If some new deadly variant appears I'll go with the flow. I'll also get the new vaccine if and when it's made available. I'd say we'll all be back wearing masks by the winter however.
  13. How early to apply for citizenship/Einbürgerung?

    I would say the naturalisation test cert has an extremely long shelf life as would any German language test cert. My own was at least two years old by the time I received citizenship here.
  14. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Surely the solution to the likes of Abu Hamza preaching hate is to bang him up for a long, long time, not export the problem to someone else? This may turn into a race to strip these characters of their citizenships first if we start going down that road.
  15. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Smacks of "If you're not with us, you're against us" doesn't it?!   The German system automatically strips you of your citizenship if you take on another one without seeking and being granted permission to retain your German citizenship beforehand. This British law goes much, much further than that. It allows people who for whatever reason hold or even are just theoretically eligible to hold another citizenship to be stripped of their British citizenship at the pleasure of people like Priti Patel. That should be deeply disturbing to any Brit really. The lack of a written constitution which protects British citizens from such arbitrary decisions by parliament is one of the biggest problems with the British system. All of these basic rights and responsibilities should be enshrined in a written constitution that can only be amended either by referendum as in the Republic of Ireland or by a super majority in parliament as we have here in Germany. There has to be some basic protections against a government implementing arbitrary measures like this.