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  1. Brexit: The fallout

    @Mackle it seems there are only a handful of road crossings between Brazil and French Guyana. The land border runs mostly along a river or dense rainforest. The N2 road does cross a large bridge between the two countries and on the French side at least there is a border post:   Compare to Ireland with approximately 200+ official crossings and many more unofficial. Totally different environment.
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    Fair point John. I should have said "the political leaders of 400 million Europeans".
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    The shit is getting real now with Germany and France preparing for a no deal.    As I said on this thread last year sometime...the Irish border will decide what sort of Brexit comes to pass.   A hard Brexit is incompatible with the GFA and the EU is holding absolutely firm on this. Instead of British tabloids accepting that the 400 million people of the EU standing shoulder to shoulder with Ireland actually proves that the EU is not dominated by the Franco-German axis, these tabloids prefer to claim that Ireland is letting itself be used by these scheming EU types to force GREAT Britain to stay in the EU against its will.    
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    That Bridgen guy is really dim. Not just in that remarkable segment on the Nolan show but for months now I've marvelled at how utterly thick he manages to be.
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    Brexiteers believe, contrary to virtually all expert opinion, that lost trade with the EU can be compensated with bounteous opportunities outside Europe. She noted that her recent visit to Kenya was the first by a British premier in 30 years.Boris Johnson visited Peru when he was foreign secretary, and was the first holder of that office to do so in 52 years, he informed the Tory conference. Both discussed the trade possibilities with their neglected hosts.Kenya and Peru have been ignored by trade-hunting British ministers for good reasons. They import very little from the UK.Just for fun, the total in 2016 of UK merchandise exports to Ireland, which reached 55 times the Kenyan figure or 107 times the Peru number, can be distributed between the Republic's 26 counties in proportion to the published household income figures. If Kenya happened to be the 27th Irish county, its 2016 imports of goods from the UK would place it in 17th spot, between Kilkenny and Westmeath. Peru would come 25th, behind Longford and ahead of last-place Leitrim (population 32,044).UK goods exports to the entirety of South America, Central America and the Caribbean in 2016 were one-third the figure for Ireland or half the figure for Belgium. Johnson visited Argentina and Chile as well as Peru: he would have encountered the same market for UK exporters had he made the shorter trip to Galway.A full peregrination through every country in Latin America would have taken him a month, to touch base with markets for British exports contactable on a day-trip to Sweden.Liam Fox, the man expected to negotiate the UK's post-Brexit trade bonanza, namechecked Canada, Mexico and South Korea on his list of most promising prospects. The EU already has free trade agreements with all three, to which the UK loses access six months hence.   From the Irish Independent. Article by Irish economist Colm McCarthy. 
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    Yeah I think that's almost ruled out in Ireland because the constitution mandates maximum constituency sizes. Constituencies have at least 3 and at most 5 seats and if the population grows those 5 seaters that become too large must be split.   No system is perfect and multi seat constituencies bring some problems of their own (tends to be far more clientelism as MPs need to ingratiate themselves more than the competition within the constituency) but on the whole it results in more government by consensus I think.    The largest (historically) party in Ireland tried on a number of occasions to replace PR-STV with FPTP. The electorate IMO wisely rejected these attempts.
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    The Foreign Secretary (one of the great offices of state) of the United Kingdom today compared the EU to the USSR. This, quite rightly drew the ire of many eastern European politicians who have real experience of both.
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    That's what bread will be made out of in Brexit Britain you traitor!
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    Stolen from Steve Bullock on Twitter:Exclusive: initial planning for PM’s Brexit Britain Festival leaked:– deport-a-foreigner tombola– pin the blame on a remainer– experts in stocks– othering tent– hate pavilion– raffle with prizes including a months supply of insulin, basic food, or an exit visa– displays celebrating both of the UK’s home nations– workshops on how to cook chlorinated chicken
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    I don't know exactly what you mean. You just get a list of candidates and stick the number of your preference for each option in the box next to it. You can just write 1 in one box and stop (but that's not very clever if there is another remaining option you really don't like, in which case you should keep selecting options and give no preference to the really unpalatable option/candidate).    Isn't this what was proposed for UK general elections by the Lib Dems? I think AV is another name for instant runoff.   In Ireland this is considered "simple" because we use the more complicated PR-STV for general elections, where you have multi seat constituencies and quotas and whatnot but to the voter the procedure is the same. Pick the candidates in order of preference.
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    My oh my you Brits are wedded to your fptp ;-) Just kidding.   I wrote "instant runoff". This is a version of proportional representation where there is only one victor but multiple options. It's the method we in Ireland use to elect our President. You put your order of preference beside the options. After the first count the option with the lowest number of first preferences is eliminated and that option's second preferences are redistributed, eliminating the next lowest and so on until a winner is found as the second last option is eliminated. It's pretty straightforward and an easy way to offer multiple choices.