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Oh Britain, what have you done (part ∞+10)?

Discussion in 'off topic' started by ff1d1l, Nov 26, 2018.

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  1. ff1d1l

    ff1d1l pfm Member

    Was that when Grace died in the fire?
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  2. wyjsar

    wyjsar Nothing but heart

    I hadn't realised that you're quite so new to all of this.
  3. ff1d1l

    ff1d1l pfm Member

    22 September 1955 the fire, and you say I'm an Archers newbie?
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  4. wyjsar

    wyjsar Nothing but heart

    Ah, some drunk posting and this time it isn't from me.
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  5. droodzilla

    droodzilla pfm Member

    Alistair Campbell on Newsnight now doing a fantastic job of confirming the average Leave voter's impression that the hard-Remain crew are arrogant fools who've learned nothing from the last two years. I don't rate Remain's chances in a second referendum with idiots like this leading the charge.
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  6. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    But will they vote to make their living standards fall even further? Even mild and smooth Brexit will further bleed the NHS, education and policing. It’s fascinating how the costs of total Brexit were swiped away by the Tories as Project Fear with Theresa May until very recently sticking to her broken record of “no deal is better than a bad deal”. Now the pretence has been dropped by all bar the real lunatics.
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  7. MVV

    MVV pfm Member

    Yeah I take your point. Mind you it looks like the second referendum will be Remain or Remain (without a vote). The campaign has already started with all this slightly vulgar black pudding business.
  8. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Mate of the bloke

    Are they like Hale and Pace for middle-class people?
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  9. blossomchris

    blossomchris I feel better than James Brown

    No wonder I thought they were a pair of .....

  10. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    It seems to be boiling down to “ok you’ve said you don’t like foreigners, how much are you prepared to lose to get them* out for good?”

    *not the brown ones- they come from somewhere else.
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  11. Seanm

    Seanm pfm Member

    The derogatory use of the word “unicorn” embodies the worst aspects of the hard remain mentality.
  12. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

  13. Seanm

    Seanm pfm Member

    I admit to liking unicorns.
  14. ff1d1l

    ff1d1l pfm Member

    The David Lammy speech....

    "Mr Speaker, the European Union was once just a remarkable dream.

    A hope that our countries which fought and murdered each other on an industrial scale, twice in one century, could come together. A refusal to return to extreme nationalism. And a determination to prevent more bloody conflicts where tens of millions are killed.

    The audacious idea of European integration was motivated by fear. But it was made possible by shared ideals. Democracy. Human Rights. Equality. Freedom.

    And a refusal to submit to the tyranny of fascism, ever again.

    After the Second World War, in 1946, Winston Churchill said this:

    “If Europe were once united in the sharing of its common inheritance, there would be no limit to its happiness, prosperity and glory.”

    But today some Conservative colleagues talk about “total independence” from Europe as though it is a virtue.

    Let me remind them: Churchill understood the European dream is to build a whole bigger than the sum of its parts. He understood that it is about pooling sovereignty. Working together. Sharing Control.

    Let us now be honest with the country.

    Total independence is a fantasy. It is the same idea that motivates an angry teenager to run away from their family. Total independence means throwing a tantrum and ending up in the cold.

    Total independence is selfishness. It is individualism, arrogance, superiority, a refusal to work together, and the break-down of the common good.

    Total independence will not solve our problems. Total independence will lead to total isolation.

    And let us be honest. Britain did not become “Great” in total isolation. Britain thrived by becoming the biggest Treaty-Signing power in the world. Britain thrived by signing more than 14,000 treaties in the modern age.

    We thrived by sharing our sovereignty, not by stockpiling it.

    Our NATO membership compels us to deploy soldiers when our fellow members are attacked.

    The Paris Climate Accord is an agreement that demonstrates how we tackle global threats together, not alone.

    Even our membership of the WTO commits the UK to supra-national regulation and arbitration of its own.

    Mr Speaker, Sovereignty is not an asset to be hoarded. It is a resource which only has value when it is spent.

    The hard Brexiteers in this house say they want to Take Back Control.

    They say that we lost it because of the European Union.

    But in reality they are still mourning Suez, Britain’s last fling of the Colonial dice.

    Back then Anthony Eden failed to recognise that Britain was no longer capable of launching a solo imperial adventure.

    Let us not fall for the same hubris today.

    When those on the other side of this debate say they want Empire 2.0, let us ask: what does that mean?

    What was imperialism? What was colonialism? Let us not forget this today.

    At its worst, the British Empire was exploitation and subjugation.

    Moral superiority that led to putting humans in shackles.

    The oppression of black and brown people because this country thought it knew best.

    Have we forgotten that those countries once coloured pink on the globe were not won in negotiations? Have we forgotten that they were taken by force?

    Today we need to build a new image of Britain. One that brings this country together after years of division. We have to use our imagination. Empire 2.0 is not it.

    After the global embarrassment of Suez, Britain became the sick man of Europe.

    The EEC was set up in 1958, but Britain did not join until 1973.

    In those years, GDP per head rose 95 per cent in France, Italy and West Germany.

    Britain only grew at half this rate. Our industry and economy had fallen behind.

    Mr Speaker, Europe gave post-imperial Britain a chance to regain some wealth and dignity.

    In the 40 years since, our economy grew faster than France, Germany and Italy. We restored our position on the global stage.

    But it was not only our prosperity that increased. Our allies in the US respected us for our seat at the top table of Europe.

    And, the rest of the world saw us become a confident nation again.

    A grown up country, prepared to give and take for the greater good.

    The Brexiteer promise to Take Back Control in 2016 was nothing more than a deluded fantasy. A lie that divided friends and families.

    A lie that pandered to racism and xenophobia.

    And a lie that caused an extra six hundred and thirty eight Hate Crimes per month.

    What does it say about the United Kingdom when the UN sends rapporteurs to warn us of increased racism in our country?

    What does it say about Britain when our politicians play on the fear of migrants, races and religions, to win votes?

    What did it say when Nigel Farage stood in front of a Nazi-inspired poster of refugees, with the caption “breaking point”?

    The founder of the Labour Party, Keir Hardie, spoke of socialism’s “promise of freedom”, its “larger hope for humanity”, and of “binding the races of the earth into one all-embracing brotherhood”

    To my good friends in the Party, those who are still wavering, I ask honestly: can you really vote for this politics of division and hate?

    Can you really vote to slash workers’ rights and protections?

    Can you vote to give tax avoiders a sanctuary? Can you vote to hand over more power to the clumsy hand of the market?

    Mr Speaker, what I’m about to say is not fashionable – but our country’s story of renewal through Europe is a story of immigration.

    We grew as a nation because of free movement.

    European migrants are not “citizens of nowhere” or “queue jumpers” as the Prime Minister would have us believe. Young, energetic, diverse and willing to pay taxes, EU citizens have given so much. They have done the jobs that our own would not do.

    Around 3.8m now live in Britain. Over their lifetimes, they pay in £78,000 more than they take out.

    But the contribution of European migrants has not only been financial. Our culture, our art, our music, and our food has been permanently improved.

    Theresa May’s deal has emerged as a Frankenstein’s monster: an ugly beast that no one voted for or wanted.

    To appease hardliners, the transition period can at most be extended to 2022. This has eradicated our leverage – it is simply not enough time to negotiate a free trade deal.

    We are now on course for another cliff edge. This deal does not Take Back Control, it gives it away. It surrenders our voting rights in the European Council, Commission and Parliament, for nothing in return.

    I cannot vote for any form of Brexit because every form of Brexit is worse for my constituents.

    Mr Speaker, Brexit is a historic mistake.

    It forgets the lessons of Britain’s past.

    It forgets the value of immigrants.

    It forgets that we cannot build a new Empire by force.

    It forgets that in the modern world our nation will not flourish through isolation, but connection, cooperation and a new vision for the common good.

    Brexit forgets why this continent came together, after two bloody wars.

    Mr Speaker, this country is crying out for a second a chance.

    Seven hundred thousand marched on the streets of London. Millions more campaigned online and wrote to their MPs.

    They are all asking for one thing: an opportunity to right the wrong of 2016 – another shot at the imperfect but audacious European dream.

    Or as Shakespeare put it in Richard the 2nd, from John of Gaunt:

    “That England, that was wont to conquer others, hath made a shameful conquest of itself.”
  15. HarryB

    HarryB pfm Member

    I didn't. I was too busy crying myself.
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  16. eternumviti

    eternumviti Bloviating Brexiter

    That would be the same Vince Cable who voted for a referendum on our continued membership of the EU as long ago as 2008. He's forgotten to turn up for quite a lot of votes on the matter since, and has voted against a referendum on other occasions. Now he wants one again. Is this consistency, or is it inconsistency, is it representative of clear or muddled thinking? I don't know. I wonder if old Vince does.
  17. HarryB

    HarryB pfm Member

    I have no idea why you lump them together as though they were a comedy duo. Crace is brilliant. A classy, inclusive writer with a lively style. Hyde is just trying to get a reaction all the time and her style is sh1te and hard to read.
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  18. eternumviti

    eternumviti Bloviating Brexiter

    That hideous, gluey, highly selective and somewhat misrepresentative (of the absolute er...verity) speech by Lammy is pretty cringeworthy. Who the hell is he? I presume a Labour MP. He doesn't seem to like the UK very much.

    I can see why it might go down well on these pages.
  19. eternumviti

    eternumviti Bloviating Brexiter

    Ok, I've looked him up. He is a highly educated and obviously clever barrister of Guyanan parentage. Do I stand down?

  20. Colin L

    Colin L pfm Member

    Who are these Hale and Pace of which you speak. They’ve never been on the BBC TV, or the light programme
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