If you had to choose between Nazism and Marxism, which would you choose?

Marxism.

Marxism at its most basic is founded on the principle of sharing – a skill so valuable to society that we teach it to our infants, before reading, arithmetic, or using the potty. In practice, its influence can be seen in the benign social democracy practised in much of Europe, to oppressive oligarchies that are effectively state capitalism.

Nazism is founded on the ideology of racial purity and ‘otherness’. It was the anti-democratic one-party totalitarian dictatorship practised in Germany in the 1930s and early 1940s. Barring time-travel, it would not be possible to live under Nazism.

As a European, I can attest that Marxist-influenced social democracy is quite a pleasant system to live under. As a (formerly) healthy and fit blonde female who is not maternal, has a Jewish name and a tendency towards thinking, I would have lived on a knife edge of terror in Nazi Germany.

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With Brexit does the EU really have more to lose than Great Britain?

I’m aware of the bias of the source. Regardless, is this claim in any way defensible?

From a negotiating perceptive, the EU has far more to lose than the UK. Great Britain is in a much better negotiating position.


Oh, la. So funny…

Britain’s membership fee is the only thing mentioned, and frankly our £8bn net contribution is neither here nor there in the EU’s budget. It’s about 6% annually: roughly the annual cost of admin, or of the Horizon 2020 research and innovation project, but that’s it. No biggie.

What the ‘nuclear option’ also entails is the UK welshing on contributions to which it has already agreed, the so-called ‘divorce settlement’. This covers things like paying towards Farage’s MEP pension, for example. But I’m sure he’ll be happy to forego his pension as the price of ‘bringin back are souvenirty !!!!!’. Not.

It will be rough adjusting to WTO rules if everything goes well. Crashing out could send our economy into a tailspin. We’re still on an austerity footing from the last recession, and we cannot afford the nuclear option. We might even drag the global economy down with us.

Imagine how popular that would make us with those markets we’re hoping to trade with as an independent nation. For that matter, even supposing the nuclear option didn’t have the disastrous consequences I’ve outlined: would you rush to sign a business deal with someone who’s just walked out of a major contract without fulfilling their end of the bargain?

I’m really hoping this is just silly posturing on the UK side, like a boxers’ face-off before the fight, and that they won’t simply flounce off in a hissy fit before they even get in the ring.

What stops people from stealing babies abroad and pretending that the baby is their baby when they get to immigration?

Babies don’t require a passport to travel. Doesn’t this just mean that you could potentially kidnap babies from other countries bring them to your country illegally?


I needed a passport for my 6-week-old son in order to bring him from one part of the UK (Birmingham) to another (Belfast) for my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary.

I was taking him to another country (Irish Republic), but not having to go through a manned border, I didn’t need a letter from my husband saying he knew about it and agreed that it was okay for me to take our child out of the country. There’s no way I could have just nabbed a baby and taken it between Birmingham and Belfast, much less any other part of the world.

Are the odds of Stephen Fry being successfully prosecuted for blasphemy greater than his chance of discussing bone cancer in kids with God?

See: Stephen Fry under police investigation for blasphemy after branding God an ‘utter maniac’


Considering the number of Irish people who blaspheme by taking the Lord’s name in vain on a daily, if not sentence-by-sentence basis, the Gardaí might want to consider dropping this investigation unless they want to prosecute pretty much everyone in the country.

Having said that, he’s marginally more likely to be prosecuted, since there is no God.

How do Northern Irish protestants feel about the increasing likelihood of a united Ireland after Brexit?

The old guard, those who lived through the Troubles and were involved at some level in sectarianism, are crapping themselves in private, and publicly trying to pretend that a united Ireland will never happen, that Mother Britain will never abandon her red-headed stepchild. Rather like the Protestants of Donegal, almost a century ago, just before they found themselves in the Irish Free State.

The younger generation – at least, those that managed to avoid the sectarian brainwashing from their elders – don’t mind one way or another. Some would actively welcome the change.

Those are the broad strokes. There are some older people who view UI with equanimity, and some younger people who think that Ulster will continue to say no. There’s also a variation in attitudes to UI with education level, and with experience of living outside NI.

OTOH, I know some very bitter, elderly, pro-Brexit, unionist-voting Protestants who would actually like to vote Sinn Fein, if only a certain SF candidate were running.

Takes all sorts, so it does.

For the people of Northern Ireland, which is worse, A) a hard border with the Republic of Ireland or B) reunification of Ireland?

AAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

My personal preference is for Brexit to be cancelled.

I am from the Republic, but now live in Northern Ireland. My brothers live 20 minutes drive away, in the Republic. I’ve lived in various parts of the UK for all my adult life, and, purely for my own personal convenience, would prefer to stay in the UK. For me to return to the Republic would require quite a learning curve as I haven’t a notion how things like healthcare work, and I’d have all the hassle of transferring my UK accounts, child benefit, National Insurance credits, pension entitlement, private pension, etc., etc. and it’s just such a draaaaaagggg. Ugh. Then there’s the annoyance of custody and access arrangements for my half-Brit kiddo…

I was born shortly before the Troubles started, and many of my earliest memories are of nervous boy-soldiers hiding in ditches along the border, chicanes and road humps at border crossing points, and long drive-arounds because so many roads were simply closed to traffic. After the peace deal, it was glorious. Northern Ireland, Republic, UK or united Ireland, it didn’t matter – we were all European. Sure, it was irritating still having to change money – sterling to euros, and Northern Irish notes to English – and flights to Northern Ireland still boarded as far from the terminal as they could get and still be part of the same airport – but none of it mattered any more. Unionists didn’t have to worry about being forced into the cloudy grey skies of a “Free State” (a lot of them have never dropped the term), and the nationalists had as many links with the Republic as they could want (and still have their lovely free NHS). No more searches at shop entrances, no more Friday traffic standstills in Belfast as bomb disposal checked out the 20-odd bomb threats called in, no more checking the news before you went out for a drink to see if the pub you were going to was a) still standing and b) reachable without braving a ‘suspicious package’.

Now, I don’t see how a border of some kind can be avoided. It might be where the old border was, or it might be an imaginary passport boundary over the Irish Sea. It might mean many roads are closed to goods vehicles, or there could be special cameras and weighing points. People in cars and buses might be subject to random stop and search. Any of these could rile up the paramilitaries on one side or another, and we’ll be back where we started.

Will the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland ever liberalize their abortion laws?

There is an active lobby for extension of the 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland, and there has been since I worked for the NI Women’s Movement back in the 1980s. However, there is more public support than ever before: polls suggest that over 70% of the people of Northern Ireland now support this change.

However, our political parties do not reflect the grassroots. In a spreadsheet published by the Belfast Feminist Network before the recent Assembly elections, it is noted that all the Unionist parties and the nationalist SDLP are anti-abortion, although the UUP does permit its members a ‘vote of conscience’ on the issue, as does the Alliance Party. Sinn Féin supports only limited access to abortion for fatal foetal abnormality (FFA) and in cases of incest and rape. The only sitting pro-choice parties are the Green Party and People Before Profit Alliance, both of can only expect to which hold one or two seats apiece.

Of the candidates in the Assembly Election who expressed an opinion (one hung up the phone twice when asked),

  • 45% oppose abortion in the case of FFA,
  • 47% oppose abortion following rape or incest, and
  • 71% oppose the extension of the 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland.

71% of potential MLAs oppose abortion, compared with over 70% of pro-choice voters.

Now, let’s look at the donkeys we actually elected, and how they would vote:

  • 49% against abortion for FFA – not a huge increase.
  • 52% against abortion following rape or incest – again, not a huge increase, but it takes us over the 50% tipping point, which certainly leads me to question why over 50% of our elected leaders are okay with rape and incest,
  • 94% against extending the 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland.

Well.

I’m not sure what it says about our leaders that they are so out of touch with what their voters want.

But I do know what it says about Northern Irish voters: that they consistently vote for a shower of worthless gobshites who work against our interests, and those of Northern Ireland in general.

We’re mugs, morons, fools of the highest order, and we deserve everything the scum at the top defecate onto us.

Is it possible that Northern Ireland could stay in the EU and at the same time keep being a part of the United Kingdom?

I am looking for solution of the problem of having border dividing again island of Ireland.


Northern Ireland, as part of the UK, will be leaving the EU. There’s no way around that. The EU today has indicated that Northern Ireland would automatically get EU membership as part of a united Ireland, but that is some way off. There would need to be strong evidence that Northern Ireland voters want a united Ireland (maybe after the Tories can’t seem to find the cash to replace NI’s EU subsidies after Brexit?), followed by a referendum, followed by whatever negotiations and transitional arrangements are necessary, etc., etc. It won’t be soon, and it won’t be quick.

Brexit means that there ought to be a customs border, and a travel border for EU and RoW travellers entering Northern Ireland from the Republic. Much has been suggested regarding how this can be achieved without plunging the province into terrorism again, such as using traffic cameras for customs control and having the travel border between GB and the island of Ireland. So far, there are no good solutions and no solid plans.

Could a hard border on Northern Ireland really happen? Is it more likely that NI will receive special EU status?

A NI-Republic border ought to happen, as Northern Ireland will be outside the EU following Brexit. There’s no basis in law that I am aware of to suppose that Northern Ireland would get special EU status, although I understand that the EU is willing to consider it – thereby giving more thought to the province than Westminster has since the EU referendum was mooted.

Technically, Brexit breaks the Good Friday Agreement, under which the border is invisible. In addition, during the Brexit vote in Parliament, an amendment to Article 50 which would have protected the Good Friday Agreement during the Brexit process was comprehensively voted down – effectively, Parliament voted to break GFA.

Complicating the issue even more is the historic Common Travel Area between the UK and Ireland. This works just fine if both the UK and Ireland are in the EU, or outside the EU. No one knows how this will operate, or even if it can, after Brexit.

Then, there’s Gibraltar, where similar issues apply.

~Sigh~. Look before you leap. Actions have consequences. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Too many spanners, not enough broth.