SwissToni comments

Posted in: Boris Johnson wins first round of UK leadership vote See in context

The problem is, for all of the hyperbole about the leave vote being the ‘will of the people’, there was little no clear mandate given. Hence the gridlock.

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Posted in: Boris Johnson wins first round of UK leadership vote See in context

Who’d a thought that in a group where Brexiters are always going to be front runners, the ‘scruffy under-performer’ would be considered the moderate’s choice?

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Posted in: Boris Johnson builds momentum in UK Conservative race See in context

He probably is favourite...sadly. He won’t be PM for long. Looks like he might attempt a no deal Brexit which will be rejected by Parliament and prompt a vote of no confidence in his government. A general election in the near term would more than likely devastate the Tories.

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Posted in: Queen honors 'The Crown' actress Olivia Colman See in context

Zichi, technically the UK is an empire. You may not like it but facts is facts. The important thing to remember is that the colonisers are long gone and the honours system for the most part remains to reward effort.

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Posted in: Queen honors 'The Crown' actress Olivia Colman See in context

Griff Rhys Jones Got an OBE. Good on him!

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Posted in: Ex-captive journalist denied passport issuance for 5 months See in context

Understand if he’s a threat to the national interest but the authorities should make this clear. Prevaricating serves no purpose.

If he’s a taxpaying citizen he is entitled to consular support when he travels, particularly in the job he does. In these days of “fake news”, a journalist’s job is not simply to report that one side says “it’s sunny outside” and the other says “no it’s not it’s raining”. He should open the window and take a look.

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Posted in: Britain plans unprecedented D-Day event for queen, leaders See in context

Excuses excuses.

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Posted in: Britain plans unprecedented D-Day event for queen, leaders See in context

Bass4funk we feel more pride and vindicated than ever.

Pride for the man that refuses to call out Neo Fascists? Pride for the man that lied while standing next to the British PM about the protests outside the very building he was in.

Shame, shame!!

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Posted in: Japan to ban free plastic bags at stores to fight marine pollution See in context

This has had a big impact in other markets. For example when the charge was introduced in the UK, bag usage dropped by 85%. Charging is compulsory and the revenue is put to use by environmental groups. It’s a start.

The issue of wrapping meat and fish products is an important one as this helps prevent cross contamination. Banning use of plastic bags for this would require an alternative, such as paper, to be used. Unfortunately there are not yet sufficient supplies of sustainable and recycled paper to meet demand.

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Posted in: Britain plans unprecedented D-Day event for queen, leaders See in context

With the far right on the rise again in the world, this an important chance to take a moment and reflect on the potential consequences of populist nationalism. There isn’t a person alive today that doesn’t owe thanks to the generation that fought and died opposing the Axis forces.

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Posted in: Silence, suppression in China on 30th Tiananmen anniversary See in context

I guess on man’s “political success” is another’s fascism.

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Posted in: Arguments over rape and incest divide abortion opponents See in context

Burning Bush, don’t know where your information comes from but the UN reports Finland as the happiest nation on the planet. Finland is a country where respect prevails, women are educated and autonomous. Sex education, contraception and abortion are all available and free of charge.

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Posted in: UK ever more polarized as Brexit Party storms to EU vote win See in context

Tangerine 2000, I see what you’re getting at. The CDU/CSU also got 29 seats but individual party performance at EU level is not the most important factor. In the EU Parliament the political grouping parties are members of carries the voting power. Brexit Parties EFD grouping has just 54 seats out of 751.

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Posted in: UK ever more polarized as Brexit Party storms to EU vote win See in context

Tangerine 2000, what are you talking about?? The Brexit Party’s EFD grouping has just 56 seats. The nationalists and populists made some gains but they are far from being the majority in the European Parliament.

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Posted in: UK leadership hopefuls vow to succeed where May failed on Brexit See in context

Wolfpack, what are you talking about? That’s not the way it works at all. The EU Parliament agrees common policy which the Commission implements across borders by asking each country’s legislators to enact national legislation. Punishment for breaking the law is squarely within national remit. As far as the UK is concerned you cannot lose your home if you’re unable to pay a fine. You might be imprisoned if you willfully refuse to pay a fine. But that is nothing to do with the EU.

The EU has no regulatory power over national healthcare policy other than the reciprocal healthcare agreement. The EU has lots of touch points ensuring commonality of rules, educational standards, fair trading standards, cross border police cooperation etc but EU nations are sovereign.

The knowledge of workings of the EU is woeful. I guess this is why people believe the anti EU rhetoric without question. Confirmation bias is a powerful thing.

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Posted in: UK leadership hopefuls vow to succeed where May failed on Brexit See in context

Tangerine2000Today  01:55 pm JST

MEPs are elected, but they have no power to legislate or repeal law.

The EU commission has the power to legislate, but its members are not elected individually.

The EU Commission proposes legislation, it has no power to impose it. All proposed legislation is approved or rejected by the EU Parliament and the Council of the EU which are the elected bodies over the Commission.

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Posted in: UK leadership hopefuls vow to succeed where May failed on Brexit See in context

JimizoToday  11:49 am JST

Don’t bring facts into the discussion whatever you do. Brexit was a victory for conservatives and patriots over socialists and SJWs. 

Jimizo, while I’m sure you’re being satirical, the time for avoidance of cranial eruption has passed. Brexit was a victory of manipulative players over a population who feel resentment at being forgotten or set aside. Farage et al has come along and said “there there I’ll make you feel wanted again”. The fact that Farage has done nothing constructive in 20 years, can’t possibly keep his promises and is backed by the super rich elite he pretends to rail against is lost in all the hyperbole. It’s quite sad, those who’ve bought into the flannel are largely those most likely to be harmed by it.

The Conservatives have been slowly imploding over Europe for 40 odd years. Farage and his new Special Purpose Vehicle appear to be hastening that process...so it’s not all bad. It’s just a shame the UK is likely to be paying for it for a very long time to come.

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Posted in: Train station employee, nabbed for taking upskirt film, causes delay due to being in custody See in context

Put Onaka in a skirt and let the victim take a picture up his?

juminRhee, if that’s what’s the statute demands. The point I was trying to make was that it isn’t helpful to make stuff up.

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Posted in: Train station employee, nabbed for taking upskirt film, causes delay due to being in custody See in context

I sometimes get concerned at the language used in these stories. Putting the crime to one side for the moment, Onaka didn’t fail to show up for work, he was in custody and therefore prevented from going to work or even calling to inform the train company.

Onaka hasn’t been convicted yet. Despite his apparent confession, I trust the Police will present corroborating evidence to the court. If he isn’t convicted, Onaka’s has been ruined needlessly. If he is found guilty, let’s hope the punishment fits the crime.

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Posted in: 'Driving graduation ceremonies' help coax elderly to give up licenses See in context

If the guy’s cognitive functions have been tested and not found wanting, it seems a cruel trick to spring a ‘graduation’ ceremony on him.

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Posted in: Stubbed out: Japanese university stops hiring smoking professors See in context

"We have reached a conclusion that smokers are not fit for the education sector,"

As a university they will have extensively researched fitness for the education sector. I would like them to point to the evidence that brought them to this conclusion.

Without putting their case, excluding smokers is as irrational as smoking itself. I don’t smoke, I don’t like second hand smoke and I don’t like the smell of smoke on clothing but, I can see no justification for hounding, or excluding people from their jobs. It’s draconian nonsense.

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Posted in: IS claims responsibility for Sri Lanka blasts; officials believe they were revenge for NZ mosque killings See in context

It seems like some are intentionally trying to fuel a conflict between Christians and Muslims.

Raw Beer, I think you’ve got about 1500 years of news to catch up on.

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Posted in: Police suspect human error in fatal car crash in Tokyo See in context

Amazing, not one person here interested in due process. Just the more and more usual baying for vengeance.

It’s a tragedy, but the story makes it clear. In the absence of any other evidence, including health problems, the police suspect the driver made a mistake.

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Posted in: Travel agents scramble to adjust itinerary of Golden Week tours to Paris after Notre Dame fire See in context

Pity for those who have their hearts set on Notre Dame but for the others there’s plenty to see in Paris. Many people tune out to the architectural wonders after a while and just look forward to their next feed anyway.

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Posted in: Notre Dame smolders as investigation begins See in context

The fire started in the early evening so probably not that long after the contractors left site. I’m still thinking hot works failure but we’ll have to wait for the fire officers investigation, if there’s enough evidence left to come to any conclusion.

A full restoration in reasonable time is feasible if money is no object. The materials are certainly available. It will take quite some time to research and replace all that lost fine carved woodwork, if that’s the way they go with the restoration.

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Posted in: Notre Dame smolders as investigation begins See in context

Speculating, I’d suggest the cause is likely connected with the renovations. Following any hot working, builders should reinspect their workspace before closing site. Unfortunately the reinspection often gets overlooked, even on complex sites operating a permit system. As often happens, the accident will probably be a failure to follow fire safety process, rather than there being no fire precautions. Very lucky only one firefighter was hurt.

If the French state gets involved, I would hope the building (if the stonework has indeed survived) could realistically be back in use in 10, certainly less than 20 years. Europes stonemasons are going to be very busy.

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Posted in: Rugby Australia terminates Folau's contract after anti-gay comments on social media See in context

gone too far? I don't think so. 

In your opinion.

Using a public platform to say gay or atheist people are going to hell is bigoted, intimidatory and designed to oppress another’s freedom to live their lives as they see fit. I would not wish to be associated with such a person and it seems the Australian rugby authorities agree with me.

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Posted in: Rugby Australia terminates Folau's contract after anti-gay comments on social media See in context

Helix, if we’re to get on we all have to tolerate ideas and actions we may find disagreeable, but sometimes people go too far. This is a public figure, he has used his platform to express his bigoted ideas. He is a representative of his country’s national team, to continue to be associated with him would be giving him tacit approval to continue and that would impact the teams reputation.

Prove what he’s saying about the afterlife is factually incorrect .

In general it’s for the claimant to substantiate their claims. However from what we understand of the functioning of the human body and brain in life and in death, the evidence would suggest any form of conscious existence outside the body is highly unlikely. All the while substantiated evidence for any kind of an afterlife is exactly none.

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Posted in: Rugby Australia terminates Folau's contract after anti-gay comments on social media See in context

All morality is subjective. That’s why we discuss, come to an agreed standard and implement law that provides punishment befitting the crime committed, if one has indeed been committed.

My employer is me and this employer believes people’s lives, opinions and actions are their own business until they harm others, or bring the business into disrepute. Folau’s comments to the gay and non religious communities were bigoted and intolerant. I don’t blame his employer for wanting to distance themselves from him one bit. I certainly don’t advocate hounding anyone, including Folau. If he modifies his behaviour I’m sure he’ll find another employer.

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Posted in: Rugby Australia terminates Folau's contract after anti-gay comments on social media See in context

Helix, popularity does not make a proposition correct. Infinite punishment for a finite “crime” is not moral irrespective of doctrine.

None the list are deserving of demonisation. Role models would do well to remember.

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