Greg Allan

Response to the Brexit-related idiocy on the thread about peat

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‘who's ranting moronic political views now?

It was the little people who fought wars in the past,our grandparents and their friends,who's guts and bravery made this country what it was.’

Of course many of our forebears demonstrated astonishing courage (and no short amount of ability) in previous wars- I’m not aware that any participant in this discussion has doubted this, nor given even the slightest hint of ingratitude for their sacrifices. I am, however, at a loss as to how you think that having had a grandparent who fought in one of the world wars is somehow a substitute for knowledge and expertise in respect of modern political, legal and economic matters.

It is also rather simplistic to imply that it was solely the courage and general efforts of the ‘little people’ (your words, initially, not mine) that shaped modern Britain. Of course, they played a part, but, to be honest, the privileged economic, medical, military and democratic status of the UK in recent history is also, to a great degree, a result of a combination of factors such as a historically sound constitutional framework with an independent judiciary and checks and balances on executive powers, the ideas propagated by generations of brilliant thinkers, the fruits of the work of numerous exceptional scientists and industrialists and also, shamefully, the products of colonial exploitation and the transatlantic slave trade.

‘It is the greed and easy life these peoople that rise to political elite crave.’

That’s certainly true of some of them (and always has been and always will be), but it is rather a gross generalisation!

‘It is well documented the corruptness of EU officals.’

Yes, some corruption has been documented. It is also often argued (with some justification) that many EU officials may be overpaid. I don’t think that many people think that the EU is perfect, or that it ought not to be reformed. It is worth bearing in mind that corruption has also, on occasion, been exposed within UK politics (an obvious example being the fairly recent expenses scandal). Also, it should be noted that virtually all EU countries fare very well indeed in the Corruption Perceptions Index. In short, most of the evidence suggests that the EU is among of the least corrupt of world institutions.

'We need to step back from being goverened by germany and france,'

It is precisely this sort of unfounded banality that is inflicting great damage to this country. Do you care to explain how on earth you think that membership of the EU leads to being ‘goverened [sic] by France and Germany’? As powerful member states, they do of course, possess some political clout (Germany more than France, for economic reasons), but in no way does this amount to governance! Do you have any comprehension of the roles played by the respective EU institutions in the Union’s law-making process? I’m sorry, but this really is a ridiculous statement.

‘keep our money at home and sort our country out,for people that live and work here.’

It is worth noting that many of the socially deprived areas which were strongly in favour of Brexit are net beneficiaries of EU funds. Unfortunately, these communities stand to suffer the greatest damage from Brexit. Certainly, a right wing populist UK government won’t help them or provide the infrastructure and resources necessary for them to help themselves. Of course, assuming one accepts the consensus amongst economists and leading industrialists, we all benefit greatly from EU membership in economic terms. Therefore, leaving is likely to greatly reduce the funds which are available to ‘sort our country out’. It is also notable that the EU has done a huge amount for ‘little people’, particularly, of course, in respect of employee and consumer rights.

‘when that is done we can start to look further afield at what we can do to help others,we need to help our own first.’

As I said, membership of the EU provides financial benefits to all; exit from the EU will inflict the greatest hardship upon the most needy.

‘the world is a bigger place then europe and there are far more oppertunities out there than just europe.’

But surely it is better to negotiate as part of an economically powerful bloc than alone (and from scratch, and with virtually no officials with any experience in negotiating trade deals)? The truth, as much as it may be difficult for some to stomach, is that there is no surer way to spurn the most favourable trading opportunities than to opt for a hard Brexit. Also, being as you’re so concerned about corruption, which countries that are less corrupt than the EU would you wish to be the UK’s partners in its new and glorious era of trade agreements?

‘get over losing a vote and get on with helping put our country right before everyone else’

I would not characterize it as a vote that I lost, rather as a vote that our country (especially our children and grandchildren) lost. You also have a peculiar view of the nature of democracy if you think that debate should cease upon the outcome of a vote. Moreover, a general election is about to be fought over… you guessed it, Brexit and its terms! The best way to help the country is to support, if not a reversal of the referendum, then as ‘soft’ a Brexit as possible!

People and countries will still trade with us or we can go elsewhere,they can't afford to lose our custom.

Yes, they are currently falling over themselves! The problem is that, essentially, we will need their custom more then they (in general, although it depends who ‘they’ are) need ours. Such inequality of bargaining power does not auger well for us!


‘One thing i will say about the 'EU', is it is essentially corrupt, undemocratic and heading more in that direction.’  

As I mentioned above, the charges of corruption are overblown. As for the assertion that it is undemocratic, do you care to substantiate this claim? The law-making powers lie within the competence of the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. Perhaps the Commission’s power ought to be reduced somewhat, but it is simply inaccurate to say that the EU is undemocratic. Also, according to the Lisbon Treaty, the European Parliament's powers were increased, so it is absurd to suggest that the EU is becoming less democratic.

‘If you only consider economics, i would have preferred to stay in.’

You are a few steps ahead of Ada

‘if you consider corruption and lack of democracy, i would have preferred to exit. Nobody really knows if staying in or leaving was economically the right thing to do.’

I think that a few experts have a good idea as to whether it was economically the right thing to do…

 ‘Experts are just over-educated idiots with an opinion most of the time.’  

This is impressive satire. Have you considered applying for a position as a journalist for Private Eye? On the off chance that this astonishing statement was made in earnest, not, why don’t you try the following:

trust the methods of Icarus, rather than those of modern aviation experts, next time you wish to take to the air;

resort to medieval quackery next time you get smallpox… actually, no need, because it was eradicated by experts;

represent yourself in court should you happen to be accused of a serious offence;

follow garden centre guidelines next time you acquire some nice new Nepenthes.

‘Even more so when you are dealing with economics.’

OK- if you are lucky enough to acquire a substantial inheritance, I trust that, should you wish to make an investment, you will seek advice from your mates in the pub rather than from anyone who has any clue about the financial sector.

I do think its time we stopped moaning about it and just got on with it.

Good grief! It’s the main issue in the forthcoming general election! The debate is not about to go away!

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The EU is undemocratic and corrupt, they used to pay may salary, as an expert, and i know more about it than you do.  They make sebb blata look innocent and fifa a bastion of righteousness.

As i said earlier for economic reasons i would prefer to stay in Europe, but there is no certainty that economically that is the correct thing to do do, Europe has a lot of economic problems, italy is corrupt beyond belief and will likely follow Greece's economic path to oblivion.  Economics is not a hard science and economists are very frequently wrong.  Many were wrong in predicting disaster directly after voting to leave for example, and, they admitted they were wrong.

Greg, we get it that your a legal guy who will argue legal niceties until the the cows come home and force us all to drop dead through lack of a will to live from listening to your rambles.  Thats legal folks gift to the world and death to many a business.

If i got a very large inheritence i would not trust any 'advisor' because they are only in it for their own benefit.  Caveat emptor old boy.

I can only assume you have some personal benefit from remaining in the EU.

Acuially no, the main issue for the forthcoming election is giving the tories a bigger majority, getting rid of that idiot Corbin, and facing the EU with a strong government.  Like it or not, we are leaving and need to get the best deal possible when we do.

Greg, don't confuse qualifications with IQ or EQ.  Theres is many a union leader that will run rings around the best brains at the top of any company.  People get to be 'experts' by pedigree, not neccesarily, by ability.

I think there are extremely valid reasons to vote to leave, but i also think many people voted to leave for very poor or frankly stupid reasons and that is the root of the problem, curtesy of Farage and co.

Had people believed the real facts, i dont think we would be leaving.














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Good bye Labour

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On Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:30 PM, Deltatango301 said:

Good bye Labour

And what a terrible thing it is too. No matter who you support or vote for, parliment needs a strong opposition to hold the governing party to account, to counter their more extreme views. If the country allows the opposition parties to be effectively washed away in this election then they might aswell be writing a blank cheque for may &co to do what they like. Whilst this has arisen from that referendum, that isn't the only issue.

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I think Labour will quickly need to change there in house voting

system or they will end up again with a loser leader

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