Opinions: I have them
shadoedseptmbr replied to your post “I… pff, REALLY?! I don’t care WHAT the context is, your headline…”
On the other hand….it probably made you read the article? (I agree with you by the way, but it IS an effective headline.)
It was very fucking effective - the Times of Israel has pulled the article for ‘not adhering to guidelines’, but people have grabbed screencaps of the article in question. Turns out he is advocating extermination. That is not the kind of journalism that should be allowed in any kind of public media
Don’t get me wrong - I do not go for the rampant and borderline anti-Semitic bile that a noticeable portion of the anti-Israel lobby go for. Quite frankly if I were surrounded by people who hated me and have repeatedly called for my murder I’d put on a bulletproof jacket and arm myself too. Israel’s concerns about its neighbours is justifiable. But I don’t call for the extermination of their kin do I?
On a different note, I did do my share of Middle East studies at uni - the more I read the more I concluded that neither side deserved any sympathy whatsoever. Peace processes are always going to be long, acrimonious and fraught with difficulties, and therefore there’ll be people who will take advantage of the frustration and impatience and blame the other side for ‘intractability’ when they’re both basically, acting like c
I can’t say that. But you get what I’m talking about - luckily however once again it is the youth, Israeli, Arab and Occidental who, thanks to education and the cosmopolitan nature of the Internet, are increasingly getting annoyed with their extremist gerontocratic governments, yet have also seen the pointlessness of answering violence with violence
The youth just need to realise they have more power than they think
I… pff, REALLY?! I don’t care WHAT the context is, your headline should NOT read ‘When Genocide is Permissible’
Genocide is NEVER permissible
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shadoedseptmbr replied to your quote “SIR – It was a mistake for the coalition government to go along with a…”
ooh, I saw that letter and wondered how it would be received.
It’s actually one of the more frustrating things I find about the culture here in the North. We’re an exceptionally proud people and are most definitely distinct from southerners. Have you read that Douglas Adams quote about voting lizards? I feel we’re in that situation. Time and time again, both Labour and Conservative governments have tilted the national economy towards the south, yet despite all our grumblings there hasn’t been a major new force in politics since the Labour party, and unlike on the continent there is no known regionalist party specifically for the regions north of the Watford Gap
I think it’s because globalisation has wrought so many changes in the structure of governments on a international and local level that people have come to believe that they have lost control, with the result that they swallow the nativist bile of the likes of UKIP and FN, who vomit easy promises about ‘regaining the fruits of nationhood’.
I beg to differ. Federalism should become the new front of democracy. More power to local governments and the diffusion of central power would result in citizens becoming more involved in their own lives. A region could react faster to changes in the global market, set out their own cultural, educational and economic agenda, instead of having to rely on the inertia of central government. People just need to realise they have more power than they think
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Ailbhe? Born in Wynnedown, once one of the greatest port cities in the Empire, now a creaking, groaning skeleton of rusting cranes, its lifeblood retreating at the hands of a new age of exploration in the void beyond the relay. Her parents, loving though they were, sought to protect their daughter from the masked men and women from the Abbey of the Everyman as she exhibited strange abilities from a young age, perhaps, they thought, a blessing - or a curse? - from the Outsider. Little Ailbhe, with shock of red hair and searching, inquisitive eye set mischievously on ideas of climbing those rusting cranes in the dockyards, could with a mere thought and a flick of the wrist, set objects in motion
It was science of course, and not the Outsider - an incident with Element Zero smugglers when she was a child. But biotics was a new science, and the Abbeymen were not inclined to be trusting - after all, The Outsider’s malign influence could be anywhere and everywhere. Best to nip strange phenomena at the source, and so they would, finding children who exhibited evidence of The Outsider’s magic, and take them away.
Ailbhe’s parents of course, would have none of it
(Should I go on? Crossovers are fun)
SIR – It was a mistake for the coalition government to go along with a referendum under what is seen, in Scotland, as a Conservative government. Toryism is still a toxic brand in large parts of Scotland and a vote for the union is increasingly being seen as a vote for the Tories. The more David Cameron appears on television urging Scots to vote for the union the more the Tory-hating Scots are going to vote for independence. If the referendum had been held under a Labour government things might be different.
In 1992 the late Robin Cook (also a Scot) stated that “Britain was the most centralised state in the EU”. Indeed, it is one of the most centralised states in the world. Support for Scottish independence is not a rejection of England per se but a rejection of London-based dominance in public affairs. Many people in Scotland, Wales and the regions of England dislike intensely the arrogance and patronising attitude of the London elites.
Rather than introducing limited devolution to the Celtic regions (and none to England) a solution might have been the conversion of the UK into a proper federal state with the powers of the various tiers of government defined and enshrined in a written constitution.