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Irish reunification referendum would be dangerous, says Bertie Ahern | World news | The Guardian
[Irland muss abstimmen ueber reunification, und Nord Irland ("border poll" ob man in uk verbleiben will oder irland und somit der EU beitreten will. lass da mal noch 5 jahre austeritaet und recession drueber wachsen in NI und keine transferleistungen von EU, und dann wird das schon.] In last June’s referendum, 56% of the Northern Irish electorate voted to remain within the EU.

But successive opinion polls in the region have also shown a consistent majority in favour of staying within the UK rather than linking up with the Irish republic.
Brexit  Northern  Ireland  Referendum  border  poll  UK  Theresa  May  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  European  Union  EU 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
Italy’s €360 billion referendum – POLITICO
Italy’s banking system is staggering under €360 billion in bad loans. Almost any outcome that destabilizes Italian politics would send tremors through the country’s rickety financial system. While the long-term consequences could be dramatic — in a worse case scenario perhaps leading to the collapse of the eurozone — the first victims could be efforts to rescue two of Italy’s largest lenders.
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november 2016 by asterisk2a
Trump at war with the GOP / Italy's 'Brexit' - what's at stake? by World View - The Irish Times | Free Listening on SoundCloud
In italiens referendum wird mal wieder so viel rein interpretiert von jedem mit sorgen. das es nicht mehr darum geht 100% was fuer eine ja nein frage auf dem papier steht. // corrupt politicians (renzy, berlusconi), austerity, unemployment, banking crisis, 0 growth, refugee crisis, immigaration - the other,
Italy  Referendum  European  Union  Austerity  long-term  unemployment  Recession  Career  Politicians 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Growing calls for federal UK in wake of Brexit vote
[ out of a constitutional crisis the day after euref w pm quitting - should seek a new UK in a new world, different world ] According to Mr Fraser, the answer is federalism. An entrenched Scottish Parliament, an English Parliament sharing time at Westminster, English city regions with administrative but not legislative power, the replacement of the House of Lords with a senate representing "each federated part of the UK."
I do not intend in these musings to examine this particular set of ideas too closely. My attention is more aimed at the other advocate of federalism this week, Labour's Kezia Dugdale.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Could the Scottish Parliament stop the UK from leaving the EU?
Ms Sturgeon, as she has made amply plain, wants more evidence that the people of Scotland are ready this time round to back independence. So she wants time. She needs time.
Hence, partly, the search for alternatives. The search for any means by which Scotland can maintain EU links.
To be clear again, this is a genuine, governmental search. Ms Sturgeon is not bluffing or deploying guile. She, authentically, wants ideas as to how to proceed.
Brexit  Indyref  2  Scottish  Independence  Scottish  referendum  Westminster  European  Union  Northern  Ireland 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
Nicola Sturgeon announces plans for second indyref - The Scotsman
“However, when the Article 50 process is triggered in three months’ time the UK will be on a two-year path to the UK exit door. If parliament judges that a second referendum is the best or only way to protect our place in Europe, it must have the option to hold one within that timescale.” Although the SNP no longer commands a majority at Holyrood, Ms Sturgeon would be able to call on the support of the six Green MSPs to push referendum legislation through parliament. //&! NICOLA Sturgeon is seeking crunch talks with European President Jean-Claude Juncker about a separate deal on Scottish EU membership after the Brexit vote. - bit.ly/28SKmUm & bit.ly/28WRaiE
Brexit  Indyref  2  Scottish  Independence  Scottish  referendum  European  Union 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
Labour’s traditional voters no longer share its progressive values | Matthew Goodwin | Opinion | The Guardian
The rise of Ukip was a key reason why Labour was unable to return to Downing Street in last year’s election. [...] The rise of Ukip was a key reason why Labour was unable to return to Downing Street in last year’s election. //&! Britain is in the midst of a working-class revolt. Across the nation this past week I’ve heard the same refrain: ‘No one listens to us, no one cares.’ Now those ignored for so long are demanding a voice - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/17/britain-working-class-revolt-eu-referendum
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
The referendum campaigns have revealed a fractured country | Politics | The Guardian
With more and more Britons seeing themselves as underdogs, unheard by politicians, both parties will have to work hard to reach out to them [ // more direct democracy ie referendums on big issues? // more devolution? ] //&! How can we heal a nation divided by the referendum? The debate over the UK’s future has revealed a country of strong feelings and distinct outlooks, with generations, classes and regions growing apart from each other - http://www.theguardian.com/politics/commentisfree/2016/jun/23/how-can-we-heal-a-nation-divided-by-the-referendum
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
A possible Brexit outcome nobody is talking about (self.Scotland)
What if Welsh, Northern Ireland and Scots save David Cameron' premiership till 2019. Till Tory Leadership race.
Brexit  Scotland  Indyref  2  Scottish  Independence  Scottish  referendum  Wales  Northern  Ireland 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Sir Tom Hunter publishes EU referendum guide
Entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter has claimed that he finds the decision over whether to leave the European Union “even more confusing” than Scotland’s independence referendum, as he launched a free ebook offering “impartial” information to voters. //&! http://www.thehunterfoundation.co.uk/sir-tom-hunter-joins-eu-debate-free-detailed-book-aiming-clear-facts-uks-future/ //&! Sir Tom Hunter: Second indyref on back of Brexit would 'not be slam-dunk for separation' - bit.ly/1TkgxtF -
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Yanis Varoufakis Candid Interview - Shocking Disfunction and The Power Of Oligarchs
Europe will not survive next crisis. [...] end of interview - China looked after the rest of the world and especially Germany after 2009 (credit bubble) as USA looked after Germany in the 50's - Wirtschaftswunder. Now China is trying its best not to implode and fall below 5% of growth per annum. And now USA is trying to contest Asia (excluding China) economically and militarily through TPP and military increase in that region. //&! Yanis Varoufakis - Guardian Live - youtu.be/md6_WfF9Ky0
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
How business votes: from indyref to Brexit - BBC News
No, I know - businesses don't get votes in a referendum. People do. But they can't avoid involvement in the campaigns.
Brexit  Scottish  Independence  Scottish  referendum 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Boris Johnson says UK is better off outside the EU - BBC News
[ symptom ] EU referendum: Cameron urges Boris Johnson to back Remain campaign - bbc.in/1KBKS6y &! 7 minute speech outside - bbc.in/1KBM6yX - "no democracy in the EU" LOL LOL LOL LOL //&! bbc.in/1QTtxTn - the last thing I wanted was to go against david cameron //&! Iain Duncan Smith: 'The lack of any control on our borders is a critical issue' - bbc.in/1RVKC3P //&! Chris Grayling: 'The EU is holding this country back' - bbc.in/1QTtRBt - immigration, trade agreements with ASIA ... //&! George Osborne on Justice Secretary Michael Gove's desire for UK to leave the EU - bbc.in/1oCBLJd //&! Sturgeon: Leave vote could trigger independence referendum "almost certainly [...] demand of the people" - bbc.in/1Q90KOo //&! "we want to make this debate a high quality one [...] informed choice" - Theresa Villiers: Cabinet meeting had sense of history - bbc.in/1QsxuOo //&! Where Conservative MPs stand - bbc.in/1XGAzA1
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Cameron: 'Britain will never be part of European superstate' - BBC News
[something for nothing ] Cameron: 'Britain will never be part of European superstate' //&! EU referendum: How could June vote affect Scotland? - in Case UK votes yes, triggering a 2nd indy ref - http://bbc.in/1Wz4VU2 //&! EU Referendum: What is in David Cameron's EU deal? The BBC's James Landale reports on the deal UK Prime Minister David Cameron has struck on the EU. - http://bbc.in/1oBpZPl - MANIFESTO PROMISES DELIVERED IN HALF, ESPECIALLY ON BENEFITS. A COMPROMISE! //&! EU referendum: 'The choice is in your hands' - bbc.in/1oBqvwF
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Nicola Sturgeon: 'Distance to travel' on devolution finance deal - BBC News
[ Negotiations of the Fiscal Framework don't go well. Tories will play for time and trying to put Holyrood into a tight spot to agree to a compromise. ] Nicola Sturgeon has warned there is "some distance left to travel" before the financial deal underpinning the Scotland Bill is agreed. //&! redd.it/41nadt - Scottish Secretary David Mundell calls for 'reboot' of politics &! bbc.in/20nljtF
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Why is the pound falling so sharply? - BBC News
Weak economic data is casting doubt on the future performance of the UK economy, with inflation persistently well below the Bank of England's 2% target and earnings growth slowing down from a six-year high. Earlier this month, figures for November showed that UK industrial output had suffered its sharpest decline since 2013. Looking further ahead, investors are worried about the outcome of a referendum on the UK's continued membership of the EU. As Andy Scott of foreign exchange services firm HiFX put it: "Concerns over the UK economy and the risk of a Brexit look likely to continue to haunt sterling." Traders are also generally more risk-averse in the light of the global turmoil caused by Chinese market problems and falling oil prices, which makes them reluctant to buck sterling's downward trend.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Brexit: the golden opportunity that could become Sturgeon’s nightmare | Colin Kidd | Opinion | The Guardian
Paradoxically, Scotland has seemed on the brink of independence ever since losing the referendum. The prime minister’s ungracious, Ukip-appeasing speech on the morning after the vote proved a massive turnoff, especially for conscience-stricken no-voting doubters, to whom it sounded like undiluted English nationalism. Cameron’s own goal contributed to a phenomenal surge of support for the SNP, which since the 2015 general election holds 56 of Scotland’s 59 seats at Westminster. Given a majority on that scale, independence would appear to be there for the taking.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
HMRC to contact Scottish taxpayers over new income tax - BBC News
The Scottish Rate of Income Tax comes into effect on 6 April next year. It will be paid by UK taxpayers who live in Scotland, regardless of where they work, with the rate to be announced by the Scottish government in its draft budget on 16 December. Those paying the new rate will see their tax code prefixed by an 'S' and their income tax will continue to be collected from pay and pensions in the same way as it is now. The new system was a recommendation of the Calman Commission and has been devolved under the Scotland Act 2012 along with powers over stamp duty and landfill tax
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Scotland Bill: Peers want to halt legislation until fiscal rules are agreed - BBC News
maneuvering at Westminster to put time as pressure tool to get to a compromised (on Scotland side) agreemend & if barnett formula is scrapped in talks, scotland will get less money. // bbc.in/217CdxI & Fiscal Framework issues/unclear. Fiscal framework: What is Scotland's new funding deal? - bbc.in/1Ocon83 - "[fairness] near impossible task. [...] "Neither side will be entirely happy - one will probably be more unhappy than the other." [ which means Westminster has upper hand and will play for time so Holyrood has to compromise ] //&! David Phillips, a senior economist with the Institute for Fiscal Studies, issued the warning as UK and Scottish ministers struggled to agree how Scotland’s £30bn block grant from London should be cut to take account of income tax revenue which will in future go directly to Holyrood. - thetim.es/1QEy3JQ
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Ex-SNP MSP to draw up Rise manifesto - BBC News
"The strength of Rise is the grassroots involvement in every area, and I welcome the interest that it is generating already." Rise - which stands for respect, independence, socialism and environmentalism - was born from the wider "Yes" movement in the wake of the independence referendum campaign. It includes the Scottish Socialist Party, the International Socialist Group, and other campaign groups. Ms Urquhart was one of three SNP MSPs who left the party in the wake of it voting to end its opposition to an independent Scotland joining Nato. The other two - John Wilson and John Finnie - have since joined the Scottish Greens.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Former devolution body head Sir Kenneth Calman backs 'Union Charter' - BBC News
I don't think [the case for the Union] has been well enough articulated - it is still a case of 'them at Westminster' Sir Kenneth Calman, former head of the Scottish Commission on Devolution [...] Crossbench peer, Lord Judge, asked if there was merit in creating a Charter of the Union. Sir Kenneth replied: "The answer is yes. I think it would make the discussion easier about who does what, and how we benefit, how you benefit and how we all benefit. I think that would be very helpful. "Without that communication, the average citizen is left wondering who does what for me now - and it is Westminster's fault anyway - so, it is easier to put it the wrong way."
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Leader: The SNP and the neverendum
While SNP politicians obsess about independence – which they like to say is a process, not an event – the party’s record in government is far from distinguished. //&! http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/devolution/2015/10/heart-left-head-right-contradictions-inside-snp - Heart on the left, head on the right: the contradictions inside the SNP Will the SNP collapse under the weight of its own contradictions before it achieves its goal of independence? &! bit.ly/1Mt8On8 - Nicola Sturgeon and SNP leadership say Scottish government will wait for ‘strong and consistent evidence’ of change in public opinion
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
David Cameron risks ‘double betrayal’ of Scotland, says Gordon Brown | UK news | The Guardian
David Cameron is risking a “double betrayal” of Scotland if his government fails to make urgent changes to the Scotland bill, Gordon Brown has warned. The former Labour prime minister said the package of new powers for Holyrood must be amended to give MSPs unconditional authority to top up welfare payments, without any risk of such decisions being vetoed by the UK government. He said such changes were necessary to fulfil the pledge of more powers made by Westminster before last year’s independence referendum and to deliver in full on the recommendations of the Smith commission, which the prime minister set up to carry out a review of devolution. [...] Brown saying: “In other words, if a decision was made by the UK government on tax credits, about child benefit or benefits for the unemployed, and the Scottish parliament did not like that decision, it would have the power if it so wished, and if it was prepared to pay for it, to top up these benefits.”
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
So you hate the Tories – but what comes next? | John Harris | Comment is free | The Guardian
Tory conference: Cameron's 'assault on poverty' pledge belied by new figures. [...] planned welfare cuts would lead to 200,000 more working households in poverty by 2020. bit.ly/1Nop8vl - The thinktank’s analysis also indicates that the number of all households – both in and out of work – that will be in poverty at the end of the parliament is projected to rise by 700,000 to nearly 4 million. The report will pile further pressure on ministers to rethink how they protect the working poor, following the introduction of controversial plans to cut tax credits in the first budget immediately after the election. //&! bit.ly/1VIjIQ0 - Podcast &! Tories hollowness in their tax credit cut & talking abt social mobility @ their conference (audacity [spin&PR& repeating the message over & over they want to get across] to speak abt poverty @ their conference) - bit.ly/1WQaheJ - masking their rightwing neoliberal policy pitching it as centre - bit.ly/1jeVqfG &! bit.ly/1LsHNPO redefine center
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
David Mundell: New tax powers should be devolved in 2017 - BBC News
The Scotland Bill, which is currently before the UK Parliament, is the legislation drawn up as a response to the recommendations made by the Smith Commission following the "No" vote in last year's independence referendum. The commission recommended devolving the power to set rates and bands of income tax for Scottish taxpayers to Holyrood. [...] Such a move could make taxation a major issue in next year's Holyrood election campaign. [...] "That will allow for next year's Scottish Parliament elections, for there actually to be a debate about tax and spending in Scotland. Mr Mundell said the new timetable would allow whoever was in power in 2017 to use the new powers when deciding Scotland's tax and spending plans.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
”Lobbyismen hotar demokratin” - EFN - Ekonomi- och FinansNyheterna
Owen Jones --- shared economic interest. politicians have to be servant to their people. seen as the greatest honor one can receive. and job. legacy. not money/riches (in future). should always aim to put yourself out of business so to speak, for means of progress and healing. // Brexit defense for London // TTIP // open and democratic = less angles for corruption and bribery
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Nicola Sturgeon asks opponents to back second independence referendum - BBC News
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has challenged Scotland's Labour and Lib Dem leaders to consider backing a second vote on Scottish independence. The plea came after Kezia Dugdale and Willie Rennie said their members could campaign for independence. Ms Sturgeon said she welcomed what her opponents had said but she found it a "curious tactic". Both Labour and the Lib Dems said the first minister should concentrate on her party's record in government. SNP leader Ms Sturgeon believes there should be a further referendum on Scottish independence if there is growing support for leaving the UK or there is a "material change" in UK politics. [...] She spoke out after Ms Dugdale said there was "no denying that 30% of Labour voters voted 'Yes' in the referendum" and that she wanted to lead a party "that is comfortable with people who voted 'Yes' and 'No' backing our values of creating a fair and more equal society for everyone".
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Sturgeon warns against plans to scrap Human Rights Act - BBC News
--- in the background of the idea or the need to scrap human rights act and replace it with a watered down British Bill of Rights ... NSA/GCHQ - surveillance and military. war on terror and drugs, extremism, cyber crime ... and dissenters. ... as usual: PR, spin doctors at work and reframing, framing, distracting away from the real issue. // // "Nobody believes that the UK government will strengthen existing human rights protections." - Nicola Sturgeon, First minister
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Pigs to peerages: Lord Ashcroft’s act of revenge shows British politics at its venal worst | Simon Jenkins | Comment is free | The Guardian
Cameron’s use of the House of Lords to reward aides, cronies and donors might leave even Tony Blair astonished. Why not just sell off titles to fund political parties? [ ie also Michelle Mone, supporter of the No Campaign, got peerage and job at DWP as start-up czar; getting unemployed people to start businesses (self-employment). ] //&! Billionaire Tory donor alleges Cameron conspired to mislead public before 2010 election over knowledge of Ashcroft’s non-dom status - bit.ly/1KrdcET - accepting donations from tax avoiders/evaders is best practise nowadays. //&! So Cameron was young and reckless. Lucky he wasn’t young, reckless and poor - bit.ly/1Oqc8Fg //&! How do you deal with a story like #piggate? A spin doctor’s view - bit.ly/1QvIiNl //&! Live Feed Day 2 - bit.ly/1Ktcyqq - "White House [thinks] it had been “fucked over” on both Libya & Syria." Cameron not getting the votes for full military intervention. [...] Gaddafi’s weapons moved south, arming Boko Haram [in Nigeria].
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
In the loop August 28: Google, Brexit lobby and Uber's expansion by POLITICO Europe
[My take, for EU to thrive, it needs 2 develop & integrate further the 6 killer apps of western nations history, but they dont do that. quite the opposite especially under pressure situations (refugee crisis response: bit.ly/1KkArk5 Merkel 'this is EU wide problem, not just Germanys') & that is very much something that speaks 4 Brexit as UK has 2 give up further powers & further struggle 2 be just a prosthetics (not even appendage like science can grow an ear on someones arm) 2 Europe, which gives other countries internal nationalism leverage 2 put barriers in way of really putting Europe on the map of the "world economy," developing/advancing the 6 killer apps 4 Europe. Brexit will be part of Merkel's legacy! Verwalten of status quo. No principles. No vision. No mission. No future.] bit.ly/1FW3Qgi // European integration itself is a Moonshot project & it looks like that crisis management leading to political crisis, doesnt help at all putting the rocket together in the first place.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Nicola Sturgeon gets advice from all sides - BBC News
She does not want to hold a referendum. She wants to win one. To repeat, I believe that the issue of EU membership has a different status in the FM's thinking from other supposed triggers. Brexit without Scottish consent would be seen as a genuine change to the constitutional governance of Scotland.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Scottish independence debate far from over - BBC News
James Cook, the BBC's Scotland correspondent from 2008 to 2015, argues that the Scottish independence debate is far from over, 12 months after the country voted to stay in the UK. //&! Sturgeon: scrap cuts and Trident or face another vote on independence. Ignore our voice and people will conclude that Westminster can’t deliver for Scotland, first minister warns Cameron on anniversary of referendum - bit.ly/1Jeaoa5 //&! A year on from the referendum, a bold, generous and mature offer to the Scots, enshrined in a new treaty of union, can forestall a second independence vote. - bit.ly/1gvNfZS //&! The Vow //&! bit.ly/1KpA8kI //&! bbc.in/1NAQ5tJ
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Corbyn's Labour leadership campaign: behind the scenes exclusive | Owen Jones talks - YouTube
socialism for crony capitalism (Super Rich, 1%, 30% of top of society, babyboomers, asset owners - owners of commanding hights, bank bailout) - vs - people // Noam Chomsky, can't have (crony) capitalism and democracy //&! --- youtu.be/fzt_RNa_9BQ - What if Jeremy Corbyn actually wins the Labour leadership? | Owen Jones talks... - key are key messages! repeated. properly framed. unpenetrable by Tories highly skilled spin doctors and their usual campaign of fear (tool, lowest common denominator easiest to mass communicate and transmit in one sentence) to distract/divert from the truth ... 'oh my good, look over there!' ... peoples convenience and attention span and willingness to debate endanger what has been built. it is already dismantled. //&! bit.ly/1NxAriZ - Hostile Press!
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
5 Reasons Catalonia’s Elections Will Be the Next Flashpoint in Europe | Novara Wire
5. Catalan independence has consequences far beyond Spain. The reason the crisis in Catalonia isn’t just a concern for the Spanish state is the profound economic and political contagion it presents. Spain is the fourth largest country in the Eurozone and Catalonia forms 16% of Spain’s population and 19% of its GDP. Catalan independence is an existential crisis for the Spanish state, and thereby an existential crisis for Europe.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Michelle Mone: tsar quality? - BBC News
[ gov role for No Campaign support, and possible Lord's appointment ] It's a message that speaks of defiance and determination, but also perhaps a thin skin and insecurity. So what is it that drives Michelle Mone? One guide is to follow her on Twitter. [...] What I've learned is not about business, but about image. [...] The image she projects is of someone constantly on the go from top hotel to yacht, to a glamorous photo shoot, to her evening gown laid out on her hotel bed, to a peek inside her wardrobe at the choices she's got that morning. There are pre-speech nerves when facing a glitzy, powerful audience, a menu from a swish restaurant, stroking some very expensive cars, and short messages of encouragement to her admirers. This is Michelle Mone: the brand. [...] [ it's sponsored by the DWP, aiming at those on benefits ] &! bbc.in/1JiCR3p &! bbc.in/1KvZPRf off Ultimo board. &! bit.ly/1Jr4rxi
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Greece’s European Agreement Is Not a Bailout - YouTube
'Tsipras was digging his own grave.' That he goes home now with that deal that has to be passed by Parliament, this deal after the referendum no on bailout terms less harsh, that is tough. Demuetigung by Eurogroup and Co. To go home with even more stricter terms, the people that elected him on an anti-austerity platform and gave a resounding 61% no to the bailout terms given February 2015 after the election of Syriza.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Am Tiefpunkt der europäischen Nachkriegsgeschichte - Jung & Naiv: Folge 237 - YouTube
referendum yes no - was not planned through if Eurogroup would not budge to demands of lesser austerity terms. Syriza had no plan (Grexit) for this case, how it played out. Thus (Tsipras) had to accept (capitulated) any offer Eurogroup offered; privatisation of state assets with an aim to raise 50bn, no debt restructuring nor forgiveness. // This is the 3rd bailout outcome; a bailout to repay previous bailouts (EFSF, IMF, ECB) and private debt obligations. Greece (Parliament) will have to accept Eurogroup offer/demands because they were not willing to opt by their own, the worst of the worst and the unknown of Grexit. 'Darin liegt auch die Demuetigung.' //
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Sturgeon: SNP will keep foxhunting ban in revenge against Cameron | UK news | The Guardian
Party leader says it will vote against relaxing ban partly because prime minister has shown so little respect for its MPs since election [...] Sturgeon told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Since the election, David Cameron’s government has shown very little respect to the mandate that Scottish MPs have. On the Scotland bill, reasonable amendments backed by the overwhelming majority of Scottish MPs have been voted down. The English votes for English laws proposals brought forward go beyond any reasonable proposition and look to make Scottish MPs effectively second-class citizens in the House of Commons. So, I think if there’s an opportunity – as there appears to be here – and on an issue where David Cameron appears to be out of touch with majority English opinion as well, to actually remind the government how slender their majority is.”
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Understanding the Financial Crisis in Greece - YouTube
In which John Green discusses the history of Greece's deficit and debt problems, the challenges of adopting the Euro and living with the Eurozone's monetary policy, and the possibility of the so-called Grexit--a Greek exit from the Euro.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Greece debt crisis: MPs back bailout reform plan - BBC News
[post-referendum ] Greece's parliament has backed a government package of economic reforms aimed at ending the country's debt crisis and securing a new bailout [ to pay off previous bailout payments that are coming-up; EFSF, IMF, ECB ] After a late-night debate, PM Alexis Tsipras won overwhelming cross-party support but saw some of his own MPs vote against him or abstain. Earlier, he admitted that some elements of the package fell short of his party's anti-austerity promises. The proposals are to be studied by eurozone finance ministers later. EU sources says Greece's creditors - the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund - believe the plan is positive. Eurozone officials are also expected to discuss Greek requests for some of the debt to be rescheduled. Mr Tsipras is asking for €53.5bn ($59.47bn) to cover Greece's debts (re-payments and interest) until 2018. [...] given in to demands [&] measures rejected in a referendum last Sunday.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Athens capitulates to creditors - BBC News
"Greece: Prior Actions - Policy Commitments and Actions to be taken in consultation with the EC/ECB/IMF staff", it feels very familiar. That familiarity stems from its great similarity to the bailout proposals put to Greece by the creditors - the eurozone governments, the European Central Bank and the IMF - last month. Pretty much everything wanted by the creditors is there - with the odd tweak or softening, but nothing which looks as though it ought to be noxious to them. So there is a pledge for budget surpluses rising in steps to 3.5% of GDP or national income by 2018 [< in their dreams only]. // The referendum was a last ditch effort by Syriza to get better deal. Eurogroup, Troika, IMF, ECB called it a bluff and accepted a possible Grexit and according to Juncker did prepare for it. No we are where we were when Syriza was elected and had to negotiate for a new bailout tranche, to pay off other bailout tranches re-payment coming up (IMF, EFSF, ECB) &! bbc.in/1INY5Gu MPs to deceide
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Germany won’t spare Greek pain – it has an interest in breaking us | Yanis Varoufakis | Comment is free | The Guardian
Debt restructuring has always been our aim in negotiations – but for some eurozone leaders Grexit is the goal [...] To frame the cynical transfer of irretrievable private losses on to the shoulders of taxpayers as an exercise in “tough love”, record austerity was imposed on Greece, whose national income, in turn – from which new and old debts had to be repaid – diminished by more than a quarter. It takes the mathematical expertise of a smart eight-year-old to know that this process could not end well. [...] In my first week as minister for finance I was visited by Jeroen Dijsselbloem, president of the Eurogroup (the eurozone finance ministers), who put a stark choice to me: accept the bailout’s “logic” and drop any demands for debt restructuring or your loan agreement will “crash” – the unsaid repercussion being that Greece’s banks would be boarded up. [...] Wolfgang Schäuble, decided that Grexit’s costs were a worthwhile “investment” as a way of disciplining France et al,
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
IMF Slams Germany, Says Greece "Needs Debt Restructuring" | Zero Hedge
on the ticker. IMF'S LAGARDE SAYS DEBT RESTRUCTURING NEEDED IN GREECE. IMF'S LAGARDE SAYS FUND REMAINS 'FULLY ENGAGED' WITH GREECE. IMF'S LAGARDE SAYS IMF CANNOT GIVE GREECE SPECIAL TREATMENT // Earlier today, confirming that Germany sternly refuses to change its tune about a Greek debt haircut or even a debt "reprofiling" of Greece and would not budge an inch on Tsipras tacit request for at least some debt leeway, we reported that "the German government does not see any reason to grant Greece either a classic debt haircut or any other measures that would slash the value of money on loan to the crisis-ridden country, a spokesman for the finance ministry said on Wednesday." // IMF has admitted it was wrong to advocate for austerity, now IMF admits it was wrong to hope that its approach (together with Troika) would help Greece. // an economic model is an economic model, not the real world and especially not able to predict the future. // "Alternativlos."
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Greek debt crisis: What next for the European Union dream? - BBC News
In a European Union that's currently dominated by eye-popping debt figures, last-minute debt talks and sharp-tongued insults, some people are wondering what happened to the idealism behind the European project: the "European idea"? // &! Greece debt crisis: Eurozone decision down to politics - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-eu-33429622 // agglomeration of the symptoms and outcomes of our time have pushed weak career politicans in a corner where they can't admit a big academic/intellectual/economic mistake and at least re-orientate. thus keeping the destructive path they are on. because their national (political) interest (and that of their constituency) is them more important (their status quo career) than the greater good and stable integrated (& solidarity) future of Europe is so needs in an even more unstable and uncertain and competitive future. It all started when they said it was "Alternativlos" to bailout banks and transfer the debt (risk) on public balance sheet.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Alexis Tsipras im EU-Parlament: Viel reden, wenig sagen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
bit.ly/1IJwjL7 Greece needs much more time for reform implementation and to get to a stable economy, till it even can be considered debt repayment - even if all creditors block a substantial haircut/debt jubilee - they had (Germany). IF THEY (creditors) can not see a 'common sense' deal through, Greece will have to issue IOU in lieu of Euro paper money for Pensioners, Civil Servants & Contractors or break with ECB and issue unsecured loans to Banks via Bank of Greece. AND/OR as well as probably enact Plan B for a return to the Drachma ( bit.ly/1D16Rus ) AND THEN - Juncker threatens-claims Tsipras to have in-detail Grexit plan ( bit.ly/1gobU36) already. This only speak to the dogma & ideology creditors live in. No willing to compromise for the future of european union and actually use the crisis as an opportunity for more integration and solidarity. A union that Europe needs for its future, existence.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Evel proposals risk turning Commons into quasi-English parliament, MPs told | Politics | The Guardian
[Evel - English vote for english laws] [ Cameron's quick, not thought through, fix to get MPs along with The Vow and further Devolution to Hollyrood ] Denouncing the proposals as a “constitutional outrage”, the shadow leader of the Commons, Angela Eagle, argued that the government was “more interested in pursuing a partisan procedural fix rather than working to keep the union together”. She went on to accuse the Tories of putting narrow party interests first. “It is the case that the government’s changes will turn their slim majority of 12 into something over three figures if Scottish and Welsh MPs are to be prevented from voting. &! thenational.scot/politics/speaker-agrees-to-scrap-house-of-commons-business-and-hold-urgent-evel-debate.4891 &! http://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2015/jul/07/consumers-paying-12bn-a-year-too-much-for-energy-competition-watchdog-says-politics-live#block-559be8bce4b032a39a3bb021 // &! bbc.in/1KObVJ3
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Greece’s fight is for democracy in Europe. That’s why we must support it | Owen Jones | Comment is free | The Guardian
The EU powers told Greeks their world would cave in unless they acquiesced by voting yes. The no vote has raised the political stakes even higher (by Owen Jones, author) The referendum was, of course, a rejection of an austerity programme that has unleashed what is commonly described in Greece as a humanitarian crisis. Since Lehman Brothers crashed in 2008, austerity has always relied on the displacement of blame from elites to elsewhere. It was Goldman Sachs who helped the then Greek government to cook the countrys books to win entry into the euro. It was German & French banks who profitably and recklessly lent to Greece, just as US banks disastrously showered subprime mortgages on low-paid Americans. It was Germany who benefited from being able to export its consumer goods to peripheral European countries such as Greece. [transfer of debt/risk, plunging people & welfare state downward spiral with little growth to pay off new debt = unsustainable by Wall Street] &! bit.ly/1G3v9ns
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
ECB tightens squeeze on Greek banks - BBC News
ECB the silent enforcer, again. ECB ask for more collateral for existing ELA line bit.ly/1M8cWKF Thus narrowing the window of time to get a new deal done (with IMF/Troika/Eurogroup) or Bank of Greece is forced to issue unsecured loans to banks (print new money) or to issue Drachma. // "[O]ne of the Big Four Greek banks has already almost run out of cash. So the ECB statement means that bank has no ability to replenish its dwindling cash stocks. [...] ECB has brought forward the fateful moment when the Greek banking system ceases to function in any meaningful way, for want of cash. The Greek government & Bank of Greece today agreed with the banks that until Wednesday night, they will continue to allow cash withdrawals of up to €60 per account - for those banks that still have paper money. And the ban on overseas transfers will be sustained until then." // &! bbc.in/1M9d90h Syriza wants a 30% reduction in its debt burden, as per the IMF's debt sustainability analysis of last week.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Varoufakis und die Legende über seinen Rücktritt - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[1st Backroom deal concession from Tsipras 2 get Eurogroup (EFSF), IMF ('Big Daddy'), Troika ('Structural Reform Guide'), ECB (ELA) & Syriza together on 1 table for a renegotiation - without him, him being not a Politician!?] [...] Rücktritt am Tag nach dem Referendum: Finanzminister Yanis Varoufakis hat seinen Posten niedergelegt. Eigenen Angaben zufolge will er damit die Chancen von Regierungschef Alexis Tsipras auf eine Einigung mit den Euro-Partnern verbessern. // bit.ly/1CVg6w0 &! This is a sign that the status quo (interest group, peer group with group think and their ideology of austerity) can't change the World, affect the Symptoms, ... thus the we need the Rebellion // bit.ly/1gj9x1w - ob er sich selbst im weg stand is debatable from where you stand. &! bit.ly/1TgNTJw
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Griechenland: Slavoj Zizek im Interview über Tripras - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Mehr Europa: Im Interview verteidigt der Slowene Slavoj Zizek die Tsipras-Regierung - und deren Idee eines Referendums. Von Philip Kaleta [...] Zizek: Die griechische Regierung hat wiederholt ihre Absicht klar gemacht, Griechenland sowohl in der EU als auch in der Eurozone halten zu wollen. Diese Haltung ist völlig eindeutig, Referendum hin oder her. Es geht heute darum, ob der Sparkurs weiterverfolgt wird oder neue Wege eingeschlagen werden. Die Kritiker von Tsipras versuchen, den Kern des Referendums in eine Schicksalsfrage umzudeuten. [...] Ohne einen solchen Plan [oekonomischer neuanfang] würde sich die Krise letztlich immer wieder reproduzieren. [...] Sogar der IWF hat eingeräumt, dass Griechenland einen groß angelegten Schuldenerlass braucht, um "Raum zum Atmen" zu schaffen und die Wirtschaft wieder zum Laufen zu bringen. [...] In Ihrem aktuellen Buch plädieren Sie für eine europäische Leitkultur, ... [ bailout = socialism for tbtf/jail and donors, lobby & country club ]
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Greece on verge of euro exit - BBC News
Post-referendum NO vote, not to accept dictated terms - Mon/Tuesday - banks running out of cash, economy more than tanks, comes to a stand still, risk of loosing savings, little options, ECB more likely to shore up PIS bond market than extent ELA and increase ELA. Thus the quiet enforce ... will force Syriza and Bank of Greece hand/action ie A: to issue unsecured loans or B: to issue Drachma. // Whether Troika-ECB-Eurogroup-IMF will take up talks again, questionable. Syriza (Varoufakis and Tsipras) open to it now that they have their peoples backing to demand much more better, feasible and sustainable terms. If Troika-ECB-Eurogroup-IMF are Career Politicians - they will portray it as Syriza holding the gun to their head, and not enter new negotiations. Thus forcing Greece to do A or B, especially A in case B is as of right now not doable.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Greek referendum: how would top economists vote? | World news | The Guardian
"A no vote would at least open the possibility that Greece, with its strong democratic tradition, might grasp its destiny in its own hands. [...] [I]s far more hopeful than the unconscionable torture of the present." [...] The troika clearly did a reverse Corleone – they made Tsipras an offer he can’t accept, and presumably did this knowingly [ Blackmail offer they (Syriza) could not accept - bbc.in/1GV19uS &! bbc.in/1TcpC7s &! youtu.be/g3YF38exVNo ]. So the ultimatum was, in effect, a move to replace the Greek government. [T]hat has to be disturbing for anyone who believes in European ideals. [...] I recommend that the Greek people give a resounding “No” to the creditors in the referendum on their demands this weekend. // &! The Guardian view on the Greek referendum: hard to imagine a more dismal choice - Editorial - bit.ly/1LZS7kv - The Greek crisis has led Brussels into the business of regime change // &! True leaders admit 2 mistakes = humility. not smartest.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Griechenland-Krise: Wir verspielen Europa - Kommentar - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Griechen können sich per Referendum aus dem Euro wählen, die Briten über einen EU-Austritt abstimmen: Europa droht auseinanderzubrechen - weil wir alle uns zu wenig dafür einsetzen. [...] Griechenland drohen der Staatsbankrott und ein chaotisches Ausscheiden aus der Eurozone. Die Briten sollen in einigen Monaten über den Verbleib in der EU abstimmen. Eine gemeinsame europäische Strategie für den Flüchtlingsansturm über das Mittelmeer ist nicht in Sicht. Die Geheimdienst-Ausspähungen haben die USA und Europa einander entfremdet, während Russland an einer undurchsichtigen Expansionsstrategie arbeitet. [ Symptoms of our time. ] // bit.ly/1HvMxbP - Pressekompass: Wer ist schuld an der Griechen-Krise? Die Antworten der internationalen Medien
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Holyrood powers bill 'falls short' of Smith proposals - BBC News
The Devolution (Further Powers) Committee said the UK government's draft legislation did not meet the "spirit or substance" of Smith. It added that parts of the plan required "extensive redrafting". A Scotland Office spokesman responded by saying there would be a full parliamentary discussion to follow.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Election 2015: Sturgeon says Cameron must go further on devolution - BBC News
Responding to former SNP leader Alex Salmond's comments on Saturday that following the party's landslide victory he thought Scotland was now closer to independence, Ms Sturgeon said there was "no disagreement" between them. She said: "I think Scotland will become an independent country one day. He said he thinks it will be in his lifetime, I hope that's the case." // An anti-austerity protests took place outside Downing Street and in Cardiff // &! http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/04/disability-audit-eight-coalition-policies-have-hit-disabled-people // &! Protests against Tories and Cameron - http://www.spiegel.de/video/proteste-gegen-wiederwahl-camerons-in-london-video-video-1576209.html
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Why the 2015 British election is the closest in decades - YouTube
Conservative were not able to broaden their appeal - not to erase legacy and toxicity (although they deleted past records and speeches of their leaders and MPS from their own homepage after the 2010 election (ConLibDem coalition)), recovery lacked wage growth and decent jobs - and focusing on austerity, lowering top tier tax rate and ignoring tax evasion and avoidance schemes as well as not putting the hammer down on financial speculation (splitting from retail banking) - did not bode well with society after bailing out the largess of Wall Street to the tunes of trillions.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
General election 2015: Remember when David Cameron almost cried over Scotland because he loved it so much? - Comment - Voices - The Independent
General election 2015: Remember when David Cameron almost cried over Scotland because he loved it so much? It turns out he was being as sincere as Tony Soprano sympathising with the widow of someone he had killed
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Leak inquiry into Sturgeon memo - BBC News
just like during the Scottish Referendum heat-up towards the vote - papers get handed over - I scratch your back your scratch by back in the future, style - in order to try to trip-up the opposition campaign. Even if its illegal (in case of that Westminster leak of a banks memo, before business hours next day). Dirty. Undemocratic. ... Career Politicians campaigning with knowledge and plans up their selves waiting to release or leak at an opportune time. But! Opportunist don't make visionaries.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
SNP conference: Minority Labour government 'would have to talk to SNP' - BBC News
Ed Miliband not even agreeing on a policy by policy coalition, is an affront to Scottish voters, democracy & representation. Westminsters handling of the scottish referendum & the last minute vow without consulting english mps & the consequences, is a symptom of how westminster sees scotland & its people, democracy, representation & their attitude towards them. ed miliband could have said 'everything is up in the air' & conservatives putting him&salmon on their election poster, was to concede the probable election outcome. vs saying what he said - a vague no, preserving what is to preserve & paddle back after the election results come in & hope his party will not lose 1 vote bc of this incident, bc the english constituency is on no good terms with the Scottish // its not the english constituency, its westminster. stupid // vs. bbc.in/1G2piCT - Sturgeon offers 'friendship message' to UK, 'vote SNP & Labour &we will move Labour further to the left in a coalition.' & bbc.in/1EgCXqY
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
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