some07791's past comments

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    some07791

    Any change to the existing structure of the UK needs to be put to the whole of the UK (who were never consulted before the referendum.)

    If Scottish voters deluded themselves into believing that UK politicians would keep their promises, regardless of what the wider UK public feels, then more fool them. Numerous UK politicians, as well as elements of the Scottish press, pointed out there was no guarantee.

    Residents of England/Wales/NI have a right to have their constitutional issues aired the same as the Scots do. The west lothian question needs to be resolved and greater devolution to ALL regions of the UK, not just Scotland.

    Posted in: British parties squabble over fall-out from Scottish vote

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    some07791

    Replace the union jack with a Koru. Job done.

    Posted in: New Zealand PM pushes flag change after election win

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    some07791

    It won't end tomorrow. This nastiness will go on for years, the damage is done.

    Elizabeth - are you saying the vote should never have been held, that the UK should never have agreed?

    Posted in: Scotland begins historic independence vote

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    some07791

    Mrs Windsor is stating the obvious. I hope those people voting do consider everything carefully.

    Please do also consider getting rid of this anachronism post independence.

    Posted in: Queen hopes Scottish voters 'think carefully' before vote

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    some07791

    I think the Scots will cut their nose off to spite their face unfortunately.

    Why?

    Are you of the generation that also thinks the loss of empire is something to regret?

    The short term economics of independence, at least, look encouraging. Also, and more importantly, having the political ability to do what the majority of Scots want without being overruled by westminster is very attractive.

    Posted in: UK offers Scotland more autonomy ahead of vote

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    Zichi - You have hit the nail on the head. Westminster (and especially the Tories who run it) really are desperate.

    Take the opportunity Scotland - you will be doing us all a favour by creating the ensuing discussion and reform of UK politics.

    Zichi - one question - why the dig at 'little England'? You will find vastly similar views on politics and society just south of the Scottish border down to the midlands as you will above it.

    Posted in: UK offers Scotland more autonomy ahead of vote

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    The UK government has no mandate to do this. Any vote for independence is for Scotland alone. Any change of the existing financial/political makeup of a UK in which Scotland continues as a member is for the whole of the UK to agree upon. No British citizens have been consulted on this.

    This is why Scotland should go it alone, knee jerk reactions with no public mandate from out of touch Tories.

    Posted in: UK offers Scotland more autonomy ahead of vote

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    some07791

    Will Scotland be developing it's own aircraft carrier, for example?

    Why would Scotland need a carrier?

    The UK is broken. Its establishment is archaic, unrepresentative, corrupt and too centralised. A lot of UK citizens delude themselves into thinking they are still a world power.

    Scotland should seize this chance. I say this as an English person who wants to see an independent Scotland force a rethink of the way the UK is governed. Lets have representative democracy, more regional control and less focus on the advancement of London and the south east at the expense of the rest.

    Posted in: Second poll shows jump in support for Scottish independence

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    Tragic event.

    Rather than this being an example of gun laws not working its really the opposite. The strict referee checks, police checks (including personal interviews) and graduated weapon class ownership rules prevented this being a case of a guy getting an uzi and mowing down the whole office. NZ did learn from Aramoana.

    Posted in: Gunman kills 2 in New Zealand unemployment office

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    some07791

    Im a big Pale Ale fan. There are too many excellent US (specifically WA and OR) Pale Ales to mention. Likewise some good Pale Ales from my birth country (UK), specifically Twisted Thistle from Edinburgh. Here in NZ I have to say (amongst others) Tuatara APA.

    Posted in: What’s your favorite beer?

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    some07791

    If it id proven that the Qataris were bribing then the world cup should go to whoever came second in the bidding process. not sure who that was, Australia?

    Posted in: Anti-Qatar World Cup campaign blasted as 'racist'

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    M3x3 - Having also lived in multiple countries in the commonwealth I have multiple constants - my family, my childhood friends, to name but a few. Being away from them doesn't diminish them for me, nor any brit that I know. Some old woman in a palace that ive never met isnt 'in' my life. Taking coins? hmm...

    Posted in: Do you think there is a role for monarchies in this day and age?

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    some07791

    Jimmy Jr - you know nothing of England, clearly. Society wont collapse into civil strife if the monarchy goes. Even most die hard monarchists appreciate they the royals are just people, and in their view, just the best political system in a lot of non-perfect options. Nobody in England will suddenly develop the desire to kill the man down the street just for opposing views on the monarchy.

    Posted in: Do you think there is a role for monarchies in this day and age?

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    some07791

    Well said, Jimizo.

    Posted in: Do you think there is a role for monarchies in this day and age?

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    some07791

    It seems that there are two camps here - those that view it in light of their upbringing and the society they live/lived in and see it as a common courtesy. On the other hand there are those that that are (perhaps?) more objective and view giving up seats to able bodied females but not able bodies males as sexism (nobody so far has tried to argue its not sexist..)

    I dont think anybody denies that giving up seats to the inform, aged, pregnant or otherwise disadvantaged is common courtesy.

    At the end of the day, its a matter for the person giving up the seat.

    Posted in: Is a man giving up his seat to a woman on a train or bus an outdated form of respect?

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    some07791

    It might be common courtesy but its also sexism.

    There are many of us who strive for the equal treatment of all able bodied. The discrimination against men shown by those who value 'common courtesy' is a step backwards in the fight for equality.

    Posted in: Is a man giving up his seat to a woman on a train or bus an outdated form of respect?

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    some07791

    Yes it is outdated.

    Able bodied women are no more deserving of a seat than able bodied men. Giving up a seat should be based on need only.

    I try my best to treat everyone equally, regardless of sex or race etc. I also try to be polite, which giving up a seat when its necessary (sick, pregnant women, old) and holding doors for everyone.

    I dont see how everyone can be equal and yet at the same time men are expected to treat women better without any reason (age, pregnancy etc..)

    Posted in: Is a man giving up his seat to a woman on a train or bus an outdated form of respect?

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    some07791

    mighty england

    Hahaha.

    I do agree with Bura, it is their best team in ages. I think the qtrs are possible. Likely? Im not so sure. Overall, this world cup is shaping up to be quite an interesting competition.

    Posted in: Okazaki thinks Japan can reach World Cup quarterfinals

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    some07791

    However if you are European and have never set foot in the UK or paid a scrap of taxes there you are welcomed with open arms.

    Thats it Nat, dont mention the reciprocation - that UKers can walk in to other EU hospitals and get treatment in the same way. Nigel will be happy with you.

    Posted in: Hospitals: UK vs Japan - Length of stay, language, birth, kids and pain relief

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    some07791

    As someone with a foot in both islands (dual national) this is nice development. Hopefully this establishes the relationship as a partnership or equals to move forward.

    As a republican Im impressed with the queens actions. An apology and objective review of the current state of relations from a british monarch has a lot of meaning.

    To see SF men at this dinner shows how much NI has moved forward. Hopefully this can continue.

    Posted in: Queen hosts Irish president on 1st UK state visit

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