Analysing his doublespeak does not make him better. It makes him worse.
I disproved my point by bringing Austria as an example? At the time the EU was considerably smaller and Austria was counted among the rubble, so if my point was that the fatties bully the tinies (and this indeed was my point), then I proved the point rather than disproved it.
And yes, our government is lying often enough when saying this, but what have you (EU, Brussels, Benelux) ever done about it to prove that you are not like that? This is the EU reputation we are talking about, you know.
And I repeat, this is not a small matter. Had anybody else talked like Cameron (even for fun or for lying or for "purely internal purposes" like it's sometimes said), there would have been real sanctions. Because the people in the smaller countries feel sanctioned and bullied by the EU often enough while UK is one of the unreined bullies.
May I neatly remind you at this point that this is an island we live on. As a boy at Senior Secondary school the population was 48 million and now around 61 or 62 million and scheduled to go over 70 million and no sign of stopping and immigrants breed like flies.
Every time our government tells the people "We must make this stupid law no matter how bad it feels because this is EU directive" (which is a few times every year) we feel bullied like that. And yes, our government is lying often enough when saying this, but what have you (EU, Brussels, Benelux) ever done about it to prove that you are not like that?
Quote from: ersi on 2015-01-26, 11:27:59Analysing his doublespeak does not make him better. It makes him worse.
Quote from: ersi on 2015-01-26, 11:27:59And yes, our government is lying often enough when saying this, but what have you (EU, Brussels, Benelux) ever done about it to prove that you are not like that? This is the EU reputation we are talking about, you know.That is the moral duty of a free press, which is why freedom of press is important to the EU. The EU also releases promotional materials about the way it functions in every language and its websites are perhaps surprisingly well-made. How do you tell the hog it ate the cabbage? People just swallow these lies and half-truths whole seemingly without applying critical thought or independent inquiry.
We smaller countries can form voting blocks.
On the flip side, we have "bullied" (in your vocabulary) the likes of Italy and France in the past for transgressions. But that was before most of Eastern Europe joined.
What if freedom of the press is among the lies that politicians tell? I know that the EU says that freedom of the press is important, but we hear a lot of other things that the EU says are important. And this is not a case of people swallowing lies. It's rather like the game "Simon says": We have to obey. Why do we have to obey? Because this is what the gov't and the free press assure to us.
Yeah, remember how this worked so well when Rumsfeld was rallying everybody for the wars and demolished any hope for the EU common stance by dividing us into "old" and "new" Europe. Those were brilliant blocks, weren't they?
after revealing to Russia lots of ways in which to pull the strings among the EU member countries. Thanks a lot, Brussels.
You might want to check out In Bruges.
Here's one that might sound odd to Americans: in Antwerp police officers have permission to take their service weapons home
The man was on drugs, there's no other explanation.Absolutely brilliant.
Attacks in Brussels, explosions at the airport and the metro (underground or subway or whatever you call it in English) http://live.lesoir.be/Event/Explosion_a_Zaventem
In other news, the prime minister just said no one in Belgium should leave their house if they don't have to.Edit: http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws/regio/brussel/1.2607986
It is familiar, as the first caravan are Scania trucks, and Scania is one of the two keystone companies here in Södertälje (the other AstraZeneca).
Apple Store in Leidseplein square in Amsterdam has been evacuated after an iPad exploded [...] three people had respiratory problems following the incident.
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