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  1. Plain old me

    The monarchy in the UK

    I admit a great deal of my opposition of the monarchy comes straight out of principle, but as you’ve pointed out that is basically what the position of British Head of State has now been reduced to; pure show and principle. All she may practically do is fly around shaking hands, but she is the...
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    The monarchy in the UK

    ...the sort of government that gives 60% of the Parliament to a party with 35% of the votes and has an utterly undemocratic upper house... I view the monarchy in much the same way I view the rest of our political system, old, crumbling and in dire need of reform. Don't get me wrong, the...
  3. Plain old me

    How many people you think are gay?

    I always thought it was one in ten...can't remember why, but it seems quite a large figure to me...
  4. Plain old me

    Brown is UK's new prime minister

    I don't have a problem with a scot as PM, or Home Secretary or whatever position Brown wants to put them in. One of the few things I don't have a problem with in British politics... I figure something does need to be done to solve the west lothian question though...
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    Queen Elizabeth honors U.S. Marine helicopter pilot

    'Undemocratic regime'? The UK? Cos of a Queen? S'an issue, I admit, but arn't we exaggerating the problem somewhat?
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    Queen Elizabeth honors U.S. Marine helicopter pilot

    So it would seem...
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    Queen Elizabeth honors U.S. Marine helicopter pilot

    I assume someone who supports the royals. I used to, been republican for a little while now though... ...I don't think it was a royal medal, like a knighthood or something, it was a decidedly British award, it was just awarded by our head of state. Lord knows, I wish that head of state wasn't a...
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    Europe still sees US as greatest threat to stability

    I think thats hit the nail right on the head. Especially since Iraq I think America has almost become an easy target for criticism, its almost become the cool thing to do - rage against the US. Believe it or not some over here are already detecting this, its an old story, but one that...
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    Happy slapping

    It's disturbing that people would actually do this sort of stuff to someone else and find it entertaining, and even more disturbing that they film it. Chavs on the increase I feel... I'm afriad I have to agree with you... I think its the other way around - the reason we have a government...
  10. Plain old me

    I support the Labour effort!

    I used to be a Blairite and a Labour supporter, back when I was a politically niave 15 year old. Now I'm a slightly less politically naive 17 year old and have moved away. Ask me a year ago how I would vote, if I could;ve, in the gen. election in 2005, answer would easily have been New Labour...
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    Homosexuality is unnatural -fact!

    Okay doke, if you want to get debate-technical... Your first conclusion relies on the assumption that everything unnatural is wrong, whilst this has clearly been shown to be at least debatable with examples such as plastics etc. The second conclusion relies on the assumption that just because...
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    Homosexuality is unnatural -fact!

    Yeah, I've tried I can't find the story you were reffering to, no matter though. Wait a minute, the story you were refferring to was in evidence that civil unions are backfiring here in the UK. The average birthrate is falling, but this can't be pinned to any great extent on homosexuality...
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    Homosexuality is unnatural -fact!

    You got a link to this story? It's only one example, how does this show that 'it's all going wrong'? Seems to be working alright to me, society's pretty stable, nothing going horribly wrong as far I can see. On a more general point, so what if (and judging from the debate so far it's a big if)...
  14. Plain old me

    Lib Dems Shock Victory over Labour!

    I know, I'm surprised at that; I really thought this had done it for the Lib Dems. They've campaigned on being the 'clean' and 'honest' party since Iraq and I really thought it'd be a case of the bigger they come the harder they fall. Looks like Blair's gonna miss the ID Cards bill... Stuck...
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    Lib Dems Shock Victory over Labour!

    It's certianly embarassing for Gordon, but not too surprising. Normally this would be dismissed - Lib Dems usually win by-election thanks to people protest voting, and them being the only ones who give a toss, so I wouldn't be too surprised if it did return to Labour come 2009/10. However, the...
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    Is 'Debate Politics' fair & balanced?

    Seems balanced to me...numbers of conservatives vs liberals may differ, but i think their are enough on both sides to ensure debate is not one sided...plus the moderators seem to moderate people equally irrespective of political swing. So my vote is yes.
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    Dislike of America increases Worldwide ~ polls

    To be honest….not a surprise. Why have people made this decision? I think Deegan essentially said it… Unfortunately I think many people do not see it as moderation, but busy-bodying. I think a lot of negativity towards the US comes from the belief that it interferes in things it should not...
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    Think Britain liberal? Guess again!

    Hey, s'just a little joke. But I doubt that very many people are going to choose the greatest known French defeat of an English King in history as an event that defines British national pride. Behold...straight from the horses mouth so to speak... So she was part man, at least. lol...
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    Think Britain liberal? Guess again!

    You know the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings has been suggested as a possible 'British Day'?
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    Think Britain liberal? Guess again!

    The article is correct, I am surprised, as I believe a lot of people would be, that the statistics are that high, but your explanations for this are somewhat hard to believe... ...I think their is retained a sense of national pride in the UK (partly due to some of the socialist policies you...
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