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Sunday and the Week’s Media and other Stupid Statements November 11, 2018

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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An implausible equivalence…

As if the whole thing was not already complicated and difficult enough, the DUP is pushing the British government to adopt a suicidal no-deal strategy while Sinn Féin is similarly engaged in trying to pressure the Irish side into a hardline position that would also ensure a no deal.
The approach of the two biggest parties in Northern Ireland to Brexit reveals not only their lack of political skill but their total unconcern for the long-term interests of people they are supposed to represent. They are both actively seeking an outcome they believe will boost their political strength even if it impoverishes the people of the North and damages the economy in the Republic.

Speaking of not comparing like with like, this on the amendments to the legislation going through on termination:

Some 723, 632 people voted against the removal of the Eighth Amendment. By way of comparison 544,230 people gave their first preference in the 2016 election to a Fine Gael candidate and 519,353 gave their first preference to Fianna Fáil.Given that far more people voted to retain the Eighth Amendment than voted for either of the major political parties, the contempt displayed by them for No voters is astonishing.

Meanwhile the Guardian had this explanation for those who seem blissfully unaware of the how the US Senate is elected – and this after the elections!:

The 2018 midterm elections brought significant gains for Democrats, who retook the House of Representatives and snatched several governorships from the grip of Republicans.
But some were left questioning why Democrats suffered a series of setbacks that prevented the party from picking up even more seats and, perhaps most consequentially, left the US Senate in Republican hands.
Among the most eye-catching was a statistic showing Democrats led Republicans by more than 12 million votes in Senate races, and yet still suffered losses on the night and failed to win a majority of seats in the chamber.

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