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  1. Brexit Schmexit

    That article is a year out of date. Haven’t heard anything about it recently, sadly
  2. Brexit Schmexit

    Have you seen the report from the Brexit select committee on the border today? Actual wording: "“Our report concludes that we cannot at present see how leaving the customs union and the single market can be reconciled with there being no border or infrastructure. Even by their own admission, the government’s proposals are untested and speculative, so it has yet to set out how no border can in practice be maintained with the UK outside the single market and the customs union.” So I repeat - if you know how it can be achieved, care to let the UK government know? I read it the day it was released, and again last night. Every time there's an awkward problem it just says that flexible and imaginative solutions will be required, claims that as-yet non-existent technology will solve things, and states that because a soft border is what both sides want, it will magically happen. Unicorns. Ireland are perfectly happy to have more talks. First of all, they've told the UK to stay in the customs union and single market and then all of this nonsense would be avoided. but that not being the case, all they want are actual, concrete, real-world proposals from the UK as to how leaving both and having a soft border can be achieved, or a commitment to doing nothing to impose one if it turns out not to be possible. Not in any way comparable to the UK's cake-and-eat-it guff.
  3. Brexit Schmexit

    You still don't get it. It can't. Not when leaving the single market and customs union. What the UK wants is functionally impossible (hence my use of unicorn). If it's not impossible, care to send a memo to the UK government explaining how their proposals will actually work? They'd love to hear from you, because at the moment they don't have shit. Why the hell should Ireland be humouring the UK when they want something that's impossible? What's the point of talking about something that's impossible?
  4. Brexit Schmexit

    The UK is asking for a unicorn, and has published a position paper about its amazing hypothetical unicorn-hunting machine, which it doesn't have any proper blueprints for but claims will have up and running in a year. Ireland says 'We'd like a bit more detail about how this unicorn-hunting machine is actually going to work, please, and a commitment that you won't fuck everything up if it turns out you can't build the machine or maybe, just maybe, that the unicorn doesn't actually exist'. And you think those two positions are as reasonable as each other? Honestly? Actually, it is broken by the fact of leaving the EU - there's loads of references to joint membership of the EU and its institutions, and the EU's role in peacekeeping (including funding). It's all going to need to be amended. But it is at least feasible that that can be done. The border is the real issue.
  5. Brexit Schmexit

    I thought you were against people (Labour, mostly) having their cake and eating it? And yet you repeat the UK saying it doesn't want a border as if it means something, when there's no way of actually achieving it while leaving the single market and customs union. It's not a valid negotiating position. The UK can act in a sovereign manner and insist on leaving the EU, but it has to accept the consequences of that - breaking the Good Friday agreement. In no way is that on the Republic's head.
  6. Lineup 2018

    I thought the run of Enfilade - Governed By Contagions - One Armed Scissor they finished on in Cardiff (and presumably everywhere else too) was great, but I agree that the sound quality was pretty bad, particularly before those three songs, and was just a noise at times. Don't know how much of it is down to them being on poor form, their sound not being suited to arenas, and them being a support act so everything was set up for Royal Blood and not them. Plus Motorpoint has been shit for sound even for some headline acts I've seen before (The Prodigy springs to mind, was distorted as hell). Still love them though. Agree with those saying not to judge them based on their performances on this tour, stick Relationship Of Command and the highlights from their other stuff on and you should come round to them, they're a top band.
  7. General News Discussion

    Cool cool, just making sure everything was out there. Incidentally, it’ll be hilarious if David Davis starts advocating some form of registration for all UK citizens given his past form on the subject.
  8. General News Discussion

    What you conveniently omit to mention to push your point is that in Germany everyone has to register, German citizen and EU immigrant alike (and I’m pretty sure that’s the case in the other EU countries that require registration too). The UK is proposing registering immigrants only, and that’s why the EU negotiators have objected. If the UK decides it wants everyone to register their residence then they won’t have a problem. Just making sure the facts are there for you to have a proper debate, rather than people making statements to suit their prejudices, which after all you’re so keen on, Neil
  9. General News Discussion

    At the march today Neil?
  10. Are Tories welcome at Glastonbury

    *wave* Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
  11. Electronica/Dance

    Hello good people of this thread - now that Glasto is fading into memory I've begun to focus on Boomtown, and wondered if you could give me some pointers on their DJ lineup: Already got my eye on Ben UFO & Mr Scruff & Joy Orbison, and maybe Eat Static, but I barely recognise any of the rest. My dancey plans at Glasto were along standard lines for this thread, Blawan, Paranoid London, Daniel Avery etc, but I really am open to anything :). Will mostly be going with the flow once I'm there, as Boomtown seems like the sort of place to not have many plans, but thought some pointers would be good. Many thanks.
  12. Are Tories welcome at Glastonbury

    If exposing someone's political beliefs for what they are makes them feel uncomfortable then maybe they should look at why that is and whether deep down they know they're wrong. If a Tory took me to task about my socialist beliefs I wouldn't feel remotely ashamed.
  13. Electronica/Dance

    Hi Ben! Nathaniel (aforementioned thread lurker mate) was there too! Shame you didn't spot each other. Sounds incredible though. Bit sad to miss it, but then I was drunkenly yelling the words to Monkey Wrench into my sister's face over at the Pyramid so it couldn't be helped. Wish I'd seen him at Field Day now though. Agreed about Blawan being fantastic, got to be the best dance set I've seen. Shame I was a bit of out of it on Saturday night so either missed or didn't really feel it for the stuff on Genosys but hey ho. So good to meet you pal, we should all meet up some time!
  14. The Future of Metal At The Festival

    Seconding this. Singer and guitarist did the entire thing in the crowd at the bottom, or on top of the train (would love to have seen the faces of people walking through Shangri-La as they got up there and rocked out!). Amazingly entertaining. I'm slightly amazed no-one got hurt though, that bit under the stage is an absolutely lethal place for a mosh pit, the metal overhang is at the perfect height to break your neck. Bit of a rethink needed on that for next time if it comes back.
  15. Radiohead Headlining 2017

    I gave him a hug on Saturday morning at the Park. I think he was a bit taken aback, but I did ask first! Then just said 'Thank you for last night, and for everything', and let him carry on with his girls to meet Ed and his family by the Rabbit Hole.