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Ronsdog
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A situation badly mismanaged by the National Government in Madrid.

The stench of fascism still pervades the Spanish capital.


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It was quite surreal watching it unfold on Cat TV from just a few miles up the road.

Madrid sent in the Guardia Civil knowing that the Mossos - Catalan cops - were
hardly going to turn against their own.

It was interesting that after head honcho Carles Puigdement had cast his vote,
the local TV was saying that people could vote at any polling station in Catalunya.

If true, this would have course travelled like wild fire around social media, so it
was either bollocks, or the locals were just pissed off with the GC and carried on
demonstrating anyway.

The sensible route that the Spanish capital should have taken would have been
to let the vote go ahead then turn around and say it ain't gonna happen - regardless
of the result.

Had visions of being stuck there when I heard about the general strike on Monday
afternoon but managed to get a train to Girona and the international express
to Paris was running on time.




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Regarding the vote, I don't think there was necessarily a majority supporting independence. Obviously, that changed with the antics of the Spanish Government.

Had the Government agreed to vote, as the uK Government did with Scotland, and campaigned democraticly, the Spanish would probably have won the argument.

The argument of breaking up Spain doesn't make sense to me, I believe the only other region that would seriously contemplate leaving is the Basques.


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Was El Prat closed then?


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Dunno..don't do planes.

Left early and got a taxi to Massanes/Macanet and trains were running to Girona,
so arrived there an hour earlier than expected.

Wasn't looking forward to hanging around in E* terminal in Paris for 90 minutes
but got an unexpected upgrade to first class...

...worth a thread of its own as to what happened over the next 60 minutes...Cool




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Sorry I forgot you were a Non-Frequent Flyer.


No need to bother with a new thread but I've a feeling there is one hell of a story waiting to be told so go ahead.Sly


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A situation badly mismanaged by the National Government in Madrid.

The stench of fascism still pervades the Spanish capital.


And very like what happened in 1916 when a small band of idealists with very little popular support launched what they knew would be an ill-fated Easter Rising but the reaction to it gave almost the entire population a sense of grievance and renewed nationalism and led the way to the formation of the independent Irish state. It's not the action,but the reaction.......
And it's not as if we haven't been down this road in Spain before, not all that long ago......heaven forfend.


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A situation badly mismanaged by the National Government in Madrid.

The stench of fascism still pervades the Spanish capital.


And very like what happened in 1916 when a small band of idealists with very little popular support launched what they knew would be an ill-fated Easter Rising but the reaction to it gave almost the entire population a sense of grievance and renewed nationalism and led the way to the formation of the independent Irish state. It's not the action,but the reaction.......
And it's not as if we haven't been down this road in Spain before, not all that long ago......heaven forfend.


Quite Paddy.....and Spanish friends of mine were quick to draw similar parallels. After all it was barely 35 years ago that Spain's fragile and infant democracy was shaken by a coup attempt led by the same Civil Guardia....a lesson for those in the UK that still will not accept our own recent referendum result.


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a lesson for those in the UK that still will not accept our own recent referendum result.


Really?

Although I don't want another Euro Referendum I've no problem with people campaigning for a second Euro poll, after all if a Referendum result was taken to be binding for all time then we'd all be supposed to accept the result of the 1975 Referendum on joining what became the EU.

I'd have thought peaceful campaigning by Remainers for another Euro Referendum or SNP supporters for another Scottish Independence poll, is democracy in action.

Something we do rather better than the Spanish.


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a lesson for those in the UK that still will not accept our own recent referendum result.


Really?

Although I don't want another Euro Referendum I've no problem with people campaigning for a second Euro poll, after all if a Referendum result was taken to be binding for all time then we'd all be supposed to accept the result of the 1975 Referendum on joining what became the EU.

I'd have thought peaceful campaigning by Remainers for another Euro Referendum or SNP supporters for another Scottish Independence poll, is democracy in action.

Something we do rather better than the Spanish.


Utter nonsense. You cannot keep having referendums on the same issue every couple of years.

Referendums are not supposed to be binding for all time. That's a very black and white way of looking at things! Referendums are there to capture the views and opinions of the people at snapshots in time.

The population that votes on a particular issue needs to have....
- lived with their original decision to see if it was right
- changed - i.e. over half that voted will have died and been replaced by a new generation.
...before that issue gets voted on again.

You cannot just keep issuing referendums to by and large the same group of people, the same populace until you get the result you want from them!

Referendums are SERIOUS.

They should be binding for a generation at least, probably two – 40-50 years.

Campaigners for new referendums on the EU and Scottish Independence are belittling what a referendum is. It’s not an opinion poll or a little questionnaire. It is a generational view and the only way to collect one. Campaigners are ultimately thick and cannot accept the opinion of the majority.

Take the Scottish independence referendum – it was said in pretty much every speech “This is a ONCE in a lifetime chance”, and “This chance only comes around once in every generation, the majority of you will not get another chance to make Scotland independent” etc etc. These phrases were heavily, HEAVILY drilled into the Scottish people, even by Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond.

So Sturgeon talking about another one so soon, and all these people talking about another EU referendum so soon, should just be treated as unintelligent, be treated as bullies, be treated as people who cannot accept the will of this current population and the rule of law and democracy. It’s also extremely narrow minded, ignorant and condescending of these campaigners to think that the people that voted the opposite way to them, just need to be “educated” better so that they start seeing things the correct “way” and change their vote next time.

Regardless of their intelligence, their views, their interest in politics, their understanding of what their vote really means, EVERYONE is entitled to vote as they see fit and that’s the end of it. That’s the referendum result, and it’s the outcome of that that impacts the next generation for the next 30-50 years, not just the next couple of years!

You can’t just come out of an organisation like the EU and re-enter it, back and forth back and forth, every couple of years. If you vote in, you join for a considerable amount of time, if you vote to leave, you vote to leave for a considerable amount of time.

Same goes for independence. Scotland can’t vote for independence, leave the UK, then the people not happy with it campaign and succeed in getting another vote on it, 2-5 years later, only for the vote to say that Scotland wants to give up its independence and re-join the UK. And so it gives up its sovereignty and re-joins the UK. But then the people not happy with that 5 years down the line campaign and succeed in getting Scotland to re-leave the UK. And so on and so forth. Utter ridiculous nonsense. Scotland made its “Once in a lifetime” decision and there should be no other chance for at least a 40-50 years!

All that’s lacking is acceptance….rant over!


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jon b
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I think we can allow Remainers to respect the Referendum result to exactly the same degree as Farageman would have respected a narrow defeat for the Brexiteers. Cool


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Catalunya fire the silver bullet....




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Rarely have I read so much nonsense in one post.

On the EU referendum, what sane person would condemn the UK to leaving the EU if the final terms are deemed by Parliament or the public to be disastrous for the UK? What sane person wants to cut off their nose just to spite their face.

I'm no great fan of referenda - it's just too easy for the ignorant, ill-educated, racists and bigots to lead us onto disaster.

As for the Scottish referendum, it is nonsense to suggest as you have that 'once in a lifetime' was mentioned in nearly every speech. It simply isn't true. Salmond said this once, prefaced with 'in my personal opinion'.

The SNP was reelected on a manifesto of having the right to call another referendum if there was a significant change in Scotland's situation. Scotland is being dragged out of the EU, against its wishes, by England. That's a significant change.

Why do wish to deny a nation (UK or Scotland) the right to change its mind? That is not democracy.


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Thought Spain was free country



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The SNP was reelected on a manifesto of having the right to call another referendum if there was a significant change in Scotland's situation. Scotland is being dragged out of the EU, against its wishes, by England. That's a significant change.


The SNP was reelected with that in the manifesto, but I suspect that it wasn't the main reason why many people voted SNP. The economic case for Scottish independence declines year by year, as the value and supply of their main asset diminishes. Whatever happens with Brexit, Sturgeon won't call another referendum. The majority for No would be larger next time.


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The SNP was reelected on a manifesto of having the right to call another referendum if there was a significant change in Scotland's situation. Scotland is being dragged out of the EU, against its wishes, by England. That's a significant change.


The SNP was reelected with that in the manifesto, but I suspect that it wasn't the main reason why many people voted SNP. The economic case for Scottish independence declines year by year, as the value and supply of their main asset diminishes. Whatever happens with Brexit, Sturgeon won't call another referendum. The majority for No would be larger next time.


What the people of Scotland choose to do is neither here nor there - that isn't the issue here.

Sarumio is arguing the people of the UK should not have the right to give their verdict on the EU deal if it's ever finalised no matter how disastrous they then believe it to be .... all because a few years earlier they had voted for a pig in a poke.

Likewise he's arguing that the people of Scotland shouldn't have the right to another referendum even if they want one and had already agreed to having one should circumstances change.

What sane people deny themselves the right to reject a deal they believe to be detrimental to them?


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We have a General Election every five years (or less). Perhaps we shouldn't have another one until 50% of the population have died?


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A situation badly mismanaged by the National Government in Madrid.

The stench of fascism still pervades the Spanish capital.


And very like what happened in 1916 when a small band of idealists with very little popular support launched what they knew would be an ill-fated Easter Rising but the reaction to it gave almost the entire population a sense of grievance and renewed nationalism and led the way to the formation of the independent Irish state. It's not the action,but the reaction.......
And it's not as if we haven't been down this road in Spain before, not all that long ago......heaven forfend.


This has the potential for going horrendously wrong for all sides.

Lots of bitter memories from not that long ago.


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Cannot disagree with that...if Rajoy sends in la guarda civil - universally
hated in Catalunya - then I fear that this situation may not end well.




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Likewise he's arguing that the people of Scotland shouldn't have the right to another referendum even if they want one and had already agreed to having one should circumstances change.

What sane people deny themselves the right to reject a deal they believe to be detrimental to them?


You assume that the only people that matter are the Scots in this case. Another independence referendum has destabilising consequences for the whole country, not just Scots.

Whilst I support the right of Scots (and anyone else for that matter) to self-determination, this can't be done in a whim every couple of years; for the sake of the whole country.

Once in a generation seems appropriate, and that would be c25 years. At the end of the day, the Scots voted to stay part of the UK and abide by country-wide decisions it made.

In twenty-odd years time, feel free to review that decision collectively, with many other country-wide decisions that have been made by then, not just the EU referendum.


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As a side note, didn't the EU force Ireland and Denmark to vote twice
for the Lisbon Treaty because the good burghers of Brussels/Strasbourg - or
wherever they feed from the trough these days - where not happy with
the first set of results?

Wake up and smell the democracy.




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I'm no great fan of referenda - it's just too easy for the ignorant, ill-educated, racists and bigots to lead us onto disaster.


And that's why my Dad left Scotland in the 60's......


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Rarely have I read so much nonsense in one post.

On the EU referendum, what sane person would condemn the UK to leaving the EU if the final terms are deemed by Parliament or the public to be disastrous for the UK? What sane person wants to cut off their nose just to spite their face.

I'm no great fan of referenda - it's just too easy for the ignorant, ill-educated, racists and bigots to lead us onto disaster.

As for the Scottish referendum, it is nonsense to suggest as you have that 'once in a lifetime' was mentioned in nearly every speech. It simply isn't true. Salmond said this once, prefaced with 'in my personal opinion'.

The SNP was reelected on a manifesto of having the right to call another referendum if there was a significant change in Scotland's situation. Scotland is being dragged out of the EU, against its wishes, by England. That's a significant change.

Why do wish to deny a nation (UK or Scotland) the right to change its mind? That is not democracy.


You've just proved everything I said in my post! Thank you!


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The next Barcelona v. Real Madrid match should be interesting, if it happens.



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I think you need to re-read a bit more carefully what you posted and what I posted.

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