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Shame; it was a nice planet Nov. 3rd, 2004 08:53 am

Short of a comet strike (and Bush is God's buddy, remember) it looks like another 4 years of the thief-in-chief. If this really is the case it's down to those of us in other nations to direct our own governments in a path that can mitigate this damage.

This means, in the UK, bringing in a government that will not act like the 51st state, but one that will fully engage in Europe in order to make that continent a genuine superpower; one that has sufficient military might, commercial power and internal cohesion not to directly combat the US, but to be able to direct and execute its own agenda irrespective of US action.

This will mean some major changes in both the UK government (ie, greater support for our one integrationist party) and in the operations of the EU (ie, greater power of the EU parliament over the Commission and Council, removal of vetos) and a bit of bloody political maturity. I'm of the firm belief that this requires proportional representation in both national and supranational elections, as this leads to more rational political discussion and a greater feeling of enfranchisement that first-past-the-post (or, for that matter, the utterly absurd two-tier first-past-the-post that we're watching with dismay in the US.)

The baton has been dropped; if we don't pick it up we cannot be satisfied to blame others for the path the world takes.

From: purplerabbits
Date: November 3rd, 2004 - 10:36 am (Link)
This means, in the UK, bringing in a government that will not act like the 51st state

Which in my case probably means going all out for Scottish independence...

Scots independence?

From: mrz80
Date: November 3rd, 2004 - 03:11 pm (Link)
I understand a fairly significant step in that direction was taken a bit ago, with the reopening of the Scots Parliament. Is there real substance to that move, or was it more of a symbolic gesture? And is there any reasonable expectation that 1707 would be undone?