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Why is it "unfortunate" that the referendum failed if the treaty was "ill-fated"?

I fail to spot a contradiction in that. It was ill-fated because it failed.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Mar 6th, 2006 at 07:51:06 AM EST
I thought about that, and decided for the "evil" interpretation. It failed because it was ill-fated. It was ill-fated because it attempted to make enlargement manageable.

There's a sense of destiny underlying all this.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Mar 6th, 2006 at 07:59:02 AM EST
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Then they would have said "ill-conceived".

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 6th, 2006 at 08:02:33 AM EST
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But that's an explicit accusation. Remember that the goal is to manage to make accusations without explicitly making them (no 'right thinking liberal'...)

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Mar 6th, 2006 at 08:29:45 AM EST
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But your interpretation runs up against the contradiction you asked about. I still fail to read it into those two paragraphs, even with the rest of the article (much of which I read as descriptive - of past British policy - rather than advocating).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Mar 6th, 2006 at 08:05:09 AM EST
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even with the rest of the article (much of which I read as descriptive - of past British policy - rather than advocating)

Even with the rest of this part of the article, I mean.

Overall, it's rightly bashed crapola.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Mar 6th, 2006 at 08:09:30 AM EST
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IMO your reading is incorrect. 'Ill-fated' as I understand the term, makes no comment about whether the fate was deserved or not.

Its a usage rooted in the doom-laden, germanic side of English.

Regards
Luke

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by silburnl on Tue Mar 7th, 2006 at 05:53:57 AM EST
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