Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I don't think there is a simple or single answer to your question. Sven touched on some ideas we all share, there are others I'm sure. Socially liberal, economically mixed market with an implicit belief that, whilst the private sector is good at services and commerce, the government has a dominating role in issues of infrastructure and long-term macro-economic planning (although we'd probably argue about the boundaries).

Generally anti-authoritarian. Our irreligiousness come from a rejection of religious command and imposition, our difficulties are over whether spirituality is new-age gobbledegook to be derided or a genuine and worthwhile pursuit (the positions seem irreconcilable).

But also this is a shared space and we expect civility; in the same way as if you were face to face.  Even, no especially, when we disagree. Yet some forget this or seem unknowing of simple politesse. Rudeness is disrespectful of the commons we inhabit. Yes we get angry occasionally and sometimes have to appolgise for it. I indulge sarcasm quite often, but being rude is something I hope I have never done. I hate it when I see it because it diminishes us all. Posting stupid graphics everywhere is juvenile and rude.

I rarely rate comments cos it takes too long, but equally I would only give 4s for comments I believe are worth applauding as being exceptional. I give no ther ranking, I can't see the point.

This is a place for frank exchanges of views, honest discussion and intelligent conversation. For the two years I've been here it has lived up to this, I regard this last week as an aberration.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 1st, 2008 at 01:03:00 PM EST

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