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The parallels between the case of the Catalan separatists and Sinn Féin are numerous. Sinn Féin MPs don't take their seats so as not to swear fealty to the Queen, even if doing so harms Irish interests around Brexit. But a more relevant parallel is that of Bobby Sands who got himself elected to Westminster from prison in 1981, much to the shock of the British establishment who immediately legislated to prevent prisoners from standing in elections. Of course the case of Junqueras is outrageous because he is being held pre-emotive during the trial and has not in fact been found guilty of anything by the court.

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 Thu Jul 4th, 2019 at 08:08:10 AM EST
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