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The EU has actually done, as opposed to yakity-yak, nothing to disabuse them of this notion

I would argue that the whole negotiation has been one slow, lengthy, process of disabusing the UK of the notion that they can have their cake and eat it to the point where now the only remaining point of contention is the Irish backstop.

Expectations have been reduced to the point where many in the UK are desperate for a deal, any deal, even May's deal, if only some face-saving concessions can be agreed to enable BoJo to claim his deal is better.

Labour, too, are finding it difficult to articulate what they would do to improve the deal other than platitudes about protecting jobs, workers rights and the environment - aspirations all of which can be accommodated within the accompanying political declaration.

The no-deal non-policy is the last, failing, attempt to proclaim the UK as special, needing no one else, able to take its place in the world alone (with a helping hand from Trump). It's the end of the road for the empire, and all but the no-dealers know it.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Jul 3rd, 2019 at 10:25:39 PM EST
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To the contrary, an exhibition of humility is precisely the "face" that the next PM ought to present to the world.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 3rd, 2019 at 11:35:19 PM EST
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To the contrary of what?

I'm sure BoJo can do humility, but it doesn't appear to be his strong suit...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jul 4th, 2019 at 08:48:41 AM EST
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Offering "face saving" to Johnson --in exchange for ratification of the EU Withdrawal Agreement or, especially, restoration of unqualified EU membership by the act of A.50 revocation-- confounds (1) terms of agreement and (2) commitment to membership as peer.

What "face" of UK gov merits saving anyway?
The exceptional industry of the people with respect to all others appears uncontested. Perhaps you have found some indication that they fear for anyone but themselves.

Observers the world over of BREXIT pilgrims recognize in  tory progress toward sovereignty a concomitant reluctance to clip imperial ambition. Perhaps the attitude of moral superiority with which UK delegates approach members is no affront but welcome aspect in society. Surely the niggardly disposition of UK gov toward its "homeland" constituencies, dependencies, protectorates, and Overseas Territories expresses common courtesy. Conversely, appreciation for dishonesty in discourse will perfect the status of everyone.

Tell us how corespondents of tory government should ease regrets and transgressions of figures, known and unknown, who are demonstrably incapable of accepting responsibility for and responsibility to much less forgiveness?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jul 5th, 2019 at 01:17:37 AM EST
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humility

Why are concepts of face expressed by East Asian customs incongruous to concepts of dignity, prestige, or etiquette accorded Western traditions?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jul 5th, 2019 at 01:39:30 AM EST
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I started writing a response to your comment, but it became a a diary

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Jul 6th, 2019 at 03:02:11 PM EST
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No-deal is the last refuge for the unicorns: there is no acceptable Brexit policy once you detail it.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Jul 4th, 2019 at 10:57:24 AM EST
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