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UK politicians still haven't come to terms with the fact The Empire has fallen.  They think they can do whatever they want, to whomever, whenever, without repercussion.  

I see this in the US as well.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Dec 31st, 2020 at 06:46:07 PM EST
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The US is in for some major surprises. The list of areas where our system is failing is pretty long. Our completely lack of icebreaking ships is just one example. Our inability to make 5 micron semiconductors is another. We can't even run an election, due to our badly wordsmithed 18th Century constitution.
by asdf on Thu Dec 31st, 2020 at 07:25:07 PM EST
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We can't even run an election, due to our badly wordsmithed 18th Century constitution.

Is that a problem? China isn't any better.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Dec 31st, 2020 at 07:28:10 PM EST
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Well, we live under the impression that our system is great. I think it's a question of whether the US was successful in the 20th Century because of our system or in spite of our system.
by asdf on Thu Dec 31st, 2020 at 07:41:53 PM EST
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Just give us a few more years of exacerbating climate change, and we won't need icebreakers.  Checkmate, Russia!  Seriously though, you'd be hard-pressed to find a structural aspect of this country that isn't crumbling to dust.  Education, communication, transportation, agriculture, manufacturing, energy, R&D, name it.  We're in it deep.  As for our Constitution, yes we give it way too much credit (Hells, I live in Utah where 3/4 of the population believe the thing was divinely inspired.).  Unfortunately, it's now behaving once again as the Founders intended, namely ensuring governance and control by the Cracker Class.  Look at the presidents through the 1848 election.  Southerners with the following exceptions: 1) Adams from Massachusetts, one and done, driven out by a Virginian; 2) Adams from Massachusetts, one and done, driven out by a Tennesseean; 3) Van Buren from New York, who got there because he hitched his wagon to that Tennesseean but who was one and done at least in part because he was too much of a Yankee to keep the party unified behind him, so he was beaten by; 4) Harrison, ostensibly an Ohioan but really a War Hero candidate, and it doesn't matter anyway because he died immediately and was replaced by a...[checks notes]...Virginian.  After Taylor comes the losing of control and the Civil War (or as I call it, The Terrorism Campaigns of the Southern-Fried Sedition Monkeys, which I find more accurate), and then one sees a big change.  Except for Andrew "The Accident" Johnson and Woodrow "Political Cracker" Wilson, the South doesn't get a whiff of the White House until LBJ.  And then?  Two more Texans, a Georgian, and an Arkansasan.  And now Trump has fled to Florida because he knows which side of the Sedition Line his base is on.  Couple this with voter suppression and concentration of wealth, and the Founders would say the Constitution is getting back to something closer to what they had in mind.
by rifek on Sun Jan 17th, 2021 at 05:25:31 AM EST
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Witness the 200 UK skiing tourists in Switzerland who were ordered to quarantine by the Swiss authorities and who promptly scarpered all over the continent because those pesky regulations did not apply to them.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Dec 31st, 2020 at 08:06:19 PM EST
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Contrast the 48 French citizens who have been stopped at the border driving home from a ski holiday in Switzerland, and not being able to show a negative COVID test, obliged to go into quarantine. The typical excuse given is that they didn't want to pay for a test in Switzerland, given that it's free in France... National character eh?

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by eurogreen on Sun Jan 3rd, 2021 at 10:44:39 PM EST
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