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Apparently some in the UK have been interpreting Varadker's defeat as some kind of retribution for his perceived hard line on Brexit in the Withdrawal agreement negotiations. If they think Varadker was hard line, they should try dealing with Sinn Fein! They play a long game. If it takes ten years to negotiate a FTA, so be it as far as they are concerned. In fact ratification of any FTA could become subject to agreement to a re-unification referendum...

And for Brexiteers thinking that Irexit is sure to follow Brexit, it is worth noting that Brexit simply didn't feature in the election. Once a hard border in Ireland was avoided, nobody cared if they Brits choose to shoot themselves in both feet, The feeling is obviously mutual, because Boris has just sacked the only half way sane and able Secretary of State Northern Ireland has had in decades - indeed since Mo Mowlem in 1997.

John Waters, prominent Spectator journalist and the chief proponent of Irexit got 925 votes, less than 1.5%, in Dun Laoghaire, the most pro-British constituency in the state - as I predicted in an unpublished letter to the Editor of that august periodical - when they published an article of his saying that an anti-EU party could have won the 2016 general election.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Feb 13th, 2020 at 10:15:00 PM EST
I see now from my regrettably unpublished Letter to the Editor of the Spectator that I had actually been over generous in my predicted results for Irexit candidates. Hermann Kelly, close ally of John Waters and former communications Director for Nigel Farage's Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group in the EU Parliament actually achieved 0.7% of the vote in the Dublin Constituency - rather worse than the spoiled vote total of 4.1%.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Feb 15th, 2020 at 01:37:35 PM EST
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Do people spoil their ballots as a protest very much?  Or is that a normal percentage?
by FoolsErrand on Sat Feb 15th, 2020 at 06:10:13 PM EST
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I mentioned the figure because I was surprised how high it was. But it is easy to spoil a ballot with 20 candidates. All you have to do is skip a number - 1,2,3,5 and all preferences thereafter are void. Bad hand writing creating ambiguity also can void a ballot. Perhaps a small % spoil their vote deliberately, but why bother to show up in that case? It's not as if there isn't quite a wide choice. In the recent general election the spoiled vote total was less that 1%.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Feb 15th, 2020 at 07:44:04 PM EST
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I agree, it seems like a high number. I thought there might have been some reason for it. Maybe not.
by FoolsErrand on Sat Feb 15th, 2020 at 09:14:08 PM EST
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