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Just like Moody's downgrading countries ... "because we can!"

by Oui on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 07:12:00 AM EST
This is the "Ministry of silly walks" at it's silliest. Next time the UK wants an agreement on anything, the EU should tell them their ambassador is no longer able to sign on their behalf. Better still they should just withdraw the ambassador "for consultations" which can take as long as it takes.

Only the truly silly could come up with such a ruse, Where is John Cleese when you need him?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 11:43:37 AM EST
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A Chara,- I see that the UK Foreign office is refusing to grant the EU ambassador to the UK, Joao Vale de Almeida, the full diplomatic status and privileges afforded to diplomats under the Vienna Convention which give them immunity from detention, criminal jurisdiction and taxation.

The British decision is in marked contrast to 142 other countries around the world where the EU has delegations and where its ambassadors are all granted the same status as diplomats representing sovereign nations, and represents a change of UK policy from 2010, when the UK agreed that the EU's foreign service should be granted the "privileges and immunities equivalent to those referred to in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 18 April 1961".

The danger is that hostile states might copy the UK and downgrade the protections granted to EU diplomats in their own countries. This could open EU diplomats up to being more easily harassed and expelled. Might I suggest that the EU should withdraw its ambassador to the UK for consultations and that any discussions between the EU and UK on outstanding matters be put on hold in the interim?

The UK decision is another petty and silly attempt to downgrade a mere "international organisation" like the EU - despite the fact that its treaty obligations under the Withdrawal Agreement, Northern Ireland Protocol, and the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement are with the EU, and not with individual member states. Where is John Cleese of the "Ministry for Silly walks" when you need him?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 05:40:09 PM EST
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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 08:42:39 PM EST
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Not a good idea to be a spiteful, petty, jerk right before a critical negotiation.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 05:22:02 PM EST
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Shorter The Times: How dare you take back control of your borders?

British to face ban on entering EU under German plan to shut borders - The Times

(Reuters) - European governments would be allowed to ban all UK residents from entering their countries and cut all passenger transport links with Britain under a German proposal to the European Union, the Times reported on Thursday.

EU member states are free to impose temporary bans on entry and on transporting passengers entering from non-EU countries with virus variant areas, the Times reported, citing a draft proposal reviewed by the newspaper.

by Bernard on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 05:44:41 PM EST
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Shorter tabloids: How dare you remove the bust of Churchill from the Oval Office?

Reaction to Churchill bust removal muted for Biden after outrage for Obama - CNN

It had once been a transatlantic art scandal -- or at least various actors of questionable intent would have you believe it was.
Overheated, confusing and laden in the end with blatant racism, the case of the White House bust of Winston Churchill still persists.
President Joe Biden has removed it from the Oval Office after four years standing sentry under his predecessor, who thought he looked something like the wartime prime minister.

An Oval Office redesign brought in new busts instead: Latino civil rights leader Cesar Chavez, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, Rosa Parks and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Some British tabloids deemed it a snub. The US Embassy in London put out a video Friday morning underscoring the special relationship between the US and the UK -- emphasizing that it is not about a piece of sculpture.

Four years ago...

by Bernard on Fri Jan 22nd, 2021 at 07:24:19 PM EST
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How about replacing it with a bust of Parnell?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jan 22nd, 2021 at 07:26:16 PM EST
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According to Nile Gardiner, Churchill saved the free world and is a huge hero on both sides of the Atlantic.

Looking at it from this side of the pond I think I can safely say that there are not many Americans who would agree that Churchill did much saving of anything. Eisenhower, maybe, or MacArthur.

by asdf on Sun Jan 24th, 2021 at 05:53:03 PM EST
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British Victory in WWII

"History will be kind to me as I intend to write it myself."
[Quote Winston Churchill]

The role of Roosevelt to end colonialism and direct call on Churchill te end the British Empire.

The United Nations and Decolonization - The The Atlantic Charter of August 1941

Churchill at the White House | The Atlantic |

"After my husband's death, I was lunching one day with Mr. and Mrs. Churchill at their home in London, and sitting by me, he suddenly turned to me and said, 'You never have really approved of me, have you?'"

Franklin Roosevelt: "That Hell-hole of Yours"

by Oui on Sun Jan 24th, 2021 at 08:07:50 PM EST
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