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Unionist, Pragmatist, Realist.

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  1. Comment on Green Party propose sacking climate deniers: Vegetarian Stalinism?
    on 18 February 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Mrmrman

    When I say it is dirty business, I mean that it is polluting.

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  2. Comment on Green Party propose sacking climate deniers: Vegetarian Stalinism?
    on 18 February 2014 at 3:54 pm

    mrmrman

    I didn’t say I wasn’t pro-growth, and I can’t see anything in my original statement that is remotely bizarre. Just factual.

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  3. Comment on Green Party propose sacking climate deniers: Vegetarian Stalinism?
    on 18 February 2014 at 12:49 pm

    mrmrman

    You’re getting a bit hysterical there; I’m just pointing out a fact, and that is a strong disincentive for governments to implement many green policies.

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  4. Comment on Green Party propose sacking climate deniers: Vegetarian Stalinism?
    on 18 February 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Economic growth is traditionally a very dirty business, that’s why governments aren’t taking any real steps to deal with climate change (man-made or otherwise). Above all, they’re in the business of getting re-elected (and lining their pockets).

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  5. Comment on Whatever you do, don’t stand out from the crowd.
    on 17 February 2014 at 1:00 pm

    “Seeing as we’re pointing out the elephants in the room there’s another name for economic unionists – Parasites who cant be weaned off the teat of mother England. Do they honestly believe England will forever pump billions into a failed entity that will forever demand more”

    So people in any region of any country that isn’t a net contributer to their counties economy should consider themselves parasites?

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  6. Comment on Whatever you do, don’t stand out from the crowd.
    on 15 February 2014 at 11:32 am

    “One simple measure is the “south” is a higher wage economy than “Northern Ireland”.”

    The problem is that simple measures aren’t enough to make a case. For instance what is the wage distribution? What is the purchasing power comparison? Average wage measure isn’t much use if you don’t have a job?

    “NI needs money from central government. Cork is a net contributor”

    What is the comparison to Belfast? Is there a disparity in government spending/investment (health spending for instance) are apples being compared to apples?

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  7. Comment on Whatever you do, don’t stand out from the crowd.
    on 15 February 2014 at 11:12 am

    I’m just realising that these seem to be the first utterances from SDLP that has registered with me in any way recently. Their general profile seems exceptionally low.

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  8. Comment on Whatever you do, don’t stand out from the crowd.
    on 15 February 2014 at 10:21 am

    What would be deemed as significant is a whole debate on its own…

    For example, the blow if the financial crisis seems to have been softer here in relative terms. When you consider salaries in public sector being cut, higher unemployment levels. Then there is uncertainty, I’m personally doing ok now, I don’t really know how things would change economically in a UI (does anybody). The size of the UK economy is a covert, seems Lima a bigger rock to cling to.

    But these are all just perceptions, this I know. I am only perceiving the situation in ROI through the media, and probably adopting a better the devil you know/fear of the unknown position. It’s probation easy to poo poo, but economics are driven by sentiment, and these are mine as a simple man on the street.

    I’d like to see proponents of UI making their economic case backed by facts, and surely the first step would be making sure the necessary stats are being collected. I don’t see anyone making sure this is happening, which leaves me believing that they don’t have confidence in their arguments.

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  9. Comment on Whatever you do, don’t stand out from the crowd.
    on 15 February 2014 at 9:48 am

    “If you compare the Belfast region with cork then you will find that cork has done significantly better.”

    On what measure Mc Slaggart?

    I very much agree that there are problems comparing NI economy with ROI, and comparison with Cork region would be interesting. But as I said, sufficient stats don’t seem to be available for NI to make useful comparison with anywhere.

    Apologies for any typos, I’m on my phone.

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  10. Comment on Whatever you do, don’t stand out from the crowd.
    on 15 February 2014 at 8:58 am

    There doesn’t seem to be enough information out there to argue the case for the economic case either way. I’m deeply suspicious that people’s certainty on the economic arguments aligns perfectly with their instinctive/emotional view on the Union. Are nationalist/republicans making sure statistics are being gathered pertaining to NI to allow them to make the economic case? Are there figures available for NI relating to median wealth, wealth distribution, etc.? My perception is that NI is better off economically as part of the UK, and my perception has yet to be significantly challenged.

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