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by Arion640
Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 49
Views: 3514

Re: Prince Philip has died

A detailed obit from a paper not known for it's unquestioning support of the Royal Family and all the better for it, (as I noted in a link up thread he loathed Murdoch and his faux patriotic papers), revealing a man with wider interests and concerns beyond the bluff old sea dog of the popular imagi...

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by Arion640
Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow says airport queues are becoming 'untenable'
Replies: 54
Views: 12120

Re: Heathrow says airport queues are becoming 'untenable'

Vaccines protect the public. Being fully vaccinated means your risk for transmission is very low which in turn protects the unvaccinated. This isn’t new to COVID, this is basic vaccine science. You don't know that. Not even those who made the vaccine will tell you that. It has been well documented ...

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by Arion640
Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow says airport queues are becoming 'untenable'
Replies: 54
Views: 12120

Re: Heathrow says airport queues are becoming 'untenable'

flyingclrs727 wrote:
So are they going to have a provision for fully vaccinated passengers? It's awfully expensive and wasteful to require a PCR for every passenger.


I’d rather have testing in place to protect the public.

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by Arion640
Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow says airport queues are becoming 'untenable'
Replies: 54
Views: 12120

Re: Heathrow says airport queues are becoming 'untenable'

Sounds like me arriving at LAX at midday.

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by Arion640
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will there be a new UK Royal yacht?
Replies: 40
Views: 2211

Re: Will there be a new UK Royal yacht?

Again, the last one went in 1997 as the only remaining justification for it had gone, that is why it was not replaced before retirement. We don't even have a dedicated VIP airfleet (save one tanker badly painted on the orders of the overgrown child in Downing Street), compare to the mini AF/airline...

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by Arion640
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will there be a new UK Royal yacht?
Replies: 40
Views: 2211

Re: Will there be a new UK Royal yacht?

No need for one.

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by Arion640
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flypop secures A330 leases for start-up.
Replies: 36
Views: 5171

Re: Flypop secures A330 leases for start-up.

A socialist airline. Well that’s interesting.

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by Arion640
Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2021
Replies: 90
Views: 19962

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2021

bennett123 wrote:
I went to Kemble yesterday and parting has started on G-BYGE, (and F-HSEA).

G-CIVO has also been moved to the scrapping area.

Given that she also only had 94K hours, it is unlikely to be the last.


Going to be all soppy but thats sad. BYGE was my final ever 747 flight.

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by Arion640
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 49
Views: 3514

Re: Prince Philip has died

Would you vote to abolish your own? Yes, without hesitation. I actually agree it’s undemocratic and a bit weird. But I wouldn’t wanted the queen scrapped just to be replaced by another politician. No thank you. Why not? In Germany, Austria, Italy, and Israel for instance it works just fine. The pre...

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by Arion640
Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: North Atlantic Ocean Current Weakening
Replies: 17
Views: 1621

Re: North Atlantic Ocean Current Weakening

Will these mean warmer weather in the summer for western europe?

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by Arion640
Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Countries and Continents you have been to
Replies: 38
Views: 1637

Re: Countries and Continents you have been to

In no particular order: Asia Pacific: New Zealand Australia Singapore Indonesia Hong Kong (SAR) Malaysia Thailand United Arab Emirates Qatar Taiwan (airport only, but did officially enter the country). Africa: Tunisia Egypt Europe: United Kingdom. Where I live. (England, Scotland, Wales) Kingdom of ...

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by Arion640
Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 49
Views: 3514

Re: Prince Philip has died

Though around 20% in the UK tend to want to see a Republic and many abroad cannot understand a Constitutional Monarchy today, i think the 'outdated' part as regards the UK is not them but the electoral system, certainly the European Constitutional Monarchies are not the backwards nations some like ...

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by Arion640
Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 49
Views: 3514

Re: Prince Philip has died

I cannot speak for the Netherlands but swearing an oath of service to a non political entity such as the Monarch, for those joining the armed forces, police, various other organizations, is preferable to doing so for a political figure. The Monarch, represents in person, the nation as a whole. Not ...

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by Arion640
Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 49
Views: 3514

Re: Prince Philip has died

GDB : In France you swear an oath to the Republic not the president.And the Republic is not just the current political system, it's the country, its values, etc. If the president decides to go against such values, then public officials can go against the president, for the Republic. As for the argu...

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by Arion640
Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 49
Views: 3514

Re: Prince Philip has died

Though some of his 'gaffes' caused a stir, in part it was with all these official events as consort, a way of him albeit in a sometimes in a clumsy war of 'breaking the ice' with all the formality these things tended to have. A very active role in the RN in WW2, including at Cape Matapan in the Med...

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by Arion640
Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 49
Views: 3514

Re: Prince Philip has died

A very sad day for Britain. We have lost a legend.

God speed sir.

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by Arion640
Sun Mar 21, 2021 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Undisclosed Order for 4 RR 787-10s in February 2021
Replies: 129
Views: 20390

Re: Undisclosed Order for 4 RR 787-10s in February 2021

Opus99 wrote:
konrad wrote:
It would be interesting to know the delivery dates. Could this be LOT looking for larger 787-10s as the leases on their 787-8s are expiring? LOT uses RR engines on 788 and 789s.

Cirium’s fleet analyser has them as 2027. But it could be wrong


That screams BA to me to order something that far out.

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by Arion640
Thu Mar 18, 2021 10:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Election time: the Dutch version
Replies: 54
Views: 2465

Re: Election time: the Dutch version

The joy of democracy: https://www.defeestpartij.nl/. Johan Vlemmix is an interesting guy, never a dull moment. Not suited for politics though. Similar, I guess, to Joe Exotic for president or Lord Buckethead in the UK. Did you vote for Mark Rutte? What ever made you think that? No, of course not. ;...

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by Arion640
Thu Mar 18, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Election time: the Dutch version
Replies: 54
Views: 2465

Re: Election time: the Dutch version

I already voted today. My vote went to the party animals. Is that De Feestpartij that petertenthije referenced? The joy of democracy: https://www.defeestpartij.nl/. Johan Vlemmix is an interesting guy, never a dull moment. Not suited for politics though. Similar, I guess, to Joe Exotic for presiden...

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by Arion640
Thu Mar 18, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Election time: the Dutch version
Replies: 54
Views: 2465

Re: Election time: the Dutch version

Congratulations to Mark Rutte for winning the largest share of the vote in the election.

The kingdom of the Netherlands and the United Kingdom are close allies and very like minded. Long live the netherlands.

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by Arion640
Tue Mar 02, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong government to change the election law requiring loyalty
Replies: 38
Views: 2938

Re: Hong Kong government to change the election law requiring loyalty

Well if they want to end that then why are they taking over? I mean the CCCP is as bad and as corrupt as they get. Tugg In my opinion, what made Hong Kong economically special cannot survive a loyalty test. Lightsaber The PRC government hasn't been 'communist' since the 1990's becoming a unique 'au...

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by Arion640
Tue Mar 02, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1268
Views: 60878

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

So glad france will be using the oxford vaccine moving forward. Lets get those over 65’s vaccinated and get the death rate down.

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by Arion640
Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2
Replies: 147
Views: 11863

Re: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2

Aesma wrote:
That's good, I wish the same would happen with half the UK cabinet, especially those who broke not the ministerial code but the law.


Oh don’t worry - I need absolutely no convincing on that one.

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by Arion640
Sun Feb 28, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2
Replies: 147
Views: 11863

Re: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland- ... s-56231222
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Vote of no confidence motion to be tabled for Scotlands deputy first minister. Unlikely to be passed but interesting never the less.

I see one for Nicola sturgeon on the horizon.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland- ... s-56231222

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by Arion640
Wed Feb 24, 2021 1:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2
Replies: 147
Views: 11863

Re: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2

I’m all for holding Hancocks feet to the fire, ditto Boris, ditto Priti. Priti should probably have been sacked by now. Strugeons clearly broke the ministerial code and should resign. Afraid the horse has already bolted on that one. As usual, Brexiteers set a precedent for SNP to benefit from: “Bor...

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by Arion640
Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2
Replies: 147
Views: 11863

Re: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2

IMO another independence vote is worth it if for no other reason than it will make Westminster get out its chequebook and start making promises. Meanwhile a member of the UK cannot even have a referendum about leaving - let alone actually doing so - without Westminster's blessing. Except they did.....

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by Arion640
Mon Feb 22, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EU Preparing Airline Eco-Label system
Replies: 58
Views: 3746

Re: EU Preparing Airline Eco-Label system

Will there be a huge difference in comparing an A320 NEO to a 737MAX?

787 v A350 v 777?

They’re all pretty efficient now the 747’s have gone, not much to compare and not much choice of alternatives either!

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by Arion640
Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2
Replies: 147
Views: 11863

Re: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2

As for the upcoming Scottish Parliament elections, considering the SNP's poor record in places and given what looks like to me a cover-up going on over Nicola Sturgeon and her husband Peter Murrell's involvement in the Alex Salmond scandal, it really surprises me they are polling as high as they ar...

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by Arion640
Wed Feb 17, 2021 9:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2
Replies: 147
Views: 11863

Re: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2

I will not be dragged into another one of your debates. We'll see what the outcome is if or when another referendum is held. I would like to see a period of stability after the pandemic is over without anymore referendums. I think the UK needs that. Then a proper discussion can be had on the issue....

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by Arion640
Wed Feb 17, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2
Replies: 147
Views: 11863

Re: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2

I will not be dragged into another one of your debates. We'll see what the outcome is if or when another referendum is held. I would like to see a period of stability after the pandemic is over without anymore referendums. I think the UK needs that. Then a proper discussion can be had on the issue.

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by Arion640
Mon Feb 15, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2
Replies: 147
Views: 11863

Re: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2

Well if that’s Kier Starmers plan then the next Labour government will be the final Labour government. If Scotland goes, Wales won’t be too many years behind (Labour have a lot of seats in Wales), so it’s game over for them. Despite what you might think, a lot of the North are in close proximity to...

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by Arion640
Mon Feb 15, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2
Replies: 147
Views: 11863

Re: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2

Aside from that, as long as there are plenty of poor people in the remaining England, I cannot see the current crop of Tories holding on to power. Now if the North of England could leave with Scotland... Oh don't get down that road, England will be smaller and smaller. And you would jump with glee.

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by Arion640
Mon Feb 15, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2
Replies: 147
Views: 11863

Re: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2

And if Keir Starmer becomes PM he is unlikely to allow it either. Scotland leaving would probably mean Wales a couple of years behind, which means no Labour party in government ever again. I could see Boris Johnson leaving office as early as the end of the year, but more likely into 2022. A PM that...

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by Arion640
Sun Feb 14, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2
Replies: 147
Views: 11863

Re: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2

LOL yeah; Nicola Sturgeon should in theory be in favour of it (binding referenda) as she was in favour of a double majority for the 2016 referenda. Also if they go the non-binding route I guess there would be an uproar if Parliament decided that they would try to overturn the result by the Scottish...

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by Arion640
Sun Feb 14, 2021 1:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1268
Views: 60878

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

So, what is happening on the european vaccine front?

We don’t hear all that much on it on our news.

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by Arion640
Sat Feb 13, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Debate over Changing Name of Minnesota Suburb
Replies: 46
Views: 2624

Re: Debate over Changing Name of Minnesota Suburb

How and when does anyone “celebrate” slave traders? That you have to ask says more about you than it does about the "left wing extremists" you're complaining about. Quite, someone has been drinking the Farage/Laurence Fox/Hartley-Brewer kool aid, basically wealthy (as in real elitists) wh...

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by Arion640
Sat Feb 13, 2021 11:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Debate over Changing Name of Minnesota Suburb
Replies: 46
Views: 2624

Re: Debate over Changing Name of Minnesota Suburb

Name changes are happening all over NZ. It’s just pandering to the PC crowd. If some people get there way we won’t even be New Zealand anymore. Same in the UK. London has a street name changing/statue removal committee packed full of left wing extremists. And the problem is? Or are you happy to be ...

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by Arion640
Sat Feb 13, 2021 11:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2
Replies: 147
Views: 11863

Re: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2

Don't know if it is true or not. But as we have seen with Brexit, it isn't about money. And perhaps more to the point, the unification of Germany. Eastern Germany wasn't in good shape and cost a bunch. Luckily Ireland is an EU member, so I am sure the EU is willing to help if necessary. I do not th...

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by Arion640
Sat Feb 13, 2021 8:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2
Replies: 147
Views: 11863

Re: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2

I do enjoy this talk of a United Ireland. Now if that’s the wish of Northern Ireland that’s fine, but there are many many people in the Republic who don’t want it and are worried about the huge cost of taking it on could sink the republic. Don't know if it is true or not. But as we have seen with B...

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by Arion640
Fri Feb 12, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Snow Across Britain
Replies: 20
Views: 1351

Re: Snow Across Britain

arcticcruiser wrote:
Oh, the horror! Snow in winter... so far the least amount of snow in decades in my neck of the woods. Actually a very dry winter. But cold. Not bad at all.


Most of Scotland, Wales and high ground in England gets snowy at winter time but unless London has snow it doesn’t really get reported.

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by Arion640
Fri Feb 12, 2021 1:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Huge Fire in Dartmoor, England
Replies: 8
Views: 751

Re: Huge Fire in Dartmoor, England

Hope everyones okay.

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by Arion640
Thu Feb 11, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Debate over Changing Name of Minnesota Suburb
Replies: 46
Views: 2624

Re: Debate over Changing Name of Minnesota Suburb

Kiwirob wrote:
Name changes are happening all over NZ. It’s just pandering to the PC crowd. If some people get there way we won’t even be New Zealand anymore.


Same in the UK. London has a street name changing/statue removal committee packed full of left wing extremists.

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by Arion640
Thu Feb 11, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2
Replies: 147
Views: 11863

Re: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2

I do enjoy this talk of a United Ireland. Now if that’s the wish of Northern Ireland that’s fine, but there are many many people in the Republic who don’t want it and are worried about the huge cost of taking it on could sink the republic.

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by Arion640
Wed Feb 10, 2021 10:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2
Replies: 147
Views: 11863

Re: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2

It’s good France have tried that. As for the UK’s overseas islands, it should be down to them to leave if they feel that’s what they want. As Scotland is home territory, I really do hope they stay as they are part of my heritage as are the Welsh, English and Irish. Westminster should take Scotland'...

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by Arion640
Wed Feb 10, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2
Replies: 147
Views: 11863

Re: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2

Head of government in this case but I know what you mean. Imagine if after leaving, Scotland also ditches the Queen ? Being French there are plenty of parts of the country that have an independence movement. Brittany for example where my father was born. Corsica where they have now some power on th...

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by Arion640
Wed Feb 10, 2021 7:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2
Replies: 147
Views: 11863

Re: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2

SNP (ruling party in Scotland) Is starting to head into civil war. Will this whack them back a bit? I guess time will tell. The party has been very very united until now and this potential corruption and covering up of evidence by Sturgeon is upsetting a lot of Scots. https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/...

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by Arion640
Wed Feb 10, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2
Replies: 147
Views: 11863

Re: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2

Isn't the purpose of a head of state to preserve the union of their nation? Head of government in this case but I know what you mean. Imagine if after leaving, Scotland also ditches the Queen ? Being French there are plenty of parts of the country that have an independence movement. Brittany for ex...

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by Arion640
Wed Feb 10, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2
Replies: 147
Views: 11863

Re: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2

Interesting the Scottish Independence movement went to court about a 2nd referenda, I guess Nicola has her work cut out for her if she wants another referenda https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-scotland-court-idUSKBN2A51BH Create a federal UK and this all goes away. The tories can choose to...

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