Steve John On Tuesday, Nissan senior vice-president Colin Lawther told MPs that Nissan would “constantly review” its decision in the light of any changes to its ability to trade with the EU after Brexit. And of course the secret deal and letter has simular ring to Bombadier.
I thought your accent was Russian with a touch of spectre.... Both the russians and crooked billionaires seem to have had a influence on Brexit like the post though will we be able to afford a Shkoda Octavia???
No Mr Bond we expect you to use the golden unicorn on the sunny uplands
Derek Clark Why because the truth is emerging something the leave campaign cannot handle
Mike James Reid Some say it is some say it isn't should we hold a referendum to see or ask Russia and American billionaires first?
The people have spoken, what's a specialist car manufacturer against national sovereignty, sorry Mr Bond, but we might be able to provide you with a Nissan
Jonathan Tereszczak Read the words all cars built in the UK you may have a nissan or honda. But then I thought brexiteers believed when we leave the E.U. will all be given golden unicorns to ride to the sunny uplands
Thank you Huffington Post. We've had several calls at The National Bullying Helpline today as a result of this article. Callers are making reference to it.
Having been bullied myself at work I completely identify with this article. As an adult, we assume bullying is something that happens in childhood. But sadly it doesn't stop there. And as the article suggests it's often your manager and senior colleagues who are the culprits. My manager is even a bullying ambassador for the organisation - but is a bully himself! How can mature grown ups behave like this? Everything on that list happened to me. Do you think they don't have any insight? Or are they calculatingly getting their own way by being malicious. The problem is that for the person being bullied you are between a rock and a hard place. No wonder the NHS has big problems with staff retention. It needs to clean up the act big-time. Daisy Mae
Wednesday, November 1 2017
WorldViews Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events How Catalonia’s crisis is turning into a European problem The inside track on Washington politics. Be the first to know about new stories from PowerPost. Sign up to follow, and we’ll e-mail you free updates as they’re published. You’ll receive free e-mail news updates each time a new story is published. You’re all set! By Ishaan Tharoor By Ishaan Tharoor November 1 at 1:00 AM Follow @ishaantharoor Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter . After helping engineer a political showdown that triggered a constitutional crisis in Spain, deposed Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont did what many renegade politicians do: He turned up in another country. On Monday, Puigdemont and several other senior Catalan officials made their way to Brussels , the capital of Belgium and, more importantly, the European Union. Back home, he and a number of his allies face rebellion and sedition charges, which could lead to a sentence of up to 30 years in prison. Though Catalonia's secessionists have won next to no sympathy from foreign governments, they pinned their hopes on a romantic loyalty to the European project and its liberal values. Their cause is only creating headaches for E.U. administrators and statesmen. Puigdemont's presence in Brussels was already roiling the Belgian political scene, let alone the broader European one, and surfacing the many divisions within the country's fragile ruling coalition. The country's French-speaking liberal prime minister had no time for the Catalan leader, while his Flemish nationalist partners were far more sympathetic . Belgian leaders stressed Puigdemont was not in their country by invitation, though they do allow other E.U. citizens to apply for asylum. Belgium sets the bar for asylum very high, and there is no indication yet that applying is Puigdemont's reason for traveling there. “We really shouldn’t be importing Spanish problems,” a Belgian government official told Politico . Deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont spoke in Brussels just days after Madrid quashed his deceleration of independence. (Reuters) “We are here because Brussels is the capital of Europe, it is not a question of Belgian politics,” said Puigdemont, in an attempt to reassure his hosts. “This is a European issue, and I want Europe to react.” Puigdemont went on to paint a picture of a heavy-handed Spanish government, repressing Catalan aspirations and seeking to persecute its pro-independence leadership. “The Spanish government was preparing an offensive against the people of Catalonia, calling [on] them to be loyal,” Puigdemont said , speaking to reporters in Catalan, Spanish and French. “We are facing a state that only understands the reason of force.” Puigdemont defiantly described himself as the “legitimate president” of Catalonia, even though Madrid dissolved the regional parliament in Barcelona on Friday and removed Puigdemont from his elected post. He said he wasn't seeking asylum, but he had come to Brussels “to have more security.” He hired a prominent Belgian human rights lawyer with a track record of defending political dissidents , including Basque separatists. Puigdemont had presided over weeks of escalating tensions between Madrid and Barcelona . His pro-secessionist government held a controversial independence referendum Oct. 1 that was met by a ham-handed Spanish response that partially suppressed the vote . In the days that followed, Puigdemont and his allies appealed to nationalist indignation within Catalonia , even as their political options narrowed. A declaration of independence by the Catalan parliament on Friday was followed by Madrid invoking Article 155 of the Spanish constitution for the first time — a move that imposed direct rule on Catalonia and took the whole country into uncharted territory. “I am convinced,” explained Puigdemont , “according to the information that I have, that there would have been a violent reaction” had he remained at home. Reports late Tuesday indicated at least one Catalan ex-official was returning to Barcelona, but it was unclear if Puigdemont would do the same. Confusion now reigns in Catalonia, with some of Puigdemont's allies still showing up for the meetings of a phantom Catalan republic. A photo posted by Catalonia's top foreign affairs official, Raul Romeva, showed a gathering of Catalan officials sitting in front of both the Catalan and E.U. flags, but not the Spanish one. — Raül Romeva i Rueda (@raulromeva) October 31, 2017 The majority of the region's political parties, including Puigdemont's , have agreed to snap elections in December that will lead to a new regional government. Puigdemont may be hoping Catalan voters, angered by the harsh treatment from Madrid, may come out and return the secessionists to power. His opponents will be galvanized by the vast pro-unity rally — attended by Spaniards from all over the country — that took place over the weekend in Barcelona. “It's an opportunity,” Susana Beltran Garcia, a legislator with the centrist, pro-unity Ciudadanos party, told Bloomberg View . “The new government will be legal, democratic. It will have the legitimacy to talk to the Spanish government.” But even as Puigdemont's own gamble looks increasingly to have failed, the underlying tensions fueling the moment will not go away. The continued divisions raise key questions for the European Union at a time of increasing nationalism around the continent. “The E.U. is politically and intellectually unprepared for a crisis in Spain,” wrote Financial Times columnist Gideon Rachman . “The European project is based on the idea that the E.U. is a 'safe space' for liberal values. Once a country enters the club it is assumed to leave old conflicts, whether internal or external, outside the door.” Catalonia declared independence from Spain on Oct. 27. (The Washington Post) That was particularly true for Spain, which emerged from decades of dictatorship, and joined the continental bloc while building a democracy that better guaranteed the freedoms and autonomy of the country's diverse and often very distinct regions. Spain's homegrown experience with fascism through the middle of the 20th century made it more immune to the xenophobic populism that swayed recent elections in nearby countries like France, Britain and the Netherlands. But even that could change, with the Catalan crisis provoking, in some corners, the resurgence of reactionary right-wing nationalism . As the animosities fester, the prospect of further chaos remains. “Catalonia’s bid for independence demonstrates that traditional questions of nationhood and sovereignty can still stir the blood in modern Europe,” wrote Rachman. “There is also a possibility that the crisis could lead to violence between the Spanish central government and pro-independence forces in Catalonia. That would challenge Spain’s traditional status as a prime example of the benefits of the European project.” Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? 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So important to support your colleagues if/when they are being bullied at work
Tuesday, November 14 2017
I think you have made a basic mistake about how monarchies work.