Threats to the UK in 2020

Joker62

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cowgoesmoo

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Dunno about you, but I'm still waiting to hear as to why the EU wants to keep the pesky UK in their clique.
After all, if the UK needs the EU more than they need us - as the remoaners keep on insisting that we do, why do they seem so reluctant to bid us good bye?
I'm sure it's been answered before, but if not then:

1) Financial - the UK is the 3rd biggest contributor to the EU budget. Allowing for rebates, grants etc the UK contributes about £11 billion every year which is about 10% of the total budget.

2) Existential - a successful Brexit would be a morale boost to the anti-EU movements in other countries, e.g Spain, Greece, Italy, Hungary and Poland.

3) Prestige - for all our problems the UK is still a swinging dick on the world stage: 5th largest economy, permanent member of the UNSC, nuclear power, world-leading financial and business hub, most cost-effective health care system, largest offshore wind energy producer, highest grossing soccer league, worlds most stringent animal welfare regulations etc etc Nobody likes having their party snubbed by the cool kid.
 
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I think Western society is headed the same way as the Roman Empire. We are constantly striving to be seen abiding by, and playing by Queensbury rules, often handicapping ourselves in some way or another to demonstrate virtue...

Then along come the countries who have been playing the waiting game...with their fancy MMA, baseball bats and knuckle dusters...
Queensbury rules...oh my.



Different strokes.
 

Yokel

LE
I think Western society is headed the same way as the Roman Empire. We are constantly striving to be seen abiding by, and playing by Queensbury rules, often handicapping ourselves in some way or another to demonstrate virtue...

Then along come the countries who have been playing the waiting game...with their fancy MMA, baseball bats and knuckle dusters...
The West needs to remember what things made it the West, things like valuing the individual, the separation of legal and political power, the rule of law, the Scientific Method and so on. It also needs to remember the individual member of society contributes to the goodness or badness of society and its Government, and we need to value and assert these things.
 
No, despite what some would have you believe, there is no recent history of "XLW" terrorism in the UK and they mostly protest by the medium of painting themselves, eating lentils and dancing...
All Irish Republican groups are socialist.
 
No, despite what some would have you believe, there is no recent history of "XLW" terrorism in the UK and they mostly protest by the medium of painting themselves, eating lentils and dancing...
Lets hope it stays that way. In Germany and elsewhere in mainland Europe the extreme left is an underrated problem. They are not above using deadly violence as has been demonstrated in the past, eg the Rote Armee Faction, they peaked in the 70s, but they have not gone away and currently finance their activities with well planned and executed bank robberies. A cross transfer of ideas and tactics would definitely liven things up in Britain.
 
In light of the death of Qasem Soleimani, might we see a fresh wave of lone wolf attacks, where the terrorist claims to be avenging his death ?
 

Bogie_Bear

War Hero
I don't think the average citizen gives a **** as long as it doesn't impact on the TV scheduling of Love Island, BGT, BB and Strictly - unfortunately that is the society we are now a part of. Personally I'm hoping for zombies. Lots and lots of zombies.
 

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