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  1. One person's sense of humour will often differ...

    One person's sense of humour will often differ from another but, for my part, as somone who has read and laughed heartily at humourous writers such as P G Wodehouse, Scoop literally left my sides...
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    Well, it varies according to location: in some...

    Well, it varies according to location: in some countries the age of consent might be as low as 12 whereas in the UK it currently stands at sixteen. In the US it varied in some Southern states during...
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    I found the Risorgimento an interesting period of...

    I found the Risorgimento an interesting period of Europeean history but, as you say, the politics are very much to the fore. I haven't read The Leopard but there was a celebrated film made from it.
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    But it always does in a two party system.

    But it always does in a two party system.
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    Another essay by Orwell that is amusing concerns...

    Another essay by Orwell that is amusing concerns the risque seaside postcards by Donald McGill that adorned stalls and newsagents until roughly the 1970s.
    Here's an extract:
    'I have said that at...
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    The obvious answer is NO because in a de facto...

    The obvious answer is NO because in a de facto two party system they gang up and run the country to suit themselves. Government by referendum restricts their power in favour of the electorate.
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    You seem not have noticed the dissappearence of...

    You seem not have noticed the dissappearence of the USSR and the dissolution of CzechoSlovakia back to their former independent states, not to mention the break up of Jugoslavia. The EU is also...
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    There is enormous irony in the fact that it is...

    There is enormous irony in the fact that it is the left-wing who are the mainstay of support for the EU when the original plan for it was promulgated by National Socialist Germany in 1942.
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    Martin Schultz is going to be the socialist...

    Martin Schultz is going to be the socialist front-runner in this year's German election but whether he wins or Merkel prevails, it makes no difference to the two party stitch up that characterises...
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    Wagner was a revolutionary musical genius but he...

    Wagner was a revolutionary musical genius but he could only reach such heights because, like Newton, he stood on the shoulders of giants, but my God what greatness.

    https://youtu.be/vrd0qTjp2rY
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    The first member state requirement has been...

    The first member state requirement has been ignored because the immigrants automatically gravitate to countries where there is more money or social handouts; the fact that Merke[ invited over one...
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    It's important to stress that Tusk is simply an...

    It's important to stress that Tusk is simply an official in Brussels and the real reason for the Visigrad Group is opposition to Merkel and Berlin who want the group to take in some of the million...
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    Yes it's interesting that so many people who...

    Yes it's interesting that so many people who support the EU are unaware of its German origins. When Prussia defeated Austria in 1866, it left the way open to German unification which Bismark...
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    I'm afraid this is a rather superficial version...

    I'm afraid this is a rather superficial version of events: a check through any encyclopedia of cinema will show that American films during the pre-war period
    were more numerous than any other :...
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    Back jn the 1920s, President Calvin Coolidge said...

    Back jn the 1920s, President Calvin Coolidge said :' The business of America is business'. It was during this period that selling an American lifestyle took off prior to WWII. Following 1945,...
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    I don't think the U S deliberately set out to...

    I don't think the U S deliberately set out to establish its culture in the West post- 1945,
    and, in any case, it's a sub- culture that, while through it renowned education system
    has produced...
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    The rot set in almost immediately after 1945 and...

    The rot set in almost immediately after 1945 and has continued since .
    You might care to read my novel Pro Bono Publico which exemplifies the destructiveness of 'liberal democracy' to a traditional...
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    l haven't been to France for years because of the...

    l haven't been to France for years because of the mess that the Socialists have made of it , but if Le Pen wins, I intend to be be on the first train to Paris.
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    A reasoned summation of the current situation;...

    A reasoned summation of the current situation; especially as to why the Brits voted to leave.
    There are, however, some facets which should be considered.
    Whilst it's true that some smaller EU...
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    I don't understand the reasoning behind floor 5.5...

    I don't understand the reasoning behind floor 5.5 but within the context of the programme it's irrelevant.
    What's central to the documentary is Beatrix von Storch's assertion that if the people want...
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    The BBC has lost much of its reputation for...

    The BBC has lost much of its reputation for objectivity over the years but this production is quite brilliant in summing up the pre and post Brexit situation in Europe. The conclusion by the...
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    I'm sorry for being presumptuous but I would...

    I'm sorry for being presumptuous but I would recommend 'A Sentimental Education' to anyone interested in great writing.
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    Why (at least Madame Bovary)? L’Éducation sentimentale, is also one of the truly great works of French literature and, in my view, Bovary's equal.
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    European representatives are voted into the...

    European representatives are voted into the European parliament by the populace of each member state but the Commission is appointed by the members and is therefore essentially undemocratic:the...
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    The question 'which stellar great' had the...

    The question 'which stellar great' had the smallest output ? would, on this performance of Decaux, preclude 'stellar', however, Ravel must be rated as one of the truly great composers despite, or...
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