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Old October 14th, 2008, 01:17 AM   #101
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Where is Lostboy when you need him

Btw you've still not anwsered why Ireland would want to rejoin.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 01:21 AM   #102
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Ireland has always been and always considered to be British. .

Erm.... no, they are not. That is just reality. That is a pretty impressive bubble you are living in that is for sure.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 01:24 AM   #103
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You might find this useful. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Termino..._British_Isles
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Old October 14th, 2008, 01:48 AM   #104
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His geography is skewed anyway - since when was any of Ireland part of Britain?
Britain is the British nation. Britain consists of 4 nations: England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Great Britain is an island. Great Britain is not Britain, just the largest and most populous island within Britain. Britain can also be used instead of British Isles. All of Ireland is part of Britain but not all of Ireland is currently part of the UK. The United Kingdom is not a nation and neither is the Irish Republic, they are sovereign states. The UK contains 3 and a bit nations, the other part of the 4th being in the Irish Republic. When the Irish Republic rejoins the UK, which is inevitable in the long term, then the UK will be a nation once more.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 01:52 AM   #105
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Can I have some of what your smoking?....please
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Old October 14th, 2008, 01:56 AM   #106
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Point taken

I think he just doesn't like Britain controlling one part of the island, instead of all of it
I believe the United Kingdom should consist of the whole of the British Isles, because I believe the British nation consists of the whole of the British Isles and that nations should be united and not divided. I also believe that there should be a home rule parliament in Dublin representing the whole of the island of Ireland for local domestic matters. Ireland should have a very large measure of self government, but should not be separate from the rest of the country, out in the cold like at present. We need a balance. I don't think these are unreasonable or inachievable beliefs either.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 02:03 AM   #107
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Do you propose calling Scotland "Northern Britain" and England "Southern Britain" as originally envisaged in the 1707 Act of Union?
No because Northern Ireland is also part of northern Britain and Southern Ireland is also part of southern Britain (the far south of Ireland at least). Scotland would be "North East Britain" but I don't see any point in such a designation, Scotland is fine.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 02:11 AM   #108
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Most people just call it England really
The Welsh will love that.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 02:16 AM   #109
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Yes of course. Just a side point, as a Scot I'm sure you get really annoyed the way the Beeb portrays GB on the weather map with Scotland disproportionately smaller than England, even though they are roughly the same size.

Edit: In terms of length, not area
Can't say i've noticed but what's the deal with Iceland being shown almost as large as GB?
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Old October 14th, 2008, 02:23 AM   #110
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Xenon all you keep saying is that it should, but you've never actually answered why it would want to.
I don't propose forcing them back into the Union. It will be up for the Irish to decide when they are ready. We can wait but we will keep discussing it and in the meantime, the issue needs to be brought to the forefront of the national concenscious. One reason why they may want to would be it would end the partition of the island of Ireland and the Irish nation and they would have far more local autonomy under devolution than they ever had under the UK's previous system of administration of direct rule. The idea may become more popular amongst the "rebellious south" when they realise that Ulster is British and there will be no surrender! They would also have a real input into the running of the 2nd most powerful nation on Earth with the 2nd highest defence spending in the world (despite throwing away most of its Empire as if it was bad rubbish) and with a permanent seat on the UN Secuirty Council and one of the richest nations on God's green earth. Those are all splendid reasons by my reckoning.

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Old October 14th, 2008, 02:30 AM   #111
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They would also have a real input into the running of the 2nd most powerful nation on Earth
Yes, we would not mind running China for them - not gonna happen though
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Old October 14th, 2008, 02:34 AM   #112
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I'm not even going to bother and respond to you XenonII.

The sheer amount of utter and total bullshit you have spewed would take too much of my time to respond to properly and its really not worth my effort.

Though I do think you need a reality check to be honest.

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Can't say i've noticed but what's the deal with Iceland being shown almost as large as GB?
Seriously doubt its shown as large as GB. Iceland however isn't exactly a tiny place, its about half the size of GB at about 40,000 sq miles. Its bigger than the entire island of Ireland....maybe you need to become more geography aware.

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Old October 14th, 2008, 02:36 AM   #113
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Yes, we would not mind running China for them - not gonna happen though
I was talking about the United Kingdom of Great Britain and (Northern) Ireland of course (UK), not the People's Republic of China (PRC). How many nations has Red China invaded in recent times (excluding the invasion of British Hong Kong)? The current UK of course is not a nation, but with the return of the 26 lost counties, it would be. Why should Unionists settle for a meare 6 counties of the island of Ireland when Irish separatists are not content with 26?! Unionism must evolve, Unionism must seek to recover the lost counties and secure Ireland's - ALL of Ireland - place within the Union. Just as Hong Kong went back to China, Southern Ireland should come back to Britain! Those in Ulster shouldn't fear its return either, for it can be run similar to how Scotland is now and will be the best of both worlds - secure Ulster's place within the Union while uniting Ireland (and Britain)!

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Old October 14th, 2008, 07:15 AM   #114
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Old October 14th, 2008, 09:18 AM   #115
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Funny how Irish republicans like to seperate out Britian into 3 seperate nations, even though they are on a 'small' island, yet will never accept that there are 2 countries on the Island of Ireland.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 02:52 PM   #116
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i wouldnt say that having the widest motorway or tallest building makes a city great.
True, but I think PB is sorta joking.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 06:19 PM   #117
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yet will never accept that there are 2 countries on the Island of Ireland.


I would not term Northern Ireland a 'country' - '6 counties', yes. The 'Northeast', yes. The 'North', possibly. Never heard it described as a 'country'.




I have rarely come across as much nonsense anywhere else on the internet as what is in the last two pages of this thread.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 06:34 PM   #118
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Northern Ireland is a constituent country. Just as Wales, England and Scotland are also constituent countries of the United Kingdom.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constituent_country

I would see Northern Ireland as a country, I HATE the term province sounds rather deeming in my opinion.


So yes you could very well argue that the island of Ireland contains the countries of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 07:47 PM   #119
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Xenon puts forward an argument, that to be honest I've never heard anyone else express. He does seem consistent, even if a bit bonkers. A word of advice - if you're aspiration is to become reality you will need to persuade all of us doubters, and that will require answering the obvious questions put forward to you, which I dont think you can.

I hate 'province' too, makes me think of hicksvilles and hillbillies.

One the one hand NI and RoI can both be described as separate countries, in that they have internationally recognised borders and each send a team to the World Cup (or at least try to). However my passport says Ireland, and is meant to include the 'whole'. A British passport will say the UK of GB and NI. Therefore you could argue the RoI isn't a country because no passport exists for the citizens of the 26 counties not subject to the British Crown. NI is included within the British passport, and the Irish passport refers to the island. All very confusing.
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I think to say that Northern Ireland is not a separate state from the Republic is madness and you should make an appointment with your GP. The first problem republicans have is that they cannot admit to this fact, they may not like it, but it is a fact. When you cross the border the currency, the signs, culture, infrastructure, economy, accent, government, changes they are two separate countries get over it. The only time that Ireland was one country administered from one central government was when the whole island was under British Rule. The republicians ironically split Ireland.
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