Comments on: Why Britain’s days as a haven of political, economic stability are numbered http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/11/21/britain-may-turn-into-europes-most-politically-unpredictable-country/ Sat, 03 Jan 2015 16:42:55 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: KeithJohnsonNZ http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/11/21/britain-may-turn-into-europes-most-politically-unpredictable-country/#comment-2480 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:25:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1534#comment-2480 Stable coalitions impossible in an adversarial political environment like that of the UK? Nonsense. New Zealand’s political stability since the introduction of MMP [Proportional Representation] shows very clearly that political parties with British Parliamentary traditions can quickly adapt to the trade-offs necessary for effective government. What we are seeing in the UK is the inevitable crumbling of a winner-take-all two party system. Politics in the aftermath will be more representative – and much more interesting.

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By: UlissesD http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/11/21/britain-may-turn-into-europes-most-politically-unpredictable-country/#comment-2478 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:59:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1534#comment-2478 The main issue is that the British are massively populist. Their “public” opinion is formed by aggressive populist ideas that have little connection to reality. When populism applies its well-tested and scarcely educated propaganda (the British are masters of this), the public form a sclerotic opinion manipulated by its leaders through the bad quality newspapers. Can someone recall another country that someone who has studied PR is a Prime Minister? The EU example perfectly fits the bill: even the most uninformed individual can realise how the EU has become the main enemy of the British the let few years. The scape-goat of all problems with the country, only because the tories need to deflect ukip populism, they adopted populism themselves, with D Cameron flexing muscles, talking in anecdotes and playing hard in every EU meeting. It is a bit sad, but people go for it.

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By: KingAl86 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/11/21/britain-may-turn-into-europes-most-politically-unpredictable-country/#comment-2473 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:22:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1534#comment-2473 “A Tory government supported by Scottish Nationalists and UKIP is a more plausible option.”

Even after the LibDem betrayal, I don’t think the SNP backing a Tory government could happen. One of the main arguments of the Yes campaign was saving Scots from Tory rule.

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By: OneOfTheSheep http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/11/21/britain-may-turn-into-europes-most-politically-unpredictable-country/#comment-2472 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:47:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1534#comment-2472 A thoughtful and balanced assessment by one well qualified to do so. Well done!

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By: Pimlicoman http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/11/21/britain-may-turn-into-europes-most-politically-unpredictable-country/#comment-2471 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:45:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1534#comment-2471 Clearly not a man scared to make assumptions! All one can say is that a range of scenarios are possible – this is one; there are lots of others, And the distinguishing feature of British politics for centuries has been its moderation and stability – but perhaps AK is right and that is all about to change. Personally, I doubt it.

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By: tmc http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/11/21/britain-may-turn-into-europes-most-politically-unpredictable-country/#comment-2470 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:34:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1534#comment-2470 Mr. Kaletsky is not “clickbait”. He seem to be very optimistic most of the time actually. I always read his opinions and am glad to see them.

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By: peterspc3 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/11/21/britain-may-turn-into-europes-most-politically-unpredictable-country/#comment-2469 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:21:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1534#comment-2469 england has always punched above its weight , england earns more out of the money markets than the germans earn from their cars which the rest of europe cannot equal so they must be doing something right ?

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By: James_L http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/11/21/britain-may-turn-into-europes-most-politically-unpredictable-country/#comment-2468 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:31:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1534#comment-2468 Hysteria much?

The UK will still be a functioning state capable of paying its debts if there is a minority government or multiparty coalition – which, if I am not wrong, is exactly how most of continental Europe currently operates.

And with a functioning central bank and currency union, Britain will at no point be more unpredictable that the Eurozone.

A little depressing to see Reuters regress into publishing cheap clickbait.

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By: brotherkenny4 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/11/21/britain-may-turn-into-europes-most-politically-unpredictable-country/#comment-2467 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:19:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1534#comment-2467 The Brits have been propped up by their captive minion the US for the last 50 years. That’s the only reason they are not in utter chaos. They give us lessons in imperialism and they get thrown a few bones. The British people are very good at being compliant, or as with our black communities, trained to be self destructive. They must hope that we don’t have a decay in our empire because however bad it gets here, it will be far worse there.

Since Reuter’s has eliminated comments on other stories I assume they are trying to sell them selves to Rupert Murdoch and showing just how well they can put this propaganda out. The comments were eliminated to keep people from pointing out the obvious fallacies in the reports. It’s all pretty standard rich people control of the masses. Reuter’s is here to protect the rich from the poor.

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By: Klabauterfrau http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/11/21/britain-may-turn-into-europes-most-politically-unpredictable-country/#comment-2460 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:22:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1534#comment-2460 This author clearly needs to do some more/better research before writing such utter crap about the SNP. I don’t know any SNP supporter who wants to leave the EU. And where does he get this idea from that the SNP or any of its supporters would ever consider a coalition with the Tories? …let alone with UKIP?! Only because the word “national” is in the title of the party doesn’t mean that it’s a right wing/radical group. On the contrary, with some basic research, the author of this article would have found out it is in fact the stark opposite of that! shame on you Reuters for allowing this to be published

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