Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Health care problems in the US, but Nicole warns me it is coming here too.  But I just can't imagine Europeans would stand for it, I just can't.

"Schiller sprach zu Goethe, Steck in dem Arsch die Flöte! Goethe sagte zu Schiller, Mein Arsch ist kein Triller!"
by Jeffersonian Democrat (rzg6f@virginia.edu) on Thu Dec 27th, 2007 at 05:42:04 AM EST
the trouble is that we often don't get a choice. In the UK all political parties buy into the "reforming" nonsense, the difference between them being the extent and speed with which they'll stick it on you. So you can't vote them out and there is no point in protesting because the frame is about "reform".

There is also a genuine problem of democratic accountability, governments only want to know what you think once every 4 or 5 years. In between time the attitude is STFU and let the professionals get on with it. And then, you have a choice between wreckage by blue or ruin by red. Some choice eh ?

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Dec 27th, 2007 at 11:38:14 AM EST
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I'm sure I've posted before the 1980's Grafitti

National elections XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Local elections     xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Here is your lifetimes supply of democracy, please do not steal the pencil.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Dec 27th, 2007 at 11:41:44 AM EST
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Yep, that's what it comes down to.

both parties have simply sold themselves to corporate interests. The Labour party, never as responsive as it like to think, has now completely divorced itself from the membership (members can now be arrested under terrorist offences for heckling MPs). And is then shocked to discover the membership are leaving in droves

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Dec 27th, 2007 at 12:30:29 PM EST
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