Monday, 25 July 2016

Fun Online Polls: Renewing Trident & Islamist attacks in Germany

The results to last week's poll were as follows:

Renewing Trident: Which statement do you agree with more?

Scrapping Trident would be an act of gross irresponsibility - 75%
The threat of mass murder is not a legitimate way to deal with international relations - 25%

You are a bloodthirsty bunch, I was in the minority on that one.

Top comment by Derek:


As far as I can see, in the 1940 and 50s an independent British nuclear deterrent made sense. By the 1960s it was beginning to look a lot less independent of the Americans and by the 1990s it was beginning to look a lot less like a deterrent. In the 2010s it just looks like wasted effort to me. It's no longer independent and it doesn't seem to be deterring our current enemies. So I don't think it would be particularly irresponsible to scrap Trident. If we are going to replace it we need to do so with something independent and effective.

But then mass murder (or war as it is more commonly known) is a perfectly legitimate way to deal with international relations. Immoral, unethical and unjust but perfectly legitimate. There are plenty of laws governing what you can and can't do but killing lots of people is pretty much taken for granted, including civilians nowadays.

So I don't find I can pick either option.

Can't argue with that.
I was on holiday in Karlsruhe - a hitherto sleepy, peaceful and prosperous university/tourist town - for the second time last year, just after Merkel had opened the floodgates and I got a bad feeling about it; there were gangs of them in full Islamic get up having loud discussions/arguments/prayer sessions in the park and behaving aggressively generally.

The inevitable has happened (despite what my auntie, the Green Party councillor in Karlsruhe, had to say about it last year), so that's this week's Fun Online Poll:

"How many more Islamist attacks will it take before Merkel realises it was wrong to let a million of them in?"

Vote here or use the widget in the sidebar.


James Higham said...

Nuke 'em, nuke 'em!

Mark Wadsworth said...

JJ, nuke whom? Nuke whom?

Rich Tee said...

Re: Karlsruhe, straight from the horse's mouth there. I've seen a few alarming reports from continental media but there's nothing like a first hand report.

Mark Wadsworth said...

RT, that was a year ago, probably much worse now.

Sean Vosper said...

Elsewhere - some good tax type stuff - check the comments.

DBC Reed said...

With one generous gesture, Merkel has done much to dispel the presumption that Germany is a racist notion and also acquired a hardworking labour force to augment the ageing native work force.
We have made it quite clear that we hate foreigners even hard-working skilled Europeans and want them out of it.We have also made it clear that we do not believe in a productive economy but in putting up house prices by first connecting the money creation process to the house price market. We have become the pariahs of Europe.(But that's all right :just as long as the government keeps house prices going up!)

L fairfax said...

Can you add the option, only if she is personally injured.