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KevMc last won the day on September 4

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  1. KevMc

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    NATO HQ in Brussels - opened in 2017 cost in the region of a billion euros .. has a staff of 3800. In the Gulf war the US ran the show - other allies were brought on board but operated under the US command structure Why would other countries need armies? Why do we need any armies?
  2. KevMc

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    OK ... for the moment let's assume your concept is what will happen, i.e. national armies will join together when necessary to do something that the EU decides it needs an army for, and it is something that NATO won't be doing. Where is the command structure going to come from? It won't suddenly spring into existence will it? So we will need accommodation for the senior members of this command structure - offices, maintenance staff, logistics, computer and communications systems that will link into the members armed forces all of whom will be using their own tailored solutions/technology. Who will form this command structure? The best officer candidates? Will national armies give them up? How will NATO be weakened by having this new parallel command structure competing for personnel? How will the various armies work together ? Will they train together? On top of existing national training and NATO exercises? Will the EU structure be prepared to work with NATO? All I can see is duplication ... but then coming from the EU which relocates every few weeks from Brussels to Strasbourg duplication of effort is no big deal to them. I don't see any benefits.
  3. KevMc

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    Since it doesn't exist yet no-one knows anything about it ... but yes I am against it in principal
  4. KevMc

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    It's quite simple really .... the more paperwork that defines our relationship the less trust there is.
  5. KevMc

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    You seem to view an EU Army as an amalgamation of national forces .... that isn't an EU army in my mind, it is just an alliance - like NATO - so is superfluous.
  6. KevMc

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    NATO doesn't have an army ... the EU wants an army. NATO has a member countries who are allied ... and in the event of joint action, a command structure will be agreed between the countries taking part before action is undertaken and if necessary individual countries could withdraw from the action if they determine it is not correct. Members of the individual armies still have loyalty to their country. An EU army will have a single command structure embedded and WILL BE SUBJECT TO CONTROL BY THE EU PARLIAMENT NOT THE INDIVIDUAL COUNTRIES thereby making the EU the equivalent of a country. Where will the loyalty of the troops lie? And once there is an EU army what will happen to national armies? Will the EU permit the UK (if we end up staying) to have our own forces? I doubt it ... will an EU army support UK interests for example in the Falklands? I very much doubt it.
  7. KevMc

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    I'm a dyed in the wool Brexiteer .. I have said it many times and I'll say it again .. I don't want us to be part of a European State. BUT if the majority of the country do want to be part of that state I will live with the decision (I'm too old to be conscripted and I won't co-operate with anything I don't have to so I'll have fun with passive resistance) - so all in all I don't mind if we have another referendum ... what I would really want from it is a decent majority one way or another. Can you imagine the outcry and calls for another rerun if the majority (either way) is around the same as last time or even smaller!!!
  8. KevMc

    CRT licence payments problems

  9. KevMc

    CRT licence payments problems

    I don't think payments by card are actually Direct Debits. They are recurring card payments. A direct debit is linked to the account only and if you use online banking should appear in your regular payments as a DD ... recurring card payments (which I try not to use but online apps like Netflix insist on them) are not shown as regular payments on my system.
  10. KevMc

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    That's just an excuse to create another bastion of statehood. We don't need a permanent EU army to replace the support from a temporary president of one NATO member .. NATO members have dropped out in the past but come back to the fold and future US Presidents will do so too (even assuming he really meant what he said).
  11. KevMc

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    Absolutely right .... I must have been suffering an overload of caffeine
  12. KevMc

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    NATO's job is to protect it's members, by means of mutual defence. We don't need another organisation to do that. Russia couldn't keep it's union together - it isn't that long ago that Ukraine, Georgia, Latvia, etc etc were all part of the USSR, but they all got their independence - and we celebrated that, so why can't we celebrate the UK winning independence from the behemoth that is the EU while we are able to - because the army is just another step on the path towards becoming the superstate to challenge the USA and China militarily. And if you remember 1984 you'll recall that there were 3 'countries' constantly at war but the alliances were always changing and the Ministry of Truth was constantly rewriting the records to show the current enemy as the bad guy.
  13. KevMc

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    We don't need a world war .. and we don't need a European Army and we don't need a European Superstate It was like reading 1984 when I saw that Macron and Merkel think a European Army is necessary for a peaceful world - Ministry of Peace ? Or was it Ministry of Truth?
  14. KevMc

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    And the silence is deafening
  15. KevMc

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    Or you could look at and say that 25% more people voted leave than voted remain (majority was 4% ... 4% of 48% is 25%) .... so you can spin numbers to make them look how you like.

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