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Carrying on from the previous poll on VT on the same matter, I thought it would be good to see (particularly as the polls have swung so much between leave/remain) how our board, as a limited cross-section of society, would vote in the referendum. As the polls have swung so much, it made sense to me for this to be left open until the very last day so that people can change their minds. This is "poll only" as there is already a debate occurring in another thread.
Not sure if many of you guys have been keeping an eye on this situation, but it has been riveting and totally unbelievable. I'll see if I can find an article about it that I read and was staggering. I'll post it when I find it. Until then, here's a quick CNN vid with Glenn Greenwald giving the low down on all the dirty deeds. There is a tragedy about Brazil, it seems like it's in their national psyche. They should be a powerhouse and political player on the globe scene, but they can never get their act together. And now we see some dodgy people with dodgy agendas trying to potentially overthrow the government, with some pro-military dictatorship rhetoric being tossed around by prominent politicians. Very dangerous times for Brazil. Plus with the Zica virus and Olympics coming up things are looking grim indeed. video
Thought about putting this in the history thread, but it's as much current affairs, and I thought it was worth one of its own. Mods feel free to move it if you disagree. I kind of owe my existence to the Easter Rising. My Dad's family were Catholic Dubliners, and left Ireland in 1916 for Merseyside, simply to escape the whole Black-and-Tan shitstorm that was kicking off. He was 12 at the time. He moved to Birmingham for work during WWII, met my Mum (Brummie, C of E), and here I am. What with that background, and the fact that I'm a history graduate, this centenary is of some interest to me. I know we have a lot of Irish Villa fans on this site, so I'd be interested to know their take on the whole thing - in terms of the history itself, the changing attitudes to it, the way it is being commemorated, and the likelihood of political/terrorist activity in the next few week. . There was a fascinating discussion with a bunch of Irish historians on Radio 4's "Start the Week" this morning. I strongly recommend a listen for anyone who's interested in the subject. 45 minute programme. Start the Week (BBC iPlayer)