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Comment Re:Uh... (Score 1) 343

If learning something that has had a lot of influence makes us better at a language, presumably we should all be learning Anglo-Saxon, to make us better at English. And maybe it would make us better at English (though I doubt it), but is it the most effective way to make us better?

Comment Re:government regulations (Score 1) 333

I don't know how it works in the USA, but in the UK if a store sells something that isn't what it claims to be (brand-name or not), the customer's contract is with the store and the store is liable. If the store was, in turn, defrauded by a supplier, the store can go after the supplier to recover whatever damages they had to pay the customer, plus legal costs, damages for loss of goodwill, and anything else they can throw at them.

The customer does have the option of taking the issue up with the supplier, but taking it up with the store saves the trouble of the customer having to work out where, in a supply chain that's probably invisible to them, the fraud took place.

Comment Re:Well duh.... (Score 1) 609

Yes, Norway is doing fine outside the EU. Mind you, Norway is in the EEA, so it is still subject to many EU rules, including free movement of people (having to be part of the Shengen area). I'm not sure that's quite what those pushing for a hard Brexit would want.

And that's the problem. Leave the EU? Well, fine - possibly. Leave on what basis? A Norway-style arrangement? A Switzerland-style one? A Canadian-style one? A basic WTO one? The majority in the referendum said they wanted something on that spectrum, but didn't say what (because there was no way to). Many of those who prefer remain would be content to leave with an arrangement like Norway's or Switzerland's, but those favouring a "hard Brexit" try to suppress any such discussion.

And actually, the UK wasn't doing particularly well before we joined the EU. We had economic growth, yes, but we were falling way behind our main competitors. That's pretty much why we joined.

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