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    http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blo...cricket-legacy

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    I meant to post this when i saw it weeks ago

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-s...-idUSKCN1BQ2MZ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    Kind of hard to fathom just how stupid this is by Rajoy et al
    The spirit of Franco is alive and well.


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    Wow, that is disgusting

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    Looks pretty awful.

    Have been in Madrid the last few days and there was a pretty big protest in the square by where we were staying, hard to tell exactly what was going on but it was all quiet by the time we got back from the football.

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    Quote Originally Posted by straw man View Post
    Wow, that is disgusting
    Yes, but they are merely Catalan Supremacists who have no intrinsic moral right to border themselves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    Kind of hard to fathom just how stupid this is by Rajoy et al
    true belief in the sanctity of Spain, etc
    A follower of the schools of Machiavelli, Bentham, Locke, Hobbes, Sutcliffe, Bradman, Lindwall, Miller, Hassett, Benaud and Thunberg

    I had a glimpse of Eureka
    Chewing me up, chewing me up and spitting me out

    -jected, I was rejected
    I wasn't good enough to be elected
    Lava, it was like lava
    Moving through my body like fire

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    I think the Spanish government really ****ed up here.

    The catalan separatist movement was in the minority before they to decided to send in the police to bash the **** out of peaceful voters.

    I think the whole separatist movement is fairly stupid but Madrid has just handled this so poorly
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    Kind of hard to fathom just how stupid this is by Rajoy et al
    Unbelievably dumb

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    I am interested to see how the rest of Europe responds to the actions of Spain considering the number of these sort of small independance movements in a number of countries.
    "The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they’ve found it."

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    Grecian's pals over at "the state" performing admirably here.

    Down with this sort of thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenZA View Post
    I am interested to see how the rest of Europe responds to the actions of Spain considering the number of these sort of small independance movements in a number of countries.
    Macron is busy with Marseilles, Rutte sent an imploration for dialogue (get on with talking with CU then!), and who knows wtf is happening in Eastern Europe.

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    I just don't understand what the Spanish government's play is here. By all reports independence wouldn't have won a proper referendum so what are they so scared of?

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    It's a really weird play from Madrid.

    From what I understand, there was a whole host of issues with the voting itself and I think Madrid may have feared an exaggerated result in favour of independence. A lot of these independence movements are simply cash grabs so that might have played into their decision making.

    Honestly, Madrid should have simply outlaid the political and economical realities of what independence would mean for Catalonia and tell them to get ****ed. Catalonians seem to live in a fantasy land where they think they can gain complete political independence but still retain the economic benefits of being part of Spain.

    This doesn't even get into the argument that the lucky state, who directly benefited from Franco, should do its fair share to help out the less fortunate southern states

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