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  • Comment on: Paul Finch: Why I'm voting for Brexit

    Number Five's comment 18 September, 2019 4:37 pm

    If you want us to go into the poison pen letter box, you should at least grant us the ability to write in green ink. It is entirely valid for us to write under a nom-de-plum and even encouraged by this journal. Our real identity is irrelevant, and your response shows that you have no valid argument or response for your weak arguments and outlandish opinions.

    With the benefit of hindsight, I think that even you will admit that your views in this article, penned in early 2016, were completely abhorrent. As you are so keen on medieval religious analogies, I suggest that you don a horsehair shirt and commence a barefoot pilgrimage to Brussels, to atone for your many sins.

  • Comment on: TV architect George Clarke launches ‘disruptive’ housing design degree

    Number Five's comment 18 September, 2019 4:23 pm

    I hope this is not another bogus 'foundation year'?

  • Comment on: Paul Finch: Why I'm voting for Brexit

    Number Five's comment 18 September, 2019 12:42 pm

    The is a weak and tenuous argument, once again, from this journalist. Architecture does not exist in a vacuum and the political context can not be ignored. The analogy of Brexit to the Reformation is a completely fallacious and reckless one. Does this entail that the 50% of the voting population who voted leave will be hunted down like recusants and burnt at the stake for heresy?! Placards in Parliament Square have already branded remainers as traitors.

    In terms of lessons from history the more relevant period is far more recent than the medieval one. Although both the Maybot’s and Bojo’s attempt to use ‘Henry VIII powers’ (royal prerogative) take us back to the 16th Century and the absolute power of monarchs. The Civil War was fought to establish the nascent phase of democracy, and succeeded in wresting power from the king to parliament. Parliament is sovereign and must decide what is in the best interests of the country (as it did in 1972). The subsequent ‘first referendum’ was merely a confirmatory vote for approval only, with no legal power. As the 2016 referendum vote was, which should have had a super-majority caveat for it to be taken remotely seriously as a opinion (as the 1975 referendum had).

    Referendums breed the tyranny of the tiny majority and were avoided for that reason in ancient democratic civilisations. The more recent historical lessons we need to heed now are from Nazi Germany. Adolf Hitler rose to power on the back of referendums and the proroguing of parliament. The EU is the biggest peace project ever attempted by humanity. We need to stay in and reform this peace project, as exit will result in civil war and wider armed conflict. Bojo is a dictator and not a liberator.

  • Comment on: Alan Dunlop reveals Celtic crossing concept image

    Number Five's comment 14 September, 2019 8:47 am

    Yes, why not have a ferry, which is a sort of moving pontoon bridge?

  • Comment on: Boris Johnson asks for feasibility study into Northern Ireland-to-Scotland bridge

    Number Five's comment 13 September, 2019 1:13 pm

    According to James Duncan of Edinburgh, who is a retired offshore engineer "Many long bridges have been built, but none across such a wide, deep and stormy stretch of water. For a great part of the 22-mile route the water is more than 1,000 feet deep. It would require about 30 support towers at least 1,400 feet high to carry the road deck across the deepest part and above the shipping channel. In total the bridge would require 54 towers, of heights never achieved anywhere in the world.

    In addition, the trickiest section, Beaufort Dyke, was used for many years from 1946 to dump obsolete munitions. The Ministry of Defence estimates the total dumped at more than 1.5m tons. There are no maps of the locations.

    No sane contractor or responsible government would consider building such a bridge, and because of the weather conditions it would probably have to be closed for considerable periods if it did. The proposal is just another thoughtless soundbite. This is typical of Johnson. He simply does not have the seriousness to lead the country."

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