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Daniel Finkelstein
Times columnist, Conservative member of the House of Lords and father of three.
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James Melville Apr 21
Credit to who exposes the flaws in Nigel Farage’s anti-immigration / anti-EU argument and leaves him floundering during his own show on LBC.
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Daniel Finkelstein 2h
Fine, if that’s how you feel. It’ll be remain for me then. But if we leave (which we ought as we voted to do so) it must be with the deal.
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Daniel Finkelstein 13h
Yes and I support leaving provided we agree the deal. We aren’t leaving with no deal however big your capital letters. UNDERSTAND?
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Daniel Finkelstein 23h
deal. And he is one of the 17.4m. The reason who I can neither reply nor prove you wrong over the idea that leave voters didn’t know what they were voting for is that you invented that. I neither said it nor think it. Ok?
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Daniel Finkelstein 23h
First of all, you absolutely did accuse me of regarding myself as your superior. Second, I repeat that I did not say leave voters did not know what they were voting for. I did say that they did not all vote for no deal. Michael Gove, for instance, is passionately opposed to no...
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Daniel Finkelstein 24h
Replying to @rcolvile
Yes exactly.
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Sanaa Apr 19
When you’ve had it with men
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Daniel Finkelstein Apr 22
I did not say either that leave voters did not know what they were voting for nor did I (or would I ever) call anyone a pleb. This pathetic self pitying lie that anyone claims to be your superior is a disgrace. Why not try making a proper argument.
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Daniel Finkelstein Apr 21
Sure. I understand your position. It’s not mine but I understand yours. All the best
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Daniel Finkelstein Apr 21
I understand that. But we did have referendum. I’d like to deliver the outcome but they have sabotaged it.
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Daniel Finkelstein Apr 21
No. She doesn’t regard it as a bad deal. Neither do I. The referendum did not provide a mandate for no deal. Even your campaign’s convenor regards no deal as a disaster.
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Daniel Finkelstein Apr 21
That doesn’t take into account the deleterious consequences of holding a referendum and fail to implement the result.
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Daniel Finkelstein Apr 21
Replying to @neilwallis1
No I didn’t (I think but forgive me if I have misunderstood you!) I was pointing out that it may not be realistic to threaten no deal. If your BATNA is too bad and the other side knows it you can’t threaten it. So it isn’t a useful tactic in all negotiations. Including this one.
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Daniel Finkelstein Apr 21
Replying to @dochormone
That’s another way of saying it but you can use either.
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Daniel Finkelstein Apr 21
Replying to @neilwallis1
So let me give you an eg. You go and ask your employer for more money. The key is your BATNA. Don’t threaten to walk unless you can live with your BATNA.
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Daniel Finkelstein Apr 21
Replying to @neilwallis1
The nub is something called you BATNA, your best alternative to a negotiated agreement. Both sides have those. Sometimes they try and fool the other side about strong their BATNA is, but this wasn’t really an option.
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Daniel Finkelstein Apr 21
Replying to @neilwallis1
That is actually not true. I thought it was too, but then I did a lot of studying of negotiation theory and rather to my surprise realised it wasn’t.
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Daniel Finkelstein Apr 21
the referendum didn’t provide a mandate for no deal. A new election is unlikely to provide a majority for no deal. No opinion poll shows a majority for no deal. So let’s just do Brexit on the terms we agreed. Or you may not get Brexit. And to be clear, I’m for delivering it.
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Daniel Finkelstein Apr 21
a no deal Brexit. This is so stunningly clear that it amazes me so many can’t accept it. There is no parliamentary majority for no deal. There was no electoral majority for no deal at the last election (every party supported a deal, Labour explicitly ruled out no deal)...
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Daniel Finkelstein Apr 21
There are two problems with this. First, no deal is not sustainable and in the end we will have a deal this the long term benefits you envisage won’t be forthcoming. But second and critically, to get Brexit through you need to accept a deal. Because there isn’t a majority for...
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