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Kirkup, James

Politischer Redakteur beim Daily Telegraph

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The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | 13/07/2015

Childish talk of coup on Twitter

Under the hashtag #thisisacoup, Twitter users are describing the agreement on a new bailout package as an attempted coup and are particularly critical of Germany's behaviour vis-à-vis Greece. The conservative Daily Telegraph dismisses such views: "Here's a quick Politics 101 lesson for the #thisisacoup mob: Greece is not a direct democracy. It is a representative one. That means that the Greek people elect their governments to make decisions on their behalf. Referendums are not binding in Greece. … Yes, Greece is under a lot of pressure to accept another bailout, and some of the conditions being attached to that bailout are stupidly harsh. But that is not the same thing as Greece being compelled by force to accept. If the Greek people do not like the deal that their current government is about to accept, they can sack that government and get another one ... This is not a coup. Anyone who thinks it is should grow up and join the real world."

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | 27/11/2014

Tax sovereignty for Scots threatens UK

After the referendum on Scottish independence the British government plans to transfer income tax powers to Edinburgh. The reform, announced on Thursday, raises many sensitive questions and could reinforce the struggle for independence, the conservative paper The Daily Telegraph writes: "Could Scots MPs, whose constituents were no longer affected by the tax policy of the UK Treasury, go on voting on Finance Bills? Could a Scottish MP then be chancellor, or PM and First Lord of the Treasury? Meanwhile Scots would no longer pay directly for UK institutions like the Armed Forces. Give Scotland full control of tax and the United Kingdom starts to look rather less united. ... The Scots are still drifting away from the rest of us, and today's events may even give them another push."

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