Opinions from diplomats

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Lord Green of Deddington, Founding chairman of MigrationWatch UK

EU migration, taken as a whole, is not making the positive fiscal contribution that has so often been claimed.
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Alan Keyes,

The Assault Weapons Ban deals with a fictional distinction. You have guns that are exactly the same guns as are banned, in function, that were banned because of the way they look. And you know, that's the whole truth of this policy: it's to make politicians look as if they are doing something, when in point of fact, they are doing nothing.
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Benjamin Netanyahu,

agrees Surrogacy
Single mother have the right to the surrogacy process, but single fathers don’t have that right. It simply isn’t fair.
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Bill Clinton,

disagrees Electronic voting
Until we get this [electronic voting] straightened out, every state should go to some sort of paper ballot system.
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John Sawers, Former M16 chief

disagrees Electronic voting
The more things that go online, the more susceptible you are to cyberattacks.
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Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Former President of Brazil

After decades of overflights, interdictions, spraying and raids on jungle drug factories, Latin America remains the world's largest exporter of cocaine and marijuana. It is producing more and more opium and heroin. It is developing the capacity to mass produce synthetic drugs. Continuing the drugs war with more of the same is ludicrous.
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Jimmy Carter, American politician, 39th president of the united states (in office from 1977 to 1981)

disagrees Electronic voting
Technology is being introduced into electoral processes to promote efficiency, but it also moves voting and counting into the unobservable digital realm. In the Netherlands, electronic voting has been abandoned amid concerns about foreign interference in elections. During the 2016 presidential campaign in the United States, Russian hackers broke into the Democratic National Committee’s email syste... See More
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Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the UK from 1997 to 2007

Does it instil respect and understanding, an open mind, open to inquiry, at ease with diversity, ready to learn more about other faiths? Or does it create a closed mind, a mindset vulnerable to fear, distrust and coercion, a world where “error has no rights”? In short is it good religion or bad religion? I believe the overwhelming number of our faith schools fall into the first category. They p... See More
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John Kerry, American politician, former United States Secretary of State and former senator from Massachusetts

People are investing in it, it’s serious amounts of money and it’s got value so it’s going to be talked about.
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Bruno Le Maire, French politician and former diplomat

disagrees Cryptocurrencies
We believe there may be new opportunities arising from the tokens and the technologies behind them... However, tokens could pose substantial risks for investors and can be vulnerable to financial crime without appropriate measures. In the longer run, potential risks in the field of financial stability may emerge as well.
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Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director

disagrees Cryptocurrencies
It's clearly a domain where we need international regulation and proper supervision.
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Madeleine Albright, US Secretary of State (Bill Clinton)

There have always been new ways of communication to contend with (for example the cassette recordings of Polish solidarity leader Lech Walesa’s speeches that were spread from factory to factory). So technology can very much be democratizing. The question is how we can use technology to increase the democratizing governance aspect instead of dealing with the fact that people often have the wrong in... See More
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Hillary Clinton, US presidential candidate

We can’t fall into the trap set up by the gun lobby that says if you cannot stop every shooting you shouldn’t try to stop any
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Erik Solheim, Executive director of UN Environment

agrees Carbon Tax
The profit of destroying nature or polluting the planet is nearly always privatized, while the costs of polluting the planet or the cost of destroying ecosystems is nearly always socialized. That cannot continue.
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James Baker, American attorney and statesman

agrees Carbon Tax
You can't look at this as a tax, even though the word 'tax' is used
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George Shultz, American economist, statesman, and businessman

agrees Carbon Tax
There has to be a way to level the playing field and cause those forms of energy to bear their true costs. That means putting a price on carbon.
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Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia since 2006

agrees Basic Income
The rapid replacement of jobs by machines/artifical intelligence will lead to the need for a Universal Basic Income.
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Hillary Clinton, US presidential candidate

We talk about drought-resistant seeds, and I’ve promoted them all over Africa. By definition, they have been engineered to be drought-resistant, I mean that’s the beauty of them. Maybe somebody can get their harvest done and not starve, and maybe there’s some left over to sell.
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José Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD

disagrees Brexit
We [the OECD] made a whole series of calculations and we came out saying Brexit is a tax ... It's equivalent to roughly missing on one month's income within four years and then it carries on ... and there's a consistent loss.
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Bill Clinton,

disagrees Brexit
It’s Northern Ireland that will really get whacked if Britain withdrew from the European Union.
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Pierre Pettigrew, Former Canadian trade minister, 1999-2003

disagrees Brexit
If it votes to leave, Britain will find itself with no access to the EU market, nor any other … A post-Brexit UK would face a very different set of conditions imposed by its erstwhile EU partners.
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David Miliband, Former Labour Foreign Secretary, President & CEO of the International Rescue Committee

disagrees Brexit
Quitting Europe means giving up on our alliances. It means forsaking our position at the negotiating table and abandoning our international responsibilities: unilateral political disarmament.
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Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director

disagrees Brexit
It is bound to be a negative on all fronts. For those that stay, because there are fewer of them, and for those who go, because they lose the benefit of facilitation of exchange.
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Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations

Clock is ticking toward climate catastrophe
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Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations

Clock is ticking toward climate catastrophe
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Hillary Clinton, US presidential candidate

disagrees Brexit
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Winston Peters, New zealand politician

agrees Brexit
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John R. Bolton, American lawyer and diplomat

agrees Brexit
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Peter Carington, 6th Baron Carrington, British conservative politician

disagrees Brexit
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John Sawers, Former M16 chief

disagrees Brexit
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Edward Peck, American diplomat

disagrees Brexit
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George Shultz, American economist, statesman, and businessman

disagrees Brexit
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Richard Morningstar, American diplomat

disagrees Brexit
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John Kerry, American politician, former United States Secretary of State and former senator from Massachusetts

disagrees Brexit
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Paul Gallagher, Roman catholic archbishop

disagrees Brexit
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Bob Carr, 39th premier of new south wales and current minister for foreign affairs

disagrees Brexit
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Børge Brende, Norwegian politician

disagrees Brexit
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Julie Bishop, Australian politician

disagrees Brexit
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Kofi Annan, 7th secretary-general of the united nations

disagrees Brexit
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Javier Solana, Spanish politician

disagrees Brexit
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Rory Stewart, British politician, academic, author, diplomat and documentary maker

disagrees Brexit
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Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the UK from 1997 to 2007

disagrees Brexit
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Michèle Alliot-Marie, French politician

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John Baird, Canadian politician

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Laurent Fabius, Prime minister of france

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Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the UK from 1997 to 2007

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Carl Bildt, Swedish politician, prime minister between 1991-1994, foreign minister between 2006-2014

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John Negroponte, American diplomat

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Joseph C. Wilson, American ambassador

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Barry B. White, American diplomat

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