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Lord Green of Deddington, Founding chairman of MigrationWatch UKEU migration, taken as a whole, is not making the positive fiscal contribution that has so often been claimed.
disagrees Assault weapons should be bannedThe 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.
Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Former President of Brazil
agrees Legalise recreational drugsAfter 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.
Jimmy Carter, American politician, 39th president of the united states (in office from 1977 to 1981)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
Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the UK from 1997 to 2007
agrees State-funded faith schoolsDoes 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
Bruno Le Maire, French politician and former diplomat
disagrees CryptocurrenciesWe 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.
Madeleine Albright, US Secretary of State (Bill Clinton)
disagrees Social media threaten democracyThere 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
Hillary Clinton, US presidential candidateWe 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.
David Miliband, Former Labour Foreign Secretary, President & CEO of the International Rescue CommitteeQuitting 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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