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Nicholas Whyte
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Husband, father of three, Irish, European, UK, Belgian citizen, liberal, political analyst, science fiction fan, psephologist, lapsed medievalist, aspiring polyglot.
Husband, father of three, Irish, European, UK, Belgian citizen, liberal, political analyst, science fiction fan, psephologist, lapsed medievalist, aspiring polyglot.

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Doubke Deckers reunite in Bristol!

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Who really won the 2014 European election?

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My colleague Theo Moore's analysis.

To my Irish friends and relatives voting on Friday:

We have had marriage equality in Belgium since 2003, and the world has failed to end. My son, who is 15, cannot remember a time when his teachers and his friends' parents and our neighbours were not free to marry whoever they loved. I think of the loving families I know - Eileen and Jo, Michelle and Elke, Patricia and Evie, Nikki and Kim, Julie and Marie, Patrick and Ramy, Charles and Hervé, Luke and Chris, and all of their children; and I wonder why people are frightened of love? (And why those who claim that they have concerns about the children don't seem as worried about protecting children from bad heterosexual parenting as they are about protecting them from good same-sex parenting.)

Less than twenty years ago, divorce was still illegal in Ireland. (The referendum passed in November 1995 but it took another year to implement.) Until the state recognised the reality of how many of its people lived, those families were told by the constitution that their family life was flawed and fake. Ireland has the same choice now, whether to acknowledge the aspirations of thousands of its own citizens to get no more than the rest already have, or to tell them that their love is worth less than other people's. It seems a pretty clear choice to me.

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I've reached level 10 as an #Ingress agent.
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