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The Economist’s country of the year: Uruguay

Thursday, December 26th 2013 - 07:51 UTC
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  • ChrisR

    For many years I used to have a subscription to The Economist.

    I got fed up with the double-faced articles and wishy-washy gutless writing of their “experts”, and this is a prime example of the genre.

    Most regular readers on here will know of my disappointment with this old commie and the attributes that The Economist have highlighted are in fact serious failures at the diplomatic level.

    I will make one prediction and it is an obvious one: the drug business will carry on despite the new law if only for the reason that everybody has to get licensed (cost to be announced) and will forever be known as a dope head in their community. This coupled with the gangsters dropping their prices will finish it of.

    Still, he will be out of the presidency soon and good riddance.

    Dec 26th, 2013 - 09:41 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DennisA

    “Gay marriage is one such border-crossing policy, which has increased the global sum of human happiness at no financial cost.”

    Increased happiness in one (minority) section of the world community, has been more than counterbalanced by the extreme unhappiness of those taking the opposing view.

    Dec 26th, 2013 - 09:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    Oh dear....
    If I didn't live where I live or where I spend the other 6 months of the year I would pick Uruguay.... and yes I have visited both it and most of the other countries of the world that have a sea coast and many that don't.

    You could do a whole lot worse......

    Gay marriage? .... I couldn't give a monkey's either way but can not for the life of me see why people taking the opposing view would be so very very unhappy... most of them are probably Catholic... and with the Catholic hierarchy being a hotbed of illicit arse banditry it makes no sense at all.

    Dec 26th, 2013 - 10:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Bongo


    Maybe so many people are unhappy about gay marriage because they wonder what will come next. Polygamous marriages? Incestuous marriages? How long before those wrongs become a right just because some vocal minority wants to be 'happy'?

    You have also made an assumption that most of those opposed are probably Catholics and immediately taken a pop at the church, as your ilk are prone to do. The worst hotbed of sexual scandal in the UK in recent times is arguably the BBC but that doesn't stop millions watching Eastenders.

    Dec 26th, 2013 - 11:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GALlamosa

    #3 Ah yes, but for the moment it is only permitted. Wait until it becomes compulsory, and then you will have something to complain about.

    Dec 26th, 2013 - 11:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 4 Bongo

    Well you have “immediately taken a pop at the other, non-topic related sexual offences, as your ilk are prone to do” (to throw your charge back at you with your own words).

    May I remind you that the BBC male perverts were focussing on young girls and women, not on boys by “men” in dresses? It doesn’t make it better, but just how low can the RCC go when it has the likes of you in the “flock”?

    You and your “ilk” cannot tackle homosexuality without displaying hypocritical levels of bigotry when the WORLD’S group of boy fancying homosexuals are the “priests” of the RCC which is a fact.

    I am an atheist, as you well know and not homosexual, and abhor the sexual perverts hiding AND being defended by the RCC until the new Pope really gets going. I am confident he will have the balls off these despicable people and get rid of the Cardinals, et al who have sheltered them.

    And YOU are pointing the finger at two people who love each other and want to get married.

    You sick, depraved, Roman Catholic.

    Dec 26th, 2013 - 12:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anglotino

    Well I'm gay and it gives me the greatest pleasure that I upset people like DennisA and Bongo.

    And if you don't like gay marriage then I suggest you don't have one.

    You can enjoy your boring religion and I'll just enjoy cock - which is far from boring.

    Dec 26th, 2013 - 02:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob

    Meanwhile, in the land of Argentina, pretend inflation is at 10.5% when the real figure is 26% and the country has recently dropped 4 places down to 106th position in the Global Transparency Index.

    Dec 26th, 2013 - 04:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    Haha, brilliant post. Governments everywhere are starting to cotton on. Most gay men and women are intelligent professional people that don't claim benefits, have huge disposable incomes and contribute enormously in all aspects of society.
    The catholic church's refusal to move with the times will be its undoing.

    Dec 26th, 2013 - 04:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • slattzzz

    aah the catholic church that bastion of all things right and good, what a bunch of double standard arse bandits $150,000 to the relief aid to the Philippines when Britain puts in 75 million plus what the general public contributed, the most documented man made religion this world has ever seen and idiots fall for it.

    Dec 26th, 2013 - 05:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Faz

    This just shows that the Economist isnt worth reading. If these are the criteria that it judges nations on.....? ###$¡! How pathetic.

    Dec 26th, 2013 - 06:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • brasherboot

    Uruaguay = vaginal discharge

    Dec 26th, 2013 - 06:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • redp0ll

    If the preceeding comments reflect the standard of debate for 2014, good luck to you squabblers whether senile or juvenile - and goodbye

    Dec 26th, 2013 - 07:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    My deapest respects for at least having the decency.
    Feliz año.

    Dec 26th, 2013 - 07:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mr Ed

    Does anyone bother to read the Economist, or does it exist only for other journalists to quote to 'sound clever'? I see it in railway station and airport newsagents up and down the UK, but it never seems to sell out (or at all). Perhaps its figures for 'circulation' include an estimate of the number of people who pass through a railway station and might have seen it from afar when buying some mints, or some other such optimistic reckoning.

    Dec 26th, 2013 - 08:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Vestige

    Sorry Slatzz 150,000 seems way off.

    I have it from reliable sources of 1 million for the Phillipines from my own areas Catholic church alone.

    Dec 28th, 2013 - 03:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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