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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a matter of record that I am no fan of Brexit - but having had the referendum and having decided as a nation to quit the EU I see little point in doing it in a half hearted way. It seems to me that the soft Brexit option of staying in the single market and customs union, leaves us in a position where we have no control over our boarders, continue to pay money to the EU, have no say in the decision making process and cannot negotiate trade agreements with non EU countries as we see fit. Surely this is the worst of all possible worlds? If this is indeed the case (and the jury has to be still out on this) then we would surely be better off with a hard Brexit supporting PM like Johnson or Rees Mog at the helm of our Brexit negotiations. In these terms, had Michael Give not stabbed Johnson in the back by suddenly and unexpectedly standing for the Tory party leadership against him, he (Johnson) would probably be PM now and we would be securing the future that the Brexiteer's voted for and not some halfway house that is in nobody's interests. Gove - you have much to answer for!

James Dyson, the entrepreneur and inventor was influential in many people's decision to vote for Brexit and is now pushing for a hard separation from the EU. He has said in interview that he thinks we should simply walk away from the discussions and forget the EU all together. What I have said above notwithstanding, well - he would wouldn't he. What James Dyson needs more than anything else is to be able to negotiate to sell his products globally at the best possible terms he can get, and this he cannot do if constrained by trade agreements with the EU. It seems that so much self interest pervades the comments made in the public arena on the Brexit issue that you have to look for hidden agendas in almost everything that is printed or broadcast on the subject.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"We made a bad decision so let's make sure we take the worst possible version of it."
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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You're joking right? Tell me you got the allusion... Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peter - The biggest advocates for any decisions made will be all about consideration for commercial advantage, and usually close to their own backyard. (Human nature....) Never more so than since the arrival of Trump as POTUS.

Skywier - I have been travelling domestically helping an old colleague bring some people and process together. I spent a long time running large operations and have some respect in my industry, which is nice to call on from time to time. Dont mean to sound so cryptic, but I'd hate my privacy to be invaded courtesy of a clever google seasch.

Home for a couple of hot summer days (35c today and cloud cover.)

Thinking of Chruchill, didnt he just "Love" a war? I havent checked with sources on him for a long time, but he was always happiest when his military experience and leadership were required. Isnt that just human nature? (to feel needed i mean).

I wonder what history will say about Trump? His demeanour antagonises me.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Oh, I get that. Very Happy I struggle to even listen to the man talk.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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His demeanour antagonises me.


Oh, I get that. Very Happy I struggle to even listen to the man talk.

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I'm the last one to criticise anyone for protecting their privacy Wink When I was working I did the same Wink

Fun times though .. I am sure Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think SRD should check into Cleveland Cavaliers coming out with "the Land" jerseys Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Samrw3 That's a crazy basketball shirt! Just needs a staff shooting fireballs!

Well today is Friday in my world, but it feels like a Saturday. That's because I am home - and paying for that last glass of wine and sticky blue cheese which I shouldn't have had late last night. It was all strategic of course knowing I am travelling again next week.

There has been stuff in world news which has really bugged me out lately, but time has dulled my passion and emotion to those things which I have a view on but cant really make any difference to. Time and my dear missus telling me there are more practical things staring at me which need attending to............ And I once thought I was the next Robin Williams in a Batman suit.

Having said that, I am not ready to live every day unshaven, wearing only my dressing gown, reading newspapers or history texts and on a diet of cigarettes and coffee..... Though I think it sounds like fun! My wife has other more practical ideas of course. While she says I sound like a dirty old man with the unshaven dressing gown thing, I claim its an artistic right! For some reason I get eye rolls.

....but maybe the fact i am losing interest means something big is about to happen or I am just getting old. While I am not quite ready for retirement, the front veranda/porch with a guitar and a laptop is starting to look good.

Then again, maybe its the hangover talking?

There is always hope! Best I go now and water the gaillardias before the sun gets too high! Yes, yes, the vege patch has already been done....
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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live every day unshaven, wearing only my dressing gown, reading newspapers or history texts and on a diet of cigarettes and coffee..... Though I think it sounds like fun!

No Kizza - it sounds like Heaven! Throw in the odd foray into Skyrim and you have a good picture of me anyway (complete with hangover!) Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds pretty damn good to me. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amen brothers Wink

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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My wife has other more practical ideas of course.


Yes wives are good like that Wink

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Best I go now and water the gaillardias before the sun gets too high! Yes, yes, the vege patch has already been done....
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In a online news site a day or two ago it was reported that PM May had refused to rule out that all or parts of the NHS would be placed on the market if that was what was required to secure a post-Brexit trade deal with the USA. This, on the face of it, hugely significant piece of news was however conspicuous by its absence both on the television news reports and in the press the following day. The story did receive some coverage on The Guardian and The Independent online sites, but little elsewhere and I was led to wondering if the reason it had not been splashed cover-to-cover was that it was "fake news" (to coin a phrase I'm not over keen on).
Clearly such a story would immensely benefit the Remainer position in the Brexit debate - if our cherished NHS would have to be sacrificed on the alter of securing future trade deals - so could this faction of the 'movers and shakers' behind the scenes be responsible for the story? Was it a big story that was being suppresed by pro Brexit elements in the media? Trump had of course a few days earlier stuck his oar into the water by saying that the British health service was a mess - so had this been a preliminary feeler to guage the possibilities of introducing some American input into the system; indeed, had he and May already spoken in these terms privately. May of course, when questioned, stated explicitly and unequivocally her support for 'free at the point of service' health care in the UK - but she would, wouldn't she, and I look at this in the same way as I would the fox stating his universal care for the wellbeing of chickenkind.

In a different, but related story we are told that George Soros is financing a huge behind the scenes movement to overturn Brexit, so if you ask me what all of this means I can only answer that I haven't a clue! But one thing I do know; there is a battle going on in the establishment, one of vested interest and selfish intent in which the future well-being of the British people is given small significance - small significance indeed!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, but that's always the way Peter. We all know the golden rule...

...He who has the gold makes the rules... Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The media is all over the Oxfam prostitution story and rightly so - it's a horrible abuse of trust. But is it that big a story? Could there be other reasons for generating a fresh 'moral panic' that soaks up public attention over the coming weeks, reasons other than a true disgust at the dispicable behaviour of some rotten apples in an otherwise healthy barrel. You decide.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Home ownership in the UK within the 30 - 35 y.o. age group has fallen significantly from 66 percent in 1993 to 25 percent currently. Rising house prices and stagnating wages account for much of this fall, so it is no surprise to learn that in a further example of rising inequality, high wage earners within the group have seen their percentage remain the same as in 1993 where the middle and low earning sectors have exhibited dramatic falls higher than the overall average.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was a recent article in the local paper about how one needs to be making over $300K/yr to buy a median-priced house around here.

There was another recent article about how people in high-paying positions at Google and Facebook and whatnot - people who are usually described as being near the top of the financial food chain around here - can't afford to buy homes.

So who is buying them? That part always gets left out.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha, with the exchange rate, you can buy a huge house here for the same price as a 2 bedroom London flat. Very Happy

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Av - with London property prices what they are you can buy a huge property where I live for the price of a London two bedroom flat! Laughing
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