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  1. So you are labelling 50% of the Austrian people as Nazis? An unpleasant racist view indeed.
    7 points
  2. Midlands Ice Age - you asked me for examples on where EU funding was allocated and I gave them. You may not consider them important or worthwhile but that does not detract from the investment that has occurred. South Yorkshire has benefited from £1bn of EU funding - that's not a figure you can overlook. Look closer to home at Birmingham - the ICC and Symphony Hall also received funding from the EU. Where would Birmingham be without them? The EU doesn't exist to alleviate pressure on schools - that is the responsibility of the UK government. The EU is not a scapegoat for our own self-inflicted problems. There are other countries with considerably more people in tighter spaces, who trundle along just fine - these countries tend to be a little smarter, when it comes to investing in vital infrastructure. For some reason, we in the UK do not consider that to be a priority. Probably doesn't help that we vote for political parties ideologically opposed to state funding You're right. Most areas of London have improved drastically. 50 years ago, Islington was a downtrodden dump. Today, it is one of the trendiest areas of the country. Hackney, Camden, Southwark, Lambeth and countless other areas have seen similar improvements. People are clamouring to live in these areas - nobody is clamouring to live in a dump like Clacton or Thanet. In fact, just about the worst/least desirable area of London is Havering - no surprise then that this area of London is full of poorly educated BNP-voting white British people. Romford is one of the most depressing towns in the UK - looks and feels like it's given up, in complete contrast to most of London, where cranes dominate the skyline. It joins the likes of Great Yarmouth, Ramsgate, Rochester and Basildon as towns that the 21st century forgot. Simple fact of the matter is, immigration has done more good than bad for most areas of London. Places like Hackney and Tower Hamlets were indeed full of knuckle-dragging East End wannabe gangster types, who have now thankfully decamped to Essex. They are now safer places to live as a result - less crime, less drugs. Even homelessness was on a path to nonexistence until the Tories got into power. Ethnic minorities have also contributed to London having the best schools in the country - because they perform better in GCSE exams. Better ethic you see. Immigrants move here, have kids, and encourage their children to pursue a life they didn't get to have in their country of origin. They're not ungrateful and see the opportunity they have. It seems most British people are very ungrateful and take living here for granted. If people are choosing to leave certain areas because too many brown people live there, that's their choice. Nobody has forced them to leave. I have absolutely no sympathy for them.
    7 points
  3. Well my mind is made up. Cutting through all the crap on both sides, the simple fact is that although the scare stories have been way ott, in economic terms there is only one option and that's to remain in the EU. That for me is the over-riding factor in this - it's no use having more control of x,y or z if the economy struggles, people are losing jobs etc etc. Particularly bearing in mind our indebtedness, and therefore lack of room for manouvre right now. My mind's also made up that from here on in, I'm going to believe even less of what falls out of any politicians mouth, as the number of 'facts' which turn out to be nowhere near factual spouted in this entire debate is a joke. I think they must honestly think most of us plebs are plainly too stupid to have a real factual debate. Shame really, but I have a feeling the next general election could give a slap to a number of them - the time is maybe ripe for a sensible new party (or set of parties) to emerge. And no, that doesn't mean UKIP!
    6 points
  4. Had a great view of that storm that passed by Milton Keynes last night. Lots of lightning and nearly constant thunder for quite a while. The skies afterwards were spectacular too. Took these ones from Whaddon, a really nice little bit of countryside just around the corner from MK. Great place for watching storms, although I probably wouldn't be standing by those power lines if there was one right overheard! Fingers crossed for more!
    6 points
  5. Interesting the obvious disappointment from 'British Patriots' (ahem) on social media, including here, that the Nazis didn't get a foot back in the door in the Austrian elections. So much for 'We fought and died to defeat them in the war' etc.
    6 points
  6. Well,didn't get a storm again today but came close and i will not moan as it's still early days yet what i did take advantage of though was some nice clouds to be had for taking pics of this little cb shooting up early this afternoon(zoomed in) to become a nice shower half our later and to my southeast another half hour later this scud become some type of wallcloud within minutes which i found was the most dramatic part of the day and to finish off,a couple more panoramic views of the same shower if you don't get the storms,get the pics
    6 points
  7. I had this conversation the other day. People dont feel like their concerns are being listened to regarding all immigration and people think rightly or wrongly that saying no to the eu will stop this of course it wont stop immigration from outside the eu but people cant seem to tell the difference and will do anything to try to stop migration on the scale it has been doing.
    5 points
  8. Firstly I do put the blame on No10, and as someone born and raised in the next door Borough, I have known Croydon and its surroundings for the last 50yrs. I am actually not having a go at anyone living there, but I am definitely being quite scathing when it comes to the demographics side of things. As a lad growing up around the area which has always had a cross section of rich and poor and everything in between. It has also had a diverse cultural community for many decades, which has lead to a number of problems which have never really been addressed. The riots were certainly one of them and that event itself has lead to many of the born and bread leaving for other areas, certainly away from central Croydon. The void continues to be filled by minority groups and this has lead to a fragmentation of the overall community, something I know to be happening in many other areas too. I have no problem with what I would call a proper multicultural mix in society, but we are not seeing that, we are seeing a wave sweeping across towns and cities changing, splitting and fragmenting once tight nit communities with more importantly a sense of belonging and ownership of that community. I think this is really serious issue that has simply been ignored by those in No10, its been magnified by recent EU policy on migration. No time at all has really been given to the question of integration with existing communities. The sense of belonging and ownership has gone, and this has damaged places such as Croydon.
    4 points
  9. You've misread what's been said, we did not say people who vote leave don't have an ounce of intelligence, what was said is that research concludes that people with degrees are more likely to vote to remain in the EU, whilst people who vote to leave are less likely to have advanced qualifications. This is not an insult to anyone voting leave, but commentary based on primary research.
    4 points
  10. Please be seated.
    4 points
  11. This is association bias. For example, I'm currently on a trade delegation trip to the middle east with people representing a range of Scottish businesses. Organised by Scottish Development International; a Scottish government agency. Unsurprisingly, everyone supports Scottish independence. Well, people who strongly support the UK are not going to promote Scotland overseas are they, so won't be interested in going on an SDI trade mission / wouldn't apply to come along. Happens easily. If I went to an Orange Lodge in Glasgow, I'm sure I'd find myself surrounded by pro-UK, UKIP voters by contrast. Hardly any of these in Glasgow, but you can find them grouped if you go looking.
    4 points
  12. Well tell that to all those who voted either of pro-banking/service tories or champagne socialist Labour candidates. It is very hard to blame the EU for things that our own government have done and openly admit to. Ironically your argument would surely be a positive to vote remain as to be frank an out vote will result in 3 whole years under total control of a right wing authoritarian conservative government.
    4 points
  13. Hmmm...... Nowt to do with Merkel trying to shore up her position in her homeland, as a result of last Summer's disasterous "You're all welcome" immigration stance that seems to have backfired on her? Call me an ageing cynic, but........
    4 points
  14. Angela Merkel has told President Erdogan of Turkey that the refugee deal promising Turks visa-free travel in the Schengen zone will be called off unless he reforms the country’s terror laws. The German chancellor and Turkish president met yesterday on the sidelines of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. It is the first time that Mrs Merkel and Mr Erdogan have met since Ahmet Davutoglu, the main architect of the two-month-old refugee deal, was removed as Turkish prime minister this month. Emerging from the meeting, Mrs Merkel said that she had expressed concern over the creeping violations of human rights and freedom of expression in Turkey and had told Mr Erdogan that the visa liberalisation part of the deal could not proceed unless Turkey reformed elements of its terror legislation in the coming weeks.
    4 points
  15. Cameron wouldnt get a polite handshake either in The Republic of Liverpool. Ever since Hatton and his cronies nearly bankrupt their own city, under the Labour Party banner, the scouse have remained fiercly independent minded and to this day claim to be 'persecuted' by the capitalists.
    4 points
  16. I have admiration for the french in this kind of thing, despite being in the wrong end of their actions on numerous occasions over the years. They always look after themselves first and others later, unlike us who do things completely the other way around. Moreover they have a very different approach in dealing with what the EU tells them, i.e they say the right things to their faces but pretty much stick two fingers up to them as soon as their back is turned, whereas we follow our orders to the letter even when detrimental to our own population....and no doubt nothing is going to change any time soon.
    4 points
  17. I would say it's revealing SS. The same people are heaping praise on Poland and Hungary too. These 2 countries in particular are going to have a choice to make soon. They seem to be heading in directions which are incompatible with continuing EU membership, I'm sure Vlad is paying a keen interest.
    4 points
  18. ..and of course we shouldn't genuinely forget in the heyday of the British manufacturing industry many years ago - ship building being just one example - higher education would not have been the norm for most families, so wasn't it the uneducated hard working class man that made this country such a succesful manufacturing ecomony at the time.
    3 points
  19. Relating to people with university degrees, maybe I might offer another hypothesis which also relates to where I live as well. When I was at university I had friends of various race and religion, and overall in terms of the student community it seemed that everyone integrated well despite a wide range of cultures within a small area. Given that immigration is a key point in this debate I wonder whether this harmony within the student community is one of the reasons why students or those recently qualified are more pro-remain than most other demographics. Looking at voting intentions, my region is one of the most strongly brexit regions in the country, but one area in this region sticks out like a sore thumb, Cambridge which is one of the most pro-EU areas in the country. Again my experience is that the cities has benefited very well from the mixing of cultures as well as being a very affluent part of the country. I may be wrong on this but these are a couple of observations I have seen.
    3 points
  20. Good quals and a uni education does not guarantee a better person. Common sense often does not come easy to those sorts. Plenty of head scratching by me in my 35+ years at work, after encountering new grads in the office. Think bubbles aplenty "Superior education? Hmm...."
    3 points
  21. why do you presume that all the rights will be strapped away? What if after we left, the right got better and better, due to less bureaucracy and interfering from the EU? I think long term and I can see a pretty bleak future if we don't make a stand for ourselves instead of relying on other countries who will always sell us down the river.
    3 points
  22. The Duke of Cornwall has entered the room. All rise.
    3 points
  23. This really is delusional stuff even by your standards. Polls on newspaper sites that are open to everyone to take part aren't weighted, its like the Daily Express running an EU poll and saying that's representative of the UK when its readership already are hugely in favour of leaving anyway.Twitter polls etc will always attract those more fired up and in this case its Outers. Pollsters reputations are reliant on not having undue bias. If we had believed social media then Scotland would have voted 80/20 for independence. And as for your first point that's what the polls show, education does play a factor in peoples views, the more educated you are the more likely you'll be for Remain and before you go into one that's what every single poll has shown, its not my opinion but based on facts.
    3 points
  24. I accept no one can research every fact and figure, but it's good to take the time to research the main points, from preferably unbiased publications. Everyone has the right to vote how they want of course, and they will do, but sometimes people just don't make a effort. I do not expressly necessarily trust big corporation and establishment, but the way I see it, is currently, my life is good, All of these supposed negatives don't cause me any issues, and as far as I know don't personally affect majority of people around me. I assume that in general, people are living fairly comfortable (not everyone), but yet it's these people complaining. If an exit from the EU is going to hurt the economy short term, then it's going to hurt me too. Ive recently moved away from home (last year), and currently I'm at a position where I'm comfortable to live alone, I have no chance of debt etc etc. However what if, as a result of leaving the EU and my workers rights get stripped away and minimum wage is decreased, I have to go and live back with my aging parents again - not fair on them is it? All because people decided to take a chance. It won't just be me either, tens of thousands of people will be affected too - and potentially people with families... how is that worth the risk?
    3 points
  25. And given that it is very important to their future that is why 16 & 17 year old's should have been included in the vote.
    3 points
  26. Why are we so deeply involved in the EU empire in the first place? Deep enough that half of us want to leave? The EU is s trade agreement, it wasn't supposed to be an empire. Why is Britain so crap now that we cannot take care of our own affairs, do you people really have so little faith in your own country and its people??
    3 points
  27. The polar vortex is strongly correlated with low surface air pressure and low surface air temperatures, so the relatively high temperatures certainly contributed to the lack of a strong polar vortex last winter. January also had an exceptionally negative Arctic Oscillation (high pressure over the North Pole) which also contributed. It raises an interesting question, if we're into an era of ridiculously warm Arctic winters, will the reduced polar vortex reduce the tendency for cyclogenesis and rampant westerlies? It didn't really work that way last winter, especially the exceptionally south-westerly-dominated November and December.
    3 points
  28. Just had a few words with farage outside Dudley Town Hall Bit like a rugby scrum outside there at the moment all very anti eu which is no surprise giving the area its in
    3 points
  29. Farge in Dudley Town Centre as we speak arrived on a opentop bus to loud applause http://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-news/2016/05/24/eu-referendum-nigel-farage-in-dudley-on-ukip-brexit-battle-bus/
    3 points
  30. Ah, the first signs of summer, one or other group in France goes on strike and blockades something. The French do insist on being...well...french. Although if the following is correct then maybe they have a point, of sorts... The union is aiming to cut output by half at the refineries and wants strikes to take place on train networks too, in an attempt to reverse labour laws that make it easier for companies to hire and fire staff. The new laws were forced through parliament without a vote earlier this month, after the government watered down its proposals. So much for democracy.
    3 points
  31. Eyes for Friday and Saturday, looking real good!
    3 points
  32. I went to Croydon today judging by the voices, I am not sure there is anyone there eligible to actually vote in EU referendum. Its a sort of a Syria, Beirut hint of Eastern European atmosphere, when you meet another English person you wonder if you should go up and hug them. And before anyone jumps on my back here, there is a serious point, places such as Croydon are seeing the inhabitants of old leave.
    3 points
  33. Heres the video of the last two bits of lightning and thunder from the storm, was going every few seconds at one point. Not bad for a may storm.
    3 points
  34. Summary would perhaps be, better the further NW one is in the 144-168 hour period? This summary from me seems the most likely 6-10 day pattern nicely illustrated by NOAA 6-10 below. http://www.cpc.noaa.gov/products/predictions/610day/500mb.php Much as Singularity quoted in his 1st paragraph shown below for the detail at the surface, still to be decided Growing support for a powerful ridge in our vicinity. Many (not all, I'm afriad) longer range products seem to indicate the upper levels of the troposphere lending strong support to a surface high centred somewhere in our part of the world as we head on into June.
    2 points
  35. Lone supercell riding the OFB ... for now! Just a question of waiting for things to fire further west
    2 points
  36. Corey Inmon has been driving round that cell for hours, as fast as he can to try to get some rotation going.
    2 points
  37. Growing support for a powerful ridge in our vicinity. Many (not all, I'm afriad) longer range products seem to indicate the upper levels of the troposphere lending strong support to a surface high centred somewhere in our part of the world as we head on into June. The big question is, can the low heights over Europe ease away to allow the ridge to settle over the UK by the end of the first week? In such a scenario there's some scope for a particularly dry period of a fortnight or so, hopefully warm too. It's been a long time since things last worked out that way, though!
    2 points
  38. Aha, quote button working. This is a very true observation. Some of the soft subjects offered at degree level education these days are really quite strange as well. Some of the younger students I came across when studying as a mature student were quite franky as thick as a brick.
    2 points
  39. Understand your point Nick. Regards.
    2 points
  40. Are lady golfers being allowed to vote in the referendum?
    2 points
  41. 'might' that word was missing, or it 'might' go the other way and life 'might' get better. you cannot live life fretting about all the bad things that 'might' happen, and yet you can live life hoping for the 'good'. Why not take a leap and try to make the world a better place instead of worrying about the ifs and buts? I'm university educated, have a reasonable job (although it's horticulture, so there's no money in it) I'd be prepared to take a hit for us being possibly stronger in the long run.
    2 points
  42. so you are saying they will, or just 'could' like every other argument in this debate?
    2 points
  43. I agree - the only ones who stand to gain from all this fracking malarkey are certain chums/relatives of Cameron and/or Osborne...Sod everyone else!
    2 points
  44. http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/uk-news/2016/05/23/protesters-vow-to-keep-on-fight-to-prevent-fracking-in-north-yorkshire/ There are a lot more companies that don`t give a damn about the countryside money money money, and there will be an awful lot more drills if this happens,but it won`t pay and probably cause earthquakes,but lets see how it goes. Di Keal, a Ryedale District Councillor, described the decision as "shocking and frankly outrageous" and said North Yorkshire County Council had "trampled on" the views of local people and "granted permission to a company that wants to industrialise Ryedale". Read more at http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/uk-news/2016/05/23/protesters-vow-to-keep-on-fight-to-prevent-fracking-in-north-yorkshire.
    2 points
  45. So people voting to remain are more informed then? And most voting out are ignorant of the workings of the EU? What an arrogant pathetic load of left wing drivel. I am at a complete loss to understand how the hell polls show that remain is in the lead. Every where I go people are voting out. If you look on facebook twitter You tube and all web sites which cover the whole of the UK all polls on these outlets are massively in favour of leave. All I can assume is that the polls being published are run by Downing Street. More lies. And yes most of the people on the web chat shows are really well informed on the EU.
    2 points
  46. You're blaming the wrong thing. Did the EU force UK governments to privatize everything and sell off the family silver. And do you really think it would be better with the free marketeers on steroids of Vote Leave?
    2 points
  47. Britain does take care of its own affairs, its nothing about having faith in your own country or its people.It's just accepting the reality of the world as it is now.
    2 points
  48. Divert 10% of EU funds to deal with refugee crisis, says Germany Development minister Gerd Müller also says EU’s mechanisms for responding to refugee crisis are not fit for purpose Germany wants to divert 10% of the EU budget towards dealing with the refugee crisis, after a lack of joined-up thinking exacerbated the challenges posed by irregular migration to Europe. The German development minister, Gerd Müller, said the EU’s current mechanisms for responding to the refugee crisis were not fit for purpose, and suggested appointing a special commissioner to lead a combined European refugee strategy, as well as other global humanitarian challenges. Getting a bit to big for their boots here the Germans, Invite them all in then make them a burden on all EU states http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/may/24/divert-10-of-eu-funds-refugee-crisis-germany-gerd-muller?CMP=twt_gu
    2 points
  49. Normal, we do it too. Doctor strikes, our own fuel embargo a few years back. Tubes. Trains. The power of unions was eaten into by thatcher but as yet not fully gone.
    2 points
  50. Most of them in work around here tend to send their money home in any case!!!! How many of them pay tax? According to official figures the whereabouts of about 50% of migrants is not known. How do you collect taxes from people who do not exist? So it will make little difference for a large proportion of the migarnts.. The imaginary money is actually about 10 billion a year (8 BILLION NET plus addons as decided by the EU) or have the leave campaign denied that is true as well!!! I still cannot see any immediate impact on day1. Are we not going to send our exports to the EU?. Are they not going to send us the goods we have ordered from them. As per Norway I think there will be a period of up to 2 years when things are left in limbo whilst new terms are agreed. If people do go home surely we will have achieved one of our objectives with less crowding in our homes, hospitals and schools. If you do not see that as a benefit then you do not understand the situation in other areas of the country... MIA
    2 points
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