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  1. Why on earth would I be embarrassed? Merely pointing out a pretty huge error by you. The figure in itself was always meaningless and being so far in the future made it moreso. It may be right, it's probably wrong, but the fact that we'll be much worse off than we would have been, is almost certainly correct.
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  2. Another example of Labour working against Scotland as thanks for voting Labour... This licensing regime was introduced as a 'market reform' by New Labour. Prior to these changes, both pre and post privatisation Scottish Hydro Electric had the cheapest electricity tariffs in the UK. The power for the North was generated in the North, but now even power produced and consumed locally is subject to these fees, thus the former North of Scotland Hydro Board area now has the most expensive tariffs. Scottish Hydro Electric and Scottish Power were also fully vertically integrated utilities, they
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  3. So do you consider that this outcome is the result of a winning ploy? "In the EU case, there are at least 27 other parties involved, each with a veto. The Bloomberg survey makes clear that post-Brexit negotiations will be a game of 27-dimensional chess. Theresa May won’t be able simply to stitch together a deal with Angela Merkel. She’ll have to accommodate, say, Spain’s wish for joint sovereignty over Gibraltar or Denmark’s desire for reciprocal fishing access. The eastern European states will demand that Britain make a financial contribution to the EU in return for privileged single mar
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  4. Hi everyone, well the rather dry summer continues with the only notable rainfall event in recent weeks being 20mm on Monday 1st August. A really fine week this week with plenty of sunshine and comfortably warm at around 21c maxxes. I am now a daddy and it is wonderful! We had something of a rocky ride with both my wife and my boy suffering infections at birth, but we got home last Friday after a 9 night stay at Bath RUH and all is good now!
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  5. What a chart that is on the still image *drools*
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  6. Frankly I'd have been too embarrassed to point that out.....Osborne claiming he can predict to within a pound 3.5 years in the future would have been ridiculous enough, but 13.5 years!!! Priceless
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  7. During the years of my growing up in the 40's and 50's certain public attitudes were common and I often heard them repeated - 'The only good German was a dead German' - 'the French did not wash and they gave up virtually without a fight', 'the Italians had tanks with two forward gears and 5 reverse'. Other races were treated as second class citizens but happily we grew beyond that and for the most part growing into a tolerant multi racial society. However there are indications that, albeit a minority of people are, though probably always have been intolerant of incomers and ideas in
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  8. Quite. When I post bad economic news it's not just to be negative for negatives sake. We are where we are and I hope, although it wasn't what I voted for, that we secure a prosperous future. Being in denial about economic bad news we now find ourselves in isn't going to solve anything. Finding a way out of the holes we've dug ourselves into is the way forward.... and imo that will be long and painful.
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  9. You probably should have started your training a bit earlier lassie23. It's too late to get in now.
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  10. That sense of Autumn's approach is unmistakable now. You feel it in your bones. The ever more apparent shortening of the days, you suddenly realise how dark it is by 9pm compared with a few weeks ago. The blackberries are almost ripe now, and the acorns, hazelnuts are growing at a good rate. Then you look at the trees and notice that some leaves are showing signs of turning. Those trees that are still fully green now have that tired late summer almost dirty green look to them in comparison to the fresh bright green colour they had at the beginning of summer. The same goes for the vegetation, t
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  11. No, I'm a supporter of direct investment in infrastructure in a 'new deal' type approach. Pumping money into the banks with the aim of increasing loans and debt isn't the solution IMO.
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  12. Despite people latching onto all the bad news and using as evidence of their own opinion i have seen nothing that i did not expect would happen and am prepared to accept the harder short term impact for the potential of a future outside the EU. Nothing yet really makes me regret my decision.
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  13. I always do my best to make sure locals know I'm Scottish when in France. Really gets you a big welcome. Got quite a lot of free beers for it on holiday a couple of weeks back due to the brexit result. As you'll know mike, they have news in France and they know the British press often talks disparagingly about other European peoples.
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  14. Aye, I've seen some real foaming at the mouth responses from British establishment figures at the story, which is good enough for me to welcome Sputnik with open arms, even if I never tune in. It's like the Scottish Six; it will likely be so crap I'll never watch it, but the fact it's got certain rabid unionists shrieking and wailing at the concept of more Scottish orientated news programme, I'm backing it to the hilt. Anyway, the idea that British news is a beacon of impartiality and we should only listen to it is comical, particularly in modern Scotland.
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  15. Yep damned if we do and damned if don't but better the devil you know (and remain) was my view. Apologies for more clichés than a Premiership manager... At the end of the day it'll all come out in the wash!
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  16. Well just like other foreign news agencies it will show how one sided our news agencies really are, and we will get the other side of the story regarding things like Ukraine and Syria, which I don't see as a bad thing. We may get to understand things better, only those who are interested in doing so though. It will end up as another ruiters? or aljazers? in most peoples eye's though, foreign propaganda. (not sure of the spelling of those news agencies)
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  17. But it's okay for you to 'repeat after Nigel' all that rubbish about Turks and £millions?
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  18. The only autumnal thing about today is the fact it's cold and windy. Midday and only 16C!
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  19. Yes, its interesting to see both 1.2 and 3.4 opposing each other. This is borne out by the fact that we have enhanced easterlies west of 120W, but enhanced westerlies persisting east of 120W.
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  20. Another awful day in an awful jaffa cakes poor summer! Kids back to school next week so I'm hedging my bets on summer appearing about 8:45 next Wednesday morning!
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  21. Well it would it sound like that to you but with every post you submit you show yourself to be completely intractable in your thinking and do not consider any alternative ideas at all. To leave is to contract, go backwards in time and have little influence on outside events which are bound to impact - to stay is to expand and go forwards in time, co-operate with others in having a real say in our future - simple As far as the lies were concerned it was pretty well much a one way street - this has been proved, accept it, you won on a bent campaign, we lost on an inept campaign,
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  22. Not all the people CC, the difference between the leavers and the remainers was 3.8% and those voting to leave was only some 37% of the electorate - not a strong mandate upon which to base the future of our country especially when you consider that a sizable number of your side variously did not know what they were voting for, voted as a protest rather than the question in hand and were tricked into a leave vote through lies, deceit and propaganda. An extremely dangerous concept on which to base our future fortunes. Don't forget also that had the ex pats of more than 15 years standing bee
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  23. The bad thing here is that the BOE forced the price up and yeild curve down by creating artificial demand when the market clearly wanted the reverse. Lower bond yields are exactly what QE is designed to do. I thought you'd have been a supporter of QE?
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  24. Not altogether plucked out of thin air exactly - it was the forecasted reduction in GPD divided by the number of households in the country to arrive at that figure which was obviously an approximation. Not one of the brightest ideas of the campaign and it backfired badly - whether this will eventually turn out to be fact we do not know, only time will tell. The figures on the side of the bus were an obvious lie, like other lies told by the leave campaign such as Turkey joining the EU with the prospect of 70 million Turks migrating to the UK - there is no getting away from this.
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  25. Yes im also enjoying the darker morning and evenings.
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  26. The matter is not done and dusted as far as Scotland is concerned.
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  27. Because that report is nothing more than further pointless scaremongering designed to keep Remaineers buoyed up and ready to fight on in a battle that can't and won't win. Mind you just like winning, losing can also become a habit, so crack on.
    2 points
  28. Each family may be worse off by 2020 to some degree (or many be better off), but the point is Alexis £4300 per annum was a completely arbitrary figure plucked out of thin air....and we all know how Remaineers loved to cry about arbitrary figures plucked out of thin air don't we, especially when on the side of a bus...
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  29. That may be so but if you count the 16 million+ who voted remain and a million plus ex pats living in the EU who would have liked a vote but were denied it on an arbitrary limit probably did regret the decision of yours and many more like you. I am sure that there are quite a number who voted leave but now realising that the fabled promises were not immediate are now beginning to regret theirs. Should the latter group have been allowed to vote that would have made it just about level pegging in my view but the vote should really have been about trying to decide what people though bes
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  30. And those that did used the slogan short term pain for long term gain, I don't see anything short term, we haven't even triggered article 50 yet, when we do ouch.
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  31. He has indeed warned about this. What he didn't mention was the war on science that has been waged by vested interests that has seriously inhibited coherent strategic policy decisions being made and has put us where we are today http://www.climatechangenews.com/2012/01/06/stephen-hawking-warns-of-climate-disaster-ahead-of-70th-birthday/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/storyline/wp/2014/11/10/five-climate-lessons-from-stephen-hawking/
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  32. Was listening to 'Brexit street' on Radio 4 on the commute home. Interviews with folk from an area in NE England that voted leave. JHC these people really believe that their leave vote was needed to help the NE. They blame the N/S divide on Europe rather than the people that created it; the government in London. It's the EU which has been pumping money into such areas in the form of regional development funding. Madness. I did feel sorry for them because the NE has been crapped all over by London for decades, just like Scotland. How come in Scotland we know where the problem rea
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  33. December 2010 was great. At the time I was 14, and so having four days off school in the run up to Christmas was sweet.10 inches of lying snow is the most I've ever seen IMBY, and a temperature of -14C was also a record for me. I think it was probably this month that got me interested in meteorology; annoying really because if I'd already had an interest then I probably would have appreciated it so much more at the time. Four CET daily records were broken during the cold spell (28/11/2010, -4.0C; 19-21/12/2010, -6.8C, -7.0C, -5.9C respectively), and the coldest ever November CET maximum w
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  34. The UK, I think more so the English tabloid press - I think you get different editions in Scotland - has a lot to answer for and some of it appears to be down to a story that I read to the effect that whenever Murdoch went to the corridors of power at Westminster people fawned over him, yet when he went over and did the same thing in Brussels he was virtually ignored. He really must have a terrible amount of angst to inflict his perverted views on the British people which is even more astounding since he is Australian living in the USA, so not even British. Oh poor little diddums, were hi
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  35. Well I sure hope they rig it better than the Remainers rigged our EU ref.
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  36. I care about the outcome passionately, what I no longer give a monkeys about is how we got to where we now are and why...I will leave that to the whingers and whiners on here and elsewhere, I've moved on, the fact others can't or won't is their problem and not mine. Regarding Germany and it's power to influence the EU, if you genuinely think that you are in a very small minority Alexis, perhaps a minority of one in fact!
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  37. And he did great .. winning the Bronze. First time in this specific gymnastic event, individual all round, for 108 yrs ! B.
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  38. A couple of the main insurance co s are making big noises about investing in infrastructure projects. Aviva and Legal& General are looking at it. L&G already said to govt "Give us the green light and we'll help fund new runway at Gatwick airport". The way forward with little risk to taxpayers.
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  39. There's no point in this circular argument, the vote has been cast and I, you or he will have no influence on the outcome unless there is another chance to vote on something further. The remainers live in hope .... the leavers try to reinforce, just in case it does get kicked into touch. Reality being the economics and particularly the financial services markets, on which our economy depends so much, will be what decides this.
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  40. That sounds like a perfect appraisal of yourself to me Mike, but as I keep saying we are where we are and the only way forward from here is errrrr.....forward.
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  41. Who knows, who cares now? At the end of the day the ref is done and dusted - the people have spoken and it is now the job of politicians to carry out their will, that I'm afraid is where the whole issue begins and ends in reality, whether you, I or anyone else likes it is irrelevant. Constant attacks on those who voted Out along with constant whinging an whining about negative campaigns, lies, posters, buses, borders, immigrants and cheese prices will not change anything imo, others however still think it might, so let them continue to whinge and whine if it makes them feel better. The Br
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  42. To be completely honest I was originally in favour of leave as the EU now bears little resemblance to the Common Market I voted to join in 1974. I was, and still am, against the bureaucratic federalistic undemocratic gravy train that the EU has become where clearly one size fits all across 27 nations in terms of economic, cultural and political terms is never going to work to everyone's satisfaction. HOWEVER.. I voted Remain for the same reasons as I voted to join 40+ years ago. Financial. I didn't need to listen to project fear emanating from both camps, sometimes in equal mea
    1 point
  43. Loving the green pool in the diving
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  44. Aye, it's overseas purchasing budget has been slashed by 10% by brexit. There is no question about that at all. I see the slight recovery in £ value has gone; we're back to immediate crash lows again.
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  45. Trying to change the tilt of the earth is a ridiculous idea and can't be compare with the idea of trying to put a man on the moon in 1920s. Trying to change the tilt is meddling with Mother Nature. The tilt is as it is through natural processes, don't you think man has done enough meddling with Mother Nature without adding this to its crimes?
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  46. I think we can be fairly sure that some saw it as a free and unfettered kick at Dave and his cronies. It was interesting viewing the documentary on Monday as some of the psychology of voting was being looked at - eg. the big red bus (something older folk would associate with labour) was a point in question - younger folk probably more associate the ubiquitous purple of the Blair era. One thing being mentioned by the campaigners being interviewed was that some folk who had never before voted were determined to use this as a vote against the Tories. Such a shame that this concept has p
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  47. Another interesting point to throw into the melting pot ; an idea for removing CO2 from the atmosphere on a massive scale and averting Dangerous Global Warming by stopping the rise in CO2 levels almost overnight. Again, this is a proposal that might sound wacky to some of you but mankind already has the technology and money in his grasp to make this a reality within the next 10 to 15 years : This involves the direct freezing out of the atmosphere of CO2 into dry -ice on a truly MASSIVE scale. The idea, in a nutshell is for a 100 metre-high Ice Wall to be built round one million square mil
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  48. Ah, how can I forget February 2012! The first two weeks were bitterly cold. This is reflected in the CET value, which was 0.0C to the 14th. The running CET figure (i.e. the CET figure up to that date) was sub -1C from the 2nd through to the 5th, and also on the 11th. The reason for this was an extension of the Siberian high well into western Europe, drawing raw, dry Siberian air over the UK. Here in Essex this resulted in numerous cold, clear and crisp days, with maxima below or just above freezing. On the night of the 4th and into the 5th we had a respectable snowfall, bringing 5" o
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  49. Forked lightning so good yesterday it fried Farmer Northernlights' broadband! He's currently struggling through an unplanned internet detox (with extensive family support/long suffering ) until Messrs BT get into action.
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