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  1. The wages bit is a fair point but I don't think that was a government led intention. By lowering wages you take in less Tax and NI coupled with the raising of the TAX threshold. Lower wages is just an undesirable by-product of Labour's (and the Conservatives thereafter) social experiment gone badly wrong. Not to say it's been a disaster, it's to say we could have chosen our immigration better and our outcome would have been better with much lower numbers. Most of the immigration has targeted low skilled jobs. That has left a lot of people born here in the late 80's onwards at a big disadvantage. But if you have the will power , positivity and work at it, there are plenty of options to do better in the education system. That's why provisions should be in place (and they are there) to go out and do something that interests you. It is still a capitalist system afterall.
  2. I wonder what the stats are on religious couples and birth rates?. Family planning is often adopted based on core principles and beliefs as well as education. In the case of a developed nation like the UK, environmental factors such as government child support and education do not favour higher fertility rates, it's the reverse. I think Islam falls quite nicely into this category. It's naturally misogynistic and that leaves women at a big disadvantage in terms of sensible family planning. Women are seen as baby machines that contribute best to the family by having children. There's often less racial mixing here too which means there aren't opposing opinions (more vs less) that one would expect from say the input of an atheist or agnostic, where birth rates will be lower by average. Immigration certainly plays a part. People who emigrate from poorer countries have more children. From rich countries like America, Canada and Australia ect would probably correlate well with British majority seeing as it does when comparing countries.
  3. Checking the Hadley website. Mean minima is 2.5C above and maxima is 3.0C above. Doesn't really back up what you have said here at all. Also minima tends to get corrected downwards more than maxima.
  4. August has suffered a bit. It's been 15 years since a warm August (2004: 17.6°C) and 2004 is the only August to be more than 1.0°C above the 1971 - 2000 baseline. 2016 is warmest at 17.0°C. August 2005 - 2018 averages 16.0°C and is -0.2°C against the 71-000 average. -0.4 against 81-2010. Comparatively the previous 14 years averaged 16.9°C (1991 - 2004) August has been a warmer version of what December had been before 2015. I'll go with 15.8°C
  5. It's clear the mean minima temperature is not holding up the average mean; Clearly, the opposite is true.
  6. Hopefully not an indication of what's to come this month. And quite a contrast compared with the run of warm May's since 2016: 2018; 2017; 2016;
  7. That's actually not true at all, and the precip chart doesn't match well with the other charts I posted. There is clearly some indication for wintriness to be had for West Midlands, inland parts of the South West and Southern England. It suggests sleet/snow as the front moves west to east.
  8. Mmmm... Posting a thickness, precipitation and notoriously inaccurate snowfall accumulation map, doesn't make a blizzard. The thickness chart does indicate some strong and gusty winds for Friday; These are sustained winds at 10m between 30-50mph in the orange-red zones, and perhaps gusting to 60mph in exposed areas. This accompanied with any snowfall would produce whiteout conditions and perhaps blizzard during sustained snowfall across the hills. The 1500m is cold, down to -7°C in northern parts but generally much less cold elsewhere; Dew Points unfavourable in most areas. 2m temperature tells a similar story; marginal, without heavy precipitation and evaporative cooling; ^high ground certainly quite favourable. Precipitation type; Schnee = snow. Again, notoriously unreliable, especially at this range. Certainly shows potential, but at this stage all of the other factors for Friday point towards mostly rain/sleet mix and wet snow for a time in northern areas. SE - no chance.
  9. Climate reanlyser, which uses GFS data, is showing a real cooldown towards our North & NE for the next 10-day period; Compared to the next 3-day average Also, the historically cold weather that has been plaguing the US over the last few days (and for much of the last month or so in the Northern/Central US); more especially brutal in the beautiful state of Montana where February was the coldest on record, or second coldest where in some parts the anomaly was 9-13°C below average! is easing.
  10. Interesting ICON for wintriness as early as Friday. A strong northerly wind blowing in snow showers for northern and eastern Scotland - Sleet around the coasts. Perhaps wintry showers for eastern England too, but nothing significant and will generally be rain around the coasts. Dew Points borderline or unfavourable for most, but more favourable in northern areas and areas susceptible to precipitation Ground temperatures generally quite favourable for some wintriness to fall in the showers. And then by the weekend the atlantic barrels through and a mild sector crosses But there is some very cold air coming out from Canada. As long pressure systems, moving towards us from the atlantic mix in with the cold air, there will always be a risk of quite widespread wintriness
  11. I was pointing out that it's also exceptionally warm there too relative to average. Just thought it was weird pointing out its cold, relative to pur shores in the arctic, in february. Dont really understand what might be expected otherwise?
  12. Needs pointing out because, compared to the (warm 81-2010) average I can't see a great deal tbh.
  13. Bloody hell, has this thread been taken over by a bunch of Daily Mail readers or something?
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