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  1. Ooops sorry Dave, does that mean that MIA and Kent have been right all the way along and that I should be clapped in irons and taken to the tower, especially since I am quite unrepentant. But of course Kent's post above shows exactly where he is coming from, to think of it Nigel Farage, Liam Fox, Bo Jo, David Davis are as well but JRM has a foot in both the Russian camp and tinsel town, all in the scared name of lucre for themselves, nobody else mind you, unless you are one of their chums - I always did think that there were too many of these make belief hero films, such as Superman, Spiderman, Batman and especially those were the American hero was shown to be bullet proof and won WWII single handed, coming over here were having an adverse affect on our sensitive sensibilities.
  2. Then: Long List of Leave Lies We send £350m a week to Brussels We can’t stop Turkey joining We can’t stop a European army We are still liable to pay eurozone bailouts The UK rebate can be changed against our will Our VAT exemptions will be ended Cameron’s deal was not legally binding EU law is adopted by unelected bureaucrats We can’t control our borders in the EU Criminals arriving in Germany can get EU passports and come over here Health tourism costs us billions EU needs UK trade more than vice versa Past referendum results have been ignored Auditors still refuse to sign off the accounts CAP adds £400 to British food bills British steel suffers because of the EU Irish border will be unaffected by Brexit UK can’t deport EU criminals UK is always outvoted 60-70% of laws come from EU Renationalisation of industries is impossible We get no veto on future treaty change or integration The budget ceiling can increase without our consent We thought we were only joining a free trade zone Just click on whichever you want to check and it will open another page giving deeper explanations. Together with: http://brexitlies.com/ Then there is a list of popular leaver myths exposed: https://www.richardcorbett.org.uk/category/mythbusters/ And there is a whole load of stuff here, which helps for a search to many of the questions which are asked.
  3. More food for thought - the red tape within the EU is being reduced but strangely enough as far as our own Home Office is concerned it is being increased in respect of those, who migrated here legally, as in Windrush and the EU nationals already settled here wanting to regularise their position - I am not sure in which other ways HM Government are increasing it but since they have a track record for making things more difficult instead of easier, nothing would surprise me: https://www.richardcorbett.org.uk/eu-laws-reduce-red-tape/
  4. What a contradictory post this is Kent - you speak about threats to democracy, yet you would deny people with other viewpoints contrary to your own their democratic right to express them. Make your mind up - either you believe in proper democracy, not just pick out the bit which supports your view, or you accept it in its entirety and that we all have a right to express our views and opinions - you don't have to accept them but at least respect our right to air and express them. Your attempts to shout down the opposition to your arguments are the real threat to democracy, as are the remarks of IDS who tells us that we should all accept brexit and if we don't like it, leave. I must admit that with time, I am liking this 'Wannabe One Party System' less and less as it is becoming a fledgling autocratic state with a propaganda machine to back it up. This is now going a stage further: https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/Brexit/EU-court-to-hear-case-that-could-call-off-Brexit In just over a month's time the EU court will be hearing a case where the argument is that the EU referendum was not so democratic after all. The papers in relation to this have been submitted and considered for quite some time now and you can take it that if they did not believe that there was any merit in the case they would not be hearing it all.
  5. In addition to the above we should also take time to reflect on the two Belgian Police officers brutally murdered - The Police are an international family, who all face such risks in their work of protecting the public. When you see the photograph of one of the officers with her child, both looking so happy, it brings home what a tragic and mindless waste of a human life this is, leaving a young child without its mother - so sad and totally unnecessary. RIP both and heartfelt condolences to their families, colleagues and friends.
  6. This is the thing about coppering, you don't know what the next call will bring, or what you may come across on the street, making it pretty hazardous at times, yet despite the dangers, the lads and lasses still go out there and do it because that is what the signed up for and if they don't protect the public, who else will. Which brings us to the other link, working under cover - working under cover is mostly done where there is not other way of obtaining good intelligence. It is often used to infiltrate gangs of extremely bad people, where if they were to be blown out it could cost the officers their lives. It takes a special sort of person to be able to carry this off successfully - as well as being brave they need to keep a cool head and be able to act in the persona of an adopted character 24/7 - it's not as easy as it sounds. I had colleagues who did do this from time to time but I am sure it is something I could never have done.
  7. I expect the reports you are depending on were written before Trump announced an increase in tariffs followed by increased from other countries, including the EU, Canada and Mexico, all of which have the potential to initiate a trade war. Just wondered how this would affect your prognosis and the other question is that in such a future trade war, they can never be ruled out, don't you think we would be better insulated inside a larger economy such as the EU, or out on our lonesome?
  8. Just in case you didn't realise at the time of the referendum campaign that he was telling porkies, here are some contradictions of what he has said out of his own mouth. Clearly he has scant respect for the electorate - he was just using them for his own ends. Meanwhile the other side of the story: At least he is more genuine. The argument is about whether we are getting what the majority voted and what they were promised in 2016 but it does not appear that any of us are, the leavers included. So if the government is so keen on following the will of the people let them put it to the test, or are they too scared, or perhaps they don't really believe in democracy after all.
  9. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-northern-ireland-buffer-zone-border-david-davis-customs-deal-uk-eu-latest-a8378596.html Another cloud cuckoo land solution to the Northern Irish border. Meanwhile, I think we will get more sense out of this: Or as it portrays, everybody is going round in circles and the country is going to the dogs.
  10. Strange thing there Kent is that we have 27 nations who broadly agree on one side and the cabinet of one nation which cannot agree. Indeed what hope is there for us at this rate.
  11. You're just lapping all this up aren't you Kent. I think the term is populism which appears to have taken part of the world by storm, the problem with that is that it is the cause of too many irrational decisions, which is bound to happen with people deciding on subjects they do not know too much about, so they just follow the crowd.
  12. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/brexit-deal-on-security-is-blocked-by-france-ggg6bp53x I think it is cutting off your nose to spite your face and most likely we will both be losers from this - it might have been different if Theresa May agreed that we should remain under the jurisdiction of the ECJ, which overall supervises such a system. I don't expect the leavers will pay much attention to it until it is shown that a terrorist atrocity on our side of the channel could have been prevented by such co-operation, then they will blame the EU rather than Mrs May's intransigence. Though it is noted that in the run up to the referendum the leave side were very quick to attribute the Brussels atrocity to Schengen, though I doubt very much that that made any difference and the meal they made of it was political point scoring. However Nigel Farage's press man admitted that the story gave them an extra 2% on the referendum and Schengen did not even apply to the UK. What a crazy world!!
  13. Kent, in all seriousness, try looking for things which unite us, rather than divide us - Life is too short for the latter, even you must realise the underbelly of xenophobia which has been unleashed through brexit. Our ex colonial cousins have been coming into the country ever since the 50's and 60's and this had nothing whatsoever to do with the EU, it was a hangover from our days of Empire which are not going to come back, however as much as you may gripe about it, our colonial cousins are here to stay and multiculturalism with it. So whatever happens we are stuck with them but there are two ways of handing it. The first is to treat them as pariahs and outcasts but that will only stir up trouble and cause more for the future because they will withdraw into their own communities with some of them remaining a constant source of trouble, or we could show them that they are welcome, help them to assimilate into our society, spend a little time with them, after all apart from a different coloured skin and following a different religion they are still humans like the rest of us. If we all did that, I dare say we wouldn't have anything like half the problems which we have now.
  14. That's just about the top and bottom of it all.
  15. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/30/richard-madeley-gavin-williamson-good-morning-britain This is what I like - a more straightforward interviewing technique when dealing with politicians which would help discourage the waffle they normally come out with.
  16. http://uk.businessinsider.com/the-rights-british-people-could-lose-under-each-brexit-model-2018-5 This is worth thinking about - even some of the brexiteers may regret losing these rights one day.
  17. https://www.facebook.com/johnden.berkshire/videos/1891268154258260/ I wouldn't mind betting that this is an area which never occurred to the brexiteers, yet creative arts is quite a big money spinner for us.
  18. To an extent you are right Kent - Politics is a dirty business, then think of the other adage - 'Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts completely'. My perception is that it is worse in two party systems where the winner takes all and you only have to think of Watergate as an example of dirty tricks. However, the American system is someone tempered by certain in built safe guards such as the presidency being limited to two consecutive terms of 4 years and the election of representatives to senate and congress is staggered to those of the presidential election, with one or both the houses having the power to thwart the president if necessary. Then there was Mugabe, who through fixing elections, managed to remain in power for an exceptional long period during which time his country was virtually ruined. Think of Putin who has been the de facto leader of the Russian Federation for getting on for a couple of decades - there was originally an American system limiting the number of terms but he by passed that by having his stooge stand for President, whilst he got himself elected as Prime Minister but there is little doubt that he still pulled the strings during that period. Now there is a system where opposition is actively discouraged and the Duma does nothing more than rubber stamp Putin's decisions, so effectively he is a dictator. But pretty well of Europe has a PR system of electing representatives which invariably leads to coalition governments who rule though a consensus of the different parties involved. My impression is that under those circumstances is that it could be self defeating to muddy the waters too much against those with whom you would be compelled to work and co-operate with. We have our own Mrs May, who has never been elected as Prime Minister per se but rather appointed by the 1922 committee, influenced by ERG, who, I suspect because all this is going on behind closed doors, laid out their terms for their support, which included policy in respect of Brexit. There is little day that that Mrs May is an extremely ambitious lady and that her residence of No 10, is her life support system and despite professing to be a good Christian, she would be willing to sign a pact with the Devil in order to retain it. In fact she did, only the Devil was under the guise of the DUP. During her earlier months in office she tried every way she could in order to gain absolute power for herself but was thwarted by an appeal to the Supreme Court. Although this reigned her in to an extent, she has received the unwitting assistance of Corbyn who is fighting his own battle to achieve power. All in all a pretty murky picture which continues whilst damage is being caused to the remainder of the country.
  19. http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/pensions/article-1696682/Rising-retirement-ages-in-Europe-compared.html Retirement age is higher in the UK than many other EU countries and the below chart indicates the value of state pensions as a percentage of the respective average national income. I know that Greece and Italy got themselves into a bit of a pickle by being over generous but considering the leavers insisted that we are the 5th richest country in the world, I really do wonder where the money we pay in taxes goes. NB open the attachment with Word. pensions chart eu.docx
  20. I agree with you Dave - back in those days you paid your money and you took your choice and the choice was either to take a job in the public sector where you had security of employment with a relatively good pension at the end of it, for which you had to pay superannuation, or you chose a job in the private sector which generally had higher pay, was less secure and a less generous pension package. But in a way this worked out relatively fair, even though I spent the majority of my service with the months being too long for the pay cheque. Now the situation appears to have turned topsy turvy - the higher echelons in the public sector appear to be paid on a scale competitive with the private sector and as far as I know at least some still have gold plated indexed linked pensions. I stayed with the police scheme and glad I did because, those who changed to the private schemes found that they were not like anything as generous as what was promised. I do know that I had to pay 11.25% of my salary in superannuation and a number of my contemporaries came of the police pension scheme altogether, falling for promises of fabulous riches to be had in a private scheme. Some left the service altogether to take jobs in the private sector. In more recent years the police scheme has changed and from what I gather, speaking to currently serving officers, it is not so generous both in remuneration and service required in order to qualify. I have tried looking at the current regulations but they are excessively complicated - too much so for a half wit like me. Now people are envious but they do not realise fully the situation and how it has changed over the intervening years. I may add that I have been very fortunate in surviving a fair number of years after retirement and gaining the benefit of it but so many of my former colleagues died in service, or did not last anywhere as near as I have done. Apart from the dangers of the actual job itself, where you never know what is around the corner, for many it is a 24/7, 365 days a year, long hours, often disturbed sleep patterns, seeing and dealing with incidents which most do not deal with, some quite horrific, it can make for a fairly stressful life, even more so nowadays with the cut backs, increased violence on the streets and terrorist situations but somebody has to do the job and those people should be appreciated.
  21. People who are convicted fraudsters and football hooligans are hardly pillars of society - we have enough problems with our leaders being economic with the truth and that is not the way I want to see our society go.
  22. Not forgetting certain members of the British government, their chums and cohorts, plus many more administrators of councils, the NHS, banks and others mostly on 6 figure salaries, then there is the money currently being wasted on what is rapidly turning out to be a failed brexit experiment. I look at what we pay in taxes and seriously wonder where all that money goes - I am convinced there is a black hole, hidden behind mirrors and smoke screens swallowing it. Meanwhile we say we cannot afford our public services, money doesn't grow on trees, yet TM hands out money with gay abandon to the DUP in an effort to give her a majority. There was a time when the Tories could be relied upon to have sound business sense but not any more.
  23. This particular half wit writing this fails to understand that if 56% of our trade is with the rest of the world why do we have to leave the EU to continue this and why is it that Germany have many so many more deals with the rest of the world whilst remaining in the EU? Quite simply being a member of the EU is not a bar to trade with the rest of the world. I note also that you have omitted to mention the passporting rights the City of London has with the EU I respect of finance and services, part of which have already been lost because a number have already moved to main land Europe at least in part. Your post does beg the question of why is it that we are running a deficit in goods with the EU - might it just be that over the years our manufacturing capacity has been run down through the lack of investment and outdated working practices which have resulted in us losing the competitive edge? If that is the case, shouldn't we be getting our ass into gear and reversing that situation. And if we lose the 44% with the EU, there is no guarantee that we will make that up, through trading solely with the rest of the world - we will no longer attract the inward investment which comes from multi nationals who use the UK as a base for entry into the EU market. Kent, you cherry pick the points which suit your argument whilst ignoring the full picture. As the below shows, if we left we may not necessarily get the £15.4 billion as we had in 2014, any longer - it's not a huge amount but every little helps. Since circa 1970 when we were dubbed, 'The poor man of Europe' our circumstances have improved quite considerably, only to start falling back again during this brexit saga. The answer to gaining improved prosperity is not to put the blame on the EU but to have an honest good long hard look at ourselves, discover what is really holding us back and addressing those points. I'm afraid that a deluded political policy will not do that - it is just a means of us kidding ourselves that we are better than what we really are. ' And while the UK has historically recorded a trade in goods deficit with the EU, its trade in services balance with the EU is much more favourable, running a surplus in each year since 2005, which reached £15.4 billion in 2014.'
  24. https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailymail.co.uk%2Fnews%2Farticle-5775673%2FMoggs-Moscow-Millions-Brexiteers-firm-poured-fortune-Russian-companies.html&h=ATNyeNUSPNnjsb439rbsXfgdz_KZNkNkXjQ2tVwbUn6Lxe-X1iAbvOYp3U8GCzYE7qRnBbhinrU3jhvIYm9Cm30UhP8_Ug98wxkJE4EEC3jaEIwHkOTtU4xU This is part of the hidden agenda of the leavers - another one I saw is that Trump is exhorting the NHS to pay more, not less for drugs, in order that he can cosy up to his buddies in the American pharma industry - no doubt those who engineer greater access to them will be suitably rewarded.
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