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  1. Brexit Thread

    Yep - Essentially it says that NI remains aligned with the single market and a member of the customs union, and with no border between NI and the mainland then we also remain in the single market and in the customs union, and even better than this it also states if negotiations fail then we remain a member of the single market and customs union - What exactly were the leavers voting for ???? https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/joint_report.pdf - Outlined in paragraphs 49 and 50 It's an absolute farce
  2. Not only that, but the closure of Remploy, a system that allowed the dignity of work to disabled people, was a disgrace. - It was a major welfare-to-work provider, delivering a range of contracts and employment programmes, for people with substantial barriers to work. Between 2009 and 2014, it found 100,000 jobs for disabled people.
  3. Brexit Thread

    Your posts regarding same sex marriage and the hordes of eastern Europeans criminals, terrorizing little old ladies pretty much shows that you don't like gays or foreigners.
  4. Brexit Thread

    And that's why you are blinkered by your racist and homophobic views, you are unwilling to look at any information that counters that viewpoint
  5. Brexit Thread

    You think that that site is run by laywers ? Looks to me like a single issue sounding board run by UKIP whereas Full Fact is Independent and Impartial - "We don't take sides in any debate and don't support any political party or campaign. We've been quoted by politicians on all sides and corrected people on all sides. We have a cross-party Board of Trustees and safeguards in place at every level of our organisation to ensure our neutrality."
  6. Brexit Thread

    Here's a little less biased resource for you to look at - https://fullfact.org/europe/was-eu-referendum-advisory/ Conclusion: The referendum wasn’t legally binding, but there’s plenty of scope for argument about whether politicians should feel obliged to implement the result anyway.
  7. Brexit Thread

    They are running scared - If it was such a positive thing they'd have published straight away, but it's such a balls up they have to be dishonest to try and force it through. You've got to wonder what dirt the real power brokers in this have over the Tories to force them to push ahead in trying to bankrupt the country. May, Davies, and Fox in flagrante ?
  8. Brexit Thread

    Nice piece in The Guardian (Link) where arch Brexiteer John Redwood, is found to be encouraging investors to move their investments out of Britain in a recent FT article - Quote below "In it Redwood severely criticises the Bank of England – Britain’s central bank – for raising interest rates and refusing to create yet more money. Redwood goes on for nearly 1,200 words, and even in that vast space there is not even one mention of the word “Brexit”. Heaven forfend that Redwood give a straight summary of how the decision to raise interest rates is, at least in part, caused by Brexit and the inept way it continues to be handled. As a proud neoliberal Redwood must be very happy that Britain’s central bank is independent. Yet he continues to undermine its authority by spreading malicious propaganda. With friends like Redwood, who in the neoliberal camp needs enemies?" "It gets worse though. In his FT piece Redwood encourages investors to take their money out of Britain and put it elsewhere. You read that right. The same man who will not let one day pass without emphasising how well Britain is going to do out of Brexit is at the same time talking down the markets and encouraging capital flight. To call this bizarre might be too generous. Still, that’s what disaster capitalists do. One of the most important “thinktanks” behind the Brexit propaganda machine is the Legatum Institute. It is a fountainhead of false predictions, delusional thinking and empty promises. Its funding comes from a Dubai-based private investment group backed by a New Zealander who, in the words of a recent Times article, allegedly made his money by “exploiting trading opportunities created by extreme political disruption”." Is this a deliberate ploy to manipulate the gullible into destroying the British economy by voting for Brexit, just so some venture capitalists can come along and grab some fire sale bargains when it all falls apart ?
  9. Brexit Thread

    Here you go - EU GDP in Green, UK in Orange - Since Brexit (which hasn't happened yet) we can see that GDP has falllen. Jimbo
  10. Brexit Thread

    It's all about risk, yes there is a risk that the debt fueled growth that the Tories have been pushing as economic growth, would trigger a recession if we stayed in the EU, but the chance of that happening is far, far smaller than the near certainty that Brexit will drive our economy into recession. There is a reason why the Tories have refused to publish their Bexit impact assessment - It's not because it's all a bed of roses, it's because of the damaging effect that it will have on jobs and living standards
  11. Brexit Thread

    Lets deal with your points one at a time: There's a reason why the country is full of people that are just about managing with levels of pay that aren't keeping up with inflation - The Austerity policies of the Tory government, they have dragged out the recovery from the global banking crisis far far longer than any other G10 country The second point makes no sense - You are effectively saying because we've had a recession in the past it doesn't matter if there's a Brexit caused one in the future. There is one major bubble waiting to pop in the UK economy, Very high levels of consumer debt which are exacerbated by PCP deals. These are just about manageable given the current levels of interest rates, but if inflation caused by the run on Sterling is transferred to consumers and default levels increase, a highly likely scenario with Brexit, then that is likely to crash the economy just as hard as 2008. The Tories are desperate for a Low Regulation, Low Tax UK, acting like a European Singapore, after all that's what their backers are paying them for, and the gullible Brexiteers have fallen for it hook line and sinker.
  12. Brexit Thread

    It's the Corbyn bit that really worries me, we all know that the Tories are happy to throw away the economy to usher in their vision of a low tax, low regulation state. - I want a credible opposition to Brexit, but Corbyn is ideologically opposed to the EU. He is taking the Labour successes in the General Election as tacit support for him, whereas I see it more as a rejection of a Tory Brexit, and he's using that support to drive a hard socialist agenda and as PhillipL said we are royally screwed.
  13. Cycling

    and mudguards - it'll only take one downpour for you to wish you had them. Putting soggy socks back on for the commute home isn't pleasant. The problem with this cycling lark is it can get expensive quickly, I'm constantly buying stuff. It's a good job I'm saving a lot on Gym memberships and train fares.
  14. Cycling

    As far as cheap gear goes, Tenn Sports on Amazon does some nice cheap, functional stuff, the chamois in the bib shorts is OK for 10-20 miles but not much more. If you're commuting every day you'll need several sets of everything, well I do, I'm dripping by the time I get to work. Lots of washing generated. I will be having a look in Aldi though on the 28th. I got a good deal on my hybrid, buying a 2016 model, rather than this year's at Xmas, and I've now got the bug big time, joining a club, Sunday morning rides, and even sportives - Cat and Fiddle, next month.
  15. Rant (4?)

    To be fair I think the main issue was with the description of it as "The Muslim Problem" which according to the news last night had echo's of Nazism and got a whole bunch of MPs het up. That aside, I wholeheartedly agree with Gav, too many vulnerable girls have been exploited and abused while the authorities hide behind racial and PC excuses, doing nothing about it. There's a culture in those communities that accepts this abuse and it needs to be dealt with.