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by AndrewJB
Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Brexit: The Naked Truth
Replies: 10426
Views: 155426

Re: Brexit: The Naked Truth

Liam Fox has admitted that Britain's plan to keep tariffs low in the event of a no deal brexit has got in the way of agreeing a free trade deal with Canada (and probably other countries too). Of course all this could be overcome by staying in the single market and customs union.
by AndrewJB
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Boris
Replies: 127
Views: 2838

Re: Boris

Free trade deals aren't about "how much can we screw them for and how much can they screw out of us". Hopefully. Free trade, which most of us appear to be in favour of, are MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL. A good trade deal will be profitable for us and profitable for the other side. We have not been...
by AndrewJB
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Boris
Replies: 127
Views: 2838

Re: Boris

Spijed wrote:But he hasn't made made billions of dollars. It's all inherited wealth from his father. He's lost more than he's made and it's well known he's not a good businessman.

He's even had a casino go bust.
by AndrewJB
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Brexit: The Naked Truth
Replies: 10426
Views: 155426

Re: Brexit: The Naked Truth

GodIsADeeJay81 wrote:It would carry on under Labour, because they were also at it.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/200 ... h.politics

Labour has changed policy direction on this since 2006.
by AndrewJB
Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Brexit: The Naked Truth
Replies: 10426
Views: 155426

Re: Brexit: The Naked Truth

I have! Our workers' rights might go down if we leave the EU. Our rights might go down if we remain in the EU - there's certainly plenty of space. But the chances of us electorally consenting to rights even worse than the EU's pitifully low benchmark are close to zero. And even then, that would be ...
by AndrewJB
Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Brexit: The Naked Truth
Replies: 10426
Views: 155426

Re: Brexit: The Naked Truth

When I worked for a US company in the U.K. I saw a standard contract of employment for US colleagues and it was pretty shocking. Twelve days paid holiday, one month maternity leave, but only if you’d been with the company for seven years, but the worse thing was the degree to which your personal rig...
by AndrewJB
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Trump/Russia Dossier
Replies: 1250
Views: 55754

Re: Trump/Russia Dossier

Well, there's been over 50 years of them over there, over here... Why have anyone from Somalia or Vietnam or Albania allowed to live in England? What are 1.5 million Chinese doing in the UK? There was a capitalist economy before WW2 without immigration, there's no reason for it. With decolonization...
by AndrewJB
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: O/T Book Publishing Advice
Replies: 37
Views: 664

Re: O/T Book Publishing Advice

BFCmaj, the Tommy Boyle and Road To Glory Books I did were self-published through Grosvenor House. Self Publishing is good if you're a newcomer as I was. If you can get a publisher interested they will put up the money for printing. Have a look at Writer and Artists Yearbook - its a bible for peopl...
by AndrewJB
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Bus Lane Tickets
Replies: 40
Views: 1288

Re: Bus Lane Tickets

If you say that black is white, that doesn't mean that legally black is white. What happens is that they double the penalty if you go to appeal. The form of words they use doesn't change that fact. If the "discount" is for prompt settlement, then it should be available for settling prompt...
by AndrewJB
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Brexit: The Naked Truth
Replies: 10426
Views: 155426

Re: Brexit: The Naked Truth

That sums it up perfectly for me. The democratic deficit is a huge chunk of the problem, the further decisions are from the people, the more the people feel impotent and that their lives are no purpose. There is no “common good” that they are living for. Take away national solidarity, you take away...
by AndrewJB
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Bus Lane Tickets
Replies: 40
Views: 1288

Re: Bus Lane Tickets

I don’t think he fought it, he appealed but accepted the outcome. But, I agree, can’t be good from a safety point of view. In my borough - Newham - they used to be more fair, or at least more pragmatically sympathetic when it came to challenged tickets, but now they seem to reject all challenges ou...
by AndrewJB
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Bus Lane Tickets
Replies: 40
Views: 1288

Re: Bus Lane Tickets

Thanks for the replies. This is in London, local to my house. As I illustrated to the council I was turning left to get onto my street, but they've firmly rejected every explanation letter. If I do go ahead and fight it, I'll let you know how it goes.
by AndrewJB
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Bus Lane Tickets
Replies: 40
Views: 1288

Bus Lane Tickets

I've been fighting one of these tickets since January of this year, but today received a final rejection letter from my council. I can now take it to a tribunal or pay a reduced penalty. I've fought the ticket on the basis that I was making a left turn, I travelled only a short distance (about fifte...
by AndrewJB
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Kim Darroch resigns (politics)
Replies: 78
Views: 1496

Re: Kim Darroch resigns (politics)

Would Darroch have resigned if Johnson had backed him and Hunt hadn't? More to the point, did the Prime Minister of the UK back him? If so, why did he have to resign because one of the candidates for leader of one of the political parties, did not back him? Wouldn't it be better to find out who is ...
by AndrewJB
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: WOULD YOU RATHER... | Westwood v Barnes
Replies: 7
Views: 854

Re: WOULD YOU RATHER... | Westwood v Barnes

I like these.
by AndrewJB
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Kim Darroch resigns (politics)
Replies: 78
Views: 1496

Re: Kim Darroch resigns (politics)

Hi Andrew, have I really missed out BJ? "Friends of BJ" were amomg those I've consider as among the list of possible leakers, but I can't see what BJ has to gain. I agree, it's not for DT to pick and choose the UK's ambassador. But, I don't agree that BJ "not backing" KD was the...
by AndrewJB
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: BBC " Panorama " report on anti-semitic Labour ...
Replies: 74
Views: 2032

Re: BBC " Panorama " report on anti-semitic Labour ...

(Still using the present and future tenses, eh? Well I hope you're right, I suppose. IHRA, mandatory reselection, and now Brexit. He's backed down once too many times to survive, I think. The Blairites smell blood, now!) You’re closer to the action than me, so I’ve felt rather dismayed at your prog...
by AndrewJB
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Kim Darroch resigns (politics)
Replies: 78
Views: 1496

Re: Kim Darroch resigns (politics)

Few thoughts/responses: 1) we've all got used to DT - surely, no one's excited any more about his "uncomventional" style; 2) we also see many leaks, this isn't the first, it won't be the last. Maybe it's the first leak of diplomatic cables, though I doubt even that; 3) As I've said, havin...
by AndrewJB
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: BBC " Panorama " report on anti-semitic Labour ...
Replies: 74
Views: 2032

Re: BBC " Panorama " report on anti-semitic Labour ...

I was actually going to say that I'd noticed very similar tactics being used against the 'far' right in the past (i.e anything socially or economically to the right of say, the Tories), the haunting music accompanying images - that sort of nonsense! Even though I'm on the opposite end of the politi...
by AndrewJB
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Ambassador Farage
Replies: 230
Views: 4302

Re: Ambassador Farage

It may have changed but I would never trust them. The EU provided Thatchers leverage to destroy British heavy industry. We didn’t have a united opposition to her because The necessary subsidies needed to get them back in proper shape meant that all kinds of industries could be binned of as uneconom...
by AndrewJB
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:41 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: David Millibands Hipocrisy
Replies: 51
Views: 2060

Re: David Millibands Hipocrisy

Ha Ha Ha intelligent chap indeed and who yet may become leader of the shambolic and disintegrating Labour Party, your priceless. I can see you're not a fan of David Miliband - fair enough - but what makes you think our ambassador to the US is "gormless"? All I see is that he did his job w...
by AndrewJB
Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Ambassador Farage
Replies: 230
Views: 4302

Re: Ambassador Farage

elwaclaret wrote:With respect Andrew, the article deals specifically with Rail. It is the exception to the rule... literally.


It’s not. There might be some hurdles, but it’s possible across all areas of the economy: https://www.anothereurope.org/lets-be-c ... st-eu-law/
by AndrewJB
Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Ambassador Farage
Replies: 230
Views: 4302

Re: Ambassador Farage

But Nationalisation is the very reason old Labourites (Corbyn) want out of Europe... Europe don’t allow nationalisation. Nationalisation is allowed under EU rules. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-eu-railways-eu-rules-nationalise-single-market-restrictions-...
by AndrewJB
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Ambassador Farage
Replies: 230
Views: 4302

Re: Ambassador Farage

That as they say is a matter of opinion. Time will tell. The Liberal party stand four square on New Labour ground. When was the last time old Labour won an election? New Labour lost in 2010 and 2015. Had Miliband opposes austerity, and stood on renationalising the railways and utilities in 2015, in...
by AndrewJB
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Ambassador Farage
Replies: 230
Views: 4302

Re: Ambassador Farage

I’d be very surprised if BJ didn’t come back with something Parliament allowed through, I’m not saying Labour shouldn’t have declared for remain.... just that they should have done it long ago if that was the intention. Obviously traditional Labour cannot nationalise within the EU so fully understa...
by AndrewJB
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Ambassador Farage
Replies: 230
Views: 4302

Re: Ambassador Farage

Farage, Banks, and Tice have all been attacking Darroch. I don’t see the point unless their allegiance is to Trump.
by AndrewJB
Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Kim Darroch resigns (politics)
Replies: 78
Views: 1496

Re: Kim Darroch resigns (politics)

The US had a similar but more large scale thing happen with the Manning leaks, where US diplomatic opinions very scathing of various Middle Eastern and North African leaders were made public. Regarding Trump, it’s likely most other Western diplomats sent home similar reports.
by AndrewJB
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Ambassador Farage
Replies: 230
Views: 4302

Re: Ambassador Farage

Yeah, but when someone in the UK can hack into the NSA, Pentagon and other US highly classified departments looking for proof of UFO's from their bedrooms in the UK I'd say it isn't guaranteed to be working. Encryption has always been breakable, we proved that back in WW2. People get smarter and mo...
by AndrewJB
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Brexit: The Naked Truth
Replies: 10426
Views: 155426

Re: Brexit: The Naked Truth

What percentage of trafficked people cin the U.K. ome from the EU?
by AndrewJB
Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Kim Darroch resigns (politics)
Replies: 78
Views: 1496

Re: Kim Darroch resigns (politics)

Darroch hasn't done anything wrong. He’s done his job as could be expected of him.
by AndrewJB
Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Is Attenborough right?
Replies: 118
Views: 2885

Re: Is Attenborough right?

There has to be a way of democratising this. A system of negative air miles, for example. The more and the further you fly, the more you pay (though I think we should also penalise short domestic flights). This way people who fly to Spain once.a year will pay standard fares, whereas those who fly mo...
by AndrewJB
Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: George Hirst and Leicester
Replies: 21
Views: 2045

Re: George Hirst and Leicester

I don’t see the point for football in one person owning more than one club.
by AndrewJB
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: C4 Conservative leader debate
Replies: 738
Views: 16446

Re: C4 Conservative leader debate

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/20 ... k-hustings

Continuing to promise everything to everyone.
by AndrewJB
Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Brexit: The Naked Truth
Replies: 10426
Views: 155426

Re: Brexit: The Naked Truth

The EU free moment of people rule makes people trafficking , exploitation and modern day slavery easier. Members of a gang behind the biggest modern-day slavery network ever exposed in the UK have been jailed . Police believe more than 400 victims were put to work in the West Midlands by the organi...
by AndrewJB
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Brexit: The Naked Truth
Replies: 10426
Views: 155426

Re: Brexit: The Naked Truth

(In terms of population sizes etc, I assume you are speaking of the composition of the Council, and their QMV rules. But none of the members of the Council are elected in the first place. And none of this explains the utter lack of teeth given to the only truly democratic bit - The European Parliam...
by AndrewJB
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Brexit: The Naked Truth
Replies: 10426
Views: 155426

Re: Brexit: The Naked Truth

Before the election, the voters were told that the head of the largest party would be President. After the election, the Commission decided that the people had voted for the wring man so they were changing the rules and the elected Parliament would not have a say. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pr...
by AndrewJB
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Brexit: The Naked Truth
Replies: 10426
Views: 155426

Re: Brexit: The Naked Truth

Okay, but taking a step back: when you watch the shenanigans at the real seat of power - the commission - do you honestly see this as democracy in action? I'm anti-EU, you're Pro-EU, and I'm aware these positions could cloud the judgment of either of us. But when I look I'm struggling to find even ...
by AndrewJB
Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Brexit: The Naked Truth
Replies: 10426
Views: 155426

Re: Brexit: The Naked Truth

https://www.politico.eu/article/manfred-weber-trials-and-tribulations-european-commission-presidency-race/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_the_European_Commission It was established in 2014 that the leader of the largest party in the European Parliament would become president. This has n...
by AndrewJB
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: C4 Conservative leader debate
Replies: 738
Views: 16446

Re: C4 Conservative leader debate

Hi Andrew, I'd not heard that before about Reggie Maudling. What did his note say? Were there any other occasions when an outgoing treasury minister chose to leave a "joke" note for the next guy? June 1970, Wilson to Heath? 1974, Heath to Wilson? 1979 Callaghan to Thatcher? 1997 Major to ...
by AndrewJB
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: "Never again"
Replies: 115
Views: 4316

Re: "Never again"

I spent a fair bit of time travelling through Mexico, Guatemala, and other Central American countries around the time the civil wars were concluding (Guatemala and El Salvador). Their problems are bigger than they are as countries. As conduits for illegal drugs into the United States, the smaller co...
by AndrewJB
Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Brexit: The Naked Truth
Replies: 10426
Views: 155426

Re: Brexit: The Naked Truth

I'm against anything that would have a negative impact on British workers and their jobs. The sooner we leave the sooner we can reduce the VAT on solar panels back to the more attractive 5% from the EU imposed 20% Here's another good thing about Brexit. Leaving the EU’s disgraceful farming system. ...
by AndrewJB
Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: C4 Conservative leader debate
Replies: 738
Views: 16446

Re: C4 Conservative leader debate

It's well documented that he has previously had close links to terrorist groups. It's also a fact that it could be argued that many of his personal views are close to , if not identical to , Marxist ideals. He can justify, presumably, those links and views. To have his mental capacity and physical ...
by AndrewJB
Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: C4 Conservative leader debate
Replies: 738
Views: 16446

Re: C4 Conservative leader debate

Fully agree, the Tax cuts are unjustifiable in many of aspects, political, moral and financial. But the financial position must have changed considerably in order for us to qualify for increased borrowing. While I really do not want to labour ( or even continue to opine, Particularly). It is my bel...
by AndrewJB
Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: C4 Conservative leader debate
Replies: 738
Views: 16446

Re: C4 Conservative leader debate

I understand it is borrowing, but something created the sudden shift from austerity to heavy spending (at least going forward)... if you buy into the austerity worked to such a level as to create this room then I respect your position, fully on it’s feasible merit. Nothing has changed, except the m...
by AndrewJB
Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Brexit: The Naked Truth
Replies: 10426
Views: 155426

Re: Brexit: The Naked Truth

Just to add a little perspective, here's a list of the main concessions Cameron requested from Brussels before this sorry saga began, and what the EU responses were: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-35622105 Two things spring to mind for me. The EU were actually a lot more amenab...
by AndrewJB
Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: C4 Conservative leader debate
Replies: 738
Views: 16446

Re: C4 Conservative leader debate

It is not me that became hostile, as someone who researches for a living I’m not interested in coming on a social media message board to take a busman holiday shock. My statements were made in good faith, from knowledge gained on other things (I study history) so I’m aware of sources and legitimate...
by AndrewJB
Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: C4 Conservative leader debate
Replies: 738
Views: 16446

Re: C4 Conservative leader debate

I don't know the full ins and outs of the PFI contracts, but I think I read somewhere that the country will be paying for them for a few decades yet. If a contract could be changed by an act of parliament then I think the government's would struggle to get anyone to do work on their behalf etc. Bot...
by AndrewJB
Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: C4 Conservative leader debate
Replies: 738
Views: 16446

Re: C4 Conservative leader debate

Yeah it's a shambles by the Tories, but if they've got one hand tied due to contracts signed by Labour .... We don't know what else they've had to take over/on courtesy of a labour government. Perhaps they're still paying off projects initiated by Major's government? Their hands couldn't have been ...
by AndrewJB
Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: C4 Conservative leader debate
Replies: 738
Views: 16446

Re: C4 Conservative leader debate

He raised the issue of the contracts Labour tied future governments into that are vastly expensive. These will be contributing to the increase of national debt, at a guess, because money will be diverted to pay these contracts and not going towards other things like the national debt. Although I do...

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