Confusion of VIs

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  1. Please explain where the FUD is you asked a question and I replied, if you know different please post and give me the benefit of your superior knowledge. Yes.Voters don't like bailing out other people who lived the high life on other peoples money, especially when that money was fraudulently obtained. As for "I'm out", do you seriously think the UK would have behaved differently.
  2. None of which would be negatively affected by us leaving the EU. In fact as I have interests in both camps "I have less skin in the game" than most.
  3. A bit of rabble rousing always goes down well on question time. Why would the audience know the truth, it's not reported. I only know a little bit about it because of my wife's role.
  4. You are just making assumptions that fit with your point of view, rather than accept that not everyone has to stick at a job they don't like.. The push to reduce agency working came mainly from findings from enquiries into deaths/harm arising from failure to provide an acceptable level of care, that reliance on agency staff is not conducive to providing high quality care. It got another push from publicity about staff earning thousands for a single shift and other NHS staff working on personal service contracts. Of course it probably is going up again as the number of vacancies are continuing to rise - The NHS needs 100,000 staff today to reach minimum recommended staffing levels.
  5. We have been round this loop before. To remind you, because I know your memory is a flaky as your logic. I did quite well out of the Leave vote and won't be negatively affected by Brexit, as I am well past the stage of needing to work and plan to retire around the time we actually Brexit. I voted Remain because I think overall the country would be better off by staying in the EU than leaving. I still think that, mainly because to date no one has been able to articulate a credible vision for how a successful Brexit will be achieved. Taking the counter side to your view of Remainers, it would be easy to characterise Leave voters as a bunch of benefit claiming losers, who need someone to blame for their failure to achieve much in life and cannot face looking in the mirror.
  6. So Remainers want to be better off in the short term and Leavers want to be better off in the long term. Sounds like the both have skin in the game (and are looking at it from their own selfish point of view) to me. So no real difference then, just another logic fail.
  7. So when a politician says something that fits your uniformed view you just agree with it. That's not really the way to either become informed or get at the truth is it. For his comment to have any relevance, it would have to reflect a massive increase in the use of agency nurses over the past year. Given that there has been a campaign to reduce agency nursing over the past three years that seems unlikely. His comment was also untrue, my wife tells me that average employing agency nurses costs no more than permanent staff - the headline figures ignore the fact that the agency nurses don't get 8 weeks leave per year, the near 30% cost of pension contributions, sick leave or paid training.
  8. BTL EPC

    Then they would have to do the work before the could re-let, so that hopefully should be a them doing that. However, E is a very low standard. We moved into a D rated house about 4 years ago and it was freezing.
  9. The world isn't just you or your bubble. Lots of people are in a position to walk if working becomes unbearable. We are only talking about some fraction of the 10% leaving each year. Allowing for those taking early retirement or moving to other jobs perhaps only a quarter of those, so maybe 2.5%. of the total workforce.
  10. £175 won't buy much cover, is that your contribution into a company scheme. Re Nurses pay rises, the NHS has had below inflation pay rises for at least 7 years now.
  11. I do remember the fuss at the time about France and Germany bending the rules to suit themselves. I was at the HO so early 2000s. However, for the average voter this was a pretty technical discussion that didn't really impact on mainstream opinion. Unlike giving a huge bailout to a spendthrift country that resorted to fraud to keep the money flowing long after the government had realised the scale of the problem they had created. How keen do you think the UK voters would have been to chip in maybe £30bn to help with the bailout, multiply our response tenfold and you would probably have some idea of how it would have gone down with the German voters.
  12. astroturfers - you obviously in full paranoid conspiracy theorist mode now. Anyway to answer your question, As far as I am aware there is no mechanism for expelling a member that does not want to go; as this would require a unanimous vote. On the other hand if Greece decided to default, this is also not allowed for in any part of the treat I am aware of. So while an actual default could happen, it would leave Greece and it's individual citizens and companies liable for any resulting losses incurred by third parties (including other Greek citizens/companies). The resulting legal nightmare would haunt Greece for generations. So in practical terms if Greece wanted to default it would have to immediately and unilaterally leave the EU by revoking the relevant treaties (in the same way as the UK could leave tomorrow if it wished). This would still be a legal mess but based on my very limited knowledge a more manageable one. Re the EU accepting a huge haircut on the Greek debt, this was never going to happen. When the Germans found themselves uncompetitive after entering the Euro at an overvalued rate they went on +10 year austerity drive to regain their competitive position, this caused huge resentment against the Southern states who had used low interest rates to go on a massive spending spree. If Merkel had even looked like agreeing to bail out the spendthrift Greeks she and her party would have been wiped out - sometimes democracy can be a bitch
  13. Hard Brexit 'like blowing up a bridge', Canada warns UK Canada's trade counsel seems to understand and be able to articulate the reality of a Hard Brexit rather better than our own Politicians/Experts.
  14. Part of my wife's job is helping ensure her trust has a safe level of staffing. They are having huge problems recruiting enough nurses to cover the increasing numbers leaving. One of the main factors driving people to leave is the extra workload than comes from running at or below minimum staffing levels (by international standards these minimums are already about 30% below international norms) plus running wards at well over their recommended bed occupancy rates (often at +95% when anything above 70% is considered undesirable). All of this adds extra stress onto an already stressful job and is making, increasing numbers quit nursing or move to a private sector health role. One reason so many can afford to go is that very large numbers are approaching retirement age and are prepared to take an early reduced pension and just leave.
  15. You ignore the fact that Greece even after all their problems is still a middle income country, far richer than the EE states. Voters in the poorer states (and Germany), saw Greece as a country that for years was living the high life on fraudulently borrowed money and would never have accepted a bailout of the scale required to protect living standards in Greece. About as likely as expecting HPCers to agree that BTLrs with IO loans should have their debts written off while keeping their BTLs.