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  2. It is ultimately the political reality of Northern Ireland that means nothing resembling a regular customs border can exist on either side. The EU will have to adjust to this reality in the end, and the deal has enough loopholes to ensure the UK doesn't pay any price for this.
  3. I don't disagree about the culture in the public sector, but there is a degree of myth-making about private sector efficiency. The vast majority of employees in any large private sector organisation don't give a shit about making money for their employer and the senior managers will be more concerned about stroking their own egos and ensuring that they receive suitable compensation regardless of the performance of the business. Over time there is relentless growth in mediocre middle management, as there is in any bureaucracy. And there will be a whole host of ******** roles which are in no way financially justifiable but will be immune from consideration whenever there are any discussions about budget.
  4. No surprises there, really. COVID misinformation looks like a typical Russian secret service job. Sadly, too many believe their lives.
  5. Then why did we sign an international obligation saying just the opposite? Because without it you didn't get the deal? So a bright shining lie is what you are advocating. What do you do if the EU cancels the other part of that - the deal? You couldn't previously get the deal without NIP so why would they let you now? This is such pie in the sky thinking a 747 is smeared in meat & tatties. This is indicative of my point about it not being about solutions it being about Brexiteers wanting to be seen to win over the EU. You know things don't happen in isolation. Every time you go - ooh this doesn't matter reality will tap you on the shoulder
  6. You work in IT - half of industry only works because of Indian software houses providing cheap labour so that's very glass houses outlook. ISH may not be great but undeniably keeps many companies that can't afford a dedicated IT dept of their own going.
  7. The integrity of the SM/CU ceased to be a UK interest the moment Brexit happened. If anything we do now stuffs the SM, then it can get stuffed.
  8. Allow me to defend my kind, I spent my 20's in the lab, my thirties across Europe and North America on biopharm projects and then settled down to a role in tech sales after two decades of a genuine techie.
  9. Yes, I think there is something in that. Or, at least some views are being legitimised a little more.
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  11. So it looks like my job is moving to Chichester. However, it looks like quite a lot of Chichester is prone to flooding. https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/long-term-flood-risk/map?easting=486835&northing=105615&map=RiversOrSea
  12. 22% off of a 4 bed detached house south west of Norwich https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/108153926#/?channel=RES_BUY Price Change History 17/06/2021 Price changed from £900,000 to £700,000 04/06/2021 Initial entry found: £900,000
  13. Yep, it’s bleak, says expert who tested 1970s end-of-the-world prediction https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/25/gaya-herrington-mit-study-the-limits-to-growth
  14. You are right in some ways, the British have started to dislike foreigners, I do not believe the genie can be put back in the bottle
  15. It is going to be both. After all, this problem is not happening throughout Europe.
  16. You said you are in technical sales, home of people who just think they can do complex design stuff. Early on in my career I spent a fair few years mopping up after technical sales. As a result given the choice of deciding who gets onto the last spare ventilator between a 30st diabetic, who spends his days propping up the bar in Weatherspoon's, and a technical sales guy I would probably go for the 30st diabetic.
  17. Who would have though it would make sense for housing close to manual and not the best paid work to be reserved for those workers doing it rather then converted into a stylish retirement pad?
  18. Bootle saying much the same: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2021/06/20/raise-rates-now-stave-economic-nightmare/amp/
  19. That makes sense in addition. That's a wall of cash. Like furlough and fraudulent bounce back loans etc
  20. Barfoots of Botley, a farming company based on England's south coast near Bognor Regis, said 750,000 courgettes were being left Why grow crops when the local population us oaps in 600k houses? https://www.barfoots.com/#experts-in-our-field Growing is in our nature. Over 40 years ago, we started life as a small family farm with a handful of people and a modest range of crops. Today, we’re a global farming and food business working thousands of acres and employing thousands of people around the world to grow, process, pack and market a range of fresh produce A quick look at - https://suite.endole.co.uk/insight/company/02383478-barfoots-of-botley-limited Shows flattish revenue, only growing in 2012, making use of that expensive EU labour. A farmer unable to harvest their crop is a bad farmer.
  21. As man who is apparently informed, may I ask what was the issue the issue that made you decide that brexit was not just necessary for democratic credibility, but desirous in itself? You used to see the impossibility of all three of: - Leaving the SU/CM - Maintaining the GFA - Maintaining the integrity of the UK, ...you now think these self-contradcting things are possible. I would be interested in what changed? The only people I know who had this conversion are loyal Tories who changed their mind in alignment with their party. I assume this was not the case with you?
  22. No it's not. Everything seems to be affront to decency to you.
  23. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-57928647 An add agency based in UK and Russia trying to pay influencers to post misinformation on vaccines. What's worse, people paying money to spread misinformation or people taking money to spread misinformation? In this case the results of both are that some people will needlessly die if due to viewing that information they decide not to take the vaccine. Should it be classed as murder or manslaughter?
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