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  1. 8 hours ago, Riedquat said:

    You really aren't coping very well with someone disagreeing with you. I don't think you've made one pertinent reply yet.

    nothing much to reply to, all you did was make some strawman argument based on saying that in at least some cases, arguments against immigration are not based on xenophobia. fine, I actually don't disagree with that.

  2. 6 hours ago, GregBowman said:

    He is a funny fruit can’t make out whether he is a troll or a kid with his Dads account, I am thinking the latter since his language is quite juvenile ‘deal with it’ appears to have joined 12 years ago but only 270 odd posts but now posting all the time. Probably a diversion between his next J Arthur ;)

    OK boomer - still smarting from the fact that someone dared to disagree with you? You seem to be doing an awful lot of research on such an insignificant "funny fruit", must really have got under your skin... 

  3. 15 minutes ago, MonsieurCopperCrutch said:

    Bang on the money.

    Funny thing is, considering the prior postings, our company found that the couple of Canadian immigrants we employed they generally came across as quite slow and lazy, work-wise. One was subsequently let go while the other had to be told to buckle up his coding. Discussing their immigration to England during interviews these Canadians cited their preference to more liberal left-leaning employee rights than they get in Canada. In particular to holidays and holiday pay. Compared to the Itialians, Maltese, and Greeks we currently employ from Europe, all employed North Americans greatly underperform in comparison. 

    lol, they asked about holidays in the interview and you still employed them?? big red flag...

  4. 8 minutes ago, Riedquat said:

    Not literal-mindedness but a dig; I prefer slightly more subtle insults than namecalling :)

    IME the anti-immigration argument is mostly about numbers or job impact, nothing more. Sure, the xenophobes will use them too (if there's a rational argument that happens to align with what they want then why wouldn't they), but they really aren't in the majority. Treating people who argue against immigration as xenophobes really is as closed-minded as the xenophobes.

    ok

  5. 10 minutes ago, GregBowman said:

    It’s a piece of plastic with some numbers on it ( they actually hold their value or go up a little so not a bad store of value )

    The problem is you take all this a little too seriously 

    I like nice cars I have an affection for a plate that is a little bit sentimental to me 

    I wasn’t affronted at all just putting a case that some people with plates might be interesting unlike you - as I said it is just a piece of plastic 

    I had written this :

    I guess your a little sore that Boris is as a minimum a two term pm now

    but then saw another post from you with your anti liberal views but also you knock tokens of success (however cheesy ) - you are a mixed up Little bunny 

    anti-liberal views? what on earth are you on about? really quite strange that you are so triggered by the comments of an anonymous stranger on an internet forum. I think that vanity plates are stupid, deal with it.

  6. Just now, GregBowman said:

    It’s a piece of plastic with some numbers on it ( they actually hold their value or go up a little so not a bad store of value )

    The problem is you take all this a little too seriously 

    I like nice cars I have an affection for a plate that is a little bit sentimental to me 

    I wasn’t affronted at all just putting a case that some people with plates might be interesting unlike you - as I said it is just a piece of plastic 

    I guess your a little sore that Boris is as a minimum a two term pm now 😉

    you like your ad homs, don't you, must have touched a nerve.

    and why would I care whether Boris won or not? cretins voting for their cheerleader, do you realise what you look like to the rest of the world?

    if he stuffs the uk up, as I expect he will, I will leave, like all the other foreigners. I have already moved a fair chunk of my savings out of the uk and will probably accelerate this now.

  7. 11 minutes ago, Riedquat said:

    Is that a sigh of despair that you'll never see past your prejudices? And to claim every argument against immigration is just a smokescreen for racism or xenophobia is a prejudice. To do that you have to have decided that there can only be one motivation against it and then try to fit every answer in to that assumption. There's a good deal of hypocricy in someone doing that and using it to claim someone else is xenophobic.

    Note that this is quite different from simply saying that the argument being made doesn't turn out to be correct when you look in to it.

    no, sighing at your literal-mindedness. never said that every argument against immigration is based on xenophobia. a pretty high proportion of them are, though. 

  8. 3 hours ago, bartelbe said:

    Different issue, it is very unlikely that the world is going to be flooded with cheap doctors, dentists or other highly skilled staff because of the amount of training required.

    The problem when it comes to highly skilled immigration are different. The first is whether it is ethical for us to pinch those workers from poorer countries that have paid to train them. Is it ethical for us to take trained doctors from poorer countries that desperately need medical staff?

    The other issue is the risk of limiting opportunities for young British people. I knew someone who worked in engineering recruitment and she said that the reason for the skill shortage in engineering was because British companies weren't putting enough into training graduates. It was cheaper for them to pinch ready train staff off other companies, which included importing staff from other countries.

    ah the old "is it ethical to steal doctors from developing countries" card. Dressing up xenophobia as concern for the poor. Reminds me of this:

    "My name's Paul Nuttalls from the UKIPs and I say we need to ensure the brightest and best Anglo-Saxons stay in 5th century northern continental Europe instead of coming over here to the UK and laying down the basis of our entire future language and culture.”

     

     

  9. 2 hours ago, Martin_JD said:

     Nearly a quarter of properties are selling within a week of going onto the market

     

    It’s mental out there, question is how long will the boom go on for?  

    Also,  Barclays boss predicts the biggest economic boom since 1948 (bbc news)

     

    So where is this crash and mass unemployment which some of you where insisting was coming?

    yeah of course, it's totally normal for the govt to pay people salaries to sit at home. the basis for an amazing economic future.

  10. On 03/05/2021 at 18:14, GregBowman said:

    Stirling Moss, Robbie Williams and Chris Tarrant have private plates. I rest my case your honour 

    You could of course be wittier and have more anecdotes but I very much doubt it 

    seriously? that's your argument: "robbie williams, nuff said"??

    Problem is, people like you always equate celebrity or money or bling with worth and then get all affronted when people laugh at those values. you want to see real worth, look at a guy like Jonas Salk (son of an illiterate peasant, before you try playing the class card): invented the polio vaccine, saved millions of lives, never patented it (could have made billions), lived modestly. worth more than 1000 robbie williams/sterling moss/ whoever. do you think he spent money on vanity plates? 

  11. On 07/05/2021 at 19:58, fuzzy_bear said:

    Too much anecdote on here - the real figures speak for themselves - £180bn in savings amassed by Brits during the pandemic. Of course there will be winners & losers with those in the hospitality industry worst hit but many are much better off than before the pandemic

    Household savings on average increased significantly & assets of virtually all classes have rocketed in value from last March.

    So even if you are of the house price crash mentality, provided your money is invested in virtually anything but cash, the average person is in a better position than last year. 

    https://www.ft.com/content/5e7b5c88-937c-445f-859c-2f9653332afe 

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56210579 

     

    really? ftse100/250 only just recovered to pre-pandemic levels. really it is just a few tech stocks that have boomed. and as far housing assets go, I think it is far too early to draw a conclusion. the current situation is very far removed from any sort of sanity.

  12. 4 hours ago, erat_forte said:

    I understand the "heritage" value in some specific cases e.g. I remember the Mayor of Southampton's official car was A1 (or was it 1A, I forget).

    But it's compleely beyond me why anyone would want to drive round with their number plate reading "T0 553 R". The only message I can think of that it sends to the world is " I think I am funnier cleverer and a more interesting person than I actually am or ever will be"

    no-one who has anything witty or interesting to say would be remotely interested in buying vanity plates... 

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