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Confusion of VIs

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  1. He would not get an election, if the Queen does not believe he represents his party. I suspect he would be told not to embarrass her with a disolution request.
  2. Given the supply chain problems Brexit is causing you must work in quite a niche area. I could take the view that Brexit is going well because my area (Fintech) has boomed since Brexit but I can see the bigger picture does not support that conclusion.
  3. There is no direct financial comeback re liability either way. If governments want the manufacturers to accept liability the manufacturers insure themselves against the risk and add the cost plus their mark up to their prices. Governments self insure to reduce costs and because they trust their own regulators to assess safety more than an insurance company.
  4. I thought you were worried you might have crashed on the way to the vaccination centre.
  5. You are probably right about the asteroid - although of course it would soon leak. However, very significantly increased death rates in the three months post hospitalisation and recovery from a Covid infection was noted before the vaccine rollout. It was high enough for my wife's trust to document it at Amber on their resource planning risk register. Subsequently it has been established that the increased risk of death lasts for at least 12 months. COVID-19 survivors have higher risk of death 12 months after infection (medicalnewstoday.com) So not surprising that we are seeing an increased overall death rate.
  6. From what I have seen of your posts, regarding Brexit you only see what fits with your preconceived views. You may like me be an industry that has done well because of or despite of Brexit. However, the wider evidence is that Brexit has made UK workers poorer and will continue to do so. Airbus and Nissan warned that a no deal Brexit would force them to relocate. We agreed a zero tariff deal so they are still here but of course, according to Boris, Brexit is not yet done and the row over the NIP may still end up with no deal. Again the wider evidence is that Brexit is destroying the UK car industry. Just prior to Brexit car production in the UK was booming with almost 2m produced in 2016. Since then the industry has been in a tailspin with well under 1m produced last year. To make matters worse the Tesla European HQ, Gigafactory and battery factory is now in Germany instead of the UK and will soon be producing more cars than the entire UK industry. We will only know about Airbus UK's long term future when contracts for the next generation of planes are put out for tender.
  7. Current PaddyPower odds on next PM Surprised Sunak is favourite and Patel a backrunner Rishi Sunak 7/2 Penny Mordaunt 4/1 Liz Truss 13/2 Jeremy Hunt 15/2 Tom Tugendhat 8/1 Ben Wallace 8/1 Sajid Javid 9/1 Nadhim Zahawi 9/1 Dominic Raab 18/1 Michael Gove 20/1 David Frost 25/1 Priti Patel 25/1
  8. 😂😆🤣 We would be better off keeping Boris than going with that pile of tosh.
  9. The areas of the country hardest hit by Brexit seem to have been those where the Leave vote was highest. The area least affected and recovering quickest being London and the worst being the "red wall" and industrial areas in the NE. Brexit: The UK area that will see the biggest drop in wages (aol.co.uk) Is this what the winners voted for.
  10. We are still in the development phase, full scale Commercialisation won't happen until the rate of progress slows down and one or two winners emerge. No point in investing a couple of billion in today's best tech when there is a good chance it will be rendered obsolete by the time you have built it. The same issue is affecting wind turbines, firms are still leapfrogging each other with every new model they produce. To really ramp up they need to agree on a standard size so that the infrastructure for mass production of offshore turbines can be built. A year or two ago it looked like 14MW might be it but now it looks like the race is on for 20MW.
  11. Starmer is simply accepting the reality that the UK will not be re-joining the EU any time soon, if ever. I still speak to people I used to work with in the Commission and they say there is no chance that the UK would be accepted back by all 27 states. One or two are pretty ambivalent about wanting the UK back at all and several more think the risk of a second Brexit would be too high. Maybe in 10-15yrs and after we have adopted a proportional voting system it might be worth revisiting but until them fixing Boris's botched Brexit is the only sensible policy for Labour.
  12. Yelims knowledge of renewables is very outdated, little more than parroting the information produced by the fossil fuel industries paid lobbyists. There are a large number of competing technologies that will reduce grid scale storage costs by far more than needed to make renewables plus storage competitive with fossil fuels. It's too early to say which will win out but we are not short of options. In the UK Renewables are now helping to offset increases to energy bills and save consumers money.
  13. Gas and electricity prices in the UK are set according to the European/World market gas prices. The fact that most of our gas comes from domestic production makes no difference.
  14. Express and Telegraph don't seem happy about us still having £36bn of the EU exit bill left to pay. It's almost as if they didn't read Boris's exit deal. Brexit LIVE: 'F****** insane' Outrage as UK must pay EU BILLIONS to sever ties with bloc Britain is set to hand over an eye-watering £9.4 billion Brexit divorce payment to Brussels this year, according to official EU figures. The bumper bill will still leave the UK with a massive £26.6 billion left to pay under the terms of the withdrawal deal. It will swell the bloc’s coffers at a time when the UK and other European states are battling rising inflation and a cost of living crisis. Brussels’s calculation for this year’s payment is almost £3 billion higher than that forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility. It had been expected the cost would rise because of the weakening of the pound against the euro, which the settlement is paid in.
  15. Who cares about the price of petrol, the higher it goes the sooner we will end dependence on the likes of Russia. Given that we signed a treaty guaranteeing Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity shouldn't we be doing enough to ensure they don't lose. What money? The UK's defence forces rely on allies to be able to operate. On our own we don't have enough escorts for our aircraft carriers, anti submarine planes/ships to allow our submarines to leave port without being tracked, etc etc. Turning back the clock to the days when the UK could operate independently would cost enough to make whatever we give to Ukraine seem like lose change. The same readers who thought it was a good idea to leave the EU at a cost of +£100bn a year.
  16. That's marketing, coffee is not really £6+ a jar. Most people now buy it when it is on offer at half price.
  17. I doubt interest rates will rise much beyond 2%. Rising energy prices will take £50bn out of disposable household income in the next year, in a weakening economy that itself will do the job of demand destruction.
  18. History seems to indicate that successful independence votes seem to heal rather than exacerbate divisions. 5yrs on people seem to accept it as the natural state of affairs. Obvious exception would be Brexit but there leavers were voting for something they already had so not surprising the results have been somewhat underwhelming.
  19. I doubt there is £1bn going to Ukraine. From what I have heard much of what we are sending is missiles at or approaching their use by date and equipment currently in storage because we haven't the troops to use it.
  20. We alongside the US signed a treaty guarantying Ukraine's borders and sovereignty in return for them handing over hundreds of nukes to the Russian's. You could argue we are doing the bare minimum required.
  21. 🤦‍♂️ Because BJ won't allow a formal binding referendum.
  22. The OBR was instructed to assume a "good" Brexit in its forecasts. They still cannot produce forecasts covering what happens if BJs concocted row over the NIP tips us into a no deal Brexit.
  23. Yes Treasury, BoE and OBR were all banned from releasing of even internally assessing the impact of Brexit in 2017 for fear the bad news would leak.
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