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Trampa501

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  1. Seeing this to an extent with pubs (particularly those with outdoor space, a terrace or beer garden). The old boozer simply can't stay open with current customer numbers, so if you want a drink you have to go to a place that requires booking, as they are so busy. Plus they charge an arm and a leg for a drink.
  2. A combination of factors is hitting central London hard. First, more of the office/city/media people are still working from home. Then there is the fear factor, not helped by rocketing covid numbers. As mentioned, all that faff factor is a negative. And lastly, of course, there aren't the huge numbers of foreign tourists. Whether that's because restrictions prevent them coming, or they are put off by the shambles of a government, or some other reason, we may never know for sure.
  3. For many years we thought an ever-increasing population was the norm. We had no natural predators that could cull our numbers, and life expectancy was rising across the globe. But things have changed. Fertility rates are dropping, and scientists have predicted that covid heralds a new age of pandemics. Is it time for the robots to take over?
  4. A good takeaway, like a kebab or chip shop, makes a very good profit on sales, and has probably done ok during the last year (unless they are dependent on City office workers). £50k is probably a small percentage of what they can make in a year. I know of certain takeaways that can make £3-4k a day! A restaurant owner, on the other hand, may be tempted.
  5. They were probably talking about shipping prices. Hope this is a temporary blip, it will hurt a lot of businesses, including mine. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55740063
  6. It'll be surprising if the chancellor does go down this path, particularly after the Chesham by-election result. Yes there is a bill coming in for the Brexit and Covid measures, but hammering the well-to-do middle classes could be electoral suicide for a Conservative government.
  7. Maybe English businesses and industry are doomed (Scotland still has a chance to escape) if the ever-increasing older sector of the population is going to keep voting for policies that damage the economy, whether it be Brexit, restrictive housing policy, hostile environment policies that wreck our rep overseas, or various subsidies to house-buyers. I'm not young myself, but I don't see how the country recovers from the devastation the boomer generation has wreaked on the country.
  8. The folk in these well-to-do areas will also have noticed the wild spending schemes put forward by Johnson - tunnels or bridges to Ireland, "levelling up the north" etc. Guess who will be called upon to pay for those schemes (as well as the great furlough handout) ?
  9. Maybe memory affects us all, but I don't remember either the Prime Minister (Cameron) or Corby calling anyone racist because of the way they voted. I do remember politicians telling us "we hold all the cards" and "they need us more than we need them". One thing though that people always forget about the Brexit vote. People of working age voted Remain. It's the older generation that swung it, both in the North and the South.
  10. Could be parents who see their kids no longer have the Erasmus option, or easy access to ski chalet working holidays. Or folk who work for pharma or financial services, where Brexit will hit them. Or health service professionals who experienced the PPE shortages, and wonder where all the lucrative contracts went... Any number of cheesed off middle classes who while they won't vote Labour, are not impressed with a Tory government trying to appease the Northern chip shop worker who doesn't like hearing foreign accents... I wonder too if the good folk of Chesham know deep down that a huge bill is incoming for the dual effects of Brexit and the Covid lockdowns. Who's going to pay most of that bill? Unlikely to be the northern chip shop worker.
  11. Bridget Fox on Twitter: "Chesham and Amersham voted Remain. #Brexit may no longer be the main issue but a lot of people work in City, locally-based global tech & pharma companies, lots of educated professionals. Nationalist rhetoric not very popular here." / Twitter
  12. I'm not sure about the statement here (first time ever that El Corte Ingles had an unprofitable year - they've had some lean years since 2008). Not surprised that they lost 2.9 billion Euros in the last year, hard to make money when your customers are in lockdown, even if you are pivoting towards the ecommerce side. https://twitter.com/joehas/status/1404378140491853827?s=20
  13. Suppose you were a Union leader for the miners between the 40s and 80s. If you acted hardball in every negotiation, always played hard for your members, you'd be successful in gaining extra pay and benefits for your members, who did a difficult and dangerous job. It wouldn't be seen as insane to follow that path, indeed it comes across as being a totally sane course of action.
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