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  1. Erm, nope. Us Tories always kick the can elsewhere, but come on. We love a bit of Big Brother.
  2. They're welcome to start posting under their real name at any point to contribute.
  3. No idea. 10 of the 29 thwarted terrorist attempts in the last 5 years have apparently been "far right" though. All a bit depressing.
  4. But let's keep tax havens opaque, right? What a bunch of useless corrupt idiots we have in charge.
  5. Good points, these. I saw Mark Francois talking about how we should end online anonymity to combat the rise in hate crimes. I agree with him, but it seems bonkers to me he's all for keeping tax haven anonymity. I can't get over the feeling some of the 35 trillion reputatedly squirreled away in UK tax havens probably shouldn't be there or should have been taxed etc. We at least need to know who and what is driving markets, politics, and all the rest using that sea of cash!
  6. I should imagine all the investment and improvements to the NHS under Blue Labour also raised life expectancy. I'm guessing it's been going down again since 2010?
  7. Jesus. What an incompetent bunch of bastards we have running the show right now!
  8. Annual cost of 95M? Yeah. That's F all. Good headline though....
  9. I'm not remembering it wrong. I'm just not approaching it from a "let's find a way to blame it all on Labour from 97 onwards" angle. But yes, that's absolutely what happens now - turbo charged this past decade even more. Inner city families moved out to the cheaper sticks so that London and Manchester etc can be gentrified.
  10. It was for about 35 years of my life until the mid 80s. No problem with selling it, but we should have replaced with the funds raised and go again (instead of a brief tax cut to win the 87 election). I feel really bad being involved in all that now tbh. Tory Party has been captured by the greedy Etonian dunces Thatcher detested so much and the Housing Benefit bill is now absolutely criminal as a result.
  11. Hmmm. I think Thatcher had it right myself. I don't think you need to put stipulations on who can rent social housing, but right to buy obviously comes with a price (your in work etc etc).
  12. It's an interesting point longterm, actually. Suspect not. Given we now all know what a deregulated housing market with props for the big house building firms and no state support (outside housing benefit, that ultimately ends up in private landlords pockets anyway) looks like, though.... I'd much prefer schemes like these that can then reinvest the rents back into building more affordable housing stock.
  13. They haven't bought anything? Looks like there's a "premium" element to their rent, which after a couple of decades equates to the purchase price. It's a brilliant idea, surely?
  14. What I find weirdest about the conspiracy wonks, is they never seem to go for the "Occam's Razor" conspiracy. It's never the powers that be (both states, companies, and individuals) that are the problem or pushing the agendas. Oh no. You should fear anyone opposing them in a convoluted manner...
  15. I literally haven't seen a positive from Leaving yet? I voted Leave as I'm ancient and all my friends did the same. Half of those have died now!
  16. It's actually something Russia is actively pushing for (thawing the Artic). Not just the extra sea passage that potentially opens up to them, but all the minerals etc under arctic tundra presently.
  17. I'd say it does get close to 1 in 2 needing it, as you go on. I've lost several friends to dementia (which is the worse thing I've seen). Must admit I've considered just ending it if I ever get that way. Dark I know.
  18. This annoys me. Sorry. Not intended personally. It's just I'm old enough to remember WW2. I remember the bombs and planes. I remember a really divided society strangely brought together by the far right in Europe, and the push (by Churchill) to form a union to stop it ever happening again. At 81, and having lived through all that, I really don't think I have the right to evoke WW2 rhetoric. I especially don't think Brexit - driven by far right sentiment and foreign money - is a particularly good analogy or place to envoke it.
  19. I don't think most Brits have ever lived in the EU (as in mainland Europe) tbh. You're right - standards of living and all the rest are pretty much universally higher (including pensions and benefits in most). Why do folk come here, then? Exactly the same reasons and factors we'd all consider. And the biggest is the reason most of us have never lived abroad for long. Language is MASSIVE (English being a global second tongue now). Living somewhere in a prison of ignorance because you just hear noise whenever someone talks is awful. Existing family in a country = also massive. Both things that would sway most of us when choosing where to settle next tbh.
  20. Really astute reply. Thank you! Afraid mine isn't nearly as eloquent, but I think if we imagine it's the government holding the straps up...
  21. I genuinely didn't know how heavily subsidised by the EU it was. The new system looks "fun" to navigate. Poor fishermen. I hope they chop Farage up as bait. They've been so poorly treated.
  22. Is fishing still important to Brexiteers? I've just been told we're expecting HUGE numbers of small independent fishermen to go to the wall. Apparently the EU subsidise red diesel heavily (vile stuff btw). 30p a litre is now close to £1.40 a litre for UK fishermen! The idea is they can claim a rebate back eventually via the UK Marine Voyagers Relief fund, but the reality is absolutely nothing has been done to support or ease that transition. By the time it is, it'll be a crisis. Because that's how this (vile stuff btw) government "work".
  23. Oops. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/oct/14/boris-johnsons-holiday-villa-linked-to-offshore-tax-havens-documents-suggest
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