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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Putin wouldn't have liked it if they hadn't. Straight to the Gulags.
  4. 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.
  5. 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...
  6. 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.
  7. 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".
  8. Oops. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/oct/14/boris-johnsons-holiday-villa-linked-to-offshore-tax-havens-documents-suggest
  9. Oh, nailed on. The problem is, culture wars work as long as you don't break the UK at Xmas. I've yet to speak to anyone important or rich who thinks Brexit is going well, put it that way. Huge cost increases absolutely everywhere. The bet is really "How long until the Tories turn on Boris?"
  10. I would have a bet on this government not lasting until 2023 right now if you can. I'm not saying it's nailed on, but the odds will plummet within a few months...
  11. But they aren't sceptical? Ray Bates is not being sceptical about the climate denial groups he is associated with (he's even had to have an Irish judge point this out for him). He is not being sceptical about where the money to drive all this nonsense is coming from.
  12. Why? What is motivating you? Who is motivating you?
  13. Or, retired jumped-up weather forecaster (with hardly any other scientists in agreement) knows better than an Irish judge? I mean, I've met qualified doctors who also swear by crystals and/or various Gods. Someone being qualified doesn't always mean they're rational. Bates reminds me of many an old boy like myself who, up until a few years ago at least, could simply never be wrong.
  14. I'm pretty sure the Green Party leader has a history working in mechanical engineering. Nice of them to let her have a go without any science...
  15. There's no discussion for me? Anyone who works with scientific data daily and knows its various ins and outs is probably enough. Sadly we have 30+ years of climate change denial on the internet from amateurs and shills etc. Really the latter I'd prefer to avoid.
  16. Unless you're a climate scientist, please don't bother.
  17. Much of it is in the article. Tbh rainfall data is one of those things you'll find most countries have going back to at least the 1970s now. That would have been long before it was collected for climate change, and more to monitor nutrient levels and precipitation for farming. One of those things that can't really be denied (in the same way that we know the planet is getting hotter at a previously unprecedented rate, because any idiot can read a thermometer).
  18. He literally got away with hanging wallpaper made of gold (despite making a fuss and trying to hide who paid for it).
  19. I really don't think most Brits know how Brexit is (largely) percieved globally. Russia Today obviously still very keen, but discussions in the EU already turning to how they might provide aid to the UK. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2021/10/08/eu-must-ready-send-aid-brexit-britain-says-former-pm-finland/?fbclid=IwAR0LRHU_yX-1k62e_7csMqAzgkjCcrhNiNPYBq4_ZKBExxqlaIFx3ujn0Jc
  20. I'd honestly just leave it well alone tbh. Doesn't seem very well mentally to me.
  21. Yes, it always surprises me. Seems a shame they're not contributing to the state education of proles, as I really don't think the sorts that send their kids overseas for education would be massively fussed by VAT on top or a foreign student surcharge.
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