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  1. 6 minutes ago, shlomo said:

    No country in the world can manufacture like the old China, no country has that productivity at that low wages with no worker rights.

    as @Big Orange alluded to  even China cannot match the old China

    Thing is, China's looking a bit like Russia - belligerent rulers looking to grab more territory. (#zugdisclaimer: There Is Only One China.)

    If you were a big corporation, investing in China would definitely be an interesting decision.

    On the one hand, it's a huge marketplace of 1.4 billion people. On the other hand, it seems that China and the West might be having a bit of a falling out, which will only escalate if they make a move on Taiwan.

    Who knows if your investment will be safe 5 years down the line? Look at many Western companies that were in Russia... until recently.

  2. 3 hours ago, Flat Bear said:

    I realize there are only caps for non business customers but how does this work? I have tried to find out what it all actually means but they do it only for a years supply cost of a house.

    The cap is basically an upper limit on the price per kilowatt. I pay when they send me a bill, and my latest one says I'm paying just under 28p per kilowatt (excluding VAT). This is what is capped.

    People's direct debit payments aren't capped, but overall their bill for the current period still should work out at no more than 28p per kilowatt, excluding VAT and the standing charge.

  3. 13 minutes ago, Will! said:

    National Farmers' Union: Labour shortages cost millions in fruit and veg waste

    Looks like farmers really didn't want to pay workers a bit more to pick the crops.

    "This means increasing the number of visas available to meet the sector’s needs"

    And there it is.

    I'd be curious to know how much £ these people would earn per hour. Minimum wage? Or much less?

  4. 1 minute ago, zugzwang said:

    It's supremely important to China because of the humiliation they experienced at the hands of the Western imperial powers in the 18th + 19th centuries and the hostility they now encounter daily from US pols.

    I don't believe the West is out to humiliate China. I'm sure it's a great country. I've never been, but I know someone who went there recently, and loved it.

    In fact, as you've pointed out, only recently Cameron and Xi were shaking hands.

    So what's changed? For one, we've seen China crack down on the Hong Kong free press, and impose much stricter laws.

    The main problem is the "People" in the "People's Republic of China".

    In the West, governments are forced to periodically get the opinions of the people. We call them elections.

    You say there is only One China. Fair enough. But what if the people of Taiwan genuinely want to go their own way?

    Could they? NO.

    At least, not according to the leaders of China.

    So it makes an actual mockery of the "People" in your "People's Republic". The people have very little, if any, actual say.

  5. 39 minutes ago, satsuma said:

    It is possible, considering his past behaviour, that he held onto documents as he saw fit and some of these were highly sensitive.  Remember that ex presidents are also party to highly classified information after they end their term in office.  In this case he was possibly asked nicely to cough up what he didn't need and he just refused because he's a ****.  On the other hand, could be more interesting than that.  

    No, it has to be because he's a paid-for Putin patsy who wanted to give the Russians more nuclear secrets than they've already got :rolleyes:

  6. 2 minutes ago, byron78 said:

    He's certainly guilty of inciting the deaths of multiple Americans now.


    1 minute ago, Si1 said:

    One of those traditional guys...


    See byron78's post.

    Who needs a jury system, when we have people like byron78?

    People used to be "certainly guilty" when they were found guilty by a trial by jury of their peers. That's what I mean by traditional.

  7. 1 minute ago, pig said:

    But is this 'normal' ? And are you one of those maniacs ?

    Nope, just one of those traditional guys who believe in justice, not trial by insinuation.

    Yes, it's serious. Yes, it's worth discussing.

    But no, it's absolutely not right to assume he's guilty, which is what your statement did. The posts on here have shown how some people think, though, which is enlightening.

  8. 2 minutes ago, Si1 said:

    Woo conspiracy.

    Question for you. What is, "Russia are going to officially and public support him as their candidate", as stated by Peter Hun?

    After all, if Russia do this and nothing else, then who cares? If the implication is (which of course it IS) that they're going to do something to try and get Trump into power, then that's... a conspiracy.

    And yes, Trump handing over nuclear secrets to Russia would also be... a conspiracy.

    So what's your point? The people you're cheerleading are also talking about conspiracies, based on imaginary scenarios in their head.

  9. 1 minute ago, pig said:

    Oh sure lol.

    What country do you live In where this is all  'normal' ?

    You've been paying attention, right?

    They wanted Trump gone (politically, I mean) since 2016, before he even won the election.

    So you're right, it's not "normal". America is devolving into a banana republic.

    Either way, will you also apologise if nothing comes of the raid? Probably not, because in your mind he's already X, Y or Z. Russia has already scheduled the next 10 years of world leaders, after all, right? ;)

    But something has already come of the raid, even if they find nothing. You've been left with yet another impression, so you can put 2 and 2 together and come up with 5.

  10. 3 hours ago, scottbeard said:

    We need to stop this "once great nation" defeatism and build on the current success to create even greater future success, and not just in entertainment and sport but in fundamental areas like improving the lives of people with disabilities and creating towns centres to be proud of and not just struggle to park in. 

    There is absolutely no reason Britain can't be the best place on Earth, and the only thing stopping it is our attitudes.

    Maybe we could start with those who use the word "Brexsh*t"?

    I know you don't, probably because of what you've just written above. You have a healthy attitude towards the future. But so many of these, our fellow citizens, seem to revel in Britain not doing as well in some arbitrary statistic during a coronavirus pandemic followed by a war in Europe.

  11. 9 minutes ago, pig said:

    Forget Russia for a minute.

    WTF is Trump doing running off with,  and then getting chased by the FBI for ‘nuclear documents’. ?

    There we go again. "WTF is Trump doing running off with..."

    Guilty until proven innocent, no smoke without fire, right?

    Honestly, listen to yourself. If the raid produces legal action that finds Trump guilty in a court of law, then yes, your statement would be fair.

    Until then, you're contributing to slander. Give yourself a pat on the back.

  12. 4 hours ago, Peter Hun said:

    Insinuations?  Russia are going to officially and public support him as their candidate.

    He's a traitor, pure and simple.

    Well, this says a lot about you.

    I doubt you'd apologise even if nothing comes from the raid, because the impression has already been left in your mind. He must still be a traitor because of X or Y or whatever else you've conjured up.

    The fact that "Russia are going to" shows how much of this is the work of your own imagination.

  13. 8 minutes ago, Peter Hun said:

    Russia supports Trumps as a candidate for US president.


    Oh, of course, you're laying the groundwork for yet more insinuations.

    To be honest, if you actually believe Trump would give Russia any nuclear secrets, then I think you're genuinely nuts.

    He's criticized for his "America First" agenda but he's also secretly "Russia First"?

    As I said. Nuts.

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