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  1. Oh yeah, the property bear's pin up girl is up to her neck in property and debt now.
  2. At 85 what does she need more than £6500 a year for... Does she pay a high rent? Need to furnish her home? Have a lot of hungry young kids to feed? Feel the urge to travel the world?
  3. If you define success as the financialization of UK, resulting in young people - for the first time in hundreds of years - having a worse standard of living than their parents and struggling to afford somewhere to live, then there has been unprecedented success in the UK in the last 30 odd years. I'm keeping the champagne on ice just now though.
  4. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day To be fair, many of the people who voted for us to join the EEC had first hand experience of WWII. I don't want to threadjack but the underlying purpose of the ECSC -> EEC -> EU was to avoid that ever happening again by making the countries dependent upon one another.
  5. I dunno - I always thought the trade union movement started at the end of the 19th century. If anything, the currently retiring generation masterminded the dismantlement of it in the 70s/80s! As far as I can see, pretty much everything that makes Britain good came from the generation before - the people who did actually fight in WWI or WWII and then built council houses and started the NHS. Excepting the people who have directly supported me through my life, I don't think I have much to thank the average 60-85 yr old for.
  6. Most current pensioners didn't fight for the country. If you turned 16 a month before the war ended you would now be 88. Since WWII the UK has only been in a handful of wars and has had a fully professional (i.e. no conscription / national service) since 1960. Doesn't stop many of them attempting to bask in reflected glory though.
  7. Yes, when thinking about his rationale for this move overnight two things popped into my mind: 1 - He knows that the longer they leave it, the worse the economic situation will be and the more compelling a change to remain will become for some people. Get the second vote done quickly before more economic consequences become evident and then it's locked in for "a generation". 2 - The use of the words "for a generation" got me thinking about average voter age. He and his acolytes must know that their voter base is mostly comprised of people who were born before the existence of the EEC and that in general the younger voters favour remain. The longer you leave it to have a second vote, the fewer leave voters left alive and the more new remainers arrive on the electoral register.
  8. Poor Tone was just following Michael Foot's (father of Corbyn) manifesto. Before he was even an MP he probably found it was a bit tricky to influence the Labour Party Election manifesto
  9. Surely this couldn't be the same Nigel Farage who said... ""In a 52-48 referendum this would be unfinished business by a long way" "If we were to lose narrowly, there'd be a large section, particularly in the Conservative Party, who'd feel the prime minister is not playing fair, that the Remain side is using way more money than the Leave side and there would be a resentment that would build up if that was to be the result." He was getting his whinging in early back in May 2016
  10. Not sure if it's respect for democracy, or guilt, or that Putin really wants his knighthood.
  11. The NHS could really use that £350m a week extra right now. As it is, Brexit is costing us an EXTRA £350m a week already. Sheesh! https://www.ft.com/content/e3b29230-db5f-11e7-a039-c64b1c09b482
  12. No, only when significant new information that might affect the outcome becomes available. Now, over to David Davis and the mysterious "non-existent" impact reports...
  13. Also - forgot to add - if Nigel Farage can change his mind about such a thing, surely that indicates that anyone can change their mind and the sample of the "will of the people" taken in June 2016 will not be indicative of public opinion for ever.
  14. On the night the result came in Farage was already conceding defeat, I think it highly likely that he, like Johnson and Gove, didn't expect or deep down really want a Leave win. Johnson and Gove were using it to raise their profile and ingratiate themselves with the kingmaking Eurosceptic wing of the Tories. Maybe Farage knows how bad the next decade is going to be for the UK and doesn't want to be the name associated with it in the history books. Having said that it's likely just another (successful) attempt to get his ugly mug in the papers again. He probably has a book out next week or something.
  15. Sorry, bad use of language, I meant, the remainers can quit the UK and leave you to pay for your dreams.
  16. Bring it on. Then if the UK votes to leave, we can call it quits. I've already got my foot halfway out the UK, a second leave vote and we could all leave you guys to the hard Brexit you so desperately want.
  17. Well, would you just look at that - how unexpected! Time to tax the living crap out of wealthy pensioners now, while we still can!
  18. Well, he did resign from his government appointed job today. So he isn't a politician any longer. As for how EU laws are made, what is there to say? I'm fully aware of the process and happy with it. How do you suggest any politico-economic body with 28 members could come up with rules?
  19. As a Tory wag recently said... "Capitalism has limited appeal if you are never likely to have any capital".
  20. "Commissioners are usually failed politicians". And your video is fronted by a failed politician. How ironic!
  21. Yep, it's much harder to get credit when you spend in cash too! A lot of the sales Visa recorded will be on the never never.
  22. Mothercare I have recent direct experience of. I've got two kids under 8 and although we didn't buy much there we got some gifts from relatives, etc. that have stood the test of time. You really see how much margin they make when you look at something like a Britax child car seat that is available in lots of other places an is directly comparable. Ironically we did buy a car seat from them, but only when their "sale" price of a discontinued model was £5 less than buying it "full price" on amazon! Most of the clothing we bought from Sainsburys / Tesco / Asda for our first kid is still in good enough nick to be passed down to the younger one. The odd thing like leggings tend to wear out due to the knees wearing out - this would happen to anything made of cotton given the same use though. River Island has always seemed a bit pricey to me. The only clothing I ever seem to wear out these days is socks and undies (ooo errr missus) so I generally shop at Primark / Asos for much of my wardrobe. It's cheap, but lasts long enough - will only pay more for good shoes.
  23. Cutting through the noise of "Company A did well", "Company Y did poorly", "Online is killing the high street" here are the figures from Visa: Britain’s consumers spend less for fourth straight month https://www.ft.com/content/5be82692-f39e-11e7-88f7-5465a6ce1a00 "Consumer spending fell for the fourth consecutive month in December, rounding off the weakest annual performance for household expenditure since 2012, according to analysis based on debit and credit card payments." Unless we are moving to a cash-only society, people are spending less overall across all channels. N.B. Visa has adjusted the figures for inflation and the comparison is between Dec 2017 and Dec 2016.
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