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  1. TBH this was always the case, and in fact kids clothes were probably better made and lasted longer 20 years ago. What has changed to undermine mothercare is the supermarkets carrying ranges of kids clothing and shoes that are usually less than half the price of mothercare. Throw Primark and online shopping into the mix and it's amazing they are still going. Mothercare stuff is usually good quality, but it is usually very expensive.
  2. To be fair, he is a very combative person. I'll get me coat.
  3. "What/who will collapse first in 2018?" Theresa May's government (NHS crisis)
  4. Full...? Or perhaps just "acquired". My wife and I were having a chat about her sister who moved from one UK city to another for work and rented her house out. Now she is buying in the new city but going to continue renting out the original house. That juicy "money for nothing" every month she gets from her tenant is just too good to turn down! Then I had a sudden realisation, out of our close family and friends under 70 years of age, we are the only ones who only own a single property (i.e. no holiday home, no BTL, no doer-uppers). The reason this site exists is to do with poor allocation of resources.
  5. I think this is fake news dude. The origin of the quote is Leon Trotsky's statement about Dwight Macdonald. The actual quote is: "Everyone has the right to be stupid on occasion, but Comrade Macdonald abuses the privilege." And you tried soooo hard!
  6. DD has to throw the Brexit faithful a bone so they can fool themselves that a negotiation between two equal partners is taking place. Aren't there rumours about The Johnson being moved into a Brexity role? That would be brilliant strategy from May... allow him to prove that what he promised is undeliverable while neutralising the threat from him as a potential replacement. Slower and more entertaining than giving him a revolver and a bottle of whisky.
  7. It's not just boomers. On the street I live on there are two empty properties owned by the same old fella (in his 80s by now). Not sure how he came by them - possibly inheritance - but they have been empty as long as I've lived in the street (11yrs) and now one is starting to fall into serious disrepair. Which is probably a bit of a concern to the immediate neighbours as it's a terraced house. The quicker the UK gets LVT, the quicker this kind of craziness can end.
  8. I think the plan is (as usual) incredibly simple. Hang onto power for as long as possible and fill yer boots. It's becoming harder to directly stuff their pockets so they do it indirectly by setting things up favourably for their pals. You might have noticed this in the news recently: Persimmon boss Jeff Fairburn given £132million bonus http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5223915/Persimmon-boss-Jeff-Fairburn-given-132million-bonus.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490 Guess where a huge chunk of Persimmons recent money came from... yup, Help to Buy. I know you'll be ever so surprised when I tell you that Persimmon and it's management team (as individuals) have been regular donors to the Tory party.
  9. I'm not sure if referencing the moon landings is really going to help your credibility... however, since you brought the moon up, the last guys to send anyone up there are also full of climate change info: https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ Perhaps NASA is actually a Chinese conspiracy? Wibble!
  10. You've lost me - where is the evidence* that Climate Change is a plot "pushed" by the Chinese? Also, how do some countries (e.g. Germany) manage to retain a large amount of heavy industry locally AND comply with environmental legislation? * = the rantings of failed real estate investor Donald J Trump do not count as evidence.
  11. Nigel thinks he should have a knighthood. For services to election agents.
  12. Talking about being pushed to extreme, did any of you see that the Tories have dropped not one but two of their key housing pledges: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/government-housing-policy-starter-homes-right-to-buy-housing-association-sajid-javid-tories-a8119266.html "Ministers had promised to build 200,000 of them by 2020 but The Independent revealed last month that not a single Starter Home has yet been built. This led to officials admitting the policy remained an “ambition” – but have now removed all mention of it from DCLG’s housing objectives." The Help to Buy bit is probably for the best, but 200,000 new homes by 2020 would have helped to put a bit of pressure on the market. Oh well... everyone knew it was flimflam to fool the odd soft brained young Tory voter anyway.
  13. Nigel didn't leave completely empty handed though. https://rochdaleherald.co.uk/2017/12/29/dog-shit-bin-rochdale-park-named-nigel-farage-new-years-honours-list/
  14. Here's one for Mattybot. Looks like Australia now see Ireland as their natural EU partner. Makes complete sense. Australia’s priority is to trade with the EU" – Australian Foreign Minister on the opportunities and impact of Brexit http://www.newstalk.com/Australias-priority-is-to-trade-with-the-EU--Australian-Foreign-Minister-on-the-opportunities-and-impact-of-Brexit "Our priority is to conclude a free trade agreement with the European Union”, Minister Julie Bishop told Newstalk." "The Australian government had hoped for the UK to remain with the EU, and a trade working group has been sent to the UK after the vote, but the Foreign Minister said today that Brexit now gives Australia the “opportunity to reset the relationship [with the EU] and enhance our trade an investment ties.” "She also said the current rising tide of protectionism and nationalism in parts of the US, UK and other countries is a “concern” for Australia."
  15. There is more than one port in the UK to send your stuff to if you are an EU 27 nation. I think you might be unaware than the French police the UK border (on the Calais side - that is, to all intents and purposes the UK border starts in Calais). If they didn't do this, "the jungle" would be in Folkestone as the French have very little interest in keeping many of these migrants in France and they would certainly not be spending money or losing sleep over the odd thousand that slipped out each week.
  16. Perhaps they have something better to do at this time of year? Anyway, we are all literally on the edge of our seats waiting to hear what your mate of a mate heard about UK GDP in Danish bars / Thai paedo hangouts.
  17. A bit of festive fun this morning. A quick quiz that all the family can enjoy! Who said... "If a democracy cannot change its mind, it ceases to be a democracy." And also... "There is a proper role for referendums in constitutional change, but only if done properly. If it is not done properly, it can be a dangerous tool. The Chairman of the Public Administration Committee, who is no longer in the Chamber, said that Clement Attlee—who is, I think, one of the Deputy Prime Minister's heroes—famously described the referendum as the device of demagogues and dictators. We may not always go as far as he did, but what is certain is that pre-legislative referendums of the type the Deputy Prime Minister is proposing are the worst type of all. Referendums should be held when the electorate are in the best possible position to make a judgment. They should be held when people can view all the arguments for and against and when those arguments have been rigorously tested. In short, referendums should be held when people know exactly what they are getting. So legislation should be debated by Members of Parliament on the Floor of the House, and then put to the electorate for the voters to judge."
  18. Yes, you are right on the money and this I why I compare Brexit to a religious movement. Have you ever engaged a doorstepping Jehovah's Witness in an argument about the finer points of their religion? When I was 18 and still living at home I did, and the entire process was exactly the same as you described... You present logic & facts and eventually you seem to be getting agreement only to realise that none of what you said ever actually reached their cerebral cortex and their deeply held beliefs remain intact. The good news is that I believe this applies only to around 70% of those who voted Leave. There is a significant minority who voted using the application of logic (even if it was twisted logic like "I voted leave as a protest vote"). Some were misinformed and as this sorry pantomime plays out, they are realising the error of their ways.
  19. Is that sleigh bells I can hear, or the sound of the receivers locking up? Nearly 45,000 UK retailers in financial distress this Christmas https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/dec/20/retail-christmas-retailers-financial-distress-snow-consumer-spending-squeeze
  20. 1. See 2. 2. Not nearly as big a one as you are making out. 3. Take it from me that hand car washes are popular because (a) they don't break down (b) they don't scratch your car / require you remove parts of it, (c) they clean the wheels and other fiddly bit properly and (d) they offer a polish . I gladly pay more to have my car washed (by an all Scots crew - ok, maybe the odd English immigrant). Even IF machine washes were better (which they aren't), they have a massive disadvantage over the hand ones... they require a huge amount of capital + land to start up. Yep, the same thing keeping you out of a house - scarcity of affordable land - helps to make mechanised car washes a big deal in the UK today. Not to mention the upfront huge cost the equipment and the fact you still need at least one person for a big one. And then where do you locate it? You need planning permission, probably pay business rates, and after you've carefully chosen your spot you find out there is a new Asda with a car wash being built around the corner. If only the UK productivity problem was a simple as sending a few immigrants home and installing more automated car washes.
  21. So productivity dropped off in the early 90s recession, and also in the 2008 "great recession". Wonder why it hasn't recovered since? Must be because we are in the EU or something... Oh wait, I know, it's because the UK chose the zombification route. Don't let bad banks, companies, consumers fail, just change the rules and squirt in a few magic printed pounds to keep the show rolling - hoping you can think of something better at a later date (of course, it turns out you can't). And your post to a random article about a car wash company struggling to sell itself in 2012? Er, what has that got to do with the price of fish?
  22. I love the smell of Brexiters turning on each other in the morning: of
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