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  1. The Tories implement austerity but you find a way to blame it on the left. You guys are beyond any hope. You're too far gone into your war to see anything based in reality. The UK will never heal when everything is just lies. We're in for division for decades. You always the jump to the “lies” response dugs. It is annoying as I suspect we agree on so much. But what is more worrying for me is it is divisive at a time where we need to heal. To be clear, I do not blame Tory austerity on the left. I am simply angry that the leadership of the Political parties that I see as my natural home firstly contributed to our social divisions under Blair, then failed to recognise them under Brown, and finally failed to organise/ cooperate effectively to stop the rot under Corbyn, Swinson, etc. Yes, the Boris buffoon and his bent elitist cronies are primarily to blame, but ultimately some smart people who should have know better have contributed to a course of events that has allowed a minority of nasty people to take this country down a dangerous road.
  2. Should any male politician who says Women need to cover up or not go out at night at all be forced to resign? I think the comment needed to be said so this is recognised as what it is. A male problem that needs solving.
  3. I didn’t blame it on the EU. To be clear, I believe successive U.K. governments (both Conservative and Labour) have followed policies that have divided our society into haves and have nots. (Thatcher, Blair, Brown, Cameron, etc over a period of at least 30 years). I believe that these divisions were cynically exploited by lying Brexiteers like Farage and Johnson to further their anti-EU agenda. And I think that the remain cause was irrevocably damaged by well-educated, well meaning but socially isolated individuals who just did not make the effort to understand why people with low levels of education and mobility (mostly older and living away from SE England) voted for Brexit. I am especially angry with the useless bunch in Labour, Lib Dems etc. around in 2019 who left the majority of constituency’s voters in the last general election with the choice of 1 Brexit candidate vs. 3 or 4 remain candidates. Our last chance to stop the madness was missed. I do admit that I am also angry with EU politicians for not seeing this coming too, but no doubt in my mind that the lack of recognition of the problems in our society by the U.K. political class is what bugs me most. And I am still not convinced that many people in U.K. politics ( and on this thread) really get it.
  4. I agree there was probably an element of this dugs. And I also agree with your comments that the other issues of Brexit (such as trade deals and better/ poorer trade balance going forward) are of little interest to many Brexiteers. I guess the only disagreement I may have is with your “they think things are bad”, and with IMHAL with his “the problems they say they have”. Things were (and in many ways still are) worse for many in Britain during the 2010s, and there were and still are problems in our cities and towns. The fundamental truth is that too many got left behind by progress in the U.K. during our time in the EU and only saw benefits for others. This was then compounded by ten years of austerity for the less well off whilst the rich and well educated continued to prosper. I still worry that our political leaders on the left, and indeed smart, successful, well off globalists such as Yourselves, still do not accept this.
  5. Well what do you suggest? it is clearly not acceptable that at some stage in their lives, half the population of Britain do not feel safe going out at night. Although I do not (and never will) support a blanket 6pm curfew on men, a discussion on these lines is clearly required to make it obvious to all that this is a problem that some men have, and that it must be dealt with. It should not be passed off by society as a problem for women to deal with through fear and, for some, danger, damage and death. it was in this spirit of getting the issue recognised as what it is that Baroness Jones raised the idea of a bill to discuss a 6pm curfew, and I applaud her for it.
  6. Anyone who still thinks it will be difficult to separate Brexit effects from CoVid effects is I think now clearly wrong. Our current lockdown is slightly less tight than that from March-May last year. Imports from the EU show exactly the expected level of drop - slightly less effect than in March-May last year. They have not been significantly affected (yet) by Brexit. Exports from the U.K. to the EU are much lower than they were at any time during last year’s lockdown. They have been significantly detrimentally affected by Brexit. Down at least an additional 10%. Brexiteers can legitimately argue that this is a temporary thing (for now), but cannot legitimately argue that it is not happening.
  7. I think it is pretty much the same problem actually. Or at least a similar problem development. Lenders have handed out mortgages on houses at unsustainable prices to people who will not be likely to be able to keep up payments for the full mortgage term. Either they will struggle because of a decrease in income (e.g. CoVid furloughs) or because of the ending of cheap credit (when US interests finally start rising, or confidence in the U.K. economy wavers). The government has been, and will continue to try to prop it up, but the economy will not be able to take this abuse for ever. In the words of the inimitable Scotty “she can'nae take any more, captain” it has only been 12 years since 2008–9, and there is still a lot of propping to get people through this bubble without a pop.
  8. Thank you for the balanced view Stuart. This thread seems to be dominated by the extremes again. There are posters on here who are willing to find excuse to support the EU even when the position is untenable (as it is on their comments on a blanket U.K. export ban on vaccines which quite simply does not exist). And on the other side? Well frankly, anyone still supporting this nudge, nudge; wink, wink Tory Government must have a screw loose. For me, the point here is that political discourse globally has got some real problems right now. No Western Democracy seems able to elect politicians with competence and integrity.
  9. I would be interested in Zugzwangs views on this. Mine are in the not sure camp. This is an opportunity to “quit while you are ahead”. Aus and NZ are winners if they can now vaccinate and join the rest of he world in opening up. Less financial disruption so far, and far far fewer deaths. However, I think we may see higher death rates in these countries going forward if they do fully open up to global travel, even with vulnerable people vaccinated. It will be very hard for their politicians and people to see their “lead” being slowly lost. So we might see short term lockdowns and a degree of isolation continue. We may also see travel from places like U.K.,US, Europe, Brazil etc. restricted by both entry conditions and some form of testing / quarantine.
  10. Thank you for the honesty Scottbeard! ✊ I will not post on here again, as I recognise I am out on a limb here and may be considered troll-like. However, if some of the Bitcoin investors on this site are now considering the environmental impact of their investment decisions, then job done.
  11. I agree completely. All of the above are also of absolutely zero value to human society. However, none of these are deliberately “using” (yes, in my view wasting, as I do not see the benefit) electricity equivalent to that used by a medium sized country.
  12. You are right Monsieur Crutch, the issue is that I do not believe the electricity doing Bitcoin mining operations is usefully employed for human society. To be clear, I consider many banking activities to be a complete waste of energy too. However they are not, as far as I know, deliberately wasting energy.
  13. I hope you consider how much oil you waste... which is way more valuable than electricity. Yes, fossil fuel usage does concern me. This is why I am, after looking into it, anti-Bitcoin. It is quite simply the largest waste of fossil fuel burning in the world at present. Other industries may use more, but at least they produce something useful.
  14. I would imagine most industrial estates all across this country do more damage in terms of consuming electricity than the whole bitcoin mining operation... Mr Pig, I am afraid you are out by orders of magnitude. Bitcoin mining is currently using the same amount of electrical energy as a medium sized country, say Argentina or The Netherlands.
  15. And it is not as if they do not have better things to spend it on right now.
  16. If this happens as advertised, then it will be another dreadful abuse of power by this current Big Government nightmare. in effect it will mean that my (tax) money is being spent by the government against my will on something that is directly opposed to my best interests and those of my family and friends. it should be illegal in any sane society.
  17. Have fun getting hot. Other industries that use similar levels of TWhs of electricity are doing something useful for our society. The few that are not, would also not get my support. I have tried to find value in the Bitcoin mining process but cannot - remain to be convinced though! I do not buy the “some of it is renewable” argument. It is a bit like the “some of the BEV electricity is not renewable” argument: true, but not relevant. We all make decisions on what we support based upon what we think is important. I include a view on their net value to society, and for me, Bitcoin is negative. I will stay poor.
  18. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/video/2021/feb/25/why-bitcoin-is-so-bad-for-the-planet-video-explainer I recognise this will not be popular here, but hopefully there will be a continued drop in Bitcoin price until mining ceases.
  19. I have been to the Faroes many times with work. Lovely place. Eat fish. Drink like fish too. My memory is that it was quite similar to the U.K. in that there were supporters of EU membership in both the large parties. They were generally seen as cranks by the locals though, with EU membership (and Euro currency) only really seen positively as a way of getting independence from Denmark.
  20. Ah! And I thought the pissing competition was between the BJ Brexiter government and the European Commission! My mistake!
  21. I do not think this is seen as “extended testing”, more a way of identifying students who have the virus before they enter the classroom and isolating them in order to allow the school to start the term virus free. It will serve no purpose at all once the “numbers of potentially vulnerable are right down“ and will presumably be stopped.
  22. I think you have misunderstood. The testing is going ahead in secondary schools already for keyworker and at risk students. However, the tests are optional, not compulsory. And they are self-administered by students. There is certainly no way I would support “medically untrained adults inserting things into the nasal/oral orifices of children” and I doubt anyone else would either. I agree with you though, even doing the tests themselves will no doubt be distressing to some students I cannot agree with your comment that this disease has no impact on Children. In my experience they have been affected by this pandemic more than any other group other than over 80s and those medically shielding.
  23. I listened to a podcast on TWIV nearly a year ago and they pointed out that all the clever Western vaccines that were being developed were targeting the spike protein only. They likened it to having “all your eggs in the same basket”. I think it is worth pointing out that although by funding early, the U.K. government has perhaps done a bit better than the EU commission on this one, it is likely the Chinese Sinovac vaccine being given to African countries, and the Russian Sputnik 5 being given to Palestinians that will be seen as the “best global actors” by those outside the Western Democratic bubble.
  24. Hmm. Mr Whitty is proposing a staggered return to schools where pupils are tested before returning to the classroom to potentially spread disease. My understanding is that he is against the plan being pushed by BJ that all pupils return to school on day 1 (March 8th) and go straight in to classrooms without the school having the opportunity to test them all first. To be clear, schools have been given the materials and have the space to set up clinics that should be able to test about 60 students and teachers per hour. This equates to testing one school year per day. To test all teachers and students twice before classroom schooling recommences will take about 3 weeks. I know which of the above approaches i think is misguided, and potentially even evil. Hint: it is not Mr Whitty.
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