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  1. The whole world has just seen the EU make a huge mistake, try to deflect blame and then act aggressively towards the UK and threaten them over something that isn’t the UK’s fault, slap-bang in the middle of a global crisis. I think this will cost the EU dearly in the future. Would you want to form an alliance with a group that behaves like that, at a time when global cooperation is needed?

    Apologies for duplicated post. 

  2. The whole world has just seen the EU make a huge mistake, try to deflect blame and then act aggressively towards the UK and threaten them over something that isn’t the UK’s fault, slap-bang in the middle of a global crisis. I think this will cost the EU dearly in the future. Would you want to form an alliance with a group that behaves like that, at a time when global cooperation is needed? 

  3. 6 hours ago, reddog said:

    Great point, this is the Cobra effect:


    The term cobra effect originated in an anecdote that describes an occurrence during India under British rule. The British government was concerned about the number of venomous cobras in Delhi.[3] The government therefore offered a bounty for every dead cobra. Initially, this was a successful strategy; large numbers of snakes were killed for the reward. Eventually, however, enterprising people began to breed cobras for the income. When the government became aware of this, the reward program was scrapped. When cobra breeders set their now-worthless snakes free, the wild cobra population further increased.

    Reminds me of Cormac McCarthy’s ‘Blood Meridian’. Except that was people’s scalps....

  4. 23 minutes ago, Riedquat said:

    The government can't govern without Parliament though, and both live or die at the hands of the electorate. What the EU has got is more akin (note "more", not "exactly the same as") to the House of Lords being elected and the Commons being appointed by them. That would leave very little connection to the electorate. Can MEPs meaningfully stand on a platform of various EU policies, with a meaningful chance of shaping them?

    Yes. The distance and steps between a member of the electorate’s vote, and action by the EU, was a legitimate and known concern of many, I recall. 

  5. 6 hours ago, Staffsknot said:

    So saying the wording on the bus means nothing and the people promising stuff aren't in a position to govern kind of deflects from those who said things and ended up in Gov.

    No. I didn’t say the wording on the bus meant nothing. I’m saying that people have gotten upset about an imagined promise. The bus slogan was a very cleverly worded piece intended to stir emotions of wasting money on a distant bureaucratic organisation and instead funding a much loved national institution (deliberate use of Logo). It intentionally does not promise to give £350m every week to the NHS. Objectively, there within the slogan could be the mistruth about exactly how much money is sent every week. But what people seemed to have gotten upset about was an imagined promise to give the NHS £350m every week. There simply was no promise to do this. 

    This is politics; it’s all about avoiding responsibility and claiming triumph for doing nothing. ‘Unprecedented’ seems to be the word used these days to preempt any responsibility for future failings. You may also have noticed how politicians now say that they ‘want’ to do something, rather than say they ‘are’ going to do something. Thisting...... it’s all about making sure they don’t commit to anything. 

  6. 42 minutes ago, Riedquat said:

    Farage promised? I don't remember the election that put Farage in charge and hence in a position to promise anything. Did he promise anything, or say "We could do this or that"? You can call him out on what he said we could do if you believe it to be implausible nonsense, but those who complain about Leave "promises" as if they were being elected to power (and especially if they then go on to use them as examples of "lies") are being deliberately misleading. Making claims about Leave "promises" is fundamentally more dishonest than anything that was stuck on the side of a bus.

    Agreed. People seemed to get very muddled up with who was just campaigning and who actually had the power to make things happen. The bus slogan never actually promised anything, and yet people got in a right state about it (and still do!)

    “We send the EU £350 million a week. Let’s fund our NHS instead.”

    It’s merely a suggestion, worded very carefully as to not commit to anything. 

  7. 10 hours ago, scottbeard said:

    I voted yes because I think it would be entirely sensible to have another re-join Referendum - but not for another 10-20 years, otherwise there isn't a big enough bank of hindsight to judge it against: right now, just a few weeks in, of course it's chaotic.  Even those who voted for Brexit presumably expected the benefits to unfold gradually over the decades, not all in week 1.


    I would agree with this. It would make sense to give it at least 20 years to see where things are. The positives or negatives aren’t going to happen overnight. Also, without Britain there to put the brakes on anymore, it may transpire that future EU plans could cause further upset and face other countries leaving. 

  8. 5 hours ago, A17 said:

    My advice to anybody who is looking to buy and run one of these home-based bed-and-breakfasts:

    • For a year beforehand in your regular home, get up in the morning and cook X numbers of breakfasts perfectly. If it isn't perfect, throw it in the bin.
    • Similarly, change your bed sheets X number of times every day to reflect the proposed occupancy.
    • Invite strangers into your house. If you want an easier start, invite friends and relatives to stay all year round.
    • Get used to paperwork by completing every junkmail application through your door (no need to send it off, just to get in practice of dealing with whatever turns up each day) 

    😂 Excellent. I’ve had a 5hit day, and that made me laugh. 

  9. My two pence. I don’t think there’ll be a significant ‘crash’ now, or in the near future. The government have shown time and time again that they’ll throw anything and everything at the ponzi scheme to keep it going. Dare I say it; I do think we’re at the point where effectively the ‘market’ is too big to properly fail. Too much of our economy, people’s money, etc, etc is tied into it. Hopefully there may be a 10-15% drop in the near future; after all, if a global pandemic and Brexit don’t cause a drop, nothing will. But I can’t see anything more than that realistically happening in the next couple of decades. However..... don’t underestimate people’s sense of panic! Especially these days....

  10. 1 hour ago, Tapori said:

    Hyernormalisation - Everyone knows it's false but buys in through nexesssity, power, delusion, helplessness or greed

    Yes. This is the game. We don’t want to play, but everyone else does. That means we get left behind whilst the world turns on said delusions, greed, etc. People have lost their connection with money and value. Everything is just debt; something to be dealt with later. And who can blame anyone for that. After all, the government have lead by example in showing us that the way to deal with problems is to kick the can down the road, again and again and again......

  11. 2 hours ago, CityLAD88888 said:

    It's all starting to feel a little HTB like, they know they can't unwind the trade without market impact. Look where their priorities lie: special treatment for EAs during pandemic, first out of lockdown, mortgage holidays, they'll fight tooth and nail for their precious property prices, don't put anything past them.

    You wait until April then, when the new HTB is introduced. The housing ponzi scheme is our economy. They’ve put the whole of the country’s eggs in one basket. I’ve said it countless times but; if a global pandemic and leaving a 40 year old trading relationship doesn't make prices drop, nothing will.

    This year, we will know.....

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