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  1. Hi not sure if this has been posted... A journalists take on Hartlepool.. er.. https://thecritic.co.uk/the-woodfired-brick-wall/ "Five years ago, London was a Conservative city. But the party has written off its chances of winning there this week or in the foreseeable future. How have the Tories lost touch with a place that in in living memory voted for both Boris Johnson and Margaret Thatcher? That’s the question I’m trying to answer in my forthcoming book The Lost City: How London Fell Out Of Love With The Tories (9 Sept., Pundit Press). I’ve spent more than a year living
  2. Labour did themselvs no favours with thier choice of candidate for Hartlepool. A committed remainer who lost Stockton in the GE. https://www.spiked-online.com/2021/05/04/why-labour-deserves-to-lose-hartlepool [Paul Williams, Lab candidate] "was elected in 2017 but he was unceremoniously turfed out in 2019, with his vote share falling from 48.5 per cent to 41 per cent. Under his governance, Stockton South went from being part of the Red Wall to being another northern scalp for the Tories. And it isn’t hard to see why: the people of Stockton wanted Brexit whereas Williams, in his appar
  3. Both parties are being cautious on the quoted poll - but the Guardian is gloomy: bad internal numbers for Labour. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/may/04/internal-polling-suggests-labour-heading-for-defeat-in-hartlepool-byelection And I thought Labour victory a reasonable bet at 2/1. They are now 8/1 on Betfair...
  4. Thanks for your reply. I noted Tim Worstalls piece on this https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/2021/05/as-ever-the-european-union-is-decades-behind-the-curve/ "Now non-taxation isn’t possible. The Trump reforms meant that some tax had to be paid even if that cash remained offshore. The likely Biden reforms say that it will pay tax at the usual rates even if it remains offshore. So the incentive to shift profits has rather declined. Because such shifting doesn’t lead to non-taxation. That is, the problem is now solved. There’s no reason to beat on Ireland any more. Tax will be paid
  5. "The Guardian glosses it over with "Issues, such as negative equity, having an interest-only mortgage, missed payments or changes in circumstances,"" In other words the "buyers" couldnt afford the property in the first place. Thank you, to those MPs who voted against the Lords' amendment. A small step for sanity...
  6. Hi thx for reply. I drop in and out of this thread as it moves so fast (and is currently a vaccine bicker-fest). But what production? Certainly Ireland has assets - "skilled workforce, the English language, and access to the European market" - but the tax benefit was huge (thats why HP put its print cartridge factory there - since moved I think). https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/ireland-s-low-tax-miracle-is-over
  7. Meanwhile In Ireland... (@yelims) https://www.irishtimes.com/business/economy/european-commission-to-pressure-ireland-on-tax-in-recovery-fund-plan-1.4552634 Goodbye to the Celtic Tiger? If you cant tempt the multinationals with artificially low corp-tax rates... The EU will enforce the rules, of course! "The European Commission will pressure Ireland to address “aggressive tax planning” in national plans for spending its chunk of the bloc’s €750 billion Covid-19 economic recovery funding, The Irish Times understands. Ireland is due to get hundreds of millions of euro in gr
  8. Hang on - this is hpc! For hpc to happen someone must "lose". It should have happened in 2003... from wolfstreet: "for example, a one-bedroom flat in Manchester failed to sell last month despite being listed for half the £330,000 its owner had paid in 2017. In another example, a two-bedroom flat at The Decks, an award-winning design with flammable cladding, sold at auction for £52,000 last year, 62% lower than the price its owners had paid (£134,450) in 2008."
  9. Wolfstreet. https://wolfstreet.com/2021/04/30/bank-of-england-frets-about-banks-as-flammable-cladding-crisis-crushes-prices-at-low-end-of-housing-market/ "New data shows that affected properties — and there are up to 1.3 million of these flats — sell for as little as one third of what the owner had paid." [..] "With banks refusing to offer mortgages on apartments in these buildings, and with cash buyers demanding crippling discounts, even selling the unit is not really an option. But of course selling is an option... perhaps this is the HPC?
  10. Didnt realise the original post was January. Guardian piece is a classic "non-news" item really. What is the Guardian's definition of a 'far right' group? Dunno, but the BBC uses "far-right" for anyone who isnt a leader-writer for the Guardian.
  11. "A group of ordinary British people, combined with a few high-profile names, managed to pull us out of a bloated, unaccountable European project designed to protect its own financial interests at the expense of the individual countries involved." No, it was the Super League https://www.spiked-online.com/2021/04/22/why-i-have-finally-stopped-watching-football
  12. +1. Did London care all that much about its various colonised countries in Empire days? As we saw when the Taoisoach was not consulted over the threat to impose article 16 for vaccines, Brussels has the same attitude to the ROI.
  13. ??? are you trolling? The whole issue is that no-one will lend to Greece/italy etc - at low Euro rates - unless they think they will be paid back, which means that Germany will pay them back. Thats the whole Euro nightmare in one sentence.
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