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  1. Owns or "owns"? Wrt the Newham piece, I noted the headline "Leaseholders urge government to cover £22m cost of cladding removal" That should read; "Leaseholders urge [hpc-members and other UK taxpayers] to cover £22m cost of cladding removal"
  2. Your comment is extraordinary! Have you read the article you quote?
  3. Para 1. https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/04/powerful-evidence-that-george-floyd-resisted-arrest/ The prosecutors’ position on the counterfeiting arrest has been not only disingenuous but unfairly prejudicial. They have suggested that it is not certain Floyd passed a counterfeit bill, and that even if he did, it was not a serious offense. To the contrary, Martin’s [the store clerk] testimony made it abundantly clear that the bill was fake, (Martin himself recognized it immediately, and Floyd and his companions had at least one other fake bill in the car). More to the point, an arrest is either lawful or it is not. If it is a lawful arrest, the police have the discretion to take the suspect into custody — even if it later turns out that the case is dismissed without charges. The state has not dared to claim that the police had no legal basis to arrest Floyd for passing counterfeit U.S. currency — which is a crime under both state and federal law. Moreover, in the course of arresting Floyd, the police would have found illegal drugs in his possession. That would have been another basis for arresting him — and could have been a serious issue in light of Floyd’s extensive criminal history and the likelihood that he was the driver of the car in which he was seated in the driver’s seat when arrested. No one is saying these are the crimes of the century. But the police clearly had a lawful basis to arrest Floyd and take him into custody. Once police exercised that lawful prerogative, Floyd’s duty was to submit peacefully; resisting arrest was an additional crime. Para 2. As stated upthread: I agree the War on Drugs is a war on the underclass. But Floyd had convictions for armed robbery and threatening a pregnant woman with a loaded gun (in her house, having broken in).
  4. @MonsieurCopperCrutch - I have late onset asthma and was hospitalised for a couple of days too (bi-monthly jab is going well and no more steroids. Use inhalers tho). Wrt Covid, I get letters from the Government, and had to submit an answer to a central web DB stating I was OK and didn't need folk to shop for me etc. All very efficient. (1st jab March, 2nd end April). I would get registered asap!
  5. +100. Btc is the new Brexit, the Japanese Knotweed of threads....
  6. And not just in Europe. The AZ vaccine is the hope for poorer countries who cant afford Pfizer and find it hard to transport (AZ just needs normal refridgeration, not -20C)
  7. I agree the War on Drugs is a war on the underclass. But Floyd had convictions for armed robbery and threatening a pregnant woman with a loaded gun (in her house, having broken in). Have you followed the trial?
  8. I quoted: "Richard, who works in sales, earns around £28,000 a year and his partner, a part-time administrative assistant, earns £12,000. That is enough for a four-bed house and two cars. “If I’d moved to London and got a graduate job, I’d probably be renting a shitty flat and I doubt I’d have two kids,” he says." I wonder if that struck a chord with the Econ journalist, stuck in London...
  9. Last I heard the homicide figures for 2020 in Chicago were: Total Homicides: 792 Black Victims; 627 Killed by Police: 7 Thats ~1%... "Police genocide of black people" anyone?
  10. So your argument is that prices must never fall? I buy (anything) and it a year later it has to be worth more than what I paid? Unless you want the mad "ladder"... I am a homeowner, but I would say "No" to ever higher prices. In all Ponzi schemes someone has to lose. The earlier the less damage is done.
  11. Hi not a great fan of the Econ, tho it can be interesting. This I thought relevant: https://www.economist.com/britain/2021/04/03/the-truth-behind-the-tories-northern-strongholds "The constituencies that make up the “Red Wall” are poorer than the rest of Britain, and as elsewhere, productivity and wage growth have been weak. But money goes a lot further here: these seats have some of the lowest housing costs in the country, and a greater share of home owners (see chart). The pit at Pegswood is now a park, adjoined by new suburbs, and three-bedroom homes at the half-constructed development start at just £194,995 ($268,176). They can be bought with a 5% deposit thanks to “Help to Buy”, a government subsidy scheme. In Cramlington, Richard, who works in sales, earns around £28,000 a year and his partner, a part-time administrative assistant, earns £12,000. That is enough for a four-bed house and two cars. “If I’d moved to London and got a graduate job, I’d probably be renting a shitty flat and I doubt I’d have two kids,” he says." [...] "There is an egalitarianism to Barratt Britain. Accountants, teachers, sales reps, plasterers and driving instructors live on the same street, and the smaller choice of pubs and restaurants means they socialise together, too. As long as mortgages remain affordable and petrol is cheap, it is not a place that worries much about politics. That is a boon for the government, and a problem for Labour. “When you knock on the door of a big new house,” asks a shadow minister, “how do you tell the people living there that the country is going wrong?" Sorry I havnt quoted the whole piece - Its quite good..
  12. Reuters story was just "City must expand opportunties" type guff. Also EU will not give City special role (what else is new?) In other news, investment in Swindon https://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/other/honda-to-sell-swindon-factory-to-developer-panattoni/ar-BB1eZtg0 EDIT: the DT and FT stories were about capital flight from Europe. Some capital is leaving the periphery EU countries to Germany, and some to the UK.
  13. I will agree that the EU itself has not criticised AZ. That damage was inflicted by Macron and Merkel,, not Brussels. In fact the EU EMA has (belatedly) OK'd AZ. My apology. the EU's vaccine madness is bad enough, but the dreadful AZ jab criticism was from EU country leaders. You wrote: "seriously sometimes I wonder if Brexit is a symptom of an educational system which seems to not teach posters here basic English language comprehension " Charming. (Though If the above is a typical example of your written English, I would suggest you refrain from criticising other people.)
  14. Another serious issue with the EU dissing the AZ vaccine is that it is much cheaper and easier to store (AFAIK a domestic fridge is cool enough. Pfizer jab needs much colder storage.) So AZ is great for poorer countries, and Africa. The EU should not be critcising it. Maybe helpful local politically, but terrible impact elsewhere. (Mind you, when did the EU care about Africa?)
  15. Not sure if this is the right thread, but anyway: No police broken bones (or punctured lungs) apparently. That's great news, of course, but makes the earlier reporting, er, suspect? https://leftfootforward.org/2021/03/bristol-broken-bones-claim-is-latest-in-long-line-of-police-disinformation/?mc_cid=17db2c799c&mc_eid=3aee583f35 Describing it as "the biggest digital investigation Avon and Somerset Police has faced". He also thanked the public for their help so far. On the injuries officers recieved, there were no broken bones or a punctured lung as previously reported......
  16. [Long] Salmon exports were down 98% in January!!! https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/mar/22/data-shows-collapse-of-uk-food-and-drink-exports-post-brexit "Analysis of the figures by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) shows that cheese exports in January plummeted from £45m to £7m year on year, while whisky exports nosedived from £105m to £40m. Chocolate exports went from £41.4m to just £13m, a decline of 68%. They put the collapse in trade down to a combination of Brexit and weaker demand in Europe, where restaurants, hotels and other hospitality outlets remain closed. Exports of some other goods such as salmon and beef almost stopped altogether, with declines of 98% and 92% respectively." Wow! But... https://commentcentral.co.uk/post-brexit-trade-give-us-data-not-dire-straits/ "Like most trade bodies which warned of the dangers of Brexit, The Food & Drink Federation (FDF) appeared quite happy to report this week that food and drink exports to the EU had collapsed in January, without actually questioning the underlying HMRC data. The report claimed that exports of Scottish salmon to the EU had fallen by 98%, which seemed most odd to me. Firstly because, if Britain's single biggest food export, Scottish salmon, had collapsed almost entirely in January, we would have heard about it much earlier than mid-March, and secondly, because I know from discussions with suppliers of mine – my day job is running Britain's oldest established salmon curers – that they were exporting salmon to the continent successfully from 2 January 2021. Rather than simply accepting the information, as the FDF appear to have done and as journalists across the board have failed to question, I contacted my salmon suppliers in Scotland to ascertain the facts of the matter. This is what I learnt: Salmon exports have not collapsed. Indeed, the UK's largest salmon producer exported more to the EU this January than last. This was considerably more than the 2% which was reported as representing the entire industry's export sales that month. " What is the issue then, that has warmed so many Remainer hearts with schadendfreude? "Every month, exporters in the EU are obligated to submit import and export trade figures on a system called 'Intrastat'. This system was set up in 1993 because EU countries do not require customs declarations between them and the EU needed a system which recorded the level of trade between its members for statistical purposes. Now that the UK is no longer part of the EU, data can be collected instead through customs declarations using the "CHIEF" system (Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight) each time goods move across the border, rather than in a monthly submission. Despite this, it has been agreed that the UK will continue to use Intrastat for the coming year. According to my sources, when businesses attempted to submit Intrastat returns in January, the HMRC system was down – presumably being adapted to our new post-Brexit situation outside the EU. This means that the export trade figures for January are completely meaningless and the only way to establish the true figures is through CHIEF or directly, via industry bodies. In the case of Scottish Salmon, because the industry is so concentrated, few members represent the entire industry. Therefore it should not take long to establish the correct picture from the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation. " Edit: added [Long] to title. Interesting to see what the actual figures turn out to be - there must have been some disruption, but 98%?
  17. Those hopeless Turks. Typical of a third-world inferior culture. How superior I am, living in a country whose leaders would never dream of putting pressure on the central bank to keep IRs absurdly low, destroying savings, in order to support an insane borrowing binge and asset inflation.
  18. Its SoDoSoPa. (Who'd be a satirist when reality trumps you every time...)
  19. Sigh. I agree the Greeks over-borrowed, but that's partly the fault of the Euro. Greece was allowed a new credit card... The Euro disaster included setting up a single currency without a shared fiscal policy. It was almost criminal. I suspect the resulting crises were welcomed by Brussels as a means of forcing ever-closer union. the IMF should never have been involved in Greece, the problem should have been fixed in Brussels (or Frankfurt), just as a problem in Manchester is the UKs, not the IMFs (If Britain itself was bankrupt the IMF would be involved). Germany has benefited from a weak Euro, Germany has exported its unemployment to the Southern countries. The whole EU project is flawed. Rule w/o democracy.
  20. Hi Its called "Value(s): Building a Better World for All". I can't say I'm queuing outside Waterstones (even if it were open). Some reviews https://unherd.com/2021/03/the-davos-man-in-disguise/ Carney's insight: "“Leaders are different in that they have to decide. In the end, to lead is to choose… When you take decisions as leader, it will obviously help greatly if they are the right ones… People will respect a leader who has integrity and who is benevolent, but they won’t always follow them if they are not deemed to be competent.” Awesome stuff. I doubt there is a reference to "Raising interest rates" in the index... The Guardian likes it: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/mar/21/values-by-mark-carney-review-call-for-a-new-kind-of-economics Telegraph not so much: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/mark-carneys-values-moans-free-markets-brave-new-world-alternative/
  21. I have been avoiding this thread as nothing much changes. You obviously believe the EUs treatment of Greece was wonderful. I cant argue. But if you think that the position of Greece - or, of course, of any other country - in the EU is that of a London borough in the UK, I can only retort: that's why we left the EU!
  22. You are certainly right as regards Greece. 100% of the electorate would not shift the EU directorate!
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