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  1. The bint on the bbc did her comical ali moment saying "i'm standing here in an absolutely heaving shopping centre in Gateshead" and there was hardly anyone behind her, blatant blatant ramping. It was like, Hellooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
  2. I was laughing my head off, she said it with a straight face, if that was heaving, then she's obviously never been in a packed shopping centre. Heaving is when you can't see floorspace, i could have drove a bus through the amount of shoppers there were on that.
  3. BBC News just ramping now, the bint was standing there saying it was heaving, er...no, that was light shoppers walking behind her, lies beyond belief, it was a comical ali moment.
  4. Basically, those big EU stalwarts France and Germany are saying "we're ok, screw the rest of you". They are fleecing all the other EU countries and those countries are too stupid to realise and do something about it.
  5. Rubbish, Brown would do exactly such a thing to stick it to us for voting him out.
  6. Shussssssssssssssssssssssssh Don't tell Brown or he'll create another stealth bank tax to get hold of it, like "non-spending savings tax" or a "thrift tax" You know he would.
  7. well a lot bought them off mortgaging their UK property and now thats up the spout.
  8. A lot of companies retail up to Xmas Eve, then tell the employees not to come back. Be interesting to see, i dont reckon sales are anywhere near good this year simply because, the bills in Jan - Mar are going to be monstrous. Its simply wait and see. I aint seeing buying on any grand level, most people seemed maxed out and those who are buying aint buying big ticket items.
  9. Thats gonna be a lot of fun having them all flood back into the UK, i wonder when the dam was going to break on this, it will have big consequences for the economy. Looks like the good times are over for expats. ............................................................................................. MORE than two-thirds of expatriate Britons in the EU are considering returning home to live because of the economic crisis, according to a new survey. Fears over job security abroad, falling property prices, and a weak pound are forcing a rethink, according to a poll commissioned by Moneycorp, the UK foreign exchange specialist. The survey was conducted last month and found that 70 per cent of the sample were now pondering the benefits of packing up and going home. Job security was the most common reason given, with one in three (35 per cent) worrying about losing their job. Falling overseas property prices was the second biggest concern, closely followed by the weakening pound, which for many paid in sterling has meant a dramatic cut in income or pensions. Britons living in Spain, where the recession is biting hard, are the most worried about losing their jobs, with 41 per cent afraid they will be affected by the current 18 per cent Spanish unemployment rate. More than a quarter (28 per cent) of British expatriates living in Spain, and more than one third (33 per cent) of those living in Germany, are claiming a sterling pension, and rely on it as their main source of income. An average of 70 per cent have repatriation in mind, says the survey, while more than a third in some EU counties say they are definitely going back to the UK - including 38 per cent of British expats in Germany, 37 per cent in Spain, 34 per cent in Italy and 33 per cent in France. David Kerns, Head of Private Clients at Moneycorp, said: "Our research highlights the real impact of the downturn for Britons living abroad. “As businesses across Europe continue to cut costs, we could see a surge of expats return to the UK. The survey showed that nearly a quarter (22 per cent) of expats do not monitor currency markets to avoid losing out when making overseas payments. Mr Kerns commented: "In light of the worsening economic conditions, Brits living abroad should take immediate steps to obtain a clear overview of where their financial risks lie."
  10. Its a scam on a large scale , a lot of these so called "property developers and entrepreneurs" are penniless and worthless, its all on paper and no assets to back them up. They are paper millionaires. All built on credit.
  11. I smell Bullcrap on a grand scale. Funny that revision comes right now when Gordo needs it, except the next figures are going to be worse.
  12. i'm loving Brown is getting zilch as Obama has swooped in and screwed it all up on his own. Brown is just toast.
  13. God you ought to send that to the Tories, that would make a great ad that i'd love to see : Gordon Brown - Exchequer Wrecker.
  14. So another domino starts to fall, its going to be a bad bad winter for Gordon and the Uk i think, the crescendo feeling is building again.
  15. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1236289/BA-strike-British-Airways-cabin-crew-unions-memo-declares-ruined-Christmases-forgotten.html All going well for Brown's Britain plc. Ok, lets lay bets for the next to walkout. More festive travel misery on the cards as Eurostar drivers join BA cabin staff in Christmas walkouts Eurostar staff added to the festive travel misery this afternoon as workers agreed a series of strikes to disrupt Christmas services. As up to a million British Airways customers feared their Christmases would be ruined by striking cabin staff, thousands more planning to cross the Channel with the rail operator today had their plans thrown into disarray. Last-ditch talks aimed at averting the 48-hour walkout by drivers and on-board staff on Friday and Saturday broke down without agreement. Eurostar said it was confident of running a normal service despite the industrial action The drivers' union Aslef and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) have warned they will take further strike action on Boxing Day and December 27 unless the row is resolved. Gerry Doherty, leader of the TSSA, said: 'We know this will cause huge disappointment to travellers who are planning Christmas shopping trips to Lille and Paris and I wish to apologise in advance for the inconvenience this will cause. 'But their anger would be better directed at Eurostar, who have been refusing for months to reach a sensible settlement with us.' Eurostar is operated by drivers from France and Belgium as well as the UK but the unions believe there will be disruption to services.
  16. hmm jobless claims fell 6,300 in Nov, hmm would that perhaps be a load of temp workers taken on at the start of Nov for the Xmas season perhaps.
  17. Actually thats wrong, all of the polls have the Tories on at least 40, thats not collapsing, its been around that since a while now. its the labour and libdems all over the place. Labour anywhere from 24 to 31 Libdems anywhere from 17 to 24. They are the volatile ones, the Tories seem the consistent vote of around forty. When it gets closer to the Ge and the stragglers harden their vote, i suspect you'll see the Tories lift higher when more people pay attention. Many do not pay attention until the Ge.
  18. yes it is 3 weeks minimum according to writs that have to be adhered to, well actually 24 days. if its March 25, it has to be called before March 1st. My GE prediction Tories 42, Labour 29/30, libdems 18.
  19. The rule of thumb in every election has always been from polling take the one that has labour in the least favourable position. It has usually been right. So in this point that would mean Labour is around 24% in reality. The problem with Labour getting a boost in the run up to an election is the Tory election war chest of money is phenomenal, labour have not got a pot to piss in and that is why Labour want as short a campaign as they can get. They know they cannot compete with the Tories this time on this. I have a feeling this election could see the Lib dems squeezed badly, if people decide that they have to come down on the side of labour vs Con then they may feel that voting Libdem is not a good road this time. If the lib dems score on ly 18% as they are in current polling then they will lose seats, they had 23% last time, meaning the Tories will squeeze out quite a few lib dem seats.
  20. yes and this year will floating voters be motivated, it seems the core tory vote is solid and Labours is soft, so where dos that put centrist independents...will they vote. if independents don't show up, the tories will walk it as labours core vote will not be as solid.
  21. Yeah i told them not to as well, it changes the narrative but you have to wonder if thats at least 3 peoples friends on here who've done that, how many more have.
  22. noticeably, all of the polls have Tories on at least 40%, labour and lib dems vote is all over the place, so frankly, the tory vote is holding up, so if it sticks at around 40% then its a tory govt. Labour is anywhere between 24 and 31 at present. Also, as the tory vote hasnt changed, the difference is libdems libdems switching to labour. Then again, i have also heard from friends who deliberately told the pollsters they were voting labour for the same reason as to game Gordon into an election.
  23. Well the cabin crew rules are ridiculous, when they closed the Belfast base, the crew could not be sacked and they were getting paid airfares everytime on other airlines they were rostered for longhaul. in the Uk. They were minting it in. They still have practices like that because of the union. A lot of staff living long distances away and get benefits for it. BA cabin crew working rules have a load of weird working rules and unusual benefits that rack up the bill.
  24. Passengers who booked before the ballot announcement on November 2 and have insurance for industrial action will be compensated if they book new tickets are are out of pocket. But those who booked after November 2 and are uninsured will have to gamble their flight goes ahead as planned, or pay twice to ensure their travel plans are unaffected. That is disgusting, more people up the creek.
  25. and where is this money gonna come from, thats a great big hole........................... British Airways Pension Deficit Rises To GBP3.7B http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20091214-701473.html ONDON (Dow Jones)--British Airways PLC (BAY.LN), which will Monday find out if it faces strikes by cabin crew over the Christmas holidays, said that it has agreed with its pension trustees that its pension deficit is GBP3.7 billion, a 76% increase on the deficit of GBP2.1 billion in 2006. Based on a provisional agreement on the actuarial basis for the calculation of the deficits in its two schemes, the deficit in Airways Pension Scheme would be GBP1.0 billion and the deficit in New Airways Pension Scheme would be GBP2.7 billion as at March 31, 2009. "The airline and trustees will now work together to develop a recovery plan, a process which will involve the company consulting with employees and their trade unions," British Airways said in a statement. The regulatory deadline for the valuation process, including agreement on future contributions required and the recovery plan, is June 30, 2010. Both the valuation and the recovery plan are subject to review and approval by the pensions regulator. The pensions regulator has had only limited information, and hasn't had the opportunity to carry out a detailed assessment of the assumptions used. However, the regulator's provisional view is that "the technical provisions may be materially below a level it feels appropriate," British Airways said. British Airways and the trustees will work with the regulator to complete a detailed review. The company has seen its pension deficit rise during the past two years as markets have been hit by the credit crisis and economic downturn. The downturn has also badly affected the airline industry, with plunging passenger numbers and cargo volumes pushing many airlines, including British Airways, to a loss. The size of BA's pension deficit had been a major talking point as BA negotiated a merger with Spain's Iberia Lineas Aereas de Espana SA (IBLA.MC). BA's pension trustees had asked PricewaterhouseCoopers to advise them on how the potential merger with Iberia could affect funding into BA's pensions schemes, a person familiar with the matter has told Dow Jones Newswires. To help assuage concerns over the merger and its impact on the pension schemes, BA said Monday that it has asked Roger Maynard to step down as the chairman of trustees of the boards of APS and NAPS to focus on his role in finalizing the Iberia merger. It said Maynard's replacement will be appointed shortly. Aside from its pension deficit and the industry downturn, BA is also facing industrial action by its cabin crew. The crew are expected later Monday to decide whether to strike in protest at the airline's cost cutting plans. British Airways shares closed at 201 pence Friday, valuing the company at GBP2.32 billion.
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