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  1. that's more or less my/the point. it's not a good system that (at best) lurches from one unpopular government with total power, to another unpopular government with total power. if only there was a system that allowed us to form a government that accurately reflected the way that people voted. oh...
  2. 2019 GE : conservatives got 44% of the vote. most people do not want a conservative government, they voted for someone else. how can a party deserve 100% of the power, from less than half the vote ? ... and again, this is not a 'both sides' thing, there are at least 4 other parties.
  3. there isn't a (singular) losing side. there are at least 3* other parties, which would (do) receive over half the votes. most people don't want a conservative government - what have we got? a conservative government with a massive majority - how does that make sense? (*i know, it's more like 4, or 5, or 6, etc.) Labour need to start working with the other parties, if they ever want to move on from eternal opposition.
  4. to answer the question : yes, obviously. under fptp, parties get 100% of the power, from less than half the vote - it's clearly not democratic.
  5. Great news! i was in the city centre yesterday, loads of people around! Looking forward to what we can do with all that space now we don't need it for a few buses and taxis (which still have access to West street, high street, Arundel gate, Furnival gate, Leopold, Norfolk, etc.)
  6. thanks for the help. I've just been chatting with 'Pippa' at 'sendbike.com' : even they (she) can't tell me what the fees will be. i got sent a general, vague, catch-all, reply : "the agents in the destination country may calculate and apply fees and charges - we do not profit from this..." (like i said, i've given up. but thought i'd have a look anyway)
  7. hang on. when i voted to remain, it was because leaving the EU would obviously be a bad move, for lots of things. but you appear to be assigning equal blame to those who voted to avoid all this trouble, *and* those who voted in a way that would clearly lead to it? - we're all equally culpable ? : "exactly the same" (your words). with regards to the bike frame, i've given up. i've cancelled the sale, and re-listed with no 'overseas' option, it's just too complicated. there are forms to fill in, i don't really know which forms, or how to get them. and i'll bet anyone a quid that the desk clerk at my local PO has no idea what a C22b form is... there's VAT to pay - i don't know how, or how much there's customs fees to pay - i don't know how, or how much at the other end, it seems the buyer has to pay VAT and customs fees, neither of us know how, or how much. remember that i'm not 'in the business', i'm just a hobby-ist, trying to sell something on ebay (right now, i'm trying to source some spokes, Belgian spokes - they're the best. Guess what, it's a pain, and the price has gone up)
  8. yes i have. (well, Sweden, Germany, Spain) it was easy, i just sent it.
  9. a bike frame. occasionally, i buy old bike frames/parts, i build them up into a bike, use it for a year or 2, then sell it (i don't make any money, but more or less break-even) this time i've sold a frame to a collector who lives in italy. i've never had to fill in customs forms before. And it seems like i (or the buyer) need to pay VAT and customs duty, when and at what rate, i don't know. do i/we need to pay export AND import VAT + duty ? : it looks like it... i can't tell if i need the CN22, or the CN23 - even if i can work it out, how do i show my working ? - do i need to show my working ? - where do i show my working ? this is all a bit complicated for selling some old junk on ebay. next time, to avoid all this hassle, i just won't buy from /sell to the EU. (lots of EU suppliers are refusing to sell to the UK - they're just single operators like me, who can blame them?)
  10. i'm not using the post-office : i want / need a courier who'll collect*. here's the point : i've never done this before, and it sounds like if i get it wrong i'll lose £200, *and* have some arcane fees to pay. (*i've tried them in the past, and been refused upon their arrival as the parcel was 'too large' ... they charge a flat fee of 70p, and that doesn't cover parcels in excess of blah-blah-blah) yes, lots of companies say they'll do this, and helpfully suggest that i just need to fill in form XYZ1a, but is it form 1a, 1b, 2a or 2b? - they don't say. Parcel force offered a link to follow, which promised to explain the forms and fees, but then simply asked me to pay the fees. what fees? there's an ebay mega-thread, with no clear answers. some even suggesting i need to become VAT registered!
  11. i'm not using the post office what category is the item? what are the limits? what are the fees? is VAT payable ? (at this end, their end, both?)
  12. Hi, i'm trying to post a parcel to italy, can one of the Leavers tell me how to negotiate the customs forms ? all this extra paperwork was their/your idea. thanks. A.
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