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  1. I'd more interested in the farmers stopping child labour practices to be honest. Perhaps it explains why the 'farmers' only get an average of 73p a day when the minimum wage in Ivory Coast equates to £83 a month at current interest rates?
  2. So we haven't had any days where electricity has been produced exclusively by non fossil fuels then. They aren't using coal, but they certainly are using gas. To get back on topic, Labour seem to have lost ground in the polls again, with some polls showing Conservatives on a ten point lead.
  3. Since when is natural gas not a fossil fuel?
  4. Brilliant. Only confirms what we all knew anyway.
  5. I seem to remember lots of charities saying that student fees would force students into sex work when they were introduced by the Labour Party. I've no idea if that ever came to fruition apart from some sensationalist headlines in the red tops.
  6. Turns out it was a complete fantasy made up by a convicted paedophile which cost the tax payer millions. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49074879 How sure are you now of your previous claims?
  7. Sounds like they reviewed 7 plans put forward by the council and refused them all as uneconomic. Makes you wonder what the plans were..
  8. Wikileaks is full of the release of confidential information from whistleblowers. Shame that the Labour Party feel the need to remind ex staff of the obligations of their Non Disclosure Agreements in advance of the Panorama anti-semitism documentary.
  9. https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/politics/sheffield-council-wants-to-be-first-to-recognise-palestine-as-a-state-419511 I see Julie Pearn, of Labour Friends of Palestine was one of those that signed a letter to the Labour NEC asking them to 'resist calls to adopt all eleven examples accompanying the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism into the party’s code of conduct on antisemitism'. I personally don't care if they want to recognise Palestine as a state as long as it has some sort of benefit aside from making the anti Israel crew feel better about themselves.
  10. Depends on how good your car is soaking up the bumps from the appalling road surface I guess.
  11. https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/labour-member-suspended-jews-control-the-media-tweet/ Re: your point above, I've highlighted in bold - that's the usual defence for anyone on the left when they express bigoted views, and then claim they were misquoted, or misspoke etc. It's like starting a sentence with 'I am not being racist but..'
  12. Depends if you consider that the money the Crown Estate earns and the properties it owns to belong to the state or not. I don't, any more than I consider the state to own Channel 4. I think if people find it perverse or not is a reflection of their viewpoint on the Royal Family itself, not about the fact that someone actually gets to live in this restored building.
  13. I do believe it explicitly says it is owned by the Monarch. It is not owned by the state. How it operates on a day to day basis is up to those board members, who operate independently and who saw fit to spend £2.4m on restoring a property they manage, which is what they are duty bound to do as per the 1961 Crown Estate Act. The only way you can say it's taxpayers money is that by spending £2.4m on restoring a property they have reduced the surplus revenues that gets fed back to the Treasury for that year.
  14. No it isn't. https://www.thecrownestate.co.uk/en-gb/resources/faqs/#whoownsthecrownestate
  15. When you pay £343m into the Treasury through a commercial enterprise like the Royal Family do via the Crown Estate, I'm sure you wouldn't see a problem taking back less than 1% of it to restore a property to live in.
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