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  1. Which food banks are we talking about here? The genuine charity-run ones, or the outlets for the government's emergency food boxes? You know, those boxes which the private sector run by Johnson's mates stuffs with rotting food and charges the government £44 for, worth £19 fresh at Aldi...
  2. One that actually holds the government to account, and manages to rein in its excesses? I mean, after 10 years like you say, isn't time that opposition lifted its ar5e from its thumb, do you think? What did Labour peers do about the second vote this week, on the amendment to the immigration bill for granting Settled EU27 a physical proof of their status? A completely non-political ask by people who were promised that nothing would change for them in 2016, getting lined up by Patel & chums for Windrush 2.0, and ever more ostracised by banks, landlords, NHS workers (etc.) all clueless from lack of government information and asking them for just such a physical proof? They abstained. Reportedly because there was "nothing to be gained" from voting, since the Tory-heavy Commons were not going to move about it afterwards...only, these "principles" of theirs are showing a bit, there. ****** dead to me, as dead as the current BNP-grade Tory lot, that's for sure.
  3. Starmer is using the exact same approach as Corbyn, of letting the Tories own everything that's happening as a result of their internal warfare and cack-handed governance. It's not doing opposition work, neither is it principled. It's completely political, and as cynically opportunistic as the other side is. He's very polished in a Blairite/Cameronesque way, that said. That works well for him in the current landscape of strident extremes. Neither the Tories nor Labour are likely to do well by anyone, if there is an economical crisis to rival 2008's. They're too ideologically wedded to the current flavour of nationalistic excesses, chasing that critical mass of working class vote.
  4. Neither does ex-Labour MP & arch-Lexiter Kate Hoey.
  5. Good for the UK if he does. But if he doesn't- -and the transition period ends without a deal, then the EU will enact its unilateral provisions (what Leavers currently call Swiss-like mini-deals ; but they're nothing of the sort), a by-product of which should be to at least keep the lights on in the UK. The Irish border is fixed by the Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement regardless of whether there is a deal or not. Unless that is, the UK then makes good on its promise to overrule that Protocol under the Internal Market Bill (and so breach both international law and its written word as a bond, twice: long before it co-penned and signed the WA, the UK had co-penned and signed the GFA). In that case, then the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland would have no choice but to set up a hard border. Any eventual blood letting over that, to be fairly and squarely on Leavers' hands. I see in today's news, that not only did Tory MPs vote majoritarily to deny a physical proof of settled status to EU27inUK, they also took the opportunity of sniping UK citizens in Europe with their nationalist rhetoric, and voted majoritarily to reject protections for child refugees. No words, really.
  6. The VAT regime post-Brexit should give them enough of a torrid time On the importing side, with the scrapping of the £15 exemption threshold, many EU27 OMPs are busy updating minimum order levels (>£135), and adjusting pricing for the extra form filling associated with collecting VAT for HMRC, for UK buyers from 1/1/21.
  7. Didn't "Brussels" recognise the UK's sovereign decision to leave the EU back in March 2017, and the UK's de facto leaving in January 2020? The UK doesn't have to agree anything, no more than "Brussels" has to: each of the EU27 is just as sovereign as the UK, and free to set negotiating red lines, both individual and pooled ones. LPF (amongst which, these common principles on state aid) are such a pooled red line of the EU27. Whereby no agreement by UK = no deal...which an increasing amount of continental politicians are now pushing for, worryingly*. Simples * worryingly, for those who understand the consequences of no deal, irrespective of their debating 'side'. That excludes you, obviously.
  8. I'll see your chlorinated chickens and ractopamined pork, and raise you this: I mean, after 4 years of all this... ...I'm just in total awe at the Tories' chutzpah, here. And <removed> myself laughing. In equal measure
  9. Didn't your new TV come with a SCART 'dongle' (female SCART input at one end, and some connector or other at other end, frequently a 3.5mm jack connector)? Many of them do, e.g. Samsung, so maybe double-check your TV box/packaging? Otherwise, SCART is for analogue signals, HDMI is for digital signals, so whichever you pick, make sure that there is some sort of signal conversion (transforming the RGB waveform signal into 0s and 1s) happening between both ends of the 'lead', or you might end up being disappointed.
  10. Ah, would that be a Brexit-supporting MP frequently visiting the Continent with his pet, belatedly surprised to find out that he'll have to quarantine it when he returns to the UK, as a result of 'no deal'? ....I can't hear the million of tiny violins playing in the background, somehow... Coincidentally and topically, our 'English-speaking' Patterdale got a new pet passport a few months ago, as the original British one had ran out of room for the worming treatment notes (1/trip, mandatory). What with Brexit and stuff...I got him a French one
  11. Most airlines are down over 65% on activity since Feb/March (Luxair here just reported -69% today). Profitable as airlines (esp. low cost) may have been before that, they weren't exactly operating with fat margins to start with - much of their profit was probably made from forward-playing the fuel market with derivatives. But the ar5e must have fallen out of that one unexpectedly, since not that much air fuel will have been burned in the last 6 months.
  12. (a) not the right thread for it, really (b) broadly in agreement with Eco above as a matter of principle, but not so about as a matter of practice (by now, the UK system is grossly defunded and too biased towards denying any assistance by default) (c) people are getting the governance they deserve And with delectable irony, all the people who voted Cobservative at the GE for fear of Corbynomics, are now getting leftier policies under the Conservatives and yet, when looking at Johnson government's approval ratings (mid to high 40s last time I looked?), seem happy with the fact. Nowt funnier than folks, eh!
  13. Is that the same NHS on which Johnson & Hancock just spaffed a cool £1bn and crumbs, for PPE, apps & assorted other supplies and services, on their mates' shelf companies that have delivered nothing fit for purpose (if anything at all)? The same state pensions and benefits that are the lowest in Europe by some distance, even though the UK outpaced EU27 economies after the 2008 GFC? The same education that had "what is the EU?" as the most Googled question the day after the referendum? The books aren't supposed to get balanced - how else are the Tories' backers going to get your great grand kids in hock to their hair roots by age 1 day, and back up chimneys for subsistence without a grumble? Get with the programme
  14. Don't presume to teach me about Keynesian economics privileging homespun goods and financial isolationism. It was taught in schools decades ago, and I was paying attention. The solution to the ills of globalisation, does not lie in autarky. It lies in better-coordinated governance by ever-more accountable governments.
  15. I don't really know, since displaying fresh produce's country of origin has been the way of the supermarket retail world for decades, come to think of it... (and that state of affairs might even have come as a result of EU consumer-related law, though I could well be wrong about that and, but for the irony of it if that was the case, it' just about (90 days-ish) moot by now anyway) There is, of course, a surge in nationalism which UK retailers <of any wares> could exploit well in months and even years to come, as Johnson's government trumpets the EU-to-blame narrative ever louder, wherein 'not from the EU' stickers could yield a nice, fatter profit margin on anything non-EU irrespective of economical and/or qualitatitve merit relative to the EU alternative. More power to such retailers if they can pull it off, says I. Makes EU27 produce not exported to the UK cheaper for EU27 consumers due to overproduction. Cheaper Brazilian beef for Brits, cheaper Irish beef for europeans, everybody wins
  16. Why does this particular value judgement matter to Tesco's purchasing director of the example? His/her remit is to secure the best onion supply for maximising Tesco's profit, all other considerations being equal: whether that supply is domestic or foreign and, if foreign, from inside or outside any protectionist environment, EU or not, should surely be irrelevant. No? Is that inspired by the same sentiment, as the UK recently wanted the EU to accept Japanese-made and Turkish-made automotive parts in UK-assembled cars, as counting towards the UK country-of-origin percentage?
  17. I'm sure Zimbabwean onions would be perfectly fine for consumption, and they'd likely be cheaper to produce than Spanish ones Since that hypothetical zero tariff base would apply to onions from <wherever> (WTO MFN says), then it'd be down to wether Tesco & the like can get them landed in the UK from Zimbabwe, cheap enough to maintain that cost differential, or whether Spanish (or still others) are still in with a shout after freight is factored in (plus the importing red tape: don't forget that new importing red tape, 10% or 0% tariffs irrespective...someone's got to pay for it, and it won't Spaniards or Zimbabwean onion producers). Given that free-for-all access to UK food shelves granted to <the world> under the logic of your post, then may the most competitive producers of fresh foodstuffs win, indeed. But that state aid thing, about making EV batteries <or whatever> with a forest's worth of taxpayer money trees? Still no
  18. That would be a situation borne from the EU27's leverage in trade negotiations over the UK, created solely by the UK's deliberate choice to set itself up as competition to the EU27. Why should the UK should expect a free lunch from the EU27?
  19. Reduce crossborder trading to nothing? A pragmatic, business-oriented solution that eschews much of the costs forecast under policies prompted by the UK's ongoing cultural shift. Unsurprisingly therefore...
  20. Someone needs to re-read the withdrawal agreement and the NI protocol to same that survives its expiry, which Johnson fought so hard to get all MPs to sign up to last December on behalf of thd UK, and which MEPs like Mr Farage signed up to on behalf of the EU. It's an international treaty, not EU law... ...and its jurisdiction, wilfully agreed to by the signing parties... ...is the ECJ [waits patiently for Brexiteers heads to explode ]
  21. What happened in each country currently under the yoke of populist nationalists, when El Primo caught Covid? Like Johnson in the UK? Like Bolsonaro in Brazil? Indeed: a popularity rebound and further erosion of democratic accountability for the executive.
  22. You are most welcome, very gracious of you. PR certainly would do that. Because under it, you wouldn't see the Conservatives getting an 80 seat majority with a 37% GE voting tally. Heck, UKIP and maybe even the BNP would get an MP or two, likewise the Communists, the Pirate party and maybe even the Loony Raving Party. Moreover, as witnessed in most other democracies with PR, coalition governments would very shortly become the norm , made up of wider interests than under the long-lived and still current "win-all-then-lose-all" bipartisan system, and instantiating consensual policies negotiated from different viewpoints by default. That is why it will never happen, so long as old and big (and now foreign as well) money continue to call the political shots in the UK. Starmer talks that PR talk, but that's kite-flying to woo some more undecideds (or ex-LibDems), and I can't see him ever walking that walk. I could believe it from the LibDems, because they were never in with a chance of forming their own government: had they been in that "win-all" position of governing without a coalition partner, like the Tories and Labour are by alternance, then I doubt they'd have pushed it further themselves. Politics is all about gaining and then keeping power, through pulling up copious amounts of ladders. Not about surrendering power to alternative parties by dropping down new ladders (like PR would) But "never" is a long time. You never know. The UK was the sick man of Europe once, and there's good odds Brexit will make the UK that again before long, so I remain hopeful -still- that the peoples of the UK will eventually shake off the apathy with which they've tolerated the sheer extent to which they've been conned for the last 5 years , and will force such changes regardless. Socialism or Conservatism doesn't matter much at all in that context. You can return to that (and modern day variants increasingly involving Greenery) after you've fixed the underlying system, at the constitutional bedrock level
  23. Sounds like there will be plenty in UK science and innovation, after Gove just accused the EU of being anti-science and anti-innovation just now in the HoC ... ...I mean, it's not as if the UK did not slam the Galileo and Erasmus doors with self-satisfying flourish a short while ago, to then spaff £400m's worth of taxpayer's science money on the wrong satellites
  24. It's a wee bit late for that one. The Conservatives did not turn into the BNP'fied version of UKIP that they currently are, by accident. And if you (still) expect honesty out of any politician -even Saint Jeremy- at your age, I have a bridge to sell you Look, it's not the first time I have acknowledged how well you mean, and saluted your moral/humanist worldview...but politics-wise, whether in the UK or in the US, the hijacking of bipartisan politics by vested interests to widen ideological and socio-economic divides has killed off democratic legitimacy, leaving your "lefty liberal" type (it's meant as a shortcut, not an insult) as disenfranchised as "righty liberal" types (what I would call traditional conservatives, not taken in by false sovereignty and immigration debates). The political centre first needs to be recaptured and decoupled from these dividing-and-conquering vested interests, so much GAFAs as Russian oligarchs and all the others, before you and I (e.g.) can have the luxury of debating whether tax money should be spent on more public services or more infrastructure: currently, it looks like it's all going to kleptocrats and you are getting neither more public services nor more infrastructure. Edit: I read that Corbyn had apologised over this Rule of 6 breach, before posting about it. You make a fair point about the photo, but unless you can show me that both the dinner photo and Corbyn's own apology were media fabrications...
  25. You're still lagging a bit int'UK, we've had that rule on the Continent for months. We're now at the stage of FPNs for masks dangling from a rear view mirror. If you haven't got that particular rule yet, call it a preview
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