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  1. Go and ask Mr Barker. 3 pages on I'm still perplexed why your entire thread seems to be a massive criticism of the BBCs integrity when all they have done is quoted a direct coment from an interviewee. Also, whilst I am not a telecommunications engineer, you don't seem to give much reasons as to why this Mr Barker (if of course we all have complete disclosure of the full context of the question and answer exchange), is so monumentally wrong in what he says.
  2. Don't get me wrong, I am not being a stick in the mud I already drive a hybrid and I don't have any objection to electric vehicles when the time is right. What I do object to at the moment is that the infrastructure is clearly nowhere near ready. It is well documented how long it takes for any sort of mass infrastructure to be built and yet to listen to the rhetoric and the speeches from the MPs it's as if it's ready and waiting just to be switched on tomorrow. It clearly isn't. What is clearly happening, as highlighted by the original post is a very real risk of a two-tier society. Drivers of fossil fuel cars literally been forced off the road because they don't have have either access to or cant afford to access the infrastructure. That is totally unfair and acceptable.
  3. Only if they have their own car park. Take a look at an average city centre and see how many have. So that is going to put the cost of charging points either back on the council who will need to guarantee that every single parking space in their car parks is an EV one or it will be for the private car park operators to do the same. That's thousands and thousands of parking spaces up and down the country which will need conversion. I wonder what will happen with the parking charges?
  4. That is true. But let's not forget that filling up with petrol or diesel literally takes minutes. For those using self service they can be in, filled up and out in less than 3 minutes. Nothing in the electric vehicle refilling can compete with that right now. Even the best, top of the range and most expensive refill stations for the Premier of electric cars still is at best 15-minutes. For others it can be anything up to at least an hour before your fuel can be reasonably topped up. We have all seen the queues that happen in a normal petrol station on a Saturday afternoon, how on Earth do we think people are going to cope when there are 15 to 30-minute turnaround per vehicle. I'm sure like everything it will evolve but we are talking long-term here. In my opinion there is currently a clear inbalance with the pace of EV infrastructure being way behind the pace of the rhetoric, bullying and penalizing of people into buying and driving EV. That imbalance is simply unjust.
  5. The OP raises a very good question and one which I often think myself whenever I see MPs, do-gooders and celebrities spouting their grandeous statements about some electric car revolution which we all must adhere to immediately. It's the very question I ask myself every time I read some story about proposed government regulations, taxes or other penalties they intend bringing against anyone who dares to drive a petrol or diesel powered vehicle. I see lots of blue sky thinking and fantasyland announcements about this mass infrastructure which is going to suddenly appear out of nothing so everyone can drive an electric car. I see artist impressions of fantastical technology where people can "nip" into a "rapid" fuel station with the "convenience"of being on their way again in ohhh at least less than an hour 🙄 What I do not see is much in the way of a reality check. The reality that most average joes who are commuting, travelling for work or travelling to a specific place for a specific purpose don't have a convenient 30 minutes or so to sit in a fuelling station or the reality that your average Joe doesn't have a nice underground garage or purposely equipped driveway with a modern charging point readily available. We then have the question of where is all this extra electricity going to be generated from. If everyone suddenly switches to electric vehicles there are going to be huge surges in consumption particularly overnight when everyone at home is desperately trying to top up their cars. That electricity has to be generated from something and it's certainly not fairydust. Are we going to start opening up the coal mines again to make up for it or maybe we going to go nuclear.... perhaps we could litter the Peak District with miles and miles of huge wind farms.... I'm sure that would please the environmental lobby. Add on final and most telling fact that in this country we can't even get a bloody railway line built in less than 30 years - do they seriously think all this infrastructure is going to pop up out of thin air tomorrow. Don't get me wrong, I am not against electric vehicles. I will welcome then when the time is right. However, I don't expect to be bullied and penalised into getting one until I can buy one at a reasonable cost, use it, fuel it and keep it running with a realistic comparator to another ordinary car. Despite what a handful of eco mentalists living in Hampstead think.. in the real world that circumstance ain't gonna happen for a long time.
  6. Perhaps if you actually read the article you will note that last sentence which you seem to be raising such objections to is a direct quote from the representative of uSwitch. Like all good news services the BBC journalists are reporting exactly what their interviewee said. If you have a problem with that take it up with Uswitch rather than bellyaching about the BBC.
  7. Add on the fact that if someone did sit with her and there was flexibility of the rules - half of the media and a good majority of people on here would be screaming about privileged elitist rich people being able to to skirt around the covid rules blah blah blah....
  8. That "...bumbling poor performance..." as you call it won the election with a huge majority and kept the Tories consistently ahead in most of the reported polls. So, with exception of your own clearly biased opinion what exactly is your credible and reasoned statements for judging "poor" about johnson's performance?? He won the election. He consistently beats the opposition in the poll. That is a damn sight more than the current opposition leader is doing and far far more than any of the achievements accomplished by your beloved St Jeremy of Islington. The left are consistent losers. A quick look back in the history of politics proves that. This talk about so called lack of representation for the so-called "real working-class population" is nonsense. This constant attention and efforts chasing this non-existent category of voters fails time and time again. Huge swathes of the population have evolved. They no longer see themselves in such black and white categories. It's about time certain political parties and particularly their fringe organisations learn that. The 'people' have spoken multiple times. They don't want it. They don't want what you personally seem to keep insisting they want. Quite frankly, I found it quite insulting when people from the losing side blame anyone and everyone for their Party or Candidates election failures. There's nothing worse than being told by an election loser that you are unintelligent, uneducated, racist, sexist, rich, uncaring, elitist or whatever word of insult they choose, simply because they insist your choice of vote was wrong and their choice of vote was right. Back in the day, whatever party won it was accepted. 49% of the population may not have liked it but that was the democratic process we had. But now, there seems to be this trend of the opponent's of whichever government gets into power spending the next eternity shouting down, name-calling, nitpicking, bullying and generally causing a nuisance to anyone who dared to vote opposite to their own personal choice. Of course this is fuelled further by the desperate newspapers for content to fill their rags and of course the instant speed of completely polarised opinions and faux outrage at comes with social media. It's done. It's over. Try again in 4 years and do better. It really should be as simple as that. It sure used to be.
  9. I see JLP can dig out money from the back of the sofa when it suits them. I mean, god forbid the Chelsea set has suffer their favourite corner shop looking a bit worn and dated... https://www.standard.co.uk/business/leisure-retail/john-lewis-peter-jones-renovation-b930459.html Its quite an extraordinary message putting out to loyal customers elsewhere. For those within the comfortable bubble of the M25 they have the choice and convenience of 8 different stores all within the Greater London boundaries but seemingly for those in the regions you can just about go and kiss their never knowingly undersold backside. You want to be worthy of using their stores... put the effort in, travel some distance and make a special trip. Be interesting to see how this plays out.
  10. Maybe you could consider taking a stand and becoming a candidate yourself. If you feel there is such a distinct lack of voting options which suit yours and "ordinary" working class people's criteria and you have the courage in your convictions that you know what the voters really want go for it. Our political system does offer such opportunity. Others who have become disenfranchised with the offerings have taken similar steps in the past. Some succeed, some fail but nobody knows until they put their neck out there.
  11. I completely agree. It's just tribal mentality.
  12. No you haven't. As usual you keep referring to the same tired old generic responses. You constantly use words like "the rich", "the powerful", "the influential", "the Bankers", "the corporations", but you never seem to give any actual descriptors of what falls under such categories. You never seem to give any actual context to why these terms are always so negative to the so-called "ordinary" working people. To somebody ill or infirm receiving nothing but state benefits anyone with a full-time stable job would be deemed rich and powerful in comparison.... To somebody in a minimum wage unskilled level job, a qualified white collar professional working for some city practice earning £40k, £50k, £70k a year is deemed very rich and powerful in comparison. But they can hardly be falling into the definition of some elitist 1% could they?? There are plenty of so called blue-collar working-class tradesman, mechanics, fitters or engineers who are self-employed, small businesses or contractors who earn salary levels approaching the same white-collar qualified professional levels. What about the waves of civil servants, management positions, heads of department, consultants, NHS Directors who are comfortably within the higher rate tax bracket. What about all those waves of middle to upper-class homeowners. The ones who have have worked all their lives or may even still be working after a long and successful career. They may have the nice house at the right side of town, a couple of cars, several holidays a year and maybe for some even a little weekend place or holiday cottage abroad.. Do they fall into that elitist rich powerful 1% you keep speaking of? What about our comparator on the global stage. Let's face it, for some poor Indian factory worker doing 12-hour shifts for pennies a day making goods to be sold in our stores which our population queues around the block to lap up at sale time.... our so-called poverty level 'disgrace'of a minimum wage will be seen as an absolute fortune. Applying that comparator at least half of this population would fall within that elitist 1%. The world has moved on from this boring and completely inaccurate political classification system. This whole desperate attempt by politicians, particularly Labour, to appeal to this completely fabricated vote group fails every single time. Reason: it doesn't exist. The world has moved far beyond some simplistic black and white classification of the toffs vs everyone else.
  13. Absolutely. Same old story every time. For most average people they simply don't care. Oh yes they will fill in some online form or some clickbait petition or maybe even go to the effort of chucking their ill informed opinions around the twitterati echo chamber but that's it. People are more than happy to spend weeks obsessing over some reality television guff or pouring over intimate details about the latest z list celebrities copping off. But when it comes to anything about the real issues of the world and real government decisions you can barely get people to read so much as a leaflet. The fact is politics is complicated. Politics is boring. Politics doesn't have the bright lights and glitter balls of showbiz. BBC Parliament channel, the abundance of Hansard transcripts and live feeds from the Chamber are never ever going to win over the draw of ITV2 and live feed from a love Island house. At best it's a casual glance and forming snap judgements based upon whichever side of the press one has a leaning towards. Press coverage which of course our advertiser influenced and ego filled journalists are only too happy to provide with their own slants and distorted reporting. Even in local elections such as this I look around at the debate and not a jot mentions about how good an individual candidate would be for the community or what they can do for our city or what roots, knowledge and connections are to the area or what skills and attributes they bring to take us forward. Nope - as always it boils down to the simplistic tribal mentality of whether they are more likely to be on the red side or blue side. That's all people care about these days. People need to go back to basics and remember what they are actually voting for. They need to learn what our chosen representative in Parliament is supposed to be about and actually engage with them and the system they are part of. UK politics 101 we vote for a person not a party.
  14. Absolutely agree. Sheffield Star and all similar regional rags are notorious for creating stories out of thin air just to drive their advertising traction.
  15. Haha. Yeah I always did like that urban myth. We all know the REAL truth that is more like 10,000
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