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Mr Brown
Posted on: Dec 20 2019, 09:56 PM


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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Dec 20 2019, 10:45 AM) *
We've just had one! Another one!!
This election was all about Brexit.


Spot on!

In spite of three years worth of remain enthusiasts explaining why Brexit would be a horrific mistake the Party to staunchly maintain its Brexit position and made it its flagship policy wiped the board. What don't the LibDems and Labour understand about public opinion? The Country, outside the metropolitan bubble, simply wants out of Europe.

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Posted on: Dec 20 2019, 09:04 AM


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QUOTE (newres @ Dec 20 2019, 07:02 AM) *
I'm actually bored of these conversations hence why I've been absent of late. Let's just hope Johnson doesn't **** the country now.


Understandable; I suspect the day of the 'on-line forum' is over. The other Newbury Forum seems to have shrunk back even further and that one still seems to attract new members. It's two years since this forum was graced by anyone new. Doubtless, getting NWNs in house IT support to switch the thing off would be more trouble than it's worth, so they'll just let it wither away and some would say so what.
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Mr Brown
Posted on: Dec 17 2019, 09:11 PM


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QUOTE (James_Trinder @ Dec 17 2019, 08:45 PM) *
Yes, he did exactly the right thing for himself and the Conservatives. He still got off extremely lightly compared to the other party leaders though.


He did the right thing for the people who have now demanded Brexit twice.

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Posted on: Dec 16 2019, 06:21 AM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Dec 15 2019, 11:58 PM) *
Many replies didn’t actually address the point and some merely questions. Like I said, if you see those points as functioning despite the removal of unnecessary expenditure, then you are correct.


Essentially then, I can't see the purpose of the long list of unrelated statements. I'd certainly agree that recent Tory administrations have taken steps to rapidly stop the ship of state sinking simply by strictly disciplined spending following the global economic and are now set fair to move us forward again. And yes, letting Captain Corbyn and his chums anywhere near the helm doesn't bear thinking about.
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Dec 15 2019, 08:24 PM) *
Yes if you regard...

25,000 fewer bed spaces for mental illness.
But the present professional view is that mental illness is best managed 'in the community'. So the number of beds (places) is reduced.
80% of the 5.3 million self employed live below the poverty line.
What is the 'poverty line'? The real definition used to be that you couldn't earn enough to feed yourself above sustainence level let alone your family.

35% of self employed only earn £100 a month.
Umm, really? Has HM Revenue enough staff to investigate.

Increase of 50% in hate crimes.
Hate crime is very new and in some quarters the concentration of effort here is seem as bringing the law itself into disrepute.

Increase of knife crime by 150% to 22,000 per year.
Granted, but a consequence to tighter gun control. The significant increase is arguably exacerbated by a feeble sentencing policy. Some might also say by lack of police effort caused by the issue above.


Life expectancy down 3 years.
Could this be because of obesity and over indulgence in alcohol? These are symptoms of a well off society.

NHS satisfaction level at lowest recorded rate.
Really an intangible, let's face it, 'customer surveys' aren't really an exact science. The real measure ought to be clear up rates.

100,000 increase on the council home waiting list since 2010.
Not at all surprised. As the actual provision of housing is not a Council role, its odd they keep lists of potential tenants.

Food bank use up 2,400%.
Food Banks are charities; use has increased ever since they started. The criteria for use have also been widened. Aldi and the other discount food stores have also been growing significantly, ironically amongst the rich too. Everyone likes a bargain.

Homelessness up 1,000%.
Is living in a hostel really homelessness?

Rough sleeping up 1,200%
This has been a spotlight issue and real numbers are now available. Ironically, they show that there is a level of rough sleeping that is intractable - because the rough sleeper is not willing to stop for various reasons.

35% of U.K. kids live in poverty.
Again, what is the definition of 'poverty'?

Student debt has risen 150%.
Yes, because Universities have increased fees. Simple answer; market forces! I think we also are beginning to realise that not all kids need a University education. An apprenticeship as a plumber trumps a degree in golf course management.

National debt has risen from £850billion to £2.25trillion.
Yes, thats what we've been trying to cure.

GDP fallen to -0.1%.
Yes, the faffing around about Brexit has done that.

GBP fallen by circa 15% versus EUR and USD.
The protective policies of other nations in the EU had been causing us damage for some time, hence it was essential to leave.

...functioning due to the removal of unnecessary expenditure.


The past three years has taught me not to believe these one liner 'facts' so I've put my cynical lenses in and added a response under each!
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Posted on: Dec 15 2019, 01:30 PM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Dec 15 2019, 11:32 AM) *
Thank the Lord we’ve been protected from Corbyn and his incompetence. From 2010 to 2019 we have...

25,000 fewer police.
20,000 fewer prison officers.
10,000 fewer border officials.
10,000 fewer firefighters.
10,000 fewer medical professionals.
25,000 fewer bed spaces for mental illness.
80% of the 5.3 million self employed live below the poverty line.
35% of self employed only earn £100 a month.
25% cuts for our disabled community.
80% cuts to Mobility allowance.
Increase of 50% in hate crimes.
Increase of knife crime by 150% to 22,000 per year.
Life expectancy down 3 years.
NHS satisfaction level at lowest recorded rate.
Council home building down 90%.
200k social homes lost since 2010.
Zero starter homes built.
Council home building down 90%.
200k social homes lost.
100,000 increase on the council home waiting list since 2010.
36,000 teachers have left teaching.
1,000 sure start centres closed.
780 libraries closed.
700 football pitches closed.
Food bank use up 2,400%.
Homelessness up 1,000%.
Rough sleeping up 1,200%
35% of U.K. kids live in poverty.
Student fees up 300%.
Student debt has risen 150%.
National debt has risen from £850billion to £2.25trillion.
GDP fallen to -0.1%.
GBP fallen by circa 15% versus EUR and USD.
25-30% cuts to all govt departments.
25-30% cuts to all councils.


The fact that we are still functioning reasonably well means this could be a tribute to the Government stamping out unnecessary expenditure by Labour and LibDem local government.
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Posted on: Dec 14 2019, 06:55 AM


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I suspect the level crossing issue is really down to us making the influential nay sayers on our local councils see sense.
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Posted on: Dec 14 2019, 06:50 AM


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What annoyed me? - WH Smith standards of service at Post Office Counters. Really just an irritation; means I'll simply use our local sub instead.
What cheered me up? - New rail times actually suit me pretty well plus we have a direct mid morning train to Exeter
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Posted on: Dec 14 2019, 06:41 AM


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I'll willingly second that.
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Posted on: Nov 27 2019, 10:46 AM


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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Nov 27 2019, 06:11 AM) *
You mean the "Illiberal Undemocratic" Party? (Not working for me! tongue.gif )
Yes, I'm afraid there's a good chance they will. sad.gif rolleyes.gif


Think you are right. Earnest little faces saying their policies are 'fact' based and if we vote for them, we won't need a referendum because we know exactly what they'll do - stop Brexit and stay in. Of course, they haven't a scoobies about what that actually means, but we can guess:-
If we stay, that's it, we are in for good
If we stay, we'll be welcomed like a naughty boy who says sorry
If we stay, we'll be punished, that is pay full whack, no special discount
If we stay, no protection for City; which will migrate to Frankfurt
If we stay, forget any 'industrial revival' we'll just be assemblers if that
If we stay, we'll be hard pushed to stay out of Euro.
If we stay, we will be bailing out Greece, Italy, Ireland etc.etc.etc.
If we stay, wave by by to our own armed forces.
And the list goes on. If we think that the Corbyn scenario is the worse we have to face, it isn't.
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Posted on: Nov 25 2019, 08:22 PM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Nov 25 2019, 02:05 AM) *
They're not the first,

BBC News - National Grid and SSE move offshore over Labour plans
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50536205

And they won't be the last. Marxism, good news for business.


Looks as if the Trades Unions are also jumping in to help Labour right now too. What better than memories of the 1970s.
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Posted on: Nov 18 2019, 04:45 PM


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I'm going with whoever gives the most Nectar points.
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Posted on: Nov 18 2019, 01:57 PM


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Labour think we've forgotten just how bad BT were as a nationalised industry. They also haven't grasped that the fixed line copper network is now obsolete. So thinking they can do better with a heap of scrap from a firm who couldn't hack it in either public or private sector is a real vote winner; not.
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Posted on: Nov 15 2019, 07:46 AM


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Superb wheeze by BT. How else are they going to shed their outdated and expensive fixed network. I know, give it to 'the nation' to look after. Free connection to every property for nix these days. So we all get a broadband connection. One minor issue, we'll still need a service provider and who'll be well placed to do that - step forward BT and their colleague providers.

So, dear TDH, you are on the right lines, make gay whilst the sun shines. With you skills, you should be able to pick up a nice little sinecure at a 'Government Agency' which Labour is so fond of. Senior manager - performance not measured, just huge salary and bennies. You'll be in clover.

Vote Labour - why pay less? You know it makes sense.
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Posted on: Oct 15 2019, 04:15 PM


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Are we starting to see the answer to what Benny thought was going to be tank trap? PM is mandated to ask for an extension, EC can't be mandated so they could well say yes, we'll give you just a week.
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Posted on: Oct 9 2019, 06:31 PM


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And so the nightmare comes. The hellish coalition of LibDems and Labour in power for a couple of decades at least. Still, won't need to fly anywhere for a Greek holiday, you'll be able to have one here.
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Posted on: Oct 9 2019, 01:47 PM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Oct 9 2019, 11:17 AM) *
It must be obvious by now it's not gonna happen, Johnson had a good try and I admire him for it but the odds were always stacked against him.


Wholly concur.
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Posted on: Oct 4 2019, 05:53 PM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Oct 4 2019, 06:48 PM) *
The idea of another referendum fills me with dread. Enough. Just get on with it. Leave and re bloody join if necessary. Just do something!!!!aaagghhhhh!!!!!!


Agree, in or out, just make the decision - whichever way it goes we are stuffed.
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Posted on: Oct 4 2019, 12:22 PM


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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Oct 4 2019, 11:01 AM) *
Interesting to see that this forum has become a small, local reflection of that which is happening in parliament and across the country as a whole.
Nothing is being discussed or dealt with to any great extent at the expense of Brexit.
I.E. nothing else is review or debated on here (really just a local forum) any more other than the "B" word¬
Some have tried but the subject soon disappears into the Brexit melee! smile.gif


Very good point and worrying too. Government continues of course, as does commerce, BUT one wonders what changes have slipped through, what little freedoms we have lost, what damage done, all unnoticed and unreported? Good period for burying bad news as they say.
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Posted on: Sep 26 2019, 09:36 AM


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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Sep 26 2019, 08:52 AM) *
Oh I see.
So yes, They ARE making it up as they go!! tongue.gif


Sadly, yes they are. Just as Toni Blair envisaged when he set up the 'Supreme Court' - designed to like the American one. Yet another serious Labour mistake.

We don't have a written constitution, so can't rely on strict interpretation of written precident. Our foundation is common law - what the Supreme Court gave failed to do is look beyond statute. There are common law presidents here, created by both John Major and Clement Attlee.

So, perfectly valid decision against the present constitution of the Court, but it certainly won't clarify any future case, arguably it makes things even more confused.

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Posted on: Sep 25 2019, 08:36 PM


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It's not criminal, just a branch of civil law. Interesting thought, if Boris 'mislead' HMQ, then Johnnie Major must have done the same, so that will add to the fun. Then, for the future, can we really justify closing parliament for party conferences?
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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Sep 17 2019, 03:02 PM) *
Great that we now have a PM that is not trying to please all of the people some, let alone all, of the time. We need to applaud him for that if nothing else.


Wholly agree - real leadership at last.
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Posted on: Sep 17 2019, 08:35 AM


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So, the Panto continues.

The staged set up by the little PM for Radio Lux falls flat on its face. Couldn't even afford to pay for a decent rentamob. Well, he displayed enough theatrics to warrant a place in the EU Amateur Dramatics Society.

Loved the BBC comment as Boris left, claiming he looked cowed and was glad his grilling was over. Err, better continuity needed lads, video made Boris look like a School Inspector who'd just given the Head some bad news.

Worth every penny
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Posted on: Aug 2 2019, 06:39 PM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Aug 2 2019, 03:48 PM) *
Quite easy fella. General Election. Brexit Party and Conservatives join forces. Liberals and Greens join forces and ask Labour but Corbyn rejects and fields candidates. Lib/Lab vote is split and a hard no deal Brexit follows. Jeremy Corbyn will in the end ensure a no deal hard Brexit. Which he has wanted all along.


Whose been watching the news wires then! Hard to fault the analysis.
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Posted on: Jun 16 2019, 10:21 AM


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QUOTE (newres @ Jun 16 2019, 09:39 AM) *
It’s muddled. On the one hand you’re saying someone with a Classics MA is an expert in everything and then you’re saying they’re not.


'A generalist doesn't need to be a subject matter expert but can be expert in the art of governance.'
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