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Posted on: Apr 19 2017, 09:03 AM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Apr 16 2017, 09:19 PM) *
Since 1945. Yes.
What about the world's other superpower and neighbour of North Korea, China?


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Posted on: Apr 16 2017, 04:49 PM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Apr 15 2017, 07:07 PM) *
Tricky one. Years of inaction from Obama have left the world a very dangerous place. Trumps between a rock and a hard place
Blow the sh1t out of North Korea and risk ww3 or just leave him be to inevitably try something stupid himself. I reckon Trump and the USA will roll the dice.... 💀
Years of inaction from Obama?

Why was it down to Obama to fix the world's problems?
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Posted on: Feb 26 2017, 06:42 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Feb 26 2017, 05:34 PM) *
Yes, that's right at the moment but for big conurbations akin to London and the Manchester area. So this doesn't solve the majority issue, the little councils like West Berkshire. Creating these regional authorities then produces a counter to the devolved regional Government in Scotland and Wales. I'm sure you'll have noticed that 'Cornwall' features in the act you copied. For this area, in good time, we might expect perhaps a Wessex region.
How would these regions deliver services; via contracted agencies.
You say regions would deliver services via contracted agencies, however what's actually happened in your example of Cornwall is they're in-sourcing services.

Do you have a link to plans for the proposed Wessex region? Bar a few crackpots on Twitter, I've not seen any serious proposals about it.
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Posted on: Feb 26 2017, 03:37 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Feb 25 2017, 05:31 PM) *
The secret us in the text, the words 'some' and 'combined' tend to give it away. It's really an attempt to replicate the London model in the bigger conurbations particularly in the North. WBC dead in the water, clearly even HMG see it as too small to be viable even medium term.

Anyone wanting a physical illustration of the crass silliness of the existing system simply needs to consider why in the pretend County of Berkshire, two large public parks in close proximity are managed by two separate councils operating with separate staff from separate offices. Not sure even Lewis Caroll could have dreamed that up.
What I'm saying is, whilst you have a view local services should be managed nationally, actually the opposite is happening and more national services are being managed locally.
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Posted on: Feb 25 2017, 12:13 PM


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QUOTE (Simon Kirby @ Feb 24 2017, 07:08 PM) *
Me neither. Neither am I convinced that local authorities have a role in trading standards, environmental health, social services, housing, waste collection, roads, planning, health and safety, and libraries. There is maybe a role for parish-level local government in the preparation of local plans, but the planning decisions themselves should be made exclusively by informed professionals with reference to those local plans.

The problem with local authorities is their board of management - councillors! Despite the Tory rhetoric quangos can be quite an effective way of delivering public services with national agencies working through local offices giving you local knowledge with all the benefits of economy of scale and depth of expertise, and despite the rhetoric of localism the majority of those services really require very few policy decisions, and for those that do, direct local democracy is quite possible now - we could for example be asked to vote annually on the service level for a range of services and the national agencies would then deliver those services locally to the standard agreed locally.

There'd still be a role for local political activists seeking to influence those service level choices, but it would end the nonsense of electing deciders to decide on our behalf when we're perfectly capable of deciding for ourselves.
The opposite is happening, with local regions being able to decide more for themselves thanks to the Cities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016.
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Posted on: Feb 23 2017, 08:57 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Feb 22 2017, 10:41 PM) *
Population is but one element.
Reading and West Berkshire are but two.
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Posted on: Feb 22 2017, 09:53 PM


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QUOTE (blackdog @ Feb 21 2017, 05:43 PM) *
I doubt that it is specifically about IKEA, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if they want to extend Reading's boundaries to encompass all of Calcot, Tilehurst etc. - makes more than a little sense. Would be a massive hit to WBC's income, I wonder how much they spend in those areas?
In the 2011 census the population of Reading Borough was 155,700 and West Berkshire was 153,822.

Given there's almost parity in population, simply redrawing the Reading / West Berkshire boundary seems unlikely.
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Posted on: Feb 17 2017, 07:22 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Feb 17 2017, 07:09 PM) *
Reading are already grumbling to the Boundary Commission....
About Ikea?

Seems unlikely.
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Posted on: Feb 17 2017, 09:24 AM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Feb 16 2017, 09:39 PM) *
Post truth hits Newbury

Daily Mail headline screaming about injustice to transferring business rate to Councils so that they can spend a lot more
Newbury Weekly News report says WBC are looking at making even more savage cuts.

Someone is telling porkies big time. Little wonder Joe Average has lost all faith in experts and politicians.
I imagine they're both true.

Some businesses don't want to pay more tax which and if that happens they'll be less money for public services.
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Posted on: Feb 14 2017, 05:44 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Feb 14 2017, 11:10 AM) *
Fine. So, there is at least £48 million in the Government's safe just waiting to be spent? Being of simple mind, that must surely mean someone has been telling lies about this need for austerity or someone is going to be very unhappy about losing their grants and other government bounty. I wonder which it is?

NB - a consortium of big retaillers is presently heavily lobbying HMG to try and stop the transfer of business rates, fearful that local councils will increase the charges so reducing the attraction of High Streets still further. As if!
Can councils set business rates locally? I thought rates were set nationally.
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Posted on: Feb 12 2017, 07:30 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Feb 12 2017, 06:32 PM) *
Yes, I'd agree with all that. Its like throwing herrings to seals, keeps them happy for awhile. It the government really believed in 'localism', they'd keep right out of local government financing, which won't happen anytime soon.
By letting councils keep their Business Rates they are exerting less control over local government financing, as you suggest should happen.
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Posted on: Feb 12 2017, 03:49 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Feb 12 2017, 03:02 PM) *
Well, presumably the business rate in Surrey is being paid to someone? That someone isn't going to be too pleased are they?
I don't think they're going to be reassigned from a specific Government department to Surrey, no, but I see what you mean, Government won't be able to spend the money they give to Surrey.

It's really a drop in the ocean in terms of something like the defence budget though.

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Posted on: Feb 12 2017, 09:35 AM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Feb 12 2017, 08:12 AM) *
Umm. I wonder what will be done to 'plug the funding gap' when business rates are taken from the Givernment's purse? Is this not simply robbing Peter to pay Paul?
Who's planning to take Business Rates from the Government's purse?
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Posted on: Feb 11 2017, 01:05 PM


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QUOTE (blackdog @ Feb 10 2017, 07:01 PM) *
Localism in action! Transfer the tax burdon from corporations and high earners to council taxpayers whille issuing edicts from Whitehall to tell councils what they have to spend it on.

And when are they going to come good on their pledge to allow councils to keep all of their business rates?
Surrey County Council to take part in business rate pilot scheme to plug massive funding gaps
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Posted on: Feb 5 2017, 09:21 AM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Feb 4 2017, 11:34 PM) *
Guess this is ok as its Trump.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38867961

The stupid thing is the more you back him into a corner......

Talk to him. Reason with him. He is an elected leader.

The #resistance are I am afraid..... thick.��
Looks like the US courts have reversed this for now anyway.
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Posted on: Jan 31 2017, 10:30 PM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Jan 31 2017, 10:16 PM) *
The basic, over riding tenet for me is that of 'Free speech' this is a country that spends vast amounts of money providing police guards for extremist Muslim preachers to spout their hate and bile on street corners with little or no reaction from the public at large and yet we are prepared to devote endless column inches to the cause of not allowing the leader of the free world to come speak in England. Really?? On a side note I saw a placard being waved in the USA that said something like "Down with Trump, I think he's a horrible man" Lots of horrible men out there sir, better get used to it.
Didn't someone say once say something like, the only thing necessary for the triumph of horrible men is for good men to do nothing?
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Posted on: Jan 31 2017, 07:27 PM


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BBC South and Meridian South can't produce HD broadcasts so you'll always get something from another region, or sometimes the image below on BBC1.

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Posted on: Jan 29 2017, 09:00 PM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Jan 29 2017, 08:24 PM) *
Any view on the blanket ban of Israelis??????? Or does it not suit.
Yes. I think Israelis should be allowed blankets.
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Posted on: Jan 29 2017, 08:17 PM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Jan 29 2017, 08:07 PM) *
I hate the EDL. Scum. Interesting that no one is protesting that Israeli nationals (the innocent ones just like the innocent Muslims) are banned from countless Muslim Countries. Thats Ok though. Its not "PC" to hug an Israeli. Laughable.
You implied it was just "luvvies" protesting. Are the EDL luvvies?
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Posted on: Jan 29 2017, 07:46 PM


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QUOTE (newres @ Jan 29 2017, 07:43 PM) *
There will be a re run. In four years.
Five years.

(yes I am being pedantic)
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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Jan 29 2017, 07:22 PM) *
Not Democratic enough. I want to be able to protest if I don't get what I want. Take to the streets, spread fear and destruction just like the luvvies do.
Perhaps this lot are up your street then?

I sincerely hope they're never down mine.
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Posted on: Jan 29 2017, 07:09 PM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Jan 29 2017, 04:46 PM) *
I think if We get a lib lab government, west berks should vigorously campaign for a rerun of the general election. After all I wouldn't have voted for them. Democracy in action, Huzzah!!
We don't vote for a government though, we vote for a Member of Parliament.
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Posted on: Jan 29 2017, 09:31 AM


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QUOTE (newres @ Jan 28 2017, 06:29 PM) *
He also said that in the event of a narrow loss he would continue campaigning for another referendum.
Yes, and he'd be perfectly entitled to do so, just as those who campaign against leaving are doing.

That's the whole point of democracy, you can still campaign for what you believe in even if you lost a vote, and you can change your mind about things.
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Posted on: Jan 29 2017, 09:28 AM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Jan 28 2017, 06:26 PM) *
Of course not, I haven't even implied that.
You implied the BBC wasn't independent.
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Posted on: Jan 28 2017, 05:04 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Jan 28 2017, 04:37 PM) *
Yes, as independent as a Newbury Town Council disciplinary enquiry.
Are you suggesting the BBC is controlled by Murdoch or one of the other international media barons?

As for the mood of a nation, even staunch Brexit supporter Farage got that wrong, he thought Remain would win.
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