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by JohnB
September 10th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Boris Johnson PM - how it's going?
Replies: 997
Views: 19478

Re: Buffoon PM - how it's going?

Whatever magic deal Boris comes up with, why on earth would the Rebel Alliance vote for it when they can get an extension and a general election, polish it, call it the Corbyn deal, and then vote it in. With a majority of -45, they will keep kicking the Government for 2 months, expecting Boris' repu...
by JohnB
September 9th, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Tories looking at breaking convention and standing candidate against Speaker
Replies: 51
Views: 1155

Re: Tories looking at breaking convention and standing candidate against Speaker

Bercow announces he will stand down as Speaker on 31 October. Is this so he wants the current Parliament to elect a successor, before the great Tory purge?
by JohnB
September 9th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Boris Johnson PM - how it's going?
Replies: 997
Views: 19478

Re: Boris Johnson PM - how it's going?

How can a STV be rigged? Whatever your opinions, you rank them, and the least popular collectively goes out each round. Sounds like democracy to me.

BTW, I've been enjoying myself posting sarky comments on Boris' Facebook page, and I've not been blocked.
by JohnB
September 9th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Rebel EU Withdrawal Bill
Replies: 228
Views: 4190

Re: Rebel EU Withdrawal Bill

The EU don't need to be directed by little notes, they can see that after they grant the extension there will be an election that will finally shake up the deck. The idea that they only take note of what comes in official channels is ludicrous.
by JohnB
September 7th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Tories looking at breaking convention and standing candidate against Speaker
Replies: 51
Views: 1155

Re: Tories looking at breaking convention and standing candidate against Speaker

I thought Bercow had planned to step down as Speaker this summer, but has continued for obvious reasons. Does he want to return to the back-benches as an ordinary MP?
by JohnB
September 6th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: November 1st (2019) and beyond
Replies: 25
Views: 670

Re: November 1st (2019) and beyond

With conference season coming, I'd expect Labour's position to become clearer as the membership gets a range of repositioning motions passed.
by JohnB
September 5th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: A very British Coup
Replies: 316
Views: 5603

Re: A very British Coup

If the Rebel Alliance can hold off calling a GE until Parliament is prorouged, then they might as well wait from mid October to the 1st of November, watching Boris like a hawk, and call it then for a December date. Prorougation works both ways in tying up your opponents.
by JohnB
September 5th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Boris Johnson PM - how it's going?
Replies: 997
Views: 19478

Re: Buffoon PM - how it's going?

If Boris wants an October election, clearly the opposition should deny it to him. Parliament needs to be sitting up to the 31st, to stop tricks like asking for an extension and vetoeing himself. And once he's failed to deliver Brexit, his populist support will fall away
by JohnB
September 5th, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Investment Strategies
Topic: City of London Investment Trust vs. FTSE 100
Replies: 22
Views: 2335

Re: City of London Investment Trust vs. FTSE 100

The classic answer for tracker/ITs is to believe you are in forever, and only sell when you need the money. But that doesn't help when you realise you've made a mistake and need to cut losses. To reduce emotional danger it would be best to review on a fixed schedule, rather than react to bad news in...
by JohnB
September 3rd, 2019, 10:47 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Is it game over for remainers?
Replies: 124
Views: 2664

Re: Is it game over for remainers?

AiY, you do realise that if we leave the faffing will continue for a decade. Rebuilding international treaties with the world will not be quick.
by JohnB
September 2nd, 2019, 7:38 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Rebel EU Withdrawal Bill
Replies: 228
Views: 4190

Re: Rebel EU Withdrawal Bill

Any rebel coalition won't hold out to block a GE. Blair has written that a GE could be a trap for Corbyn (and may be right), but the latter wants an election more than anything else.
by JohnB
September 2nd, 2019, 7:25 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Rebel EU Withdrawal Bill
Replies: 228
Views: 4190

Re: Rebel EU Withdrawal Bill

Don't bills only become law with Royal Assent, and calling an a General Election curtails any existing business, so I don't think any new government would be bound by the result of the Benn Bill
by JohnB
August 30th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: A very British Coup
Replies: 316
Views: 5603

Re: A very British Coup

a vote to leave the EU would mean cutting all ties with the EU (and all the negative consequences of this). . How can we cut all ties with the EU? Block all transport links, overflights by aircraft, trade, leave NATO, expel all EU citizens and repatriate all of ours, etc. If we leave the EU, a mult...
by JohnB
August 29th, 2019, 10:53 pm
Forum: Credit Cards and Loans
Topic: Halifax Clarity: foreign currency withdrawals
Replies: 18
Views: 832

Re: Halifax Clarity: foreign currency withdrawals

I was using a cash machine to get the local Hungarian currency, the florint. I'm not blaming Halifax, I have no reason to believe any other card would be different.

I've no idea how you use a cash machine, as opposed to a POS terminal, to use local currency.
by JohnB
August 28th, 2019, 9:57 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: A very British Coup
Replies: 316
Views: 5603

Re: A very British Coup

I expected the Queen would seek advice from constitutional experts, and follow that advice. Her role is to uphold our constitution. Clearly no advice was sought, which makes the relationship between the PM and head of state a very dangerous one
by JohnB
August 28th, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: Credit Cards and Loans
Topic: Halifax Clarity: foreign currency withdrawals
Replies: 18
Views: 832

Re: Halifax Clarity: foreign currency withdrawals

Yes, as in this thread, but I've never heard of cash machines offering different rates to different cards
by JohnB
August 28th, 2019, 4:50 pm
Forum: Pensions - Practical Problems
Topic: Voluntary NI contributions either side of 2016
Replies: 11
Views: 755

Re: Voluntary NI contributions either side of 2016

Of course my MPS scheme was with Equitable Life.... I think I chose a haircut on the value to avoid the endless stream of administration letters. I transferred to Standard Life, then Avivia, then HL... At least I've not lost any pensions, unlike many I suspect.
by JohnB
August 28th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: A very British Coup
Replies: 316
Views: 5603

Re: A very British Coup

I wish I knew why it was rubber stamped without consultation with the full Privy Council. She seemed to meet with 2 of them, including Rees-Mogg, in Balmoral. We'll see how the legal challenges go, but I'm thinking I will join the crowds outside Westminster next week.
by JohnB
August 28th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Pensions - Practical Problems
Topic: Voluntary NI contributions either side of 2016
Replies: 11
Views: 755

Re: Voluntary NI contributions either side of 2016

My head is really spinning now. The biggest frustration I've had with the helpline is they clearly have a very clever console in front of them with all these numbers, but they refuse to actually send you a detailed printout, you have to ask just the right questions, and they will rattle off numbers ...
by JohnB
August 28th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: A very British Coup
Replies: 316
Views: 5603

Re: A very British Coup

https://www.royal.uk/contact explains the protocol, and how she will not respond to political issues. I worded my letter as a constitutional one. I only expect the Palace to weigh the letters, but they will not appreciate sacks of mail.

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