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by Charlottesquare
August 23rd, 2019, 6:40 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: What price a trade deal with the US
Replies: 67
Views: 1272

Re: What price a trade deal with the US

I have never suggested I would park on his drive, I have said I will not contravene the residents' agreement not to put up a fence. No mouthing off to use your yobbish turn of phrase. Yet you side with the neighbour, interesting. To come back from analogy. I do want a no deal Brexit, but if one hap...
by Charlottesquare
August 23rd, 2019, 2:25 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: What price a trade deal with the US
Replies: 67
Views: 1272

Re: What price a trade deal with the US

I may also have brochures for a much smaller car, my bank manager may turn down the loan I have asked for, etc. In my mind what he thinks may happen is not a fact to base his decision on. Well maybe should not have mouthed off so much about the Singapore style car he was thinking about getting thus...
by Charlottesquare
August 22nd, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: What price a trade deal with the US
Replies: 67
Views: 1272

Re: What price a trade deal with the US

On the second point, of course you are correct about a trade deal. But surely the US as a guarantor of the GFA would still have an issue with the RoI's actions? Your first point is bizarre. After a long period where my neighbour and I have allowed each other to freely park on each others' drives, I...
by Charlottesquare
August 22nd, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Can we sell Scotland, NI and Wales to Trump?
Replies: 13
Views: 315

Re: Can we sell Scotland, NI and Wales to Trump?

Scotland is certainly going to get a nasty shock if it leaves the Union. How much would the SNP have to raise taxes to replace English generosity? What services would Ms Sturgeon have to axe? I have said it before. England needs to hold an independence vote, just for the schadenfreude of seeing SNP...
by Charlottesquare
August 22nd, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: What price a trade deal with the US
Replies: 67
Views: 1272

Re: What price a trade deal with the US

But if there is a no deal Brexit and the UK (as I believe it has said) puts no infrastructure on the border how do they justify such a position. As guarantors of the agreement, if it is the Republic of Ireland (under pressure from the other EU 26) that puts infrastructure in place surely that is th...
by Charlottesquare
August 21st, 2019, 9:55 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: 72 days to go: Head of Remain says time to Brexit.
Replies: 64
Views: 1007

Re: 72 days to go: Head of Remain says time to Brexit.

I am more than happy with that.” ... but why is he happy with that? Because as with "Blue Peter", here is one I prepared earlier. They will just submit the same "tech" solution idea without the tech to show the UK electorate how hard they tried and how unreasonable the EU is bei...
by Charlottesquare
August 21st, 2019, 9:38 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: It's Still Brexit
Replies: 136
Views: 3350

Re: It's Still Brexit

"Prime Ministers" Sorry- how many Prime Ministers do we have? 2, we being the UK and Finland. I can see that but maybe it should say that. Using Our Prime Ministers in sentence one followed by using "Our" leaving the EU in sentence two is clumsy. "We are very grateful to yo...
by Charlottesquare
August 20th, 2019, 11:29 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: It's Still Brexit
Replies: 136
Views: 3350

Re: It's Still Brexit

Jennifer Rankin ‏ @JenniferMerode Follow Follow @JenniferMerode More Important detail on UK withdrawal from EU meetings, contained in official letter announcing the move. UK has given its vote to Finland (current EU presidency holder) meaning its absence shouldn't block EU decisions. In other words...
by Charlottesquare
August 20th, 2019, 11:23 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Tory thinktank - state pension age should rise to 75
Replies: 86
Views: 1376

Re: Tory thinktank - state pension age should rise to 75

As far as I am aware interest only mortgages never went away - they are particularly popular with buy-to-let buyers. For those holding BTL in their own name, borrowing money to fund a BTL just does not make commercial sense, as the interest charges cannot be set against tax (as I recall this has no...
by Charlottesquare
August 20th, 2019, 7:30 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Tory thinktank - state pension age should rise to 75
Replies: 86
Views: 1376

Re: Tory thinktank - state pension age should rise to 75

As for Brown's handling of the financial crisis, well, it happened on his watch did it not? Hardly his fault that a global financial crash triggered by American sub-prime loans started on his watch. In an ideal world he might have regulated the financial sector more which might have blunted the spr...
by Charlottesquare
August 20th, 2019, 4:52 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Tory thinktank - state pension age should rise to 75
Replies: 86
Views: 1376

Re: Tory thinktank - state pension age should rise to 75

A view from Baroness Altmann: Chilling. Immoral. Iniquitous: Former pensions minister Baroness ROS ALTMANN gives her verdict on plans to raise the state pension age to 75 This is Money I confess I have a few issues with Baroness Altman's article. Such as here: " Our pensions are too important ...
by Charlottesquare
August 19th, 2019, 8:14 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Tory thinktank - state pension age should rise to 75
Replies: 86
Views: 1376

Re: Tory thinktank - state pension age should rise to 75

I guess means testing might be introduced by Labour, but with some of the wealthiest pensioners (in income terms) being former state and local authority employees, in the current, marginal, hard to predict UK, when no votes can be taken for granted, Labour are are not going to risk losing their met...
by Charlottesquare
August 19th, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Tory thinktank - state pension age should rise to 75
Replies: 86
Views: 1376

Re: Tory thinktank - state pension age should rise to 75

As I said in a previous post the only people I know have seriously suggested means testing the state pension are the IMF, OECD and Michael Johnson, an expert working for the right wing think tank, The Centre for Policy Studies. "all options for saving money remain on the table for Labour, incl...
by Charlottesquare
August 18th, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Tory thinktank - state pension age should rise to 75
Replies: 86
Views: 1376

Re: Tory thinktank - state pension age should rise to 75

Anecdote - a friend of mine is a former teacher and, upon retiring, her income actually went up because her pension was higher than her salary. That's almost the definition of insanity. Assuming she started work as a teacher before 1 January 2007 her DB pension would be based upon her final salary ...
by Charlottesquare
August 17th, 2019, 12:46 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Corbyn calls for backing in forming caretaker government
Replies: 122
Views: 1847

Re: Corbyn calls for backing in forming caretaker government

Did I miss the election campaign back in 2016 where leave campaigned for a no-deal exit which everyone voted for? Or is it simply now they screwed up negotiating a deal that they are now pretending that is what they said they were going to do and everyone must have a poor memory if they don't remem...
by Charlottesquare
August 17th, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Corbyn calls for backing in forming caretaker government
Replies: 122
Views: 1847

Re: Corbyn calls for backing in forming caretaker government

For example, a simple choice between May's deal and no Brexit now may result in a vote for no Brexit, but that does not mean a majority do not want to leave the EU. Given that choice I would vote no Brexit, but I would still want to leave the EU. Mrs May, in her Lancaster House speech as I recall, ...
by Charlottesquare
August 16th, 2019, 9:18 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Corbyn calls for backing in forming caretaker government
Replies: 122
Views: 1847

Re: Corbyn calls for backing in forming caretaker government

BBC news website have the story R6 Sounds pretty much the same as the story in the Independent - more him responding to speculation rather than actively campaigning to be the interim PM in a government of national unity. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-49372525 Conservative MP Ken Clarke has...
by Charlottesquare
August 16th, 2019, 9:09 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Corbyn calls for backing in forming caretaker government
Replies: 122
Views: 1847

Re: Corbyn calls for backing in forming caretaker government

What if some sort of international crisis blew up during the caretaker period, maybe that is what some are worried about? I do not want a no deal Brexit so I hope it succeeds, but even a short period with Corbyn in charge is a risk. What sort of international crisis are you thinking of ? Corbyn pro...
by Charlottesquare
August 15th, 2019, 8:47 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Corbyn calls for backing in forming caretaker government
Replies: 122
Views: 1847

Re: Corbyn calls for backing in forming caretaker government

Yes, but at least the Green gets a mention, unlike the existential threat that is Change UK of whatever they are called this week. I wonder if Corbyn even sent Soubry a letter, probably not. Doesn't need them, mate. Doesn't need them. Look, all he has to do is: call a no-confidence vote win the no-...
by Charlottesquare
August 12th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Labour Party - a cunning plan?
Replies: 2
Views: 237

Re: Labour Party - a cunning plan?

Labour seems to have decided that a focus on "green" issues is a vote winner and so the party has become a latter-day convert to the tree-hugging fashion. Nothing says 2019 like doom-and-gloom prognoses about the planet. It's ironic really because traditionally Labour has been the party w...

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