French bean

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  1. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Even more recently when JRM said UNICEF shouldn't be giving aid to the UK.   The guy is straight out of a Dickensian novel and an anally retentative hypocrite.
  2. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Not mine, came from Churchill I believe.
  3. BREXIT positives and negatives

    There are lies, damn lies and statistics.
  4. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Lack of investment Short term planning - long term in the UK is 5 years, upto 10 years in the EU Low tax economy for the wealthy Dumbing down of the illiterate classes Wealth not evenly spread in the country let alone the population. Poor productivity (see first point) Too many bankers in charge and not enough genuinely talented people at the top. e.g. companies are run by bean counters not engineers, designers, skilled people with deep knowledge of the products and the industry. Public school system pumping out tossers like Bojo, Cameron, Osbourne, not people with genuine intelligence and ability. The UK is not a genuine meritocracy.
  5. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Powerful stuff Murph, unfortunately more believable than anything coming out of UK Gov. As for the minimum wage, it should be remembered that when the Labour Gov't introduced the minimum wage it was the Tories who lobbied heavily against it using the argument that it would cost jobs. Well as we know it didn't cost jobs it in fact increased tax receipts to the treasury, it increased circulation of money in the economy and it reduced people's dependence on gov't hand outs. The last is particularly relevant as it effectively meant the gov't was subsidising the profits of companies because of they could get away with paying low wages. If a socialist gov't had suggested subsidising an industry, a number of Tories would be up in arms.
  6. BREXIT positives and negatives

    So if I'm reading it right, an agreement was reached between the EU and the UK and now the UK's chief negotiator (at the direction of others) is now ripping up the agreement and trying to tell the EU who they can or cannot have overseeing a future agreement and negotiations. Is that correct? Or to put it another way, a country that is being crippled by supply chain issues, with no reserves to speak of and creaking under a failing health system is trying to dictate to a trade block with none of these issues. Where's Monty Python? They'd have a field day with this.
  7. CO2 pricing

    probably 20 years ago TNT I think it was carried out a trial of battery powered LGV's for city use, I don't know how it went but the fact there aren't any of these vehicles suggests it wasn't a great success. At about the same time, an aggregates company in London started shifting stuff by using the Grand Union canal, they reckoned it saved a lot of money with not having tippers going in and out of London.   I also remember in the early 90's a company that developed a trailer that could run on the rails and then hitched directly onto a tractor unit at a terminal and Tesco has a rail terminal in Daventry and are also using the Liverpool - Manchester canal to save on vehicle journeys. The biggest issue is to get goods into town and city centres and be economically viable, trains and canals will only deliver to a terminal and then trucks are still needed for the final part of a journey.   Where there's a will, there's a way.
  8. CO2 pricing

    Not just diesels, two stroke scooters are probably more carcinogenic and won't have all the sophistcated emission controls a car has.
  9. Is it worth moving to a big city in the west?

    Strange, I have often read here and in other places that the Germans can be unfriendly and standoffish. I did find that in the 80's in NRW but I put that down to being in the RAF. I now live in RLP in a smallish town. It has to be one of the friendliest places I've lived in. For example, I was out this morning picking Almonds and a couple walking their dog just stopped for a chat, everyone says hello. I can also strike up a conversation with someone in the checkout queue, it's that sort of place.   However I understand about former East Germany, we were on holiday there a couple of years ago and were shocked by the attitude and coldness of so many there, we thought after 30 years of reunification the younger generation would have grown out of it.   Anyway, good luck with the move back and I would also recommend living anywhere north of the Midlands - Leics, Derbs, Notts. At least there people see you for who you are not what you're worth.
  10. BREXIT positives and negatives

    RLP1 announced on the news tonight that Rheinland Pfalz is 1500 drivers short, I wonder if they might ask Brits to come over with the lure of short term visas until xmas.
  11. Johnson begging Brazil for Christmas turkey

    I'm a bit cynical of this story, Bolsonaro is a lying greedy two faced incompetent that is under a lot of pressure at the moment and will latch onto anything that gives him a boost. Also turkey production in Brazil had been falling so where are they going to get all these extra turkeys from?
  12. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Parties in Germany have to get a minimum of 5% of the vote to enter the Bundestag, this is specifically to stop small fringe parties from having unfair influence over policy.   At the end of the day it's called democracy, what would you prefer?
  13. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Proportional representation, the number of seats in government reflect the number of votes which is why the SPD have to form a coalition whereas the Tories don't.
  14. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Germany has Proportional Representation, the UK does not.
  15. BREXIT positives and negatives

    But the number that voted against the Tories was 54% so whilst they had a majority with the FPTP system, they did not have a majority of the vote and again those that voted were not the ones who pushed forward the agenda. In fact I wonder how many voted Tory because of their long standing voting preference inspite of Brexit.