French bean

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  1. BREXIT positives and negatives

    If you go back to the Cold War, there were 97k airmen in the RAF and probably the same number of seamen in the Royal Navy. The army was a lot bigger, probably with 200k plus soldiers. Now a lot of these people were given HGV licences (me included) and so there was a steady stream of people leaving the forces going into the private sector as drivers. Now since then there has been a constant reduction in the size of the forces with many of their haulage work req'd being done by contractors. The knock on effect is fewer people leaving with qualifications and so fewer going into haulage work. I would say that the road haulage industry got used to this and so didn't really need to invest in drivers. When the eastern Europeans came that hid the problem even longer so now it's a real case of lack of investment coming home to roost. It's really another knock on effect of continuous cost cutting by the Tories and we're lucky we haven't paid a heavier price. FFS we probably couldn't defend the Isle of Man against an aggressor now let alone the Falklands.   British Gov't to Aggressor. "Could you hold a while, we need to get our blokes back from driving Trucks and Ambulances, helping out with Covid jabs and then the TA  need time to sort out leaving their civvy jobs. Oh and we haven't quite got enough fuel for our gunboats. Our couple of big ships we've sent to China and our Aircraft are on PFI contracts so we need to sort that out. Hope you understand."   Signed: The Tories.
  2. Politics Gen XYZ

    Another guy with a small Penis and inferiority complex.
  3. What made you laugh today?

    It's the same when Reagan thought that Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA was a great song. Clueless people with no real comprehension about what they're talking about jumping on the bandwagon. They in fact make themselves laughable.
  4. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Even more recently when JRM said UNICEF shouldn't be giving aid to the UK. https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/opinion/rees-mogg-is-wrong-playing-politics-is-cutting-aid-under-the-banner-of-global-britain-213410/   The guy is straight out of a Dickensian novel and an anally retentative hypocrite.
  5. BREXIT positives and negatives

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

    There are lies, damn lies and statistics.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. CO2 pricing

    Not just diesels, two stroke scooters are probably more carcinogenic and won't have all the sophistcated emission controls a car has.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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?
  16. 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.
  17. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Germany has Proportional Representation, the UK does not.
  18. 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.
  19. BREXIT positives and negatives

    They were the ones persuaded to vote, the so few are the likes of Farage JRM, BoJo and alike who promoted an agenda for their own selfish gains and not for the benefit of the majority.
  20. German women and femininity

    We have one for the bath and a filter for the shower but try getting a teenager to use it.
  21. Why are you unhappy today?

    Sounds like we have similar mothers so I can empathise but you have your life and she has had hers. If she is bitter and full of hate then that's fine you just get on with your life. Whilst Philip Larkin's poem goes on about how we're messed up by our parents his conclusion is a bit OTT. So she might be your mother but doesn't mean she has to be loved or obeyed. You have your family, that's what counts.
  22. What's the issue with dual nationality?

    Education is no indication of morality, prime example is Jacob Rees Mogg. Another one who was well educated and a devout catholic yet he treats people with disdain and is happy to see people starve rather than use his wealth and influence for the greater good.
  23. CovPas app when travelling to the UK

    Just something to note on vaccination. I go regularly to hospital to have my blood checked, last time they also checked for Covid Antibodies, despite being double vaccinated the results showed that my anti body count has dropped to almost nothing. I forget what figure is given for full protection, I think it's 150 and I have a grand total of 8 with 0 being no antibodies found, So I would advise everyone to get a booster ASAP.
  24. What's the issue with dual nationality?

    I am not condoning jeba's views because they are pretty selfish and abhorent in many ways however I understand where they come from. As an example, Brexit, a large number of 2nd or 3 generation immigrants voted for Brexit because they felt there were too many immigrants already, total and absolute hypocrisy. But how do you ensure that immigrants in a country actually will uphold the laws and the values of that country? Look how many have come to Europe and yet want to turn the country that has given so many freedoms plus health, education and a chance of a decent standard of living into the type of backward, insular, almost barbaric country that many came from.   My point is simple, until immigrants are fully integrated and are prepared to genuinely uphold the values of the host nation then people like jeba will always be around.
  25. German women and femininity

    Maybe German women have had enough of sexual harrasment and being oggled by the time they reach 40. Maybe they just don't want to put up with it anymore and so don't humour men that treat women that way.