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  1. Coronavirus

    I don't know how much everyone has been glued to the TV watching German politicians either at Press conferences or in chat shows, but  I can't help being impressed with the organised, professional way they are coming across in the current crisis. I can't imagine a coalition in the UK comprising Johnson and Corbyn coming across in such a co-ordinated way. Listening to Marcus Soder and Scholz in the same Conference you'd think they were in the same party. I don't think I've heard anyone trying to score political points.    In contrast, although Johnson has cut out alot of the witty one liners in the last couple of months, he's still thinks bluffing his way through with rhetoric and pointing to the great British this or that is what will count. Much as he did with the Brexit debate. The new British Chancellor was also full of yah boo political rhetoric in his first speech.   To be honest, the most important people to listen to now, here or in the UK are the health experts. and to be fair to Johnson, he has allowed them alot of prominence.   However, I still have more confidence in how the German politicians at federal and state level are dealing with this, though its important to remember, its still early days, and none of us knows how it will finish.   
  2. Coronavirus

    I've never known a politician to do 180 degree policy turns at the rate that this bloke does. It probably depends on which side of bed he stepped out of. 
  3. Coronavirus

    I like the Dutch, having spent 6 years in Holland,  but if there's one nation that don't follow rules its them. Famous joke Dutch army seargent telling men to lay still in undergrowth for 3 hours without moving, and being told they thought of a better idea. (won't run thro complete joke involving British and Germans).    That's why I'd be pleasantly amazed if they are disciplined enough to get social distancing to work.    BTW Calvinist Holland is now a minority if you throw in the more liberal populations of the big cities, as well as the Catholic population of Noord Brabant and Limburg.  
  4. Can Krankenkasse cancel membership?

    Thanks for the above advice, but does anybody know if Krankenkassen cancel membership if you are out of Germany for an extended period? And if so, after what kind of period?  
  5. Can Krankenkasse cancel membership?

    I have a concern about my Geseztliche Krankenkasse withdrawing access if I am outside Germany for too long? I am conscious that my access is based on Germany being my home. I am now taking a short holiday in England, but due to the Coranavirus crisis, and only due to that, I may well stay somewhat longer than planned.  Can the Krankenkasse withdraw my access when I return to Germany, if it extends beyond a certain time period? If so when would that be, after 2 , 3 or 6 months, or longer? (Technically, my understanding is that I am not a "member" of the Krankenkasse, but qualify for their cover as a retired British S1 holder). It is not my intention to use my Krankenkasse card in the UK, and indeed its not needed there as I have automatic access to the NHS having paid insurance contributions into the UK system through my working life.     My main concern is that the Krankenkasse, may say sorry, we can't cover you anymore, which would be a most unwelcome complication during the Brexit saga.    This is just one factor in deciding whether to prolong my stay in England during this Corona crisis. (discussing further on another thread).    
  6. Brexit: The fallout

      This is the danger of politicians meddling in subjects they have no understanding about. I daresay, Trump's original decision to allow UK entry to the US was  'political', though I now see he's about to extend the ban.  As for Nigel Farage, just what does he know about the spread of infectious diseases? He was also on BBC Newsnight spouting off on the subject. You might as well ask Wayne Rooney what his views on kinetic molecular theory are?  Its the views of health profesionals, i.e. experts,  who have studied the subject matter that we need to listen to.   
  7. Brexit: The fallout

      The moment you saw those photos and interviews of Priti eagerly singing the praises of Boris in the leadership campaign, could see she had her eyes fixed on a top job.  Can hardly think of a politician less suited to being Home Office minister. The woman is hopelessly over promoted.    She's admitted her parents may have not been allowed to enter the country if her immigration rules had been in place.  What about taking jobs from those native British workers then, when I believe there was higher unemployment?  Typical person who bends their principles to suit, or as we used to call it, I'm all right Jack.    Never mind managing the Home Office. Managing the Parliamentary tea trolley is about her limit.   
  8. Brexit: The fallout

      Really sums all you need to know about the benefits of the new passport. Lose your rights to move freely, work, live across Europe, but it's A VERY NICE COLOUR.   You just have to shake your head in despair.   
  9. Brexit: The fallout   This chart (allegedly) shows who to vote for tactically if you just want to try and stop Brexit via a Peoples Vote.  I don't know who the guy is who compiled it, but it appears to tally with what you can cross-reference by the individual tactical voting sites. It is being constantly updated as more research is done.  
  10. Brexit: The fallout   Will be pleased to see the back of this bloke come 13 December.   Remember, the Brexit secretary who just discovered how close Dover was to Calais.     Or this announcement from his then position as Brexit Secretary   Hoping the good voters of Esher and Walton do their duty.  
  11. Brexit: The fallout

    I know. Still needs repeating 
  12. Brexit: The fallout   Why oh why don't we get more political journalists like this guy. Prepared to  ask Gove the tough questions and not allow him to spin his way out. And Gove is one of the best at political b***shtting.  
  13. Brexit: The fallout   This has to be one of the funniest stunts I've seen for a long time. Somebody (agressively Anti-Brexit) bought up the domain name and is using it to embarass Farage and Co. But also offering it to him to buy back for £1 million with the price rising. All proceeds to be donated to an immigrants charity.  Has put Nigel in a bit of a pickle.  Should he buy it back and look a bit of an idiot or just let them carry on. Apparently Farage has got his lawyers onto the case. Anyway, couldn't have happened to a nicer bloke!  
  14. Brexit: The fallout

      If we can have another Gen Election 2 years after the last one, why can't we have another Referendum  3.5 years after the last one?  People are either allowed to change their minds or they're not. 
  15. Brexit: The fallout

    Not very clever of the EU if they go ahead fining the UK in advance of the Gen Election. That's unless they really want to get shot of us!