Mackle

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About Mackle

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  • Birthday 07/08/1979

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  • Location Frankfurt am Main
  • Nationality British
  • Hometown London
  • Gender Male
  • Year of birth 1979
  • Interests Charlton Athletic FC, F1

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  1. Coffee or Tea?

      No idea. It seems that everywhere in Frankfurt just lists "latte macchiato" but until I came to Germany, I had never heard of this but seen "latte" everywhere instead?
  2. Coffee or Tea?

      There is something beautiful about being offered a coffee and your host pulling out a Moka pot!
  3. Doesn't Switzerland have it's own unique standards on meat? And that EU-standards aren't compatible with Swiss meat standards?   I seem to remember being told that people were not supposed to bring meat from Germany across the border in to Switzerland, but I don't know if it's true or at least more nuanced than that.
  4. Brexit: The fallout

      This was back when he was given a regular platform by LBC, the withdrawal agreement hadn't been signed, and was arguing for a no-deal Brexit.   A caller said that a relation of theirs lived in an EU member state, and without a deal on citizen's rights was facing losing their (local) voting rights, having their status downgraded to a temporary visa that made their stay dependant on their job, and made changing jobs harder in future because new job meant new permit.   Rees-Mogg was totally unmoved by this, insisting to the listeners that what was actually happening in instances like these was a good thing because it was "a correction because the people affected by situations like these had been wrongly granted rights that should never have been available to all", and that the situation of permits and visas, and deciding if the risks involved and the job moving for were all worth it, should always be part of the decision that the public has to make when deciding if they should leave the UK, so it was only fair that Britons living in the EU were having to ask themselves these important questions now.   The caller then asked JRM what he made of conservative donors buying Cypriot and Maltese passports. Mogg's answer was something along the lines of "these are people of exceptional quality who can make an extraordinary contribution to the lives of everyone in those countries, so it's only proper that they are recognised by those countries".         Looking back, what strikes me about Jacob Rees-Mogg's stance on non-Tory donors living in EU countries back then, is that it's very similar to the more base argument that Brexiteers used about Brits living in the EU of "they decided to leave the country, they have to deal with it!" (or if you read the readers comments made to Daily Mail and Express articles about Alberto Costa and his trying to get the withdrawal agreement rights enshrined across the EU, "These traitors left the UK to join the EU enemy, they deserve everything they get!!")
  5. Brexit: The fallout

      Jacob Rees-C**t!!  (I heard him coming out with elitist bullshit on LBC regarding British who had moved to Europe, a few months ago, absolutely despise him now!!)
  6. Brexit: The fallout

      Uncle Larry's Oracle Campus, or the ex-Sun offices that are now Facebook? ;-)
  7. Brexit: The fallout

    Is that Russ Abbot?
  8. Brexit: The fallout

      To be fair to Brown/Blair, David Cameron was doing a Chatham House speech shortly before the crisis hit, where he said that further deregulation was required.  Cameron went a bit silent on the subject after that!   Someone that is still championing that cause though is Daniel Hannan - at an Oxford University debate a couple of years ago, he argued that further deregulation of UK markets would have prevented the crisis affecting the UK, and that the crisis was caused by over-regulation.
  9. Brexit: The fallout

      Didn't Jacob Rees-Mogg say he loves them? And Iain Duncan-Smith (by the way, I notice no-one has defended him being knighted after it was mentioned in a post a couple of pages ago) wanted the DWP to infiltrate them?   Thinking about it, food banks really do fit in to the extreme free markets that the likes of Dan Hannan salivate over - let the markets decide if the poorest can eat and survive, or starve and die
  10. Brexit: The fallout

    I’m not surprised. The impression that I have got from England (not so much Scotland and certainly not NI) is that there   is a very large section of society who wanted Brexit to happen, who despised Gina Miller, and who take great pleasure in the misfortunes of those who are going to be hit really hard (such as “traitors” who moved to EU countries and claimed S1 healthcare).    I think British society is broken - cases in point, Iain Duncan Smith on Question Time when asked about a diabetic who had recently died after his refrigerated medication went bad due to his power being cut off when his DWP benefits were wrongly stopped, answered by saying that people in the country were more concerned about the economy and no one can criticise the DWP over this, got a standing ovation.    Kwarsi Kwartang on Breakfast TV left Polly Toynbee gobsmacked when dismissing a newspaper story about the plight of a terminally ill person by instead saying “the most important thing is the economy, it’s our responsibility to put it first and do whatever we have to make it stronger”, and a few months later is the campaign leader for BoJo’s leadership campaign.    The poorest, those living in poverty, those will severe illness or disability, and those who are either immigrants or could be mistaken for immigrants, seem to be held in such contempt.  Has the UK always secretly been like this? Was I just naive?
  11. Brexit: The fallout

      I don't understand this. The more shite that he comes out with, the more that he refuses to answer questions and does his best Theresa Maybot impression by parroting "Get brexit done!" and "No more dither and delay!", the more people seem to trust him despite the evidence.   If/when he succeeds in getting >326 seats, that probably kills of Corbyn@Labour, and maybe kills off the Lib Dem position (and Swinson with it) unless they make huge gains, although a lot of the polling is predicting between 330 and 360 seats. It's amazing the lure that Johnson has.
  12. Brexit: The fallout

      I didn't see it, but I've heard similar things. What is disappointing is that so far, Boris Johnson seems to be able to get away with saying or doing almost anything, and people still cheer for him and want to tick that Tory box.   I also note that Nicky Morgan had her "Dianne Abbot" moment with numbers this morning, and it seems to have barely registered.   Despite Boris only being able to parrot "Get Brexit done!", "Dither and Delay", and "Corbyn is the only chlorinated chicken", the latest projections seem to suggest 340-350 seats for the Conservatives, well above the 326 and no DUP to placate this time around.
  13. Brexit: The fallout

      Fingers crossed this happens. He has looked a complete stooge in this, and for him to threaten the family like he has done recently is shocking
  14. Brexit: The fallout

      It's how the party works though - look at how many were against Maastricht but ultimately went along with it "for the sake of the party". It's the same here, there were a lot of people who were/are against Brexit, but go along with it "for the sake of the party".   Of course you can say that being pro-remain and anti-Maastricht are two totally different positions and you'd be right, but the idea of shelving your views and accepting whatever the party leader tells you to accept, is the same. 
  15. Brexit: The fallout

    Mind hasn't arrived yet, and I registered as an overseas postal voter a few months ago