- EU Referendum – are you in or out?
but because they didn’t go remain hard enough.
agreed, Labour lost 3 voters to lib dems for every 1 they lost to bxp ltd in euros
Johnson has been able to reclaim votes from farage with his clear brexit stance
Corbyn been unable to win them back from lib dems (tho in a GEn I think many remainers will vote tactically & go labour if necessary, but a lot of trust has been blown)Posted 4 days agodazhSubscriber
but because they didn’t go remain hard enough.
Had they done that the labour party would have split and instead of a united opposition confronting a minority govt, we’d have the opposite and Boris or May would have had a free run. Without the labour leadership’s careful party management in order to keep the two sides of labour from killing each other, we’d already be out. The fact that remain is still a possibility is a direct result of labour’s policy and the refusal of the leadership to go all out for remain.
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P-Jay – why don’t you think socialism is fair?dissonanceSubscriber
I’m sure it won’t be, in any way, loaded with preselected punters asking preapproved questions
Last time didnt even allow the preselected punters bit. He just read their questions (terms and conditions apply. Punter may or may not actually exist) out and then answered them.Posted 4 days ago
Too dangerous to actually risk speaking with them directly otherwise could end up with Nicholas Beluga switched from a nice comment about free schools or something to asking about likelihood of Scottish independence post brexit.
Because if labour had split, there’s a high chance that May’s deal would have got through. The only reason it didn’t was because labour MPs were whipped to oppose it and were pretty much united in opposition to it
You can’t say with any certainty that the backbenchers would have flouted a three line whip to the extent of allowing Mays bill to pass. And if they had, they would just be in the same position as they are now – which makes labour strategy pointless. What is certain, is that labours dithering since has hurt them and that continuing to listen to labour leave backbenchers is hurting them more than it is helping them.
Labours position now is a consequence of their short sighted decision to whip for A50 and then whip against May, voters currently want strong sound bites and messages Not badly thought out, fickle grand strategy and they saw through Corbyns strategy for the cynical self interested posturing that it was.Posted 4 days ago
I don’t know this company, but I just spotted this on Facebook.
THE LAST POST
We regret to inform you that Isle of Skye Chocolate has now closed permanently.
For the past 3 years, ever since the UK voted to leave the EU, we have been “on hold” as far as investment in the business is concerned, due to the UK’s uncertain economic future. Our raw material prices have increased by around 30% in that time, mainly due to the fall in the value of the pound against the euro. Being outside the EU single market and common customs tariffs will lead to tariffs of between 10% and 20% being imposed on chocolate from the EU (our chocolate comes from Belgium).
No matter what happens in the future regarding brexit, irreparable damage has been done to our small business. We are not a large producer of chocolate like Cadbury’s, but operate at the luxury end of the market with the highest quality ingredients. We are unable to run a profitable business in these trying conditions and so have reluctantly taken the decision to close our doors permanently.
We thank all of our customers and suppliers for their loyalty and support over the past few years.
The Apprentice will continue to make her cakes part-time and will continue to post on Skye Celebration Cakes. If you would like to follow her on that page it would give her a wee boost.
Thank you all again.
“Price worth paying,” I expect. Sigh.Posted 4 days agoAndySubscriber
It is labour dithering that has or will enable a Tory brexit. You forget that labour are being destroyed in the polls not because they have gone remain, but because they didn’t go remain hard enough.
Agreed, and also maybe they are being destroyed in the polls, or rather they are slowly snatching defeat from the jaws of victory because they didnt really do anything. That and Corbyn is still an electoral liabilityPosted 4 days ago
Again from Facebook:
As you may well have heard, this morning the highest court in Scotland ruled that the 5 week prorogation of Parliament…
As you may well have heard, this morning the highest court in Scotland ruled that the 5 week prorogation of Parliament by Boris Johnson was illegal, and void. The wording of the judgment is damning. Lord Carloway said that prorogation would be unlawful if “its purpose was to stymie parliamentary scrutiny of the executive, which was a central pillar of the good governance principle enshrined in the constitution”; all three judges decided that it was. Lord Brodie said that attempting to frustrate parliament in this way was “an egregious case of a clear failure to comply with generally accepted standards of behaviour of public authorities”. And Lord Drummon Young said that “the only inference that could be drawn was that the UK Government and the Prime Minister wished to restrict Parliament.”
I am proud to be one of the MPs who put their name to this application. Parliament should be sitting at this time of national crisis. Today I joined a cross-party group of MPs outside Parliament, calling for Parliament to return.
(Followed by loads of brexies arguing that it’s only unlawful and not illegal…)Posted 4 days agodannyhMember
(I wonder idly whether if it goes to the Supreme Court and gets the same result, the leavers will want it to go to Europe…)
The leaders will, they NEED Brexit to happen and, cynical bastards that they are, don’t give a shit how it happens.
The stupid sheep that follow won’t even notice the irony and hypocrisy.Posted 4 days agoADSubscriber
A few dickheads on facebook doesn’t make for pure unbridled hatred.
Any more than some of comments from Scots about the English. Please don’t buy into it.
That kind of divisiveness is EXACTLY what Cummings and his ilk are aiming for.
Personally I’m loving the thought of how the quitlings are reconciling their anointed one lying to the Queen 🙂Posted 4 days agodissonanceSubscriber
Yellow hammer is a 5 page document?
Good to see it seems to be photocopied. I assume to try and hide any awkward metadata and makes it difficult to search.Posted 4 days ago
I want to see that blanked out paragraph. I cant see NI mentioned anywhere (although see search difficulties) so reckon thats it and they aint too optimistic its going to go well there.crazy-legsSubscriber
It’ll be dismissed as an extreme worst case scenario. At best! A bit of belt tightening will do us good, short term pain etc etc.
Which just goes to show what an amazing con job has been done. We’ve gone from:
we hold all the cards
there are no negatives, only positives
taking back control
£350million a week for the NHS
to delays, rising costs and fuel/food/medicine shortages. And no-one (well, none of the Leavers) seem upset or annoyed by this…
It’s like finding out you’ve been conned out of your entire life savings and rather than being furious with yourself for falling for it and the scammer for conning you, you’re just going “oh well, I hope the scammer has a nice time with the money”Posted 4 days ago
Summary, for those who CBA to read a five page document (commentary in brackets):
People and businesses in the UK aren’t prepared. The EU27 is.
The impact to the EU would be negative in “a small number of cases” (they need us more than etc etc…)
Protests across UK expected.
Low income groups disproportionately affected.
Agri-food hardest hit. Fresh food supply will decrease. (And Christmas is a-coming.)
Medicine shortages could last 6 months. Veterinary supply shortages could exacerbate epidemics.
Kent gridlocked. Lorries will be waiting to cross the Channel for two days.
Fuel disrupted, especially in London / SE.
Financial services disrupted.
If there’s water cleaning chemical supply chain disruption it will now only likely affect hundreds of thousands of people (!)
Data flow from the EU stops. Rectifying “could take years.” (This is Really Bad.)
No more EHIC. (Get sick on holiday, best have your credit card to hand.)
Gibraltar (anyone remember them?) is basically ****ed.
Trade in Ireland severely disrupted and the “no backstop” notion unsustainable beyond a few days or weeks. Rise in illegal trading, job losses, protests.
Nearly 300 non-UK fishing vessels poised to rock up on day one and stripmine our waters. (Which is just weapons-grade ironic given how much time we’ve spent in the last three years papping on about fish like it’s important to more than about ten people). Smuggling, people trafficking.
Adult social care will be screwed, but then it’s screwed to start with.
(Sunny uplands, anyone?)Posted 4 days ago
mmm, so what is in the redacted part of that pdf?
Source pending verification so pinch of salt but,
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15. Facing EU tariffs makes petrol exports to the EU uncompetitive. Industry had plans to mitigate the impact on refinery margins and profitability but UK Government policy to set petrol import tariffs at 0% inadvertently undermines these plans. This leads to significant financial losses and announcement of two refinery closures (and transition to import terminals) and direct job losses (about 2000). Resulting strike action at refineries would lead to disruptions to fuel availability for 1-2 weeks in the regions directly supplied by the refineries.”
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