Re: Didn't that happen already?
Funny but no. Thatcher is the answer you're looking for.
2060 posts • joined 14 Aug 2014
Are you special needs?
"One might look forward to an optimistic future of an adequately funded NHS, Schools, etc,"
Given the Barnett formula which massively subsidised Scotland and gives you far higher per head spending than the people who prop you up, why are you pretending that anything is underfunded in Scotland?
"blind jingoistic flag waving "We won the war" "Furriners go home" little Englander types."
Those people don't really exist anywhere other than the imaginations of those who Orwell described as more willing to be caught with their hand in the poor box than standing for the national anthem.
Yes, there are a few NF types around. But you fit them all in a school gymnasium nowadays
I really love how you people are in favour of single markets, but only ones that you have to cross the sea to get to.
"That's what I mean about delusions of grandeur - thinking of the English as a race. Another chap had the same sort of idea. He was Austrian, if I recall..."
You knew exactly what I meant. Why pretend I meant something else?
the oil fields are *Scottish*.
If you draw your own lines then yes, you're right.
If you follow international law of following the land boundary out into the sea, you will find that most of those "Scottish" oil fields would end up in English water.
So that isn't Scottish oil, it's English oil. But as we're in a union, it's British oil so it doesn't matter.
Nasty little nationalist.
"I'm more aligned to Europe than I would ever be to the "English empire"."
We can tell that. Anybody but the English. Racist.
I used to work at a tiny firm that did, amongst other things, live video streaming. The chap who was mostly responsible for the video servers acted as though security was against his religion.
We found on at least one occasion football matches being pushed to and streamed from those servers.
I'm glad I don't work with that guy anymore. Moron.
Banning foreign visitors ( which is what a quarantine would do ) is exactly what Trump was lambasted for, until the EU did it and suddenly the anti-boris-and-trump-whatever-they-do people went quiet and moved on to something else.
Britain didn't ban international travel because you may remember at the time it was believed that it would only delay the peak by 15 days.
Point to the part where I said that individual MP's stealing was acceptable.
I'm defending the basic principles of the system, which broadly works because despite a dislike for pretty much anybody who would choose be an MP, somebody has to do the job and intentionally making their lives difficult isn't a way to attract better people to the job.
'I can absolutely guarantee that if I paid for porn on the joint account, my wife would notice the line item.'
Yes, fine, she didn't behave well.
"Which would be much cheaper to serve with a few nights in the local Premier Inn and an expenses claim later. Its a scam. It was always a scam. It will always be a scam."
These people are supposed to be able to spend all week most weeks hundreds of miles from home. And you expect them to do so in a tiny hotel room ? Would you agree to do that job under those conditions?
"Its a scam. It was always a scam. It will always be a scam."
No it's not. Explain how.
"Worst case, if some provable need could be established then each consitutency can buy a flat in the same block (to reduce security costs) and the apartment goes with the job as a grace and favour benefit - same as Chequers is for the PM."
Fine, I suppose. Although you're not going to really save any money doing that, so unless your goal is to make life more uncomfortable for MP's, it's pointless.
"There is not now and there never has been any need whatsoever for MPs to buy a second home and throw seemingly endless amounts of taxpayers cash at it. Its a disgrace. An indefensible disgrace."
MP's buy the home on their own. While they are an MP, only the interest on the mortgage is covered. If they want to buy the house to own it afterwards, they need to pay the capital off themselves.
I'm not defending the behaviour of individual MP's, especially those who flip their second homes to steal money from the taxpayer. But the system basically is reasonable.
I'm not remotely a fan of Jacqui Smith, but that episode was clearly an administrative error - just chuck all the receipts in and get the money back. Maybe she was being unscrupulous in being more than willing to throw all the receipts into an expenses claim, but that's not the same thing.
The second homes are to allow MP's from outside London to have a home in the capital so they can visit Westminster for days at a time.
Do you expect these homes to be furnished? Should they go without a TV in their London home?
For God's sake, grow up.
China caused it by allowing the wet markets. China then covered it up. The WTO's China backed head happily helped them cover it up ( he having experience in covering up a cholera outbreak in Ethiopia his past ).
I'm not sure of Santa's involvement, but blaming the other two seems extremely reasonable.
Is Santa still travelling despite the lockdown? Mines the one with the fake white beard in the pocket.
Somewhere in the middle of all this there remains a deathly microscopic virus that affects everyone no matter their color, creed, sexual preferences, religious conviction or political affiliations.
That's not strictly accurate. According to an article in The Times yesterday, roughly and in Britain, black men are worst affected, Pakistani muslims are hardly affected, even when adjusted for population density, income, etc. So well off black men are more likely to die from CV19 than a poor Pakistani muslim.
It is uncomfortable to have a phone bouncing round in your pocket while you're running.
Even if it fits perfectly into the pocket, it'll then be restricting your movement and be irritating.
That's why I bought wireless headphones - so I wouldn't have to have my phone in my pocket on the treadmill.
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