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    Apart from shooting and reloading, I play guitar (badly)! Plus I make regular trips to the States...

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    UKIP’s nutty conspiracist leader Gerard Batten has inspired a series of increasingly deranged tweets, culminating in this corker. Hostilities have grown after Batten left Nige’s EFDD group in the European Parliament this week, to join Marine Le Penn’s EFD. Guido understands that Batten has his personal communications chief, Chris Hicks running the official UKIP Twitter account. Batten is doing his level best to make Cameron’s fruitcakes and loonies jibe true after all… BBC Question Time’s representative audience gave a massive cheer to the prospect of the Government walking away from their talks with the EU without a deal. Second referendum campaigners might need to reassess their cockiness, the Question Time audience is selected to be representative of the country. Unlike the 4-1 Remain voting panel… Despite the constant claims of Continuity Remainers that people have changed their minds on Brexit, polls have consistently failed to show any significant shifts in public support for leaving the EU since the referendum. That’s before considering the large proportion of Remain voters who accept the result even though they still don’t support Brexit itself… The latest ComRes poll asked voters whether they wanted to see the referendum result respected and found a clear majority in favour. Excluding ‘don’t knows’ (18%), 65% of people agreed that the result should be respected, while only 35% disagreed. Remoaners’ tasteless stunts are doing little to change people’s minds…
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    The BBC have been pushing a story all morning about a “surge in shortage of common medicines”, reporting that 80 medicines were on the “shortage of supply” list in December which the NHS can pay a premium for, “up from 45 in October”. Naturally they are trying to link it to Brexit with the entirely nebulous line that “there are now concerns that uncertainty over Brexit will only make the situation worse”. What the BBC fail to mention until much further down the article is that this number is actually down on the figure for November 2017. They even have a graph showing it… Scroll down yet further and the article explicitly states: “Generic shortages started peaking in 2017, so it is not possible to say that this issue has arisen because we are so close to Brexit” before quoting Sandra Gidley, chairwoman of the English Pharmacy Board who was also a Liberal Democrat MP from 2000 to 2010. Her words: “Brexit is not a factor… Shortages have been a problem for some years. It’s a fluctuating problem.” A furious Whitehall source said: “This sort of scaremongering is completely outrageous – and to have it coming from a broadcaster that is meant to act in the public interest is unacceptable.” When even a Lib Dem is saying Brexit is not to blame you know you’re on shaky ground… Typical rubbish from the BBC !
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    DUP leader Arlene Foster has taken the unusual step of putting out a formal statement rebutting The Times story this morning which claimed that the DUP are “edg[ing] towards customs union”. Foster attacks it as “inaccurate” and “no doubt designed to undermine efforts to get the necessary changes to the Withdrawal Agreement”. She dismisses the story “as an attempt to cause division”, adding that “such tactics are not new to us and as in the past will not succeed”. Robust…
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    Trade Secretary Liam Fox has come out fighting against some senior Remainers in the Cabinet who are reportedly pushing for membership of the EU’s Customs Union. He told the BBC that Customs Union membership would not be delivering Brexit. “We would have to apply European trade law without having a say in how it’s made, and we would also have to apply what’s called the common external tariff, which would restrict our ability to make agreements outside the European Union’s ability to do so. It would not be in my view delivering Brexit.” Leaving the EU in control of our trade is the opposite of taking back control… Boris was at the JCB factory in Staffordshire this morning to deliver a big set-piece speech on Brexit. His fundamental message was for British politicians to “stop fighting each other” and turn around to “face the real obstacle” – the trap of the backstop: “We need to escape the trap of the Irish backstop and it’s frankly more than disappointing that in the five weeks since the deal was whisked off the table before Parliament could vote it down, we haven’t even tried to get rid of it. We haven’t even asked!” This sums up many Brexiteers’ frustrations about Theresa May’s apparent refusal to even ask the EU to make significant changes to what is manifestly the single greatest obstacle to a deal being done. The perception of Downing Street is that they are scared to even suggest serious alterations for fear of offending the EU, on the advice of their so-called EU “sherpas”. The only place the “sherpas” have led the UK is to this pitiful deal… Meanwhile Guido hears that one senior Remainer has even been receiving calls from his EU buddies in a panic about the backstop derailing the deal altogether. If May wants to get her own MPs and the DUP back on board, her best chance is by finally showing some backbone on the backstop…
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    From the EU and Remaoners!
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    In other words, not British! You will find a trough like that in Brussels!
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    Neville Chamberlain tried to find a compromise with our European "friends" in 1939.................we all know how that worked out! As Churchill once said, "If the choice is Europe, or the sea, we should always take the sea!
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    A briefing paper has been snapped outside Number 10, setting out how Ministers and officials can go about rebuilding political trust. They certainly need it…
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    Despite the constant claims of Continuity Remainers that people have changed their minds on Brexit, polls have consistently failed to show any significant shifts in public support for leaving the EU since the referendum. That’s before considering the large proportion of Remain voters who accept the result even though they still don’t support Brexit itself… The latest ComRes poll asked voters whether they wanted to see the referendum result respected and found a clear majority in favour. Excluding ‘don’t knows’ (18%), 65% of people agreed that the result should be respected, while only 35% disagreed. Remoaners’ tasteless stunts are doing little to change people’s minds…
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    The over-65s is the fastest growing demographic in the UK. From the Office of National Statistics: "The UK population is ageing – around 18.2% of the UK population were aged 65 years or over at mid-2017, compared with 15.9% in 2007; this is projected to grow to 20.7% by 2027." So there are now more of us than in 2016, both as a proportion of the voting age population, and in absolute numbers.
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    In 1975, we had a Referendum re: our membership of the EEC (now EU). 67% of those who voted, wanted to stay in.........33% voted to Leave. Using the same reasoning that many Remoaners have used, we should have left the EEC. The 33% who voted Leave, along with the 36% of the elctorate who did not vote, meant that we had a majority of 2% to Leave! Strange , but that,s the thinking that Remoaners have applied to the 2016 result! They lost, but argue that those who did not vote, were happy with the status quo, and would now vote Remain. Total garbage, but that is Remoaner thinking for you! How someone can come on here, and say that "half" the country voted Remain, is total rubbish!
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    This is the crass nastiness of hard line Remainers! Fanatical Remainers have launched a tasteless website predicting the result of a referendum vote today based on deaths of Leave voting older people. The counter predicts that over a million young people who have turned 18 since 2016 would vote remain, and says 800,000 leave voting older people have died. Their site assumes not one remain person has changed their mind… This isn’t just a feature of the fringes of the FBPE movement. This is one of theirmainstream arguments. Even today Polly Toynbee has been thoroughly ratio’d on Twitter for her crass suggestion that “the will of dead [is] ruling over the will of the young.” Also this week, has-been singer and People’s Vote campaigner ‘Jamelia’ took to the airwaves to argue that there should be a maximum voting age, preventing older people for voting, because “I don’t think it’s fair that you have a vote when you’re not going to experience the consequences of that vote.” Presumably she thinks the same of the disabled and terminally ill..? "Leading".....there isn,t a Leader amongst them! They are a disgrace! They are happy to accept a majority vote in Parliament, but not from us peasants! Thet are going to get a come-uppance! How in hell did they get a ballot paper?
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    Who says? The only ones bleating about this are in Westminster! There is NO EVIDENCE that Leave voters are divided, but there is evidence that many who voted Remain would now vote Leave, if only to re-assert democracy! No, it looks like a sell-out bunch of traitors to democracy! I appreciate that "democracy" is a foreign word to you..........
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    Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff have been sent a memorandum by the Head of the Diplomatic Service Sir Simon McDonald. It reveals that staff will be moved from current roles to work on No Deal from the middle of February. Talented and experienced individuals are being poached to be deployed in EU impact areas. Non EU-Exit work is being ‘delayed, dropped or done differently’… A co-conspirator has told Guido that Remainer FCO staff are “very down, across the grades” and that morale is low. Apparently the threats to be moved to Brexit duties not going down well with staff… Stepping up our No Deal planning Yesterday the FCC’s Executive Committee (ExCo) agreed to intensify our contingency planning to manage a No Deal scenario. This includes working with Directorates to release staff from the ‘20%’ Directorate Crisis Lists for a potential No Deal response from mid-February (the 18th is pencilled in), as well as identifying experienced individuals to be deployed to EU Exit impacted areas outside of the Crisis Centre and to new short-term roles in the Europe network. The latter could require up to 5% of staff. This will have a significant impact on Directorates so we will need to be rigorous in our prioritisation of non-EU Exit work. Prioritisation guidance for Directors will follow shortly to help them make decisions about what non-EU Exit work to delay, drop or do differently. We will also need to adapt the way we work, including relying more on Posts, devolving decision-making to more junior levels and streamlining central processes. As part of this work, colleagues in HR Directorate have been looking carefully at what changes they can make to HR policies and processes More detail on this will follow next week. It looks like the Foreign Office is finally accepting we are leaving. Not only that, they realise it might be on ‘no deal’ terms… Correction....less than half the country wants to stay! MORE than half the country wants to Leave! and the only ones bitterly divided on how are in Westminster! 17.4 beats 16.2....or at least it did when I attended school....perhaps you were taught differently?
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    The "Peoples Vote" is Remain, under another nam! Funded by the same people! It has NOTHING to do with the people, it,s just a nasty ruse to fool the public into thinking that is what the man in the street wants! It should be exposed at every opportunity!
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