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    Learning blues guitar,drinking the wife's home-made wine, scheming how to get out of the Middle East.

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  1. Retsdon

    Side by Side Club

    What on Earth is this bloke on about?
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    BREXIT - merged threads

    Nothing is certain in this life, but my prediction is that May will win tonight's confidence vote by a convincing margin and carry on. There will be some humphing and moaning, but eventually she will also get Parliament to endorse her deal.
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    BREXIT - merged threads

    https://ec.europa.eu/info/brexit/brexit-preparedness/preparedness-notices_en The EU has got its ducks lined up for a no deal Brexit even if HMG hasn't.
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    Post marsh visit posers

    Cracking picture!
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    BREXIT - merged threads

    What about New Orleans, Saratoga, Kandahar, Gallipoli, Isandhlwana, Singapore, etc, etc? And as for Waterloo, if old Blucher and his Prussians hadn't finally rocked up..... Down the years Britain has done OK militarily, but our record is far from unblemished. And in point of fact one of the reasons that Britain has, historically, done so well from post-war peace agreements has been her canny knack of forging and belonging to powerful alliances that have not only have helped us win the wars but also helped us shape the subsequent peace deals to our advantage. In that respect Brexit is at total odds with our historical behavioral norms...
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    Family of swans shot dead

    A chap I was shooting with once shot a swan that came over us in the almost pitch dark of a December evening one time when we were flighting on an Aberdeenshire river. I'd already identified what it was, but 30 yards upstream my warning shout of 'It's a swan!!!' obviously went unheard. It didn't exactly fall dead from the air, and came down in a field on the other side of the river. The river was about 30 yards wide at that point, so the retrieve involved a car journey of about 8 miles down to the nearest bridge and back up the road on the other bank, followed by a lot of scouting around on ground we had no business being on until eventually we got the right field - the whole operation taking more than an hour. By this time though the moon had come up, so we had no problem finding the bird, which thankfully was already dead - neither of us relishing the idea of trying to humanely dispatch a swan. At this point I was all for hiding the evidence and forgetting the whole affair, but my shooting partner insisted that we take the corpse back because a) chucking it would be a criminal waste of good meat and b) he was going to cook it and invite assorted friends round for a full fig ceremonial swan dinner - which he subsequently did. I'll admit to being grimly amused when he later told me that the thing had been as tough as leather and virtually inedible.
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    BREXIT - merged threads

    WW1 http://www.uwosh.edu/faculty_staff/henson/188/WWI_Casualties and Deaths PBS.htmlo WW2 http://everything.explained.today/Siege_of_Lille_(1940)/ Seems that Churchill didn't share your opinion. In The Second World War (1949), Winston Churchill described the Allied defence of Lille as a "splendid contribution", which delayed the German advance for four days and allowed the escape of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk. William L. Shirer wrote in 1969 that the "gallant" defence of Lille "helped the beleaguered Anglo-French forces around the port to hold out for an additional two to three days and thus save at least 100,000 more troops". Alistair Horrne wrote in 1982 that the French defence of Lille enabled the BEF and the rest of the First Army to retreat into the Dunkirk perimeter. France's sacrifices in WW1 were massive. And as for WW2, as others have pointed out, it was only the Channel and the power of the Royal Navy that saved Britain from suffering the exact same fate as befell France.
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    BREXIT - merged threads

    Because he went, cap in hand, looking for some kind of special dispensation. Had he got off his backside and done the political spadework to put together an alliance of countries who all wanted what he was asking for it might have been a far different story. And he could have done. But really, Cameron's 'renegotiation' was just a sop to the Eurosceptic wing of the Tory Party rather than any real attempt to to shift the balances of power within the EU. And because Brussels could that it was all about domestic politics, he wasn't taken seriously. So here we are....
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    Problems with Neighbours (again)

    Feeding wild animals is basically mucking with the system and humankind does too much of that already.
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    BREXIT - merged threads

    And had I had a vote I would have voted the exact same way for the exact same reasons. In retrospect though, knowing what I've learned since about global trade and how it works, I think that although my vote might have been right in principle it would have been wrong in practice. Better to have stayed in the EU, taken the federalists in Brussels head on, and led a revolt to devolve power back to the sovereign nations. It's not like we wouldn't have had allies. All the eastern members would have been natural allies as - these days - would be Spain, Greece and Italy, and once Macron goes, quite possibly France too. Shown a bit of leadership and with a bit of momentum who knows what other countries might not have joined the call for devolution of power from Brussels. Instead we bottled it and voted to run away. And although it was an understandable decision, I don't think history will judge us kindly. Just how I see it these days...
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    BREXIT - merged threads

    But we do know. We might not know how everything will pan out in 20 years, but the immediate effects of a proper 'no deal' hard Brexit would be traumatic in the extreme. All the people whose job it is to know about these things say the same thing. Yes, you'll find a few like Minford who thinks everything will be rosy once we've 'run down' British car plants and other assorted manufacturing industries (not to mention financial services) but pretty much every other economist and trade expert (around the globe) who isn't sticking straws in their hair is in agreement that for Britain to crash out of the EU would be very bad news indeed. And I really fail to understand why these people's professional opinions are just poo-pood away, or casually dismissed as 'Project Fear'. If 95 percent of gamekeepers you knew along with the chap from the Game Conservation Trust were to tell you that your land wasn't suitable for grey partridges to breed on and that such a program would be a waste of time and money, of course, you could try and prove them wrong. And one time out of a hundred you might be right. But the overwhelming majority of the time you' wouldn't be right, because working keepers and professional scientists know their jobs - that's why they get paid to to them. Professional economists and trade experts are no different.
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    BREXIT - merged threads

    The problem is that a 'hard' Brexit pretty much guarantees economic Armageddon, and for that reason MPs, who quite probably believe that they have a duty not to vote their constituents into the Poor House, are going to be reluctant to endorse it.
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    BREXIT - merged threads

    Not sure where you can see it
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    BREXIT - merged threads

    http://www.eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=87075 My guru's piece from yesterday is a worthwhile read on the Grieve amendment. The comments on the site are generally worth a glance through as well.
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    Tommy Robinson at the Oxford Union

    I' wasn't talking about those at the top who, for purely political reasons, made it impossible for decent people to do their job properly, or the media who share their political agenda. I was talking about normal people like Pinfireman's friend who would basically have had to sacrifice their job in a (probably) futile gesture of defiance.