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Posted: 24/06/2016 at 18:32

People will always want to trade and sell their goods.  The question is what conditions the big blocks can now impose on what is now a small country with reduced influence on the world political and economic stages and an economy that's likely to shrink.

Independence Day?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 18:21

According to a survey of voters in Swindon, they voted to kick the backsides of politicians who have ignored them and been out of touch with the lives and needs and wishes of plain folk.  Whatever the reasons, you now have to cope with the fallout and pick up the pieces and move on.

There's also an interesting socio-economic split between those who voted out and those who voted in.  It will be interesting to see who puts their minds and backs into building the UK's future as an independent entity and who will carry on expecting others to pick up the pieces for them.  Will the south eastern English who contribute most taxes to the central coffers be happy to carry on subsidising the Welsh, the Northern Irish, the Scots, the poorer regions ?   Will they want more autonomy and control of finances?

Unfortunately, the vote doesn't change the local, regional and national civil servants and politicians who will decide and implement the new policies.   Social liberalism is in peril if, as expected, the economy takes a hit and GDP goes down.

As for the EU - yes, maybe they'll be worried enough about the rise of nationalism to stop and think about how they go about things and how fast they push on towards integration but I don't see them making any concessions to the UK on trade, finance, freedom of movement of labour and people.  Why should they?   How the EU goes on is no longer the concern of the UK.

Independence Day?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 14:49

Workers' rights are about having decent conditions in which to work with safety apparel and equipment as needed, clean air, safe factories, shops and offices, well maintained machinery, safety exits and fire drills, sick pay and holiday pay.

They are not about expecting to be paid for what they're not producing or getting a pension when you haven't contributed enough productivity to fund it.   They are not about burdening the next generation with paying for your expectations.   

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Independence Day?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 14:00

It was about the French government realising that people have to work a longer week (in France currently 35 hours) and be more flexible about time off (statutory 11 hours rest between shifts) in order to generate greater productivity for the economy and make it easier for companies to engage new staff and fire incompetent ones.   France currently has very high unemployment among the young and companies afraid to engage staff because they can't shed duffers.

What too many people in developed countries don't understand is that in order to fund their pensions and social care and health care and education you have to have a productive working population generating taxes for the national economy and profits for the companies that employ them and making goods or providing services that can be sold at a competitive price to generate those jobs and profits.

Planted in the wrong place

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 11:50

It's always best to move shrubs when they are dormant as this allows the roots time to recover and grow again without the stress of maintaining foliage.   

Let your mock orange flower this year then cut it back as soon as it finishes in order to reduce its size and also encourage the new stems that will flower next year.   Move it after the leaves gave dropped.


Posted: 24/06/2016 at 11:03

Muddling through will be a very long process.  This result doesn't, unfortunately, do anything about the calibre, competence and honesty of the people who will be leading the muddling.

Pat - it will affect investment in jobs, research, education, the environment, regional infrastructure, security and so on plus the freedom to live and work elsewhere.   It will affect the UK's ability to influence future international agreements and direction.   Scotland is likely to push for independence so it can stay in Europe.   Wales and poor counties like Cornwall which don't generate enough income to pay for themselves will lose millions in investment in regional support and where is future funding to come from.   Central funds in London raised from taxes in a smaller economy?     

The pound has taken a hit which will affect pensions for everyone who has more than just the state pension.   International bankers and manufacturers will move investment to mainland Europe to keep access to the bigger EU market.   

There has been a colossal lack of information about what being in the EU brings to the UK and the world together with a colossal amount of ignorance about exactly where all the immigrants really come from - mostly from outside the EU.    This is gong to affect future prosperity and security for generations and not just in the UK.

I suspect that, as reported from Swindon last night, the extremely high turnout is not so much a considered vote about UK's future in Europe but a protest vote about the political classes and their disconnection from local life.

Brits who own homes on the continent are a pin prick in the bigger picture but those who've retired there on UK pensions are going to take a huge hit in income, access to health care and social security, legal rights and so on.  

However, what matters here is the bigger picture, not individuals.  This result will have repercussions on mainland Europe and those countries with a growing nationalist agenda as well as Europe's overall security and prosperity.


New rose wilting extremely fast?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 10:22

Don't put manure in its pot.  It will be too concentrated and may burn the roots.  Save that for mixing into the soil when you do plant it out.  

For potting, use good quality John Innes no 3 with maybe a top dressing of specialist rose fertiliser while it's in a pot.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 10:19



Posted: 24/06/2016 at 09:50

Seriously depressing news.    Speechless - well not really but can't say anything polite about the people who voted out last night and am so very sorry for those who have to live with the consequences which will affect so many levels of life and opportunity for generations to come and not just in the UK.


What is your weather like?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 09:35

We're not flooded Liri but very soggy.  The centre of town was a river last night - homes and cars flooded and parts of the railway line from here to Brussels flooded and damaged too.  

Grey day here but dry so far.

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