obelixx


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Independence Day?

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 20:37

Perhaps you live in an efficient NHS Bee witched (great tag) as they don't all check and don't all recoup costs but yes, I do know about some of the sun followers.


KT53 - I am not advocating uncontrolled immigration.  Far from it but maybe you should read this - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/eu-referendum-immigration-immigrants-jobs-brexit-remain-what-happens-unemployment-a7091566.html  


I don't think the UK does joined up thinking about public services and resources very well.    There are local and county councils who take note of birth rates and plan ahead to provide school places and others, less efficient, who don't.   Apart from the railway building boom (private enterprise) in the Victorian era and the earlier canal systems, the UK has always lagged behind others in providing centrally funded transport infrastructure be it road, rail or air.   Recent projects to improve road communication in South Wales have been done using EU structural funds and not because of wise forethought by local politicians or Whitehall mandarins.   


All too often local politics and dogma get in the way of good service provision and decisions about what services get which funds depend on fickle personal beliefs and agendas - postcode lottery - rather than well considered policies developed for the long term good.  That has nothing to do with the EU.

Independence Day?

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 19:03

The NHS is stretched because it is badly run, does not check IDs of people it treats so there is health tourism but, most of all, because too many people don't take responsibility for their own health - good diet, moderate drinking, not smoking, regular exercise - and then expect the NHS to pick up the pieces. Obesity and late onset diabetes are costing the NHS a fortune to treat avoidable symptoms and complications.


The population is aging so there are more degenerative diseases and creaking joints to treat but non existent or inadequate support services in the community to allow people to go home once treated so NHS beds get blocked and queues and waiting times increase.


Do you know how NHS staff dread the weekend?  All those binge drinkers coming in with injuries and hangovers and alcohol driven strops and violence?  I'm sure health care for all and free at the point of delivery was not intended to support the willfully feckless who consume too great a percentage of limited resources.


Immigration is a natural consequence of a successful economy, especially when compared to so many war or famine torn parts of the world.   Apart from a negligible number of Romanies escaping abject poverty at home, the vast majority of EU migrants are working - often doing jobs UK nationals can't or won't do - and thus generating wealth and paying taxes and should be welcome.  There ought to be a system for ensuring undesirables - criminals, sex offenders etc - don't take up residence in the UK but since the UK won't have an ID card and registration you have no recourse.


What the UK will have difficulty controlling is the illegal immigrants who will be unleashed when Calais decides to stop spending anymore money in containing them on their side of the Channel.  The UK has an extensive and unpatrollable coastline and there will always be some unscrupulous Brits who will exploit illegals and let them loose in a quiet corner or worse, using them as slave or indentured labour to pay their passage.

Independence Day?

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 18:29

How many of the nurses and doctors and orderlies were from the EU?


That mythical 350 million also has to replace all the structural investment in Cornwall and Wales and the funds the EU had allocated for Yorkshire and science and research across the UK.   There's some interesting info here http://ec.europa.eu/budget/mycountry/UK/index_en.cfm which you may, or may not choose to believe.   I reckon it's more reliable than Farage or Boris or Gove. 

HELLO FORKERS! June Edition

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 17:48

Pretty PP, and colourful but I've never understood doughnuts, even with jam.


RB - sounds dreadful.  make sure you rest and take all the pampering you can get.


Anyone else deeply entertained by the mental image of Diane Abbott being Jeremy's Rottweiler and preventing Labour MPs getting through his door to see him about resigning?


Not to mention the prospect of when and how Boris will get his own back on Gove.

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HELLO FORKERS! June Edition

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 17:07

I agree.  A few years ago OH was bowled over at work by someone storming down a corridor without looking.  Moaned for a day about the pain and then went and had it checked.   Got a broken wrist for his pains and had to wear a splint for weeks.  His right hand so we could still do ballroom classes but not golf or driving or helping in the house and garden.........

Bearded Iris division

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 16:08

Before the frosts is best but I did the same last year and have kept some of them in pots through the winter with a view to making a new iris feature for which I am not quite ready.   Some have rotted off but most are fine.

Independence Day?

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 15:31

D Riley - The French demanded Strasbourg as a concession after they realised they'd made a huge economic boo-boo in refusing to have the fledgling EU commission based in Paris all those years ago.  Brussels has seen its ecomomy soar on the back of all those lovely eurocrats, MEPs, international companies setting up HQs, the lobbyists and, of course, service providers to house, feed, clothe, maintain and entertain them.  


A sensible coalition of the other EU partners would have quashed it but the other countries tend to see themselves as too small or too new to stand up to France and Germany and the UK has never really engaged with the EU, behaving as though as it was us and them instead of working with the others to limit Franco-German power posturing.   These two are jointly so paranoid about,on the one hand starting another conflict and on the other, being beaten again, that they have blindly pushed for ever closer political unity and lost sight of local, regional and national fears about loss of identity and control.   In addition, France is naturally Socialist and wary of capitalism and doesn't understand that peace is best assured by economic prosperity and stability.   It has more people employed by the state than by businesses creating money.   That's why the EU is no longer just an economic union.


What is clear now is that the UK no longer has any say in how the EU evolves economically or politically so best to stop beefing and get on with putting the UK back on an even keel.

Forum design update

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 15:11

Well done Nora and team for taking advice about Verdana.   Good decision about a Like button.


I don't use quotes and am OK - so far - with photos but I do find the Followed threads facility inconsistent.  I don't want email notifications but some threads, especially Forkers, don't come up as they should when I click on Followed threads.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 15:07

I'm so sorry Busy.  They do leave a hole when they go but I hope soon you'll be able to think about the happy memories more than his parting.


DD - chin up.  Stay strong and please, be firm but not aggressive about negotiations unless and until he starts to wriggle - and be prepared for him wriggling out of his financial responsibilities.


Did you get the postcards?  I posted them last Thursday. 

Independence Day?

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 14:54

Boris has pulled out because Gove has said he is not capable of putting together a Brexit team and lacks leadership qualities.   Pretty rich from a man who declared pretty much the same thing about himself a couple of years ago.   I expect Boris is now hoping Gove gets beaten by just about anybody and is going to bide his time to exact revenge.   Can't see him fading quietly into the woodwork.


The British public has shafted itself, believing people like them in the first place and not taking the trouble to inform itself about the differences - or lack of them - between operating in the single market as a member who can and should influence policy and decisions (which the UK regularly failed to do) or operating in the single market as part of the EEA with all the same rules, financial payments, free movement of people and goods and services and no say in policies.


Or it can operate outside the single market and pay tarifs on exports to Europe which make up about 50% of total exports.   This may well end up being the best option because, understandably and predictably, the remaining 27 EU countries are unlikely to be generous in Brexit negotiations and some, like Spain and France, will want to punish so as not to encourage their own dissidents and separatists.


The UK now needs strong leadership to navigate its way out of this mess and come up smiling as a strong economy that can pay for its citizens ambitions for housing, jobs, education, health and social care.   For those who worry about excess immigration the UK has skills shortages and needs to train more bakers, engineers, car mechanics, nurses, doctors etc to replace all the EU citizens currently filling those roles and find UK citizens willing to work in care homes or as cleaners or serving food in motorway service stations and Costalot or picking fruit and veg.


Corbyn is clearly a lame duck, no matter how nice, reasonable or whatever else he is.   He's not equipped to be a national leader especially in time of crisis.

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