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  1. Benjani'sBootCleaner

    A50 Triggered, Brexit Talks In Here Please

    Britain will never be Greece, see Japan. I notice you deliberately didn't use the spending in real terms. You mention spending as a % of GDP, but again, its constant, "scroungers" are not getting richer, there is no huge payout for those at home. Guess what is included in Welfare Spending... Tax Credits for people in work, Winter fuel payments to the elderly, pension credits, child benefits. I would like to know which of these you believe scroungers benefit from. I will concur that Housing Benefit is the biggest scrounger benefit, not for the person in the house though, but for the landlord who essentially is getting his mortgage paid for by the government. A massive transfer of wealth that should be reformed.
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    A50 Triggered, Brexit Talks In Here Please

    "We voted as the UK to leave the European Union, to fully comply with the referendum result, this will require a significant increase in customs checks, we have purchased additional land around our main ports in preparation, we will review the border in Ireland to ensure crossings are kept to a minimum to comply with the customs checks we both require." If our government and Brexiteers wanted to leave properly, that is what they would be saying now. Instead we've agreed to full regulatory alignment and there's talk of a "post-transition period" now which is just ridiculous. All the while the NIs Remain/Leave split is now 70/30 from 56/44, not sure why they bother with these repeat surveys given leaving the EU is a settled question.
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    A50 Triggered, Brexit Talks In Here Please

    There is going to be no success from Brexit, we are already poorer and we haven't left yet. The only way the ERG could justify Brexit is no barriers to trade with anybody in the world, low regulation and no tariffs. That is the only successful Brexit which JRM forgets to mention that it means we would import everything and manufacture/farm nothing. That was their analysis and everybody knows it's idealistic nonsense that isn't going to happen. This seems to be the recurring conversation that ends with "well you don't know until you've tried!" like jumping off a cliff might mean you'll survive one time. The real debate though has moved away from Hard/Soft Brexit, and nobody seems to have noticed, or willing to have an honest conversation with the public. It started when we agreed to full regulatory alignment in December as part of getting past phase 1 of the talks. How do we negotiate deals when we are aligned completely with the EU? Nicky Morgan is doing some stellar work on the Treasury committee (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/05/23/blow-max-fac-brexiteer-ministers-hmrc-reveals-20bn-cost-businesses/) showing that the ideas being presented by Government are clearly unworkable in the time frame and have a 3-5 year lead time, while it seems to be the only thing HMRC are doing at the moment. All at the same time when the EU rejected both ideas from the current Govt last summer. So if we say the government stick to their timeline, we should be out of transition by December 2020, we expect HMRC to employ 5,000 new customs staff, embed a new border into the UK and implement a system in 18 months. In reality, how it looks at the moment we will stay in transition for 5-7 years for a classic EU fudge, then hope the politics of the time have changed and the public stop thinking about it. Then hopefully someone will question why we get no say in the rules. Right now though, will the govt vote for a general election (why would the Tories vote for Jeremy Corbyn?), or will the govt vote for a second referendum because they are too cowardly to make a tough decision.
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    Marvel Cinematic Universe - *Warning may contain spoilers*

    Watched DP2 again yesterday, This is just one of those franchises that are watchable again and again. Really good.
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    Marvel Cinematic Universe - *Warning may contain spoilers*

    I think 3 was ruined for me by reading the Extremis comic, expecting a big Iron Man upgrade but got a Pepper Potts superhero film instead. It's the only film that I don't own in the MCU so haven't had the opportunity to see it since the Cinema.
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    Coalition of Chaos - (UK Politics under Minority May)

    That was more in response to your point on "its only old people that don't have ID". I think given our system has been working perfectly fine before it, without material amounts of fraud there was just no need for a change. You want to make voting easier rather than turning away people because they don't carry identification around. It's a clear barrier to people voting. Yes, it's nothing like the US and It works whilst you have 22 different forms of ID, it's a very fair ID policy they are testing. However, 22 forms of ID that consist one which is showing 2 utility bills isn't exactly carrying out the objective of "reducing fraud".
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    Coalition of Chaos - (UK Politics under Minority May)

    The research is pretty clear on this. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/02/15/do-voter-identification-laws-suppress-minority-voting-yes-we-did-the-research/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.5a0721e2dae1 I would argue some of those countries you list are suppressing the vote, Canadas is ridiculous. If there's a legitimate case for ID, like a serious scandal which the current laws didn't pick up then let's see the evidence and make a change. I would expect the Govt to look at ways to overcome the hurdles social groups have in voting through Automatic Voter registration or free IDs (I did laugh when ID cards came up, obviously Labour tried this and it got thrown out).
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    Coalition of Chaos - (UK Politics under Minority May)

    From what I know in Gosport, it's been fairly smooth everyone has had ID, no real problems so far. There's a reason why the right has been doing it in America for years, and now in the UK. There has been an immaterial amount of fraud and no scandal of widespread fraud has led to this. Where there is legitimate fraud, the procedures are already in place to monitor it. Every household is sent a "this is who is on the register, do they still live here" form, every ballot paper has a number which when you vote is assigned against your name, which is then kept on record for a year which is then destroyed. Postal ballots have your signature on a separate piece of paper to ensure somebody else can't just vote on your behalf. A significant uptick in voters would trigger an investigation and this would lead to the issue being dealt with. This is quite purely and simply a way in future to suppress the vote, the fact that you can bring wide amounts of ID you can bring (22 in Gosport) doesn't eliminate all fraud. It should go fine during this trial period, but poll clerks are having to do additional checks on each person and record which ID has been used. This increase in the time to process each person, which during a general election will increase the queue and more people will be put off voting. There is absolutely no reason to bring in this law, it's not based on any evidence that this will eliminate more fraud than it'll suppress peoples voting rights. It should be easier to vote, not harder. We live in a society where "Well you don't know what's happening" is a legitimate reason to change a process that's existed for many decades. It's ridiculous. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-32428648 A good example of existing laws in place to protect against fraud, without having to change the process for everybody.
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    Marvel Cinematic Universe - *Warning may contain spoilers*

    What a thrill ride of a film, from the few i've spoken too it's not the best Marvel film, but I don't think they could've done much better given the requirement to have a huge team up. If you haven't seen it yet, I suggest you unlike any Marvel pages, or avoid comments anywhere, the internet is being the internet on this...
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    A50 Triggered, Brexit Talks In Here Please

    There's absolutely no way we resolve the conflicting outcomes of this process without another referendum.
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    A50 Triggered, Brexit Talks In Here Please

    Yet Leave claim a mandate of leaving the Single Market and the Customs Union, based on snippets of interviews where various Remainers/Leavers stated the vote would mean this? The vote was only a mandate for leaving the EU, anything else after that is up for discussion.
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    A50 Triggered, Brexit Talks In Here Please

    I saw some reaction to that saying that this is what Leave wanted, lowering costs by finding the best supplier not a local one or one necessarily in the EU, which is what the current rules dictate. This is where JRM and the right of the Tories completely agree on, however, I'm sure a proportion (possible those that were Labour leave voters) didn't vote to lose their job to cheap foreign imports.
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    Smart Meters

    It's the first thing I did when I moved into my new flat. When I was renting i had a key meter (landlord request), which entails going to a shop to "top up". Once upgraded on that, you can still pay and go, but you can do it through an App. Ovo Energy particularly has a decent app, and the pay and go can be set up to auto top up when it gets to a certain amount. The usage you can monitor through the App, it's interesting to have but has it changed our habits? probably not.
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    Orange Is The New Black - (Retweeting US Politics Under Trump!)

    When you get a poll outlining your tax bill has a sub 30% approval rate, ignore it and advertise it anyway.
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    Marvel Cinematic Universe - *Warning may contain spoilers*

    I really enjoyed the moral element of it, it was standard Marvel with a completely new and fresh template which I really enjoyed. I'll see it again at the weekend and see whether it holds up a second time.
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