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  1. I might have this wrong, I haven't researched it but so far as I understand it the Tariff reductions are intended to apply to all countries, not just the EU. As you say, they can't be selectively applied in the absence of an FTA.
  2. And this is the fundamental dilemma. Is the NHS starved of cash or does it have an insatiable appetite. I'm not a flag waver for the Tories but they are spending more on the NHS than has ever been spent before according to the graph below. The Government is currently spending 7% of GDP on the NHS. What should it be, 10% 15%?
  3. Kind of makes my point for me John. We were talking about funding models and you jump in with Carillion. As it happens I don't have a dogmatic view on why the NHS should directly employ cleaners, buildings maintenance workers, security, carpark attendants etc. It's also worth noting that a massive amount of 'privatisation' came in under Blair and Brown with the catastrophic PFI contracts.
  4. I know you are not commenting further but I don't understand your argument here. If we had voted not to leave the EU, they would, quite reasonably, taken the message that the UK voting public are happy with the way things are going. We voted to leave but all the messages from EU leaders are about ever closer union without the UK acting as a drag anchor. Brexit or no Brexit, the EU project has a direction of travel and the UK was never going to stop it.
  5. I don't believe MPs have the cajones for this option.
  6. Why, because Leavers would have accepted the result and just gone back to moaning about straight bananas? Cameron still Prime Minister Osborn still Chancellor May still Home Sec (no scratch that, she would have had to resign over Windrush) and UKIP still under Farage and winning Council and By Elections from both Tory and Labour.
  7. It's all very well having a civilised conversation on a Forum about possible different funding models for the NHS, possibly learning from other countries and how they do it but as soon as a politician tries to ask such questions they get shouted down by the 'privatising our NHS' mob.
  8. See your GP? What is this mythical unicorn of which you speak?.
  9. Erskine May isn't a 'rule book', it is a set of guidelines or a protocol and is open to interpretation by the Speaker. The problem with Berkow is that he interprets it to suit his agenda. As John pointed out, he allowed the Dom Grieve Amendment despite Erskine May. The delicious irony of his most recent ruling is, of course, that Erskine May was Theresa May's Great Great Grandfather-in-Law! I agree with Zetecspit regarding the reason Cameron went for a Referendum. It wasn't to keep the Conservative Party together, it was to stop the haemorrhaging of support to UKIP by the traditional voters. The Tories in Parliament were and are Pro-EU. Paul. the Referendum was 'Advisory' in pure legal terms. The MPs could have ignored the result but didn't have the balls, or at least put their jobs first. John, this argument that the views of the 48% should be considered is nonsense against the framework of a binary referendum. If you don't think so, just turn the result around. Do you think if Remain won, we would be now considering the substantial leave position and planning a move to say the Norway/EFTA model? As for the current situation, I still don't think May's deal will pass so no extension from the EU. Faced with No Deal, I think this Parliament has to Revoke A50. But as ever, I could be completely wrong!!!
  10. No, that is well above my pay grade but, so far as I am aware nobody has actually requested a second referendum in Parliament and if they did, the likelihood is that it wouldn't have enough support. Interestingly, tonight's vote changed nothing (in Law) but did force 4 Cabinet Ministers to Abstain on a Government Motion that was 'whipped' and was lost by 4 votes. Given that the 'rebels' included the Chancellor and the Home Secretary, what odds that they are sacked? If not, it just confirms May has lost all authority and has to go.
  11. One hesitates to give an opinion on this fiasco but first a small correction. The 3 options are still: 1.Leave with the May/EU deal 2.Leave without a deal 3. Revoke A50. Extending A50 is simply to facilitate 1, 3, a GE or another Ref. As I understand it, leaving on the 29th is the Law and cannot be revoked unless the Government chooses to lay a new bill, get it through all the stages of Commons and Lords and gain Royal Assent before March 29. On this basis, tomorrows vote would appear to be meaningless, as would the vote on extending A50. However, the fact that so many MPs seem to set such store by 'taking no deal off the table' suggests that there must be some flaw in my reasoning. You would think they would understand the process. The thing that you are failing to understand is that Mrs May thinks her deal is great, it's just the stupid MPs who can't see it. I think she will bring it back again, closer to the 29th for another go. Although the EU have said, no more negotiations, do they really really mean it if it means no deal? Watch this space.
  12. I don't think you are right..............yet. The last polling I saw had support for a Border Poll at 40ish%. The UK has Sovereignty over NI, 'unless & until' there is a majority of the NI population want otherwise. It is enshrined in the GFA. It is also in the UK Government's gift alone, to decide what constitutes a clear call for a Border Poll so don't expect a low bar from a Conservative & Unionist Government, propped up by the DUP.
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    I'm giving up grammar for Lended
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    I don't disagree with the views expressed about profit driver in education. My nephew started uni in September, reading Product Design but within a couple of weeks, transferred to Mechanical Engineering. Great, he is very good at practical engineering, having restored his first Land Rover from the chassis up at the age of 16 and played a significant role in the building of my Brother's Riley 12/4 race car. However he has neither Maths nor Physics A Levels. The course are happy to have him because he brings another £9k/Year for about 2 days a week contact time but the risk is all his. The point of mentioning this is because the fact that he is 'buying' his education, he can exercise some choice. When I compare this to my own situation, all those years ago, I wanted to be a Civil Engineer and I had offers of 2Ds from 3 Universities. Unfortunately I just didn't 'get' Pure Maths so only got an E (the exam was Pure and Applied combined) so despite being fine at Applied Maths and getting a B in Physics, it was 'sorry, you can't come in'. This was so frustrating as I would have backed my ability to cope but didn't get the chance.
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    Looking at the Annex, I was trying to find the sample size. It states that there were 160,000 people surveyed in 24 countries. It isn't clear whether that means 160k in each or about 6.7k (average). Given that there were 34.3 million people of working age in England at the last Census, the sample size could range between 0.02% and 0.5%. Whilst there is a general view (amongst us old farts) that society is dumbing down so it confirms our bias, I would be very cautious about drawing conclusions from what would appear to be, either a small or minute sample size.
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