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  1. Chris W

    Life changes

    John, Plenty of 'Safety Clogs' on the market. Google is your friend
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    And then they were gone.....

    Yes, they had to build 200 for Homologation but then Group B got canned. If you had the money they made a fantastic plaything for Clubman rally championships with an unrestricted Class.
  3. Chris W

    Life changes

    I blame Project Binkey
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    And then they were gone.....

    Not sure it was quite that low but an acquaintance of mine paid just under £40k for two as a second one was cheaper than the spares package!!!
  5. Chris W

    Bit More Bkasting Done

    Blimey. How big is your cabinet? Seriously, what rig are you using?
  6. Chris W

    Very International Rescue

    Does Alan Shepard and John Glenn give a clue (can't do the rest without Wiki)
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    May's Brexit Plan

    Perhaps I should have used the to indicate a joke. Actually I think the 12 stars did signify the number of countries in the EU, pre enlargement. I'm not sure why you think I voted Leave but regardless, I can think of many reasons why I would want to drive in other European Countries. France: Le Mans, Angouleme, my house & to get anywhere else. Belgium: My Great Uncle's grave (Ypres), Spa. Germany: Nurburgring, my company's HQ in Munich and so on...........
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    May's Brexit Plan

    My GB sticker is blue with 12 gold stars in a circle. I wonder if that will be allowed after 29/03/19?
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    May's Brexit Plan

    Coachbuiding puns aside, that is one seriously cool bit of kit
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    May's Brexit Plan

    Yes, that has been their negotiating position throughout the last 2.5 years because it was handy for forcing the UK to stay in a Customs Union, in order to get the Transition Period agreed. You can bet if the UK leaves on 29th of March without a deal, the issue will be resolved faster than you can say Paddy McGinty's Goat. Why, because UK and Ireland are committed not to have border infrastructure and the EU has stated that it will not force Ireland to do so. On R4 the other day, Steve Baker stated that a draft Treaty covering this matter has already been written by EU/UK and is sitting there waiting, if needed. Of course he may be lying, he is a politician, after all and a member of the ERG to boot but he wasn't 'called out' on it. At the end of the day, the amount of trade across the border is miniscule, about 0.12% of total EU trade. My guess is that the EU will 'write off' this and both the UK and EU will focus on their respective sea borders to provide the EU with the market integrity it wants.
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    May's Brexit Plan

    Hi John, I don't believe that the 'Irish are screwed' by Brexit (in fact I find such language rather distasteful) but there is no doubt that they will be severely inconvenienced. The Irish Government recognise this as fact. If you believe Official forecasts, the Irish Government assessment for short term GDP impact of a 'No Deal Brexit' suggest it will impact RoI more than the UK. Regarding the ferries, surely if it made economic sense for the Irish to have a direct sea link to mainland Europe, they would have created one years ago. Despite your calculations, it clearly must have been preferable to use GB as a land bridge, using our free motorways and cheap European Diesel to shave costs. The new sea link is simply a response to Brexit and nothing else. Of course the proof of the pudding will be in how much the new ferry service is used, once the initial disruption at British /French/Dutch ports dies down. If I were a betting man, I'd say not a lot.
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    May's Brexit Plan

    I agree totally that the intention was to suggest that the money could or should be spent on the NHS but it didn't work for me because: The £350m was gross (as was amply discussed at the time) There were plenty of other things discussed that also would have to be funded......farmers, science & research, infrastructure projects (remember the bloke in the Welsh valley) I don't think we should keep throwing more and more money at the NHS but most importantly, Vote Leave wasn't the Government so they couldn't make spending commitments on the Government's behalf.
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    May's Brexit Plan

    Thanks for the correction Rich. It's now killing me that I can't remember where I picked up the misinformation about, what I thought, was misinformation! I thought it was from an interview with DH but since you quote his autobiography it can't have been.
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    May's Brexit Plan

    No, it wasn't. The fact that this view still persists after 40 years shows what a great propaganda coup it was for Mrs T at the 79 election. Denis Healey approached the IMF for a loan facility but in the end, it wasn't required so UK didn't borrow from IMF. However, the fact that he had asked allowed the Tories to claim that Labour were financially incompetent and had to go 'cap in hand' to be 'bailed out'. It's a bit like the 'Brexit Bus' which, of course, didn't state that £350m would be spent on the NHS but made two statements that, those who can't read properly, might infer it had. Cheers Chris
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    May's Brexit Plan

    My understanding is that the Divorce Bill covers all payments required by the EU until the end of the Transition Period. Where I was incorrect is that I 'bought' the Government line that if the transition were to be extended, there would be no more payments. It turns out that there would be some payment but it would have to be negotiated at some time in the future. On that basis, the premise of my earlier argument is undermined, T May isn't brilliant and we are indeed headed for a no deal exit...............unless the EU final position isn't their final position really.
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