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  1. Stowaways

    I'm glad that you agree that the required medical treatment is the major concern and I didn't really think that you would think otherwise. Would other countries do the same? I'd like to think so but, to me, that's not relevant. Surely the most important consideration is that the UK should do the right thing regardless of what others do. Is their a will within government to address the number illegal immigrants? Yes but only up to a point they have no incentive to do so. If it were otherwise they wouldn't put great effort to raiding takeaways etc., finding illegal immigrants and then telling them they can go away but to report to police station in a couple of weeks time thus allowing a high proportion to disappear again. The likes of G4S, Serco and others make a lot of money from poor government immigration schemes and therefore they are always willing to find a place for a ex ministers or MP's that loose there seats. Incentive for government to improve procedures? Exactly what incentive would that be then?
  2. Stowaways

    Who cares who pays. They're human beings in need of medical assistance. That should be the only consideration. Have we really sunk so low as to want an answer to those questions.
  3. General Discussions on Brexit

    All parties have back stabbers. The difference is some are just rank amateurs but the Tories have, since Thatcher saw off Ted Heath, been consummate professionals in the art of political assassination.
  4. General Discussions on Brexit

    You are quite right Gareth but only as things stand today. Don't forget the governments Repeal Bill. If it gets passed in its present form the government will have been given the power to repeal or modify the Fixed Term Parliament act or indeed any other act without any recourse to either Houses of Parliament. If things start to look bad the government could decide "well lets just give ourselves a few more years to see what happens". If they did, nothing could be done about it.
  5. General Discussions on Brexit

    You may be right Neil but I'm not sure you are. The poll tax demonstrations coincided with my being off work and in hospital with back problems. This left me with a lot of time to correspond with MP's and government ministers. From what they said at the time I gained the impression that they saw civil unrest as a bonus for them as they thought that it would have more of an adverse effect on the Labour opposition than the Conservative government.
  6. General Discussions on Brexit

    Role The President is the head of the European Commission. According to the Treaties, he decides on the organisation of the Commission, allocates portfolios to members of the Commission and can make changes at any time. The President also determines the Commission's policy agenda, defending the general European interest. The President was elected by the European Parliament on the basis of his Political Guidelines that were formed drawing on his contacts with the parliamentary committees and the strategic guidelines for the Union presented by the European Council of 27 June 2014: Council of the European Union In the Council, government ministers from each EU country meet to discuss, amend and adopt laws, and coordinate policies. The ministers have the authority to commit their governments to the actions agreed on in the meetings. Together with the European Parliament, the Council is the main decision-making body of the EU. Look copied and pasted, in red, in italics and underlined. If that doesn't prove it's true I don't know what does. So it would appear that the unelected dictator Mr Juncker was if fact appointed by the elected members of the European Parliament and that the policies and laws of the EU are made by the elected ministers of EU countries and the elected EU parliament. So not the dictator Mr Juncker making all the decisions after all then.
  7. General Discussions on Brexit

    Neil I'm not sure you can claim that. Poll tax protesters taking to the streets were not natural Conservative supporters. Politicians tend to look at their prospects at the next election to guide their actions. I suspect it may well have been the people quietly writing to their MP's that changed government policy not street protests. What actually caused the change is something we will never know.
  8. General Discussions on Brexit

    In a situation where the country is split down the middle I'm afraid both sides need to accept that they will not get everything they want. Why should " the losers be offering to provide the necessary support and encouragement to steer the negotiations in a direction that best protects their interests while accepting the overall outcome as inevitable? " There is absolutely no evidence that the other side is prepared to accept anything other than the most extreme version of Brexit possible. You cannot "steer the negations" as you put if the other side is totally intransigent.
  9. General Discussions on Brexit

    To be fair, I doubt that anyone who takes part it demonstrations actually expects politicians to take notice of their views. It is perhaps more a case of them feeling that they will be able to look their children and grandchildren in the eye in years to come and be able to say " I'm so sorry, I failed you, but at least I tried all I could to protect your futures ". The country is split down the middle as indeed are families and it seems one half have no interest in trying to come to an accommodation with the other half. In other countries civil wars have been fought over less.
  10. General Discussions on Brexit

    James Dyson, well he certainly cleaned out his 800 + UK workforce when he moved production from Wiltshire to Singapore and Malaysia. He also managed to cleaned up €1.6m in EU farming subsidies in 2016. The man clearly has the best interests of the UK public at the centre of everything he does.
  11. If BF need an exchange rate of £1 = €1.26 to make a profit I would have thought that lack of available tonnage would not be a problem. Surely BF would not want to throw money away operating an unprofitable service when they could be using their ships to greater advantage elsewhere.
  12. General Discussions on Brexit

    It should come as no surprise to anyone that the EU want a political and not necessarily a business settlement. They have been saying so for the last 15 months but the UK government has not been listening. Unfortunately those whose mantra is "trust me" are usually the most untrustworthy. In the last few days we have seen more anti EU negotiator ravings from Fox. At long last it's beginning to look like blind panic is setting in in some quarters.
  13. General Discussions on Brexit

    I'm sorry Paully, all that makes Davis is " having come from a single parent family on a Council estate in South London " . That doesn't make Davis " understand people " any more, or for that matter any less, than anyone else. He is quite happy to plunge this country into the abyss of no EU deal without another thought. If he does indeed "understand people" it doesn't translate into caring about people their living standards or their future prospects.
  14. Baie de Seine/Etretat

    If Cotentin was used in the same way as Pelican, for unaccompanied freight, then surely there would be no particular additional costs. Pelican is not crewed by BF employees so there might even be cost savings to be made there. I suppose at the end of the day it all depends how much BF pay to use Pelican and Stena pay to use Cotentin. Unfortunately both unknowns.
  15. Baie de Seine/Etretat

    Why is she "too costly as a freighter", that is after all what she was designed for. I wonder at the logic of BF, given the current exchange rate, of investing in passenger capacity. I know that some here 14 months ago were claiming that the fall in the £ was a "temporary blip" but it's still dropping with perhaps another 15% or more to go. Perhaps more freight vessels not less is the way to go for the foreseeable future.